GUNTECH PRESS KIT
Developer: Jani Penttinen
Contact: / +1.408.499.1321
Guntech Premium: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1530152361 (premium)
September 3, 2020 for iPhone (August 22, 2020 soft-launch)
September 10, 2020 for PC and Mac
October 2020 for Android
October 2020 for Atari VCS
December 2020 for Xbox
Price: Free-to-play with in-app purchases
Guntech is a remake of an Atari ST game called Utopos from 1993, so by the nature of it, Guntech is a retro game. The original Utopos game was the first published game made by Utopos Games founder Mr. Jani Penttinen.
Jani has chronicled his history as a game developer, and how he helped shape the entire game industry in Finland, in a post here: https://www.janipenttinen.com/post/who-is-jani-penttinen-the-game-developer
The birth story of Guntech is really unique. Jani had already left the game industry behind years earlier when his young children found out that their dad had been a game developer long before they were born.
The kids were really excited that their dad had this cool past, instead of the boring businessman he had been through their lives. Like a veteran musician dusting his guitar, Jani installed Unity, which didn't even exist when he last worked on games and started learning how to make games again. After three years, and with a lot of cheering from his kids, Jani is now a full-time game developer once again, ready to release his first game in over 10 years.
What is also special is that Jani has returned to the early days of game development, where one developer built the entire game. He designed and programmed everything using Unity, and with help from the Unity Asset Store, took care of the art direction as well.
Based on the soft launch, it seems that the magic is still there: App Store review score average is 4.9 out of 5, with gamers praising the playability and smooth controls, beautiful graphics, and of course the music, which deserves a special mention.
Music was composed by Frank Klepacki, a true game industry legend best known for his work at Westwood Studios, where he worked together with Jani on the Command & Conquer games.
WHAT IS GUNTECH?
Guntech is a retro-style arcade shooter. You, as a player, will take the controls of a rocket ship. The game takes place on the Asteroid Belt, in a region between Mars and Jupiter, in the distant future. You have escaped Earth in hopes for a better life, but instead, you find yourself fighting for survival, smuggling goods, and plundering old mines.
As the game progresses, you fight your way up. You acquire better ships, more powerful weapons, equip your ship with gadgets and in turn receive more challenging missions. You can also take part in the Vestapolis Racing League, a rocket ship racing tournament - kind of like Formula 1 in space.
Guntech is a side-scrolling shoot'em up with detailed 3D environments. The game is a retro game to the heart, taking classic game play elements from the 80s and 90s and bringing them to modern touch screens and game controllers. Unlike many other retro games, Guntech is sporting state-of-the-art graphics with big explosions and colorful particle effects to take the most out of devices like iPad. Smooth 60 fps action makes your iPad feel like an arcade cabinet!
Guntech is designed as a free-to-play game. There are many different ships, weapons and add-ons to buy and part of the player's journey is building their fleet of amazing rocket ships. Guntech will receive weekly updates with more levels and more items.
Guntech's levels are split into "Worlds" that each have their own characteristics. These worlds are place around various asteroids located in the Asteroid Belt. Examples of worlds to explore include "The Dark Worlds", an old defunt mining colony where the player has to descent deep into dark caves to find lost treasures, and "The Space Jungle", a green world with lush vegeration and weird mutated animals, a result of an agricultural experiment that got out of hand.
App Store Reviews
After two weeks in soft launch, Guntech has a 4.9 / 5.0 review score globally and 5.0 / 5.0 in the US. The gamers are praising playability and controls, graphics and the music.