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 (393 reviews)
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.”
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.”
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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
This is the most fun shoot em up I've played.
Graphics as well as gameplay are top notch.

There are issues though as well:
-The 3 survival leaderboard achievements only seem to trigger randomly.
-The last campaign level at the very final stage causes immense lag which makes the game near to impossible to finish on pure difficulty.
-The loading times are pretty annoying when you play survival levels at pure difficulty. One mistake and you're out and you need to go through all the selection and loading stages again... why not just have a quick retry option?
-Playing with a retro filter on increases your score by 10%. I hate this. Why are you forcing me to make the game look ugly when I want to go for the highest possible scores?

You definitely should give it a try when you haven't picked it up yet and it pops up in future bundles again.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Awesome refresh of a retro Classic. Much like R-type, but you can reverse your direction like Defender. Excellent buy on sale or full price!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
This is a free-scrolling 2D shooter. Unlike most shmups, you're free to turn around to destroy your enemies behind you as well as terminate anything that would dare attempt a frontal assault. It's kinda like Defender, except levels don't wrap-around. In fact if you hit either end of the level you'll bounce away like you were hit by a galactic tennis racquet.

The story is about aliens or pirates or hot babes or I can't remember. Basically it's an excuse to have six stages of blastemup action. You're given a choice between four ships, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Each ships has its own special weapon that does great damage while putting up a temporary shield. Unlike most other shooters, the federation gave you an actual armored ship. In short, you don't die in a single hit, unless you crash into something, or play on the "pure" difficulty which all but removes armor.

The campaign has a decent amount of variety to it. First stage is the bog-standard destroy everything, second is an escort mission (ewww), third you're expected to survive for several minutes. By the 4th stage you're fighting off a pirate armada, 5th has you taking on alien battleships, and finally the last stage you're trying to outrun a storm to destroy a...thing. I think this thing is dangerous to the human race so yeah, definitely blow it up.

There are three survival stages as well. First one can get pretty difficult, you're most likely going to die in 6 to 10 minutes. The second one you have to race through a passage of ice to destroy another thing. I don't get along well with 3D walls in shmups, I tend to do a lot of crashing. I don't know what the deal is with the third survival stage. It's wave-based, but nothing happens after I blow up the juggernaut, no more enemies appear or anything.

The score is mostly influenced by the difficulty. The harder the setting, the better the score. There are a bunch of medals that are awarded for performing certain tasks (dodging a lot of bullets, getting combos, etc) so look out for those as well.

There's not much else to say about this game really. It's not bad, though I think the player weapons are a little underpowered. This is especially apparent in survival stage 1, where it can get overwhelming simply because it takes too long to destroy the boss ships. Also when you lose a life, your ship doesn't really explode and disappear or anything. Perhaps the next ship could fly in from the foreground. Half the time it looks like I just took damage, but now I'm down a life. It's an odd feeling. I'd rather have a brief moment to realize "Yup...I died. I better not suck as much next time." like every other shooter. Also in the third stage, enemy bullets can get lost in the sunny background. This has never caused me to die, but I'll wager it happened to somebody.

And uh...that's it. No really, I've stretched myself thin as it is. Syder Arcade is a decent enough game. It's nothing fantastic, but it checks all my boxes.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
the game is very well
but I find it unfortunate that there are not a lot of campaign mission
the campaign quickly complete
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
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 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Nice graphics, nice music, nice shooter game. Its a cross between Raiden X and Asteroids. It's very difficult and quite addicting. The only thing that would make this game even better would be a coop option. I also like the fact that you don't have to grind all day for upgrades like most games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
One Shmup to Rule Them All. I've only ever played a few shmups. I can't even remember titles, really. It was a couple decades ago. I just liked them because they gave me that little something extra that my yet-undiagnosed ADHD craved. All I really remember is I really liked the ones that were in space where I could upgrade my main weapon to discharge more energy than my little ship could possibly muster. Great Fun!

This game is... something else. The very first thing I noticed was the array of different visual modes. I don't remember what they all are, specifically, but there is one for every personal computer display I've ever known, a few I forgot about, and a couple I've never heard of. So, if you're craving the eye-strain of yesteryear gaming, Syder's got you covered.

Have you ever been barreling through space, roasting everything in your path, and missed that one weapon upgrade that would make your main gun take up 20% of the screen? Well, in Syder, there is a "flip" control (space bar, by default). At first, I thought it was like in 1943, where the craft would do a somersault, and let fly some screen clearing superweapon. Turns out, "flip" means turn your ship around and GO THE OTHER WAY!!! On top of that, there's RADAR!

Get this game. I got it in the Meridian4 decade sale, for 2.49. It's easily worth the standard 9.99. Get it. Don't ask questions. If you've dug deep enough into the reviews to located and read mine, then you want to game. You know you do. Just do it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
Have you seen the trailer videos of this game? One of them is going through a box of Amiga disks, flipping through games such as Project-X, well it's clear where they got their inspiration from. This would probably be the latest Project-X if Team 17 would still be making games. Even the ships you can choose from are called the same!
Is this game for you? Do you like shoot'm'ups? It's the best i've played in years. It's not impossible, it's not too easy, and when you die it feels justified and your own fault. It is also the ideal 5 minute to waste game, brainless and quick, finger on the trigger action.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
It's simple. It's oldschool. Every aspect feels like it came right out of an arcade game that devoured a paycheck's worth of quarters. In fact, the only thing missing is the coin slot--and that's a good thing, because I'd not be able to make rent if it took quarters. It might be short, but I can't remember a really long arcade game. If you have any appreciation for oldschool shmups, definitely get this one. It may not be as popular as some of the others, but it's so densely packed with substance it may end up being a black hole for my free time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
It's alright. I'm just not a big fan of Bullet Hell games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
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 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Very cool
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
It's no bullet hell to end them all, but it's a fun game that builds on sidescrolling shooters such as Defender in a unique way.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
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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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Pew, pew, pew!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
So Italian it's good
Italian/10
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56 of 61 people (92%) found this review helpful
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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35 of 39 people (90%) 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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