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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.
Release Date: Mar 6, 2014
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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!

PC System Requirements

    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

Linux System Requirements

    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
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
432 products in account
32 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 20
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
106 products in account
1 review
2.7 hrs on record
If you like 2D action games from the 16 bit era(especially 2D Mech ones) then this game is for you. This is a splendid homage to the likes of Assault Suits Valken/Cybernator, Metal Warriors and Front Mission: Gun Hazard.
Posted: March 11
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
223 products in account
5 reviews
0.4 hrs on record
Gigantic Army is a unique old school shooter where you progress throughout levels destroying everything in your path. Definitely a classic arcade shooter, and I enjoy it as such. Some interesting things to note is that the intro says that it's set in the year 2009, which was 5 years ago. Maybe that's to sell the idea that it's an old game or something, but whatever. Also, it took me forever to figure out how to navigate the menu. Use "X" or "Z" and the arrows keys, no other key will work and that made me pretty frustrated mashing every key on my keyboard for a few minutes trying to figure it out. Other than that, I hope to put a lot of time trying to master this classic game. I use XPadder to use my Xbox controller to play it, because that's how I like it.
Posted: March 7
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
241 products in account
4 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
GIGANTIC ARMY is a side scrolling shooter that is very good for what it does, but due to some of the mechanics I am not recommending this.
First off there is no way to quit this game without dying. It’s a bit frustrating when you have to spend a minute getting yourself killed so you can quit.

Next is the fact that you are timed. Now I know its ok with some other games, like metal slug 3 (a great game by the way) but in this your mech is very slow and having a time limit doesn’t really mix. Also they have a time booster that adds 1 second.
I really don't see the point of this as you probably used 3 seconds collecting it.

Next are the controls (note I’m reviewing these based on using a 360 pad/controller) which are bindable but not to every button. For example I wanted to set the shoot function to the left trigger but it just did not work. It also does a pretty bad job at telling you what stuff does, like how instead of saying shoot, jump etc. it just says button 1, button 2 and so on.

Another thing that's done a bit poorly is, that there is no saving your game. Or if there ever was a way, the game doesn’t tell you about it. And if you can't save, you’re going to have to beat the whole game in one go.

Also, judging by the steam page the game is not that long at all, as I beat 2 levels out of 6 in 6 or 8 minutes. I know this because of the timer counting down.

So in the end, even though I enjoyed it, I am not recommending it , as steam has waay cheaper games that are more fun, longer and better in my opinion(since it’s an opinion, feel free to make up your own mind, if you buy the game). And even though I got over the game’s faults, I think a lot of people will just get way too frustrated to make it worthwhile. And that's the review.
Posted: June 5
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
556 products in account
40 reviews
3.7 hrs on record
Hearkening back to the SNES mecha platformer Metal Warriors, Gigantic Army is a side-scrolling action fest in which you must pilot your heavily-armored stomper mech into the heart of an alien world, blasting endless biomechanical baddies, blowing up enormous warmachines, and blocking, running, and leaping your way out of danger. This is not exactly the most inspired of concepts, but the execution here is intelligent and crisp, with intuitive aiming and strafing mechanics that make for a much more skill-focused game than you might expect.

Carrying the old-school action theme even further, each level is timed. You can (and really should) pick up Timer extension power ups along the way, along with health and damage boosters, but even so, between the enemy forces and ticking timer, you're gonna die more than a few times. Completing a stage merely gives you a tiny health boost, not a full heal, so it's strongly recommended you not let any items pass. You only get three continues per game, an absolutely archaic system to include in a game released in 2014, but it fits well enough and feels natural. Stranger still, while the story blurbs you receive between levels are painfully low-budget, the actual story and writing they throw at you is honestly pretty enjoyable. Regardless, Gigantic Army is a game that'll hit you with a few Game Overs before you manage to take out the final challenge (particularly on the brutal higher difficulties), but you'll enjoy every boss pattern learned and inch of progress acquired. If you're a fan of the old-school, this one's been whipped up just for you.
Posted: August 10
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71 of 84 people (85%) found this review helpful
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93 reviews
1.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 6
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