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 (365 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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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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Very cool
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
WHY IS THERE NO VSYNC... IT'S TRYING TO RUN LIKE 300 FPS AND MAKING MY FANS GO FULL BLAST
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
To cut a long review short, there are a lot of things that are wrong with this that the developers could fix but are choosing not to, which make it a big disappointment even on sale price.

One of the major problems is that fact that when your lives run out, you're put back at the main menu and have to navigate some slow and pointless screens just to start playing again. This completely negates any "just one more go" factor the game could have had and would have gone some way to compensating for the steep difficulty curve.

If you're looking for a shooter that you can dip into and play quickly, don't waste your time with this, however pretty it may look or sound.
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I really love shmup games but still this game is not fun
My play time shows how much I could force myself into keep playing and giving the game another chance

It doesn't give the feel of an action shooter like Arcade Shmups (ex :19XX) and is too shallow to be immersive, I mean you have to pick one either be really PEW PEW PEW or have some depth
It's like Jets'n'Guns minus PEW PEW PEW minus customization, which is like nothing
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
\o/
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Bad game. Not worth any money.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
The gameplay is confusing and the levels are like infinite!
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2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
i like this alot for the money i spend (2,49 euro) i would not buy it for more coz thats whats it worth no more

some startup problem first time it did not want to remember my settings but after a few restarts it did and now it works fine

i suggest a xbox controller i played with keyboard (directions and switch side i go) and weapons on mouse works but a pad is preferred ofc

i find its gameplay addictive to bad its a very short game (thats why 2,49) plays like an oldschool shump

good to kill some time you have different difficulties and some cool powerups its no r-type but its fun grab it on a sale

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6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Really fun and pretty bullet hell shooter, the introduction of the flip mechanic (with enemies coming from oth sides of the screen), keeps the game fresh and sets itself apart.
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3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This is a great old school arcade shooter. Very happy with the learning control setup with my PS3 gamepad. Great fun, I'll come back and play this one some more for certain. It's a steal if you get it on sale.
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
One comment I want to make is that this game gets extremely fun when you mess with how fast your ship moves and how you can just make a solid wall of bullets by moving as fast as them.
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0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Pretty good and fun. The "moving" background kills my eyes though.
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2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Idk what to say about this game other than I am thankful that I decided to purchase it.
It's everything I ever wanted in a shooter of this genre.
I love this game, and I'm not too easilly amused at times. But with this game, you're able to jump right into arcade style type of action. It's like a loveletter to oldschool spaceshooters.
+achievments
+steamcards
+cool spaceships, and weaponry
+no downtime, no lag

Negs
- none that I have found as of yet, will update.


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0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
A really fun game to play as old school shootem ups are what I grew up on in the arcades. There is just one thing that makes it annoying though, because at this point I end up dying so quickly as there is only one life, it does take a few button clicks to reply the same ship in the same environment. That kills the flow. A reply this button at end of game would be awesome (hint).
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8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Short game but lot funny.
This scrolling shoot em up game really cool and funny to play.
This style game reminder me is like Defender (Atari) and Steel Empire (Genesis) or other games, if this style together is more funny, and the controll is good, keyboard is hard but controller is easy (is depend people experience, for me controller is easy).
The gameplay is good and frustrated like other all games Steel Empire, M.U.S.H.A, etc....
The story is easy to understand, about pirates, alien, secret weapon.
The soundtrack, is very cool, very fit with this game. love all music ^^

This game is good, worth buy this game and I do 9/10 vote
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22 of 25 people (88%) 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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17 of 17 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 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 some diversity for both: shmup veteran and newbie.

ReDiR's rating: 8.4
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14 of 15 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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18 of 23 people (78%) 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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