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|Genre(s)||Action, adventure, beat 'em up|
|Release Date(s)||Summer 2020|
|Mode(s)||Single Player, Multiplayer|
|Media Included||Nymbus Cartridge|
STING is an upcoming action-adventure beat 'em up for the Nymbus, set to be released in Summer 2020. The game is set in an alternate-universe Earth, in a city called Megapolis, where a team of tiny-sized superheroes called Team STING attempt to save the city's insect population from Vance Arsenic, also known as The Exterminator.
The four members of STING: Zeta, Tara, Sticolas and Goliath, are lounging around their headquarters in the giant-sized city of Megapolis when they receive a distress signal from Skeeters, a pond skater living at Park Island. Zeta and Tara set out to respond with assistance. The team's rivals, Dart and Mysteria, also respond to the call and encounter Zeta and Tara there when they arrive. However, the foursome soon discover that Skeeters was not real at all, and it was an elaborate trap set up by Vance Arsenic, notoriously known through the insect kingdom as The Exterminator. While Dart and Mysteria narrowly escape, Zeta and Tara are imprisoned and taken to Arsenic's headquarters, where he plans to kill them later so he can launch his plan to exterminate all insects from the city to boost his business.
Meanwhile, Sticolas and Goliath realise that Zeta and Tara have been missing for quite some time. After looking through several data banks, they discover that Skeeters was not real, and Zeta and Tara must have fallen for a trap. Following this, they set out into Blossom Gardens to find and rescue them. On the way they meet Dottie, a schoolgirl who claims to be the biggest fan of STING, having observed the insects throughout her childhood. She guides them towards their headquarters before departing.
After being taken to Arsenic's headquarters, Zeta and Tara are imprisoned within a glass jar, however they are able to break it open to begin their escape from the complex. While trying to find a way out, they overhear some of Arsenic's workers talking about his plan - using a poison that is being delivered in 2 days, he will release a toxic haze upon the city that will go unnoticed by humans, but have devastating consequences on the insect kingdom. Zeta and Tara devise a plan to thwart Arsenic's delivery, but declare that first, they should return to Sticolas and Goliath. Following a close call with one of Arsenic's Extermibots, Zeta and Tara successfully escape the complex and begin the journey back to headquarters to find Sticolas and Goliath.
As dusk falls, Zeta and Tara manage to reach headquarters, but are attacked by Shocklight, one of Arsenic's robotic extermination tools that kills bugs using electric shocks. Thankfully, Sticolas and Goliath step into to help, and the four members of STING successfully defeat Shocklight. Tara proceeds to explain the situation and plan to thwart the delivery. Although the task seems like a lot, Goliath states he knows just the person who will be able to help them, and the quartet embark to Park Island to find Goliath's old friend, Beatrice, who is the queen of a beehive there.
During the journey, the group are attacked by Waspo, an aggressive and dangerous wasp who wants to stop STING from thwarting Arsenic. The group are able to overpower Waspo, however, resulting in his retreat. After this, Zeta, Tara, Sticolas and Goliath reach Queen Beatrice's Hive, where her workers greet them and take them to their queen. Beatrice is surprised to see Team STING, having thought that they believed they were better than her. However, after some convincing from the team, specifically Goliath, whose powerful words make the severity of the situation clear to her, Beatrice agrees to help them thwart the delivery.
The newly-assembled team of Zeta, Tara, Sticolas, Goliath and Beatrice travel to the Dockyard, where an incoming ship containing Arsenic's delivery is entering the harbor. The team meet with Dottie, who agrees to help scout out the area for Arsenic's henchmen and an opening to attack. During their advances towards the ship, the team meet Moston, a mosquito and former member of STING. He happily obliges to helping the team's cause, assisting the team while Beatrice commands her army of bees to stop the delivery. A battle against several of Arsenic's henchmen begins, which is successful. However, when Arsenic himself arrives at the scene shortly after, he uses pepper spray to force the heroes to retreat so he can collect the delivery. Dottie is also surrounded by henchmen, and is dragged off the site. While most of STING escape unharmed, Zeta, is hit by Arsenic's pepper spray and falls unconscious and down a drain as a result.
Zeta regains consciousness in a dark and damp sewer sometime after. To his surprise, Dart and Mysteria are also in the sewer, having been trapped down there by one of Arsenic's Extermibots. They reluctantly team up with Zeta to find a way out of the sewers and stop Arsenic's plan from unfolding any further.
