Graceful Explosion Machine Demo Out Now On Switch

Still on the fence about Vertex Pop’s shoot em up? Well now there is a demo available on Switch you can try out. The game is also on sale for 30% making the decision even easier if you should pick it up (you should). You can head to the e-shop right now to download the demo and pick up the game.

And as a friendly reminder, Vertex Pop is still working away at Super Crush KO, which we should see on Switch and PC next year.

Graceful Explosion Machine Developer Announces Super Crush KO For Switch/Steam

Toronto-based Vertex Pop have announced their next game following 2017's Graceful Explosion Machine. Super Crush KO is a brawler/shooter platforming hybrid that has players saving humanity from an AI apocalypse. Features:

  • Lightning-fast gameplay that seamlessly blends shoot-em-up action and intense beat-em-up combat
  • Take on wave after wave of varied enemies with a deep combat system, designed with easy-to-execute combos and enemy juggling in mind
  • Explore a beautiful, colourful world inspired by futuristic urban cityscapes and pastel skylines
  • Online leaderboards and ranking systems will keep you coming back to S-Rank dozens of levels

You can check out the trailer below. We don't have a release date yet, we just know it'll be next year and come out on Nintendo Switch, and Steam.

Vertex Pop Announces Super Crush KO

Creators of Graceful Explosion Machine return with stylish brawler / shooter hybrid

Toronto, ON. August 10th, 2018. Toronto indie developer Vertex Pop today announced Super Crush KO, a fast-paced mix between beat ‘em up and shoot ‘em up, coming to Nintendo Switch and Steam in 2019. The game was announced as part of this year’s Indie Megabooth titles at PAX West, and will be playable for the first time at the Seattle event. From the official press kit:

Super Crush KO is a fast-paced brawler / shoot-em-up hybrid set in a vibrant, near-future city. Take control of a neon-wearing, robot-stomping, stylish-as-heck hero and save humanity from an AI apocalypse!

Online leaderboards and ranking systems will keep you coming back to S-Rank dozens of levels.

The game seamlessly blends close-quarters brawler with long-range shooter and was designed with enemy juggling in mind. Launch enemies into the air and blast them out of the sky in this unique, genre-bending action title.

About Vertex Pop: 

Vertex Pop is a Toronto-based indie game development studio run by Mobeen Fikree, striving to make fun, colourful, and intuitive action games. Their last title, Graceful Explosion Machine, debuted on the Nintendo Switch to great commercial and critical success.

Vertex Pop Updates Graceful Explosion Machine On Switch To Allow Video Capture

Nintendo recently updated the Switch to allow video capturing, and slowly games have been patched to allow it. We can now add Vertex Pop's Graceful Explosion Machine to the list - the game has been patched to add functionality.

"We have a small (but pretty cool!) update out for Graceful Explosion Machine today which adds Video Capture support for Nintendo Switch. Now when you pull of a particularly gracefulrun, you can just hold down the capture button and share.

We’re excited to check out all the cool videos you post, so please make sure to share them with us on Twitter!"

Graceful Explosion Machine Coming To PlayStation 4 and Steam

After gracing the Nintendo Switch in April as a launch window game, Vertex Pop's Graceful Explosion Machine will be making its way to PlayStation 4, and Steam next month.

Graceful Explosion Machine (GEM, for short) goes light on story and all-in on intense action gameplay. Sure, you’ll face an overwhelming swarm of enemies, but to help you out you have access to four unique and devastatingly powerful weapons at all times.
Each weapon is mapped to a face button, so switching between them is instant and effortless. Before you know it, you’ll be chaining weapons attacks together, building stylish combos, and racking up huge scores.

There was a few more tibits information in the announcement. The game will be coming to Japan thanks to Kakehashi Games, and there will be an update that speeds up the loading times, and introduces some changes to the scoring system, and sharing:

We started by redesigning the score screen to give a clearer breakdown of your score, weapon usage, and additional stats that better reflect your play style. It’s both fun and functional.

We also wanted to make it easier to capture and share those clutch GEM moments. Once you’re in the zone, we know it’s hard to stop the game even for a few seconds to grab a screenshot, so we had to come up with a really creative solution.

Or, more accurately, a really technical one: We designed an AI system to pinpoint the most exciting moment of your run, which we then automagically screenshot and display on the score screen. You can fullscreen it, add it to your Album, share it, etc.

That patch is out now on Switch, and will be available on PlayStation 4 and Steam when the game launches August 8th.

Vertex Pop Updates GraceFul ExplosionMachine With Highly Requested "Upload Score Later"

We were big fans of Vertex Pop's Graceful Explosion Machine when it launched on Nintendo Switch back in April. We talked about it on the podcast, and did a few Youtube videos playing it.

One of the biggest criticisms with the game was you couldn't uploaded scores if you weren't online, even at a later date. With the Switch being a very portable system, it was kind of a bummer.

Vertex Pop has changed that with Graceful Explosion Machine v1.0.2 which adds the ability to add a high score later, as well as reducing the screenshaking.

"We’ve heard from people playing GEM on trains, buses, at work, etc. who get really great high scores, but can’t upload them because they aren’t online. This breaks our collective developer hearts, so for v1.0.2 we’ve added Upload Score Later.

From the Score Screen, choose “Later” instead of “Submit Score” to save your score for uploading later. Then, when you’re back online, go to the main menu and select “Upload Scores” (by pressing X) to upload all the pending scores. (And don’t worry, if it fails to upload you can retry later!)

We also added the option to reduce or disable the Screenshake effect. If you have motion sickness related concerns, this should really help. It may not be perfect (our options are limited given what a fast-paced game GEM is), but it’s definitely an improvement!"

They also mentioned they snuck in some "smaller" fixes as well. You can check out Graceful Explosion Machine on Switch.

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Graceful Explosion Machine Out Now On Nintendo Switch

As previously announced, Graceful Explosion Machine is out now on Nintendo Switch. The Vertex Pop shooter was previously announced last year, and then later confirmed for a Switch launch window release later. You can pick it up on your Switch right now for $13.99 CAD.

We'll have a full review for the game sometime in the next week, but until then you can check out my general thoughts below (it's really good):

Graceful Explosion Machine Release Date Announced

Vertex Pop announced on their Twitter page today that Graceful Explosion Machine will be available on Nintendo Switch on April 6, 2017 for $12.99.  Last week we posted about how this game was doing at PAX East, so it's great to have an official date!


Graceful Explosion Machine Getting Love on Reddit from PAX East

Graceful Explosion Machine by Vertex Pop is set to release in April, and check out all the love that it’s getting on Reddit from its’ appearance at PAX East.  There is definitely hype growing for this game, and I can't wait to play it myself on the Switch and see all the combo variations.

Graceful Explosion Machine is a side-scrolling shooter.  You are the pilot of the Graceful Explosion Machine; a fighter ship battling your way to get home.  Your ship has four weapons with combos and you can travel over 30 levels across four unique worlds.

Graceful Explosion Machine Coming To Nintendo Switch This April

Nintendo had an indie game showcase for upcoming indie games coming to Switch, and Toronto's own Graceful Explosion Machine was shown.. It was also confirmed that the game, while previous just noted as "launch window" has been given an April timeframe. It was also confirmed that the game will support HD Rumble. Once we have the final date, we'll let you know!