This Just In! is a bullethell shooter/RPG hybrid stuffed with humor, action and adventure, and set in an alternate 1920s America full of flappers, packed with plucky reporters and plagued by the prohibition of alcohol. Take control of three high-flying gals as they battle their own personal demons as well as a literal invasion of demons from the underworld. "Fight the demons without and within. Then your adventure shall truly begin" or so they say! Who says that? Not sure. But one thing is for sure, and that is that these girls have spunk! Spunk in spades!
There's Gabby, the plucky little reporter. Sporting a flying machine, a Smith and Wesson revolver, her trusty notebook and her signature "don't get fresh with me bucko!" attitude, this is one classy lassy. Having achieved worldwide fame during her first assignment as a reporter for the Jasper Gazette by inadvertently ending the greatest war the world had ever seen, Gabby was immediately "promoted" to spokeswoman of the paper. Unfortunately for her, this promotion means that she's doomed to public appearances and covering softball stories for the rest of her days. But when the demon invasion begins, she quickly finds herself caught right in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime scoop for a second time! But will this time be the chance she needs to prove she belongs with her feet on the street walking the beat? Only time will tell, Gabby! Only time will tell!
Next up is ALICE. Definitely the most successful of the eccentric Dr. Felix’s inventions, ALICE is a walking, talking bonafide marvel of modern science. While she looks like something straight out of a Zip Johnson serial, make no mistake, she is no work of fiction! She is as real as you or I! Built with the power of flight and a whole slew of electrical mishaps that could be repurposed as weapons, she doesn’t sneeze at danger. And when her creator’s latest invention results in the accidental release of demons into the world, ALICE makes it her personal mission to stop the invading hordes and restore Dr. Felix’s honor. But what good could one mechanical girl do against the seemingly endless armies of the underworld? What good indeed?
Finally, there is Hilda. Gifted with the power of flight from birth thanks to her beautiful demonic wings... Wait... demonic? You read that right? Hilda is herself a demon princess. What is a demon princess doing fighting against her own kind? You must play the game to find out! OR, you can simply read on while I tell you! Hilda is the daughter of Lord von Wormheart, a man whose sometimes cruel treatment of his subjects rubs Hilda the wrong way. And even though he shows nothing but complete affection for her, she resents a ruler who would show favoritism to his family while throwing those who depend on his rule under the bus. But when his latest tirade has him marching an army against one of his own villages, she decides that is a line she will not let him cross, and so sets out to stop him.
The core gameplay of This Just In! is bullethell horizontal shooting action, but with a twist. First of all, the three playable characters will have unique characteristics, governing their power, movement speed and other things. But these characters will be fully customizable with different equipment, costumes, and customizable skill trees.
Finding the game too difficult? Turn the difficulty slider down, or replay old levels to grind for experience. Or maybe it's too easy? Turn the difficulty slider up and enjoy more difficult bullet patterns, but also a better chance at finding more powerful, valuable loot.
The choices are completely up to you. We want the game to reflect your personal playstyle and preferences as much as possible.
Or maybe you're the type of person who would like to compete for a high score in a completely controlled campaign free of RPG mechanics? Play through the arcade mode, a seperate experience with a simplified version of the story based on more traditional shooters, complete with high scores and continue credits.
But back to the main campaign mode. Each character will have her own side-scrolling hub town to explore in between levels. It is in this hub town that you will talk to NPCs, buy items to use on levels, buy and customize equipment and change skills.
And there are many more exciting details we will give in future updates, so please stay tuned!
No Grapes Games is a group of three guys, and we all have day jobs. But making a game takes time, and making a quality game takes even more time. Which means that in order to make This Just In! the best game it can possibly be, and in a timely manner, we are going to have to take time off of our day jobs to make it happen.
We hate DRM as much as the next people, and as a result, This Just In! will proudly be DRM free for Linux, Windows and Android platforms.
If this is the kind of game you would like to play, or if you know someone who would be interested in playing it, please spread the word! Your support is greatly appreciated!
Who are we?
We are No Grapes Games, a new three-man game development team formed with the express purpose of making This Just In! We're all friends who grew up playing horizontal and vertical shooters, role-playing games and adventure games. With great passion for these genres, we decided it would be fun and worthwhile to combine our favorite aspects of these experiences into what we are calling This Just In!
Nathan Caldwell - Programmer
Andrew Caldwell - Writer
Justin Raimey - Artist
Here is an example of a horizontal shooter, Boogie Wings