Kero Blaster is out now

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Kero Blaster is a 2014 game by Studio Pixel where you play as a frog that shoots things. The game plays similar to run 'n gun games like Contra and Alien Soldier.
Localization was done by Playism, who also did localization for La Mulana as well as Papers, Please.

English PC Version Through Playism
Japanese PC Verion Through Playism
iOS Version
(Please note that the iOS version requires iOS 7.1 or greater, and is not intended to be played on an iPad)

Studio Pixel also released a short prequel to Kero Blaster called Pink Hour. Not as much action as Kero Blaster, but has much more precision platforming. e: As of version 1.0.7, there is less precision platforming. You can still access the harder levels if you successfully hand in the Important Document. Handing in the document also gives you a ~special cutscene~ after the credits.
English Version
Japanese Version
iOS Version (note: like Kero Blaster it still requires iOS 7.1)


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May 11, 2014 at 5:57 AM
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Kero Blaster is now available on the Canadian App Store, it seems.

But it requires iOS 7.1 + :(

Looks like I won't be getting it for my device after all. I'm running 6.16 argh. Guess I'll just have to wait for the PC.
 
May 11, 2014 at 5:59 AM
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Random-storykeeper said:
Kero Blaster is now available on the Canadian App Store, it seems.

But it requires iOS 7.1 + :(

Looks like I won't be getting it for my device after all. I'm running 6.16 argh. Guess I'll just have to wait for the PC.
PC version is out.

Speaking of which I just finished playing it. It was pretty fun, but I might recommend ripping the soundtrack yourself, since the one you pay for isn't very high quality/high bit-rate.
 
May 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM
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I'm getting it for iOS right now. :D

I had to sneak out to a 7-11 in the middle of the night to buy a gift card, then call a representative to reset my security questions hours later. But I just downloaded it~

I wonder how well the controls will work on iOS. We'll see. :)
 
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Make sure that (if you like it) you give it a good review so that it gets attention in the App Store!

And yeah it kinda sucks that I have to update to 7.1
 
May 11, 2014 at 7:58 PM
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And yeah it kinda sucks that I have to update to 7.1
I'm going to make an attempt sometime today to get it running on something like 7.0.4. As much as I want to play this I really don't want to sacrifice my jailbreak as well.

I mean I could buy it from playism but come on where's the fun in that.
 
May 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM
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Wow, it's out? Yay :)
 
May 12, 2014 at 1:23 AM
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I've beaten the game and I'm playing through it again. It's quite awesome! :D

I've also found a secret weapon on my second playthrough... :debug:

I'll give my thoughts on it once I'm totally done. ^.^
 
May 12, 2014 at 2:31 AM
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I just beat the game for the fourth time, this time for 100% completion. (All heart upgrades, weapon upgrades, etc)

There is, in fact, a secret weapon in the New Game+ mode of the game, known as the Kuro Blaster, as well as two upgrades for it.

Really fun game. I'll be playing this one for a while. Controls work really well on the iOS version, better than I would've expected.

Music is amazing as par usual for Pixel.

Really exceeded all my expectations that I had for this game. If you haven't gotten it yet you really should.

Now we just need modding tools... someone get on that XD

EDIT: I also enjoyed the few Cave Story references that may have gone unnoticed by some, my favorite being that the music that plays in the train station is a more relaxed version of Quiet.
 
May 12, 2014 at 2:39 AM
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I'll buy is sooner than not. (hopefully)

It looks promising enough.



How long is the game though?
 
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For my first playthrough it took me maybe 3 or 4 hours, NG+ took me a couple hours more. The game gets easier each playthrough (you get used to the stages), and combined time for the game and NG+ on my second playthrough was only 3 and a half hours. It's quite a challenging game though.
 
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ShinyElectricBlueTiger said:
I'm going to make an attempt sometime today to get it running on something like 7.0.4. As much as I want to play this I really don't want to sacrifice my jailbreak as well.
Yeah, kinda freaked me out too. The only thing you should do is to change plist.info inside the game’s .ipa: in order to do it, you buy the game via iTunes, and open the .ipa with WinRar or something. I already modified the plist, so you should just replace it inside the archive. The path is /Kero Blaster 1.0.6.ipa/Payload/keroblaster.app/. I attached the .plist. You have to unzip it.

I’ve beaten the game once and did not know that there was NG+. Thanks for mentioning! I love this little but solid game.

UPD: Kuro Blaster is cool! BTW, “Kuro 黒” is Japanese for “black”.
 

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May 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM
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that's great news bud, but the game's not called kuro blaster
 
May 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM
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There is, in fact, a secret weapon in the New Game+ mode of the game, known as the Kuro Blaster, as well as two upgrades for it.
he means the weapon thing
 
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Kuro Blaster is the NG+ weapon.

Edit: ...
 
May 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM
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Yeah, kinda freaked me out too. The only thing you should do is to change plist.info inside the game’s .ipa:
Literally the first thing I tried. Didn't work on iTunes nor iFunbox
 
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ShinyElectricBlueTiger said:
Literally the first thing I tried. Didn't work on iTunes nor iFunbox
Worked for me. Don’t see how’s that not working for you. Try to use my .plist. I’m on 7.0.4.
 
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So...Newgame+? I...don't see an option for that. How do I play it? Is it something that just gets revealed during a replay?
 
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You answer “no” at the end.
 
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Pink Hour got updated. The music is slightly different, an easy mode was added, and there's a little new something at the end.

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I have a feeling we're going to see more of that pink fellow. And that strange gray figure that appears at the end of Kero Blaster also appears again. There are questions left hanging with regards to the events of Pink Hour and what it means, and the role of that gray guy.

 
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