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Veck (Windows)

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Veck is a freeware space shooter inspired by Robotron: 2084, Geometry Wars and many vector games of the early 1980’s. The player controls a small craft, on a single screen, able to move and fire in multiple directions. The aim of the game is to stay alive as long as possible by defeating increasingly crowded and varied waves of enemies. At the start, the craft has a million energy units, which steadily increases while playing up to 10 million. Upon colliding with an enemy, the bar is either partially or completely depleted.

There are different kinds of opponents, such as the Brainless Bluie, the more advanced Red Rammer and the Red Reaper. Blue Holes launch twenty enemies at once, Purple Nests charge the player, the Hypermatter Reactor lurks on the screen until it can pop the player into hyperspace and the Orange Explodabomb has a large blast radius.

The game can either be played with a single fire key or with different keys for each direction. Support for two simultaneous joysticks has also been included. The game consists of 15 seamless one-minute levels. At each level, new enemies appear and the ship's engines are upgraded to fire multiple bullets at once. For graphical effect, there are different kinds of fading effects to change the art style, from "No Fade" to "OMG" and "Some fade" in between.

The game was originally developed for the Retro Remakes vector-game mini-competition.

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Veck Windows Another black hole
Veck Windows A black hole in the OMG fade mode
Veck Windows Configuring the controls.
Veck Windows The least useless players

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  • RoadTripAdventure (Youtube channel dedicated to RTA videos.)
  • smayds.com (Developer's website where you can download the game free of charge.)
Sciere (268588) added Veck (Windows) on Mar 24, 2007