It's the future! And humanity is, predictably, under attack by extraterrestrial forces. Lucky for us we have an experimental ship that's never before been flown that will surely...uh, possibly...well, implausibly be able to win the war! All we need now is a pilot or two.
User reviews: Very Positive (58 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 26, 2014

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It's the future! And humanity is, predictably, under attack by extraterrestrial forces. Lucky for us we have an experimental ship that's never before been flown that will surely...uh, possibly...well, implausibly be able to win the war! All we need now is a pilot or two.

Key Features

  • Fight through five increasingly-populated shoot-em-up stages
  • Destroy a plethora of enemies (or, as we like to call them, "potential explosions")
  • Switch between two distinct weapons on the fly: bullets for lots of damage over lots of space and a locking beam for concentrating on those hard-to-reach areas!
  • Use your shields to zip unharmed through enemy attacks!
  • Overcharge your weapons on the fly for even more destructive power!
  • Original faux-orchestral soundtrack is like music to your ears! Because it IS music. For your ears.
  • Multiple game modes, from the start-at-any-level normal mode up to "I have but one life to give for my planet" survival mode.
  • Local co-op allows you and a friend (or even a complete stranger that you're willing to invite into your home, if you want) to team up and deliver double the delicious destruction!
  • Support for playing in portrait orientation for a true top-down shmup experience!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c-compatible GPU with support for Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10-compatible GPU
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Procyon is a very good indie 'shmup that fans of the genre should enjoy.

As a fan of these type of games, I judge them on 3 main factors. First is it's "uniqueness". One of my favorite shmups/bullet-hell games of all time is Ikaruga b/c of how it took a classic game formula and twisted it and made it something new to play. This is probably one of Procyon's biggest drawbacks. There is not much to seperate it from other side-scrolling games of its ilk. This is not to say it's a bad game, on the contrary. It just doesn't do anything differently. The second factor is control. Games like these require tight and precise controls especially when the going gets hairy. Procyon has controlling down pat. I was able to jump right in and was able to pilot my ship and not once have I been disappointed by the controls. Thirdly, is fun-factor. Procyon is a fun game and has the right level of arcade challenge to keep me wanting to retry immediately when I fail. A good way to describe this game is a "meat and potatoes" shoot-em-up. I would have liked to seen more variety in weapons, but Im also not incredibly far into the game so that may change.

This game is definitely one that can be defined as "indie" in respect to looks alone. The design is very simple with ships not having a whole lot of pizazz or graphical oomph. I don't play these games to be wowed by graphics, so this is a minimal knock for me, but others that judge games purely on looks will probably not find much about Procyon. Lighting is well done and when there are a lot of enemies on screen with different colored beams going off its definitely eye candy. I also liked some of the stage backgrounds i.e. Empire City. Nothing extraordinary, but eye catching and adds to the level. Enemy design is mostly simple, and there's a particular enemy that looked to me like a Playstation controller. Whether this was intentional or not, I don't know, but its something that caught my eye.

A very strong aspect of the game is the soundtrack. I find soundtracks in games like these to be more important than in other genres and Procyon's music to be excellent. A AAA developer would be happy to have this quality of a soundtrack in its game. The fact that it's in a shoot-em-up makes me very happy and will keep me playing.

Steamworks integration is very much appreciated. With card drops and achievements, this will add to the game's replayability. I love the fact it tracks high scores as well, as I consider this to be a staple of this genre.

