Luftrausers is a score attack dogfighting game made by Vlambeer and published by Devolver Digital. The main draw of the game is trying to rack up as much score as you can before you are inevitably shot down. Added into the mix are various combinations of weapon, body and engine to not only vary up the play styles, but also the missions to beat in order to unlock more parts, as well as the background music.Not to be confused with Luftrauser, a free flash game which Luftrausers is an update of.
This game provides examples of:
Ace Custom: Since you can customize the 'rauser loadout.
Ace Pilot: You get to play one, and feel like one too. Enemy Aces will come after you too - they have their own 'rauser-esque craft.
Alternate History: According toVlambeer, the game is set somewhere in the 20th century, when intelligence services could figure out the enemy was working on secret weapons, but not quite what those weapons were.
Bullet Hell: The game in general, but also SFMTnote It's a running gag that Vlambeer has never said what SFMT actually stands for Mode.
Design It Yourself Equipment: There are five types of hull, weapons, and engine, for a total of 125 combinations. You can unlock them by doing mini-missions.
Dubstep: The laser and missile weapons and jet/rocket engine give the background music this kind of edge.
Endless Game: The game only ends when you are shot down, so the main objective is scoring as many points and completing as many objectives as possible in one run.
Fanfare: The normal wubs in the soundtrack will always change to a portentous synthetic fanfare after some time. It can truly be the Crowning Moment Of Awesome if you manage to pull off some kind of epic maneuver while this part of the soundtrack is playing.
Improbable Piloting Skills: Your plane can rotate on a dime so long as the engine isn't on, which gives you the ability to outmaneuver pretty much anything. As the saying goes, thrust vectoring owns the sky, aerodynamics and G-forces be damned.
Lightning Bruiser: Jet + Heavy. Fast and tough, but slow maneuvering. You can smash through things no problem... though your 'rauser winds up looking a bit like a flying barrel.
Military Mashup Machine: The submersible aircraft carrier you start from. Your plane too, if you pick a submersible engine.
Super Prototype: Your Rauser, being small, fast, and maneuverable. Your enemy sends 'Aces' after you, which are essentially much larger Rausers.
Taking You with Me: This is the whole reason for the nuke body. It makes you explode in a glorious fireball after you have been shot down, racking up a nice amout of points for your final score.
Unexpectedly Realistic Gameplay: The best way to ensure that bombs dropped by the Bomber hull land on target is to fly straight downwards while dropping them. In real life, it's called "dive bombing", and reached the peak of its usage in World War 2, which is the main era Luftrausers draws its aesthetics from.
Variable Mix: The music track changes depending on which parts you have selected, with parts defining either the bassline (weapon), drums (chassis), or lead (engine).
Villain Protagonist: Again, according to Vlambeer, the side you play are not Nazis, but they're still considered "bad guys" that "our side" is spying on.
Weaponized Exhaust: One of the engine options can essentially be summed up as 'propelled by bullets'.