Top-down 2.5D action that combines old-school shooters like Star Control, action-RPGs like Diablo, with a system that evolves unique weapons to player preferences. Single-player and 32-player online coop and PVP.
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Mixed (59 reviews) - 59% of the 59 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 31, 2014

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About This Game

Pilot a gun ship and battle aliens, pirates, and other villainous enemies, to gain levels, skills, and most importantly, discover unique and potentially more powerful weapons. Through the unique cgNEAT content-generation technology, new weapons are constantly created by the game automatically.


A key objective of this game is to explore the potential for automated content generation technology to intelligently create content for games. In GAR, all player weapons are generated by the cgNEAT algorithm based on weapon usage statistics. However, cgNEAT does not simply respawn weapons that people like. Rather, it creates new weapons that elaborate on those that have been popular in the past.

Game Mechanics

GAR combines elements of old-school space shooters like Star Control, action-RPGs like Diablo, and open-world space adventure games like Freelancer. The graphics are fully 3D but in top-down or "2.5D" mode. The chase camera and movement interface is similar to many online RPGs such as WoW. Earn ranks and credits by completing missions and destroying enemies. Use the credits earned to upgrade and customize your gun ship.


The game progresses through different and increasingly challenging solar systems. Throughout the galaxy are various factions, both friendly and hostile.

Game Modes

GAR game modes include (1) single player campaign mode, (2) instant-action system defense mode, and (3) multiplayer mode for up to 32 players with both coop and PVP. You can run your own Galactic Arms Race galaxy by downloading the standalone server. A simple windows GUI makes it easy to administrate your galaxy.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 160 MB available space
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104 of 152 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
It is the exact same game in pretty much the exact same state that was free 4 or so years ago.
The only thing that they seem to have improved in any way is the UI.
All the outstanding issues, such as enemy bases spontaneously spawning behind you exist.
They just took what was version 1.1 alpha back then, added some buttons for facebook and whatnot, and slapped a pricetag after changing the versionnumber to 1.0 release.

The game disappeared off radar about 4 years ago, with no signs of updates or whatsoever after 1.23 hit (which changed next to nothing, by only adding a pointless arena mode, but took down the official servers). There were talks also of the university where they developed this game actually actively denying them the possibility to go on Steam, or offer the game away, but i can't find the archived version of that.
Here's proof of it being just that old, and being offered for free:

As far as the procedural weapon generation, it's in its alpha state still, and nothing has changed for that. There are just a few different subtypes of weapons you can get, of which one in a hundred are plausibly usable. The hands down best weapon types for everything still are the starting weapons, or weapons with even tighter grouping of bullets than that.
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34 of 47 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
Disclaimer: I was in beta.

What the game is: Old school space shooter but in 3D with evolving weapons and WASD movement. Has a decent amount of ship customization but mainly it is just mindless fun blowing stuff up, getting levels, getting upgrades, and getting weapons. The core gameplay is pretty satisfying and and the music is awesome. It is casual friendly at the start but gets pretty difficult later on.

What the game is not: It is not an in-depth space sim. There is no RPG space-opera story line (although there are structured missions). There are no Eve-Online bottomless skill trees or crafting. You are not going to start a trade empire or negotiate peace treaties with alien races.

Bottomline: Certainly worth the price ($3.99) just for the COOP. The multiplayer is more fun than it should be.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
I think this game is best summed up as a very competent, fun little time sink. The visuals are far from HD, the RPG elements are by no means expansive or deep, the narrative is nothing noteworthy, but all the mechanics are solid and it’s a great bit of fun.
I could easily pick at this game for tons of little issues like the ship sizes being a bit small, the difficulty being inconsistent at best, or the solo campaign being nothing more than a to-do list; but regardless of it’s shortcoming, it has a very rare charm to it, and is a perfect title to pick up on sale and save for one of those gaming droughts.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Galactic Arms Race - Rating: 6.9/10

General Impression
Galactic Arms Race is a perfect combination of the action and indie genres. The graphics are beautifully designed, also the planets, galaxies, stars, asteroids, enemy ships, enemy stations, etc. are well designed. The atmosphere takes action in the space, but there are a lot of galaxies to combat. The audio is alright, I enjoy how the ship shooting sounds, as well as the background soundtracks. The travel distances are pretty long on all maps, the area of them being the same, but having better enemies, as the game advances, as well as the color of the background. The gameplay is pretty much about having a small ship, which must combat many galaxies, each galaxy having one or more bases of your alliance. Around your bases, there are many other stations, which will camp on their position. The missions will require you to attack them, as well as you must be prepared for enemy ships defending them. The user-interface is pretty well-designed and well-synthetized. The controls are well chosen, so that you can enjoy the game without any complex controls. The engines are solid, I haven’t met any bugs/glitches/lagging/frame drops. The mechanics are pretty nice, everything moves well. Overall, it’s a very challenging but relaxing game, I recommend it for any gamer who likes action games.

