As an independent site, we’re always on the look out for indie games we can throw our support behind. Sure, we love the big franchises just as much as the next site, but if we can bring smaller, often personal projects that often struggle to get made to a wider audience – all the better.
Swedish studio Shortfuse Games, developer of Xbox LIVE title Colosseum, have been squirrelling away on future titles with the hope of attracting the eye of a publisher to help them bring their particular brand of awesomeness to fruition.
One such title is Alive and Undead. Also known as Hail to the King: Alive and Undead (we think, it’s not entirely clear from their website), the PS3 and Xbox 360 title sees protagonist Mr. Smith, a vampiric Elvis impersonator, and Welson, a temptress Van Helsing type sidekick who likes to put witches back in their place (i.e. the ground), set out to avenge the slaughter of Smith’s family and cure him of his undead curse.
It’s a side-scroller, with enemy juggling and violent co-op moves set to keep those of us old enough to remember Final Fight and Double Dragon ecstatic long into the night.
If I’m being honest, I didn’t expect Alive and Undead to make this list (I have a sneaky suspicion some of the staff here at TSA saw the word “Undead” and gave it a higher than expected mark just for the hell of it), and it should be noted that the game is not finished by a long shot; the studio actively looking for support to get it over the line.
Here’s an idea of what’s in store. Thankyouverymuch.