Fast-paced Vita action game StarDrone Extreme is making its way to North America next week. The game features an "always-in-motion spaceship" that never stops moving once a level begins. Players control the ship by attaching it to gravity beacons using the touch screen, allowing the shop to launch itself in a new direction.

Whether or not the new touch screen controls can elevate StarDrone Extreme above its PlayStation 3 cousin remains to be seen. Speaking of which, the PS3 version of StarDrone will be updated to allow players to save and resume their progress across both the PS3 and Vita versions of StarDrone.

StarDrone Extreme will arrive on April 17 for $3.99.


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StarDrone Extreme coming to PlayStation®Vita in North America 17th of April

Milky Way, Solar System, Planet Earth, Kiev, Ukraine – A whirling frenzy hits Sony PlayStation®Vita as Beatshapers and Orb Games Limited partner again on StarDrone Extreme, a wickedly fast-paced action video game designed especially for Sony's new handheld console.

In StarDrone Extreme, you pilot the always-in-motion spaceship through diverse cosmic environments in order to beat each of the game's 60 levels' goals. Goals can range from getting to the end of the level, to destroying all enemies, to collecting certain items. Each level starts by aiming and shooting yourself into the outer space from cannon. Your spaceship is always in motion from this point on, and it's your job to attach to nearby gravity beacons to navigate your flight path. While tethered to a beacon, you can swing and attempt to circle the beacon until you release and slingshot yourself further. This core mechanic allowed us to bring together elements of shoot 'em up, pinball, collecting objects and exploration in one game that has no counterpart anywhere in the world.

The game controls are very intuitive and clear - you just pin the desired beacon with your finger, then release it, and physics does the rest. And you can also switch to using rear touch panel, if you like. We have two modes for rear touch panel controls. One is similar to using the touch screen, and another one uses the whole rear touch panel as a single button. In the latter case, when you tap somewhere, the game executes a special prediction algorithm to automatically select the beacon most likely aimed by you.

For StarDrone Extreme we've created brand-new exclusive levels, in addition, we've fine-tuned and revamped levels from the PS3 version of the game according to players' feedback. The PlayStation Vita version has all-new UI and improved visuals. Other cool features include: adjustable skill setting, so the game is not that punishing when you make mistakes; ability to skip current level when you get stuck; and a lot of other things we've polished and improved.

In addition, the critically acclaimed PlayStation®3 version of StarDrone is being updated to introduce Cross Continous GamePlay feature, allowing you to save and resume your current progress between the two platforms.

StarDrone was released on PlayStation®3 about a year ago, featuring PS Move motion controller support. The updated game also includes brand-new levels, new tutorial levels and two new music tracks, while the PS Vita version fully supports the custom background music feature.

Coming to North American PlayStation®Store on 17th of April 2012 for $3.99

More information on www.stardrone.net and www.beatshapers.com/stardrone
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About Beatshapers
Beatshapers develop and self-publish fun and creative games. Beatshapers known for their highly anticipated PlayStation®Minis games: BreakQuest, Carnivores series, Jane's Hotel, Enigmo and and recently released Canabalt. The studio currently working on number of unannounced PlayStation®Mini and full PSN (PS3 and PS Vita) games. Founded in 2006 and re-launched in 2009, Beatshapers headquartered in Kiev, Ukraine. For more information, please visit http://beatshapers.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6cdb4001098c98a0f13e0171&id=3cc5641e77&e=7270e82923 or follow us on Twitter @Beatshapers

About Orb Games Limited
Orb Games Limited is an indie game developer and publisher with a focus on online and mobile games. Played by millions of players worldwide, our games can be found on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and PlayStation Vita, as well as on flash games portals and on Facebook. For more information, please visit http://beatshapers.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=e6cdb4001098c98a0f13e0171&id=bd37b9fcf4&e=7270e82923 or follow us on Twitter @tastyplay

This article was originally published on Joystiq.