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Developer Triple Eh (previously made Lumo), are now working on an 8-bit inspired twin-stick shooter called Cecconoid. It's soaked in retro and it looks awesome!

The good ship Equinox is under attack from Stormlord and his robotic minions, the Exolons! You're the crew's only hope. Take your Samurai-1 fighter, find Captain Solomon's Key, clear the decks of evil robots, and save the Equinox from certain destruction!

Cecconoid is an 8-bit inspired, flick-screen, twin-stick-shooter, set in an alternate dimension where the pixels are still chunky, and the bad guys are black and white.

Except for their red dangly bits...

That sounds good and all, but there's something else that's quite exciting about it. Cecconoid will actually include a full "bonus" arcade game called Eugatron, which will include 50 levels of Robotron-style, twin-stick, arena-based shooting.

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Features:

  • More than 60 rooms
  • 6 different power-ups
  • High Score Table
  • Full, bonus arcade-game, Eugatron

Speaking to the developer personally on itch.io, they confirmed Linux will be supported but it "Might not be Day 1 release".

Hold on a hot second, what's this about flick-screen? Well, like a lot of real classic games, it won't smoothly scroll you through rooms. It will…flick between them—flick-screen, get it? Okay, good.

You can follow it on itch.io and Steam. It's releasing a bit later this year, sometime in the Autumn/Fall.

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wvstolzing 21 June 2019 at 11:19 am UTC
I really like this visual style. The name is a clear throwback to 'Cybernoid' of course; though the graphics remind me more of the earliest Mac games (monochrome throughout, much higher resolution, the dithering patterns).


Last edited by wvstolzing on 21 June 2019 at 11:25 am UTC
robvv 21 June 2019 at 11:39 am UTC
This is looking good and I'm having serious pangs of 80s nostalgia :-)
Maath 21 June 2019 at 3:15 pm UTC
I was going to say something about Jeff Minter regarding Eugatron, but I keep forgetting Robotron:2048 isn't a Llamasoft game. He made Llamatron, but either one is definitely his style with splashy graphics and frantic action. But then I noticed that one of the developers of Robotron is Eugene Jarvis, so the name seems like a nod to him.

Further, Tripple Eh? is one guy I think, Gareth Noyce, whose previous work include Polybius, which is a Jeff Minter production. Kind of interesting connections, I think.
Dunc 21 June 2019 at 4:04 pm UTC
wvstolzingI really like this visual style. The name is a clear throwback to 'Cybernoid' of course
... by Raf Cecco. As were Equinox, Stormlord, and Exolon. Back in the day, he was one of the names that more or less guaranteed quality, at least on the Spectrum. (I think his primary system was actually the Amstrad CPC, although I could be wrong.)

I remember a discussion online a few years ago about the best British publisher of the '80s, and someone pointed out that it's hard to think of a bad game from Hewson (who published most of Cecco's games). They were never considered one of the big names like Ocean or Ultimate (i.e., Rare), but their quality control was second to none. If you're interested in British '80s retro games, that's a rich seam to mine.
wvstolzing 21 June 2019 at 4:17 pm UTC
Dunc... by Raf Cecco. As were Equinox, Stormlord, and Exolon.

I had no idea! What a great tribute.
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