ERSATZ is a speed focused Hardcore Action Platformer with a musical twist! Featuring an Original Electronic Soundtrack also by Paris Stalker, the game's creator, hear and feel the music build as you progress as hazards, obstacles, boss attacks and controller vibrations move to the ever present beat!
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Sep 13, 2017

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March 22

v1.41 + More Crazy Player Times!

Dear Players,

If you're interested in seeing an example of how quick you can really go in ERSATZ check out THIS STREAM by Klianc09 of Level 07.

Wow! Even as the developer and armed with an intentional design philosophy to open the game up to skillful play, I've continued to be blown away by the kinds of times I'm seeing from Klianc09 in ERSATZ recently! Whole minutes faster than I ever expected.

If you're keen to know when streams like this happen, jump onto the ERSATZ DISCORD SERVER and join in the fun ^_^

I've also done another small update, mostly focused on the Gorjunter boss fight (Patch notes below). As you can see, the updates are starting to wind down for real now. I'm actually beginning to prototype a new game starting from today, so keep your eyes and ears out for that.

Of course, with all the keys that were obtained during the recent IndieGala bundle, we've got around 1600 new players potentially playing (if their steam backlog allows to them to get round to it!), so any major bugs or necessary changes I'll obviously fix.

Happy gaming!


ERSATZ v1.41 Patch Notes

-If you press a keyboard key whilst trying to bind a gamepad action, it now cancels the binding (apparently some devices and/or OSes might be detected as a gamepad and allow players to access gamepad binding even without a gamepad being plugged in, this fixes that)

-Gorjunter - Changed code for it's dash left and right attack so there is a consistent gap between dashes

-Gorjunter - Fixed it so the Horusai that blow across the screen during the dash attack pause their movement when the game is paused

-Gorjunter - Made the text that comes up when it heals from eating also say "GORJUNTER EATS" to clarify what is happening
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March 16

ERSATZ v1.4 - Little Update, Bigger Number

A small update for Windows & Linux today. I think the number 1.4 looks a lot better than 1.39 don't you? A E S T H E T I C S or something am I right?

ERSATZ v1.4 Patch Notes

-Restarting from an end level screen now loads music and sound properly

-By having a small buffer after the score screen shows before it'll accept an input, I have made it harder to accidentally restart from an end level screen in this mode

-Level 01 'GROWTH' - The moving plant platforms now have a small 3D sound that plays when they move

-Level 04 'RESPIRATION' - The moving Spurchin (moving spikey balls) now have a small 3D sound that plays when they move

-Level 04 'RESPIRATION' - The Catcher Bubbles now play their catch and pop noises correctly and audibly

-Level 06 'EXCRETION' - Changed slam collision check for glass floors to fix very rare occasion when it wouldn't break from a slam

-Level 08 'SYNTHESIS' - Added in missing glow for bottomless pits in

-Level 08 'SYNTHESIS' - Running against conveyor belts in level 08 now slows your movement as they do elsewhere

-Fixed crashing when trying to dash in Type Gamma
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About This Game

"It’s the immaculate sound design and tremendous freedom of movement that makes Ersatz so satisfying to play."
- Rock Paper Shotgun

If you're a fan of seriously good music and challenging platformers, stop right now and go get it. It's very simple to get into, difficult to master and it's a damn treat for the ears."

ERSATZ is a speed focused, hardcore Action Platformer with Rhythm elements. Featuring a multiple genre Original Electronic Soundtrack which dynamically builds and changes based on your progression!

Run, Jump, Slam, Slide, Dash & Survive your way through 8 varied and increasingly intense levels, in multiple modes & playstyles, starring tricky level hazards and enemies and even tougher bosses.

Use the unique dash mechanics to move as fast as you can, trying to chase down that elusive 'S' rank. Learning the game is simple, mastering it is not...

Original Soundtrack by game's creator with genres including:
House, Trance, Synthwave, DnB, Techno & More!

Also Inlcuding:
  • TYPE BETA & TYPE GAMMA: Unlockable alternative playstyles with their own times & grades
  • JOURNEY MODE: Try & complete all 8 levels as fast as you can. Do it in under 60mins for a special reward. For experts & speedrunners!
  • INFINITE MODE: Infinite dash energy, go wild and set crazy times on the mode's own leaderboards!
  • SYNTH RUSH: Challenge any individual or ALL of the bosses of ERSATZ against the clock!
  • STEAM LEADERBOARDS: See how your times stack up compared to other players all over the world on Windows, Mac & Linux (viewable in game!)
  • VIBRATION: With full controller support. Feel your controller vibrate to the beat!

Design, Art, Animation, Programming & Music all by Paris Stalker (that's me!).

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista and above
    • Processor: 1.2 ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 768mb video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.10.2 (tested on)
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 (Tested on)
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 768mb video memory
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
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