Waves is a twin stick shooter that can be played by anyone, but with a high enough skill threshold to keep even the most hardened shooter fan entertained.
User reviews: Very Positive (417 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 16, 2011

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“One of the finest examples of the twin-stick arcade shooter genre”
8/10 – Eurogamer

“Worth splashing out on it.”
81/100 – PC Gamer Feb 2012 Issue

“This is a damn fun arcade action game.”
8/10 – Atomic Gamer

About This Game

Waves is a twin stick shooter that can be played by anyone, but with a high enough skill threshold to keep even the most hardened shooter fan entertained.

Set in a Neo-Cyberspace arena your system is being overrun by bugs, errors and viruses and the only solution is to kill every rogue process before it kills you.

Clear the arena of enemies while racking up a big fat Combo with swift kills and well timed Bombs. If it all gets a bit too much you can use your Time Buffer to slow down the action and turn defeat into victory. Players can compete across seven different game modes with online high-score tables and Achievements in their pursuit of twin-stick perfection.

Key Features:

  • Slow down time at will with the Time Buffer.
  • Decimate enemies with well timed bombs.
  • Chain together kills for massive combos.
  • Battle against your friends scores with the online leaderboards.
  • Crunch Time – 3 minutes of intense action every time.
  • Level up and defeat the fearsome Cubes to extend your time in Rush.
  • Survival mode - 3 Lives and more baddies than you can eat but watch out for ambushes!
  • Bombing Run is all about the Boom. No guns but lots and lots of Boom. BOOM!
  • Challenge mode puts your skills to the test with 20 levels and only 30 seconds each – Try and 5-Star them all.
  • Feel the adrenaline pump with only 5 seconds to live in Chase.
  • Your Weapons are Useless! Unless you stand your ground in Hold.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7
    • Processor:2.0+ GHz or better
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3 Compatible video card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:250 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Rating 9/10
Overview: Twin Stick Arena Shooter

The Good:

+The game has an interesting premise. Killing enemies levels you up. Upon leveling, a score multiplier is randomly placed in the arena. Collecting this increases your multiplier by 1 permanently. Killing lots and lots of enemies in a short period of time also increases your combo meter. When your meter reaches 10 you get to drop a bomb that kills enemies in the surrounding area. You can also slow down time for a brief period if this get a bit too crazy. You add all of this together and you get a fun fast shooter .

+ The game has plenty of interesting modes to keep you engaged. Each mode is vastly different from the last and offers plenty of different ways to play the game.

+Great music

+ This game is the definition of pick up and play if you are looking to kill some time. Lots of replayability

The Bad:

- Some achievements are very hard to get

- Can be frustrating at times

Conclusion

Considering I got this game for one dollar, it probably is one of the better purchases I've made. If you love the genre then this is a fantastic game to add to your library. If your just a casual fan like myself then you will also find it enjoyable.



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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Waves is a fast-paced, funny shooter with lots of interesting features. If you’re looking for a fun pastime, this is highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
A casual game to play for a few minutes or a few hours. If you're a fan of geometry wars, you'll love this game.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
If you like twin-stick shooters (keyboard+mouse is actually more fun) and/or score attack, this is a definite recommendation.
I like neither. ... I likeD neither. Then I got Waves. ^^

Upsides:
- Launches quickly without forcing you to sit through endless logos. (Two skippables, and if you rename the video files, you get undelayed launch.)
- Many different game modes that all utilize, hone and broaden the basic skillset of the player.
- Good music.
- Some peculiar, moderate humor that is almost like a sports coach at times.
- Plenty of achievement goals.

Generally very motivating. Many details I cannot put into words. The whole package just is a lot of fun.
And, hell, it has a demo! You can check for yourself! Yay!