After fighting Froglet, a mutant frog guarding the sewer exit, Zeta, Dart and Mysteria emerge in a field that has fallen victim to one of Arsenic's test attacks. Here, they meet up with Tara, Sticolas, Goliath, Beatrice and Moston, who fear it may be too late to stop Arsenic. However, Dottie, now insect-sized, comes to their aid and reveals that using self-invented device, she was able to shrink herself to join the heroes. She also informs them that there is still time before Arsenic's plan comes into fruition. As they advance through the toxic fields to find Arsenic using Dottie's intel, the group infer that Arsenic plans to begin his attack at Park Lake, so the group make their way there.
When they arrive, Arsenic is already beginning his attack. Before STING can rush to stop him, they are interrupted by Waspo, who is still trying to stop them from thwarting Arsenic. However, the fight is interrupted as Arsenic begins his extermination, beginning with a cloud of toxic rain that burns any insects it touches. Waspo, despite his loyalty to Arsenic, is disintegrated by the rain as the heroes seek shelter, devising a plan to strike back. As Arsenic waits out the rain underneath a tree, they attack, and thanks to the assistance of Beatrice's army of bees, he is defeated, collapsing unconscious. As the rain subsides, the heroes discover that its impacts were minimal as it didn't spread far from the lake, and the insect kingdom was therefore spared from Arsenic's exterminations.
After the credits roll, it is revealed that although the Exterminator survived his defeat, his already-dying business collapsed and he now works as a janitor, retaining his resentment towards insects. Meanwhile, Dottie joins Sting, Moston re-joins, and Beatrice, Dart and Mysteria become honorary members.
Levels take place in linear 3D environments, however there is a large degree of exploration involved as it's possible to travel of the beaten path and explore hidden areas. Most levels follow a spiral path, with the player making their way towards the central area to fight a miniboss and advance. Each world has around 6-7 of these normal levels, as well as a final boss level which consists of only a boss fight.
The main obstacles hindering the player's path are enemies, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes. While some are based off insects, others are based on inanimate objects and robotic creatures created by the game's main antagonist, The Exterminator, a.k.a. Vance Arsenic. All characters have basic attacks that they can use to fight enemies, however some are more effective against specific enemy types than others. Additionally, all characters are able to use given weapons and items to fight enemies, which, while not being as powerful or unique to certain characters, are more versatile. Up to 8 items/weapons are able to be stored in the player's inventory at any time.
Of course, enemies can also damage the player's character. Enemy attacks deal different amounts of damage, depending on the attack strength, enemy type, and player's character's defence stats. If a character has sustained enough damage for their health to reach zero, then the player will get a Game Over screen and be forced to start from the beginning of the current level. However, to counteract this, health regenerates naturally at a slow but steady rate. Also, players can rely on healing items found around the level, as well as healing characters who are able to restore their allies' health using unique moves.
While on the topic of allies, NPC characters will assist the player in levels. These are generally the available characters for the level that the player did not choose the play as. For example, if Zeta and Tara are available in a level and the player chooses to play as Tara, then Zeta will appear as a supporting NPC in the level, fighting enemies alongside the player. While it is not possible for a NPC's health to drop to zero, when they are low on health they will retreat from battle until it regenerates.
Defeating enemies rewards the player with Gems, which are used as currency. Gems can also be found in levels and spent on weapon upgrades, music tracks or shop items.
All levels in the main campaign allow for at least one additional player to join via local wireless. The second player is able to use any character normally available in that level, other than player one's character. In certain levels such as boss fights, up to four players are able to join via wireless multiplayer.
Instead of a Game Over, when a player's health reaches zero in multiplayer, they will become a spectator and will be able to watch the other players continue. It's possible to be revived if another player collects and uses a Revival Fragment. If all players become spectators, then they will all get a Game Over and be forced to start from the beginning.
As well as the standard story mode, players can play online modes with either friends, strangers or both. Online game modes take place as team-vs-team battles, where each team competes to see who can defeat the most enemies within the allotted time. The available team formats are 1-v-1, 2-v-2, 3-v-3, 4-v-4, 10-v-10 and 20-v-20.
