Publisher Atari and developer by Welsh studio Llamasoft led by legendary game designer Jeff Minter announced Arcade shooter Akka Arrh with a difficult fate.
The history of Akka Arrh began and ended almost in the 1980s. In 1982, a prototype of the game was shown to test audiences and it was found too difficult for players at the time. Until recently, only three Akka Arrh arcade machines were known to exist in the world.
After 40 years, Akka Arrh became part of Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration and is now gearing up for his independent debut thanks to the team at Minter, who have been involved in surreal arcade games like Tempest 2000 and Polybius.
Atari’s new incarnation of Akka Arrh is called “Hypnotic New Wave Shooter” and “a chaotic blast of synthwave madness”that combines the mystique of a rare Atari prototype and Minter’s unique vision into one incredibly fun game.
Players must shoot back from the tower before waves of advancing enemies. When the enemy enters the protected area, the camera changes its angle, and even in combat at close range, the enemies have to be knocked out of the confines of their possession.
Promise “pure arcade bliss” with combos and scores, Minter’s trademark humor, psychedelic colors, 50 unique levels, and accessibility settings (some visual effects can be turned off).
Akka Arrh is being made for PC (steam), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, Nintendo Switch and Atari VCS. Exit is expected in 2023: in press release refers to the beginning of the year Atari website – around February and in Gematsu material – specifically around February 21st.