Climb into the pilot's seat of an otherworldly war machine and take down a genocidal alien race bent on eradicating humanity to preserve their own civilization.
User reviews: Very Positive (394 reviews)
Release Date: May 30, 2014

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"A good introduction to the idea of bullet-hell. Much more forgiving than its peers with dynamically changing perspectives and excellent visuals."
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December 16

12/14/2014 Patch

Astebreed has been updated as of December 14th. Patch Notes below.

Patch Notes:
- Improved performance.

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July 27

7/26/2014 Stability fixes are live

Hi everyone,

We've updated Astebreed with a number of stability fixes, including bugs associated with uploading scores to the online leaderboards.

This patch is the newest version of the game, and should be automatically updated via Steam.

For those looking to update their Playism version of the game as well, simply re-download the game from the Playism site.


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“This is one of my favorite shoot-'em-ups in years, and fellow STG enthusiasts would be remiss to overlook such a gem. Astebreed is a masterstroke. Spread the word.”
9.5 /10 – Destructoid

“If you’re looking for a game that has subtleties and intricacies often overlooked in modern games then Astebreed comes highly recommended.”
8/10 – Coffee Break Gaming

“...Astebreed is a game that, in terms of quality and design, puts many recent triple-A releases to shame...”
5/5 – USGamer

About This Game

As of July 3rd, Astebreed is now available for $14.99.

Humanity Fights A Losing Galactic War!
Their Only Hope: a Young Pilot and a Girl Forever Changed.

You are Roy Becket, a young pilot with dreams of becoming as skilled as his adoptive father. When a galactic war with an ancient mechanical alien race reaches its boiling point, Roy is forced to spring into action and take control of an otherworldly bipedal war machine in hopes of saving what's left of humanity.

Joining Roy is a young girl who claims to have escaped the clutches of the nefarious aliens. Forever altered through horrible experimentation, she now possesses the very abilities humanity will need to push back the doomsday clock.

Together, they must battle an unrelenting army alone and reunite their shattered family.

The End of All Things is in sight. At the edge of eradication stands Astebreed.

Arcade Shooter Evolved

Astebreed takes the classic arcade shooter and breathes new life into it. Using lovingly crafted 3D models, cutting edge particle effects, and tried-and-true Japanese mecha designs, Astebreed delivers an unparalleled atmosphere of beautiful destruction.

A Full Arsenal

Roy has a considerable arsenal to combat his foes, as well. Armed with the mysterious Lucis device, Roy's mech can shoot from a distance, paint targets for precision homing attacks, and even get close for a killing blow with a powerful blade attack. No enemy shall escape your wrath, no matter where they hide.

Dynamically Changing Perspective

Your enemies are not always ahead of you. Your enemies swarm, fly and intercept, and Astebreed's dynamic perspective always keeps the action in view. Seamlessly switching between veritcal, horizontal, and 3D shooter, Astebreed will keep you guessing what your next threat will be, without ever interrupting the action.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or faster
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 compatible, GeForce 8600GT (2007 model) or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Additional Notes: Controller recommended
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
One of the best SHMUPS I've played! Do not be put off by the inclusion of anime (why would you hate anime :/)

Astebreed offers a challenging gameplay that progressively increases in difficulty. At some moments, you may feel like you understood and mastered the game mechanics. But it is at such moments that the game throws you off and forces you to rethink how you control your mecha and play the game. The achievements prove worthwhile to see if you are really up to challenge of mastering the game.

The game's visuals are crisp and do help (rather than stray) with my enjoyment of the game. The graphic effects do add to the whole epicness of the battle. The sound effects are thankfully not grating (some games have awful SFX that makes SHMUPS sound like pea-shooters).

Get this game! It will deliver the enjoyment you seek!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I want to make love to this game. It successfully combines the hot awesome lock-on of Panzer Dragoon with the mega fast mech shooter action of some other game I can't think of right now.

You're in this suit and all these Japanese anime characters start telling you about how dire everything is but that's okay because you can kill your enemies with ten million bullets. The graphics are smoking hot sexy goodness, the likes of which is seldom seen in a Japanese hybrid-genre shooter on the PC.

The game's controls give you the chance to slide and glide like one of those ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s from GunValkyrie but there's no reason to blister your thumbs in the process.

If you're like me and want to be the hero without having to endure the tough as nails nature of most shooters, give Astebreed a try.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Astbreed is a game that leaves a lot of story to the imagination, the 'how' & the 'why', go largely unexplained. However the action is by far a crowning achievement, as a sidescroller, Astebreed goes to great lengths to create changing dimensions during play. You may be charging headlong into enemy fire to find that the enemy is now behind you, or drop down on a foe & fly circles around them during combat.

During combat you have Spread Shot/Spread lock-on, Focus Shot/Focus lock-on, Blade Flurry/Blade Dash, EX Nova/ EX Blade Storm/ EX Wild. The shot & blade techniques are a simple difference between holding down the required button, however the EX attacks vary depending on how many targets your locked on -if any- & lastly if you've locked every weapon you have on a single target you go EX Wild.

