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.
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Very Positive (528 reviews) - 86% of the 528 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 24, 2013

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

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

“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.”

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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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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!

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New Playable Ship: The Overseer
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New challenge level: the Lighthouse
New challenge level: the ice canyon
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New Achievement: piracy is not the problem
New Achievement: you don’t have to be pretty to kick ass
Lots of changes and fixes!

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any sound card
    • 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any sound card
    • 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Mountain Lion (10.8.x)
    • Processor: Intel i5, 2.26GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I really like this game. It's my goto title when I need a schmup fix. I'm not very good at shooters, but this one lets me play at a level that I can actually enjoy. The gameplay feels good with a controller, it's kind of a slow paced "bullet heck" title with a strong nod to Defender. The music and graphics are great, although the foreground and background elements sometimes blend together, so it can be hard to see what's going on.
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59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Syder arcade is a 2d shmup side scroller with stunning graphics and music. This game creates a sense of nostalgia and it has over 20 different retro graphic flavors to choose from. This is an old school love letter and every shmup fun should try it.

Pros: old school flavor, fast paced, nice modern 2.5d visuals, various graphic options ranging from Amiga to C64, survival mode is addicting and fun, 3 space ships to choose from which feel different and unique, music tracks are excellent, No bugs or glitches experienced after 9 hrs of gameplay. Difficulty is just right and challenging (not very easy but also not very hard like some Japanese shmups). You can also choose between 4 difficulty settings.

Cons: very short with only 6 levels. You will need approx 2 hrs to complete the game It could have use more enemy variation, more bosses and more environments.

PS:Developers support and show love for their game, they talk in (steam) forums with users and they also promised more free content in the future.

Final score: 08/10 (if you have any interest in shmups you should definitely try it) Demo is also available for download at the developers webpage
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
Retro side (and sometimes top down) scroller at it's best! It's fast, lots of enemies, bigger intelligent enemies, 3D backgrounds, Amiga like music, computer voice, dozens of graphic modes (e.g. C64 or Amiga HAM mode) from earliest homecomputer to current modern graphics. Great!
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
Syder Arcade is probably the best indie sidescrolling shooter out there or even the best one to come out in recente years considering not many have. Syder Arcade lets you choose from various ships and each one differs from the others by having more or less armour and more or less speed along with each one having a different attack and special attack. This game has also one really cool thing, which is, it lets you pick a different shader or filter (I don't know what to call it) which makes the game look modern with really good looking graphics or with graphics from the Commodore and Amiga era, I found this to be a really neat plus since you can play the game with various different "eyes" if you can call it that. Syder Arcade features a campaign of around 6 missions (can't exactly remember) and a survival mode which puts you against endless waves of enemies competing for the highest score. Syder Arcade has also one really special gameplay mechanic, which I believe is the first time used in a game like this, that is the ability to flip or ship to face the opposite side which lets you avoid projectiles and flee from enemies more easily and even getting better lines of "sight" to shoot the enemies. The gameplay relies on your basic attack which can be upgraded with different pickups and a special attack which takes time to charge or charges faster by picking up certain pickups and you also start each level with 3 lives. The campaign is easily beatable taking about 3 to four hours but I think that the incentive to keep people playing this title is the online leaderboard system which makes you compete for the highest place on the leaderboards according to your final score, this is probably more "intense" on the survival mode. Overall, Syder Arcade is an amazing sidescrolling shooter made by a small indie dev team from Italy and they totally deserve your time and money because they've made such an amazing game. Do recommend!
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38 of 51 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
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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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
Nowadays, when shoot`em up games become awfully rare, Syder Arcade is like a fresh air.
To start with, it`s a side-scrolling 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 enough diversity for both: shmup veteran and newbie.

ReDiR's rating: 8.4
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
"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

+ 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

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

Really great 1$ HumbleBundle deal...
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2013
Syder Arcade is a holy matrimony of old-school arcade aesthetics bursting with modern bullet-hell flare. Easing right into the hands of arcade connoisseurs, the game's layout resembles something akin to the classic, Defender, but with the pulse-pounding reflexes and challenge you would expect from a Treasure or Cave shmup such as Ikaruga or Progear.
The difficulty keeps you on the edge at all times, inviting arcade cabinet veterans to feel right at home while still managing the accessibility to always be just within reach of the newest, most curious shmup fan. In the end, the biggest challenge is stopping yourself from going for that "one last highscore!" again and again.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
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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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
Great game!
Syder Arcade takes me back to my old days of MSX gaming in the 80's, when I used to play the Nemesis Saga games (Nemesis, Salamander, Gradius, and all of their sequels) with the MSX plugged to a color TV.