All-in-all I recommend Procyon most especially to 'shmup fans. It's a classic side scroller and does pack a challenge as you go further on into the game. The music is awesome and adds to the gameplay experience. I also think that it's $3.99 price point is pretty much right for a game like this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Great little game with satisfying gameplay and quirky, funny finish. Only thing missing is some more weapons, maybe from drops in game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Procyon is a real treat. What's important in Shmups is mechanics and difficulty. The mechanics are tight and you get a good mix of gunplay and enemies to test your skills. Like most Shmups the game is short, but the funny narration, multiple modes, and progressive difficulty will give you enough reason to play this game a lot more than once. When it comes to enjoyable Shmups worth your time, I'd give it a 9/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
As a fun of SHMUPS, this is a great addition to my library. It's short, but at $4 not on discount its a great price for a fun game. 5 stages, and 3 levels of difficulty. Also has multiple modes (standard, suvival, Attrition, and one other that escapes me). All have their own online leaderboard for each of the difficulty settings. Story is pretty basic as most SHMUPS are, but its at least funny writing which I aprpeciate it. Worth a pick up if you like the genre.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Very good side-scrolling shooter, great value, and the local co-op mode is fun.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
I personally feel that Procyon is not very difficult comparing with other bullet curtain games I played before, yet the smooth movement, ease of control and nice soundtrack still make me enjoy the game. It's might be good for those who are looking for relaxing light game and achievement collector.

Procyon
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Not sure when Shoot 'Em Ups became Shmups (sounds more like 'Schmucks' to me), but anyways perhaps the brevity is more appropriate for Procyon since it is very short at only 5 levels. For veteran Shoot 'Em Up players out there you might find Procyon less challenging than some of the brutal contenders currently on the market, but that's not to say that it is not an enjoyable experience.

Graphically, it looks sharp with high def effects & backdrops (no 8-bit look here) with sound effects & soundtrack holding strong too. Comes together very well. Controls are intuitive, allowing you to switch between your standard wide bullets to your concentrated beam weapon in an instant. The weapon & shield system implementation was one of the strong points for me. The weapons are linked into your shields and when combined offers a power-up damage to clear your path ahead. Beam weapon also arcs & bends which is a nice effect and allows you to still move around somewhat without loosing out on damaging your target.

For those that don't skip through the mini-story cutscenes there is also some humour to be had (worth watching through at least once).

On the negative side, I did find the boss fights a bit average; not bad but not really exciting either. Also an online co-op mode would have been awesome so I could play with friends around the world. With the duality in the weapons I could see online co-op being a lot of fun! Also, as I said earlier the game is very short. The 5 levels took me about 30 mins to complete first time through (and that was watching the cut-scenes!). Thankfully there is replayablity with higher difficulty levels in Attrition (5 lives + 1 per level completed) & Survival (1 life only!) to conquer.

For the price, overall quality & fun factor of this little title, this still gets a 'Thumbs Up' from me.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
I have once seen this game on Desura, and I played the Demo, however I was unable to buy the full version so a member of the developer's family who's nickname was Claggy gave it to me for free. I played the game for quite a while, but today I saw that it has just come out on Steam, so I bought it instantly. Procyon is a very nicely polished game, with pretty visuals and some really nice gameplay, especially on higher difficulty levels. The story is also quite entertaining, as you will figure out just after watching the first scene. In Procyon there is a wide variety of different enemies, all with their very own way of attacking you, aswell as a boss at the end of every level. Of course the boss is also different depending on the level, so gameplay is not repetitive and the pretty nice soundtrack adds a good layer of extra polishment to the game. I do definitely recommend it, at least to everybody who either likes this genre, or to people who just really enjoy funny cutscenes. :)
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Excellent. Good old arcade side-scroller shooter.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
The earth is threatened by an alien fleet! It is up to you, a brave human with balls of steel to save it from annihilation by piloting the Procyon, a completely untested ship that can blow up if it gets hit by "anything harder than a punch". Navigate through the 5 levels trying to repel the alien fleet and destroy their point of origin. Your weapons are an array of bullets, a beam that can somewhat bend to target a single enemy and a shield that temporarily also strengthens your weapons, which is a somewhat interesting mechanic. Note that you can alternate between landscape and portait view depending on what appeals more to you. Overall it is a pleasant game for some casual retro fun, in my opinion.

