Australian brothers Jamie and Simon Edis have taken an unconventional approach to the genre–Instead of having the player control the flying and shooting like Galaxy On Fire 3D [App Store], Galactic Gunner is a shooter on rails. As the title hints, you play as the gunner and shoot by tapping where you want to fire on screen.
The most intriguing part of meeting with Simon was hearing his plans for the future, and specifically how he is handling the impending Galactic Gunner launch. The Edis brothers aren't going to be idly sitting by waiting for the game to quietly appear on the App Store. Instead, they're designing an entire alternate reality game, where the Trepidoids slowly invade the Earth and its Internet. It all started with this brief cryptic video of a mysterious looking crop circle designed to lead followers of the alternate reality game to the Trepidoids twitter feed:
Following this video a second even more mysterious video was released, along with the launch of a web site for the Trepidoids.
I'm not entirely sure how this all fits together myself, but we have a thread on our forums where people are being recruited to join the Galactic Gunners to fight the Trepedoids and win promo codes in the process. As Simon briefly laid out his plans for the promotion of the game, I found myself completely amazed that so much effort and creativity was going in to its launch.
I'm not going to spoil anything, but they've got some really cool stuff planned for not only the release of Galactic Gunner but also the potential future of the series and spinoff games that all take place in the Galactic Gunner universe. Simon also showed interest in porting some of their more popular games from the Ezone.com web site, specifically mentioning the game Sling.