This bulky episode of the podcast looks at three smaller independent companies who are working on shoot ‘em up titles for current gen systems. Each guest had quite a lot to say about the state of shmups, the industry, and working for a small company.
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Rafael Dyll, SideQuest Studios
SideQuest Studios has been responsible for Soldner X and Sodner X-2, two of the best shmups to grace the PSN. Rafael Dyll composed the rockin’ tunes for both games, and has done work on other shmups over the past several years (including NG.DEV’s Last Hope). In the interview he discusses his work, the utility of the term “Euro shmup”, and his thoughts about how to get into the game music industry.
Matthew Doucette, Xona Games
Xona games is a two-man team made up of brothers Matthew and Jason Doucette. They have already released the excellent Decimation X for the Xbox Live Indie Arcade, and are currently finishing up work on two other Xbox 360 shmups: Duality ZF and Score Rush. In the interview Matthew discusses game development in Canada, what makes a great shmup, and why Parsec for the TI-99/4A is one of the best games ever made.
Adam Milecki, Rockin’ Android
Rockin’ Android is responsible for bringing great Japanese independent shooters to the American market, and have done so with great titles like Suguri: Perfect Edition and the Gundemonium Collection. In this interview, Rockin’ Android’s Adam Milecki discusses how the company chooses games, why PSN users have something to look forward to in 2010, and offers something very special for our listeners.
- (Level 1 Boss theme from Turrican – Amiga)
- Dave’s Intro
- Interview with Rafael Dyll, SideQuest Studios
- (Boss Rush 1 theme – Gradius Gaiden – PS1)
- Interview with Matthew Doucette, Xona Games
- (Boss Rush 2 theme – Gradius Gaiden – PS1)
- Interview with Adam Melecki, Rockin’ Android
- (Escape theme from R-Type Delta – PS1)
- Dave’s Editorial and Outro
- (End Credits song – Xevious 3D+G – PS1)
**Also: Thanks to all of those who submitted music and artwork for the show – you’ll see the winning work featured in the next episode!**