An homage to the 8-Bit era, Xero Hour is a sci-fi adventure platformer coming to mobile devices in 2020. As Doctor Xero, an interstellar ancient alien mad scientist, the player crash lands on a hostile planet, and they have to explore to find rare materials to rebuild his ship.
Before he can advance to new areas, hemust defend himself against waves of enemies, as players use simple touch controls to charge Doctor Xero’s ion bombs.
Xero Hour melds the simplicity of mobile game mechanics with a level of exploration you’d normally expect to find in a traditional console or pc game.
Traditional control schemes as virtual d-pads or joysticks, just don’t feel right on a touch screen so Dr. Xero doesn’t bother with any of that!
Control with simple tap and hold – time your weapon launch, jumping, running and swimming to survive!
The Dr. Xero character, designed and illustrated by Harley K at Necrographix, began life in 2014 as the focal art piece of the “love-letter to video games” album covers of the band Third Ion. He’s since been on two album covers, a DVD jacket, a handful of T-Shirt designs, and has been the subject matter of several Third Ion songs. It was inevitable that he would star in a game of his own.
Development of Xero Hour started in late 2018 by Third Ion guitarist Justin Bender, using the Unity Engine. The game’s soundtrack is entirely made up of 8Bit rendered Third Ion songs, and some key artwork by @aiyopixel.
In 2020, Justin founded Bitwad Entertainment to publish Xero Hour and future Xeroverse games TBA.
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