We covered the original release of Keith Sear’s hectic retro shooter for the Amstrad CPC back in December 2016, but our friends over at Planet Sinclair spotted that a conversion for the ZX Spectrum now appears to be in works. A new announcement on the game’s official website confirms this fact, promising to deliver an updated version of the game for ZX Spectrum owners to enjoy in the near future.
Boasting a unique sense of humour and distinctive art-style, Chibi Akumas styles itself as “the ultimate in 8-Bit Bullet-Hell” – anyone who played the Amstrad version will know just how appropriate this moniker is, and we expect the Spectrum version to be equally brutal.
Players take on the role of Chibiko, a female vampire who is none-too-pleased at being awoken from her beauty sleep by all manner of monsters that have decided to invade her castle. Enraged by this intrusion, Chibiko sets off to send these beasts packing and find out just who sent them in the first place.
Targeting 128K machines exclusively, the Spectrum edition promises to improve on the CPC version by including recoloured, remastered graphics, Kempston joystick support, plus increasing the number of on-screen projectiles for even more insanity! The game will retain the same 4 levels of intense shooting action as before, including a 2-player cooperative mode and the promise of intense, end-of-level boss battles.
The game is expected to launch of a variety of formats that include TRD, DSK and TAP images, although poly.play will also be creating a special collectors edition of the game. Available for the price of €20, the physical release includes the game on 3.5″ floppy disk, instruction manual and A3 poster, all packaged inside a box bearing some beautiful, high-quality artwork.
Hopefully, it should only be a matter of time before more news on the game comes to light, and we look forward to posting a follow-up when more images and gameplay footage become available!
Source: Planet Sinclair
Source: Chibi Akumas Website