Work together to survive the devastating Dinosaur horde in huge, endless environments.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (21,827 reviews)
Release Date: May 4, 2012

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"It really doesnt feel like a complete game but its cheap and its fun for a few hours with friends. fun and silly gameplay shooting dinosaurs."

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August 31

'The Orion Project' - Part 1/4

The Orion Project - Part 01 / 04
"You live in a different world."

The first of four parts in a visual narrative. We plan to release a new part roughly ever week. The full, completely detailed and informed video will debut in out Kickstarter Campaign later this month!

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August 30

Dinosaurs + Robots + Gore = Guardians of Orion

Dinosaurs + Robots + Gore - 'Guardians of Orion' - Announcement Trailer (HD)

'Guardians of Orion' is the prequel AND spiritual successor to the multi-million selling 'ORION: Prelude' on Steam. This is a brand new experience being built on brand new technology and it will feature a wide range of characters, abilities, weapons and gear and an increased variety of enemies and monsters.

While 'ORION: Prelude' focused on bringing back the feeling of the 90's/LAN classics: Quake, Unreal Tournament, Counter-Strike, Tribes and Star Wars Jedi Knight. - 'Guardians of Orion' will focus on cultivating an SNES-inspired experience mixed with next-generation technology. Players will experience a hyper-adrenaline Twin-Stick Shooter built with staggering detail allowing players to experience this genre like never before.

Our focus is and always has ever been about one thing: FUN! 'Guardians of Orion' will be as much fun as you can possibly have with your friends and we cannot wait to deliver a glimpse of this experience very soon!

In 'Guardians of Orion', players will descend onto Orion for the very first time. You'll experience how ORION was discovered and why we've invested all of the remainder of humanity to voyage out to its location. #YouLiveInADifferentWorld

· 3 Game Modes (Coop, PvP, Local)
· 5 Guardians
· 10 Maps
· 10+ Enemy Types
· 15 Weapons & Gear
· Fatalities
· Destruction
· Gibs & Gore
· SDK & Workshop
· Steam Achievements
· Full Gamepad Support
· Windows/Linux

We are currently working on a Kickstarter campaign that will launch sometime in September 2015. This will allow fans and gamers to help grow 'Guardians of Orion' in addition to what we've already invested/are investing to ensure the official release of features stated above. Any additional funds received will help continue to grow it beyond that!
*We will be releasing the Early Access feature set soon.

We will be utilizing Steam's Early Access program. We've established an incredible relationship with our user base during our time with 'ORION: Prelude' and you all know what to expect when it comes to not only us and our games - but us and YOU. We will be supporting this game to the max. Heck we aren't even done supporting Prelude!

I can confirm that ALL owners of 'ORION: Prelude' will be receiving a limited-time loyalty discount upon the release of 'Guardians of Orion'. More details regarding this coming soon.

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“An instant classic.”
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“Best transformation of a game I've ever seen.”
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“I am completely addicted.”
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The ORION: Prelude Developer SDK Beta is launching in September 2014.

If you're a Mapper and would like to participate in private testing please go here:

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

    • 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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
574 of 606 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Love these devs.

Not to often you see a dev making fun of themselves. "In 2012... We released the worst game ever"

The game is pretty fun overall, glad i got it to support them :)
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235 of 259 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Dinosaurs, jetpacks, lightsabers, teleporters, invisibility, high-tech vehicles, extreme weather effects... omg this game is everything! And epic victory music is playing in the background all the time. Seriously I have really good time playing this game.
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165 of 175 people (94%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
ORION: Prelude

This game is like junk food. You know it's not the best quality, you know that you have over a hundred better ways of spending your time, and that's excluding your vast library of games, but you...




What is this game about? It's exactly what it looks like. You are going to shoot that raptor in the face. You are going to get in a big stompy mech and force-feed a T-Rex a rocket sandwich slathered with molten lead. You are going to pistol whip a pterodactyl that's been annoying you for half the wave.

All of this, for less than it costs you to buy a soda.


Now, onto the useful bits of this review:

This game is geared towards five and ten-player matches. While the game offers a wealth of game mode options, you are primarily going to be concerned with PvE content, or Conquest and Survival, both of which are co-op.

Straight out of the door, you are equipped with a pistol, and absolutely nothing else. There is a minute of downtime each round in Survival/Conquest, in which you can buy weapons and augmentations for your character. Pistols will never run out of ammunition. Secondary weapons consist of SMGs and shotguns. Primary weapons are automatic rifles, sniper rifles, and burstfire rifles, all usually with some form of scope for ranged shooting.

Augmentations are permanent upgrades for your character that you buy with credits from killing dinos. Three augmentations are specific to your class, while the rest beef you up as the going gets rough.

There are three classes in this game: Assault, Support, and Recon. Assault players have access to a jetpack with a generous amount of energy to use to get in hard-to-reach spots. Support players are equipped with a Medigun, with the ability to heal (and, with an augmentation, repair) other players and vehicles, as well as the ability to self-heal with right-click. Recon players have access to cloaking devices, allowing you to shed off your attackers as you run like hell slink away into the darkness.

Adrenaline weapons are power weapons, supposedly unique to each class. It is worth saving up the credits to get one, trust me.

Progression. This game has progression for yourself, as well as your three classes. The more you play, the more permanent upgrades you get for them. Things like 10% higher jumps, available weapons on spawn in PvE modes, and so on.

Now, here's the thing. This game is, for better and for worse, a tad wonky at times. The menus aren't snappy, the third-person animations are offensive (and, in the case of certain taunt packs, deliberately so), and the game isn't exactly Crysis 3. The game also has cosmetic microtransactions (gun skin, armor color/skin, silly hat, cape, and taunt pack), but the vast majority of the items available are as cheap as $1. You know, like an actual microtransaction. This would normally be a huge turn-off for me, but the game's price allows it some wiggle room.

TL;DR: for the money spent, this game serves as a good distraction, especially if you're not fussed about a sci-fi shooter in which you reenact the meteor that extinct-ified everything.
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346 of 413 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
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97 of 111 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
i quickscoped a T-Rex with an explosive arrow while my teammate crashed a V-Tol into its head

10/10 would crash again
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