Cryptark is a 2D sci-fi shooter where you take on the role of a heavily armed privateer seeking to earn government contracts by boarding deadly alien space-hulks. It's up to you to strategize a plan of attack, pick an equipment loadout, and destroy the central core to be victorious.
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Release Date:
Jun 20, 2017

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November 6

Gunhead November Dev Log

Hey everyone! We've updated Steam page for Cryptark's FPS sequel Gunhead with a November dev log:
Let us know what you think of our changes! We're hoping to make Gunhead feel like a streamlined more action focused Cryptark,
- Lee
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July 21

Cryptark's sequel Gunhead July Dev Log - PAX10, Mission Generation and objectives, VR Test

Hello again!
For the past month we've been focused on getting Gunhead ready to show at PAX West, since it got accepted into the PAX10:
We were really surprised to get into this! We’ve always submitted our games to PAX10 and never got a game in so early in development (the build we sent them was a pretty old demo of the game). So we are happy to get some external validation that the game is actually very fun.

Some of the things we are working on include:

Refining how procedural generation algorithms work for adding enemies/systems to ships:

Ship Salaged UI for after a ship is beaten:

End stats shown after failing (similar stats shown after beating the campaign):

And we are working on bringing Cryptark’s Mission Objectives system to Gunhead. These are bonus objectives you can go for to get additional bonus money.

And finally completely unrelated to PAX, we spent a few hours trying out a VR version of Gunhead:
It is definitely fun - and I think we know a good way to handle locomotion for this (not just teleporting). After testing this we decided that if we did make a VR version it would need to be its own tailored experience - a large amount of the game would need to be adjusted, and doing it now would negatively affect the desktop/non-VR version we want to focus on. So if we do make a VR version it will only be after the game is released.

If you haven’t yet you can wishlist Gunhead on Steam to keep up to date on development! It’ll also help us gauge interest in the game from players - and help with our release

- Lee
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“I might well be tempted to use Cryptark as a case study of how to take a simple, hoary old game conceit, like the shmup, and have it transcend into something richly strategic, by ensuring the player has interesting things to consider at every strata of interaction.”

“I Love When A Steam Early Access Game Gets It Right”

About This Game

Cryptark is a 2D roguelike shooter that challenges players with boarding and neutralizing procedurally generated alien starships to earn income for their Privateering enterprise. Purchase improved equipment and weapons to tackle more dangerous targets, but be cautious as failure will result in a loss of investment and profit. The decaying alien arks will defend themselves from intruders with a wide arsenal of cyborg monstrosities, robotics, and security systems, all obstacles that must be surpassed to achieve victory, the destruction of the ship’s central System Core.

  • Complex, procedurally generated alien space-hulks to board and defeat.
  • Challenging, re-playable campaign that tests your strategy and tactics.
  • Over 70 weapons and items, including frag-cannons, tractor-beams, flamethrowers and nukes.
  • High-score leader boards to rank your skills.
  • Fully lip-synced voice acting brings your fellow shipmates to life.
  • Blood-pumping soundtrack perfect for intense firefights.

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System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual-core processor (Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 5200+ 2.6 GHz)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000, Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • OS: Lion 10.7.5, Yosemite strongly recommended
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000, Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC is NOT required.
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000, Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB

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