Steel River Games
has released a video and twelve screenshots
from Cosmic Predator
, a side-scrolling shooter scheduled to arrive this summer for PC and Mac OS. Players control the Cosmic Predator, one of the last surviving members of its species. Born in the depths of space, this monstrous squid-like creature is on a mission to recover the mysterious Life Stone to save its race from extinction. Since it's still just a baby, the Cosmic Predator must feed continually to sustain itself. In order to replenish its ever dwindling health meter, it must drink the blood-clouds of its fallen prey.
Consuming blood also allows the player to power up his/her Cosmic Predator at the end of each stage. A defensive-minded player can focus on putting blood toward protective shields or a larger health meter, while a more aggressive player chooses abilities that increase the number of directions the Cosmic Predator can fire, or focus on obtaining a powerful charge shot. The style of the gameplay depends on the choices the player makes. And the wide variety of challenges (from squishy alien invertebrates to planet-stealing cosmic whales) ensures the player will need all the upgrades he/she can get.