In PixelJunk™ Shooter, you must pilot your spacecraft through a range of cavernous environments in a bid to save the scientists trapped underground. Making your way through the game will rely on your keen sense of observation and the ability to manipulate your surroundings.
User reviews: Very Positive (231 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 11, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"Rescue stranded scientists in this physics action puzzler. Very satisfying fluid physics and puzzles, fun gameplay, smooth controls. Recommended."

Reviews

“Smart environmental puzzles in tight, intriguing spaces. Great minimal visual style and excellent, diverse soundtrack.”
Mac Life

“Gleefully swift, ingeniously puzzling, and kind to your senses through delightful art and a terrific soundtrack, Shooter is received with open arms on the PC.”
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About This Game

In PixelJunk™ Shooter, you must pilot your spacecraft through a range of cavernous environments in a bid to save the scientists trapped underground. Making your way through the game will rely on your keen sense of observation and the ability to manipulate your surroundings. Add in a swarm of dangerous enemies, hazardous substances and stranded survivors in need of your help and your mission objectives are pretty clear!

Action, adventure and entertainment await you. Be the hero and rescue the stranded scientists while enjoying a world of fun retro visuals and a dynamic soundtrack that reacts to the level of danger that you find yourself in!

Key Features


  • Battle across 15 stages with your spacecraft to save the scientists
  • Navigate cavernous puzzles by manipulating water, magma and even a strange magnetic black liquid
  • Recruit a friend and play local coop

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista Service Pack 2
    • Processor: 2.5Ghz i3 Equivalent Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 Compliant Graphics Device, Radeon 5450, NVidia 8600, Intel HD 3000 or better @720p
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: XAudio 2-Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.8Ghz i5 Equivalent Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 Compliant Graphics Device, Radeon 5770, NVidia GTX 470, Intel HD 4000
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: XAudio 2-Compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
    • Processor: 2.5 Ghz Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better @720p
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: XAudio 2-Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: 2.8Ghz Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000 or better
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: XAudio 2-Compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04
    • Processor: 2.5Ghz i3 Equivalent Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon 5770, NVidia GTX 470 or better @720p
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: XAudio 2-Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04
    • Processor: 2.8Ghz i5 Equivalent Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon 5770, NVidia GTX 470 or better
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: XAudio 2-Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Rating 7.5/10

What is it?
2d sidescroller, controlling a ship to solve puzzles using water, lava and a magnetic liquid to save your crew members.

The Good:

+ The game's main premise has you navigating the enviroment, destroying the environment so that water and lava can mix forming new terrain for you to destory and progress further along. Keep in mind this is a simplified version of the game, as you progress the game introduces some new mechanics and ships to keep things varied.

+ Combing the different liquids together is really cool and adds a fresh new gameplay idea, combining different liquids together provides different results.

+Graphics fit the enviroment nicely

+ Some cool boss battles

+ Achievements are easy to get and shouldn't provide too much trouble.


The Bad:

- The game doesn't really take its ideas far enough leaving a very easy game. The game doesn't get that much harder as you progress either. I was a bit disappointed when I beat the game.

-Roughly 3 hours long, 5-7 hours if you go for achievements.

Conclusion

Although I had fun, I felt the game was a bit basic for my taste. I would have liked the game to be a bit more challenging especially in regards to the puzzles as the game does introduce some cool elements later on in the game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
An interesting shooter where you're flying underground to get treasure and rescue survivors (don't go trigger-happy; if too many survivors die, the game's over). A few interesting mechanics such as an overheating system and using flowing water (and lava) to progress to the next level make this different from other shooters.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
PixelJunk Shooter is a surprising game. On one hand the premesis is simple and the difficulty is almost non-existant (at least until the third episode). On the other, the developers manage to get a surprisingly large amount of content out of that simple permesis and the game is able to feel fun and fresh throughout the entire run which is quite remarkable. Very little complaints from me as everything hits the mark amazingly well, though the final boss is a bit cheap at times and the game can be finished in around three hours.

So highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Fun, unique, and colorful game. Gameplay is a mix of twin-stick type shooting and puzzle solving with magnificent fluid physics and a variety of abilities. Highly Recommended.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
I had previously played PixelJunk's Eden, and silently vowed to check out any other game that they put out. I am not disappointed. This game offers a significant level of difficulty and a unique stage in which to enjoy its quirks.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Great little physics based shooter, got in a bundle for a dollar. Totally worth it. Cool artstyle and nice soundtrack :)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
First impression: this game is not as fun as it appears. It's far, far better.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
DISCLAIMER: This is a first impressions review, and NOT a full review, if you want a full review, then please read better reviews then mine

PixelJunk Shooter is a very surprising game. On one hand the premises is very simple, just a simple 2D shooter and the difficulty is almost non-existent for now I guess. Very little complaints as everything hits the mark very well, though I have heard the game is pretty short and the final boss battle is pretty cheap. But overall a great, solid, fluid physics shooter game!

