Astro Port has released a demo for its upcoming horizontal 2D shmup Zangeki Warp (thanks RetroManiac). You can download it for free on Vector.co.jp – note that Chrome and Firefox may say the file is harmful (it isn’t).
As Siliconera covered previously, Zangeki Warp is set in 2054 at a time when a mad scientist called Dr. Benomiya has engineered space monsters to put an end to galactic civilization. You head out to his fortress in a mecha to put an end to his plans by slaying his grotesque army.
While Zangeki Warp may play similar to many shmups, especially Astro Port’s previous entries in the genre, its central mechanic sets it apart somewhat. It’s a “slashing warp” that lets you pass through walls and destroy enemies that you pass through.
Other weapons you have to hand include a shockwave, a decoy to distract enemies, and an “omega crash” that annihilates practically everything on screen by sending out a cluster of explosives.
You can find out more about Zangeki Warp on its website.