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:
Overall:
Mixed (262 reviews) - 49% of the 262 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 22, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: 500 MHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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Mixed (262 reviews)
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Krayzi
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
I got this for around $0.50 on sale thinking, "why not?" While I can certainly appreciate a minimalistic design, and love a good side-scrolling bullet hell game, there's just not enough to do in Blast Em! to recommend it at *any* price.

The visuals are extremely generic pixel art, the audio is utterly forgettable, and the controls feel stiff and unrefined. There is no story (not that this genre is known for its storytelling), no upgrade path, and extremely little variation in design from one minute to the next. There are free Flash games that look and play a lot better than this.

I hate to rag on a game that an indie developer put hard work into. However, it doesn't seem like very much work went into this game, compared to other titles in the genre in the same price range.
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wolfwood444 vel Bazi
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
I recommend this game but only for 1$. Paying anything more is overpricing. The game is fun for couple of hours, then you might play it but for few minutes every day. Extra fun is if you have someone at home to compete with in scores, then I would say 2$ would be adequate
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Dr. Arschko Med.
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
This geame really could benefit from SteamLeaderboards. Local and world-highscores should be shown INGAME.
Seriously! Highscores are the only reason to play this. Why do they even show a number everytime you die, when you get nothing to compare it to? I would give the game a positive review if the developers change this. But when you look in the forums it seems that they just abandoned this.
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The Matlock
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
There isn't much to "Blast Em!" and there doesn't have to be. It is simple and to the point; the title says it all really.

What you have is an awesome soundtrack and a visually striking background set against a simple SCHMUP (shoot 'em up). You control your ship with your mouse, and you automatically fire and blast enemies and collect coins. That's it.

There are achievements to lengthen the appeal. A majority of them involve going for upwards of a minute without collecting any coins (which is harder then it sounds) along with achievements for accumulating a large number of defeated enemies and a very, very high accumulated score.

This isn't something you'll spend hours on in a single sitting. You pop this on for 10 to 15 minutes while you have time to kill, or until you figure out what other game you feel like playing. Still, it is a simple and fun game and at the price point, you can't really go wrong.
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Skev
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 30, 2015
There's so little content here that you'll be finished with the game before you've played the 5 minutes that Steam requires for posting a review.
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FireRaze
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2015
i just realized this was worth £2
most free FLASH games are better than this
how can you sell this
pacman has more story and purpose than this game does
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CtrlAltDestroy
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 16, 2015
Three powerups and five enemy types. Enemy waves come in the same order every run. One hit and you're dead.

Mandatory mouse controls – no gamepad or keyboard supported, even in menus.

In other words, the definition of a $0.19 game. And hey, it could have been a decent $0.19 game, it controls smoothly enough and the music's pretty good...

Except for one problem. There’s a timing bug, striking about once every ten runs, which will cause you to simply die for no reason. Many people have complained, and video evidence of the bug has been recorded. The developer is well aware of it. But the developer will not fix it, saying that it is too hard to fix and that the game is done. In a game that touts itself as a hardcore precision shooter, and especially one so simple and featureless, I think a random death bug is unacceptable.

Also, the last 25% of achievements are extremely long and grindy, and will repeatedly pit you against the random death bug if you try to aim for them.

Recommend avoiding this one.
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Let's Be Friends | DeagWare.XYZ
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 16, 2015
Welcome to badass flappy bird. Worth the 2.99
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antonuuu
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 8, 2015
Pretty fun actually...
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Nyx
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 6, 2015
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[PAF] Super Meat Bro
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: November 29, 2015
This is nothing more than a flash game.
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fisH
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 30, 2015
This bullet hell, is Hell. The mechanics are a welcome twist while yet being a double edge sword. Your gun fires automatically and the enemy's bullets travel slow, you would think this would make it easier.... You would be dead wrong. For starters the enemy bullets will decelerate till they come to a stand still and exit stage left. I found myself watching the bullets cross by my ship only to run into the same bullet one second later because I thought the bullet would have been off screen already. I also constantly found myself ramming head first into many enemy ships waiting for the next bullet to come but it never does. With each enemy having a differing speed and every enemy bullet shot being of varying velocities multitasking is key. For a bullet hell shooter, this is one of the hardest. Don't be fooled by this game's apperance, it will bite you!

