Depending on how you use it, Twitter timelines can be full of GIFs and clips of in-development game projects, some of which are immediately eye-catching. That's the case with Moonrider, for which a 50 second video was posted by its creator Danilo Dias.
First up, here is the video and the story background that Dias has shared recently.
Moonrider is a mechanical mutant weapon. He was made by a facist state who use him and the other "guardians"as a weapon of the state.
After a[n] accident he wakes up and decide to eliminate the fascist state and restore the power to people.
As the moon cover[s] the sun, the dark hero shall rise and destroy the oppression.
The hero will take down the Asura's Fleet in order to save a country.
Danilo Dias is a co-founder of JoyMasher (alongside Thais Weiller), the studio that Switch gamers may know best for the brilliant Blazing Chrome, which was a pitch-perfect homage and progression of the 16-bit Contra era. Understandably the possibility of a Strider / Shinobi-style project from the same team is exciting.
Intriguingly this started out as a side-project for Dias. Way back in January 2017 he posted initial progress on the outerspace.com forum, with an early version of stage 1-1 completed at that time.
It now seems to be a fully-fledged project in the JoyMasher team. On the studio's own YouTube channel, which seems to be mostly used for in-progress videos as opposed to trailers and promotion, there are multiple videos of Moonrider in the form of stage previews and soundtrack clips. Twitter is the source of many updates, another recent one below along with some older stage videos.
It looks like another fun project from the JoyMasher team. Naturally we love the idea of experiencing this title on Switch, but we'll continue to track updates and progress from the development team. If this wasn't on your radar before now, we reckon it should be.
Do you like the look of Moonrider? Let us know in the comments!
Should be pretty good if the fantastic Blazing Chrome is anything to go by
This looks excellent, JoyMasher's previous work has been pretty superb so I'll look forward to this one.
I bet it'll get an LRG release too.
I like it, however, the character design i don't like.
So far all JoyMasher games are pretty good, especially Blazing Chrome so I have high hopes for this one.
This looks incredible. Blazing Chrome is fantastic and i’m very much looking forward to this!
All I needed to see were the words 'Strider', 'Shinobi' and 'Blazing Chrome' to know that I'm going to want this!
wish it had more colors... looks kinda drab kinda like blazing chrome.
I totally see myself playing this an having a blast! It has many of the things I grew up playing and loving. And I also totally support joymasher after the great things they've released
Oh yah! This looks fun! Blazing Chrome is one of my most replayed games.
This looks quite similar to Bushiden.
I wonder which will receive my money 😭
wasn't there a ps3 game by square called moonriders that was basically strider? lol
Edit: That was moon diver my bad
Good but so tired of the false scarcity pumped up by LRG and every other physical indies publisher. I can accept to have a physical tax, but soooo tired of the false fear of missing...
Bushiden looks more interesting, honestly. Blazing Chrome was pretty bland, though I did enjoy their other game, Odallus. I love ninja games but something about this one isn’t grabbing my attention as much as something like Cyber Shadow or Bushiden.
I do not want this - i >need< this! I need more retro difficult platformers after The Messenger and Cyberpunk.
@BloodNinja I take it you might be a fan of games like that as well, haha. Can you give me some recommendations? Thank you!
All I had to hear was Strider and Shinobi and I was interested!
@BloodNinja Hey bro, have you tried Within the Blade? The only review I watched said it was pretty bland. Was wondering if someone that may have played it had something different to say.
Ninja Spirit, that one's even on the Switch.
Ninja Gaiden 1-3, NES versions.
Ninja Gaiden Shadow, Gameboy.
Shinobi III, though the difficulty turned me off, Sega Genesis. The music is masterful, though.
It's very tough to make a really good ninja game, but besides those I listed and The Messenger and Cyber Shadow, those are my top recommendations. It's really easy to make a bad ninja game, which is why I'm probably gonna avoid Moonrider. Joymasher has a hard time making balanced games, difficulty-wise. You should try it if you find it interesting, though!
@PoliticallyIncorrect I honestly haven't tried it, it didn't look that appealing for me!
Yeah this looks awesome, I really can't get enough of these type of games. Finally reached the final boss of Cyber Shadow the other day. Whether I can actually beat it is another story haha.
@BloodNinja I had thought the same, but you never know. I saw a ninja and had hopes, because... well... ninja!
I love that spritework, and the gameplay looks good too.
This looks to have a sort of Strider 2 vibe with the slashy platforming. I'm very interested.
@PoliticallyIncorrect I've been playing a bit of Within the Blade, it's not bad so far. Good but not great. Kinda feels like a budget Mark of the Ninja.
