Work together to survive the devastating Dinosaur horde in huge, endless environments.
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Release Date: May 4, 2012

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May 13

First Look @ Our New FPS!

Here is the very first sneak peek at our new FPS module, coming packed inside of The Orion Project!
https://youtu.be/gpstX-wMphE

We are going all out on this new title and hopefully this first glimpse illustrates that. There is a new map being previewed here and it is the Swampland Region, also known as "Grogg".

This is the very first integration test and many things are subject to change. We are working very hard on getting this amazing update out as soon as possible and we hope you enjoy!

The Orion Project is now on Steam for only $1
http://store.steampowered.com/app/407840

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May 4

Dino Beatdown 4 Year Anniversary

Today celebrates the four year anniversary of what once was the worst game on Steam - but now one of the best games on Steam!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShQ3GBFI4KQ

We recently allowed the ability to go back in time and play the original ORION: Dino Beatdown from inside your ORION: Prelude game build!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2ghyZg_na8

This version is as it was in 2012, bugs and all. For tips and gameplay information please visit this thread:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/104900/discussions/0/458607518212464555/

ORION: Dino Beatdown was a less than stellar game that had a forced early release. You may read more about the history of that here:
http://artistryingames.com/spiraling-control-incredible-journey-spiral-game-studios/

After three years of free updates we evolved it to ORION: Prelude, a massive game with more content and features than ever originally planned. Now you can go back in time and see where everything came from, whether you're an original founding member or simply want to see what everyone was making a fuss about.

ORION: Prelude is having a Flash Sale! Grab the original Dinosaurs + Jetpacks + Mechs experience for less than a candy bar and experience one of the best Co-op games on Steam!
http://store.steampowered.com/app/104900/

If you enjoy our work, check out our brand new game on Steam called The Orion Project:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/407840/

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Reviews

“An instant classic.”
Steam Review

“Best transformation of a game I've ever seen.”
Steam Review

“I am completely addicted.”
Steam Review

About This Game

'ORION: Prelude' is an indie Sci-Fi shooter (FPS/TPS) that seamlessly blends together incredible visuals and addictive combat. It puts you and your friends together into intense, cinematic battles using some of the most incredible weaponry and amazing vehicles in which you must work or compete against one another to accomplish mission objectives, explore giant worlds and survive the devastating Dinosaur Horde.

In addition to the return of the adventurous, survival-based cooperative gameplay and retro-inspired Arena Combat, 'ORION: Prelude' features massive, Open World Cooperative and PvPvE.

*Previous version names include ORION: Dino Beatdown (2012) and ORION: Dino Horde (2013).



Supporting up to a variety of game modes, including:
  • Survival (Objective)
  • Slaughter (Duration)
  • Rampage (Playable Dinosaurs)
  • Prehistoric (Custom Variable)


Supporting up to 10 players and offering 2 game modes:
  • Conquest (Cooperative - 5 Players)
  • Vital (PvPvE - 10 Players)


Supporting up to 10 players and offering 3 cooperative game modes:
  • Free-For-All (Deathmatch)
  • Elimination (Stealth)
  • King of the Hill (Territory)
  • Gun Game (Ladder Climb)
  • Instagib (Twitch Reflex)
  • Vital (Open World)


Supporting up to 10 players and offering 3 unique game modes:
  • 1v1 Duel (4 Playlers - Tournament)
  • FFA Duel (4 Players - FFA)
  • Team Duel (5v5)

Key Features:

  • Open World Gameplay
  • Cooperative & Competitive Gameplay
  • Dueling & Melee Combat Gameplay
  • 1st Person / 3rd Person Hybrid Gameplay
  • 15 Game Modes
  • 50+ Weapons & Gear
  • 30 Augmentations (Mutators)
  • 20+ Multiplayer Maps
  • 7 Vehicles
  • Full Weather System
  • Persistence & Player Progression (150 Levels)
  • Class-Based Gameplay & Player Loadouts
  • Statistics & Leaderboards
  • Lobbies, Matchmaking & Server Browser
  • Player Store (Cosmetics)
  • Rewards & Unlockables
  • Real-time Dynamic Day/Night Cycles
  • 10 Dinosaurs (All Playable)
  • 250+ Steam Achievements
  • 12 Steam Trading Cards
  • Steam Big Picture Mode Support
  • Bots & Offline Play
  • Tutorial System
  • SDK & Steam Workshop (Custom Maps)

