Jamestown: Legend Of The Lost Colony is a neo-classical top-down shooter for up to 4 players, set on 17th-century British Colonial Mars. It features all the intensity, depth, and lovingly handcrafted pixels of a classic arcade shooter, with a modern twist: deeply-integrated cooperative gameplay.
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A short intro into the Indie game of Jamestown, originally created to raise awareness of its discount during the Steam Autumn Sale. It's a 'very' different take on a bit of American history, if it were to have occurred in the furture... on Mars, and agains...
Hello, is it possible to obtain the Linux binaries of this game via Steam? I've moved to Ubuntu long time ago, and I'd like to play this awesome game natively, before the Steam Linux version arrives. Thanks in advance!
Disclosure: I marked “received this product for free” because I received it as a gift.
Jamestown: Legend Of The Lost Colony is a game that I wanted to play at one time. Before I make a purchase I typically check out reviews (both good and bad) and the Steam Discussions to see if there is anything that might make me think twice about buying. If the game crashes on start or has some sort of other technical issue there is a good chance someone will be posting about it. In the case of Jamestown, one doesn't have to look far to find some dirt.
When I looked through the discussions I learned that Final Form Games appear to have completely abandoned the PC version of the game (it looks like they stopped support to focus on PlayStation 4's Jamestown+). The developers haven't posted since June 24, 2015. There is at least one somewhat major bug that they're aware of and haven't fixed as of today August 28, 2016. For many users, every enemy projectile in the game is currently a dull grey color. The color of bullets in shooting games is kind of a big deal and there is a good reason why they often are colored brightly. How are you supposed to dodge them if you can't see them clearly? I've played quite a few shoot 'em ups and this was enough to convince me not to buy the game.
A fix exists, but it doesn't work for all users. It involves reverting to a previous version through the properties menu of the game in Steam. It ended up partially working for me. It fixed the colors but the game became unplayable unless played windowed. I strongly prefer fullscreen so decided to keep the grey bullets. Aside from not being aesthetically pleasing, there were only a few parts where I found them to be particularly detrimental. I also experienced odd controller bugs if I was holding a direction immediately while spawning. I'm not sure if it was my gamepad or not, but it wasn't difficult to avoid once I realized what was causing it.
Jamestown isn't really a standard arcade style shooting game. Rather than being one continuous run, the game is split up into five stages. In order to unlock all five stages the player is required to beat the earlier stages on progressively higher difficulty levels. The later stages do not feature lower difficulty options at all. This serves as a nice and slow introduction for individuals inexperienced with the genre. In addition to the regular stages there are challenge levels that feature special objectives such as flying through rings, getting a certain score within a time limit, or surviving a brief onslaught. The regular stages are enjoyable but I had even more fun with the challenges. The only campaign stage I didn't like was the final one which unexpectedly introduces environmental hazards which aren't in the earlier levels and felt out of place.
After completing a stage you are rewarded with ducats that can be used in the store. Among other things the store sells alternate ships, additional challenges, and the gauntlet mode. Each ship has a primary attack, a special secondary attack, and the ability to vaunt. Activating vaunt mode provides temporary invincibility, a damage bonus, and a score multiplier. Picking up coins prolongs the amount of time your retain the bonuses. The Gauntlet serves as the game's version of an arcade mode where you play through all the stages consecutively with limited continues. It is also worth mentioning that the game allows up to four players. I never tested multiplayer out myself so I can't say how well it works.
Although it's a little unorthodox when compared to classic Japanese arcade shooters, Jamestown is one of the strongest entries into the shoot 'em up genre from a western developer that I've ever played. It's truly sad that Final Form Games has let it fall into its current state. The game is gorgeous, the soundtrack is great, and the overall presentation is outstanding. Due to the strong package and enjoyable gameplay I'd recommend this game, but with a warning about the likelihood of encountering bugs. There is a lot of fun to be had here and it's playable even with the grey bullets, but I think it's important that potential buyers know that there are bugs that may never be fixed.
I have a lot of 2d objects in the game flickering in and out very fast. Very strange. Is anyone else on Windows 10 experiencing this? I have an AMD card. This game never had an issue in ages past. It seems to look fine at first but after beating a stage o...