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Interview With Game Developer Locomalito on His Upcoming Game ‘Super Hydorah’

I had the amazing opportunity to ask indie developer Locomalito (creator of the excellent Maldita Castilla EX: Cursed Castilla) ten random questions about his upcoming game Super Hydorah as well as his game design philosophies.

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I had the amazing opportunity to ask indie developer Locomalito (creator of the excellent Maldita Castilla EX: Cursed Castilla) ten random questions about his upcoming game Super Hydorah as well as his game design philosophies. Super Hydorah is a side scrolling space shooter that takes heavy inspiration from classic titles such as R-Type, and if Locomalito’s track record holds true, it is shaping up to be every bit as good as the classics. Please enjoy!

GS (GoombaStomp) –  All of your games are developed using classic game ideas and theories. What got you into developing games like this as opposed to games with a more modern feel?

LM (Locomalito) – As a kid I spent hours in arcade rooms. I didn’t have coins usually, so I would just stand watching how other people play, and meanwhile looking at every detail of the game design. I learned to love those quick and challenging games, and somehow, that’s the kind of game I most understand now, and the kind of game I feel comfortable making, despite the old look of them. But also, I think those games are good for the present as an alternative, as they’re not big time wasters. People with many hobbies or personal projects that have little time find the arcade kind of game interesting now, as they don’t require long hours to spend, and also because they’re full action from the start to the end.

GS – What made you want to revisit and improve Hydorah rather than one of your other titles?

LM – Hydorah is my childhood dream game. I’ve spent my entire life thinking of what elements I like from shmups, and how I can make the best possible shmup with all of those ingredients. The original Hydorah (2010) was my best attempt, I did it with all of my might back then after 3 years of intense development. But time has passed, and I learned a bunch of new things that are definitively making it a much better game. It doesn’t only feature 5 new levels and an extra mode now, but also some extra layers of polish in the controls, weapons, level design, sprites and sound. Now for the first time I feel like I’m making the game I wanted to make, and not just the game I was able to make.

GS – Hydorah was arguably your biggest project. Has the development of Super Hydorah proved to be more challenging than Maldita Castilla EX?

LM – Sure. The amount of assets and program objects is bigger in Hydorah than in Maldita Castilla, but also the option for two players to play cooperatively [resulted in] a ton of work to do, as the game has been rewritten internally to support the behavior of everything and the reaction of enemies [now] that there can be two ships around. Not only that, but we also implemented some new rules to the standard in cooperative shmups. We made it so a dead player is not automatically re-spawned, but needs the standing player to get a “revive” item or reach a checkpoint, making things more intense, as the standing player has the responsibility to re-spawn his companion or reach the checkpoint alive.

GS –  In terms of Super Hydorah’s setting, why was space chosen as opposed to places on Earth?

LM – I love the fantasy space landscape. It’s a setting where everything is possible, from aliens to old myths, exotic places, cyberpunk, ancient ruins or black magic. To put your mind far from what you know, it’s nice to have a setting in a distant unknown star. There I can easily create an asteroid belt of rubies, a water cylinder or a stormy vortex that emanates space jellies. Everything is OK! (*smiles*)

GS – What are the most crucial elements in a good horizontal space shooter?

LM – In my opinion, the most important thing is a balance between the feelings of constant danger and exploring the unknown. Also, a crucial element is fair play; the game has to be as hard as possible without being tricky. There must be time to react and a way to survive even in the worst of situations, and, when the player dies, he must have the feeling that he can beat that segment in the next try.

GS – What are the big changes coming in the updated Super Hydorah and how did you decide on implementing them?

LM – [There are so many changes] that it sounds ridiculous when we list them! (*smiles*)

Basically, there are 5 new levels (one of them divided into 3 sub-levels), 2 new weapons, a cooperative 2 players option and a special extra game also for 2 players. Controls are more precise now, with a combination of analog movements with something we call micro-inertia (hard to explain, but ship feels [effortless] in the players hand), and also we have things like a smooth camera movement following players. We also have better graphics with a better use of the color palette and extra details, and better sounds and music (every track has been mixed again). Of course, then there is a proper controller configuration and display options, with things like the detailed CRT effect we already used in Maldita Castilla EX.

Ah, and of course: achievements!


GS – How has it been developing for consoles as opposed to only PC?

LM -Every platform is pretty different from each other on the inside. Each one with proprietary things to implement, like achievements, saving options and such things. Consoles like the Nintendo 3Ds are especially hard, as they have unique features like dual screen or 3D, and we try to implement those features in a cool way. On the other hand, it’s much easier to implement and test controllers in consoles, as they have a standard.

Anyway, developing for big commercial platforms is always slower and harder, as the quality standards and the amount of requirements are much higher.

