Sonic community veteran and Sonic Mania programmer Simon Thomley aka “Stealth” of Headcannon is working on an original, new 2D platformer reminiscent of the old-school SEGA glory days, and it’s quite a spooky one!
It's friday the 13th, time for something spOooOoOoky
— Stealth (@HCStealth) September 13, 2019
On the ominous date of Friday the 13th, Stealth tweeted a short video clip of project “Vertebreaker”, currently a work-in-progress for SAGE 2019. Separate from the blue needlemouse we’re familiar with, Stealth’s sidescroller is an action platformer starring a skeleton who uses its spine to fling across the stage and evade enemies while collecting stray bones littered across the stage. Sounds like a chiropracter’s nightmare.
Impeding their progress are ghosts and goblins of ghoulish proportions, which can be swiftly taken out with a whack of the bone. Our little boney buddy even does a roll downhill like a certain hedgehog we know!
Though the footage shown is brief, it oozes with those Mega Drive vibes, it’s as if a lost Genesis game was discovered and the ROM was dumped… and then given a widescreen makeover, and given more detailed graphics. Well, it’s certainly inspired by the 16-bit era, and looks and sounds wonderful! But most importantly, it looks fun to play, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
Stealth will be releasing a “preview build” of the game on September 27th this month, and says there will be a Kickstarter for the game this Halloween! I know I’m backing this one! What about you guys? Are you excited for Vertebreaker? Let us know in the comments below!