Retro-futuristic twin-stick shooter Kite has exited Steam Early Access and is now available as a full release!
“Kiting” is a gameplay strategy in which players run away from enemies while attacking them – as if they were flying a kite on a string. This mechanic was pioneered by Robotron 2084, the first “twin-stick” shooter – although the term ‘kiting’ was originally associated with early MMOs.
Developed by Lab Cat Games, Kite is squarely aimed at fans of the golden age of 16-bit arcade shooters who fondly remember classics such as Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Smash TV. Are you ready for Kite’s neon-bathed visuals and synthwave soundtrack? For the sake of humankind, you’d better be!
Running & Shooting
After the revolution, humanity’s combined efforts to meld cold robotics with nature have paid off. Earth has revitalized itself – and now the global utopia once thought impossible has become a reality. This biomechanical paradise has emerged, thanks in no small part to a steady disarmament campaign.
Yet even in times of absolute peace, shadowy secrets lurk. Several weapon research facilities remain operational; hidden from the public eye, they’re kept alive as an ‘insurance policy’ against unforeseen threats. Within these clandestine halls, scientists work tirelessly to design powerful combat systems never before imagined by humankind. When a security breach threatens one of these secret facilities (Arch City), you’ll take control of the most advanced hardware ever developed – a Human-Operated Remote Droid (H.O.R.D.) prototype.
As Mags – a well-equipped H.O.R.D. pilot – your mission is to preserve the blanket of peace surrounding the world. To do so, you’ll engage in the gunplay-ballet known as ‘kiting’ – dashing away from mobs of rebellious bots while blasting through lush, destructible environments.
Mastering the fast-paced combat style means the difference between surviving… and becoming scrap! With a variety of swarming enemies such as Charge Bots, Slice Bots, Bouncing Betties, Crab Bots, Hyper Turrets and Prox Mines in your way, surviving won’t be easy.
Utilize 100+ craftable weapons and items to enhance your battle Droid. Bring your combat capabilities to the next level by learning skills from a vast 76-point skill tree. Power up a slew of upgrades and special abilities – providing all the tools necessary to kite enemies into oblivion!
Available on Windows, Kite has been featured in a number of outlets- including Invision Community, popgeeks.net, GeekNifty, Gaming Cypher, BluesNews, and Flickering Myth.
Read more about Kite and Lab Cat Games here.