When your homeplanet Vain is forced to either bend a knee to an alien race, or suffer total annihilation, the time has come to take to the front lines, and stand up for your people. As an offworlder who grew up on Vain, you’ve acknowledged that you’re not of this alien race’s blood, being that you’re a human. However you’ve come to call this planet home. Now that the planet is threatened, you’ll need to do something about it. You’re the most capable pilot, with your highly advanced ship, the Manticore, and more-than-capable AI, Vera to assist you. But you’ll need a little bit more than some fancy maneuvers and laying on the trigger of your ship’s cannons. You’ll need to be in two places at the same time.
How is that even possible? The drive core of your ship allows you to switch between two dimensions, two different versions of the battlefield. You’ll be using this for a multitude of strategies, from dodging attacks and obstacles to collecting data cubes and power ups. This is a vertical shooter, and like most games in this genre, hull integrity is a frail element, emphasizing the fragility of your craft. Don’t smash into objects, and dodge every attack you can. The only saving grace is the shield system that’s boosted only if you pick up shield modules along the way. Another thing you’ll need to keep an eye on is your energy meter. Firing that laser runs out your energy, and the only way to replenish it is to swap dimensions. While you’re jumping over to the other side of the screen, the previous side will recharge, and vice versa. Aside from this unique element added to the mechanics of a vertical shooter, Dimension Drive has gorgeous art and style, gracefully executing the overall design that brings this world to life and makes it believable. Add to that the story that’s told through each level of the game, and added story that you unlock by collecting data cubes, Dimension Drive establishes an interesting and immersive world for just a vertical shooter. It’s an early access, and there’s plenty more content and features yet to be implemented, so get on board.
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