This game explored multiple experimental mechanics, and was my submission for the 2015 7-day roguelike challenge (7drl).
- Time moves only when you do, letting you approach an arcade dodge-and-shoot game more like it was turn-based
- Control two characters simultaneously with your keypresses, a very strange experience that would overwhelm in realtime but becomes interesting when you can stop to look and plan
- A 1HP system, but with a unique rescue mechanic that allows you to recover from one mistake but not two, meaning that crisis always looms but instadeath is avoided
More ordinary features include permadeath, a final boss fight, and a variety of enemies, weapons, and items so that you can approach the game differently with different builds.
I feel that making this game taught me some of the problems with continuous space and time that exist even when a player can stop to think, and helped evolve my thinking about game design. Give it a spin and see if you learn anything new!
The web version is the most complete, but omits one important fact in the instructions: you fire your secondary weapon with right click.
The original submission to the 7DRL is still available as a PC download, it has less content and lacks a few minor adjustments to the controls.
Web: open in browser
PC: unzip and run the .exe