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Shooty Skies is an endless-arcade shooter that's free to play from the creators of Crossy Road, it's now on Steam and it has Linux support.

This is the first Steam release from Mighty Games, who usually do mobile games. It will be interesting to see if they bring out any more PC games in future.

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After testing it out, I'm actually a little bit in love with how ridiculous it is. It's a pretty back-to-basics arcade shooter, filled with enemies that make literally no sense. A flying mouth? It has it. A flying vending machine that shoots cans of fizzy at you? There's that too. How about flying presents, that you can blow up to give you a power up like a flying pug that shoots rockets—it has that too. It's completely weird and yet it's so damn charming and fun at the same time.

There's also special Daily Challenge missions, which have an extra difficulty to them, but they allow you to unlock even more characters. Today's mission for example, sees you needing to bounce a ball around the screen while dodging and blowing up enemies. It was surprisingly fun and quite difficult.

To be clear on something, it does have micro-transactions where you can pay money to unlock other characters. However, you can also unlock them simply by playing the game. In the space of 15 minutes, I was able to unlock multiple characters and gaining in-game currency is actually incredibly easy. You can also gain special golden tickets by doing the Daily Challenges and completing achievements, which can then also be used to unlock more.

For a free game, it's actually great. It's quite possibly my new coffee break game.

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Lonsfor 7 Mar, 2018
It was Hipster Whale and 3 Sprockets
Tuxee 7 Mar, 2018
Can't confirm that. Even on the lowest level the difficulty is absolutely absurd. I wonder whether this is a bug. It is definitely buggy since at one point my aircraft was invisible, the level scrolled on to the first boss and stayed there. All I could do was Alt-F4 the game.

Edit: Definitely a bug. Comparing with a gameplay video from the Steam forums my version runs about 10 times as fast as the one in the video.


Last edited by Tuxee on 7 March 2018 at 2:25 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 7 Mar, 2018
Quoting: TuxeeCan't confirm that. Even on the lowest level the difficulty is absolutely absurd. I wonder whether this is a bug. It is definitely buggy since at one point my aircraft was invisible, the level scrolled on to the first boss and stayed there. All I could do was Alt-F4 the game.

Edit: Definitely a bug. Comparing with a gameplay video from the Steam forums my version runs about 10 times as fast as the one in the video.
Weird, mines been running really nicely.
Tuxee 7 Mar, 2018
Indeed. I should have thought about the locale setting. Works properly now.
Lembritt 7 Mar, 2018
Quoting: Guest
Quoting: TuxeeCan't confirm that. Even on the lowest level the difficulty is absolutely absurd. I wonder whether this is a bug. It is definitely buggy since at one point my aircraft was invisible, the level scrolled on to the first boss and stayed there. All I could do was Alt-F4 the game.

Edit: Definitely a bug. Comparing with a gameplay video from the Steam forums my version runs about 10 times as fast as the one in the video.

Might be related to the same issue as me, altho I could only load as far as the intro splash and no further. As it is a Unity game, I simply edited the launch command to "LC_ALL=C %command%" and my comma-decimal-locale using self could play.

Edit: Reason I suggest this is I had issues with games running super fast before, that was also due to locale/Unity.

I can only get to the title screen,
Can you explain how you solved the title screen issue?

EDIT: I found where to paste the command and without the "" The game started.


Last edited by Lembritt on 7 March 2018 at 7:57 pm UTC
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