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Kickstarting Lex Laser Saves The Galaxy, Again
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Defiant Mouse recently sent us an email about a new Kickstarter campaign to fund Lex Laser Saves The Galaxy, Again. The game is described as a turn-based "sci-fi tactical puzzle RPG designed for busy people," and puts players in the role of a sentient combat implant which aids its host, Lex Laser, in defeating hordes of enemies.

Who is Lex Laser?

Lex Laser is an asteroid miner with a knack for getting into sticky situations.
Recent advances in affordable warp drive technology have opened up new frontiers at the edge of human controlled space.  Settlers brave the unknown to form new colonies, while the more independent souls homestead alone on distant worlds.
With a fervor reminiscent of the Gold Rush, fortune-seekers mine asteroid fields for rare elements and search alien ruins for valuable technology.  But there are scary things in those ruins, things that we don’t really understand. Things better left alone, perhaps. 
In this new frontier, Lex Laser is a legend.  S/he is Paul Bunyan, Annie Oakley, Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill, Calamity Jane, Davy Crockett.
Lex Laser is the lone conscript who fought off 300 zologs in the Battle of Hilbert 5. Lex Laser is the only human to have been made an honorary member of the Vkesti Immortal Council. Lex Laser released, caught, survived, and cured the final outbreak of Smallpox IV.  Lex Laser dug up a fortune in alien artifacts in the asteroids around Rigel - and lost it all three days later.
It's hard to be a living tall tale. Despite the fame, or perhaps because of it, Lex Laser just wants to be left alone. Lex Laser doesn't want to save the galaxy, but sometimes, you're in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that's when you have to act.
As the player, you take on the role of Lex Laser's sentient combat implant.  You are the secret behind Lex Laser's greatest victories.

Gameplay Overview:

  • Play at your own pace, deploying area-of-effect weapons in highly visual tactical puzzles.
  • Completely rebuild your weapons between Episodes.
  • Explore a blend of procedurally generated and hand-crafted gameplay.
  • Enjoy a quick challenge in Puzzle mode.
  • Live with the consequences of your actions in Adventure Mode.
  • Special design considerations for parents and other busy people:  Easily pick up where you left off, and don't worry if your kids see your screen.
Gameplay Details

You are Lex Laser's combat implant, the secret of his/her success.  Lex Laser may be an expert technician, spaceship mechanic, and sometime scientist, but when the going gets tough, you take over.
You direct Lex Laser in a 2d game world. Lex Laser will be fighting hordes of zarbats, mining explosive crystals, running away from angry robots, looting a scuttled dreadnaught, or exploring an alien ruin, and more.
Lex Laser is turn based. There are no twitch elements to this game.
Most tactical games rely heavily on numbers to express their core concepts. A tough creature will have more hit points, and the only way to deal with that is to do more damage. In Lex Laser, most foes just take one hit, but there are lots of them.
Lots and lots of them.
Your challenge is to deal with your enemies quickly, before they overwhelm you.  At higher difficulties, your challenge is to deal with your enemies efficiently, before you run out of ammo.  You do this by choosing the right weapon for the situation, and placing your shots carefully. If you are only destroying one enemy per turn, you are probably falling behind.
The result is a blend of tactical combat game and puzzle game.
Finally, we'll keep you on your toes with variations on the basic combat system.  We'll mingle combat objectives with story objectives, forcing you to make trade-offs.


Between missions, you use the various technological items and alien artifacts you have found to improve your arsenal.  You won't have to guess at recipes, though.  Lex Laser is a top-notch technician, and can stick almost any mod onto any weapon.
For example, the Orthobarrel mod adds a second projectile to every shot from a gun, but always 90 degrees to the right of the main shot, and the gun will take twice as much ammo per shot. Stack the Explosive Ammo on top of that, and you can turn your simple pistol into a mini-multi-grenade launcher. That's fantastic until you find yourself in a museum filled with fragile crystal sculptures - then you might want to go back to the base model.
You will also find (or build) sensors, such as a tactical readout that predicts enemy actions, or a life detector that can give you hints about where to go to rescue that last refugee.
This equipment mechanic is the primary way Lex Laser improves as the game goes on, so a little creativity here can go a long way.

Defiant Mouse is seeking $65,000 in funding before the campaign's May 10 deadline. Head over to the page below to learn more.

Lex Laser Saves The Galaxy, Again Kickstarter
Defiant Mouse

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