Happy Curiosity Day everyone! Let’s pull ourselves back from Mars just for a second to think of the Earthly glory that is videogames. Let’s think of this one, specifically: DRM by Rob Fearon!
DRM stands for Death Ray Manta, apparently, and Rob has told us it’s an arena shooter “in the tradition of Jarvis, Minter and Fearon.” That’s all I need to hear, personally, but if you need more, how’s this?
“You know the drill,” writes Rob. “Things that glow, a large amount of coloured lasers and stuff. Scoring is a la Zaga-33, which I hope is something you’ll already know about (if not, go and play Zaga33, it is nice). If not, your score is your room progress. No big numbers here. Also, because I detest how closed things have become over time, I’ll be leaving large amounts of data in files that you can fiddle around with, such is the joy of writing for a PC. Want to change the title screen text? You can do that. Want to change the enemy names? You can do that. Want to write “Rob smells of wee” somewhere in the game? You can do that. You can also do lots of accessibility tweaks like enemy speed, player movement speed, room FPS, total amount of graphics. Hopefully, someone, somewhere will change all the menu text to “Dave’s Laser Game by Dave Dave” and take it into school and claim they made it sort of like some people did in the eighties by hitting breakspace and changing a few things in BASIC games. If just one person does that, I’ve won. I can retire.”
Out September for PC, looks glorious, here’s a trailer: