Killing zombies never gets old, but sometimes you just need a break. 

Get back to some serious old-school gaming with Syder Arcade! 
Syder Arcade is a love letter to Amiga games of the ‘90s, no coins, no upgrade grinding, just your tenacity and a motherload of alien invaders.
User reviews: Very Positive (342 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 24, 2013

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Reviews

“A chrome-plated supercharged gunship of a shmup, and I can see Syder Arcade remaining on my hard drive indefinitely.”
RGCD

“The developers have woven in a great sense of humour and an almost excessive amount of love.”
DarkZero

“Honestly, who isn’t a fan of some awesome side scrolling space shooter action? Syder Arcade…looks like it just might be the fix you’ve been waiting for.”
Greenlitgaming

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Feature List

  • Shooting. This is a no brainer
  • Dying. Also pretty hard not to do
  • 6 Campaign levels – all filled with space, guns and imminent death
  • 3 Survival mode level. Good luck
  • 2 opposite directions. 3 dimensions is for suckers
  • 4 player starships
  • 4 difficulty levels. That means trouble ahead
  • At least 3 huge capital ships and 1 giant bug-ship. Big is relative, but yeah its big
  • Skill-based badges to improve your high scores - remember when scores mattered? We do
  • Online leaderboards. Show off to your friends, while they’re still friends
  • 20 different retro graphic flavors. C64, ZX Spectrum, Amiga HAM and many others – dibs on a cabinet version next!
  • 5 Tons of nostalgia and 16 of Old-School…with a pinch of salt
  • Amiga-style soundtrack makes the Caleco so jealous
  • Zombie free. We assume

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Steam Exclusive Offer

NEW SPECIAL Powerup: Unepic Baby Dragons
If you own both Unepic and Syder Arcade on Steam there's a special bonus! Having Unepic will transform some of your Syder Arcade pods (both drones and overseer wraiths) into cute, pixelated Baby Dragons. Don't let their size fool you...they're little rascals that shoot mean fireballs in space. With Syder Arcade, you'll unleash a WASP in the Unepic universe as a pet. Ouch!

Just Updated

New Playable Ship: The Overseer
New powerup: Drone Pods
New SPECIAL powerup: Unepic Baby Dragons
New challenge level: the Lighthouse
New challenge level: the ice canyon
New Achievement: in less than twelve parsecs
New Achievement: piracy is not the problem
New Achievement: you don’t have to be pretty to kick ass
Lots of changes and fixes!

Be sure to check out our official community group and forum for more details.

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About This Game

Killing zombies never gets old, but sometimes you just need a break.



Get back to some serious old-school gaming with Syder Arcade! 
Syder Arcade is a love letter to Amiga games of the ‘90s, no coins, no upgrade grinding, just your tenacity and a motherload of alien invaders. 



Syder Arcade is a free scrolling, multi directional shoot 'em up, an uncompromised old-school experience, furious, challenging, and straightforward. This game will bring you back in time, when bulky starships were cool and games were about player skill and swearing madly at your computer.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
    • Processor: Pentium D, 3GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM (Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM (Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow leopard (10.6.x)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2, 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mountain Lion (10.8.x)
    • Processor: Intel i5, 2.26GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu Desktop up to date
    • Processor: Pentium D, 3GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu Desktop up to date
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Yet another space shooter with points. Being honest, it's rather boring and repetitive. Wave after wave of enemies and the mother ship to destroy after the end of each level. Something I got in a bundle, wouldn't pay for it otherwise.
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0 of 16 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
how to delete it from my steam account?
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13.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
If you like arcade shoot 'em ups, you will probably like Syder Arcade. There are a few gnarly bugs, and the campaign is pretty short, but the game is generally challenging and enjoyable.
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2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I'm not much a fan of Shmups and bullet hell, but this game got me playing 1.30 hrs straight the first time.

very addictive!
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2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Great little game. This would have racked up a ton of money in the 80s as a Coin-op
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This is a fun simple side scrolling shoot em up game, works great with a controller, and the controls are easy to learn. This name sounds like it should be Spider Arcade, while not sure what a Syder is I guess Spider was taken. Looks great with HD visuals in 1920x1080. Shot game but fun and easy to pick up anytime because the controls are simple, only 6 missions but of those six none are garbage their all pretty awesome. Someone put effort into those levels, Id rather 6 short levels than 50 that are just kinda rinse repeat.

