Imagine a game in which a square man has to blast other four-sided enemies – but firing his weapon could send him toppling to his doom. That’s the pitch for Bang Man! a new, frenetic platform shooter which is available now for Android devices from Google Play.
Developed by Simon Byron, whose previous mobile title Up, Down, Left, Right has been downloaded over 5,000 times, Bang Man! is a fiendishly simple game which sees the titular hero fending off an endless wave of alien scumbags high above the planet.
Fall from the platform, and it’s instant game over. Touch an alien – game over. Each bullet is one shot only – so players must collect ammo crates with which to send the alien scum back to hell.
However, each ammo box comes with a challenge – when fired, players will recoil the number of squares shown on the box. With the aliens speeding up if left alone, players must act quickly – collecting crates and firing from positions that won’t send them toppling to their doom.
[quote by=”Simon Byron, developer of Bang Man!”]I loved the idea of the thing that’s helping you progress is the thing that could cause your death. It’s a simple game which becomes challenging quickly – but its mechanics are immensely satisfying.[/quote]
Designed and coded by Simon Byron using the brilliant Game Maker: Studio, with art from Chris O’Toole and Music from Mathew Stevens, Bang Man! is available for free for Android devices via Google Play. An iOS version will be available soon.