BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Independent game developer Phobic Studios today announced the worldwide release of "Glare" (www.glaregame.com), a side-scrolling action platformer that is now available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems on Valve’s Steam entertainment platform.
Glare is set in an artistically stunning solar system of round worlds where you play as The Shiner, a being of pure light given shape by an ancient suit of armor that is summoned from starlight to heal the sun and defeat the infectious Ramora. A game about discovery, the Shiner travels through the Toric Caster, uncovering new ways to defeat the evil threats of the Ramora and cleanse the corrupted worlds.
The Shiner’s primary weapons are its glare and a gun. Casting its light will affect certain environmental elements throughout the game, as well as guide the player through each of the worlds. With six planets to explore and cleanse, Glare delivers new weapon upgrades and abilities in each level with increasing difficulty.
“At its core, Glare is a classic platformer - on steroids. We set out to make a game that was accessible for all gamers and something that we ourselves wanted to play,” said Brian Powers, co-founder of Phobic Studios and Creative Director on Glare. “We adopted a unique style in which the player works their way toward the center of the planet, fighting bosses at the end of each world. This design allows players to consistently encounter new entities and learn new ways to interact with their glare, all the way through to the end of the last level.”
Phobic co-founder Jonas Wills added, "I couldn't be more proud of what our team has accomplished with Glare. Not only has this experience made us all better game makers, but I think it brings a refreshing new take on the platformer genre that gamers will love."
Additional Game Facts & Features:
Clutter-free - no HUD, no inventory to manage and no dialogue – immediately start playing as soon as the game loads.
Completely atmospheric – no dialogue, making it universally compelling, regardless of the player’s native language.
Six planets to explore, each set in a different environment of jungle, pillars, desert, snow and volcanoes.
Achieve new abilities and weapon upgrades in every level.
Original soundtrack created in-house at Phobic Studios.
Play with a keyboard and mouse, or with an external controller connected via USB. Controllers supported by Steam Big Picture include XBOX and Logitech.
Infinite lives and automatic saves will put the player back in the game at the last checkpoint, which are generously placed throughout the game.
As the player takes hits from the enemies, the game becomes darker, but players regenerate their light by defeating the Ramora.
Complete the game in 3-4 hours, a satisfying experience for gamers of all skill levels.
Glare was developed in nearly two years by a 10-person team at Phobic Studios in Boulder, Colorado.
Pricing and Availability
Glare is regularly priced at $14.95. Phobic Studios is offering a ten percent discount for anyone who purchases the game on Steam during the first week of launch (Oct. 10-17). The game can be downloaded from Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/243140/ and from the Glare website at www.glaregame.com.
About Phobic Studios
Founded in December 2007 and headquartered in Boulder, CO, Phobic Studios was started by four longtime friends with a passion for video games and a steadfast drive to make their own. Phobic Studios collaborated with Backflip Studios on the hit mobile game, DragonVale, one of the top grossing games on the App Store today. Other iOS games developed by Phobic Studios include iTurret Defense (iTD), Bounce On, Bounce On 2, Glow Bugs, Tunnel Shoot and GravBot. For more information visit www.phobicstudios.com.