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Maximus Action Carnage: a run-and-gun arcade game set in Dubya Dubya Two

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Cavenaut developer Bruno R. Marcos has released his latest game, the World War II shoot-'em-up Maximus Action Carnage (opens in new tab) , which manages to live up to that amazing name. It's a vertically scrolling run-and-shmup where you play as the titular Maximus Malone, one man fighting against the weight of the entire Japanese army. It's free, it's tough and it's completely action-packed - go get it (opens in new tab) .

Maximus Action Carnage - I just like saying the name - appears to have been built using Bruno's hugely promising Arcade Game Studio (opens in new tab) , a game creation program focusing on specific genres, including run-and-gun, shmups and platform games. The program's not yet available for public consumption, but it's worth keeping an eye on, if (like me) even the supposedly simplest game makers make you want to tear your hair out in frustration.

Here's a video of Maximus Action Carnage - MAXIMUS ACTION CARNAGE - in maximum action:

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.