I recomend this to all Arcade gamers.
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MalookShah
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: October 21, 2015
good retro game
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Felix :)
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: October 11, 2015
This is a very simplistic space shooter with not much content. There are very few enemy types and powerups. Your space ship is controlled with the mouse and has autofire on all the time. There are options to set up a controller or keyboard controls but they just don't work. The settings literally do nothing. The mouse controls are fine though and probably the best way to play anyway. The ship moves very fast which gives you the feeling you are moving a mouse cursor around on the screen. I got this for a few cents in a sale and that's pretty much what it's worth. The music is cool and the gameplay isn't that bad actually. It also might be interesting for achievement hunters because the achievements are very easy to get. All in all this game is lazily implemented and lackluster. It's not worth the full price. Don't get this unless it's on sale and you are really curious about it.
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Greed
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 8, 2015
Don't mind the negative reviews. It's a good game.

10/10
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Puni/Void
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: October 1, 2015
Blast Em! is a shoot'em up game, nothing more, nothing less. If you're looking for something to keep you occupied for a long time, then look further. If you are just hungry for a quick blast, then this game will do the trick. Blast Em! is actually great when you are waiting for a new game to finish downloading. Why not have some good, old-fashioned schmup fun while waiting for your latest purchase to become ready for action?

The game loads up quickly, is easy to get into and doesn't demand that you invest hours into it. It is always there, ready to go, fast and furious. Why not give it a go yourself? It's cheap!
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Salarn
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 22, 2015
https://youtu.be/z6uMUwqtTlE

A very simplistic scrolling shooter with many flaws.
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(swe) firefighter
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 14, 2015
♥♥♥♥ING BUY THIS GAME ITS THE ♥♥♥♥
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Ithaqua
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 10, 2015
Pro:
Retro style
Source code available - not sure who would use it but still
Steam chieves
Fun SHUMP
Inexpensive
Low system spec

Con:
No steam cards
Yet another SHUMP. If you like them you probably have plenty of them already that are as good as this is.
Several major bugs - see other revews for random death
No demo

Neutral:
$11 CDN for source code = 3x price of the game


Overall:
5/10 +1 price -1 no card & other issues +1 source code = 6/10
Thumbs sideways

I actually like it, so thumbs up for me. That said if you have 50+ other SHUMPs, don't bother.
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ЯůςϮ7
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: September 9, 2015
Little. Fun. Space. Addictive. Need more? 9/10

Down: - Annoying music sometimes, and background
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This geame really could benefit from SteamLeaderboards. Local and world-highscores should be shown INGAME.
Seriously! Highscores are the only reason to play this. Why do they even show a number everytime you die, when you get nothing to compare it to? I would give the game a positive review if the developers change this. But when you look in the forums it seems that they just abandoned this.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
I recommend this game but only for 1$. Paying anything more is overpricing. The game is fun for couple of hours, then you might play it but for few minutes every day. Extra fun is if you have someone at home to compete with in scores, then I would say 2$ would be adequate
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
Three powerups and five enemy types. Enemy waves come in the same order every run. One hit and you're dead.

Mandatory mouse controls – no gamepad or keyboard supported, even in menus.

In other words, the definition of a $0.19 game. And hey, it could have been a decent $0.19 game, it controls smoothly enough and the music's pretty good...

Except for one problem. There’s a timing bug, striking about once every ten runs, which will cause you to simply die for no reason. Many people have complained, and video evidence of the bug has been recorded. The developer is well aware of it. But the developer will not fix it, saying that it is too hard to fix and that the game is done. In a game that touts itself as a hardcore precision shooter, and especially one so simple and featureless, I think a random death bug is unacceptable.

Also, the last 25% of achievements are extremely long and grindy, and will repeatedly pit you against the random death bug if you try to aim for them.

