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This game was started on the Amiga 500 in 1993 but was finished in 2016 for PC and Mac! (An XBox version is in the works.) It’s a real retro shoot’em up…
Shenandoah: Daughter of the Stars, a shoot-’em-up made by four Swedish teenagers, was just about finished and ready for a release on the Amiga in 1993. Then the project collapsed, and its developers split up. Now, nearly 23 years later, the game has been reborn as 1993 Space Machine, and it launched today on Steam for Mac and Windows PC.
“This is a very exciting day in my life. Finally, the game that was developed in my childhood room back in 1993 is ready, even though it took 23 years to finish it,” said Krister Karlsson, the game’s original designer, in a press release today.
Karlsson now runs Modesty, a Stockholm-based design firm that also develops games. In the fall of 2013, he found two boxes in his basement labeled “Amiga stuff.” Karlsson opened them to find a 20-year-old treasure trove: three Amiga computers and some floppy disks with the demo of Shenandoah.
Modesty decided to rebrand Shenandoah as 1993 Space Machine, and although the final product runs on a new engine, the developers wanted to remain as faithful as possible to the original team’s vision. So 1993 Space Machine contains the same level design, story and art assets as Shenandoah did, and it still hews to the limitations of the Amiga hardware: no more than 32 colors per screen, and a cap on the amount of objects on screen at once.
1993 Space Machine regularly costs $12.99, but is available for $11.69 — a 10 percent discount — during its launch week; the deal ends April 4. An Xbox One version is also in development. For more on 1993 Space Machine, check out our feature on the story behind the game’s revival.
Space shooters never die.
1993 is a testament to that, honoring classics like Life Force, R-Type and Xenon II. We’re keeping the genre alive.
1993 was made in 1993. It is not made to look retro. It is not polished for today’s tech – this is the genuine thing!
It’s 1993 in 2016!
- Your’re in charge! Explore and secure the different worlds in the order that fits your taste and urge.
- The kick ass weapon system lets you unlock weapons for use in later play sessions. We feature both classic powerful weapons plus some fresh smart weapons.
- Of almost 100 deadly enemy types, we have crafted unique evil behaviours for most of them.
- As an extra game mechanic we have introduced a new health and shield system for more interesting game play.