Dale City, Va. - Nov. 3, 2004 - Alawar Entertainment (www.alawar.com), a leading publisher of casual games, has released Crusaders of Space: Open Range, a top-down shooter in which the player must save Earth from a swarm of aggressive aliens.
Like the arcade classics of days gone by, Crusaders of Space outfits the player with a small military spacecraft and enough firepower to obliterate a small planet, then deposits him at the bottom of the display to fight off wave upon wave of celestial assailants. As these creatures zip across the screen in a variety of attack patterns, the player can fire his primary weapon to weaken their armor, then finish them off with a powerful rocket blast.
Like all good space trash, the villains of Open Range drop bonuses and powerups upon being annihilated. Pick-ups include additional primary firepower, rockets, armor that protects the player for one hit, coins and harmful items that decrease the ship's power. The more powerful the player's primary firepower is, the more hits he can take before being reduced to space dust.
Open Range features 19 aliens, each with its own attack pattern and weapon. This diversity forces the player to boost up his primary weapon and strategically select which aliens to obliterate first. (Some are more powerful than others, and still others leave behind a nasty surprise when they die.) Players who reach the boss battles at the end of each mission need to be armed to the teeth.
To give the gameplay a tongue-in-cheek feel, the hero cracks jokes while he's blasting his way through the cosmos. For example, he might say, "Move over, Bill Gates," after collecting a coin. Other audio-visual features include a CGI animated avatar and a thumping techno music soundtrack.
Additional highlights include a laptop containing data on the aliens, comprehensive statistics at the end of each level and simple mouse controls during gameplay. Open Range offers 100 levels, ten missions and two game worlds.
Visit www.alawar.com to view screenshots, download a demo and purchase the full version of the game.
About Alawar Entertainment
Alawar Entertainment has been publishing and distributing PC games on the Internet since 1998. The company also runs a network of online game stores and supplementary businesses ranging from a game banner network to a newsletter service. Additionally, Alawar is working closely with leading gaming portals such as Real One Arcade, Shockwave, Big Fish Games and others. The company's developer partners include Dream Dale, Alias Worlds, Oxxo Media, Media Research Group, I-Nova Games Team and more.