Rating: 10/10 Value: $5.99
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Nowadays, when shoot`em up games become awfully rare, Syder Arcade is like a fresh air.
To start with, it`s a vertical shooter with an interesting feature, ability to change the direction of your ship and roam through the whole level freely. Enemies appear on map, so you can plan your moves accordingly.There is no ship upgrading, just four completely different ships from the start offering several tactics. Graphic and effects look great and better than in most indie games, also backrounds of various planets and vast spaces are gorgeous, I even made a few desktop wallpapers. Sound is generally good and won`t dissapoint. Controls work great and responsive with gamepad.
Syder Arcade is short, however few survival levels and four difficulty levels add some length. Problems mostly come from technical side: it takes too long to restart a level, also too many easy ways to overcome challenges. Leaderboards are a mess too. For a shmup Syder Arcade definitely lacks interesting bosses, there are few, but they are similar to normal enemies and nowhere as interesting as the ones in R-Type.

Overall, It`s a good shmup, gorgeous graphical side, good controls and some diversity for both: shmup veteran and newbie.

ReDiR's rating: 8.4
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
An exelent Vertical shooter that no schump fan should miss. apart of the good graphics, music and great controls this game COMPLETE FREEDOM in the level!

that's right, in here you are not forced to go right all the time. you can turn around and start going left, just with a simple press of the space bar.
this awesome rare feature allows for really cool manuevers and to be able to circle-strafe large enemies without being hit.
it also adds a very good challange since quite a few enemies are built around this feature, and will come from behind, be invurneble from the front and have devastating attacks only dodgeble by circling around them.

and to add to all that, there are 4 selectble ships, each with its unique weapon, super weapon and powerups, that allow 4 different playthroughs, althogh, to be fair, the first ship - the Dart, is obviously the best one, making the other ships look fairly weak in comparison, that is a little shame.

but other than that, the game is brilliant. 9/10 GET IT
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
At first it seemed surprisingly nice. It ditches the standard vertical or hori scrolling in favor of a Defender-style approach (or Fantasy Zone, Uridium, or whatever similar classic you can think of). Also the visuals can be really nice and detailed, and there are tons of explosions, especially with all the mines floating in the very first stage.
Then, however, it quickly begins to fall apart.
The game is riddled with tons of bugs and other nuisances. The third survival stage doesn't end after defeating the last enemy. The second survival stage doesn't end after the timer hits zero. Some gamepads aren't recognized. Enemies sometimes jump across the screen for no reason, occasionally flying straight into you for a quick and cheap death. Enemies don't appear on the radar. Items float above or below the playing field. At two times my spacecraft would constantly fly either upwards or leftwards for no apparent reason. The four ships are extremely unbalanced.
I could go on and on, but I guess you get the gist.

There is a decent at best shmup buried under tons of bugs and other shortcomings.
Too bad Steam isn't exactly brimming with great shooters, but if you're looking for an alternative, I'd recommend Jamestown.

Syder Arcade has its moments. Moments where everything falls together, works properly and where you can sense some creativity, so it's not necessarily a terrible game, but when having to choose between a thumb up or down, I'd go for the thumb down.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
This game is a throwback to all the R-Type wannabe games from the 80's and 90's. The music had that perfect "Amiga 500" feel to it, and the game's style in general made me think of some of the old shooters from that era as well.

You get 4 different types of ships to choose from with different movement, fire, armor, and special weapon capabilities. Each one gives the levels its own particular flavor of challenge to it. Instead of being a straight up "Fly to the right infinitely while destroying bad guys who attack in predictable patterns" style of shooter, they offer you the chance to flip between left and right so you can turn around and shoot those ♥♥♥ holes that come at you from behind.

