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 (236 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."

About This Game

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
27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
44.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Ignored reviews, had fun.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
It would be okay to get this game only if it's part of an indie bundle, otherwise... avoid. Avoid at all costs! Lame scoring system, repetitive gameplay, and that infamous bug that sometimes makes you game-overed even though nothing hits you at all... There are far better shooters out there on Steam, go for those instead.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
July 1, 2015

Oh, Blast Em. So bad it's sad. Don't even buy it to laugh. TThe developer seems nice, but also believes this is a complete game worth real money. The random instant death bug hasn't been fixed in years, and the core gameplay is probably the most unsatisfying shmup ever.

Blast Em looks like a high-school test in Unity class. And somehow it failed at controller support. Mouse-only just feels bad for a shooter. There is nothing interesting here, even free Flash games have done shoot em ups better. And the dev has the guts to charge $10 USD to look at the source code? I got this in a bundle, and it's not even worth playing for free. I guess I should start selling my reviews, since I'm putting similar effort into making these.

When making a cheap game in a flooded genre, at least imitate the better games. As you can see by the identical backgrounds in screenshots, there is nothing interesting here. Little replay value, 3 powerups, 4 enemies. This game doesn't deserve to be sold on Steam. Seriously, find a Newgrounds or mobile shmup if you want to burn time, or get Crimzon Clover if you want to buy something.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Blast Em! is an on rails 2D shooter that feels very much like an unfinished Flash game.

The game consists of the player using the mouse to move the ship to that position on the screen, while the ship automatically fires bullets straight forward.

As far as I got, the game only had two power ups. One allowed the player to shoot bullets from the top and bottom of the ship, while the other made the player shoot bullets. When you collect a power up, you lose money. This is an interesting design choice, however after you collect a power up, its effect appears to be permanent, and collecting multiple of the same power up does not make the effects get better. It therefore becomes an inherent goal to avoid power ups after collecting them once.

EDIT: Another annoying aspect of the game is the lack of health the player has. One hit from anything will always kill you.

Another frustrating thing about the game is the lack of a pause screen. For a game that is an on rails shooter, with the goal being to accumulate as many points/kills as possible, being unable to pause the game in order to answer the door, feed a pet, etc. is very frustrating.

Instead of this game, I would recommend games from the DigiPen Game Gallery, which are generally of higher quality and free.
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