Update [Wed 1st Mar, 2023 17:30 GMT]: After becoming besotted with the coolness of Gripper's original trailer back in January of this year, we have been eagerly revving our engines for news of the game's Switch release date. Fortunately, Heart Core has today got the start flag at the ready as it has announced that the boss rush title will be blasting onto Switch on 29th March.
Alongside this date reveal, the developer also shared a new trailer which can be found above and gives a slightly better idea of the game's story as well as introducing us to the mildly foul-mouthed robot cat companion, Kat-Kit.
The game's eShop page is up and ready for release at the end of the month where it is currently listed for £17.99 / $19.99.
Original article [Thu 12th Jan, 2023 16:00 GMT]: Heart Core has set our hearts alight today with a brand new announcement — its stylish, action-packed boss rush game Gripper, inspired by the likes of Furi and the anime Akira, is coming to Switch and PC in early 2023.
You can't help but watch that trailer above and think "darn, that looks so cool". Stylish visuals, fast-paced action — oh, and you're riding a bike. You're fighting enemies on a bike. Come ON.
Okay, enough of us getting excited about playing an action game entirely on bikes. Gripper isn't just about looking cool and beating up enemies — it's also got a heartbreaking story at its core. As None, a cyber biker, you were separated from your parents long ago. Now suddenly reunited with them, None is forced to save the world from a terrible AI.
You'll get to race through apocalyptic landscapes and barren wastelands as you fight against hordes of enemies, fight gigantic mechs, and shed a few tears the whole way through. You'll need to upgrade your bike at the Main Hub as well as take care of your kitty called Cat-Kit, slide through the Tunnels to some stunning synth beats inspired by French dark synth artist Carpenter Brut, and take down huge enemies in the Boss Fight sections.
For more details about the game, we've got a summary from Steam for you, as well as some gorgeous screens:
Enter the burnout seat of None, a cyber biker who is stuck inside a collapsing world. Race through post-apocalyptic landscapes connected by treacherous tunnels. Explore dead lands with the help of your mechanized cat buddy. Defeat relentless bosses by gripping and ripping out their hearts.
BOSS FIGHTS ON WHEELS
Ride, slide and dodge as you master the Gripper’s unique bike movement and combat mechanics. Go wheel-to-wheel with murderous monster trucks, giant arachnids, mechanized titans, and screen-shattering snakes. Crush them, rip out their weapon and use against them. Build the bike you want, from energy boosters to spawnable drones, mines and gadgets.
GRIP & RIP
Control the battlefield with your bike’s hook. Use it to grip the environment, grab and throw explosives or even rip enemies apart. Gripper challenges you to find unique ways to slay the bosses.
CINEMATIC STORY-DRIVEN ACTION
None’s story is one of mystery and loss. Traverse the dystopian cyber landscapes in search of answers to your past. Help None make vital choices. Every answer you uncover is another loved one you put at risk, so go forth and save your family.
PROGRESSION AND CUSTOMIZATION
Kill. Upgrade. Repeat. Each grueling encounter will reward you with a new special ability, lethal gadgets, and sometimes rare skins. Customize your Gripper experience to both play and look how you want. If you’re going to be ripping out hearts, you must make sure you look good!
We don't have a locked-in release date yet, but Gripper will be launching on the Switch eShop in early 2023 — so hopefully we won't have long to wait! We're already revving our engines and raring to get out there.
What do you think of Gripper? Get on your bike and head down to the comments to let us know!
Uh...YES to all of that please!
Synth Wave music
This feels like indie perfection. Remind me of Furi.
Even when I squint that doesn't look like Akira. The bike is kinda sorta like the one Kaneda rides, but I'm thinking the author hasn't watched or read Akira and maybe just saw a poster with the bike.
I need this now.
Wow! That looks good!
You know, it sounds cool on paper, but I’m not sure after seeing that trailer. I’ll see what the reviews say.
@SonOfDracula Yes, it is true. Apart from the bike, is nothing like Akira.. I don't like very much the framerate. I hope it can be fixed in the last version of the game.
I feel like they started with the idea of the Akira slide, and built the rest of the combat system around it.
To be fair, it IS pretty iconic
Akira is such a fantastic movie. Back in high school I painted a depiction of Kaneda on his bike riding through Neo Tokyo on one of the classroom doors. For all I know it might still be there.
Game sounds promising, guess we'll see how it turns out.
looks cool, the camera changing seemed like much
not really my kind of game, but it does look super rad
Ooo this does look pretty awesome! Motorcycle combat done a little differently than Road Rash. I’ll keep an eye out for it.
Intriguing! Will wait for release
Nintendo Life did not do it's homework and promoting genocide-generaring russia-funded game. Oh well, nothing new
Another new genre I've never heard of, another day of feeling old.
Not everything with a bike is influenced by Akira, this looks nothing like it from those screenshots.
@PessitheMystic "Inspired by" gets thrown around way too much on this site.
Looks great! I like when devs try bold and fresh ideas and this is something ive never tried
Looks good, cautiously excited
This checks all the boxes for me but unfortunately after playing this during steams demo fest, I won't be picking this up. The controls were really bad, the mechanics were overly complicated, and as a lover of synthwave the tracks were really generic. That demo really didn't do any favors seeling me on the game. The trailers look excellent tho. I guess editing can make anything look good at the end of the day.
Love the art style, on the fence with the gameplay.
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