GS – Challenge was a huge part of Maldita Castilla EX’s gameplay. It relies on the player actually getting better rather than pushing them through for the sake of progression. How difficult is it to develop a game that is challenging, yet fair?

LM -I think that’s the harder part of developing the kind of arcade-like games that I do. I play a lot of my own games to check if they’re fun, fair and have a good rhythm. I take thousand of notes during my own plays to be sure everything is as perfect as possible. Often I use chronometers to evaluate the amount of pressure put onto the player, and to evaluate when I need to put a “breathe” area into a level, or how much time I need to give to the player between a signal of danger and an inevitable death. I think that balance is the single most important thing in the core design of an arcade game. That balance between danger, fun and fair play.

That’s what makes a players heart rate go up in an enjoyable way.

GS – Who is your favorite game developer?

LM – I admire people like Satroshi “Pac” Fujisima, Manfred Trenz or Pixel Amaya, because they made great games all alone, and they managed to put a lot of their own into those games.

GS – What is your absolute favorite video game?

LM – That’s pretty hard to decide, as I like video games of many kinds and it varies depending on the mood… but let’s mention a few ones.

I love Chelnov, because it is an awesome combination between platformer and shmup. Also Outrun 2, because it is a perfect evolution of a classic game. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night because… well, it’s just a masterpiece. R-Type because of personal reasons… it was the first super-hard game I beat, and it taught me a lot about patience and perseverance as a kid. Ghost n’ Goblins, because it always reminds me that I’m a loser, haha (In a funny way, I mean).

Another huge ‘Thank-You’ to Locomalito from the Goombastomp team for taking the time out of his busy schedule to do this interview! You can find out more about him on www.locomalito.com or on twitter @Locomalito. Make sure to check out my review of Maldita Castilla EX: Cursed Castilla, available on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam!

Just a guy who loves games, powerlifting, and cats (not necessarily in that order). I love collecting cool Nintendo stuff, especially old consoles and figures. Wario is my spirit animal. I also stream Nintendo games on twitch every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8:30 pm eastern time!

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Fantastic Fest 2019: Second Wave Adds ‘Knives Out’, ‘Parasite’ and More

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This year’s Fantastic Fest is shaping up with one of the strongest lineups in recent years and if the first wave announcement didn’t impress you, the second wave of films announced today will have you running to buy tickets.

Wave two brings a ton of exciting new titles including Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out, Bong Joon-ho‘s Palme d’Or winner Parasite, as well as Richard Stanley‘s The Color Out of Space and the latest from filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, Synchronic.

This year, Fantastic Fest will also be spotlighting Mexican genre films such as The Black Pit of Dr. M and The Ship of Monsters—and, the festival will also include a sidebar dedicated to LGBTQ+ representation in genre cinema.

Check out the full second wave film lineup below. Fantastic Fest runs September 19-26. Be sure to check back as we will be covering the event once again this year.

Abou Leila
Algeria, France, Qatar, 2019
North American Premiere, 139 min
Director – Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
In the midst of the Algerian Civil War, Lotfi ventures into the desert with his lifelong friend S., who hopes to find and kill the elusive, dangerous terrorist Abou Leila.

The Antenna
Turkey, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Orçun Behram
Somewhere within an unnamed city in Turkey, the residents of an apartment block await the installation of their new antenna as ordered by the central government. No one can prepare them for the evil that will be unleashed.

The Black Pit Of Dr. M
Mexico, 1959
Repertory Screening, 82 min
Director – Fernando Méndez
Two doctors make a pact on behalf of science: Whichever one dies first will return to share the secrets of the afterlife. This pact will not end well.

Bliss
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 80 min
Director – Joe Begos
While trying to complete her latest painting, a starving artist facing a lack of inspiration spirals out of control in a blaze of blood-soaked, drug-fueled glory.

Blood Machines
France, USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 50 min
Director – Seth Ickerman
The wild sequel to the Carpenter Brut music video, Turbo Killer, shoots you into a turbulent psychedelic adventure of galactic hunters tracking down the soul of a spaceship set to a killer synthwave soundtrack.

Butt Boy
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 100 min
Director – Tyler Cornack
Writer/director/comedian Tyler Cornack’s Butt Boy introduces us to Chip, a middle-aged man whose first prostate exam stirs feelings deep inside leading to an addiction that can only be shown to Fantastic Fest audiences.

Climate Of The Hunter
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Mickey Reece
The “Soderbergh of the Sticks,” Mickey Reece, returns to Fantastic Fest with his 27th feature. Two beautiful sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.

Color Out Of Space
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 111 min
Director – Richard Stanley
Unimaginable terrors befall the Gardner family after a meteorite lands on their front lawn in Richard Stanley’s entrancing, horrific adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story.

Iron Fists And Kung Fu Kicks
Australia, 2019
North American Premiere, 107 min
Director – Serge Ou
From the Shaw Brothers to The Matrix, this wild documentary tells the story of how kung fu films conquered the world from the 1960s to now.