The game has difficulty settings, chapter select, & leaderboards as part of the replay experience. It also has a gallery of all sorts of unlockable images to award your exceptional efforts.

10/10 I would save my kawaii sisters again. :D
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Asterbreed is that very special kind of game, that reminds us all why we love videogames in the first place. For fun.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Get some booze - you'll need it so you can understand the japanese translation.
Fun bullet hell game. You're prolly going to lose drunk.
Or win sober.
If you're sober, you prolly won't understand the storyline.
If you're drunk, you will priolly lose, but understand the story.
Heck, if you're sober you're going to lose too - this is bullet hell, son. Designed for teenagers with reflexes that put an adult's to shame.

Still a fun game, with an oddball storyline that kinda distracts you at points.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Hands of the best shooters available on steam (as of 2014)

Great voice acting and amazing soundtrack.

If you enjoy arcade-style shooters with the correct amount of give this a try.

This beautiful game does require a powerful PC to run smoothly ^_^"
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Wow what an insane game. I was already totally hyped about this one, since I love shmups and played other edelweiss productions already, I knew this will not turn out badly.

So first what makes it different than other shmups, you have a f*** big sword. It was the first shmups I played where you fight close combat.
At the beginning I was a little disoriented because most danmakus/bullet hell you have to evade the bullets, so every new game mechanic which involve you to "absorb" bullets makes the gameplay really interesting.
In addition I dislike the limited continue system in other shmups, these were acceptable in the arcade era but not nowadayws so I prefer the checkpoint system, where you can instant starts over.
And even the story feels great, ok nothing more then the standard cliche anime but who cares, I like the ending, I like the characters (awesome seiyuu) and since it is mostly a highscore/gameplay-driven game it is a nice extra.

What is left to say, actually I only finished this in easy mode (yet) because I struggle on my first try at normal which is great, because at first I did not understand the score/health system and in my opinion shmups have to be difficult. If I could finish a shmups on first try in normal something is definetly wrong. So for people who say it is short and do not have enough content, this is not a game made for them, you have to set you own goal and play it over and over until you beat the next stage, get higher score, no damage etc.
Play this game one or two hour, get better with every run until finally beat the stage and this will be the most satisfying game moment ever, at least for me.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
An amazing indie game by the circle that brought Ether Vapor, Astebreed really dials up the action from its previous installment and drives it home. I would definitely reccommend this game if you enjoy rail shooters or frantic mecha action. Particularly fans of old Thunder Force games would really enjoy the way this game plays.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
A jewel of a game. More than just your usually shooter. A masterpiece put into the design of the gameplay. Using the works of scenery, the functions of the blade are a definite plus considering the mecha unit. On this game, you will like many other shooters face many bosses. However there is indeed a plot line. A 9.7/10. 10/10 if there was more to the story and building it up, sure we cannot connect pieces together but this work was amazing. However my money is not wasted on this game. It provides excellent fun. If you take the time to enjoy a game for graphics, gameplay, and some story. This one has promise, can be one of the next best arcade games. However I must say that the models shown within the gallery, the storyline, the development all seemed to have a correlative ease. Although at stages there are parts we want to read, they also can distract. However this game really gives us the Bullet hell feel with a little slash and dash along the way. If you are thinking of purchasing this, I do recommend it. I was addicted on my first run that I simply had to do it again just to be sure.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
I received this game through a humble bundle purchase. I wasnt't expecting much from it, but i have to say that i was pleasantly surprised. Although I was able to beat the game in under 4 hours, the visuals are great, and I had fun.
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20 of 35 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
3/10, A SHMUP made to appeal to mainstream audiances, stripped of all of the normal difficulty found in the genre with a cliche story and gameplay that doesn't have a lot of lasting appeal.


The game has quite beautiful graphics and an artstyle that makes it standout. Effects and bullets are flashy enough without detracting from the gameplay. Which is good since so many SHMUPs these days tend to forget this distinction. The weapons all look nice, but in gameplay don't tend to be very interesting. Bullets of two spreads, lockon of two varieties, and finally a sword. Scoring in the game is building up multipliers while not getting hit with the bullet weapons then 'cashing out' the multiplier using the sword on high value targets or a cluster of enemies.


It's easy. RIDICULOUSLY EASY. I didn't die a single time up until the final boss. I can't say I'm a fan of the health bar nor its regenerating nature. If bullets were more of a threat perhaps but your mech is able to tank bullets on top of being a very small target. There's no interesting bullet patterns that make you think of how you want to avoid them, it's either slashing yellow bullets with your sword and spamming your EX-attack which acts like a bomb (Which also grants you a shield against bullets for a few seconds), or moving back and forth slightly to avoid the predictable bullets. With all this in mind there isn't much to improve on in multiple playthroughs. The game is also pretty short even for a SHMUP. A higher difficulty option is unlockable, but doesn't seem to change much aside from preventing full regeneration after a hit and slightly tougher enemies.

