I’ve been keeping pretty close tabs on Z-Exemplar, an upcoming side-scrolling shooter that developer Suminell Studios is hoping will tickle the nostalgia bone for those of us who have fond memories of the ZX Spectrum home computer from the ’80s. Z-Exemplar was originally announced with a slick trailer back in early June, and as progress is made on the game Suminell has been great about posting updates in our forums, which is how I cam across these recent animated .gifs that off some of the weapons and features in the game. Now Z-Exemplar has a second proper trailer to share with the world, and it’s looking fantastic.
If you watched the first trailer side by side with this new one, you can definitely see the progress that’s been made in the past few months. There are very clearly lots of inspiration from classic shooters like R-Type and Gradius, and Z-Exemplar feels like one giant love letter to them all. It continues to look really great, so stay tuned for more information as its development cycle continues.