Galak-Z for PlayStation Vita announced

Dev 17-Bit inspired by Spelunky and Don't Starve.


Old-school anime-inspired side-scrolling open world procedurally-generated arcade shooter Galak-Z is coming to PlayStation Vita, developer 17-Bit has announced.

That's in addition to PlayStation 4, senior producer Raj Joshi wrote on the PlayStation Blog.

"We've been inspired along the way by many of the 'new wave' roguelikes," he said. "In particular, we'd like to give a shout out to Spelunky and Don't Starve.

"Spelunky works so well as a handheld game, and we can't put it down. Spelunky's superpower is the extremely rich interactions between every last object in the game. When you're collecting rocks to dislodge spiders to set off arrow traps, you're pulling on a deep well of knowledge gained purely by watching the rules of the game grind against each other, and expressing it in a natural way. Every miserable, hilarious, catastrophic death doubles as a big chalkboard lesson in How The Game Works.

"Spelunky is also great at giving satisfying play sessions of anywhere from three minutes to three hours. The union of the roguelike structure and the pick-up-and-play nature of a handheld resonated with us. It makes us even more excited to get Galak-Z on the go."

Galak-Z is due out later this year. Christian Donlan checked out the PS4 version of Galak-Z back in August and came away impressed.

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