Sprites and Dice: PAX East 2015: DEATHSTATE is the bullet hell roguelike you've been waiting for
Even with its dark themes, Deathstate manages to remain vibrant with its pixel art graphics and synthy soundtrack. It's hard not to be simultaneously amused and uncomfortable watching a cute little skeleton king scuttle its way across a ritualistic circle of blood, but that's exactly this game's appeal.
PAX East 2015: DEATHSTATE is the bullet hell roguelike you've been waiting for
"pUnlike other top-down shooters, Deathstate only controls with one analog stick, and your shots are automatically fired towards the nearest enemy. This may make the game sound easy, but it actually opens up an opportunity to make the game much harder. No longer does the game have to be designed around the player's shooting skills. Instead, it requires the player to excel at evading enemies among a tidal wave of bullets."
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