Jeff Minter under his Llamasoft studio banner has a long history in the gaming industry dating back to the ’80s, best known for arcade classic Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar. His first foray into modern virtual reality (VR) occurred with Polybius and he’s soon going to follow that up with Moose Life.
If this was from any other developer then you’d wonder what was going on in their head but Moose Life looks every bit a Minter creation. A voxel arcade videogame styled like it’s from the 1980s, Moose Life is described as ‘a trippy, psychedelic trance shooter’ featuring deer and mushrooms (naturally).
Just like previous projects, Moose Life is a visual feast of colour and techno tunes where you want to aim for as high a score as possible – if you can keep track of your character. Alongside the main campaign mode, the title will feature three additional gameplay modes depending on whether you prefer a more relaxed or challenging experience.
In ‘Free Ride’ you can enjoy an unlimited session without the need to worry about lives or score, simply enjoy Moose Life in all its trance-like glory. Then there’s ‘Normal’ where you can easily step back into any area that you’ve unlocked to improve your score and ‘Pure’ mode which is a single run through from the beginning.
Really though, Moose Life is best described in Llamasoft’s own words: “You play as a rainbow voxel deer battling to rescue tiny sheep from enemy spaceships, but that doesn’t really matter. What you’re here for is the feeling of zooming into the screen like some cervine Space Harrier, grooving to some tasty bleeps as you shred enemies into lovely colourful bits with a variety of enjoyably destructive powerups. Glowing stags will stream past your ears as you deploy the mighty “Stag Party” weapon that turns entire screensful of enemies into harmless, grateful deer.”
If Moose Life looks like the kind of arcade-style challenge you’ve been after then it launches on 12th August 2020 via Steam. It’ll support HTC Vive, Valve Index and Oculus Rift headsets. For further updates on Llamasoft creations, keep reading VRFocus.