One of the quirkier indie games announced for PlayStation 3 and Vita at GDC this week–and has already been announced for PC–is Iron Galaxy’s Divekick. The title describes exactly what this PlayStation Pub Fund-supported oddity is all about: It’s a fighting game with just two buttons, dive and kick.
The beauty of Divekick, supposedly, is how unexpectedly deep, strategic, and intense such a simplistic fighting system can be. You Dive to jump straight upward into the air, and you kick to perform a downward jump kick at the opponent while airborne or evasively leap backwards while on solid ground. From there it becomes a battle of seeing who can be the first player to land a single hit over a series of five rounds.
Hmmm… it sort of sounds like a bizarro twist on that old arcade game Karate Champ, which I used to spend way too much time playing at a local bowling alley as a youngster. If it’s even half as addictive as that game was, I’ll be dive kicking like crazy this summer.