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: Positive (47 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 26, 2014

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"Great indie shmup!"

About This Game

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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 27
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: April 1
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Very good side-scrolling shooter, great value, and the local co-op mode is fun.
Posted: July 10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
First impressions: http://www.cublikefoot.com/procyon-first-impressions/

Procyon is your average shoot 'em up game. It doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but the game does have a great artstyle going for it.

On top of the game's fantastic artwork, there's great music and sound effects. The gameplay doesn't deviate at all from its genre, so it's rather easy to pick up. I found the gameplay moderately difficult, although this is coming from someone who is inexperienced in the genre to begin with. The controls are smooth and I had a blast flying through the game's levels, even if my fun was usually put to an end at the hands of some massive boss (which are rather difficult to defeat).

My only issue with Procyon is its lack of online multiplayer. It has local multiplayer, but no online? What is this, 2005? Other than that, Procyon is a solid shoot 'em up game. Nothing too special, but it does a good enough job to earn a recommendation from me.
Posted: March 27
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
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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Posted: February 26
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