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Today’s Spotlight is Tesla vs Lovecraft, a solid little top-down shooter by 10tons Ltd that came out at the beginning of the year.
Lovecraft has unleashed hordes of eldritch abominations on the world, and as Tesla, its up to you to use your arsenal of quirky inventions to stop him. The game is very similar to 10tons’ previous cult hit Crimsonland, but with an upgrade system and a bit more structure and coherency to its campaign, enemies, and weapons.
Each level generally lasts a few minutes and involves the mindless slaughter of hundreds of interdimensional horrors with all kinds of retro-futuristic weapons, power-ups, and special abilities. You also get to stomp around in a giant mech with lightning miniguns. You can check out a trailer above.
Tesla vs Lovecraft just received its first piece of paid DLC as well. Titled For Science!, this DLC pack adds an endless mode and new weapons, abilities, enemies, perks, and special abilities for $4.99.
Here’s a rundown of the game:
Tesla vs Lovecraft is an intense top-down twin stick arena shooter from the creators of Crimsonland and Neon Chrome. Play as the enigmatic inventor Nikola Tesla harnessing the static energy to power up Tesla-Mech and give the lovecraftian nightmares a lesson in horror!
You are Nikola Tesla, world-famous inventor and genius extraordinaire. At the eve of your greatest invention, your laboratory is burned down by the horror author H.P. Lovecraft, who claims that your actions have put the world in peril. With the help of his occult book, and a vast army of monsters, he has stolen your most precious inventions!
- Tesla-Mech, an immensely powerful machine of war at your disposal. Mow down your opponents with twin-mounted Tesla-Miniguns, and trample over monsters like they were ants.
- Quantum Teleportation, packed neatly into one handy portable backpack. (Includes a warning label about Theseus-paradox, whatever that is)
- If nightmares had nightmares, this is what they’d look like. Monsters so horrible they’ll make you eat up your own sanity!
- Save the world with a plethora of inventions and gadgets, including (but not limited to) X-Ray Blade and Death Ray Gun.
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