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Do you love classic 90s rail shooters like Star Fox? You should take a look at Ex-Zodiac, which just hit Early Access. Built in Godot Engine it comes with Native Linux support right away and it's looking good, it also works great on the Steam Deck too and feels like a really good fit there.

"Ex-Zodiac is a fast-paced rail shooter with a stylized look reminiscent of early 90's 3D games. Join protagonist Kyuu as she fights to free the worlds of the Sanzaru Star System, overrun by the intergalactic terrorist organization known as Zodiac."

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Game Features:

  • A retro, colourful, low-poly visual style
  • 6 main levels and 6 bonus levels currently (more than 12 will be available after full release)
  • Major bosses at the end of each level, each piloted by a member of the Zodiac
  • A 16-bit style soundtrack by +TEK combining FM and wavetable synthesis
  • Barrel rolls

So far, I've been having a lot of fun with it. Firmly bringing back memories of playing classics like it on Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo 64 and others around that sort of time. Some of the boss battles can be quite a challenge, as is getting used to the way the ship moves all around the screen with the camera focus continue forwards. The presentation is simply wonderful too!

Some footage recorded on the Steam Deck:

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The developer thinks it will remain in Early Access for 1 year with plenty more content to come yet.

Available to buy on Steam.

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scaine 21 Jul
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I don't think this could be any more Space Harrier if it actually even had a license to be Space Harrier! And that's definitely a good thing!
elmapul 21 Jul
finally! now i just need money to buy and... i guess my computer can run...
elmapul 21 Jul
this looks perfect for the deck
Ben 21 Jul
Great to see another native app. And that from Godot, too! Great to see more devs shifting off Unity! Runs super smooth - love it!
Justo bought and finished the EA contento in one sit, great Game and sick music
I'm torn because I did really like SNES Fox and this obviously visually emulates that -- so it's setting my expectation.

Freedom Planet did that to me too as a "Sonic", but I honestly was really disappointed.

Trailer Criticism: The game-play looks pretty decent, definitely alluring me to buy.

The character & talking avatars make me cringe a bit.

Also I couldn't tell from the trailer if there were "Audio Cues" -- SFX specifically to communicate events like picking up power-ups, taking damage, locking on, etc...

I'm really torn on this because I know how amazing this could be if it's executed correctly and there's no way to know without playing it.
elmapul 22 Jul
Quoting: BenGreat to see another native app. And that from Godot, too! Great to see more devs shifting off Unity! Runs super smooth - love it!

its not an result of the unity exodous, this game was in development for a while, since before the big unity exodous.
Craggles086 22 Jul
Flippfly, who developed Race the Sun
are working on a game, Wisker Squadron
which is also inspired by Star Fox.


Last edited by Craggles086 on 22 July 2022 at 9:27 am UTC
Iggi 22 Jul
Quoting: ElectricPrismI'm really torn on this because I know how amazing this could be if it's executed correctly and there's no way to know without playing it.

To get a bit of a feeling there's still the old demo available from https://benhickling.itch.io/ex-zodiac, and the full version is available from itch, too: https://pixeljam.itch.io/ex-zodiac
Ben 22 Jul
Quoting: ElectricPrismI'm really torn on this because I know how amazing this could be if it's executed correctly and there's no way to know without playing it.
IIRC there's a demo. Try it for yourself.
Otherwise: You can refund within 2 hours and 14 days after purchase. It's a couple of MB to download. Feels good though - and I've played StarFox as a kid on the SNES and later N64 all day long ;)
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