+ Old school arcade action
+ Over the top voice acting, which is pretty amusing
+ Writing is funny at times
+ Difficulty scales well
+ 4 modes to choose from (arcade/survival/attrition/practice)

- Ship movement can be a bit sluggish
- No ship upgrades or powerups
- Short (only 5 levels), counts for length on replayability in other modes/difficulties

Warning: If you play with a mouse and keyboard, lenghty sessions can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Take it easy.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Damn first 'modern' indie shooter I tend to like !
It's not a CAVE game ofc. But at least it's a workable fun to play lil shooter.
It's very nice so far! and i'm on my way to offer it to a friend!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
this is really good! just raw bullethell arcade hotness, the gameplay is where it's at. it's not insane level difficulty either, it ramps up beautifully and I still haven't beat that 3rd boss.

2 player coop with controllers is intense!

easily the funnest bullethell I've played this year!

Score: 4/5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFxrLbUy9Uw
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15 of 27 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYS2YMiZKrY

I like the game. If you want to see the first minutes of gameplay visit the video above :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
this is a really good game. it may seem like a short game, however, the game holds that replay value. it's a good game. i love bullet hell games. for those of you who love bullet hell games, then you might like this game. also, the music is fantastic. very good game and music.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
You can shoot things.
10/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
(STRONGLY RECOMMEND)

For me, the “side-scrolling spaceship shooter” is a game genre that invokes an ambiguous response.

In one hand it offers addictive simplicity and nostalgia. In the other an absolute lack of narrative and gameplay conventions so well entrenched that it is almost impossible to distinguish any two examples of the genre from one another… also often little room for developing a strategy beyond mashing the attack button.

While obviously “retro” in many respects, Procyon is not a slavish tribute to early scrolling shooter games. Rather, the conventions have been bent for the players benefit.

The various modes and three tier difficulty setting allows the player as much, or as little, challenge as they desire. A ‘Practice Mode’, for example, allows a level to be played with unlimited lives, although this does not unlock the next level.

The graphics are also nice and 3D looking rather than “ironically” pixelated.

Lots of explosions and a large variety of alien spacecraft, all with different flight patterns and attacks.

The controls are simple and intuitive and the spaceship is highly mobile allowing you to dodge enemy attacks and move quickly around all over the screen. The weapon/shielding compromise system also gives you something to think about as expending your energy on supercharging your weapons leaves you unable to deflect attacks. Different enemies are also more or less vulnerable to the players two (or three if you count the lightening) weapons, so button mashing is not rewarded, “use ya noggin”.

What I particularly enjoyed were the cut scenes establishing a satire narrative between the levels.

It’s a short game (5 levels only), but it’s highly replay-able and considering that it only costs $3.00 or something its very good value for money.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
Good fun shooter, it deserves a special mention for the great vertical display support. If you have a monitor which can be rotated the game will automatically adjust and switch from a horizontal to a vertical shmup.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
This game is a blast. Very fun, very addicting and a MUST-PLAY for fans of other bullet hell games of this kind. Very similar to Ikaruga, not quite as difficult as that game but very similar in terms of graphics style and gameplay. This game is dirt cheap, but it's soooo worth it. Check it out!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
This game is great. Anyone should be able to finish it on easy, the graphics are nice, the controls are very tight and the story is amusing. The only down side is its pretty short.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Super Cool Co-op Game. Works flawless with 360ce, 2 Controllers, Big Screen Mode and 2. Monitor as TV.

Brilliant casual Game Play for instant getting ingame with 2 Players without reading Manuals.

Im especially looking for games, that u can play on Big Screen, with working Controllers as lokal Co-op Games. Its like only 1 of 3 Games is working perfectly. This is one that works.

One of the few games here on Steam that works technically perfect for making your PC a Arcade Game Console on the big Screen:

++for Developers. U did Well!
(Many others fail at using two thrdparty Controllers, Screen Selection, or simple things as V-Sync!!!)

Pls more of this kind of games.
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