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Dec 01, 2022

January release date set for Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider, the retro 16-bit action platformer

From Press Release:

PARIS (Dec. 1st, 2022) – Publisher The Arcade Crew (Infernax, Young Souls, Blazing Chrome) and developer JoyMasher (Blazing Chrome) today announced that Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider’s fight against an army protecting cruel totalitarians begins on Jan. 12, 2023. The action platformer will channel the spirit of golden age 16-bit action games on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation consoles and Amazon Luna (in selected territories).

Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider’s release date dropped from the shadows alongside a new gameplay trailer showcasing the lethal talents of a cyborg ninja named Moonrider. This state-of-the-art warrior has turned on its creators while defying its original purpose in a relentless quest of revenge. Watch Moonrider cut through its darkly powerful opposition with a futuristic arsenal:

Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider recalls the best classic action game elements in the laser-precise sights of its starring ninja, keeping combat snappy, responsive and challenging. Powerful modifier chips are guarded and hidden throughout the adventure, allowing the cyborg super soldier to customize its fighting style while gaining killer advantages and abilities. The game’s gorgeously desolated world expertly recreates the 16-bit era through intricate pixel art and crunchy audio, building a striking, compact gauntlet across eight deadly stages. Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider revels in top-notch, refined platforming action for a tight, focused experience that never lets its blade get dull.

“From using traditional audio recording techniques from the 90’s to limited color palettes that’d feel right at home on a Sega Genesis, we wanted every aspect of Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider to faithfully pay homage to the formative era of games which ultimately inspired us to create our own,” said Danilo Dias, co-founder of JoyMasher and art director on Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider. “The classic simplicity of action platformers continues to influence game design to this day, and Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is a tribute to where some of the best retro experiences originate from as well and our interpretation of how they can still evolve going forward.”

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