Pocket Money Games’ student made first-person shooter Dimension Hunter, officially received a free demo that’s currently available to download right now over on the Steam store.
UploadVR recently did an exclusive editorial on the game, speaking with the head of the studio, Frankie Cavanagh, who is actually a lecturer at Northumbria University. In the interview it’s explained that this game was borne from the imaginative machinations of students, where Cavanagh states…
“I wanted to create a studio that allowed any student to work on a real product and get their name on a real game,” […] “The idea was I’d start the studio and we’d build games with these very talented students that struggle to get into the industry. The idea was to have an open door policy.”
The game looks crazy good to be a student project. In fact, if no one had said that it was, I never would have guessed.
Dimension Hunter sees players battling through 10 different dimensions using six different weapons and taking thousands of enemies in corridor, rail-shooting action. You can check out the trailer for it below to see what the actual in-game play is like.
While I’m still not a fan of disembodied hands, at least there are hands on the guns. Players assume the role of a security droid attempting to cleanse the ship from the infected robots and other malignant monsters looking to tear you limb from hydraulic limb.
The actual gameplay reminds me a lot of Time Crisis. Players may be on rails but they can dodge and hide while they switch weapons and plan out their attacks. The shooting mechanics are surprisingly solid, and the animations look good when transitioning from one weapon to the next.
The art-style was said to be inspired by the popular Australian comic book series, 2000 A.D. The UploadVR article astutely points out the similarities to games like Sega’s highly under-appreciated grindhouse game for the Wii, Mad World.
If you have a VR headset and you’re interested in checking the game out, you can do so right now by visiting the Steam store page and downloading the free demo. The full version of Dimension Hunter is due out exclusively for VR headsets… soon.