Knives Out
USA, 2019
Special Presentation, 130 min
Director – Rian Johnson
In attendance – Director Rian Johnson
From acclaimed writer, director Rian Johnson comes Knives Out, a fresh and modern take on the classic “whodunnit” mystery genre.

The Lodge
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 108 min
Directors – Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
Five years after Goodnight Mommy stunned Fantastic Fest audiences, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are back with another disturbing psychological twister about a brother and sister spending Christmas with their shadowy soon-to-be stepmother.

The Long Walk
Laos, Spain, Singapore, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Mattie Do
In attendance – Director Mattie Do
An old Laotian hermit discovers that the ghost of a road accident victim can transport him back in time fifty years to the moment of his mother’s painful death..

Lyle
2014, USA
Repertory Screening, 65 min
Director – Stewart Thorndike
In attendance – Director Stewart Thorndike
After the loss of her child, a young woman begins to suspect that her neighbors might be part of a satanic cult and that she might be their next target.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
USA, 1985
Repertory Screening, 87 min
Director – Jack Sholder
In attendance – Actors Mark Patton and Kim Myers
Jesse (Mark Patton) is the new kid on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger might not be the only monster in the closet in this much discussed but under-appreciated queer horror classic.

Nobadi
Austria, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Karl Markovics
In a retirement allotment in Vienna, a crabby 91-year-old finds both himself and his humanity when he hires an Afghani refugee to help him in Karl Markovics’ remarkable and poignant third feature.

Parasite
South Korea, 2019
Texas Premiere, 131 min
Director – Bong Joon-ho
Bong Joon-ho’s seventh feature — about an unemployed Korean family conning their way out of their basement apartment — is a roller coaster ride of laughs, gasps, horror, tears, and perfection.

Patrick
Belgium, 2019
North American Premiere, 97 min
Director – Tim Mielants
Patrick is not having an easy time. First his domineering father passed away and now his favorite hammer is missing. Before the day is out, Patrick’s search will lead him to discover answers to the questions he didn’t even know existed.

Phil Tippett – Mad Dreams And Monsters
France, 2019
International Premiere, 80 min
Directors – Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet
After their documentary Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex, French journalist Alexandre Poncet and filmmaker Gilles Penso deliver an in-depth, sad, and beautiful documentary about the stop motion and VFX artist Phil Tippett, a man who changed the landscape of visual effects in film.

The Platform
Spain, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
In attendance – Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Somewhere in the future exists The Platform, a vertically tiered prison where the upper levels have access to exquisite food and the lower levels fight for survival. Level assignments are random, but how long can a prisoner’s luck hold? One man is about to find out.

Prey
1977, United Kingdom
Repertory Screening, 78 min
Director – Norman J. Warren
Jessica and Josephine find more than their relationship at stake when they’re chosen by a shape-shifting alien as his target for an observational study.

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 100 min
Directors – Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen
In attendance – Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen
More than thirty years after its release and his departure from Hollywood, Mark Patton (star of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), sets the record straight on the famously queer horror sequel in this fabulous, surprising, and eye-opening documentary.

The Ship Of Monsters
Mexico, 1960
Repertory Screening, 81 min
Director – Rogelio A. González
Two Venusian women and their robot servant are on a mission to find suitable candidates to repopulate their planet. Soon their ship is filled with bizarre specimens from across the universe, leading to an adventure like no other!

Synchronic
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 96 min
Directors – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
In attendance – Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Two paramedics find their world ripped apart when they start encountering deaths linked to the otherworldly effects of a new designer drug called Synchronic.

Trampa Infernal
Mexico, 1989
Repertory Screening, 77 min
Director – Pedro Galindo III
In Mexico’s most notorious unseen video-era masterblast, a crew of toxically masculine bear murderers runs afoul of a forest-dwelling war veteran wearing a mannequin mask and Freddy Krueger glove. Entertainment ensues!!

The True Adventures Of Wolfboy
USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 88 min
Director – Martin Krej?í
Suffering from hypertrichosis — which covers him with animal-like fur — Paul knows he’s not like other kids. But a seemingly random package from his estranged mother will send him on a journey of self-discovery alongside extraordinary characters.

The Vast Of Night
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 90 min
Director – Andrew Patterson
A rural 1950s radio DJ and a telephone operator uncover a strange signal that could change everything in this stunning science fiction debut feature.

VFW
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 92 min
Director – Joe Begos
In attendance – Director Joe Begos
In the near future, a new drug called Hype has turned America into a war zone. The addicted are more mutant than human, and they’ve set their sights on assaulting a VFW post in Joe Begos’ star-studded latest.

VHYES
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 71 min
Director – Jack Henry Robbins
In attendance – Director Jack Henry Robbins
This bizarre retro comedy, shot entirely on VHS and Beta, takes us back to when 12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week, mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents’ wedding tape.