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista SP2 32-Bit
    • Processor:AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHZ / Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB Graphics Memory (SM3)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS:Win 7 / Win 8 (64-Bit)
    • Processor:AMD 4-Core / Intel 4-Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB Graphics Memory (SM 3)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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Even when it's fun, it isn't.
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Coca Cola
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Terrible
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zzilla8
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
halo wth dinosaurs just epic
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Juggernaut Kush
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Dino's everywhere.The next viral thing on the internat.
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Sir Poseidon
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Game is amazing! Imagine Halo and Jurassic Park were thrown together in the same universe--That's what you get when you play this game.
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Obi Wan Kenobi
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I never wanted to kill dinosaurs with a bow and arrow. Until now.
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LonelyAssassin
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Great game. Minor bugs, I got stuck in a rock. It's better to play with friends.
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Ne0_Kn1ghT
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Well worth it's price tag of $1.
It has Dinos and guns! That's all you need.
Dinos come at you in hordes/waves and you fight them off.
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Kirby
( 27.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I still enjoy it. For the price of one freaking dollar per copy this is insane.
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big bang
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
not recommended bad gameplay and graphic
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fight crime and abort black baby
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Shoot dinos and hope for the best

9/11 i give
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f r a n k
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Clunky. My laptop can run DA:I, Mass Effect, and other much more demanding engines with ease. However, this game still runs like molasses.

The premise is enjoyable, however. For a game that proudly calls itself the worst game out there, a great success.
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Ignorance
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Super Dino Puncher Simulator 2012
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hwolf833
( 20.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
The game is super laggy on lowest possible graphics, it looks super terrible on highest possible graphics, and this concept of killing dinosaurs in the future makes little to no sense. The dinosaurs also have super buggy hitboxes, and I find myself seeing too many dinosaurs' animations breaking, freaking out, and going into walls and such. But WHO CARES WHEN YOU GET TO SHOOT A DINOSAUR WITH A POORLY CODED TANK RIGHT? RIGHT?!?!?!

Wrong.

Well, I guess it IS just a one dollar game. Plus, Dino Beatdown was one atrocity of a game, so Prelude gets the gold, star-shaped sticker of improvement.
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Baz'Bro
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Just like that one dumb decision you made while you were drunk...
Yeah, thats this game...
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Abraham
( 48.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
As much as I absolutely despise games that try to be Halo, Doom and Dead Space all shifted into one blobby, stinking mess, I have to admit, this game caught me by surprise. When I saw the game on the Steam Store, and the big, hunky ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ with some sort of shiny, LED space suit caught my eye as he stood rather awkwardly next to the title, I thought "Oh, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, not this ♥♥♥♥♥ again." However, then I began playing the game and, over the span of about four hours, I realized what it was all about.

Most games pride themselves on intriguing characters, amazing, scripted scenes and all-out fantastic storylines. But, nope. Orion Prelude isn't about any of those things. Now, I know what you're going to say. "Hold on there one second, Contorted. If it's not awesome, intriguing or fantastic, how is it a good game" Well, let me tell you. Usually when playing Call of Duty, Far Cry, Halo, you name it. I sometimes find myself thinking. "Isn't this practically another one of those stories but just happening a different way? I mean, you start the game out not knowing what the ♥♥♥♥'s going on, a villian is introduced. Somewhere down the line he does something terrible and probably kills off one of your mates and then you ♥♥♥♥ him up for it and the game ends with you walking cockily into the distance?" With Orion, that kind of every-day ♥♥♥♥ doesn't happen. It's the simplicity and almost childlike logic on which the game prides itself on that makes it somewhat charming. It's one of the only games I've ever played that actually exists simply for fun and, somehow, the lack of anything huge or emotionally powerful happening actually works towards aplifying that charming simplicity. It literally exists for FUN.

However, the game isn't perfect. The lack of logic may work towards the game's advantage and atmosphere, but in some places it does get a little annoying. The slightest nudge from a T-Rex can send you flying to the other side of the map screaming "To infity and ♥♥♥♥ you" in the opposite direction. Also, the idea that a flying Dinosaur that's about the size of a large Human can push away an air-based vehicle that's about five times its' size never fails to floppify my action boner. But, once again, these annoying little pockets of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t is what makes it all the more satisfying when you unload enough bullets into the Dinosaurs that are coming at you to kill them and they flop dead to the ground. Watching a flying Dino fall about five hundred feet and splat on a rock never fails to make me giggle. Also, one of the most, and I can't find another word to describe it, 'epic' game mechanics ever is the fact that, when a teammate dies, or you kill a T-Rex or Spinosaurus, the screen flops into slow-motion. Why? Because it makes killing a Dinosaur all the more awesome when its' body falls limp in slow motion.

