Side-scrolling mech-shooting bad-assery is BACK! GIGANTIC ARMY is a heartfelt homage to 16-bit era mech shooters such as Cybernator / Assault Suits Valken, Metal Warriors, and Front Mission: Gun Hazard, developed by the studio behind the acclaimed shooter SATAZIUS.
User reviews: Very Positive (216 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 6, 2014

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"Fans of Cybernator or Assault Suits Valken should pick this up and feel right at home. A 2D game that gives the sense of driving a heavy mech in combat."

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August 14

STEEL STRIDER IS GREENLIT!!

In our experience, shooting games are generally pretty slow to be approved on Steam Greenlight, but that was fast!! Hopefully that means that you guys are enjoying ASTRO PORT’s games and looking forward to the next ones! :) THANK YOU to everyone for voting and bringing this next installment of the ASTRO SAGA to Steam!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=491089631
For this release, we’ll be implementing dual analog controls, online leaderboards, achievements, trading cards, and should have a Linux version reading hopefully in time for simultaneous release with the Windows version. In view of the work to be done, end of October would be a realistic release date, but we will make it earlier if at all possible. Please watch for future announcements!

Once again, on behalf of everyone at Nyu Media and ASTRO PORT, THANK YOU to everyone for making this release possible!

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August 3

Please Vote for STEEL STRIDER on Steam Greenlight!

The fifth game in ASTRO PORT’s ASTRO SAGA series, STEEL STRIDER, is now listed for approval and in need of YOUR vote on Steam Greenlight!

STEEL STRIDER is the follow up to GIGANTIC ARMY and pays homage to the great run and gun games such as Turrican and Super Contra, but with mouse / dual analogue stick-operated weapons. It also contains many nods, winks, and cameos from other ASTRO PORT games, so fans of the series should particularly enjoy this installment :)

We would love to bring this game to Steam, but we have to pass Steam Greenlight first! Please take a moment to vote YES at the below link and bring STEEL STRIDER to Steam!

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About This Game

Side-scrolling mech-shooting bad-assery is BACK!

GIGANTIC ARMY is a heartfelt homage to 16-bit era mech shooters such as Cybernator / Assault Suits Valken, Metal Warriors, and Front Mission: Gun Hazard, developed by the studio behind the acclaimed shooter SATAZIUS.

It is the 21st century and Earth is at war with the Ramulons – an alien race determined to stop humanity’s advance into space.

Mankind’s war against the Ramulons has reached the planet Ramulon itself and it is now down to YOU to pilot the ‘GMR-34 SALADIN’ - a Manned Combat Robot - and take on the Ramulon army. Customize your arsenal of explosive, projectile and plasma weapons, and combine them with melee attacks, thrusters and shield to take the fight to the enemy and end the conflict!

GIGANTIC ARMY boasts awesome retro arcade stylings, slick animation, superbly detailed character and stage design, and addictively frenetic game play.

Features:
• Six stages of intense mech-shooting action!
• Twelve mid and end level bosses of gargantuan proportions to take down!
• Four difficulty modes from ‘Easy’ to ‘Insane’ to cater for all skill levels!
• Customizable weapons load-out to suit your play style!
• Dash, thrusters and shield give your mech satisfying maneuverability and defensive options!
• Rebalanced gameplay from the original Japanese version!
• 42 achievements!
• Steam Trading Cards!
• Linux Version!
• Bonus retro packaging PDF assets to create your own physical version!

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 2000, XP, 7, or 8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 1.4GHz or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9-compatible GeForce or Radeon recommended
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Pentium 4 1.4GHz or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL-compatible GeForce or Radeon recommended
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Gigantic Army is pretty cool, I guess.

Remember the 90's? I do, because back then I lived in a house. Apparently almost every indie developer remembers the 90's as well, but I digress. But unlike most of those games that look like a strange pixely butchery of what SNES and Genesis games actually looked like, Gigantic army looks like something you could actually get in cartridge form, which is neat.

Gigantic Army starts in the year 2009, the same year I found out who my real dad is, and then regretted finding out who my real dad is. Humanity, having discovered warp travel at the turn of the 21st century, goes about it's business doing what humanity does best. That is to say tenderly loving any other species that happens to get in our way.

You are a pilot of an MCR, that's a fancy name for giant robot that may or may not be a VOTOM. Your duty as the ground pounders of the Terran Defense Force is to drop on the home planet of the Romulans, I mean the Ramulons, I mean the Klingons, no wait I got it the second time.
I think.

At the start of the game you choose a main weapon and a special weapon before going about your business of killing everyone that doesn't look like you. And what you get for this is a pretty sweet side scrolling mech game that should probably be on a MS-DOS PC or a Super Nintendo.
Seriously, they even got that whole Mode-7 thing going on, it's really cool.

I'm told the game plays like Cybernator or Assault Suits Valken, two games I've never actually played before because I live behind a convenience store and yell at passerby's. What do you want from me?
But like a SNES game, it's short but kind of challenging. It can be beaten in around an hour or so if you don't constantly get your teeth smashed in by one of the few cool bosses that out class you in every way but still get punched into mulch by your MCR's giant piston wang.

