While the shmup genre can take itself very seriously at times, it's also capable of self-deprecation, as is evidenced by the likes of Parodius, Star Parodier and Game Tengoku.

We're getting another shooter parody to add to that mix today, as Project Starship X hits Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.

Here's some PR:

Project Starship is back with a wacky take on cosmic horror. In this rogue-lite shooter, you’ll take the role of the tentacled-yet-hip Swagthulhu as you CRASH-KILL comical abominations in flashy 16-bit style! With multi-purpose dodge mechanics and tons of crazy pick-ups, you’ll be able to crash your ship straight through the enemy and emerge unscathed. Project Starship X celebrates genre conventions by turning them upside-down!

We'll be reviewing this one, but if you fancy taking the plunge before hearing our verdict, you might be interested to learn that Project Starship X is on offer for a short period, costing £7.19 in the UK (down from £8.99).