Scoregasm is an incredible, variety rich shooter with a non-linear, branching paths style galaxy to explore. It's pretty, accessible, fun and really rather good! Blast your way through the galaxy's many varied levels and use your skills to change your route, find new levels, new enemies, unlock bonus challenge stages and fight the bosses...
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Very Positive (104 reviews) - 86% of the 104 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 8, 2012

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Scoregasm is an incredible, variety rich shooter with a non-linear, branching paths style galaxy to explore. It's pretty, accessible, fun and really rather good! Blast your way through the galaxy's many varied levels and use your skills to change your route, find new levels, new enemies, unlock bonus challenge stages and fight the bosses to discover multiple endings!

Key Features:

  • 43 varied levels to find in the main game
  • Multiple routes, explore the galaxy to unlock new levels!
  • 43 Challenge levels to unlock, one for each main stage
  • Over 100 different enemies to find and kill
  • Achievements that you actually have to achieve!
  • Secret Expert Galaxy
  • 86 Combo Medals, one in each level!
  • 7 endings - find all the biscuits and a £5 note!
  • Fancy Pants 3D graphics
  • Online Scores for every game mode and challenge game!
  • Joystick/Control pad support

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2ghz or faster
    • Memory: 512mb
    • Hard Disk Space: 100mb Free Space
    • Video Card: 128mb PCIE2 level graphics card
    • Additional: Supports Controllers including Microsoft Xbox 360 controller for Windows.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP+
    • Processor: 2ghz or faster
    • Memory: 1gb Ram
    • Hard Disk Space: 100mb Free Space
    • Video Card: 512mb PCIE2 level graphics card
    • Additional: Supports Controllers including Microsoft Xbox 360 controller for Windows.
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
    • Processor: 2ghz Intel processor (PPC not supported)
    • Memory: 512mb RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 100mb disk space
    • Video Card: 128mb PCI express dedicated graphics card, or equivalent mobile card capable of OpenGL 1.5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Very fun twin-stick shooter, amongst the best I've played.

The goal is to survive long enough, all while trying to get the best score, hence the name. If you've gotten enough points, you can enter some Frenzy mode, where enemies go all out and further increase your score. Depending on your performance, you unlock paths to new levels, categorized by difficulties.

The big twist in the controls is the Close Range Pulse Attack, an explosion that destroys enemy ships and bullets, which uses your energy bar that can only be replenished by letting it recharge or blasting away enough bullets, absorbing their energy. This explosive attack is of utmost importance in your success, as it can get really tense when enemies start cornering you as you desperately try to manage your energy, and there's an heavy risk/reward factor, which helps boosting your score further. It's a very fun mechanic.

There are 43 levels, all of which are set on 3 lanes, ranging from easy, normal, and hard. Each of them has a Combo Medal to get and a Challenge with a specific objective, like leading an enemy mouse through a maze for cheese. You can also unlock Expert Mode, where enemies leave an explosion of bullets upon death, making things much harder. The game keeps your best scores for each levels, so part of the fun is trying to do even better in each one of those. There's a massive amount of replay value. An issue though is that the online leaderboards doesn't work anymore, and there's little sign that it'll ever come back, but I honestly paid little to no mind to it, and Holy Christ Challenge 2B is one of my worst experiences in my gaming life.

The presentation is stellar. The use of bright colors, reflective surfaces, intricate patterns of flashy bullets (such as big waves-like motions), and a varied array of strange enemies like DNAs and happy faces, gives the game a great art style and an unique identity, it's fun to just look at the action going onscreen. The electronic soundtrack also is fantastic, sporting a variety of styles; the main menu has this ominous feeling to it, and "Tower Of One" feels like ♥♥♥♥'s about to go down, but then "The Revenge Theme" has this much more upbeat vibe.

I'm very glad I got the chance to try this game out, it even made me interested in Charlie's Games' other works. It's very fun in short sessions, give it a go.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
"Dude this rocks" cake with a helping of awesome sauce on the side.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
Scoregasm is one of the best twin-stick arcade-style shooters of all time. It's just pure pleasure to play. It's simple, it has good, responsive controls, and you can blow up enemy bullets to turn them into hearts.

I choose to play it with a wired 360 controller. Though it doesn't say so on the store page, it's fully compatible and works really well (except in the menus, where it goes a bit funny).

Oh and I like the vocalisations and sound effects. But if you don't, or you are scared the neighbours might think you're into porn with extra hardcore laser destruction, you can turn them off in the options. No worries.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2013
Scoregasm delivers unfettered, joyous twin-stick arcade gameplay.

