The Citizen Kane of Super Crate Box clones - dance with death through randomised rooms to clear your space freighter of irradiated aliens in a brutal arcade platformer shooter stuffed to the brim with unlockable weapons, explosives, special abilities and defense moves.
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Release Date: Aug 20, 2015

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Why Early Access?

“Super Mutant Alien Assault is entering Early Access to help with balancing and feedback during the final push of the development. We want to get real player feedback and data to help us apply the final polish as well as giving us feedback and ideas for the last slice of content before launch.

The game is fully funded so this is purely about polish and feedback and the full game will launch regardless of what revenue we make during Early Access.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect to be in early access for around six months. Although the game is nearly done we want to have enough time to get meaningful feedback and ideas from the players before we finish development and launch the full version.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We expect the full version to have more content - more level maps, enemies, bosses, some new items and weapons and more character skins. The full version will also benefit from tweaks and balancing adjustments based on the feedback gathered during Early Access.

If unexpected ideas come from the community during Early Access we may be able to implement them before launch.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is about 85% complete and has all the core features as well as being pretty polished and stable. At this stage it’s mostly just additional content to be added such as more level maps, some more enemies, some more boss enemies, weapons, items and character skins.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“At this point we intend to price the game the same during Early Access and Full Release. Please note - this may change as the game will be in Early Access for around six months and the market is likely to change in that time.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We would love to receive feedback on the game in our Steam forum and the Surprise Attack Games subreddit. We’re particularly looking for feedback on balancing and also ideas for cool features, items, weapons, objectives or enemies that the community would like to see in the game.”
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June 7

Surprise Attack Sale, Super Mutant Alien Assault 15% off

G'day Mutant Assault Team! Just a quick update to let you know that Surprise Attack Games is having a sale to celebrate a brand new localisation update for their terminal-based hacking game, Hacknet. So tell all your friends, because there are some great deals, including 15% off Super Mutant Alien Assault!

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You can also view the entire Surprise Attack Games catalogue by clicking here!

Until next time, hold onto your Boomerangs!

Steve - Community Manager

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May 25

Super Mutant Alien Assault leaving Early Access this summer!



Hello Mutant Assault Team!

Hope you are all well. It's been a while since the Monarch Update, and for good reason! Chris has been hard at work polishing up those enemies, adding some new features, and getting ready for the full release of Super Mutant Alien Assault! Today we are happy to announce that the game will leave Early Access this summer, and will also be launching on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One!

When the game leaves Early Access, it will also feature a brand new Endless mode. Endless is truly an endless run: after you beat the third galaxy, the game wraps back around, this time setting the game to Epic difficutly. The objectives are shorter, allowing you to smash through them and raise your score after each completed stage. Looping adds a small twist, the amount of enemy types per level increase, up to a maximum of 4 on the 3rd loop. Health drops and health machines also become rarer the further you progress.

To celebrate the announcement, we just released a brand new trailer, which can be viewed here below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3R1Ac8EJDQ

So not long to go now guys! Thanks to each and every one of you that helped to shape SMAA into the great, fluid game it is today!

Steve - Community Manager

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About This Game

Three fleets of spaceships flee a doomed Earth carrying the last humans in cryostasis. Pursued by aliens, it’s up to the lowly security droids to save humanity. Taking up arms solo or with a friend, you must dance with death in a brutal and addictive arcade platformer shooter inspired by Super Crate Box and stuffed to the brim with unlockables.

Fight through rapid fire single screen levels each with a random combination of platform layout, objective, vending machines and enemies. Dodge and weave amongst the aliens to stay alive but don’t leave them standing too long or the ship’s radiation will mutate them into bigger, nastier versions.

Only by unlocking and mastering the wild variety of weapons, explosives, special abilities, defense moves and perks can you hope to survive across all three galaxies, rid your ship of the mutant menace and save the oblivious humans.

Features


- rapid fire levels give you no rest as hordes of enemies arrive, hell-bent on your destruction. Clear the objective quickly and be sure to kill each enemy before it has the chance to mutate into a bigger, nastier version of itself. Take a tiny breather and then it’s on to the next room.

- in the tight confines of the space freighter, standing still is not an option. Your ability to dodge around enemies is as important as your aim. Survival requires quick thinking and rapid reflexes and a true master of the dance is a beautiful thing to behold.

- each single screen level is randomised, drawing on a pool of platform layouts, objective types and enemies as well as which vending machines will be present. You’ll never know which weapons or grenades will spawn in the vending machines whilst crate drops containing special abilities, sidearms, perks and defense moves are also random, adding further to the mind-boggling possible combinations.

- a wealth of weapons, sidearms, special abilities, perks, explosives, defense moves and character skins awaits you. Each new unlockable joins the melting pot of random ingredients, increasing your options but also the need to master each individual element and the way they combine with each other.

