Each day C + 2 hears from exciting new game companies and inspiring individuals showing off their clever skills. Sometimes it’s an arduous task deciding what to write about because anyone and everyone devoted to creativity deserves recognition, whether as a group or a person working on a development alone. Tom Happ is the latest example of this resourceful endeavor. For the last five years he had a regular job during the day while spending evenings and weekends doing art, code, writing, animation, design and music on his innovative project, Axiom Verge.
On a visual level this side-scroller, action-platform-exploration will bring back instant memories of everlasting classics like Rygar, Contra, Bionic Commando and Metroid, the old-school “glitches” they came with. The player is Trace, a scientist who finds himself on an alien planet after a lab explosion. When a mysterious telepathic voice summons him for help. Trace must work his way through the unfamiliar territory and beyond in the search of the voice. On this sudden quest he ends up exploring an extreme, spacious world where monstrous enemies lurk, always waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Expect more than 900 rooms available for investigation, endless opportunities to gain a variety of over 60 power-ups, new weaponry and hidden items, not to mention memorable encounters with 70 distinctive creatures and screen-filling bosses in splendorous, strange environments.
An industry veteran since 2002, Happ has worked as an animator, programmer, and technical artist on several titles by companies such as EA Tiburon Studios, Red Eye Studios and Petroglyph Games. As a professional developer for ten years now, he quit his job six months ago in order to finish Axiom Verge and celebrated with a release on March 31, 2015, for Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, and Microsoft Windows. The European version was recently launched April 1st.
Axiom Verge is priced at $19.99 / €17.99 and debuts on PS4 as part of Sony’s Pub Fund program. Cross-buy is supported, giving PS4 owners a copy of Axiom Verge on Vita for no additional cost and vice versa.