Fight to take control of resources in a dying universe in the fast-paced action platformer Alter Army, whose dev team consists of two 15-year-olds.

Alter Army is a hectic action platformer with an unlikely origin story. The game is currently under development in Jaipur, India, at Vague Pixels: a studio that consists entirely of two 15-year-olds.

Mridul Pancholi handles the art, programming and game design while Mridul Bansal takes care of game design and marketing. Together, they are joined by Vishwas HJ on music and sound effects.

The game evolved out of a smaller project that the team decided to expand upon and eventually take to Steam Greenlight, where it got approved. After quite a few ups and downs, the team even made it to the NASSCOM GDC, one of India’s few major game conferences.

The game itself has you playing as one of four characters, each one with different abilities. Your chosen protagonist is fighting for what resources remain in a dying universe, and they’re going to have to fight through monstrous enemies for it.

Alter Army also has interesting mechanics that reward creativity in play. You are rewarded for how aggressively you play, so fighting hard, healing fast, and building high combos are all factored by the game.

There’s a marked fluidity to the game that calls to mind games like Salt and Sanctuary, where animation frames matter quite a bit in combat. It makes the melee seem fair, as opposed to a spam of attacks.

If you’d rather get hands-on with the game, there’s a demo available on Game Jolt and Itch.io.

Alter Army is expected to release sometime in the first quarter of 2018, on PC and Mac via Steam. Here’s the Steam page.

For more action platforming, check out One Dog Story. Speaking of platformers, Owlboy is headed to consoles.

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