- take on the mutant hordes by yourself or team up in local co-op. Two player adds further complications to master as you must be careful to avoid friendly fire from explosives and will have to share/fight over item and health pack drops.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB of video memory
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Best played with controller.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1G of video memory
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Best played with controller.
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Positive (39 reviews)
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Notorious [G6G]
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 25
A really great and tight platform shooter akin to super crate box, it's got a great art style, amazing music, and an overall great premise. Very much reccomended.
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Crippling Meme
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 13
Thumbs Up. Good game, plays like Super Crate Box.
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OLDr! Tabloids
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 2
DISCLAIMER: Game provided by publisher for testing purposes. However I am not an employee, and I chose to test this game because I initially disliked it and thought I could provide a more balanced opinion. Freakin' game won me over regardless.

It's difficult to get your head around it during the first couple of hours of gameplay, so I recommend playing with friends as much as you can early on. However once you've figured out the game there is incredible fun to be had in short bursts here!

Super Mutant Alien Assault is a 2D single screen shooter where you're a robot tasked to save the last ships of humanity from an alien invasion. You're tasked to wipe out all the aliens in each stage, while completing objectives like carryiing fuel tanks to the generator or releasing pressure on steam valves as you fight for survival.

Enemies mutate if you leave them alone too long so you have to be active in hunting them down before numbers get overwhelming. There's a great selection of special abilities and weapons to help you out with this task and they are all varied and fun to use.

Its also definitely a game that gets better over time. I've put close to ten hours into it, and due to the awesome unlock system there are still recently unlocked mechanics like hacking that I haven't finished experimenting with!

Going to re-state that normal mode can seem too hard while you're learning the game, but stick with it.
Its an action packed shooter that only gets better, and once you've found a play style that suits you, even heroic difficulty will be crushed by your mighty skills!

Tips for new players: Focus on surviving until you get the weapon you want.
Check your loadout and take advantage of your abilities.
Explosives can release pressure so take advantage of it.
You can revive your team mates.
Know your objective!
And don't be afraid to experiment! Weapons and abilites that seemed too hard to use at first can turn out to be very useful later on once you know how to use them. Maximise the potential of your arsenal ;)

Best of luck out there! Those aliens are tough!
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GeoPin
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: January 30
This game RoX, If you don't buy it, your just missing out on some of the coolest, old school gaming, reborn for today's eXcitement. I am totally stoked dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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shinmai
( 74.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: January 27
tl;dr
Super Mutant Alien Assault is an unashamed Super Crate Box clone, and with good reason: it's every bit as addicting as it's paragon, but adds it's own twists.

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Super Mutant Alien Assault is an arcade platformer shooter, where you play a tiny robot combating an onslaught of mutant aliens. The controls are solid (the only gripe I have is not being able to remap the d-pad to make the pad controls mimic the keyboard controls), the graphics are excellent some of the best art I've seen in a long while. The music is okay and the sounds are passable.

The levels have a nice amount of variety without having "bad levels" that you wish you won't get. There are a variety of "modes" for the levels ranging from just surviving a set amount of time to transferring fragile gas canisters to a receptacle elsewhere on the level. As you play, you unlock more game modes, enemies, weapons and power-ups.

You get weapons, explosives and health from vending machines, that take a while to recharge, and sometimes levels spawn with crates containing pick-ups that range from granting you defensive moves, to just plain health pick-ups.
The game has a bunch of interesting mechanics, like the towers that power up enemies when they activate, making the enemies larger and more dangerous, but large enemies also drop ammunition for your super attack, which you can receive from crates.

Bottom line, I almost passed on Super Mutant Alien Assault, but I'm so happy I decided to take a chance on it because of the appealing visual style, it's a very good game. If you're wary about Early Access, the devs plans seem to be to basically just add more levels, enemies and items and to tweak balance, ie. the game is basically feature complete. If the trailer or screenshots look at all interesting to you, or if you enjoyed Super Crate Box, I definitely recommend checking Super Mutant Alien Assault out.
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Karrak
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: January 26
This game is incredible. An amazing 2D platformer with replay value that really gets you hooked!

5/5 - Awesome game, just buy it!
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Vuk
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: January 25
It's great. Too bad it has no online coop.
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Seymour974
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: December 24, 2015
I've had a pretty good experience with the game so far .
The controls are pretty good , I play with the keyboard and i would advise against it if you have a controller but it's possible to beat the game with the keyboard .
The game has lots of diversity when it comes to pickups ( weapons , passive and active skills , grenades etc. ) , however there are few ennemies and the few levels , even if they are randomized you quickly end up knowing them all .
The game has a pretty decent replayability otherwise because of the numerous strats you can build up around the "powerups" and it's pretty challenging .
Much like super meat boy , the game is very difficult ( especially on higher difficulties ) but it's not frustrating which is nice.
The music is my favorite aspect of the game because it really fits the action and theme of the game but if you're not a fan of electro /dupstep music i wouln't reccomend the game because this type of music is basically 100% of the soundtrack and without music the game might feel pretty boring.
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So Crates
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: December 7, 2015
Cannot recommend the game as it lacks a survival mode, sure it's a bit of fun but as it is now the game is far too short. When it possesses a survival mode I will change this to recommended.

