An upcoming game that was recently posted to our forums has caught my attention, and I don't think I'm alone in being incredibly excited for it. The game is called Rex Rocket from developer Castle Pixel, and it's an action platformer inspired by such classics as the Mario series, Mega Man and Metroid. In fact, it's a "Metroidvania" style game, which means you'll be exploring a series of interconnected levels on a huge spaceship. The story follows a typical space calamity: You play as Rex Rocket, former war hero and current transport ship captain, and during a routine mission transporting slimy Terra-Oozling creatures something goes awry and "all heck breaks loose." While the ship's entire crew was in cryo-sleep, the Terra-Oozlings escaped and corrupted the ship's AI. It's up to you to battle back against this slimy enemy, rescue your crew and regain control of your ship.

Rex Rocket has been in the works for quite a while, and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign just about a year ago, and was Greenlit on Steam as well. Rex Rocket was also recently showcased as part of the Indie Megabooth at both GDC and PAX East this year. Its target platform is PC and Mac, but an iOS version has been confirmed and according to a developer post in our forums should be arriving in three to four months. That same forum thread also contains plenty more screens and animated .gifs of the game, so be sure to check that out. If you're interested in the desktop version you can currently pre-order Rex Rocket on the Castle Pixel website, otherwise keep an eye out for more information on the iOS version in the coming months.

  • Casey Phillips

    This looks awesome! I'll definitely be watching for this one.

  • coolpepper43

    Omg! This looks like Samus and megaman had a baby that has been taking steroids since birth and takes speed for breakfast.

  • Shifaan

    This looks radical man! Pretty sweet!

  • Alan Baldwin

    This only looks good for iOS for me if I can use my stratus. Looks crazy twitchy.

  • Corky McButterpants
  • FledgeFish

    Watch listed!

  • darkprophet2088

    holy crap this came out of nowhere. looks excellent. cannot wait!

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  • Thawkk

    If anything, the music was pretty awesome.

    • iAnimus

      Hell yeah, man. From 0:58 to the end of the video, I was jammin' out to that chiptune goodness. Sounded like Megaman and Shatterhand music put together. Can't wait for this to come out!

  • thiagovscoelho

    this seems awesome! so many things can go wrong with the iOS port though, I'll be waiting for a review after it is released

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  • Siveon

    Oh cool , a Metroidvania. Not many good ones on iOS, hope it does well.

  • kutox

    Looks more like mega man

  • 21tigermike

    Agreed with all the references in the write up. Mega Man / Metroid. Love the music. Bring it on!

  • Bradb13

    Lovin' the graphics!

  • elr0y7

    A lot of platformers on iOS seem to have one gimmick. This game seems to have a bunch, but not in a gimmicky way. It's like the developer just wanted to try some cool mechanics so they put them all in one great game, which I respect.

  • Nightxx

    This looks insanely difficult without proper controls.

  • The kernel

    instabuy. OST Must also be owned (if they are sensible enough to sell it).

  • Design by Adrian

    Isn't someone going to complain about why everything has to be compared to Metroid and Castlevania?

    • Themostunclean

      No, just you.

      They're not really comparisons, its genre defining by using the term Metroidvania. Gamers have been doing it for over a decade.

      • Design by Adrian

        I didn't, but someone was complaining about comparing games to Zelda.

  • superbacon

    Reminds me of Cave Story. Watchlisted.

    • Zaraf

      Was just gonna say this. Reminds me most of Cave Story.

  • Ninja_Blade_Diego

    This looks so AWESOME. I can't wait!!!