Hi readers! Welcome to another instance of Fund It Friday. Today we are looking at sprite-brawler Night City Assault!
Night City Assault looks to be the logical extension of roaming beat’em ups (in the same vein as Double Dragon, Streets of Rage or Mighty Final Fight). Presented in 2.5d and sporting finely polished sprite art, Night City Assault adds some uncommon features to the mix. The game will feature RPG progression and questing, and allows the player the freedom to explore as they desire, taking a page from the MetroidVania playbook. I must admit, from a systems and functionality standpoint, Night City Assault reminds me quite a bit of River City Ransom, quite possibly my favorite co-op game of all time, so this has me more than a little excited. The game supports 1 or 2 players and has 2 playable heroes to choose from.
Many of the hallmarks of the side-scrolling arcade brawler genre are firmly in place here as well. The style, dialogue, locations, and even music firmly place the setting in a gritty ’80s urban sprawl, where vigilante cops trade one-liners and fisticuffs with spiky haired gutterpunks in the neon glow of arcades and skid-row bars. The limited voice acting we here is delivered with the utmost corny seriousness, which absolutely adds to the experience. You’ll apply swift and brutal violence via fist and foot, and the smooth animations really shine as the round house kicks, throws, and defensive rolls move you and your enemies around the screen.
Night City Assault is the product of Xtramile Games, an Australian based developer. The gents from down under seem to have a fair amount of the work already in the book by the look of things, and have even offered a demo to give you an immediate taste of the action. With that said, it looks as XMG is struggling to secure funding, sitting at just over $6k, with $18k left to secure with 10 days to do so. Can we help them out? ~$12 USD will net you a copy of the PC version, and an XBone version is available for backers that cough up ~$14. There are bonuses (including content creation and more platforms in stretch goals) for big donors as well. Check out the video below (and the demo!), and get your funds in on their Kickstarter page!