Syder Arcade does provide some of that feeling: the music is excellent, that sounds like the old 3-voices digitalized musics of the 80's arcades.

Another thing I liked is the default key controls: Z / X to shoot and arrow keys to move. For those who are unaware, the MSX keyboards had huge arrow keys, specially designed for games. I loved it!

However, there are some flaws.
1) It is not possible to leave the game in between phases, because the ESC key won't work until the game has started. So you are forced to go through the cut scenes between levels and wait until the game has started.

2) Unlike the games from the 80's, there are too many visual elements in the game and sometimes it is hard to tell between something that is "shootable" and something that isn't.

3) there are no hints or clues to what the difficulty levels are, since its names aren't very intuitive. Actually, there isn't a single hint in the menus!

4) There is too much story in the cut scenes. Sometimes I just want to get to business and start shooting. I don't care about the plot or the background story! I didn't care when I was 14, I won't care now!

Other than that and a few other minor flaws, it is a very nice game and I am very glad I got it. I've been acumulating hours on the game! I hightly recommend this game.

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12.3 hrs
Posted: October 14
I enjpyed this game, it's an old school side scrolling shoot-em-up with a good soundtrack and decent graphics. Some pretty manic action but It's quite short and the ice level to me is nowhere near as good as the others.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: September 16
Play time: 75 minutes. Finished missions: 1 and 2.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 5
I can appreciate the effort put into making this game, but ultimately it failed to be fun, even a little.

The ships are extremely slow and controls are floaty (even fast ships). Even though they tried something interesting with the camera (a-la Einhander), it fails because enemies come from behind. The angle hurts awareness.

Oh yes, I have to mention enemies coming from behind, good idea but doesn't work great in the end. Finally, it's very hard to differentiate your bullets and the AIs bullets. They are similar colors and shape. This leads to some un-deserved deaths.

I'd say only buy it on special and if you are REALLY reminicent of horizontal shmups. The studio definitely shows technical prowess, hopefully they learn from these problematic design decisions.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: September 5
Overall rating: 6/10

Good features:
  • High quality music
  • Controls can be reconfigured
  • Graphics throughout game are anywhere from satisfactory to high quality

Features needing improvement:
  • General gameplay seems lacking. Flight seems somehow unnatural and unresponsive. Enemy ships seem to mostly idly float without much for distinctive flight patterns, and seem to be oblivious or unaware of player's position.

  • Graphics seem to be a bit slow, choppy and unresponsive. This was running on a Windows 7 workstation PC with on-board graphics however. Even so, there is no option to go to a resolution less than 1024x768 which could speed up the graphics probably.

  • Appears to use some voice samples from an old Commodore 64 EPYX game "Impossible Mission", which unless permission has been granted is copyrighted material. Also it seems that a background computer chatter noise is taken from the 1990's television show Star Trek: Next Generation, but I could be wrong about that.

  • User interface for menu is awkward and often unclear. For example, ...given a Yes/No choice to post to online high scores, it is not obvious which option is highlighted (blue or white?) and you have a 50/50 chance of getting the right option. Also when remapping keystrokes, pressing <ESC> will actually cancel the process instead of registering as the actual mapped key <ESC>. On some menus, there is no "back" option and user is assumed to know to press <ESC> to go back. Also, menu vertical stack does not wrap around, forcing player to move through entire list instead of pressing <up> at the top of stack to wrap to the bottom of the list.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
disappointing as hell.
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Duck Hunt-Pr0
3.2 hrs
Posted: August 13
This reminds me of Project-X. It's a downright awesome game! But, the major problem i have with it, is that the campaign is wayyyyyyyyyy TOO SHORT; Very close to the point where i'd regret even having bought it..

When having finished the campaign, my previous excitment sank to a disappointed feeling of "That's it?? That's all there is?? What the f**k!".

The minor problem is manually having to add "LC_ALL=C %command%" in the game's Launch Properties, to avoid it acting wierd/broken on Linux.
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Ms. Cinnamon
3.3 hrs
Posted: July 24
HARD Nice retro side scroller. Nothing more to say.

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8.0 hrs
Posted: July 3
Nothing too original and not a particularly long game but well made and good fun.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: June 29
Product received for free

I really enjoyed this challenging Shoot Em Up. I liked the variety in missions and enemies! It felt like a lot was going on and every member of the crew had their own personality.
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