Factsheet

Developer:
Vlambeer
Based in Utrecht, Netherlands

Release date:
22 October, 2010

Platforms:
PC / Mac (Freeware)
iOS App Store
Playstation Vita

Website:
supercratebox.com

Regular Price:

USD$1.99
EUR€1.59
CAD$1.99
GBP£1.19

Description

Vlambeer's Super Crate Box is coming to bring back the glory of the golden arcade age, when all that really mattered was getting on that high score list. Grab your baseball cap and loosen your pants, it's time to fight endless hordes of enemies and collect every weapon crate you can. Prepare for an arcade delight with tight controls, refreshing game mechanics, cracking retro art and a terribly hip chiptune soundtrack.

History

Super Crate Box was originally conceived as a prototype by Jan Willem, who called it Crates From Hell. Rami played an early prototype and agreed to cooperate on the project, which in turn would lead to the duo dropping out of university and eventually to Vlambeers' founding in September 2010. When the release of Super Crate Box was an overwhelming success, requests for an iOS version started were abundant. Although originally reluctant, Vlambeer was convinced by Canadian studio Halfbot that fluid virtual controls were indeed possible. The iOS version of Super Crate Box was released on January 5th, 2012.

Features

  • High-paced, simple, relentless arcade action.
  • Original mechanic forcing the player to make quick decisions, keep moving and adapt infinitely.
  • Hard as hell.
  • Crisp art by pixel-artists Paul 'Pietepiet' Veer & Roy Nathan de Groot.
  • Featuring a terribly hip chiptune soundtrack by Eirik 'Phlogiston' Suhrke.

Videos

PC/Mac Trailer YouTube, Vimeo

iOS Trailer YouTube, Vimeo

Non-Official: Super Office Land YouTube


Images

download all screenshots & photos as .zip (33KB)
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download logo files as .zip (17KB)
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Awards & Recognition

  • "Independent Games Festival Finalist 'Excellence in Design'" San Francisco, United States
  • "IGF Finalist - Excellence in Design." Independent Games Festival 2011
  • "IGF Honorable Mention - Seamus McNally Grand Prize." Independent Games Festival 2011
  • "EDGE Best Free Friday Game 2010." EDGE, 2010
  • "Gamasutra #5 Indie Games 2010." Gamasutra, 2010
  • "Bytejacker Free Indie of the Year" Bytejacker, 2010


Selected Articles

  • "I love it. Its high-octane play married with its no-frills, arcade game design that keeps me collecting crates and blasting enemies into delightful little pieces of monster."
    - Brad Nicholson, toucharcade.com
  • "One of the most brilliantly balanced games in years. With a thoughtful and tactile weapon set, a handful of excellent enemies - who only get more dangerous if you try to ignore them - and a scoring system that ensures everything keeps moving, this is elegant, explosive, and truly unmissable."
    - Chris Donlan, EDGE Online
  • "Its high-octane play married with its no-frills, arcade game design keeps me collecting crates and blasting enemies into delightful little pieces of monster."
    - Brad Nicholson, TouchArcade
  • "This is one of those triumphs of minimalist design and limited complexity that gets its hooks in you early and never lets go."
    - Ben Kuchera, Ars Technica
  • "You know condensed milk? Super Crate Box is like that, only with fun instead of milk."
    - Quintin Smith, Rock, Paper, Shotgun
  • "I would estimate that it's slightly less addictive than crack cocaine."
    - Conrad Zimmerman, Destructoid

Original Soundtrack
Available for free from iimusic.net.


About Vlambeer

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Vlambeer is a Dutch independent game studio made up of Rami Ismail and Jan Willem Nijman, bringing back arcade games since 1774.

More information
More information on Vlambeer, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Super Crate Box Credits

Rami Ismail
Business & Development, Vlambeer

Jan Willem Nijman
Game Designer, Vlambeer

Paul 'Pietepiet' Veer
Artist, Skullrobot

Roy Nathan de Groot
Artist, Freelancer

Eirik 'Phlogiston' Suhrke
Music, Freelancer

Melvin Samuel (iOS)
Programming, Halfbot

Derek Laufman (iOS)
Artist, Halfbot


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