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DeveloperTJ Townsend
PlatformsLinux, Mac, Windows
SocialTwitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube
Release5/2016 (projected)
KickstarterClick Here
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Pythetron is a new evolution in the old school 2d shoot'em up (or shmup) genre built on a modern game engine utilizing advanced physics and 3d environments, with detailed models, animation, and sound. Pythetron takes a new direction in gameplay by allowing the game's pacing to be controlled by the player and allowing the player to explore the galaxy in a non-linear manner by earning stars and unlocking new worlds.

During your journey across the galaxy you will earn coins to upgrade your ship's defense, speed, and offense, including many different projectile upgrade paths. You can progress through the game by perfecting speed strategies that earn multiple stars per run, or by exploring every corner of the galaxy in search of stars one at a time.

Designed for speed-running, Pythetron is a fast paced, high action, intense 2d shoot'em up.

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I have been making small scale games as a hobby for 24 years and eLearning games and training courses for a non-profit organization for the last 7 years. I’ve also done work as an artist in video game marketing for games such as World of Tanks, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy X, among others.

Apart from traditional artwork, which I’ve been doing my whole life, my original passion was programming. At a time when computers could barely display 256 colors I was amazed at the potential of using a computer as a creative tool. By the time I was old enough to program a game, computers had evolved and my passion slowly moved toward 3d modeling and animation.

Today I use 3d and 2d graphics software both personally and professionally. A large portion of my time is also spent doing audio and video work.

Recently I have created a series of time-lapse Photoshop videos that can be seen here on YouTube.

My passion for creating Pythetron stems from watching hundreds of speed-runs over the years. I enjoy watching the GDQ events and have even donated some artwork to the events. My goal for Pythetron is to create an enjoyable game that is designed with speed-runners in mind in a genre that historically has not offered this type of game-play.

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  • Utilizes Unity's 3D engine for advanced visuals, physics, and surround sound

  • Detailed 3D models, animation, and effects

  • Earn massive weapon combos and have fun going from a pea shooter to a machine of total destruction that can easily earn multiple stars per level, unlocking more and more content.

  • Never a dull moment as you encounter several unique enemy types on your journey across the galaxy.

  • Explore new levels or replay previous levels in new ways to earn more points, gaining more stars to unlock new worlds.

  • Collect coins to purchase dozens of upgrades including several different weapon upgrade paths that change the appearance of your ship.

  • Your game is saved after every run, allowing you to come back to the action at any time. If you're up for it, see if you can master all 50+ levels.

  • Sign up to be a part of the global leader board and compete against other player's top runs. See if you can set a world record or earn a special badge for speed and score achievements.

  • Fight 10+ bosses with each world offering a new battle.

Pythetron logo

Pythetron level shots

Pythetron menu shots

copyright 2014 Pythetron - In HD at 60 frames per second and 7.1 Surround Sound. Developed in Unity.