The company's games feature a variety of settings and styles, but a good number of them like to emphasize scoring in some manner, and the company is especially known for their love for Shoot 'em Up and arcade-style games. Aside from Super Stardust, they are also known for the PlayStation4 launch title Resogun, Dead Nation and the very well-received Nex Machina, considered one of their finest games to date.
Despite critical acclaim that many of their games enjoyed, they also tend to sell rather poorly, a situation the studio is painfully aware of. This led them to announce in 2018 that for the tie being they were abandoning the arcade shooter genre to focus on a larger, triple-A title with a partner. In June 2020, they revealed their long-awaited next project, Returnal, to be published by their long-time partners Sony. The game is set to be their first big-budget, high-profile title since the studio's inception.
Video games developed by Housemarque:
- Super Stardust series
- Alien Incident
- The Reap
- Supreme Snowboarding
- Transworld Snowboarding
- The Chronicles of Narnia 3D
- Gizmondo Motocross 2005
- Golf: Tee It Up!
- Dead Nation
- Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
- Nex Machina
Tropes that apply to Housemarque and its games:
- Bullet Hell: With their focus being on arcade Shoot 'em Up, most of Housemarque's games has bullet hell sequences.
- Cult Classic: Housemarque games don't tend to sell particularly well due to their niche audience, but they are very well-received and held in high regard by arcade shooter enthusiasts.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Their most well-known games features endless waves of hostile aliens, machines and other threats with the one goal of destroying the player.
- Excuse Plot: The majority of their games only have a basic premise to justify the action. Seems to be averted with Returnal which features a fully-voiced protagonist and a mystery surrounding the setting.
- Nintendo Hard: A staple of their games.
- Scenery Porn: Many of their games like Super Stardust HD, Resogun, Alienation and Nex Machina are like this, featuring colorful explosions and dense special effects.
- Space Fighter: Featured in Super Stardust HD and Resogun.