@OldManHermit Thank you very much. I guess I'll just replay Mark of the Ninja and Cyber Shadow while I wait for something a bit better. Really appreciate your input!
@PoliticallyIncorrect Oh, it definitely caught my eye! But it’s hard to make a good ninja game, and I’m a snob so I only play the best! LOL
I heard about this game awhile back and yeah this is 100% being purchased by me on day one. That motorcycle scene, WOW, yes!
@BloodNinja I'm the same way LOL! That's why I asked.
@PoliticallyIncorrect Hope your day is going great!
I like Strider and Shinobi so this game is definitely for me!
@StefanNA Although it's a different style of game to The Messenger and Cyber Shadow, I highly recommend Valfaris. It plays kind of similarly to Turrican. It's a straight up retro action platformer with modern graphical effects. Make your way through a stage killing a variety of enemies before facing a boss at the end, upgrading and finding new weapons and looking for secrets on the way.
I loved every minute of it. It looks incredible with some of the best pixel art you'll see, the soundtrack is rocking and the controls are spot on. It's tough but never unfair.
Pay zero attention to Nintendolife's 6/10. Joke review.
@NinChocolate Pretty good?
This is great news. Joymasher also made the excellent Oniken, Odallus and Blazing Chrome, so I have huge expectations for Moonrider, which by the way looks fantastic.
All anyone needs to know is that Oniken is better than any Strider game, Odallus is on the level of the best Castlevania games, and Blazing Chrome is on the level of the best Contra games.
@YANDMAN too little? Too much? 😆
I think I'm just a little bit in love.
From the little footage they're showing, it appears that the game features multiple-hit kills, so this game is different from Oniken, Strider and Shinobi, all of which feature one-hit kills. Moonrider looks like a cross between Hagane and Metroid.
I first heard of and saw Moonrider a few years back when I was keeping up with the development of Blazing Chrome. I liked the look of what they showed then, and it's nice to see the progress they have made. So far, I think it's looking very good and I will keep up with its development.
I always say this with modern games that I hope they limit the screen-shake effect or make it optional as some developers are smartly doing. It's used much more and more intensely than most games in the past ever did, and it's quite bothersome to me and others. I didn't see a lot of it, but there was enough in some of the older videos to lead me to being a bit concerned. I've played enough games to know that the visuals and sound design are enough to convey impact without nauseating screen shake.
@BloodNinja You too man!
I like it but there are a lot of enemies or objects with that mechanical boss face. Reminds of the Knuckles mod where everything is Knuckles. Still looking forward to it and Bushiden.
@BloodNinja What about Busiden? Does that look good? I think it is more Samurai based though.
This looks fantastic, love Blazing chrome so have high hopes for this one:)
@MysteryCupofJoe I’m very excited for Bushiden, can’t wait to get my hands on it.
So I need this. The style and main character eminds me of the THE GUYVER manga/anime.
Gonna have to get this. Looks great. Digging the bike level.
Blazing Chrome was fun and this looks rad. The art design reminds me of the brutally difficult SNES title, Hagane.
I liked Blazing Chrome, but my biggest complaint was I felt there were too many auto-scrollers. The day they announce this game, they show off... another auto-scroller. Does anybody actually like these levels? Other than masochists who beat Battletoads. I do like a good side-scrolling ninja game though, I'll keep my eye on it.
@BloodNinja Did you try Oniken? Its basically an NES Ninja Gaiden.
@Tim_Vreeland I did try Oniken, reminded me of a futuristic version of Berserk. It's pretty good, but I enjoyed Odallus more.
@mauhlin12 The last stage of Mario 3 is almost all auto-scrollers, and those are my least favorite levels. I can't wait for the day that designers get rid of those types of levels!
Reminds me a bit of Run Saber. Had tons of fun with that one as a kid ^_^
@BloodNinja Yeah, whenever the Mario World vs. Mario 3 debate comes up, my first argument is Mario 3 has too many auto-scrollers. Still a great game of course. Then we've got the mine carts in DKC, jump jump, slide slide levels from Mega Man 8... if these levels are always everybody's least favorite parts of the game, stop putting them in the game.
@mauhlin12 Indeed! I didn’t mind the airship levels in 3, as that made sense for the setting I suppose, but to have most of the final levels be scrollers actually makes me less inclined to play the game, lately. Still, they are great games and most modern platformers are still very far away from matching their appeal.
@Multi game looks fantastic.
Reminds me of Strider, but with Kamen Rider style rider kicks. Interested.
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