Jacob Zinman-Jeanes has put together a set of space-based shmup sprites - and we're giving them away for free! There's a spaceship, an enemy UFO (in a variety of colours), a horizontally tiling space background, and a starscape for adding a parallax effect. I recommend using them for prototyping your games, but you can do whatever you like with them.
The downloadable package contains:
An animated space ship:
An animated flying saucer:
A horizontally-tiling space background (shown here at about 1/3 actual size):
A starscape (perfect for adding a parallax effect):
Each of these assets comes in a flat image format (GIF or PNG, and in both sequence and sprite sheet form for the ship and flying saucer) and in PSD format.
This also means it's really easy to change the colour of the flying saucer:
Put everything together, and you get something like this:
Update: We've also added sprites of a giant floating head, which you could use for a boss battle!
Download the Files
Grab the ZIP file - it contains all the graphics shown above.
Feel free to use these in any games you like, whether personal or commercial. We'd appreciate a link back to this page from your projects. We'd also love to see what you make with them, of course, so please post your creations in the comments below!
We're also planning to release more mini sprite packs like this one. Are you interested? What kind of sprites would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!