If Unstoppable Fist was packed with retro style, then Ray’s the Dead simply oozes its 1980’s retro charm. In our very early preview, we mainly got a small sampling of a number of the title’s unique gameplay mechanics, but it’s the title’s comical sense of character and atmosphere that captivated me near instantly. Firstly, the game’s very dead hero, Ray, is amusing in appearance alone. Using a fantastic hand drawn art style that could be described as a zombified variation of Paper Mario, Ray waddles around this whimsical world in such a way that’s sure to plaster a grin on your face.
If you follow Kickstarter projects, then there’s a good likelihood that you heard about the recently funded Indie title Shovel Knight, from Yacht Club Games. This studio is made up of several WayForward crew members and Jake “Virt” Kaufman is designing the soundtrack for the upcoming retro title. Kaufman’s become quite notorious with gamers with the likes of Double Dragon Neon, Contra 4, Might Flip Champs and the upcoming DuckTales on his resume. It was his 80’s themed soundtrack for Double Dragon Neon that caught Ragtag’s ears though and it has brought the composer aboard the Ray’s the Dead project – making this unique Indie title that lets you command a diverse zombie army even more compelling in the process.