I never could figure out how the menu and level system works. It doesn't seem to work right. But if you move around the menu and click on stuff, you get levels that are so much fun to play, you can't stop at one.

Scoregasm really impresses with fast, fluid gameplay. Try the demo.
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46 of 72 people (64%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
Scoregasm is like an ♥♥♥♥♥♥. But with scores. Hence Scoregasm.

I mean, you might doubt it at first, like "how can a game be like an ♥♥♥♥♥♥? Have you ever even had an ♥♥♥♥♥♥?" and that's fine, they're fair questions to ask but I ask you, have you ever not had an ♥♥♥♥♥♥ involve lasers? I did not think so. So throw winning some points on top of a laser powered ♥♥♥♥♥♥ and there you go, videogame.

I think that's how it works, anyway. I wasn't really paying attention in class that day.

It's also a bloody good arena shooter with biscuits. I'm not lying about the biscuits.

"If you like biscuits, you'll like this"
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2012
Your not going to get 100s of hours of gameplay out of Scoregasm but it has enough levels and variety to keep you challenged for a while. There is quite a bit to unlock and explore.

Gorgeous graphics that pop out of the screen along, classic arcade style audio with some intense close quarter 'bullet hell' gameplay makes this a fun twin-stick shooter. If you can grab it at a good price its worth adding to the collection.

Queue sound byte .. "Ooooh Yeeah!"


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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Scoregasm is a twin-stick shooter, in the vein of Geometry Wars, but with heavy inspiration from Mutant Storm Reloaded (various shapes for the arenas, combo system, big number of different enemies).

Its main selling points are a focus on huge scores, branching progression through the levels, and a focus on proximity bombs. Contrary to most games in the genre, in which such life-saving bombs should be spared for desperate situations, Scoregasm encourages the player to use them liberally as they help achieve higher scores and combos. Thid id probably the reason why Scoregasm is considred too easy by the most hardcore players.

The action is frantic enough to remain interesting and the controls (aside from the menus) are perfectly precise and responsive with the Xbox 360 controller. The music is good, provided you enjoy slightly outdated techno.

Technically, graphics are nothing too impressive, though perfectly serviceable, except in some rare levels where elements from the background can easily be confused with enemies.

The big problem with Scoregasm is the online scoreboard, which ceased to function just one year after the game's release and has never been restored, despite the developer's promises.

Scoregasm is not a bad game per se, but it's not original enough to make it easy to overlook the disappearing features and poor support, especially in such a crowded genre.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2013
A Twin-Stick Bullet Hell style game.

Ahh, Bullet Hell games, how much I love you... Or atleast love screaming at you. This game is more of a Bullet Hell Lite though, Still great fun but with none of the insane difficulty of a screen full of things really trying to kill you.

Gameplay-wise, this game handles with all the grace and maneuverability of a twin-stick shooter... So, depending on how good you are at them great to middling. I always manage to lose my grip on one of the control sticks whenever I play, but I still manage to suvive somehow.

Graphically, the screen-shots speak for themselves. Bright, vibrant colours, varied enemies and stages, a third thing... I think this is one of the prettiest games that I own.

The music in this game matches the gameplay perfectly, so much so that I forget sometimes that the sound effects and the musical score are seperated.


I may be somewhat biased in this review, because I have always been a sucker for games like this, but I do fully recommend this game if you enjoy pretty colours with a laid-back feel... Well, as laid back as a Bullet Hell game can be.



A small bit of self promotion now, I have a Youtube channel where I do Let's Plays, and this game just happens to be one of the games that I have done on it. Who would've thought it? Anyway, if you want to see some gameplay footage of this game, please check out my Let's Play of it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frDdujwgOo8
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
It's a decent twin-stick shooter, easy to pick up and play for short lengths. Controls are clean, it works well on mouse and keyboard, and it's forgiving enough on some levels to be comfortable for beginners. All you need to know is movement, shooting, and using the short-range bomb as a shield from bullets.

The game has many levels, with the harder path requiring higher scores to unlock. Gameplay is varied with unique challenges available after completing those levels. Scoreboards have been broken for awhile, but what does that matter? It would be topped by a few cheaters unless the devs did regular wipes. And if you are looking to sit on top of a leaderboard, find an unpopulated game.

