Flea Launches 30th October Lowtek Games
Flea, a hardcore, retro platformer Launches 30/10/2020
Available on NES and Dreamcast and PC (steam and itch)
Flea is a challenging retro 2D platformer with an intriguing back story. Play as Henry the Hyperactive Flea who just can’t stop jumping! Navigate the beasts and collect blood to get the heart of the problems.
Lowtek Games is currently a one-man studio that outsources stuff when needed. Company owner Alastair Low (Ally) has served over 7 years' experience in the games industry but has finally taken the plunge to go it alone. The studio is focused on making fun, challenging, puzzling games that are dyslexia friendly.
Earlier this year Ally ran successful Kickstarter campaign to create a new physical NES game called Flea. the Campaign was over 200% funded.
The game is about to be shipped to backers and will be on sale to the public on 30/10/2020.
The game will be available on Steam , itch.io, Physical NES Cartridge, Physical Dreamcast Disc. Also, Evercade in the future.
Why the NES?
A few reasons. I grew up playing the NES and always wanted to make a game for it. Then NESmaker came along, it's a wiziwig-esk NES development software. I had the Flea idea many years before but thought its simple mechanics would be achievable on the NES. There is also a growing community for new retro “homebrew games”, and there have been a few very successful crowdfunding campaigns for these projects. This niche group helped the project stand out among the many other modern games on Kickstarter.
Did you say Dreamcast?
This one might puzzle a few but like the NES community there is also a large Dreamcast homebrew community with new games being released all the time. Unlike the NES, the Dreamcast had an exploit that allowed people to play burned games making it much cheaper and easier to produce essentially a CD over a custom cartridge.
The process of creating a Dreamcast playable NES game has been open sourced by Lowtek Games for everyone to enjoy called “NES to Dreamcast”.
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