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Today’s Spotlight is Damsel, a fast and acrobatic arcade action-platformer by Screwtape Studios that recently left Early Access.
You play as Special Agent Damsel, a highly skilled operative fighting a secret war against literal corporate vampires. Dash your way through levels as you dispatch the living dead with your trusty ultraviolet shotgun and complete objectives like hacking computers and saving hostages as quickly as possible.
The levels in Damsel emphasis speed and precision, and the game was developed with speedrunners and leaderboard chasers in mind. You can check out the launch trailer above.
Damsel is available on Windows PC via Steam for $19.99. It’s currently 25% off to celebrate its departure from Early Access.
Here’s a rundown of the game:
Cause distress in this fast-paced, challenging action platformer! Speed through dozens of missions as Special Agent Damsel, the first and last line of defence against the seedy world of corporate vampires. Rescue hostages, disarm bombs, hack servers and dispatch the undead with precision, speed, and style. Balance frenetic action with split second choices, and pay attention, you never know where the next vamp will come from.
Enter a fully realised comic book world and help Damsel take on Red Mist, the powerful vampire corporation that’s adding a new (and illegal) ingredient to their popular vampire drink. Uncover the secrets of the new recipe and stop the corporation from achieving their ultimate plan, the total dominance of vampires on Earth!
Use Damsel’s powerful ultraviolet shotgun, quick reflexes, devastating melee, and lightning fast dash to string together stylish attacks. Tight and responsive controls let you move around each arena while avoiding the deadly hazards fiendishly placed to stop you in your tracks.
Experiment with each mission to discover that perfect sequence of moves and attacks that maximise your effectiveness. Master Damsel’s speed and precision to carve the perfect path through each arena, with every move counting toward that perfect score and a place at the top of the leaderboards.
Damsel is a ballet, and you’re the choreographer.
• Classic Arcade Vibe
Bite sized gameplay that’ll make you say “Just one more go” (although you said that a few tries ago…)
• Comic Book Campaign
Learn the secrets of Red Mist and put a stop to their evil plans.
• Competitive Arcade Leaderboards
Master your abilities by perfecting your runs and become the top agent.
• Chill Out Time
Chillout mode lets you take the edge off and enjoy the game without worrying about pesky things like dying.
• Extra challenge modes
For the discerning slayer, take the difficulty up a notch!
• Pumping Synth Soundtrack
Gothic grooves to slay too!
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