Promethium will see release on Nintendo Switch, casting players as Commander Braybrook and challenging them to defend Earth from an armada that is headed directly to the planet and leaving a trail of destruction behind them.
Kotaku reports that the game seeks to represent “the oppressive weight of dealing with depression using the mechanics and stylings of a retro blaster.”
Piloting an experimental deep space fighter, developer Byron Atkinson-Jones has taken inspiration from classic Commodore 64 and arcade games to deliver a hard-as-nails retro-inspired side-scrolling shoot-em-up that takes place over increasingly challenging levels.
You must hack and disable shield generators protecting the armada ships before activating a self-destruct code to destroy them – repelling swarms of enemy fighters at the same time that are determined to stop you.
Their destruction will reward you with power pods that can be used to buy power-ups, with some being single-use, others multi-use, and some timed.
Promethium will see release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide in 2017.