Retro chic arcade shooting at its finest!

Story
The year is 2051. Location: SATAZIUS, a long-abandoned planet.

The cruiser Agano was on patrol when it was attacked and stricken by a confederacy of space pirates that had established a base on SATAZIUS. The pirates attacked the Agano intending to steal the assault ship ‘Trafalgar’ that was stowed aboard the Agano, but the Trafalgar made a successful emergency escape.

The crew of the Trafalgar calculated the probability of successfully escaping the pirate overrun planet at 0.02%; the probability of charging into and successfully destroying the pirate base was 1%. Taking the higher probability escape plan, the crew of the Trafalgar turned their ship toward the pirate horde and began their charge into the heart of SATAZIUS.

Overview
SATAZIUS is an awesome retro-chic arcade shooter by accomplished indie developer ASTRO PORT (Gigantic Army, Armed Seven, Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser), featuring an arsenal of 13 types of upgradeable weapons, power-ups, obstacles and boss encounters that arcade veterans will enjoying getting to grips with. Customize your ship by selecting two side weapons which can be cycled and deployed at any time during the game and a charge attack to unleash massive destruction.

There are hordes of enemy ships to shoot down, tight spaces to navigate, power ups to grab, and bonuses to acquire. Featuring great stage design, a thumping techno soundtrack, fast and outstanding action, old school graphics and giant bosses, SATAZIUS is a true throwback to old-school arcade shoot ‘em ups, replete with homages which will be instantly recognizable to fans of arcade shooters.

Features

  • 13 upgradeable weapons to choose from
  • 4 difficulty settings, allowing accessibility for new players while challenging veterans as well.
  • Addictive stage design
  • Massive bosses
  • Winner of the August 2008 Jikkyo Play Contents Award

Gameplay Trailer (Japanese)

 
 
Release Date: December 20th, 2011
Format: PC (Windows) download
Genre: Retro Chic Arcade Shooter
Price: $5.99
DRM: None
Homepage: http://www.satazius.com/

 

 

 

About the Developer
ASTRO PORT’S collective message to the world is, ‘This is how fun action shooting games can be!”
Consisting of only three members, ASTRO PORT’s game development resume features Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser, ARMED SEVEN, Witch-bot Meglilo, Steam action : ADVENTUM, the 2010’s indie community darling GIGANTIC ARMY and now SATAZIUS.

ASTRO PORT’s members are:

ORDAN (Programming, game design and team representative)
Favorite games: Gradius V, Battle Garegga, Stalker, Golden Eye 4, Unreal (original),
Other games developed (freeware): Urban Uprising, Warmachine Overload, Urban Uprising: Dark New World, Tank Domination, Demolition Gunner: In Seek And Destroy, Sonic Ironstorm: FATAL ATTACK

SAK (Direction, graphics, music)
Special characteristics: Passionate about shooting games, but can only last about 3 minutes per coin spent in the arcade.
Motto: “Man lives to weep.”
Favorite games: Gradius, ZANAC, DoDonPachi, Strider, Wizardry, Diablo, Diplomacy, backgammon
Other games developed (freeware): Supercharged Professor Amamori, Steam Crops (Joukiheidan)

OSABISHI (Sound effects, programming, graphics)
Special characteristic: Administrator of the sound effects site ‘The Matchmakers’
Favorite games: Magical Chase, Deathsmiles, Gimmick!, Monster World 4, Crysis, Quake 4, Anno1404, Tropico 3, Elite Beat Agents, Rock Band, We Cheer
Other games developed (freeware): Medicalat, ROBOT AND UFO

For more information, visit ASTRO PORT’s homepage at: http://www.interq.or.jp/saturn/takuhama/dhc.html