I play games for gameplay. The gameplay here is solid, but levels can get a bit challenging at times, so I don't play a lot. I usually play for a short period to pass some time, and the game works for that. The lives system seems unnecessary since all levels can be restarted and replayed at will. But the game does twin-stick nicely, and 50% off is a great deal.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
I recommend this but with one major caution, the score tables are not and have not been functional for approximately three years. Does this make it a bad game? For me no, but this is considered by many to be an essential feature of this type of game. I did contact the developer about this and he responded quickly and did say that he still intends to fix this, but three years really is a long time for anyone to wait. Still I have to credit Charlie for this!

The game itself is good. Not one of the absolute best twin stick shooters in my opinion but well above par for the most part. For casual twin stick players it may well appeal far more than some other twin stick games that I would consider better. If you are just after a fun casual blast then download the demo and if you like it and are not bothered by the high scores issue then get it, you probably won't regret it.

For twin stick pros cracks do start to appear in the execution of the play mechanics. The expert mode relies on chasing down the gun power-ups in order to give the metered close combat bomb attack a chance to recharge a little, when it runs out you will die on the expert stages. This would work perfectly if you could actually see with any amount of ease where the power-ups are, the little glowing yellow icon is lost amongst a sea of glowing yellow bullets. This combined with power-ups not spawning from the bomb attack and coming from any random enemy mean that you can easily kill the one with the much needed drop via the bomb instead of shooting it. The end result being that it comes down to luck rather than a tactical deployment of your weapons and skill. So close to being great but ultimately flawed...

Some other problems have become apparent too. I can't unlock the third exit from level 3c, even though my combo was 106 above the third level requirement. This seems broke so any achievement hunters are going to have a problem getting the “Mr Perfect” award. Likewise I can't unlock the challenge for this stage on either normal or expert setting despite having spent more time repeating this stage than I spent unlocking all the other 42 challenges available in the game. This again seems either broke or a very misjudged difficulty spike.

All in all a good and enjoyable game with some issues that stop if from being a truly great one.
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frankieparsons
5.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
GAMEPLAY
Thanks in no small part to the seminal 1980s classics like Robotron and Asteroids, we now have more twin-stick shooters than we can swing a twin-stick at. The principle is the same as it's always been: kill tons of enemies and avoid bazillions of missiles. Screens are confined by boundaries so the action is tight and restricted and incredibly intense. Its main gimmick, like Waves, is a slightly overpowered special attack which kills anything within a small radius around your ship. Each level lasts about 40-60 seconds. Most enemies have one hit-point but with power-ups aplenty the usual sight is to see a monumental stream of bullets issuing forth from your ship and swarms of enemies exploding into smithereens.

PRESENTATION & DESIGN
The start-screen doubles as the level-select screen so moving your ship to the right scrolls through and uncovers the map of levels. Be warned though, it's a badly designed mess with no explanation or description given as to how navigating through the game actually works. Sound is a mixed bag as well; pumping, trance-like tunes get you into the zone but while in the menus the peculiar soundtrack coughs and splutters like a badly distorted fart. Graphics are fine, comparing similarly to the game's closest competitor, Mutant Storm Reloaded. The progression system in Scoregasm is disorientating to say the least. You get a score at the end but this gets lost to a broken online connection. However the high-score, best combo score and rank (S, A, B, C, D, E and F) for each individual level, if beaten, are stored and can be viewed on the stats page afterwards.

CONCLUSION
Scoregasm still remains one of the most intense Asteroids-inspired / twin-stick shoot ‘em ups of all time. Clearing tricky levels by a split second through skill and dexterity is always greeted with satisfying relief. Although it may not have the polish and class of a Geometry Wars it gets a lot more things right than other games of this ilk such as Bullet Candy, Gran Vitreous or Death Ray Manta. On the other hand it would benefit from giving the player the option to play individual levels (like in Mutant Storm Reloaded). The alternative Challenge levels are also too ridiculously tough for casual players. Still, the sheer enjoyment gained from the main part of the game is immense and largely makes up for these minor quibbles.

3/5


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FunkyMirkin
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 18
Addictive trippy little shooter in the same vein as geometry wars. Only problem I have had is getting my online profile to work, other than I highly recommend it.
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Dan Glebitts
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
I bought this game for leaderboards, they have been broke since 2012, you are unable to create a profile and no sign of a fix.
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Rem
0.6 hrs
Posted: July 24
Not working with PS3 controller, Steam controller, or mouse/keyboard on Windows 10 for me.
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†LK† Ex-Nihilo
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 19
Scoregasm! It will spiral you into world of colors and pointless shooting! Perfect arcade game to blast the holy hell out of everything!!

A good game to kill few minutes.
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Epic Lad
0.2 hrs
Posted: March 14
Funny name but with Waves and Geometry Wars as competition...this can't really compete!
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