Downsides:
- You can't choose which music plays.
- Maybe some minor obstacles when using a game controller for menu navigation.
- Leaderboard display tediously slow.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
One of the best, if not THE BEST, twin stick shooter around. Fast paced gameplay and music, many gamemodes, colorful graphics, recommended!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This is the kind of game that when you lose you say "Ok, I'm gonna play just one more..." and then you wake up 3 days later totally wasted with you controller crashed against the wall and all you can see is colorful dots flying around your vision. Seriously, this game is a challenge that makes you keep trying to best yourself even though you know that, by the end, the game always wins.

It's fun, it's cheap, it has a high replayability factor and don't let me get started with the sarcastic jokes all around the game!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
The twin stick shooter that I've been waiting for on the PC. I spent a lot of hours on the Xbox 360 version of Geometry Wars and developed a nasty habit, but never got to carry over my sickness to my computer.

Now my dreams have come true.

A nice variety of game modes, great visuals, an energetic soundtrack, and a hi-score addiction fest make this a winner for me.

Surpasses Geometry Wars in many ways. Very happy to have found this game, and for a low price too it's easy to just nab off the marketplace with some card cash.

Woot.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
A hectic and vibrant twin-stick arena-based shooter that delivers.

The Good:
- Includes several different unique game modes, which each provide their own challenges, and each are even entertaining in their own right.
- The graphics are lively and vibrant, and add to the feeling of the overwhelming odds stacked against you.
- The bomb mechanic is excellent. I get chills thinking about times I cleared the arena with 3 consecutive bombs strikes just as i was getting overrun.
- Has a good variety of distinguishable enemies, and the slowly-growing "virus" is a wonderful touch that allows you to turn an encroaching foe into an arena-clearing weapon.
- I think the music is good. Honestly I can't remember it.
- The game has the derisive sense of humor of an older brother.
- It's made by a studio called Squid in a Box, which might be the best studio name ever.
- The game menus are succinct, fast, and well-designed.

The Bad:
- With everything going on around you and the colorful graphical effects it's easy to lose track of what's going on.
- The leaderboards seem hacked. Everyone in the top 10 or whatever has the exact same astronomical score.
- Some people might be turned off by the pace of this game.

Overall I recommend this game, especially if you like fast-paced arcade-style shooters where you die a lot but occasionally have those epic runs you want to tell you friends about.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I feel this game is perfect for Pick-up-and-plays before work or as a reward for studying in the Crunch Time mode but is also an enjoyable progression curve for durational play. The soundtrack is active and the gameplay sucks you in. I love playing this game once a day so far!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
If you enjoy twin stick shooters such as “Geometry Wars”, then I strongly recommend Waves. The soundtrack is pretty awesome and gels well with the visual style.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
A very fun and innovative game for the twin stick shooter genre.

Classic scoring system allows for competitions among friends and maybe even tournaments.

Fun game that's worth its price.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
One of the best Twin-Stick Shooters in recent years. Fans of the genre will not be disappointed.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
7/10

Cool game, epic combat.
But is very similar to Geometry Wars and prob some other games too.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Probably the best arcade Twin Stick Shooter I have ever played
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
SO ♥♥♥♥ING FUN
10/10
BUY NOW
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
really fun game soundtrack is amazing
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50 of 52 people (96%) found this review helpful
104.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
It is a bit difficult to find truly great twin stick arcade shooters on PC. There are quite a few of them around, but my search has been to find something as close to the PSN great Super Stardust HD as possible. A truly amazing twin stick shooter that many of us even got for free after the infamous ApocalyPS3 where PSN got hacked a few years back. Our reward was free games for not being able to login for a month! I ended up with Super Stardust HD, Little Big Planet, and inFamous as mine so I did well, but Super Stardust HD was the big surprise of the lot and I have been searching for a similar twin stick shooter ever since.

Waves may not be the same as Super Stardust HD, but I am very happy with the similarities and this style of twin stick shooter regardless. So my search for similar games to SSHD actually DOES result in finding some other greats now and then. In SSHD you played on a sphere where you orbited planets and destroyed asteroids and enemies with bombs and a boost. This spherical type of Twin Stick I have yet to find another one worthy of mention unfortuantely. In Waves you are inside a flattened circle, but it does give me the close-quaters bombs and instead of a boost it gives us a "Slo-mo" feature to get out of sticky spots.

