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The local multi-player space narwhal fighting game that has rocked the internet is finally ready for its big debut in a fully loaded release! Flop it out with 2-4 players in a retro, epic narwhal battle in space! The heart-piercing action is furious and unrelenting. STARWHAL will change your life.
Release Date: Feb 17, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

“Hi! We're launching this game in early access because we want all the fans to play the latest and greatest along with us. We'll be rolling out versus mode features first - new levels, worlds, game modes, and costumes. Then later we'll release the final version that includes single player challenge mode! We think this will take at least 2-3 months to complete (estimated May 2014).

On price - we are staying with this price until the end of early access, when all the content is included. The price won't change until then, but we may change it once all the new features are included and we're in final release.

Please be understanding that the early release is not the complete, final version of the game. It may have blemishes here and there, but we're doing this to get you partying sooner! Please let us know how we're doing!”
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STARWHAL Beta 5 is Live!

August 5

It's like poetry, it rhymes!

The new update has been a long time coming, but it's finally here, and there's a ton of new stuff!

New Stuff!
  • Challenge Mode!
    This is an early 8 level preview of the single player mode that tests your STARWHAL skills. In the final release of the game, we're aiming to have over 30 levels. There are two different types of challenges:
    • Obstacle mode - 5 levels of racing to the finish line as fast as you can. Watch out for the hazards, as hitting them will give you a time penalty!
    • Levels:
      • EZ EZ
      • Full Throttle
      • Stream Sailor
      • Sludge Sewer
      • Centrifuge

    • Target mode - 3 levels of seeking and destroying the heart targets as fast as possible!
    • Levels:
      • Crossroads
      • Rebound
      • Factory

    • Hazards - Obviously, it's not so simple to just get to the end. Avoid the hazards to make to the finish in one piece!
      • Fireballs and Lava will give you a time penalty
      • Slime will kill you in one hit, so watch out!

    There are also a couple of other neat features!

  • Ghosts - Your runs in Challenge modes get recorded and uploaded so you can race against yourself, a Steam friend, as well as a Rival, who has a similar time to your own!

  • High Scores - Try to get faster times to unlock the coveted Platinum Medal!

  • Leaderboards (coming soon) - we're still working on this one, so it's not in this preview build. Upcoming versions will have Steam leaderboard information displayed in game so you can value your worth as a human being by comparing yourself to friends and total strangers!
    Warning: We may need to clear some of the leaderboards while we're still in Early Access. Please be patient with us!

  • UI overhaul
    • Player Select: you now have to ready up before going to the next screen (This means less accidental clicks when setting up a match)
    • Mode select: now you have more freedom of the type of the type of game you want to play - create your own combinations of score/time
    • Options menu: options now save their state between different game sessions
    • Post FX: We've now implemented lots of cool post effects including Bloom Lighting and chromatic aberration which make heart hits even more intense!(These can be disabled in the options screen)
    • Controller support: Xbox One controller for the Windows version of the game
  • More new awesome music and sounds!
Balances/Fixes:
  • Narwhals have been tweaked - there's now a bit less friction on the players, especially on the "bell" area where the horn meets the head. In our testing, we've found that this has led to faster, more aggressive play since you don't get stuck on each other as often
  • Heart hits - heart hits in versus mode now have a shattering effect to emphasize hits, as well as to show how long the heart is invulnerable between taking hits
  • Ice blocks are now a bit easier to break in the Forsaken world
  • Fast Forward level has been reworked
  • Fixed the long standing and mysterious issue where sometimes a heart icon in the GUI won’t appear in Classic mode
  • Camera improvements now better frame the action
  • Curved blocks are now smoother so it's easier to slide on them
  • Key Bindings - adding/removing AI on the keyboard are now changed to the P and O keys respectively from the +/- keys.
  • Player Select - the confirm button for the WASD controls is the ‘Space’ key

Costumes
  • Bacoooon, to dream of delicious bacon-wrapped narwhals
  • Long Scarf, for sci-fi fans
  • Female Assassin (we broke the bank trying to get this one in!)

