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 (470 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.”
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.

Thanks for the support!

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
14 of 16 people (88%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Syder Arcade is a wonderful title that has brought all of the good components from the 90s arcade side-scrolling shooters into the modern-day era. Developed by Studio Evil, you are a singular ship thrown against innumerable amounts of enemy crafts to accomplish different missions, ranging from protecting a friendly but immense warship through an asteroid field, to simply destroying every ship that you aren’t piloting. These six missions are delivered to you in sequence in the form of a simple yet endearing storyline, and after a good ten minutes of flying around space with a level of skill that you can look back and be proud of, you can compare your scores to all the other pilots out there.

Immediately upon launching the game, you will notice the graphics, which can only be described as stunning. Even the menu screen is pleasing to look at and simple to navigate. The game also offers a “GFX” setting on this menu where you can select from between 20 different graphics filters. These filters are great fun to play around with, and some will certainly bring back memories of days gone by for older gamers while the more modern filters are very impressive for gamers who are perhaps not old enough for the nostalgia to extend to them. The graphics really shine through during the fighting; if you can manage to tear your eyes off of the seemingly unavoidable shots being fired at you for even a second, you will be able to appreciate the asteroid belts in the background and even the amount of effort and detail that has gone into the mines – which will only be on your screen for a few seconds before they violently explode.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
I bought this game for 1 euro, so I wasn't expecting much about of, but it's so much better than I expected. The music, sound effects and graphics are amazing. It plays a lot like Gradius with automatic upgrades and without you dying in one hit. You can also turn your your plane around, which makes levels feel a lot bigger.

For the current price, just try it. It's great!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Great game, tight mechanics and great visuals. Thing can get cluttered at higher difficulties, but minimaps help locate power ups so you don't miss them. If it goes on special, get it, it's worth the money.

Difficulty is adjustable, so I say it's a pretty accessible game for a pretty accessible price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
A very fun space shoot-em-up, the campaign is short but offers great variety of missions, your ship is very responsive, the only problem is that due to visual effects for space sometimes enemy bullets are hard to see.
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