STRACO is a top down 2D shooter with tower defense elements, ability progression, and a mission based single player campaign. In the campaign you will fight in vehicles and on foot, with support towers and alone, in large outside areas and inside the cramped corridors of buildings. Each mission presents new and challenging obstacles to overcome!

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Global Scores and Rebinding!



One of my favorite new items in this release is the inclusion of true Global High Scores! Sure, it always said it was "global" but even on the Xbox 360 those scores were mostly fake scores that I seed the game with. Now your high scores are instantly* posted to a global repository for everyone to see! You need to complete at least 1 mission to get your score shared to the global repository for the campaign missions. It can be any mission from anywhere in the campaign and your entire campaign total will be stored. Unfortunately, only brand new scores for the mini-games will be shared, sorry if you had an amazing score prior to this release. Currently there are 100 fake scores in each list, but real scores from players will always replace a fake score. Eventually, all scores will be real.

(*Internet connection required, any scores generated while offline will be synced next time you connect to the Internet)

Global High Scores


The ability to alter the control bindings has always existed in STRACO. However, you would need to be willing to edit text files directly and really know what you were doing. Well, gone are those days! Now you can create/alter/rename/delete bindings to your heart's content from inside the game. Additionally, you can now switch control method (keyboard / controller / other controller) from within a mission (previously you needed to exit back to the press start screen to switch control method).

If you find that you have created a particularly useful set of bindings, please feel free to forward them to me and I'll look into including them with the next release! I'll include your name in the credits as well (if desired).

Control Rebind Screen


Want to change your player name? Well now you can! Immediately after the "press start" screen is the brand new "save slot" menu. From here you can add/update/delete any player save. Previously this menu allowed only 6 save slots (now unlimited) and included no way to alter your name. Additionally, all name changes will immediately update your global high score name.

Each save slot is now linked to your own personal preferences, so no need to constantly re-configure your options when two different people share the same computer. I know there MUST be a ton of people out there in that situation ;)

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That's it for this version! Sorry it took so long, but my "real" job kept me VERY busy all of the last year. The next version will focus on creating the Mac and Linux versions of the game. Once that is done I will be focusing on officially releasing the game for sale.

Below is a link to download the new version and a video of me failing at my own game!

Enjoy and thanks for tuning in!

Mike (@NVOPyric)

New Demo!  Tons of Graphics Options!

New Demo! Tons of Graphics Options!

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STRACO Demo Beta v0.7.0

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This reminds me an old DOS game called "Tank Arena".
Do you know that game?

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I've never heard of that game before. Looks like a split screen multiplayer game from the 90's? I'll have to check it out! Looks interesting!

When I started out, STRACO was a MOBA style game, and it still has 4 player split screen in it's code somewhere. Maybe re-enable that part some day.

Thanks for checking my game out!

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Sounds great, multiplayer arena is always a fun idea.
"Tank Arena" is one of my favorite old school games from the DOS era. There are lots of different vehicles: Tanks, light speeders, choppers, planes, cars etc. All of them can be controlled by AI or players.
And yes it has splitscreen multiplayer for two players.
Do check it out it is genuinely an awesome game.
Best of luck with your project, cheers!

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Hey there NVO I only wanting to say that I enjoy both games of STRACO on xbox but I did note that you're games were highly underrated on the all around, I hope soon or sometime in the future that people will finally start taking a look at STRACO. Also If you were to release those games onto the pc gaming community I bet more people would be more interested in it, good luck to you in the future and I hope more people would take a interest in this series.

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I totally agree - STRACO is hugely underrated! Really excited about the PC version - seems like there's way more cool stuff you could do with this game on PC.

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Hi NightFuel! Sorry I didn't see your comment earlier, I have been busy fixing a bug on the Xbox version of STRACO and forgot to check this page. I'm so glad that you liked the Xbox version and I am planning on porting the game over to the PC, however the bug on the Xbox had to take precedence. Good news is that the bug has been fixed and an update is already in the peer review queue so I can get back to working on the PC version!

I've been meaning to write up a news article about the differences between the Xbox and the PC version. Basically, the PC version will have just one game with all 3 episodes in it, and it will have an editor so that you can import your own graphics and create new missions, campaigns and mini-games.

I'll be releasing a playable beta test here. No specific timeframe yet, but hopefully in about a month? I'd be honored if you would be willing to test it out and give feedback!

Thanks again for playing my game! I'm so happy you liked it!

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