Hive Jump is one part Spelunky, one part XCOM, and all parts alien ass-kicking. You and your friends assume the role of JUMPERS, and blast your way through subterranean alien hives in run-and-gun 2D platforming action. Kill aliens, avoid traps, collect resources, and defeat the hive queen lurking at the bottom of the hive to complete the JUMP.
When an alien hive is successfully cleared, it affects your ongoing planetary campaign! In this turn-based strategy mode, it’s up to you to decide where to strike next, what upgrades and weapons will guarantee your success, and where to build up defenses against the alien counter-attacks.
In this campaign mode, you will have to carefully balance your two available resources: Jumpers and Alien Goo. Alien goo is a powerful supply of bioelectric energy, and can be used to requisition new weapons, research upgrades, build fortifications, and request more Jumper reinforcements.
Some planetary campaigns will be more difficult than others. This is determined by the number and strength of hives, as well as the quantity of resources given at the beginning of the campaign.
The planetary campaign is only complete once all the alien hives on the map have been eradicated. Human bases are represented in cyan, while alien hives are color-coded orange. Grey areas indicate an unoccupied territory that is ripe for conquest by either the humans or the aliens.
On a human turn, players will be able to manage and upgrade their bases, as well as scout out a new alien hive to attack. Players can only JUMP one hive per turn, unless they have earned a bonus ability from successfully clearing a Hive that says otherwise.
Choosing which hive to JUMP next is very important, so players have a variety of tools at their disposal. Gathering intel about a hive is helpful, and players can even spend resources to bombard a hive in order to reduce its fortification level, making it easier to JUMP.
A successful JUMP will replace an alien hive with a human base! It will also grant the player a large amount of resources, as well as a random bonus ability to use at will. Bonus abilities are one-use items that can have effects like: Fully Fortify a Human Base, Take Another Attack Phase, Revive Slain Jumpers from this turn, etc...
After each JUMP, the aliens will have a turn to retaliate. The aliens can expand to new territory, fortify their hives, and launch attacks on your bases. It’s up to you to make sure they don’t succeed!
Graphite Lab to Launch Hive Jump on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One
St.Louis, Mo.-based indie developer to release video game on Jan. 11, 2019
(St.Louis, Mo., Dec. 18, 2018) Independent video game developer Graphite Lab announced plans to bring its indie co-op pixel art game Hive Jump to Nintendo Switch™ and Xbox One. The sci-fi video game – to be released on Jan. 11, 2019 – will be available via digital distribution in both North America and European Union (EU).
Hive Jump is the first original IP video game created by Graphite Lab. The run-and-gun 2D platformer is for one to four players who control space marines called Jumpers. Each player’s quest: to kill hive-dwelling aliens, avoid the labyrinth’s subterranean traps, collect powerful alien goo, and defeat the hive queen in order to save the galaxy.
Graphite Lab previously released Hive Jump on Steam and on Wii U™ as part of a Kickstarter campaign. Nearly 2,000 backers pledged over $60,000 to the campaign, which was completed in the Fall of 2014.
Graphite Lab has developed titles alongside top publishers like Cartoon Network, Disney,Hasbro, and Konami as well as created mobile apps featuring major franchises such as Mr. Potato Head, My Little Pony, Tonka, and Transformers. Hive Jump has been featured at several Nintendo events including the internationally juried IndieCade and national gaming festival PAX.
“Both Nintendo and Microsoft have been incredibly committed to the indie game community, and we are extremely excited they are welcoming Hive Jump to their platforms,” said Graphite Lab’s Owner and Studio Director Matt Raithel. “Thanks to past strong player support for Hive Jump, we will be able to experience even further growth as we introduce our game to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One players.” Raithel added that the digital game will cost $9.99 on both platforms.
For more information, call (314) 735-4134 or visit Hivejump.com.
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Founded in 2009, Graphite Lab has produced titles alongside top publishers like Cartoon Network, Disney, Hasbro,and Konami as well as created mobile apps for major franchises featuring Mr.Potato Head, My Little Pony, Tonka, and Transformers. Graphite Lab is headquartered at 11861 Westline Industrial Dr. in St. Louis, Mo. For more information, call (314) 735-4134 or visit Graphitelab.com.
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