The year is 2051. Location: SATAZIUS, a long-abandoned planet. The cruiser Agano was on patrol when it was attacked and stricken by a confederacy of space pirates that had established a base on SATAZIUS. The pirates attacked the Agano intending to steal the assault ship ‘Trafalgar’ that was stowed aboard the Agano, but the Trafalgar made...
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Release Date: Dec 16, 2011

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The year is 2051. Location: SATAZIUS, a long-abandoned planet.
The cruiser Agano was on patrol when it was attacked and stricken by a confederacy of space pirates that had established a base on SATAZIUS. The pirates attacked the Agano intending to steal the assault ship ‘Trafalgar’ that was stowed aboard the Agano, but the Trafalgar made a successful emergency escape.
The crew of the Trafalgar calculated the probability of successfully escaping the pirate overrun planet at 0.02%; the probability of charging into and successfully destroying the pirate base was 1%. Taking the higher probability escape plan, the crew of the Trafalgar turned their ship toward the pirate horde and began their charge into the heart of SATAZIUS.
SATAZIUS is an awesome old school side-scrolling arcade shooter by accomplished indie developer ASTRO PORT (Gigantic Army, Armed Seven, Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser), featuring an arsenal of 13 types of upgradeable weapons, power-ups, obstacles and boss encounters that arcade veterans will enjoying getting to grips with. Customize your ship by selecting two side weapons which can be cycled and deployed at any time during the action, and a charge attack to unleash massive destruction.
There is a plethora of enemy ships to shoot down, tight spaces to navigate, power ups to grab, and bonuses to acquire. Featuring great stage design, a thumping techno soundtrack, fast and outstanding action, old school graphics and giant bosses, SATAZIUS is a true throwback to old-school arcade shoot ‘em ups, replete with homages which will be instantly recognizable to fans of arcade shooters.

Key features:

  • 13 upgradeable weapons to choose from
  • 4 difficult levels allowing accessibility for new players while challenging veterans as well
  • Varied and exciting stage design
  • Massive bosses
  • Winner of the August 2008 Jikkyo Play Contents Award

System Requirements

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    • OS: Windows 2000/XP/Windows 7
    • Processor: Pentium III 1GHz or better
    • Memory: 256MB or better
    • Graphics: NDIVIA Geforce series, AMD(ATI) Radeon series
    • DirectX®: DirectX®8 or later
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB free hard drive space
    • Sound: DirectSound-compatible Sound Card
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Pentium III 1GHz or better
    • Memory: 256MB or better
    • Graphics: NDIVIA Geforce series, AMD(ATI) Radeon series
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB free hard drive space
    • Sound: DirectSound-compatible Sound Card
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Seneschul
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
Old style arcadia.
Fun, you'll be checking your wallet for quarters when playing.
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Gradius
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
More good shoot them up like this please ! Bring me back to the old-school time
With an online score ranking would be better.
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CharAznable
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
Great shmup. Interesting enough, even though it was shmup classic style game instead of a platformer, it reminded me of Astroport's Cybernator like games as well. They reuse the same graphics style and sounds across their games.

Very good level design. Reminded me of several classic shmups such as Gradius, Thundercross, Axelay (No Super 7 mode though)
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Ikkstrikknak
11.2 hrs
Posted: July 30
Fun game, although not a pure bullet hell
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[TOG] Whiskey
4.7 hrs
Posted: July 19
A really great horizonal Shmup, very much influenced by the Gradius series. Graphics are not that great, but the sound and pace of the game more than make up for it. Wish it would vsync properly has an annoying judder to the scrolling.
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fisicateorica09
10.1 hrs
Posted: June 12
Fantastic shmup game. It has all the features of a high quality Japanese Shmup game. The difficulty is very good.
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Celso Affini
5.5 hrs
Posted: May 20
HYPER SUPER MEGA FUN!
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Rustybolts
3.1 hrs
Posted: May 2
I have been playing a few shmups of late mostly on my megadrive, Gynoug,Thunderforce 4, Rtype 3 on the GBA and also Gradius rebirth on the WII. Thunderforce being my favoirate shmup. This although not as good as Thunderforce is still a pretty good shmup for only a couple of quid probably on par with Gradius Rebirth in quality however is more playable due to the lower difficulty. Powerful feeling weopens, plenty of onscreen action with a tirade of bullets and enemies barely allowing you to escape by the skin of your teeth. Should tide me over until I buy hellfire or Musha (probably a repro at these prices) on the megadrive.
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181st squadron
4.8 hrs
Posted: February 6
I'm a huge fan of Gradius, and I mean a really huge fan, when I saw this game,. I wasn't expecting much, but I'll admit this is a good tribute to the series. This is a good Gradius clone with some mechanics added. For one thing you can alter your weapons in each of it's six stages. There's a good variety, especially the homing weapon which are the hunters from Thunder Force. The stages themselves are nice, but will challenge you as you progress, and it doesn't get easy on the higher difficulties. Graphica are good, and the music is good, especially the boss theme.

