A downloadable game for Windows

== About the Game ==

Dark Space is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up inspired by retro games from the genre. All of the game's sprites were drawn with a limited four-color palette.

Warning! The Dark Space Scourges, a band of insidious, interdimensional indecents, are causing havoc and unrest across the Dark Space! Take control of the scorpion-like alien Schkitaska as you fly through a dangerous assortment of stages, each one presenting its own unique hazards, on your mission to apprehend the Dark Space Scourges and restore order.

Schkitaska has the power to generate orbitals after defeating enough enemies; these friendly followers will allow Schkitaska to temporarily mutate and gain new attacks. Up to two orbitals can be equipped at one time, and their powers will combine to produce devastating abilities! Experiment with all of the possible combinations and find the best orbitals for every situation.


== Features ==

  • Many interesting characters and environments to encounter!
  • 21 unique weapon combinations to discover and use!
  • Three different stages to tackle in any order you please!
  • Two difficulty modes with separate level designs and gameplay differences!
  • A shop system which provides health and weapon upgrades!
  • Secret challenges which unlock character information when completed!


== Controls ==

-- General Controls --
  • F1, F2, F3, F4 keys: Adjust window size between 1x, 2x, 3x, or 4x
  • F5 key: Toggle full-screen mode
-- Menu Controls --
  • Arrow keys: Navigate menu options
  • Z key / Y key / W key: Select the current menu option
  • X key: Return to the previous menu
-- Game Controls --
  • Arrow keys: Move
  • Z key / Y key / W key: Fire or activate the current weapon
  • X key: Equip the new orbital circling around you
  • A key / Q key: Discard the oldest equipped orbital
  • Enter key: Pause the game
  • Escape key: Return to the title screen (while paused)


== Development Status ==

Current version: 2.4.1 (Tutorial hotfix)

This game is currently in development, so not all features of the game are currently implemented (The "???" gameplay mode and Achthynx's stage). If you have any feedback regarding the game, please share it in the comments! I would love to hear what you have to say.

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hey this is pretty good

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finally got around to this! 

quibbles:

keeping track of what powerups you have and especially what combinations of powerups do what is totally obtuse. maybe a descriptive name for each combination would be better instead of the names of the critters that're following you. each of the powerup creatures is also not so different in design to be immediately recognizable, which is a problem.

the powerup system in general is a bit difficult to grasp. if i get it correctly, by picking up enough dropped energy from defeated enemies, you receive a different kind of follower/critter/powerup that can be then combined with another one? and you lose them on taking damage? the rules here weren't evident and that left me confused.

positives:

the controls are smooth and responsive, and i never felt like i got hit when i shouldn't have. you can easily tell when you've hit enemies.

there's a distinct and bizarre atmosphere here, contributed to by the graphics, unique character designs, and nomenclature. comparing it to anything is a disservice but frankly i was reminded of the darker bits of the earlier kirby games, especially the smooth, bubbly backgrounds.

the levels are quite distinct from one another, which helps it from becoming samey, and are really interesting to boot. combine with the limited palette, fluid animations, and focused art style and the game is easy on the eyes and distinct.


overall, you've got a great and polished experience here. keep up the good work!

Hey, thanks for trying my game out! I'm really glad you enjoyed playing it.

The way the weapon system works is that you can have up to two orbitals following you at the same time. There's a hidden counter that increments as you defeat enemies, eventually causing an orbital to appear. Your newest orbital is written first, and your oldest orbital is written second; whenever you pick up a third orbital or lose an orbital, the older one is the one to disappear (which is why I opted to show orbital names instead of a single weapon name in the bottom-left). You'll lose an orbital if you take three hits in succession while having the same orbital combination throughout (on Hard difficulty, you'll lose an orbital in one hit if you're holding two).

You raise some very good points, though, and I can now see how confusing the orbital system can be to new players. I've been considering adding a short tutorial stage where the core mechanics of the game are explained, and this shows me that it would be a welcome addition.