We secured a preview copy of Chillingo's latest side scrolling kill everything blood bath, Inkvaders yesterday. I don't normally like these kind of games, but I've found myself oddly drawn to Inkvaders. (No pun intended.) The art style is great and really reminds me of the "Duck Amuck" Daffy Duck cartoon where Daffy fights against the cartoonist. Everything has a hand drawn feel to it, and the game often breaks the fourth wall as fingers straighten things and hands turn pages.
Here is a gameplay video of me going through the tutorial, and the first two levels:
The controls are simple and work like every other side scrolling shoot 'em up. The left and right arrows obviously make you move left or right, the jet pack allows you to hover for as long as your fuel meter allows, and the red button fires. There are three weapons in game, and each can be upgraded multiple times. Killing aliens and picking up floating rocks gives you money to buy upgrades. Crates are randomly scattered throughout levels that can be picked up by touching them. The crate labeled with the letter "R" starts rush mode, where the music ramps up and swarms of aliens come from both sides.
Three difficulty modes are included, as well as a story mode that is said to take around two hours to complete as well as an endless endurance mode. Inkvaders is still under development, but will likely be released soon. When it finally does come out, we'll take a more in depth look at the game.