Recommend avoiding this one.
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178 of 213 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2014
Thats it? Really? This can't even be classified as a shoot-em-up, as you dont even get to control the shooting. It's more like "dodge the stuff unti you die". Actually, thats EXACTLY what it is. Don't both with this one, folks. There are flash games with more depth.
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270 of 352 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2014
I can describe this game in one word. Overpriced.
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62 of 70 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 8, 2015
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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47 of 54 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
I do not know how the bugs escaped mention in the other reviews I read but I feel compelled to write this as a warning. At least some players experience a bug where they die when they are hit by nothing. This happens quite frequently, and perhaps accounts for between 20 and 50 percent of all deaths to those experiencing it. Perhaps most people do not have this issue, though everyone I know who owns it does.

I don't think I could recommend the game even if it worked as intended, mostly because the odd scoring system renders most of the gameplay meaningless.. You will spend the first few minutes mostly breaking even with very little score progress until the one enemy that is actually worth any score shows up. Your score then flies up for a few minutes until that enemy stops spawning for a while and then you wait for it to return.

If you do happen to experience that bug though, paired with the way the game scores, you can unfortunately expect to end most games with a very low score, prior to that enemy spawning. This is of particular interest to achievement hunters because the game may not be such a quick 100% if you have this issue. Dying that early for no reason can make a very long task of the "cumulative score" type achievements present in this game.
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58 of 76 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2014
Better shooters for free on Kongregate.com... Don't pay more than $1 on this, it's nice, but doesn't worth paying...
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41 of 50 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2014
Waste of money very boring game. No levels barely any upgrades and once you die, you have to restart.
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41 of 53 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2014
Can't believe what I paid for this game. I thought it would be an OldTimeArcadeShooter but it's dodge and die.No skill or finesse or depth at all. The graphics aren't too bad but I can't stay alive to see much. If it had been free I would have "deleted all content" by now but I would like to get a little bit of my $'s worth, so I'll keep it just a bit longer. Not Recommended.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2015
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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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2015
Unless it's free, it's too much money. Would make a good mobile game tho.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 4, 2014
I would be lying if I didn't say that this game was somewhat...lacking, and that's putting it lightly. The mechanics of the game SCREAMS that it was originally a flash game, as the only user input I can see that works is moving your ship with the mouse. the game does not accept clicks except on the menu, your ship is always shooting during gameplay & you can't even pause the game or bring up the menu (the only other input the game excepts during gameplay is Alt+F4 & that's not even a game function). I would say save your money & find a flash game that's similar to this rather than purchasing this; you're only getting flash-game quality with this game.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2014
This game is hard.... un-relenting... un-forgiving... yet has a re-play value to it that would fool you into thinking this game was developed in the UK back in the Commodore days. You can tell from the feel of the game that the developer has a genuine appreciation for the good old days of space shooters and finally for the price I think you could do worse with your pocket change on in the steam store.
So for less cash than a frothy coffee in your favourite drinks dispensary why don’t you throw your money down and join the rest of us and have your ♥♥♥♥ kicked by Blast Em!.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2014
There's nothing which stands out for this game, you shoot robots, collect coins and spend said coins collecting power-ups which run out after a short while. What makes this game different other than it looks like it was made in an hour? I just wanted more and sadly that's what I never got.

Even for £1 I feel like there's nothing which draws me to play this game more.
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Stuff like this can be seen in most college sophomore coding classes. No idea how it got on Steam, but it wasn't even worth the dollar I paid for it. The dev even thought this piece of work deserved to be $10USD until about 8 months ago (March 2014). His attitude might've made me be okay with this... thing... (don't call it a title, it belittles the word) but he's proven to be hard to deal with in just about anything involving people.

The things I put up with for easy 100% games...
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Gives me a configuration screen for inputs and then once I'm in the game, doesn't accept inputs from either. So, completely unplayable.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
Remember Action 52? This is just as random and complex as those games were. Any price tag bigger than "free" is an insult to any Steam user and is another example of Steam's journey to became the junkyard of ♥♥♥♥♥♥ games. This game is something I would expect as free with every copy of Windows 95 or maybe an easter egg game in some 90's action game. /rant

Now for the game.

Overview
This game aspires to be a shoot 'em up space game like R-Type. You go from left to right and shoot things. R-Type being 1987's smash hit is now available on Android for less then this garbage and manage to has thousand times more features and assets than this even being almost 30 years older.