Much like R-Type there's a multitude of in-game powerups you can pick up which you find after destroying enemies or waves of enemies, and there's also a plain looking white box style powerup that apparently adds to your special weapon charge. (though I'm not sure how that works exactly because it seemed like I was able to fire my special pretty often).

Also if that's not enough nostalgia for you, there's a variety of in-game graphic filters so you can pretend you're playing it on a 4 bit greyscale screen, 8 bit greyscale, Vic-20, C-64, ZX Spectrum, Amiga HAM (Hold And Modify mode), EGA, CGA, and modern graphics (I may have left something out though).

It's challenging without being too frustrating, it's got just enough bullet hell without forcing you to become the zen master at dodging everything, and the graphics and music complete the experience.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Now, before you decide to bash me for disapproving this game, please let me reflect some of my thoughts.

Syder Arcade is your typical spaceship shooter, that's ok to me, I like them a lot, even if they can get so generic. This game is sort of cheap 2.5D version of Defender, there is no doubt about that. 2.5D feels a little like unnecessary memory allocation and doesn't offer much gameplay-wise, other than giving you false impression of things you can touch and cannot, such as landscapes. Retro filters are nice idea, but in the end they are just video filters that make it harder to see what's going on, making some of the small enemy projectiles rather sneaky. I have seen games that do the same thing with changing whole tilesets and sprites while still giving the same feel to the game but offering fresh look at the game. Syder Arcade fails to impress here but I like the idea it is going for. There is no excuse. Just not fair enough.

You have four initial ships to choose from, but other than having different kind of weapons they don't make gameplay feel much different from each other. Variety is always a good thing tho, even when minimal. I like the way ships look. Enemy variety on the other hand is quite low profile and you'll be shooting through same masses over and over again. Luckily game has just handful of levels. There was a story mode too, but as an arcade man I couldn't care about anything that takes more than 2 lines. Tried reading it too, but it wasn't interesting or cheesy enough. But that could be just me. It is there though if you want it.

Controls are kinda stiff. Sometimes its very hard to dodge projectiles or enemies even with fastest ship. Hard to spot projectiles don't help much. I tried using arcade stick for maximum potential but it still felt kind of slow. Scoring system has nice idea to it with badges and such, but very often you get exactly the same ones. I chuckled at the easiest difficulty describing the player growing up with modern consoles because that is exactly what comes to my mind with this game.

In conclusion I don't know who Syder is and I don't feel much of arcade about it. It is kind of okay, but at the same time a stub of a shooter to say at least. If you are in for old school shooters or modern bullet hell/shmups you're not going to enjoy Syder Arcade as much as the game wants to suggest. For one it has nice music, but the game could evolve a lot.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
7.5/10
"Visual atmospheric old school spaceshooter with a hint of innovation."
Syder Arcade is an old school 3D sidescroll-spaceshooter with very nice graphics and one innovation - u can turn in both directions, instantly. :D

Pros:
+ great gameplay
+ great controls
+ great lvl background design
+ good graphics
+ good sounds
+ 8bit inspired music
+ 4 different space ships
+ full X360 controller support
+ 2880x1620+ resolution support
+ trading cards

Cons:
- only 6 campaign & 3 survival levels
- & don't expect a deep story ;)

Really great 1$ HumbleBundle deal...
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
I would give this a neutral rating if I could. It's pretty good while it lasts, but it doesn't last long. The campaign contains about an hour's worth of content. There's the survival mode, but it's only good for short bursts. Once you've beaten the campaign on the highest difficulty, I can't imagine you'd want to play it much more unless you're a die hard shoot em up fan that just has to get to the top of the leaderboard. If the game were cheaper, I would probably give it a thumbs up, but there are better games to buy if you want this kind of thing. Compare this to a game like Jets N Guns Gold, which gives you like 20x the content for a better price, and it's hard to recommend this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Fun game, could use a couple of improvments within HUD or player information, but otherwise fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Return to the late '80s and early '90s with this side-scrolling shoot-em-up. Reminds one of classic arcade titles, such as R-TYPE and DARIUS. Great graphics and lots of replay value.