Overall, Orion: Prelude is a fun little game, which is very childlike, but also quite charming and adorable to play. It's like you're one of the Spartans from Halo, stuck into a game of Primal Carnage, but you have a jetpack, medigun or a massive, armoured vehicle to help you out.
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ÇΛИÇ€Ŕ✡P♡♡Ŀ
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
this is aaawesoooomeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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mr noscope | csgorage.com
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
its a very fun game to kill the time but i would like some more dino bosses
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137 of 151 people (91%) found this review helpful
109 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Do you want to shoot Dinosaurs?
Do you want to shoot Dinosaurs in space?
Do you want to shoot Dinosaurs in space with rocket launchers, lazers, and a sword?
Do you want to do all that for only a dollar?

Of course you do! Buy this game!
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47 of 54 people (87%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Best 50 cents i have ever spent.
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
dont buy if your computer is a potato

really.
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
10/10 best game ever

buy 4-pack and play with your m8
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
This Game is so good!!! FOR A DOLLAR??

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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Where can you go wrong with this game? It's very cheap and super fun. Honestly, I'd buy this game for $10 or even $20. I highly suggest trying it out or even getting the 4-pack so you can play with your friends. How disappointed can you get when it was only a dollar?

10/10 would watch friend be eaten again.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
63.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Considering the dark past, this game is well worth revisiting. The crazy low price, and the flood of updates make for quite an apology that I can readily accept. A game that was broken pulled back from the brink is a rare find indeed.

ORION: Prelude is basically the combination of Halo and Killing floor reimagined by a 10 year old. (Not a bad thing) I'm of course referring to the survival and conquest modes that make up 90 percent of the server list. There are an overabundance of game modes, some of which I haven't even touched. But I don't feel like I'm missing much in some of them; but the creators definitely have thought through every possible angle an arena FPS like this could offer. With that in mind, Orion has a crazy amount of depth for such a cheap game. With leveling, perks, loadouts, upgrades, the list goes on. It's got all the bells and whistles of a AAA title, just without the pretty graphics, models, or polish. And if you don't mind that and just want to cut down a T-rex with a light saber, pistol whip a raptor, or set a pteradon on fire; then this is the game for you. Did I mention the music is fittingly epic as well?

Unfortunately for this gem, the amount of available players is sparse, so if you do buy it, I would suggest doing so with friends in mind, or firing it up during sale time.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
For it's price, it's great. Had fun playing with friends.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Call of duty. For 50 cents. With dinosaurs. 10/10- IGN
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Plays game for 5 minutes.
Gets trapped in rock for ten minutes.
Finally finds the teleport button.
Hurrah!
Run around dinosaurs with cryo knife taking advantage of their slow turning.
Cryo blade a T-Rex and a Triceratops to death.
Gets killed by a small and insignificant dinosaur.
10/10 would play again.

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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Great fun Game to play with your friends
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
At just under 2 hours played -

- Running over raptors with vehicle = Yes
- Lightsaber dinos to death = Yes
- Jetpacking over entire map = Yes
- Eaten by T-Rex = Yes

Halo with dinosaurs at 39p!!!!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
This is a really fun game if you can get a few friends to purchase this game.

My only gripe is whenever you level the game locks up for a second or so.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
This game cost me £0.39. Its the best £0.39, I have ever spent. Simple game. You get cars, you buy guns, you defend points and shoot dinos. What more could you want?

10/10 would buy again
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
This game is gr8 would buy for my friends and i again.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Alot of fun for an odler game. Fun with friends and the ever so not safe for work chat and in game voip. Its a great 11 round shooter that has a similar set up and play style to borderlands but its a survival game with vehicles youd see in Halo or mechwarrior. If you ever played Sanctum/orcs must die etc youll like the game. It reminds me of alot different game mechanics from other games. Online is solid, lots of bots to help you :3

My only issue that is the interface to buying weapon and augments are not the same and some what complicated/confusing, augments you double click and weapons you have to click the green purchase.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Cheap fun, if you are complaining that this game isnt fun enough or something, you're an idiot. Its 1$. If you play it for 30 minutes you got your 1$ worth out of it. Regret not buying the 4 pack. Pretty fun game with friends. Jetpack dinosaur killing is quite entertaining. 7.5/10
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
game apik kudu tuku

sorry for my javanese :v
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
I liked this game better when it first came out and I still think they shouldve stuck with what it was but its still fun to this day and now you can switch back to the old way of playing the game!
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
lol, this was fun. much better than what they are doing with the orion project.
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