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.
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Very Positive (878 reviews) - 94% of the 878 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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Feature List

  • 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.

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.

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
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
A twin-stick shooter with a calm, polished, cybernetic aesthetic, Waves is a solid member of the genre with interesting mechanics but limited content.

Waves is a game where you control a sphere rolling within a cylinder, shooting a spray of bullets with the aim of removing an array of shapes which you are motivated to kill because A) They give you points, and B) You blow up and stop moving when they hit you. The game has a few interesting auxilliary mechanics. First is the buffer which is a rechargable bullet-time power that is a main panic button, and the second is bombs that become available based on your combo multiplier. If your combo breaks than the bomb disappears so there is an interesting anxiety if saving a bomb, and also a chance to chain together a large number of bombs for maximum efficacy. As difficulty ramps up and the chances of missing decreases due to the large number of baddies on the screen, bombs become more and more frequent, which leads to a fun chaotic dynamic when things get tougher.

This game has a small, understated, relaxing techno themed soundtrack that goes well with the hex-gridded environment and the polygonal, computer themed enemies. It took me a while to appreciate the game's design as there is quite a bit of subtlety, but in the end I appreciated the vision.

Though ultimately enjoyable there are some minor gripes. First, I can't pause between death and respawn, though often I wish to simply restart the level after an early untimely death. Also, the challenge mode often perplexingly doesn't trigger success for the challenes appropriately. Further, the UI is a bit crowded and oddly designed. For example, a high score is often displayed proiminently in the middle right of the screen, while the current score is displayed on the middle left of the screen. There is a lot of data on the screen. Aesthetically it works in a sort of augmented vision manner, but practically I would like to reduce a lot of this clutter. My worst is criticism is Ithat he amount of content is limited. Many game modes play out quite similarly and there is only the one stage. After a few hours you've seen it all, and you may not want to grind the same set up repeatedly.

Though unfair due Waves' differing mechanics, I feel this game asks to be compared with installments of Geometry Wars. If you liked Geometry Wars, then you will like Waves. If you didn't, you won't. If you've never played Geometry Wars than Waves is a cheap introduction to the genre when it is on sale. The game is a solid effort, and personally, I'm excited for the sequel, which as of this writing is in Early Access.

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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Twin stick shooter with a bumpin techno soundtrack. Really easy to get into, hard to put down. Great if you like chasing high scores.

Worth checking out?: Yes
Likeliness of being bundled: Medium
Price you should pay: ~$1
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
This is one of the best indie games I've played in my whole life. Soundtrack is fun and enjoyable, but could have a little bit more bass. Graphics are really cool, neon color scheme fits with the gameplay, game modes are kind of lacking in change, but overall, this game is a must.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Waves is a great twin-stick Geometry Wars clone with a lot of replayability thanks to the achievements and leaderboards and variety of game modes. It has good music with some Kefka laughter mixed in. The menu system is a smooth transition between the game and itself, allowing the player to not feel as slowed-down by losing a game or switching game modes. The visuals are very nice but ultimately too shiny (for the sake of making sure you destroyed all the tiny, yellow orbs). I also think the game could use more game modes and content, but for how cheap it is, I'm very happy with the amount of content.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Polished twin-stick shooter with addicting gameplay, colorful presentation, and incredible soundtrack (seriously, I sometimes play the game just to hear the music). Although it comes with a handful of other modes, most of them are the same game with different objectives. Despite lack of content, the content it does offer is solid. Not mind-blowing, but will leave a smile on your face.

If you enjoyed Geometry Wars or enjoy topping high scores, this is the game for you. I wouldn't pay full price unless you dearly love the genre. I would highly recommend waiting for a sale of $1 or less and kill a few hours with it.
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