Protect the universe from the evil Alien robots terror-bent on eliminating the Earth and all of Humanity! Take control of the ship and blast the hell out of anything that moves and if it doesn’t move – blast it anyway to be sure. Collect coins to get points and use those points to get power-ups.
User reviews: Mixed (223 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 22, 2014
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"If you are feeling bored and have nothing to do in discount for 1$ it might be anice fun to go game to reach certain seconds."

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Protect the universe from the evil Alien robots terror-bent on eliminating the Earth and all of Humanity! Take control of the ship and blast the hell out of anything that moves and if it doesn’t move – blast it anyway to be sure.

Collect coins to get points and use those points to get power-ups. Choose wisely, the wrong power-up at the wrong time is the difference between a high-score and having to press ‘Play’ again. You were warned!

Key features

  • Evil Alien Robots terror-bent on destroying you and everyone else.
  • Semi-procedural game generation. Never play exactly the same game twice.
  • Super hard gameplay.
  • Super addictive gameplay.
  • Great training in mastering your blink reflex.
  • Source code available to buy so you can see how it was made.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 500 MHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: 500 MHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
60 of 68 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
1/10

This is obviously nothing more than the developer's first Unity coding exercise, and a sloppy one at that. This isn't even worth free as the source code is nothing but how NOT to code in C# and there is very little actual game here. Graphics and Sound are generic retro of the asset store variety. The gameplay amounts to moving your mouse around and nothing more... Seriously, that is the whole of the interaction... Hell, writing this review offered more challenging and substantive "gameplay".

This doesn't belong on Steam but on the Unity asset store.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
What happens if you lack inspiration but want to earn some money creating games? "Blast 'Em" is probably what would happen. If the title didn't give it away, I'm sure the screenshots do.

With all the hundreds of space shooters and other bullet hell games why would you pick this one? There's nothing in this game you probably haven't seen before because if you have, you've never played a game like this.

The game is controlled by your mouse so if you are thinking about using your controller, don't bother. You do not have to click to shoot because your ship shoots automatically but obviously you will have to dodge incoming ships/bullets and hit them instead. There are powerups which make your ship shoot different directions and you can collect coins to get a better score.

Whenever you get shot or hit an enemy ship/asteroid, you die instantly and it's game over. Since the game is really hard you will die a lot and do the same thing over and over again. Eventually only the hardcore Shoot 'Em Up fans will try to get all achievements and a higher score although I doubt they got the dedication to beat the same section and enemies everytime.

The graphics look average but what's worse is that there's no real change of scenery (look at the screenshots), at least I didn't see it.

There are tons of other and better choices like this game. Blast 'Em! looks like a school project which somehow got on Steam, don't buy it.

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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
I thought this might be good. The background art and music are neat, but OMG, it has the frustration level of Flappy BIrd. No thanks!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
The game is O.K. The graphics are meh, controlls are easy and the achivments are easy enouth to get. The price is a little too much tho. at £1.99 the game is too "simple" there is nothing much really to it, there for I cannot reccomend the game for the price. Its maybe worth £0.59 at most.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Blast Em is a retro, arcade style, side-scrolling, procedurally generated, spaceship shooter. The game is very simple. The only control you have is to move your mouse. You don't even need to click to shoot, your ship will continually shoot as fast as it can.

From what I have seen, it consists of 1 level that gets progressively harder with only 3 power-ups. Coins drop when you kill enemies. Harder enemies will drop higher value coins. Your score is entirely based on how many coins you pick up. Power-ups are dropped at certain intervals and they cost a certain number of coins if you decide to pick them up. These points are deducted from your score. The power-ups will wear off after a certain time and you will have to pick them up again.

The game is very difficult and each run will probably last from 30 to 90 seconds. You only have 1 life and if you collide with any enemy or projectile, you will die. The difficulty is partly based on the sheer number of objects moving on the screen at the same time. Also, with so many objects on the sceen, you can sometimes mistake the enemy projectile for a coin if you are not paying close attention.

I would definetly recommend going in the options and completely turning off the screen shaking. With so much stuff moving on the screen at the same time, having the screen shake every time you kill an enemy makes it that much worse. It also messes with my eyes becuase it feels like my eyes are out of focus every time it shakes and that can really make you disoriented after staring at the screen for so long.

I would also recommend turning off mouse acceleration if your computer has it on.

If you are looking for a very simple, but difficult, retro/arcade style, side-scrolling, spaceship shooter, then I would recommend it, although I would not pay the current $3 price. I feel like this is the kind of game that should be free to play on a website like newgrounds. I got it as part of a bundle and I am happy with it for what I paid.

Edit: I barely gave this a thumbs up yesterday when I wrote this, but after playing it some more I have changed my mind. In the first 2 hours I played, I didn't experience the problem others complain about where you randomly die without getting hit by anything, but in the last hour it has happened at least 7 or 8 times. I also have come to the conclusion that this games high difficulty is not based on player skill, but on bad game design. I useually find difficult games fun, but this game is difficult for the wrong reasons.
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