This game has some of the Gradius features in them. It has bosses with cores you have to destrou, even a boss rush with those Zubs that appear and hone in on you, especially a secret boss on the boss rush on hard diffiuclt like Heaven's Gate from Gradius Gaiden. It even has a damn speed section that I always struggle on, as well as a walker on the last stage like in Gradius II. If you're a fan of Gradius, you'll love this.
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Salarn
1.6 hrs
Posted: January 12
https://youtu.be/O3nuo7wTW4w

If you go in looking for a 'Gradius' style game 'SATAZIUS' fits the bill very well. However, cribbing off an aged format keeps 'SATAZIUS' from moving the genre forward and including more modern features.
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53 of 65 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2015
This game is so intense! This is one of this hardcore side-scrolling shooters that you don't even know what is going on the screen. Cool feature is that you can choose from many weapons from the beginning. Gameplay is really fun and unpredictable.
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
This is the best side scrolling old-school shooter I've ever played! Very enjoyable, first choose your loadout based on the enemies in the level. Then kill everything on the screen, pick up power ups to help you defeat the very challenging but satisfying boss fights! Highly Reccomended!

Niv score : 90

P.S, it also appears Capcom is experimenting with trading cards using this game, you'll notice this game is not marked it has cards but it does! C'mon Capcom cards for everything!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2013
Satazius is HARD, There's no getting away from that fact, this game will make you want to pull hair off parts of your body you did not even know you had hair on. Satazius features an arsenal of 13 types of upgradeable weapons, power-ups, obstacles and boss encounters that arcade veterans will enjoy getting to grips with. Customize your ship by selecting two side weapons which can be selected at any time during and a charge attack to unleash massive destruction.

This game is not for the casual gamer as even i struggle to get to grips with its seemingly bipolar difficulty curve, good luck guys i highly recommend this game to the bullet hell "vet" out there. The sound track is great, its a metal retro mix of high speed loops and fast guitar riffs that really set the mood and get your blood pumping.

At first navigating the menus can be a hassle as the game does not tell you what button is mapped to Enter is Z if your wondering, apart from that the menus are simple and easy enough to navigate and the game even supports gamepad support, however i have not tried to use it myself so that's a mystery i shall leave to you guys.

I was actually fairly impressed with the graphics in this game, granted there nothing spectacular however if this game was released alongside with r-type HD it would defiantly have given it a run for its money, as this games has a much higher pixel density and the animations are so fluid they look almost as good as another game called intrusion 2 witch features one of the best animated boss's i have ever seen

So the bottom line this game has great features and a great soundtracks but does not do anything new and fresh to this genre and missed out on a mark here, however with that said if your feeling a little bit sadistic then go on put your patience to the test, this game for me gets.....
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8 out of 10 - High recommendations.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2014
An excellent, traditional shoot-'em-up from Astro Port.

From the colourful, weighty visual work and sound direction to some of the strongest '80s/90s-style' shooter game design I've seen in a while, nearly every aspect of Satazius comes together to make for a thrilling game all around. Pad controls generally feel good, the action is exciting, the game is suitably twitch-based and the whole thing is just a joy to play.

Recommedend to all shoot-'em-up fans. In fact, I'm sure even a few with little experience in the genre will have a good time, considering how slick a of a production this is.

But mainly, it's just good fun. You do like fun, right? No? How about millions of explosions then?
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
This is a must-play for fans of R-Type and Gradius.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8, 2014
One of most nostalgic , best 3 hours of my life.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
Even though "Shoot 'em Up", is not my favourite genre, I had a good time playing Satazius.

There's nothing special about the gameplay, other then that it feels nice to play. Like all shooters you have to destroy as many enemies as you can and try not to get it. The game is very difficult (well at least for me it was) and the graphics look neat.

Recommended for Shoot 'Em Up fans.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
This game could be called Salamander and it wouldn't remind me of Gradius more than it already does. I'm enjoying it a lot.

Edit on 5/25/16 - Just wanted to give some extra props for the addition of achievements a few months back. I had uninstalled the game a long time ago, and missed the update in December. Finally noticing the achievements gave me a perfect excuse to go back and enjoy the game again. If you're a fan of Gradius-style shoot-em-ups, give this a go!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2014
Good ole shmup fun. I am still working on Normal mode at this time, and I am loving every moment of it. The weapon upgrade system gives you some learning curve/fun making you figure out which works best for each level/enemy. There are moments where you have to quickly navigate through small areas while avoiding smashing into stuff/getting blasted into scraps. \m/ (=_=) \m/ The Music gets me pumped, and the SFX are choice. The game isn't that long, but the harder difficulties give it decent replayability. I love this game. Classic Game Room Sent me. SATAAAZIUUUUUS!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
If you liked gradius 3 you should definitely get Satazius.
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