Gamers-Haven


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5AnSoF8drQ
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
A simple and enjoyable (albiet short) Shoot-'em-up. Not overly visually stunning or groundbreaking when it comes to mechanics, but if all you're after is a well constructed left-to-right (as well as right-to-left) shooter, you unlikely to be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Syder Arcade is not mindblowing and doesn't really do anything revolutionary. It's old-school inspired side-scrolling shooting that takes little mechanics from old-school games and makes something completely competent. Of course, sometimes the difficulty wavers unexpectedly like all the cool old-school shooters do, but it comes with the territory. There's survival modes, if you're really into surviving? There's also 'old-school' filters just in case you are the kind of mental ward patient who believes that being able to see things makes video games too easy.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Love the gameplay, up until death! Then things get annoying. Gamers have been asking for OVER A YEAR for a QUICK RESTART/REPLAY button after "Game Over", instead we're forced to re-enter the title screen, and pass through several other screens before trying again, which is a complete turn off after 2/3 cycles, this aspect of the game is totally contrary to the spirit of the genre! BE WARNED the closest thing to this game getting an "Update" was back in JANUARY, when the dev team promised a *New* Ship, if 100 people retweet an advertiement. Seems to me like they're just too busy enjoying the paychecks rolling in.

I'll recomend this game if I ever... see the Quick Restart Update.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
If you love arcade space shooter game. You'll want to try this. If you are like me, this game does not have long game life.

Good time burner if you don't want to think so much.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
So this is one of the best shoot 'em ups I've ever played. Seriously. I'll give you my credentials, I've been playing since Gradius, Raiden, etc, I import Japanese shoot 'em ups like Ibara/Espgaluda/other Cave game, blah blah. I'm a huge fan of the genre. But this one is simply one of the best, because even after all these years, Syder Arcade took a classic genre and breathed new life into it.

Seriously, if you've ever played Gradius and wanted to just turn around and shoot that guy that just made it by you... do it! In Syder Arcade, you can literally turn your ship around in the other direction at will. Better yet, you can actually travel backwards through a level by doing this, in case you... missed a powerup, or an enemy, or whatever. There's even a defense level where you have to survive for a certain amount of time protecting a huge allied battleship (which doesn't need an egregious amount of protecting), and you will travel back and forth through the area quite a few times gunning down all the ships that appear. You can also stop moving altogether; the screen doesn't scroll without your permission. It's like... you're actually flying your own spacecraft. It's crazy.

Syder Arcade also does something else I haven't ever seen a shoot 'em up focus on: melee combat. I know, the idea is ridiculous. You're in a spacecraft, for crying out loud! But in Syder Arcade (like in many good shoot 'em ups), you have your primary weapon, and your secondary weapon (the latter of which needs to be charged in various ways). Though each of the four selectable ships have different secondary weapons, all of them put a shield around your ship for 2 or 3 seconds. During this time, you can literally just ram the hell out of enemy spacecraft. There are even bonuses for doing it! It is GREAT! You can also absorb bullets this way, for which there are also bonuses. And one of the best parts: you have a health bar. One mistake isn't necessarily the whole game!

Seriously, this game is worth playing, even for shoot 'em up fans that think they have seen it all. What I really like, too, is that it's not exactly a "bullet hell" game. I know those are really popular, like Cave games, Touhou, etc... and I like them, but every once in a while it's nice to focus more on blowing stuff up than memorizing bullet patterns and stuff. There are still plenty of bullets to dodge in Syder Arcade though, and the game won't go down without a fight on "Pure" difficulty.

The one thing I have to warn about: currently, Survival is quite buggy. None of the achievements for Survival unlock (at least, they didn't for me after 3 hours of trying and some top-80 scores). Also, the ice level is totally bugged and will freeze the game, and the juggernaut level also won't end and will just sit until you quit out. This kind of hurts Syder Arcade's replayability, because if it's anything I love about a shoot 'em up, it's a good Survival mode to improve my scores on. But even aside from this, it is so worth playing through this game and seeing what fun things you can do in the genre even after all this time.

Highly, highly recommended, a favorite of mine on all of Steam!
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