Your MCR, the Saladin At least I think it's the Saladin, I only got the name from a trading card and it's on the game's cover , moves like a giant battle robot should. It's clunky, heavy, and makes a satisfying BOOM whenever it lands on the ground. It's also slow and only has a short quick-dash to get from place to place a tad quicker.
Your weapons can include an assault rifle, a shotgun (called the riot gun), and a grenade launcher as well as your choice of missile spam to ruin someone's day.

But should you play Large Posse?

For 6 dollars? It's not that bad, I'd say get it on sale though. If you're hankering for some good ol fashion 90's mech shooting, then here you go. It's a SNES game in PC form, the story is simple, the gameplay is easy to pick up, and the bosses are pretty cool. It's a time waster if anything.

Grand Gang get's 5 VOTOM's out of 6 Robotechs.

John Cena is probably going to win Wrestlemania again.

The Curator: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/Dickbuttexperience#curation
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
5min video
http://youtu.be/ZJBugB4Wpe8

you pick 1 gun out of 3 and 1 special also from 3 then its off to do some killing through 7 mech filled zones.
don't worry you also have some dash boots, a shield, and a metal rod to stab foes with but only 1 life to give.
you do have 3 continues but they put you back to the start of that zone.
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73 of 87 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
GIGANTIC ARMY (!) is good for what it is. I do recommend it, but you need to know that it is very simplistic. GA, at it's core, is an arcade game. There are 3 weapons and 3 sub-weapons and that's it. No other mech customization that I can find.The controls are decent but not super tight and there is no mouse support. The resolution is pretty small and the window in Windowed mode is tiny at 1920x1080. The Story just seems to be the same as arcade but with a wall of text before the level. This is much closer to the NES games it claims influence from than Front Mission: Gun Hazard... which is one of my favorite 2D games of all time.

With all that said, I still think GA is fun. It's just not deep. The sprites are cool, the 6 guns are quite different, the bosses are huge... It's worth your time, just probably not going to last for a ton of it.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
Played the hell out of Cybernator (Assault Suits Valken) on my SNES during my teens. Game's legit. A few key differences are in how the game controls: unlike Cybernator, while you hold down the fire button your aiming is locked. Might be an improvement, but it's up to you. The "dash" move is just a short dash forward, rather than a continuous smooth glide on robo-skates. That aside, this ought to feel familiar if you're fond of the mech action platformers on the SNES. I would say most of those games (Metal Warriors, Front Mission: Gun Hazard, etc.) are better and deeper than this, but Giant Army is a fine homage with some slick pixel art and nicely animated sprites.
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
PLOT: There's a war or something.

Gigantic Army is a love-letter to NCS Masaya and their Assault Suits series. This might be before your time, but have you ever heard of Cybernator? Target Earth? Gigantic Army is designed much the same way. This is a mech shooter, but not that flashy Gundam Wing crap. The kind where all the mechs fly around looking beautiful, while J-POP plays in the background. This is more along the lines of The 08th MS Team. The best words to describe it are a mixture of CRUNCHY and CLUNKY. Let's call it CRULUNCHAKY.

Usually an action game being called CRULUNCHAKY is a bad thing, not so with Gigantic Army. All the mechs in this game have weight. Within seconds of starting the game you really gain an understanding of how the MECHanics work. Every movement in this game is calculated, and playing effectively is knowing when to "lead" enemy fire away. Raw reflexes are fine, but your mech is a bit too slow, heavy, and bulky to make those tight dodges. For the most part, enemies aim their guns at you when they fire, and larger mechs have a plethora of weapons they cycle through. Truly understanding this game requires predicting every possible attack, and then moving into position to do the full amount of damage. The nice thing about all that I just said, is that it's alot easier to figure out in-game. Gigantic Army has a natural level of difficulty. If you play smart and don't rush things, you'll get far.

Upon starting the game you get to choose your primary and limited secondary weapons. What you choose decides your style of play. Do you want good crowd control, don't mind long mini-boss fights, but want to finish end-bosses quickly? Go with the spread shot and laser cannon. For anything that gets too close you've got a pile-bunker. Expect the jump, hover, and dash abilities to see a lot of use as well. When all else fails, bring up the shield to block enemy bullets. An important thing to keep in mind, is that you can't block while jumping. Think of it as a commitment, choose one that suits the current situation.

Unlike Target Earth aka Assault Suits Leynos, the missions in Gigantic Army don't have any real objectives. There's no escorting, protecting, or any of that nonsense. Reach the end of the stage, and destroy everything in your path. There's a time-limit to keep you focused, power-ups along the way, and occasionally there are mines. The bosses are well-designed. Some move around a lot, others rely on their superior firepower, and there are even a couple unique fights. This game moves and ends very quickly. If all you want to see is the ending, this game will last about as long as the average 16-bit action game.

But that would be too easy wouldn't it? Upon completing the normal difficulty you'll unlock hard, and eventually insane. Enemies pack more firepower, you'll run into some new mechs, and the action gets hotter and heavier. Also you're expected to bring your SSS game if you want to get those high-score achievements. Move fast, don't take any damage(NONE), and kill everything. Sure it might be what you've been doing since you started the game, but you've got to do even better.

Gigantic Army is a very solid game. I highly recommend it to fans of the aforementioned mech-shooters, but really anyone can enjoy it.
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