Waves is easily one of, if not the best twin stick shooter on Steam imo. It has a similar graphical style of Geometry Wars where everythng is minimal, but that is perfectly fine and works well. It serves up massive combos like most shooters should have and has a great deal of different game types you can play. In fact I was very impressed by the amount of different game types avaialbe in Waves, and these have been doled out for free over the course of its life.

The main game type, however is Survival, and it means what survival means. Stay alive as long as you can and try to get the highest score possible. Unfortunately, the game has a max score limit of just over 2.1 Billion. It's not particularly easy to get here, but it is there. There are only a couple hundred Waves experts who sit a top the leaderboards with this max score so you aren't going to get to it without A LOT of practice and time played. I am not one of these experts who has achieved the score...yet.

Other game types include Bombing Run, which you play with just bombs. Hold, which was just released in March, is a mode where you can only use your weapons when you are inside a designated area of the screen. So no flying all over the place to avoid things, you must get into the attack zone to keep yourself alive. Crunch time gives you quick events that you must beat from other game modes. This is just a few of the game modes and there are 6-7 total if I remember correctly. All with their own Steam Leaderboards for the community, friends, and Local. The Leaderboards actually work too unlike many of the other shooters on Steam right now. (ie. Scoregasm, although Scoregasm is a pretty fun TS shooter for a cheap price)

Waves is definitely a GREAT twin stick shooter for any fan of the genre and I would highly recommend it. If you are one that wants to get massive scores and are willing to put in the practice and play time you can get there. With all the game modes available, and the time it may take to reach a score you can be proud of, you will be able to play for dozens of hours, if not 100+ hours. Waves is now a staple of my Steam gaming library for when I just want to jump in a game and start shooting things!

Steam Achievements are plentiful and are broken down to each different game mode so you can only get them all by trying all the modes. They aren't particularly imposible to get, although your skill level must increase greatly as well as your undestanding of the mechnics to achieve most of them.

Gamepad support is fine (BTW...TWIN STICK Shooter means they are meant to be played with...TWIN STICKS, not a keyboard and mouse...lol) with the XBox 360 gamepad, although I use a PS3 Dualshock 3 Gamepad with the DS3 Tool. For me, I wanted to flip the buttons around for bombs and slow-mo so using the DS3 tool made that very easy to do without having to go into an .ini file to change it up. There aren't control bindings in the game options so you need to do it manually, or with something like the DS3 tool. DS3 Tool is faster and easier for me as it is just changing the buttons up in the 360 emulation config rather than having to update the .ini file anytime there is a patch, which could replace that .ini file.

Waves 2 is now in the works as well and looks to be taking community suggestions of adding many different weapon types and other game styles. From videos I have scene it looks like it has some sort of "maze" style to some of the modes where you maneuver around walls and fight enemies this way. Oh yeah...Waves 2 also has a co-op feature it appears. It had a kickstarter a while back, but didn't get funded unfortuantely, but it's still being develped, however and you can find a lot of gampelay videos of it on Youtube. I am lookign forward to that as well. It looks different enough that Waves 2 won't actually "replace" Waves as a game I will play. :)
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Geometry Wars. The gameplay and graphics are very similar.

The scoring and combo system took me a while to get used to, but once I did, it was pretty fun.
Perhaps some more effective tutorials would help ease players into the mechanics.

My only real complaint is that gameplay sessions lasted a bit too long. Geometry Wars was fun because the sessions were short, and you always wanted to play "one more time!". Here you get a bit too many lives.

But still, a fun experience overall.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Waves is a fast paced, action packed arena shooter with sharp and super smooth graphics. It’s a fun game which will challenge any arcade shooter skills you might have.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game is absolutely fantastic. So much stuff happening at the same time, it's hard as hell. And that just makes it even better.
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