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 (433 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 16, 2011

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"The best top down shooter I've played since Geometry Wars. Love some of the unique ideas on display here, and it plays great w/ a dual analog controller"

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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
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.4 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This is a very good game, the devs can be very pleased with this. While not quite as polished as Geometry Wars 2, in terms of spawns and a couple of the game modes, it does excel in most parts. The bomb dynamic is refreshing and a clever new twist on the GW format. I would have liked the leaderboards to show the total number of scores/players, this is a common annoyance also found in GW, as it is hard to measure your abilty without it, I may have got into the top 1000 on most of the leaderboards but I did this in around three hours of play which makes me think it is somewhat less of an acheivement than getting into the top 5000 on all of the GW 2 boards. A minor gripe in a game that has more than fuffiled my growing GW hunger sinse leaving the world of Xbox gaming forever, well worth every penny!
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3 of 5 people (60%) 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Six hours of playtime later I finally discovered how to use the bombs properly. It's not that I didn't read the instructions, it's that I read them two years ago and I never bothered after that to make sure I was playing the right way. It doesn't surprise me that my scores were so low because I was always 'losing' bombs immediately after I heard "bomb ready". But besides that, Waves is addicting while at the same time not one of those games that become a committment; that's why it's a great way to kill some free time if you're bored. Just make sure you're not prone to seizures because there are lots of pretty colors flashing on the screen simultaneously.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
crisp clean fun
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Amazing super fast paced game for just a few minutes break here and there.

Don't forget to blink!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Incredibly addicting. Extremely simple, yet insanely complex. Amazing soundtrack, too!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
It's like Vegemite. Good in moderation.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Who knew that punching a computer could be so fun?
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
very fun to play
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2 of 4 people (50%) 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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1 of 3 people (33%) 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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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
really fun game soundtrack is amazing
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I wrote my opinion on this game in a forum post well-before reviews were added to Steam, so I'll just copy-and-paste it here:


Well, Waves is a dual-stick shooter that is aesthetically similar to Waves, but that's about it.

I'll sum-up what I think the main differences are:

  • The ship in Waves has weight to it (unlike GW 1 & 2), so you can't just turn on a dime.
  • You can slow-down time (which also grants you a point-bonus per enemy you kill while in slow-mo). This ability recharges at a decent pace.
  • You have bombs, but they works rather differently: When you get a combo of 10 kills, you can use a bomb (you lose it if you lose your combo, though). As you can imagine, there can be a lot of enemies on screen, so getting a 10x combo is mind-numbingly easy to do again and again.
  • There is a Level & Experience system, which is used to scale-up the difficulty for a particular play-session. I find it adds absolutely nothing to the game, and there's no reason to even pay attention to it as you're playing.

That said, you can basically play it with your brain off by just going around in circles, and spamming bombs over and over again because of how quick/easy it is to constantly get 10x combos. And not long into a session, there'll be enough enemies to constantly net you those 10x combos that it won't even matter what direction you shoot in anymore.

At least, that was my experience playing it the other day, which was the first time in just under one year. I only played the main mode during that session (Survival mode), and on my very first try, got the achievement for attaining the highest score possible. So all Waves left me with was a main game mode that was way too easy to top-out, and a few other game-modes which I distinctly remember not liking very much.

So yeah, I feel that those looking for a Geometry Wars fix will find Waves somewhat disappointing. It's not a bad game at all, and might even be a decent distraction if you could get it really cheap, but it left me feeling really underwhelmed - both a year ago, and when I picked it up again the other day.
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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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
If you like twin stick shooters this game is a must buy. It's my favorite TSS (I use KB & Mouse) that I've played. I enjoyed it more than the PS3's Super Stardust. It's very addicting! Get it!
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
If you play other games that include using team work with friends that are not the shapest knife in the kitchen (like scott) then this game is a refreshing change as the outcome on this game will only be impacted by you and you only. Thats right! doesnt matter if mid is feeding, or your adc has 4 cs at 10 mim, this game is completely relient on you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I've been playing waves for a while now i can now get up to 928,208 points its a very fun game and for you people reading this i say yes for you, if you like shoot em' up techno games this is your game!
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