As always, sound off in the Community Hub to let us know what you think! Looking forward to racing (and beating, of course) all your ghosts in Challenge mode!

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Game Update: STARWHAL Beta 4 is up!

May 20

It's uuup! Go go go!

Here's the recap of all the totally sweet game things you can get once you connect your 56k modem to download the update!

New stuff!

  • New world: The chilly distant system called "Forsaken"!
  • 3 new arenas: The High Ground (featured at The Next Level PAX East tournament), The Clash, and Moebius
  • New visual effects across the board
  • New arena visual detail - crystals in Asteroid X and moss in Neo Flopicron
  • UI updates, including a move of in-game score to bottom of screen (configurable in the options menu)

Balance/Fixes
  • Zones - bubbles act more like liquid now with a bit of resistance as you swim through them
  • Heart Throb - the heart throb now gradually slows down and becomes easier to catch the longer they have the heart
  • Arenas have been moved around a bit into different worlds
  • General bug fixes including fixed scoring for Team mode and Zones and optimized game and level loading
  • New controllers supported where possible based on the surveys sent back

ALSO!

New costumes
  • Ice Cream matching set
  • Spartan helmet
  • T-rex hat
  • New battle companions! Paddington the Cat and Carl the Warrior Snail! (and a donut)

Want to tell us how much you love pushing your friends into lava, how COOL the ice world Forsaken is, or that you feel that Carl is overpowered? Let us know in the community hub!

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About the Game

The local multi-player space narwhal fighting game that has rocked the internet is finally ready for its big debut in a fully loaded release!

Flop it out with 2-4 players in a retro, epic narwhal battle in space! The heart-piercing action is furious and unrelenting. STARWHAL will change your life.

Inspired by countless couch-gaming gatherings over the decades, we wanted to bring something competitive, creative, and immediately fun to the table. Our original prototype was conceived and developed in 48 hours with focus entirely on these areas. From that came the phenomenon that is STARWHAL.

STARWHAL: Just the Tip is a simulation of dreams in an ocean of the mind.

Features:

  • Cool arenas - smash through glass or duke it out in the spacey ball pit.
  • Many ways to play - Score Attack, Teams, King of the Hill, and more.
  • Computer controlled opponents.
  • Sweet new graphics and sound.
  • Tons of costumes to dress up your player.
  • The same Starwhal you know, just more betterer!

What people are saying:

"If Jacques Cousteau were here, he'd sh*t all over the floor."
- Wiley Wiggins on STARWHAL: Just The Tip

"Get a friend. Play this NOW. I'm laughing so hard"
- Sean "Day[9]" Plott

"This game is awesome"
- Achievement Hunter

"This large hairless intergalactic aquatic mammal simulator will bring out the 'Ooo!', "Aaa!' and 'So CLOSE!' in everyone"
- Ross Kenry O'Donovan (Distinguished Conductor of the Steam Train)

"Starwhal brings bloodthirsty neon space whales into an entirely new dimension, capturing the spirit of local co-op deathmatches like only a neon space whale can. We couldn't recommend it more."
- Polaris

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with at least 256MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Optional - Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with at least 256MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Optional - Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 1.2GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Optional - Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Optional - Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
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Game of The Year. MLG. Needs Online Multiplayer and More Costumes. My StarWhal will Pierce the Heavens.
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You can be a purple Narwhal with Princess Laya's hair curls and wear a deliciously textured burrito on your torso.
Welcome to Starwhal everybody.

11/10 Made me cry
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NARWHALS IN SPAAAAAAACE!!!

10/10 GOTY
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the game still isnt old after over 30hrs
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This game comes with simple controls and tons of fun. Playing this with family and friends is a blast.
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Four space-faring narwhals embark on a heart-wrenching journey to discover who among them holds the inner fortitude to survive alone.
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