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:
Overall:
Very Positive (530 reviews) - 85% of the 530 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
Syder Arcade is as good as any shoot'em up in the arcades in the 80's-90's but with better graphics and more on screen. Three different ships to choose from and they are very different in form and funtion. If you enjoy side-scroll shoot'em ups then this is a must have.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
Great shooter with an AWESOME soundtrack.

This is an enjoyable throwback to side-scrolling shooters like ThunderForce or Gradius. Simple responsive controls, great soundtrack and colorful graphics made this an engaging game to play through. My only complaint is that it has a very short campaign of six missions. There are four separate ships to try each with different weapons, and several difficulty options as well, so replay value is there regardless of short campaign.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
I really wish there was a neutral rating. There were certainly aspects of the game I enjoyed, but boy oh boy are there bugs. This game clearly needed 1 or 2 more pollishing passes to balance out things and fix annoying issues with it.

It was also VERY short. I've played 1.7 hours of the game, and I've already completed it. One sitting. I even sat through a few plays of the gauntlet forever mode, but alas, I've lost interest.

Here's my pros/cons list.

Needs work:
- Some textures were great. Others were very pixelated. Set a standard for your textures.
- Zero character development. I realize that character development in these types of games may be difficult to do. But I think it would help get the player connected and involved in the story.
- Level descriptions were too busy. Couldn't tell if I was supposed to read them, or just click go.
- Sound system problems. From too many sounds overlapping and overdriving, to the music cutting out in an obvious loop restart
- SFX were fairly generic
- Dialog is a bit childish. It tries to be funny, but just.. isn't.
- Campaign was too short
- Level difficulty went from omg easy mode to omg impossihard. Level progression needs to be steady, not in your face.

Was good:
- Defender style gameplay was refreshing. I liked keeping an eye on my tail to be sure its clear
- Responsive controls. I'm using an xbox controller on my pc
- Addons and upgrades accumulate through the game. I liked that
- Music was GREAT. I really dig it, and thought it was the best part of the game
- Retro filters. You could play the game as if it was using an Amiga video card. Neat

I am in the middle of developing my own shmup, so I'm 'researching' by other games out there. It's really a lot of work to finish a game, polish it, remove what doesn't work, etc. But in the end, you absolutely must do all of that because it sucks to go 90% through the development only to fall flat because the last 10% of the work wasn't done.

Pay more attention to the details, and people will flock to your game.
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57 of 63 people (90%) 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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36 of 40 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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