RECOMMENDED :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Pixeljunk shooter sets out to be an exploration in space when in realisation you are just a tiny ship flying through large corridors with a few basic puzzles in your way.

PixelJunk Shooter is made by the Q Games. The developers we know and love.

Though the gameplay is fresh and fun I feel like the game is lacking something which you don't really figure out until you start playing with the game. I found the physics of the liquid made the whole game for me.

Yeah The End.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Sublime action wtih puzzle elements, control is slick and just rght, brilliant presentation especially the superb music. A real joy to play.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Simple yet pretty sweet.
The art style is smooth, colorful and nice to look at. No pixel art ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ involved.
The gameplay is your typical twin-stick shooter business and it works pretty great. You go arround and shoot stuff while rescuing your little mates and look out for secrets.
The interactions with the liquid physics are pretty cool and work nicely. It's always satisfying to stare at a big waterfall dropping on hot lava.

I really don't have anything bad to say about the game so far.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Game Rating: B-
Pros:
-Unique, fun gameplay that requires both good reflexes and quick thinking
-Awesome liquid physics that changes how you play
-Dynamic music keeps the action tense
-Two player local co-op
-Lots of collectables make for some decent replayability

Cons:
-Main campaign is on the short side
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
a lovely relaxing shooter/puzzle with 0 difficulty but very entertaining gameplay.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
A very fun little game that I first played briefly at a relatives house on the PS3 and just had to buy it for the PC. Cute graphics, simple but fun controls and the right level of difficulty and frustration. Would recommend this to anyone who wants something that is just a simple but enjoyable game. It's possibly a little short but I certainly can't complain given the price I picked it up for (89p). It is the kind of game I could only play for 30-45 mins a time, it's not one you'll play in long sittings, but that's not in a bad way, it's just one to pick up each day for 45mins and progress to the next stage.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I like this game!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Fun and puzzley - I don't like puzzle oriented games.
However, this was still fun. Nifty shootemup elemebnt kept me playing.

They throw curveballs, but it makes for a fun experience.
Story seems really sparse.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Well-designed game, good attention to detail. The core theme is interaction between elements, there are some simple puzzles with interactions between various substances (lava+water make rock+steam for example), and some light shooter gameplay. Controls are tight and responsive, and I can see the potential for speedrunning here. The boss fights are suitably epic, artwork is neat and consitent with themes.

A fun game overall, will definitely check out the sequel when I get a ps3.

note: game is played best with a controller, having a twin-stick setup makes moving quickly a lot easier than with kb+m.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
its ok
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
This game looks nice, has interesting mechanics, and even includes a plot. But there are only three liquids, two solids, and a gas to play with, and what creative ideas are in it are generally only given a single screen. It's very short, as well, and I honestly didn't really have much fun. The puzzles were never terribly difficult, and when you die, it happens far too quickly and you have to restart the screen. A fleshed-out Metroid-clone sequel would be really great, though.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
PixelJunk Shooter is a dual stick shooter that is a joy to play. The controls are simple. Left stick for movement, right stick for aim. Right trigger for shooting, holding the trigger will unleash missiles. The catch is that missiles will overheat your ship. Cave ship. Not a space ship. The left trigger sends out a grappling hook to pick up stranded miners, which is the objective of the game. When you get the stranded miners, it opens a door to the next level. Each 'stage' has a few levels in it.

The real selling point of this game is the incredible interaction that you have with the environment. You can destroy soft terrain. Your bullets will take out chunks and not the entire terrain / wall. There is water that is fluid and dynamic. It will also cool down your ship when it overheats. There are enemies and lava. The lava flows just as the water, makes your ship overheat and when it meets water, they bond together to form soft terrain that you can destroy. Its such a nice dynamic.

There are powerups to keep your ship cool from the lava's heat. There are objects that you can grapple and tow around, such as a water bomb, good for drowning a volcano. There is a watercan object that you fill in water or lava, and when you take it out, it showers whatever liquid you have in it. Again, there is a lot of interactivity in the game.

This is a game that rewards and encourages exploration. If it looks like there is a way off screen, that's probably a secret area with the game's main collectable diamonds. Well you need diamonds to progress past a certain stage. You will have to go back and play each stage a few times in order to collect enough hidden diamonds. While it might seem like a downer to replay stages and levels, its all fun. Nothing seems like a chore. Its soothing, relaxing, nice to look at and with the incredible interactivity that you have with your environment, no playthrough is really the same.

On top of it all, the game sets itself apart with its art style. Its a beautiful, simple style instead of typical dualstick shooters that overload you on bright visual effects.

It is well worth the price and you can probably pick it up in an indie bundle. I've also got the sequil on PSN and personally, I think this it better.
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