Vivarium
Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, 2019
US Premiere, 98 min
Director – Lorcan Finnegan
When young couple Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) drive out to a maze of temptingly affordable houses in the suburbs, they find themselves unable to leave.

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Antlers’ Gets a Mysterious Trailer

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for Antlers, a rural horror film about a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, who discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret that places the entire town in danger.

Director Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro have teamed to adapt a short story from Nick Antosca, the creator of the criminally underrated horror anthology series Channel Zero. Not much is yet known about Antlers other than Fox Searchlight, now owned by Disney, has scheduled the film for a 2020 release. Rounding up the main cast is Graham Green, Amy Madigan, Scott Haze and Rory Cochrane. Watch the trailer below.

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Be Excellent to Each Other with these Awesome ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ Figures

“History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell.”

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Since its release in 1989, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure inspired a sequel (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey), a Saturday morning cartoon, a comic book series, and launched actor Keanu Reeves into movie stardom. And now, three-plus decades later, Bill and Ted are getting their own scale collectible set courtesy Sideshow and Blitzway.

This is your chance to own the friendly duo in one go! The work put into creating these high-end figures is truly astounding as the figures capture the look of a young Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves just as we remember them. If you have $399 to spend, they can be all yours.

Check out the photos below along with the official press release.

Bill and Ted are two high school buddies who dream of becoming international rock stars. Their hilarious time travel adventure is depicted in the amazingly audacious comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

It’s like having them pop up right in front of you, with their iconic fashion and elaborate accessories. Besides, the iconic props are designed to let you reproduce a variety of wonderful scenes from the movie.

Be excellent to each other and travel to the past through the exciting story of Bill and Ted!

The Bill & Ted Sixth Scale Collectible Set specially features:

Highly detailed likeness of Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq.
Highly detailed likeness of Keanu Reeves as Ted “Theodore” Logan
Newly designed and developed male body with over 30 points of articulations and flexible soft arms
Two (2) Newly designed and developed figure stands
Twelve (12) interchangeable hands (total for both) including:
Two (2) pairs of guitar hands
Two (2) right blow fist hands
Two (2) pairs of open hands
Two (2) right good fortune hands

Costume for Bill:

One (1) purple pattern shirt
One (1) graphic t-shirts
One (1) pair of blue jeans
One (1) pair of pattern underpants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

Costume for Ted:

One (1) blue jacket
One (1) black vest
One (1) graphic t-shirt
One (1) pair of graphic shorts
One (1) pair of inner training pants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

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Watch the Creepy Trailer for ‘Little Nightmares 2’: Six is Back and She has Help.

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One of the biggest surprises to come out of Gamescom 2019 so far is the announcement of Little Nightmares 2, the sequel to the puzzle-platformer hit horror game developed by Tarsier Studios.

While the first Little Nightmares has you take control a character named Six while avoiding instant death as she traverses alone amongst the depths of a dungeon, the sequel will give her a companion named Mono, who must accompany Six throughout her terrifying new journey.  

Little Nightmares was one of our favorite games of 2017 and so we can’t wait to get our hands on the sequel. In our review, James Baker wrote, “Tarsier Studios have created a wholly original concept to a horror genre that has leaned more towards thriller before anything else, bringing its roots back without relying on jump-scares and needlessly-gory shocks. Just like hide-and-seek, Little Nightmares captures the fear of being caught, albeit in a creepy, macabre style.”

Little Nightmares 2 will be released sometime in 2020 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Watch the trailer below and if you are a fan of the first game, we recommend reading this article that dives deep into the meaning behind Little Nightmares.

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NBA 2K20’s Story Mode Gets a Stunning Trailer

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NBA 2K19 features to date, its strongest MyCareer mode with the aptly titled, “The Way Back”, a fascinating look at the culture behind college basketball recruiting. The story mode was well received by critics and fans everywhere and in our review, we called it, “an incredible achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length”.

NBA 2K20 which will be released in less than a month, promises to include an even better story mode, and while we haven’t played the game yet, we have plenty of reasons to think it might be. Not only does it feature an all-star cast with top-tier talents such as Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson, but the story mode – entitled “When the Lights Are Brightest” – is being produced by LeBron James’ Springhill Productions, the same company behind the upcoming Space Jam 2.

NBA 2K20’s latest trailer, which debuted Monday during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, give us a good idea of what to expect. We get a glimpse at Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson in action as well as the rest of the supporting cast which includes Thomas Middleditch, Mark Cuban, Ernie Hudson, Lamorne Morris, Scottie Pippen, and Jaleel White!

The NBA 2K20 demo will go live on Wednesday, Aug. 21 and will allow players to create a character and get a head start on MyCareer. Any progress made will carry over to the full game, which will be released Sept. 6 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

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