September 27, 2013 10:50 PM | Paul Hack
If you played Space Blaster (Lines) without knowing anything about it, you might dismiss is as a sub-par horizontal shooter. In fact, Space Blaster (Lines), the creation of Akuma Kira, is a psychological horror game that revels in breaking the fourth wall, in the tradition of the classic Imscared. The space shooter is indeed unfinished and unenjoyable. The thing is, the game knows it--and it's mad as hell.
Once you lose the Space Blaster game, the experience really begins. You'll notice that the menu option "Exit Program" doesn't seem to work. Escape the game, then take a look at the folder that houses the game file. Hmm, is that a new program? In fact, it is the first of several programs that the game creates in order to interact with you. There's a ghost in the machine, and it wants your help.
Different modules feature different styles of interaction, including chilling, lo-res 3-D sequences that again call to mind Imscared. There's also an ingenious use of a news reader and more sidescrolling. You can play the game in chunks, but I suggest going through it all in one sitting for the full effect.
The game is available for Windows through Desura, but I actually recommend downloading it directly from IndieDB and creating a folder in which to place the first program. Oh, and remember that it's only a game, right?