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Wolfgang [Playstation – Cancelled?]

Wolfang is an action game / side scrolling shoot ’em up that was in development by Seibu Kaihatsu (?) for the original Playstation and it would have been published by Bird (?). There are not many info about this, maybe the game was released under a different name and a by different publisher? (even if it’s not listed in Sibu Kaihatsu’s games list) If you recognize this game or have some more info, please let us know!

Scan from PlayMag issue 2.

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Viper: Red Sector [PSX – Cancelled]

Viper: Red Sector is a cancelled sci-fi shooter that was in development by New World Computing for the original Playstation. The game was based around aerial combats with a squadron of robot fighter planes and the player had to eliminate a race of irate synthetic humanoids through more than 40 levels. The missions were set in open areas, so that you would have been able to freely explore the world to reach the different objectives.  We dont know how much it was completed before 3DO purchased New World and decided to cancel the project.

In 1998 Ocean released another flying shooter for the PSX named Viper, but it should not  be related to Red Sector as it was developed by X-ample.

An image probably taken from a Viper: Red Sector’s FMV was found in EGM #84

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Jeff’s Shoot’Em Up [SNES – Tech Demo]

This “Jeff’s Shoot’Em Up” is a tech demo for a top-down shooter in the same vein as Smash TV or Alien Breed, that was developed by Iguana Entertainment (Aero the Acrobat and Turok) to test the SNES capabilities. The demo was titled “Jeff’s shoot’em up” probably after Jeff Spangenberg, Iguana (and later Retro Studios) founder. In this prototype enemies can’t harm the main character,every path lead to a dead end and sound is absent. Also in the introduction the spaceship that is zoomed in/out and rotated don’t appear correctly.

This demo was made available by the nice guys at Nintendoplayer. For a more detailed description please read their article: www.nintendoplayer.com/prototype/jeffs-shootem-up-super-nintendo-game-demo/

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Punk Development Shooter [SNES – Tech Demo]

In-house tech demo coded by Punk Development to test the SNES capabilities. After the demise of Razersoft, Punk Development publishing arm, the company morphed into Iguana Entertainment and soon was acquired by Acclaim. This demo was made available by the nice guys at Nintendoplayer.
For a more detailed description please read their article: www.nintendoplayer.com/prototype/shooter-super-nintendo-game-demo/

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Katakis 3D [GBC – Cancelled]

In 2001 legendary programmer Manfred Trenz (idea, design, program, graphics), Andreas Escher (design, graphics) and Tufan Uysal (sound effects & music) completed  a sequel to the old Katakis C64 shooter for Game Boy Color. Contrary to the original game (an horizontal scrolling shooter) Katakis 3D adopted a forward-scrolling perspective akin to Star Fox or Iridion 3D thus the “3D” suffix.

Development took 5 months that sadly were unfruitful because the completed project couldn’t find a publisher interested to shipping it so from 2001 the game gather dust in a safe. Quite unfortunate cause it would have been very interesting to witness what Manfred Trenz amazing low level programming skills could have produced on the weak Game Boy Color hardware.

Thanks to Collect-Thor for the contribution!

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