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.
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Very Positive (89 reviews) - 87% of the 89 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c-compatible GPU with support for Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10-compatible GPU
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires XInput-compatible game controller for local co-op
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2014
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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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
At first, Procyon seems like a great horizontal shoot’em up. Graphics and effects are bright and crisp. Price is suspiciously low (but there are no upgrades or more ships). Soundtrack is decent and narrator creates a nice futuristic atmosphere.
One of the things that I liked was ability to combine your guns with shield. There are two type of shots and each makes much more damage combined with an active shield.
Anyway, there are more than a few problems. Biggest one is very bad level design, there player are often swarmed with large groups of enemies, with mostly a random chance to survive. In addition, there are only 5 levels in an entire game! Devs probably wanted to stretch the length a bit, by making some levels way too long. Believe me, its simply too hard to avoid those pesky ships for 10 minutes and then die near the end of level to restart again… Well, the game does not end with this short campaign. There are survival mode, more difficulties… But it doesn’t matter because all feels unbalanced and repetitive.

Procyon is an innovative shoot'em up, but not really a fun one and way too short to leave a solid impression.

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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2015
From my point of view Procyon is the greatest shmup on steam because it has got no flaws at all.

It offers a highly enjoyable coop mode, beautiful, sharp graphics and great lighting effects. The amazing orchestral soundtrack uses one characteristic and short motive in all stages.

Even the hilarious background story is thought provoking and really well written: " We are humans, we're REMARKABLY GOOD at fighting and we fought back / Unfortunately, we're humans. We are REMARKABLY BAD at ressource management!"

This game for this ridiculous low price deserves your attention. It's deeply accessible, features easy / hard modes and therefore it will please casual players and even veterans.

I can't praise enough the hard work of Josh Jersild, the developer of this little gem.
This guy did all the programming, the hilarious voiceovers, the great score and the modeling / texturing ON HIS OWN in his spare time but this game that easily stands out from the rest doesn't feel like homebrew.

Just check the other reviews on the store page! This tasty, delicious cake can hardly be a lie!!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
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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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2014
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
Excellent. Good old arcade side-scroller shooter.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
Playing Procyon thanks to #GamesMatter, I have NO IDEA why this gem has not received more attention.

The humor is spot-on, the shump gameplay is fun without being overwhelming, and the game is ONLY $3.99!

Highly recommended.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2014
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2014
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
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
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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1.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
This is a very short game, only 5 levels. At 1 hour I finished each stage on normal difficulty. The art is also somewhat lackluster, the ship is downright boring which is a cardinal sin for a space shooter. The game is saved, however, by interesting mechanics and a hilarious satirical narrative between missions. I picked up this game for half-price at $2 and consider it worth the investment.

The mechanics are pretty fun. Use your shield to block all enemy attacks (but not enemies themselves), but you must meter your usage so you don't run out when you need it. Using your shield also powers up your attack, so there's parts when you'll want to use some of your shield power to take out extra enemies (assuming you're going for a high score). The shields go up at the same time you power your attack, so there's not a trade-off between using your power for shield or using your power to power-up your attacks, which may have been more interesting.

There are three types of attacks, a spread shot (for lots of small enemies), which will spread more when powered up, a tracer beam (for larger enemies and bosses), which will do more damage when powered up, and a lightning attack that will do massive damage but has a separate gague that needs to be filled by killing enemies.

More game time can be had by playing on higher difficulties and chasing a high score for the leaderboards.
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Green Wizard Needs Food Badly
3.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
This game was fun for a playthrough with a friend. It wasn't very long, but it was very challenging. It took about 5 hours to beat. For $4, you can keep a game that would probably cost about $4 worth of quarters to play through one time at the arcade.

Pros: Good music, nice graphics, hilarious dialogue
Cons: Hard game. Not casual whatsoever. Fairly short.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: September 7
Pew Pew Pew
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Saint Aaron
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 4
Product received for free
A nice old arcade side-scroller shooter with local coop. Game is short but is tough on some of the game modes along with the difficult. 5 lives 1 bullet kills you, Welcome to hell. I enjoy these types of games

Steam Trading cards
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Controller support

Needs more leves
leaderboards dont work how they should
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1.0 hrs
Posted: August 21
A low budget horizontal shooter where you either use bullets or lasers to progress through levels. Feels like it was made in the 90s.
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7.4 hrs
Posted: July 17
Procyon is an incredibly well polished experience. The controls are tight and the visuals pop. I love bold, bright laser beams in games, and these ones here are some of the boldest and brightest AND THEY BEND!

It's not an especially long game, but I found it to be quite challenging, especially the later bosses. If you're looking for a bullet-hell type game, look somewhere else, but if you're after a competently produced and entertaining (the cutscene voiceovers crack me up each time) SHMUP, you could do a lot worse than Procyon.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: May 13
It is sold as a cooperative game but there is not way to play with two players. Only one control available. No game controller, no mouse, anything.
So if you wanted cooperative move. AVOID
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4.7 hrs
Posted: March 14
It is fun shoot'em up game but not very complex( no upgardes and unlocks) or long, there are like 5 or 6 levels total and you can finish campain under 3h. but it is also quite cheap so maybe price would be just right for you :)
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3.5 hrs
Posted: March 12
Awesome game! Short and sweet - great value and use of $3.99!! I LOVE THIS GAME!!! :) Command out.
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6.8 hrs
Posted: March 12
An OK-ish top down shooter.

When you first fire it up it appears a very fun game, but the longer you play, the more grating it becomes. The lack of power-ups, tiny amount of levels, little variation in enemies, absolutely boring boss battles and at time unfair placement of trash enemies did indeed get on my nerves after a while.

The music doesn't really suit the game either, but that may just be my own personal opinion.

Note that I don't actually give this game a bad score. It is not a bad game, just a mediocre game. But I feel that the "very positive" score that the game now gets on Steam is not waranted; at least I hope that my vote will balance the final score somewhat.
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