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A video game that was made over 20 years ago is hoping to be released in 2014 for the PC.

The game, set to be available through Steam if greenlighted, is a side-scrolling shooter called “1993: Space Machine” and was originally designed for the Commodore Amiga back in 1993 by a group of teenagers from Sweden.

The game’s website describes the story as: “Towards the end of the interstellar wars, when chaos spread, one band of elite mercenaries acted more like pirates and looters than actual soldiers. The leader of this group was the notorious and infamous Colonel Nestor. Without a doubt the biggest prize of their looting campaigns was the 1993 Space Machine: a device designed to terraform barren planets and making them habitable.

“With this device, and the rest of their treasure, Nestor and his men started to build an army that now poses a great threat to the known star systems. The latest in armory and advanced hardware has been assembled for your mission to infiltrate Nestor’s domains and to locate and bring back the Space Machine.  State of the art technology and your superior skills as an acclaimed combat pilot are what will determine the outcome of this conflict.”

It was to be released in 1993 by a publisher and was featured in several magazines however due what is the press release calls “teenage drama” the team disbanded and the game was shelved.

Now one of the original four teenagers, Krister Karlsson, now a Game Designer at Modesty, recently stubbled across the game during a clear out of his home. The game, stored on a floppy disk, was still saved on there and Karlsson decided to test out the game on his old computer. Amazingly, it still worked and now he intends to release the game next year.

In a press release, he said: “All graphics was done, and it was only code that was missing. That made it possible to keep the game 100% original. The only thing added to the game is an engine that works on today’s systems and a title that we felt made better sense.”

The game’s website says the shoot ’em up action game features 12 ships to choose from, 25 different weapons, power levels for each weapon, 5 different worlds, 7 bosses and has been designed for up to 4 simultaneous players on screen.

The game is currently available to be voted for on Steam Greenlight and is hoping to raise $10,000 on Indie Go Go to help finish development.

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