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Space Cows is a side-scrolling, twin-stick shooter with some interesting twists

High flying, high farting twin-stick gameplay.

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There is no shortage of indie games at PAX East 2019, and with that comes a wide range of gaming concepts and ideas. While some of them have adult, mature themes, there are other studios out there that definitely aren’t taking themselves too seriously.

Enter Space Cows. You play as a naked dude with a space helmet as you fart your way through zero-gravity levels saving cows at a milk factory in space. I’m fairly certain I’m the first person to ever write that sentence.

At your disposal, a plunger used to destroy the “mootants” scattered around the level. Depending on the enemy, different numbers of hits may be required, but overall it’s a pretty straightforward experience – point and shoot. You also have a boost button that makes for some exciting getaways as enemies close in. Where does that boost come from, you ask? Yo’ farts.

From my time with Space Cows, there are a few interesting mechanics that give players some truly cool moments.

For one, do well enough and you can enter a rage mode of sorts, allowing you to mow down enemies with faster, more powerful plunger attacks. Popping that during a boss battle can be the difference between a long, drawn-out foray and a quick battle.

While the enraged mode is awesome, the slow-mo is even better. It’s pretty self-explanatory – press a button and everything slows down, allowing you to precisely aim at the enemies attacking you. Slow-mo not only lets you execute mootants Matrix-style, but it also gives you a better chance to check out some of the great animations in the game.

The game’s visuals are both fun and crisp, and feel right at home with the game’s theme. Sound effects also feel fully realized, but not everyone will be all in for the constant flatulence I imagine.

Overall, Space Cows is a good time. If you are a fan of challenging twin-stick shooters and enjoy a good fart joke, this is one to keep an eye out for.

Space Cows will be available on Steam in Q2 of 2019.

Editor’s Note: Full disclosure, Kirill, an occasional contributor at KnowTechie, manages the PR side of things for Space Cows. It did not affect the contents of this article.

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