Demons Ate My Neighbors!, the retro-inspired twin-stick roguelite shooter developed by Tuned-Out Games with the support of Greg Johnson of HumaNature Studios (Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove!), brings nostalgic cult arcade horror to PC and Nintendo Switch in Q3 2021.
It seems like any other sweltering July in the sleepy suburbs of Fairweather Valley in 1991 until a cursed VHS unleashes horrors upon the neighborhood, turns the residents evil, and generally makes April and Joey’s summer a total bummer. Our heroes must exorcise their neighbors from hell, fight their way back to the haunted High School, and rewind their summer to save the world.
Team up in local co-op and shoot your way through the game with Splasha squirt guns, loaded with an infinite supply of holy water. Pump past the limit with Overpump and unleash holy hydro hell and swap and pop Nozzles to drench demons with different shots, effects, and Overblasts. Plus, upgrade your Splasha’s stats with Nitro Splashtanks found throughout the suburbs of Fairweather.
The radical Radar Radio, called the RadWatch, will help you from getting lost finding possessed citizens in the procedurally-generated levels. Level it up by slaying monsters and boost its range and ability to find survivors.
Depending on your choices, some citizens will Tune-Out! and transform to climactic combat challenges where one of three choices must be made: Damn, Deliver, or Die. Be kind and rewind by draining their recharging stamina with a Holy Hi-Fi arsenal to Deliver them from evil or blast through with Lethal Lo-Fi weaponry to let them stay Damned.
Additionally, don’t even worry about death! With infinite timelines, another April and Joey are ready to Damn or Deliver all over again. Smash through things and loot the ‘hood, knocking over mailboxes, trashcans, and more to find household weapons that exploit monster weaknesses. Freeze Zombos, zap Zaplings, and vaporize Vampunks with Garlic Pizza.
Plus, collect VHS tokens from Boss Demons to unlock new permanent meta upgrades in the hideout.
Evoking moody ‘80s and ‘90s teen horror with Saturday morning cartoons and a manic, humorous tone, Demons Ate My Neighbors! honors ‘90s co-op classics as only an unofficial spiritual sequel could.
16-bit characters feel right at home in this ever-changing top-down 3D world of nightmare nostalgia featuring a funky, thrilling dynamic soundtrack by Sonic Mania veteran Tee Lopes, Varien, Nice Legs, and Papoose and Remy Ma.
“Demons Ate My Neighbors! brings back a fun, thrilling vibe that we miss from ‘80s and ‘90s camp horror,” said Kian Matthew Naderi, Game Director at Tuned-Out Games. “We want to take a fresh, surprising spin on a classic co-op formula by adding random levels, meta-progression, a succinct story, inspired new characters, monsters, and innovative gameplay on top of a funky, campy, nostalgic aesthetic.”
The game’s Kickstarter opens on Tuesday, September 1. Tuned-Out Games hopes to raise $175,000 to add more levels, monsters, and other terrors. Stretch goals include Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 ports, online co-op, new characters, new weapons, and secret alien bosses that might rhyme with GlowJam and Pearl. Pledges for a digital copy of the game start at $15 and go all the way up to $7,500 for anyone who wants to help design a boss.
Demons Ate My Neighbors! launches in Fall 2021 on Nintendo Switch and PC in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Japanese. To learn more, visit the official website, join the Discord, and follow the game on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitch.