by Lord Badger
There is a lot to see at EGX so it takes something different to really stand out from the crowd. Often (for me) that is found on the Transfuser stand. This year is no exception. Welcome to Launch-Test. An incredibly simple, yet deep and addictive game from Jawbyte Games that has me yearning for more.
Every man and his dog has played Angry Birds so you already know the basic mechanic behind Launch-Test. You have 3 rockets, a launch platform, and maximum destruction to cause. That’s the wonderful and addictive simplicity of Launch-Test.
The gameplay doesn’t stop when you launch your rocket though. Once launched you can steer and direct your rocket, employ boost, and really pinpoint devastation on your targets. The in-flight controls are fluid and intuitive. enabling you to navigate with ease after only a handful of attempts.
The big twist and major selling point to Launch-Test is the set-up. Each level has objectives to be achieved. In the demo I played, this involved hitting golden statues hidden across the map. Achieving these objectives unlocks different parts to use on your rocket.
These parts range from a bigger fuel tank to give more flight time, stabilising fins to give much more control mid-flight, and, in the future, will even include new warheads such as cluster bombs and EMPs.
Launch-Test is still in extremely early stages of development. The three-person student team I spoke to at EGX has been working on the game for 3 months! That is an incredibly short amount of time in which to have a playable demo on show at EGX and is a testament to Stafford University.
After playing the demo for Launch-test and speaking to the development team, The scope they have planned for Launch-Test and if they achieve the ideas they want to implement, Launch-Test could easily be a massive viral hit when it launches.
I will be keeping an extremely close eye on this game’s development and the future careers of the team. In the meantime, I urge you to follow Jawbyte Games on Twitter to get involved in future updates.