This is the Planet Genetos.
Who are you?
Genetos is a freeware Shoot 'Em Up game with an "evolution" theme. Each level mimics a different era, going from a Space Invaders homage through the nineties and up to Bullet Hell, and each has an associated ship, from a simple left-and-right-moving white blob to a sophisticated weapon of mass destruction with bombs and lasers.
The set of weapons that unlocks for the player thoughout the game changes according to their playstyle, such as a sword that's enabled for staying towards the top of the screen or a boss summon ability that appears if enough hidden lives and bombs are collected.
The game can be downloaded here.
This game contains examples of:
- Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Stage 5, phases 4 and 5
- Boss Rush: Can be done in Free Play, by choosing to skip the actual levels and go directely to the bosses.
- Boss Subtitles: "The Mutant".
- Bullet Hell: Starts at the fourth stage. Unless you're playing in Creator mode.
- Character Level: Your ship isn't necessarily matched to your stage, instead improving when you collect enough of the green pellets dropped by enemies.
- Crash-Into Hello: Quite literal: Genetos smashes itself into Earth and then calmly introduces itself, hoping to become friends.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: When your ship evolves in the middle of a boss fight, the rest of the encounter is like this. Some evolutions encourage you to avoid this, however.
- Though bosses also start using new attack patterns when you evolve, meaning it is sometimes easier to fight them before evolving.
- Cute 'em Up: The very first level. The rest of the game is more standard shooter fare.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Sort of. If you get the Summon Subweapon, you'll be able to summon bosses you already defeated to help you.
- Developer's Foresight: if you were to examine the folder containing the game's music, you would notice that the songs Answer, Rebirth and Origin have both a midinote version and a MP3 version. If you rename the MP3's into the proper MP3 extension and open them not only will it play in the media, but those MP3's are actually fully tagged, as if the developer anticipates you doing that.
- Evolutionary Levels
- Evolving Weapon: Your playing style determines what sort of guns you get in later stages.
- Flying Saucer: The first boss.
- Gainax Ending: After you get all the evolution energy in the final boss, your ship fires a Wave-Motion Gun at the boss, practically obliviating it. You get the usual score tally, then, like all the other stages, it says, "To the next Generation." Bordering on No Ending, what follows is a scene of a busy city flashing over a picture of micro-organisms and then a staff roll showing scenes of nature and city development.
- Game-Breaking Bug: The latter half of the game is reported to be unplayable in Windows 8 64bit unless you turn sound effects off because the game will crash whenever too many sound effects play at once.
- Genius Loci: Genetos itself.
- Hitbox Dissonance: Averted in the first stages of evolution, where your hitbox is noticeably larger. As you evolve, however, this trope begins to play itself out at face value.
- Homage: Each stage seems to be one, to a different series. Stage one is an homage to Space Invaders, stage two is an homage to mid-80's arcade shooters like Galaga and Xevious, stage three is one to early-90's games like Toaplan games and the Raiden series, stage four is one to DoDonPachi and the RAY Series, and stage five is one to Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun.
- Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: Beginner, Standard User, Programmer, Hacker, and Creator.
- Infinity +1 Sword: Two highly damaging ones can be acquired. While they are tricky to aim initially (they open and close as you move) and start small they do very high damage and virtually fill the screen when used by higher level ships.
- Interface Screw: The motion blur feature. Even its lowest setting will make your eyes hurt after extended exposure.
- Laser Blade: Obtained if you play aggressively and get close to foes.
- Marathon Level: The final stage is as long as the rest of the game.
- Mickey Mousing: Progression of stages 4 and 5 are in sync with the music.
- One Bullet at a Time: Two bullets with the first ship, five with the second, unlimited thereafter.
- Puzzle Boss: Stage 5, Part 4. You have to match the six spheres' colors by firing at them. However, after 100 seconds the game just skips to the next phase anyways.
- Recurring Boss: The first four bosses are described as "The Mutant".
- Scenery Porn: Stages 4 and 5.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: In Free Play mode, you can do things like trying to play the later stages with a Level 1 ship.
- Certain evolutions will prompt you to defeat that generation's boss with that generation's ship. In some situations, this is easier said than done.
- To elaborate, not only must you use a weaker ship to beat the boss, you must avoid collecting too many EXP power-ups during the boss itself, and all the bosses are Mook Makers. You could try to avoid the EXP in the stage and time it out, but that's a challenge in and of itself (especially with higher-leveled ships, which tend to attract EXP).
- Shout-Out: Given this game is a tribute to Shoot Em Ups in general, it's par for the course. In particular:
- Smart Bomb: Five kinds of them.
- Trailers: A fan-made trailer for this game may be found here.
- Trippy Finale Syndrome: Which is then further enhanced by using the F5 key.
- Vague Hit Points: Regular enemies die in a few hits so a Hit Points measurement isn't necessary, unlike bosses and their Life Meters.