Positive Points
  • Beautifully designed graphics
  • Good soundtracks and shooting sounds
  • Challenging gameplay
  • Many areas and environments
  • Well designed HUDs
  • Many features in the gameplay
  • Big areas to explore
  • It’s a pretty long game
  • Multiplayer option available

Neutral Points
  • The area of travelling per each map is probably too large, this would be fixed by either adding a time accelerator, faster ships or by smaller maps

Negative Points
  • The difficulty is unstable on some maps
  • At the beginning, the game is a little unclear
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
Not really much going on in this game. Very repetitive and never felt like I was really doing much. Fly around shoot some enemies, destroy their base, and collect a weapon that looks exactly like the one you just got from the last base. Played for a little bit and felt like I saw everything. Multiplayer is also dead so no value there either.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Galactic Arms Race,
Players fly a space ship, destroy enemies, earn money and experience, gain levels, find items, and upgrade their ships.

+ Easy to learn how to play it
+ Achievments for steam
+ Leaderboard
+ Cheap game for
+ Servers for up to 32 players
+ Challenging shooter
+ Level up
+ The galaxy map is based upon levels, so, if you are at level 4, you cannot warp to another sector until you reach level 5
+ System Requirements(only 256MB RAM) can be played fro old systems

- The graphics are more functional than fancy
- free only in 2010
- The game runs on Windows only

At present it is a fun simplistic 2D shooter, with the potential to have a lot more depth added in later versions
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18 of 32 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
The fact that weapons are randomly generated isn't as exciting as it seems. There isn't as much variety as other games that offer random weapon generation. It is similar to Drox Operative, but not as good.
That being said, this is still a fun game and 32 player multiplayer would make this game really fun if I had the connection to enjoy it so I won't include that feature in my consideration for recommendation.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
this is a game most people dont seem to recognize as a game of good fun and potential addiction
as i've played this game i cannot seem to stop playing it.. i hope a good sized community grows off this game
good luck to its developers please dont stop improving and expanding on this game

you get my thumbs up!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2014
I played it during the beta, and honestly it didn't changed that much now, but i found both the previous and this version of the game pretty entertaining, although very repetitive.

It's an MMORPG in space, that gives great customization chances, thanks to different weapons and the possibility to modify their shoots direction. The equipments drops and the upgrades let you have a totally casual and, for the second choice, a personal power style of your ship.

The skills are few and with high cooldowns, but helpful and strong enough to let you escape or win on hard situations. After these, you should rely on dodging or hitting enemy projectiles with your's.

The "quests", which will involve only a kind of storyline, may not be really clear for their goals, but they will anyway involve only in killing a certain type of enemy, which will be the same at the first 50 levels. These are needed to proceed in every level.

Technically, the game runs very well, that without modifying any setting my computer didn't had any CPU usage from this game at all.

Very well optimized, almost unique in it's genre, but can become tedious after a while.

May be better worth if bought on a sale.
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
The game is quite fun and very colourful. It is like pretty fireworks in space!
It can be quite a challenge to find the right weapon for the job and some skill and tactics are required-
the game is certainly not too easy.
Compared to similar games- it is more colourful than both The Last Federation and Drox Operative,
but without any of the depth that both games provide. There is also not too much of a story to it.
But for the price it is a nice challenging and colourful space shooter, if you need a break from more
serious games like TLF and Drox Operative.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game. Nothing fun here for me.
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3.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
There's nothing specific at fault in the game, it's just missing a reason to want to play it.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 17
Like what actually is this game...? It's a cool idea but if the Multiplayer worked it would've been a load of Fun!
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3.5 hrs
Posted: August 31
Product received for free
This is a nice little game taking place in space. There's not much to do but it's good when you don't know what to play. It has a nice soundtrack and it's easy to play.
You control a ship, kill baddies in a system to get xp and upgrade your ship. Then, you move to a bit harder system with harder enemies. And you repeat. Yes it's repetitive, don't expect to play it for more than a hour. The game revolves around the weapons system. Each weapon shoots differently, has a different color and you try to find one (you have 3 weapon slots so you need to find 3) that fits the way you play. Some have horrible accuracy and projectiles go everywhere but you can use those to make some barrier to stop enemy's projectiles.
I got this game for free and noticed its price is 3€, which is reasonable. Some people say the multiplayer is dead and I never tested it, so I don't know.
It's a cool casual game you can pick up if you don't know what to play/buy.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: March 29
This game might look complex at first, but it's just shooting colorfull weapons, and is really good at that! This simple game pulls you in, and somehow you'll sink into it way more hours than you wanted. Because It's just that fun. To blow ♥♥♥♥ up, level up and blow more ♥♥♥♥, higher lvl ♥♥♥♥ with even brighter colors!
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0.9 hrs
Posted: January 2
Best Arms Race ever !
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 18, 2015
Something something space shooter, I did not get what was happening, I just shot my colourful beams and killed people in outer space...
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