Lichtspeer trailer reveals penguin Vikings, wurst zombies, and Das Walrus

It's not often that I get excited about a game almost entirely because of its debut trailer. But it's not often I see a trailer like the one released today for Lichtspeer, an “ancient Germanic lightspear-throwing simulator from the future” that's set to come out next month. 

It's fairly simple, score-attack stuff—throw your divine lichtspeer at attacking enemies, make headshots, boost your score multiplier, upgrade your abilities, die lots, do it again—but a game whose villains include Wurst Zombies, Hipster Ice Giants, Penguin Vikings, and Das Walrus is worth a second look in my book. It's a vibe that pervades the game: The quit option just says "Go home and eat strudel," and the screen below speaks for itself. It's Teutonic videogaming at its finest.

Lichtspeer is set to come out next month, but before it does, Tom will be playing it at PAX West, sometime between September 2-5, and he will no doubt tell us what he thinks of it afterward. For now, you can get a better idea of what it's all about from Steam.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.