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Stardust Vanguards
Genre: Action, Arcade
Platforms: PC, Linux
Languages: English
Jun 26, 2014 @ 10:40pm
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Release date: January 30th, 2015
(STEAM LINK HERE) This game has been greenlit and will be available on Steam January 30th

STARDUST VANGUARDS is a local four player game about precision mecha dueling all while calling for reinforcements in the style of 80s and 90s anime space operas. Your special ability is to call in allied squadrons and fleets to assist you on the battlefield. Random events occasionally occur throughout the battle, such as computer controlled space pirates launching massive surprise assaults on all parties involved. You may choose to team up with your rival players during these situations, or use these events as a distraction to kill off an unsuspecting commander. Of course, you'll have to deal with the pirates, too, since they can win the battle just like a player can. Central to Stardust Vanguard's core premise is fast-paced dueling with an element of strategy brought about through your ability to call in reinforcements.

The game has been meticulously balanced and playtested to make sure that the gameplay is tight, precise, and competitive.

  • Multiple arenas/battlefields
  • Dozens of random events that shifts the battle conditions.
  • Call In tactical strikes that scale in magnitude according to the battle
  • Lightning fast multiplayer dueling
  • Computer controlled space pirates attack everyone and can even win battles too
  • Deathmatch, Team Battles, Conquest (King of the Hill), and Space Ball Mode (soccer style capture the flag)
  • Cooperative Mode for 1 to 4 players with three different wave difficulties and an endurance mode through all three.
  • Rocking soundtrack

Your pilot is equipped with a powerful energy sword and a very limited amount of ammunition. Bullets are a support tool in Stardust Vanguards, something to distract your enemies with and not necessarily something to rely on for kills. In addition to your weaponry, your machine is highly mobile and can dash away from other players or even right into them as a pushing attack, but be careful: your engines can burnout temporarily if you boost too much! You can also deflect bullets right back at enemies, so while bullets should be respected they can be used to your advantage!

Calling reinforcements centers on acquiring RP (reinforcement points). You earn RP for every kill you make. Tougher enemies award more RP while weaker enemies are worth a little less. On top of this, the kills your reinforcements make earns you RP, too. You can totally hang back and let them rack up kills for you as you wait to unleash more reinforcements, or you can risk your own well-being to help them push back the enemy. How you play is up to you.

There are multiple tiers of reinforcements based on how much RP you currently have and you can spend those points however you'd like by charging up with the "Call Reinforcements" button. So if you only wanted a small flight group to assist you, you'd only charge up for a quick moment, but if you wanted a large cruiser escort you'd need to charge up to max, assuming you have the points to do so.

Dying takes RP away, but you'll also gain RP slowly over time, so merely surviving will let you build up your forces. Special event ships also offer huge RP rewards for defeating them such as transport and supply ships. Of course, assassinating a special VIP in transit could max our your forces immediately.

Deathmatch, Cooperative, Teamplay, and More!

We're just a two-man team and we're always happy to chat about any comments or suggestions.

See you on the battlefield!
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Stanpai Jan 14, 2015 @ 10:13pm 
Team ZANRAI  [author] Jan 14, 2015 @ 6:19am 
Just chiming in to let everyone know that the game is slated to be released on January 30th, 2015! Here's a link to the Steam Store page!
Team ZANRAI  [author] Oct 23, 2014 @ 10:12pm 
Special thanks to everyone that's supported us!!! Thanks guys and gals!
Dave Voyles Oct 23, 2014 @ 8:06pm 
This game looks bonkers. And that soundtrack!
Stanpai Oct 23, 2014 @ 6:48pm 
King David 73 Oct 21, 2014 @ 2:24pm 
I also played this at SGC and I can't wait to play more.
SSJ2 TRUNKS Oct 8, 2014 @ 8:07pm 
I played this at SGC 2014 it was amazing i kept coming back to play!
LukeZaz Oct 2, 2014 @ 4:28pm 
Voted because Button Masher Bros. (and the game too of course)
Team ZANRAI  [author] Sep 22, 2014 @ 4:32pm 
@fish happy to hear that. :D
Neo FishZilla Armageddon (1st Re Sep 21, 2014 @ 10:01pm 
You had me at 80's and 90's mecha space opera.