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‘prog.1’ launches June 23: Become a sentient computer virus in this hair-raising 2D platformer

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Tuesday June 7, 2016

2D platforming goes viral in ‘prog.1‘ — a new hardcore platformer launching on June 23rd. In prog.1, the player is a sentient computer virus that wreaks havoc on a budding digital world. Surviving deletion will require superhuman reflexes and jumping skills.

Created by Vector Arcade and published by new indie label Groupees Interactive, prog.1 tells the story of a sentient computer virus that threatens the mysterious G.Ai.A project. Doctors Keiko and Cushing, responsible for accidentally releasing the virus, now must race against time to eradicate the infection… or G.Ai.A will be lost forever.

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Gameplay

There are several different platform types in prog.1. Small square platforms will disappear on contact; rectangular platforms will immediately disintegrate and reappear later; and large square platforms degenerate as long as the virus is touching them, but regenerate if left alone. There are also platforms that explode … and elevators that trigger on contact. The hazards in each of prog.1’s 48 levels demand nerves of steel and superior motor skills if players have any hope to get through them:

Exhibit #1: Running and jumping away from the horrifying “deletion wall.”

Exhibit #2: Dodging dangerous static waves, which are definitely NOT virus-friendly.

Some may think prog.1 is just too easy (we’ll assume they live by the sage’s words, “git gud”). In that case, such players can put their skills to the test on any of prog.1’s extra game modes. In “100 Lives” mode, they can try to beat the entire game with just 100 lives. In the mood for a torturous time? Brave souls can try completing the game without dying in “1 Life” mode. Speedsters can find out how fast they can complete prog.1’s story in “Speed Run” mode.

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“Double Jump” mode is here for those who keep getting wiped by the sysadmin. The ability to double jump is granted — which should make things a bit easier, if not necessarily *easy.* On the plus side, the player will not be tagged as “virus dog” or any other humiliating label. (Ninja Gaiden Black, we’re looking at you!)

Key Features
  • Experience bold, minimalist pixel graphics.
  • Face 48 levels with a perfect mix of platforming and puzzle solving.
  • Go hardcore with dedicated Speed Run and 1 Life modes.
  • Dive into a chilling sci-fi storyline exploring the digital universe.
  • Revel in a fantastic original electronic score by Wine Taxi and Aftrthought.
Pricing & Availability

prog.1 will be available on Steam (Windows/Mac) on Thursday, June 23rd. The game will be on sale for $5.99 during the first two weeks — a 30% discount from the $7.99 retail price.  Steam page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/453700/


About Vector Arcade

Based in Los Angeles and founded by AJ Gonzalez (a.k.a., 9.ar7k), Vector Arcade is a digital entertainment studio comprised of a small group of creatives in different fields working together to support video games as an art form. Vector Arcade seeks to integrate gameplay and story into a single cohesive piece — delivering experiences akin to cinema and literature to gamers everywhere. To learn more about Vector Arcade and prog.1, visit http://vectorarcade.tumblr.com and http://www.prog-1.com.

About Groupees Interactive

Groupees Interactive is a new publishing label for indie games. Based in Portland, Oregon, the Groupees team spans continents and includes passionate professionals with backgrounds in games, music, social media and technology. For more information on Groupees Interactive, please visit https://groupees.com.

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