Project Root brings punishing shmup goodness to Xbox One

ID@Xbox continues its indie march with Project Root, a frenetic modern shmup (shoot 'em up) that promises to be equal parts challenging and fun.

Project Root is the work of OPQAM and Reverb Triple XP, and is available now on Xbox One.

Shmups and their bullet hell sub-genre tasks players to guide a small vehicle through a hailstorm of enemies and projectiles, often throwing other hazards and larger enemies into the mix as well.

OPQAM Technical Director Pablo Testa describes Project Root thusly:

"Any gamer looking for a supremely wild, frenzied and challenging experience should definitely check out Project Root. Steam players and hardcore SHMUP fans alike have been waging war against the evil Prometheus Corporation for some time now, so we're very excited our PlayStation and Xbox gamer friends are today getting that same chance."

Project Root is a modernised take on the genre, providing varied shmup gameplay across 8 free-roaming open levels, featuring numerous hazard and enemy types, in addition to light RPG upgrade elements.

Project Root is available now on Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita, carrying a discount for Xbox Live Gold members and cross-buy for PS4 / PSVita owners.

Buy Project Root for Xbox One: $9.99 and $6.99 on Xbox Games with Gold (opens in new tab)

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  • Looks cool! Has it been ported from Android or iOS? /s
  • As long as its fun and runs well, who cares?!
  • Isn't it a console game if is am not wrong?
  • It is out for Xbox One, PS 4, PS Vita, and PC. 
  • Not played a shoot em up for years. I think my last was R Type on my Amiga. And before that Xenon II.
  • You should check out Shoot 1UP on Windows Phone. It's really good.
  • Cheers for the tip.
  • Hahah didn't even know schmup stood for shoot em up :)
  • It doesn't. It is SHMUP
  • Aye my bad, been spelling it phonetically for a really long time haha
  • I want this but don't want to waste money if game isn't awesome! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  •   Hey, can u invite me for the Xbox preview program plz Gamer tag is Vexedtwo93666
  • It's SHMUP, not SCHMUP. Where do you see the letter "c" in "shoot'em up"? You make the genre sound like a German coffee cake.
  • I spend a lot of time in Germany, I'm going to blame the mistake on that. ;)
  • Oh man, now I'm hungry for coffee cake. THANKS JEZ
  • On Steam this game has mixed reviews and is single player only.  Would have been much better with co-op, but for only $7 now it may be tough to pass this up. 
  • I love games and i dont judge them by their graphics or the color of ther skin =P But really really someone tell me that doesnt looks like bad joke to say "hey check this out its the new gen console" And i show you this and shovel knight (I love 8bit games kind) Cant say its at least funny. Of course when The Witcher 3 arrives nobody will remember that kind of situation. but stills... funny to see
  • Co-op?
  • If you like shmups, it's actually pretty damn good, especially for the price. If you have gold you get about 30% off at the moment!