EDIT: The dev's goal isn't to add a meaningful survival mode but to make the current story/level based mode stronger, this was contrary to my expectations of a similar experience to Super Crate Box.

The game itself looks amazing, its mechanics are solid and the variation upon Super Crate Box in terms of objectives and weapons were really, really nice.

However going in to Super Mutant Alien Assault you shouldn't expect to get the same arcadey feeling you got from Super Crate Box, in the current state you won't be trying to beat your high score and frantically pace through a level trying to get more crates but rather aim for a larger objective and beat the story mode.

In its current state this game isn't as much of a Super Crate Box clone as I'd like, if you're looking at the comments then you're probably having second thoughts about the game so you should know exactly what type of experience you're getting.

I refunded the game but will repurchase when I feel the feature set aligns more with my interests, with that said I believe that the artistic vision of the developer shouldn't be knocked and that the best game will result from what the developer finds fun, not pandering to my needs.

TL:DR The game is good, but if you're expecting a frantic high score beating experience like Super Crate Box then you are going to be dissappointed.

The developer is currently planning an objective based survival mode so I'll probably check the game out again when it comes out.
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MartyrA2J
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: October 15, 2015
The Citizen Kane of Super Crate Box clones. I don't think much more of a preview is required for this title but sure, lets do this. Super Mutant Alien Assault is gaming popcorn, it's delicious, fun, and probably bad for your heart. All jokes aside, the game is EXTREMELY well put together for an early access title. The level design, controls, and aesthetics of the game are all very sharp and pleasing. The games concept is rather simple but highly replayable. Kill monsters, make it as far as you can, unlock more stuff that makes the game even more fun, rinse and repeat. This gameplay leads to the "One more game" syndrome. Making it hard to put down at times. Throw in co-op with a friend and suddenly your blasting away hours of aliens. Now like other arcade games Super Mutant Alien Assault doesn't necessarily have much staying power. It's a pick up and play type of game and then come back later after you've played something else. That isn't a bad thing, it's a familiar type of game that is welcoming and guaranteed fun. Just keep this in mind. The awesome part? This is still in Early Access, which means more content is on the way for this already exciting game. I personally can't wait to see how this game wraps up and what it's like when its done and Super!

I made a video preview to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
https://youtu.be/9z8cVpnqEVo
I hope you enjoy!
Martyr
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20, 2015
Super Mutant Alien Assault is a lot like Super Crate Box, but it brings a lot of new stuff to the table.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjPKupwuqdQ
The game is filled with all sorts of randomised features. In each level, there are some machines set to help you out. For example, a weapon dispenser that will give you a random weapon when you interact with it. Once you unlock a new weapon, it is then added into the possible weapons for the dispenser to choose from. There are some really cool weapons, like an explosive pogo stick.

There are multiple modes that can be selected for the levels you play. Sometimes you might just need to kill all enemies in the stage, and sometimes you might be required to transport fuel tanks from one side to the other. The different modes do a good job at keeping the game fresh.

The game really picks up once you've decked out your character. You can grab all sorts of equipment from random crates. A secondary weapon which is weaker, but a good back up plan for when your primary weapon runs out, and the weapon dispenser isn't recharged. Sometimes you might get defensive gadgets like a dash ability, or a perk which allows you to double jump.

The music is really cool. It does a great job at pumping your adrenaline as you try to survive as long as possible through different enemy waves and bosses.

If you enjoyed Super Crate Box, I'd definitely recommend this.
If you never tried Super Crate Box, I'd say try this game anyway.

Overall, a lot of fun!
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20, 2015
A FEW HOURS AFTER EA RELEASE:

I originally saw this game in the Northernlion Super Live Show, where NL played it for an hour. The game has a variety of quality and unique weapons. Also consisting of three gauntlets of levels, each ending with its own boss. Which you can complete multiple times on different difficulties. Try it out it is definitely worth the $10.

FIRST UPDATE ON AUGUST 25:

The game is running smooth like always and all of the problems have been fixed that were mentioned in the patch notes. I have had a chance to use the keyboard and controller controls. The controller is superior and highly recommended over keyboard. As it is much more fluid and intuitive.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 21, 2015
Dash and Grenade Launcher makes me feel creative while playing this game.

Interplay Game Mechanic, Epic Art Style and the killer sound track is what makes SMAA one of the best Rouge-like platformer out there. Killing is fun, and what adds to it, is a Grenade Launcher, Pogo Stick and Jet Pack. One of my best moment is when the sound track syncs with killing, situation gets beyond fun.

SMAA feels good, plays good and keeps you creative with randomize weapon and explosives. It makes you feel good!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 15, 2015
The Citizen Kane of Super Crate Box clones. I don't think much more of a preview is required for this title but sure, lets do this. Super Mutant Alien Assault is gaming popcorn, it's delicious, fun, and probably bad for your heart. All jokes aside, the game is EXTREMELY well put together for an early access title. The level design, controls, and aesthetics of the game are all very sharp and pleasing. The games concept is rather simple but highly replayable. Kill monsters, make it as far as you can, unlock more stuff that makes the game even more fun, rinse and repeat. This gameplay leads to the "One more game" syndrome. Making it hard to put down at times. Throw in co-op with a friend and suddenly your blasting away hours of aliens. Now like other arcade games Super Mutant Alien Assault doesn't necessarily have much staying power. It's a pick up and play type of game and then come back later after you've played something else. That isn't a bad thing, it's a familiar type of game that is welcoming and guaranteed fun. Just keep this in mind. The awesome part? This is still in Early Access, which means more content is on the way for this already exciting game. I personally can't wait to see how this game wraps up and what it's like when its done and Super!

I made a video preview to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
https://youtu.be/9z8cVpnqEVo
I hope you enjoy!
Martyr
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 27, 2015
I cannot stop playing this game. Its addictive and incredible! It seems like a finished product already to me and i cant wait to see what else they have
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28, 2015
Can't get enough of this game. I really love how the different weapons force you to adapt your gameplay, and I love learning to get good with each new weapon. Soundtrack is great, art is beyond amazing, I'm gonna be playing this all week. That being said, here are some things I'd love to see:
Windowed 2x view, so I can play without any distorted pixels (vierbit's art is what drew me to this initially)
I seem to recall the original flash game had a mode where you had to run fuel rods back and forth, and the game just got harder and harder, with worldwide leaderboards for whoever could run the most rods. That was my personal favorite part of the game, I'd love to play that mode again.
Also, I need the giant bomb weapon to be more useful. Maybe I'm just not good with it, but it never does what I want it to and is hard to detonate if your sidearm is the shiv.

Anyway, that's minor stuff. 9.5/10, can't get enough.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20, 2015
Only one thing needs to be said. *In Arnold Shwarzenegger voice* You buy game naw, and you like it!


If you'd like a more detailed review:

Super Mutant Alien Attack or #SMAA is a retro style side scrolling shooter game (but we all know this). So far, i'd have to say it's very good, and the fact that it's only early access atm, excites me even more. Because this means even more things will be added to this awesome game! And unlike some developers, I can say for a fact this game has been tested properly by the devs. I haven't ran into any bugs or lack of content in the game yet and it hasen't gotten old. I'll be able to give a better review soon after my recording session with this game. So keep an eye out for the gameplay video I'll be posting! Also... go buy the game already and stop reading the review!!!


Something to note. This game is currently only local multiplayer (to be expected), but thats fine. Because it's great fun in single player. Being local multiplayer it also gives you an excuse to have some friends over and socialize! =D
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23, 2015
This game is really pumped on steroids with classic weapons and mechanics to keep it interresting with simple but rich controls. It is now a full fledged game, and a lot more fun and compelling than his flash predecessor. The sprites and animations are just cherry on top splendid.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 21, 2015
An awesoem little indie title, you can barely tell its Early Access. Highly recommend you get this with a friend! It is a side sidescroller wave based game, Interesting weapons perks and mechanics that spice it up. Great visauls the retro feels I must admit I am a sucker for! Awesome DubStep music the beats help to set a very tense and action pack tone for the game. Monster if not killed right away evolve to get stronger be warned, that cute little bastad is gonna get real ugly and mean if your not careful

30 Minutes or Less, The game grabs you right away great design and direction fluid controls!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNAPQNehWMM&index=1&list=PLNtPp4M-LVW-RJYbhJha2iqZ7wSZOZI5H

Thanks for checking out my review, let me know your thoughts on the game! Thanks!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 21, 2015
BOOOM!

Seriously love this game even in its current Early Access state (first release version). If you like action-packed, shootsy McShooters in your face EAR PUMPING BOOM BOOM music while obliterating SPACE'S MOST DANGEROUS aliens... then play this game.

BOOOOOOOOM!

It's got weapons of insanity, powerups that make you feel INCREDIBLE! Sure, you're just a little robot... but you're no ROOMBA cleaning a bloody space freigther! YOU ARE A (cute) CYBORG OF DEATH with the ability to IRRADIATE WITHOUT REGRET!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!

EARLY LOOOOOOOOOOK!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNykTig823g
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