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 (90 reviews)
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

PC
Mac
    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
28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
"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
Posted: April 21
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
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!.
Posted: April 8
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
I didn't really find it added anything to the standard shooter formula.
Posted: May 25
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
This game goes for I think a little under $3 definitely worth it considering the amount of fun it is and how simple it is, let me rephrase that the concept and controls are extremely simple, living more than 30 seconds, now that's where skill and luck comes into play. I got a 75% coupon from crafting a badge which makes this little gem cost only 75 cents, so if you get a coupon like that you have no excuse for not at least trying this one out, it's a great way to wake up in the morning too, nothing get's your heart rate and blood pressure up quite like this one, hell my heart's racing more than when I play Outlast XD
Posted: August 29
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
This is a great little bullet hell game, but don't expect to play it for hours as there is no depth or story here, just the need to kill and not be killed.

As you fly along the constantly moving screen, you must decide if you want to sacrifice your score to get the normal power-ups (multishot, rapid fire etc) you see free in must over games like this. Whilst this is not entirely unique, it brings a little urgency to what is really a very simple game.

The music in the game is terrible, the graphics simple and there is only mouse control - but what the hell I paid less than a quid for it.

Load the game and give a blast for a few minutes a day and you wont be disappointed.
Posted: September 6
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171 of 203 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: January 24
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