Hive Jump Kickstarter Now Live – Sci-Fi Multiplayer Shooting Action!

Hive Jump Interview

As many of you may have known, the indie game studio known as Graphite Lab is bringing their pixelated sci-fi multiplayer shooter known as Hive Jump to the Wii U. After a failed attempt at accomplishing their Kickstarter goal the first time around, Graphite Lab has re-launched their campaign with new goodies, and it looks like they’ll be accomplishing their goal fairly soon.



 

Hive Jump puts you in the shoes of a soldier part of the J.U.M.P. Corps, an organization dedicated to fighting off aliens and otherworldly beasts hive by hive.

“In the 24th century, humanity is at war with a hostile alien race. Outnumbered a million to one, mankind’s only hope of survival is the J.U.M.P. Corps. Its mission is to fight the alien menace hive by hive and planet by planet.”

Graphite Lab describes Hive Jump as being one part Spelunky, one part XCOM, and 100 percent alien butt-kicking. You and your friends assume the role of JUMPERS, and blast your way through subterranean alien hives in run-and-gun 2D platforming action. Kill aliens, avoid traps, collect resources, and defeat the hive queen lurking at the bottom of the hive to complete the JUMP.

Features

  • Action Platforming: Engage swarms of aliens in frenetic combat. Avoid traps, withstand ambushes, discover treasures, rescue survivors, and more.
  • Co-op Multiplayer: Play single player, or 2-4 player co-op. (local or online)
  • Procedural Levels: Jump into procedurally generated alien hives. Level modifiers like dark levels keep you on your toes and offer new challenges to overcome.
  • Unique Permadeath: Keep the transponder backpack in one piece! It is your mobile respawn point and if it is destroyed by the aliens you have no more lives.
  • Challenging AI: Intelligent and fierce enemies await in the hive.
  • Upgradeable Sci-Fi Weapons: Pulverize aliens with pulse rifles, flamethrowers, and a variety of experimental bombs and weapons.
  • Hand-Designed Challenges: Plunder challenge rooms and uncover lost relics to upgrade your arsenal.
  • Dynamic Lighting: Experience pixel-perfect dynamic lighting using Sprite Lamp.
  • Strategic Campaigns: The results of your jumps directly impact the ongoing galactic war against the aliens. Manage your planetary campaign between jumps in a turn-based strategy mode.
  • Controller Support: Play Hive Jump using your favorite console controller.
  • Platforms: PC / Mac / Linux (via Steam) and Wii U

If you’d like to find out more about the game, or are interested in backing this amazing project, make sure to head over to the official Hive Jump Kickstarter page! There, you’ll be able to find backer reward tiers, gameplay info and updates about the game’s development.

Also make sure to check out our interview with Graphite Lab, the developers behind the game. You’ll get to read about the game’s backstory and team.

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Jelani Thompson is the Owner/Editor-In-Chief at Always Nintendo! He's very passionate about interviewing developers and bringing daily Wii U and 3DS news to the site's readers. When he's not busy saving the universe, he's most likely at his Grandma's house eating her delicious meals.