In this mode, players will not be supported by NPCs. Items will spawn uncommonly, although mostly only healing items and weapon variations. If the player's HP reaches zero, they will not have a Game Over, but they will be unable to do anything for 10 seconds as their health regenerates back to half-full.
STING features 9 unique playable characters. While only 2 are available from the start of the game, the rest are unlocked by completing chapters and advancing through the story.
Bosses are strong enemies that are battled in standalone levels at the end of each world. Each boss has much more health than most enemies in the game, often requiring a unique way to defeat. Each boss will drop a large amount of Gems, as well as other useful items and a relic.
These bosses are listed in the order they are fought.
STING features 6 playable worlds in the main story campaign. All of these worlds take place within the city of Megapolis which is the game's main setting and each of world has a distinct theme with 8 unique levels. Out of these 8 levels, 1 is an optional bonus level, and 1 is a boss level, which consists of only a boss fight. While levels can be replayed in a world, this is only permitted once the whole world has been completed to prevent farming for useful items.
There are 6 worlds in total, and they are explored in numerical order:
A series of flower-filled gardens in the suburbs of Megapolis, backing onto a large public park full of cherry blossom trees. The grass grows long in the owners' unkept gardens, meaning many foes will be lurking underneath.
|World Boss: Shocklight|
A large public park and the main hub for insects travelling throughout Megapolis. The park is full of trees, flowerbeds and most notably, a large river that goes around the entire park.
|World Boss: Waspo|
Megapolis is a port city, and its main imports come from the city's harbor. Large ships will frequently enter the port's waters. There's also an underground tunnel system under the docks which is useful to help insects get around.
|World Boss: The Henchmen|
Stinkfly Sewers is made up of a series of tunnels underneath the city. Many of these sewers are filled with deadly sewage water. Additionally, some of the tunnels are very dark and require a light source to explore.
|World Boss: Froglet|
A series of ruined gardens that fell victim to The Exterminator's deadly weapons. No plants or insects are able to live here and thus, these gardens are barren and desert-like, with dry soil ground and the occasional dead shrub.
|World Boss: Toxic Phantom|
The largest lake in the city, where The Exterminator plans to launch his mass-extermination. Aggressive swans patrol the lake, guarding the island on which the Exterminator prepares his attack. Use the lilypads to cross the waters.
|World Boss: The Exterminator|
Items are a very important part of gameplay in STING, as they provide a great level of assistance to the player and their allies. In fact, some levels cannot be completed without certain items, as they are needed for progression and combat purposes. Items in the game are sorted into 2 categories: non-weapons, and weapons.
There are four main ways in which items can be obtained:
- Treasure Chests - Most items are found in this way, stowed away in treasure chests. Some treasure chests require a Chest Key to open, which can either be found in the environment or dropped from an enemy or boss.
- Enemy Drops - Some enemies have a chance to drop an item when they are killed. Furthermore, certain enemies in levels are programmed to drop keys, which are a guaranteed drop for these enemies.
- Environment - On rare occassions, items can be found out in the open and picked up, such as fruit, which drop from trees, and roots, which can be pulled up from the ground.
- Amiibo - When scanning an amiibo, the player will be rewarded with a random item (certain items cannot be obtained this way, such as Keys and late-game weapons). Only one amiibo can be scanned per level, and they do not work in multiplayer modes.
First, non-weapons are generally used for recovery or level progression. These are either consumable items that once used, grant the player some sort of positive effect, or non-consumables that the player can hold onto until the level ends.
Weapons are a special type of item that can be used to inflict damage on an enemy, as an alternative means of damage to characters' basic and special attacks. Each weapon has 2 stats, which are displayed when hovering over them in the inventory:
| Damage - The average amount of damage this weapon inflicts on the average enemy.|
Durability - The number of times a weapon can be used before it is destroyed.
Like other items, weapons can be found by opening treasure chests, defeating enemies, scanning an amiibo, or on rare circumstances, they can be found in the ground. It should also be noted that certain high-tier weapons will never be dropped by amiibo.
- STING was originally going to be titled S.T.I.N.G., but the creator decided that would be too clunky and annoying to spell out.
- Vance Arsenic's character was mostly inspired by exterminator characters from The Ant Bully, King of the Hill and Over the Hedge.
- Many of the titles in-game and on this page are written in the font Anton. Get it, because ants?
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