Story
No story.

Gameplay
You go right and shoot some random things in space while trying to dodge enemies and their projectiles. With no motivation whatsoever (except maybe getting achievements for grinding up score). There's no end game, no story, no other mode to play, no nothing. This is as basic as any game can get. Every enemy drops some money so you can "buy" power-ups. I need to use quotation marks because the power-ups just hang in space and you loose some of your score when you pick them up. And that's it. That is everything to be said about the gameplay of this game.

You can count features of this game on your two hands. It's propably only game on Steam where I can write down every single item featured in the game's content.

1 ship
3 types of "enemies" (drone that sometimes shoots, asteroid thing that does nothing except being there, flaming skull - yes, flaming skull which is very typical phenomenon to encounter in outer space)
3 types of power-ups (faster shooting, three direction shooting and money-magnet)
1 game mode
1 song
1 background
6 buttons in menu

Visual Presentation
Look at one screenshot in the Steam gallery and you've seen everything.

Overall
This game's assets and features can be easily topped by any game from Atari 2600. Yet for some reason this is sold for 3€. I have no idea why and I wouldn't recommend it anyone.

I tought this might be some young kid's school project who tried and got it on Steam to earn a few bucks in order to pay off his student loan but I've seen around dozen of adults in credits section so I have no idea what happened there. I refuse to believe there was an actual "team" behind this and I'll stick to the kid school project story who propably made up fake credits so it looked better somehow.
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19 of 30 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
As a forty something year old gamer who hunts for old school style games I really wanted to like this game unfortunately I can't, The overall package had potential but it has many design elements that make little sense. For starters there's no possibility for progression, You just end starting at the beginning and going through exactly the same level up to when the skulls appear and soon after that you die and have to start again, your stuck in that same brief never ending cycle. The scoring is a joke because you just can't get a good score and give yourself something to beat either. I grew up on games such as Space invaders. Defender, Galaxian and Phoenix and I'm always on the lookout for similar games today, Sadly this is not one of them.

They put the emphasis on your accumulated high score yet I can't find a way to actually see what that my total score is?
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32 of 56 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2014
"This wasn't cheap enough"

Edit - This game is now free, and still isn't worth the download. Pity me, for I paid for this crap.

Blast Em! is a cheap little shoot em up that is all about surviving for as long as you can. Chances are, you won't be staying alive for long.

Story
There really isn't one for this game. The Steam store page mentions something about defending the universe from evil alien robots, but there is nothing resembling a story once you start the game. Make up whatever excuse you like for why your pilot is flying his ship.

Presentation
Visuals are very basic. You have your ship, some different enemies, their bright red attacks, asteroids, coins and powerups. Resembles something you might have seen on the old Commodore 64 or Amiga home computers.

On to the sound. For the most part, the music is bloody awful. When starting the game, a track will be picked and played until you quit. Go into the options and mute it the moment you start the game. The sound effects are pretty poor. A constant sound effect for your own firing, another for enemy firing, crap explosion sounds for deaths of either you or them, and a few low quality words for when you start the level, die or grab one of the power ups.

Controls
Mouse only. Don't both if you don't have a decent mouse. Everything is done by moving the mouse, and clicking the left button if you are on the menu. No keyboard or gamepad controls for this game, not even an option for them.

Gameplay
Very simple. Move your mouse. Yeah, that is pretty much it. You mouse controls the movement of the ship, with firing being automatic. Move that mouse around, to dodge enemies and their attacks, asteroids , etc. Use your mouse to fly into coins dropped by destroyed enemies and asteroids. If you want to sacrifice some of your coins, which act as your game score, feel free to fly into a power up like Rapid Fire or Spread Shot, to get a temporary boost to your abilities. Now, continue this as long as you can, because the only way it will end is by you failing to move out of the way of a hazard.

Lifespan
Well, if you want, you can try to rank well on the leader board, but seeing the higher scores, I wouldn't expect you to ever see yourself there unless you are willing to cheat like other users. There are also a number of achievements that are unlikely to keep people playing.

Closing
Short, simple and boring. Not worth the purchase at all. Save your cash and try a free to play shooter like Warning Forever instead.

2 / 10
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