Finally... the Story. Not only is it terribly cliche, but I feel that it actually detracts from the gameplay. SHMUPs are not a good medium for telling a story and here's why. The adrenline is pumping after you beat a boss then you get interupted by a long cutscene. It's not good design to do this in this genre because you're meant to beat the game in one action filled sitting. It's not as action filled if half of the time is spent in dialog and cutscenes. If they were shorter or skippable (Which also detracts from replayability) it would be less of an issue. This all wouldn't be quite so much of a problem if the story was actually any good. Power of friendship, magic mechs with the ability to fight the previously invincible enemy forces, corruption and betrayal. It's a laundry list of anime cliches.
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Legit. Better than Ikaruga.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Super smash(your controller or keyboards) "brother"(of two little girls)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
as a guy who played strikers 1945, raiden series and other bullet-hell games, this game really takes it to another level. from graphics to game mechanics itself, it really is different than other games i've played. the story is quite intriguing and when they decided to add voices to the game... "my god, this game is awesome" the only thing missing here (according to me that is) is the multi player function. i'd love to kick some serious ♥♥♥ in this game with my friends in co-op like the olden days of playstation. i think that is all i missed from this type of game.

and one more thing....

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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
True potential of what creativity really is.
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Buy only at 5 euro or less

i bought it when it came out. 16 euro. the game has it's moments but paying more tha 5 euro is too much. also the game is not aweswome as metacritic describes. bullets and enemies will come at you very fast during the later levels and you will find yourself using only the sword to win. In normal difficulty you can go up to level 5 boss just by using the sword and without dying (there are 6 levels total). i rate it 05/10 and this comes from someone who is playing shmup's from the 80's till today.

-nice music
-cool mechs
-nice graphics (models look descent)
-change of paste (views) keep things interesting (but 90% of the time you will fight either vertical or horizontal)
-no bugs or crashes. everything runs smooth.

-button mashing
-difficulty (only the last boss deserves your time). HARD is ok but still no much skill is required. only the last 2 bosses require some practise.
-confusing gameplay (bullets and enemies will come at you very fast and you cant react. you can only use your melee attack). even if they hit you, you still have enough health (health is regenerating at normal difficulty) to beat the level.
- story is hard to follow during gameplay
-you can beat some bosses just by melee attacking them and ignore their attacks (level 5 boss, level 4 boss)
-expesive at 15 euro (current steam price)
-repeating environments(the backgrounds will repeat themselves or cover their limitations with tricks (level 2 breaks the monotony by letting you fight in space for only 30 seconds. prologue has the same background as level 5 etc..)

SCORE: 05/10

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Guys if you don't have it yet you should really, really get astebreed. It's a pretty fun and unique SHUMP that has a lot of neat mechanics. The regenerating shield and sword dashes along with EX attacks makes it a pretty fun and high energy game while still allowing for mistakes for new players. The sword dash escapes, ex attacks, and destroyable bullets makes the game much more organic in it's action flow compared to traditional SHUMPs like Raiden or Touhou. It's by far my best purchase this steam sale.

Visuals are absolutly beautiful and the soundtrack is catchy. The only thing I can take points off of on this game is that the story dialogue tends to happen right in the middle of the most hectic part of the stages meaning you just end up ignoring it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Astebreed doesn't disappoint. It's a great addition to the genre, with very little negative to say about it.

The gameplay is fast paced, action packed, and chaotic. The game on normal isn't very difficult, the challenge comes from trying to get the highest score possible. Astebreed is a game that's made from the gameplay, and is one of my favorites in the genre.

The story was a bit hard for me to enjoy, because I found myself hardly able to read the subtitles. That being said, if you're playing this for the story, you're doing it wrong. There's also a few drawn still shots which looked alright, and were a nice addition.

The soundtrack is very fitting, and voices sound just like an anime would.

On the negative side, the game is very short. There's plenty of replay value, but if you're the type of person to play the game once and be done with it, I wouldn't pay full price for it. You may only get about 2 hours of entertainment. Also to note, the game runs well, but it randomly crashed near the end, and I had to restart from the beginning.

It's a great game, well worthy of it's current metacritic score. Buy it, so long as you're prepared for a very short campaign. If money is tight, you may want to consider something longer until it goes 75% off or so.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This was just the game i was looking for. ITs briliant, the way it shifts around from side scroller, 3rd person, and birds eye. on top of that this game is great fun. Have not had this much fun playing a game in years. Great job making this one and hope you all make more like it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Bullet hells seem to be pretty hit and miss for me. That being said, this is quite frankly one of the best games of the genre I've ever played. The difficulty scaling is perfect, slowly advancing from "this is pretty easy" to "Oh my god how am I not dead yet?". The story was interesting too. You only get very small chunks but it's enough to work on in my opinion without bogging the game down.

Gameplay is what you'd expect from this sort of thing. There are like, infinity enemies that you shoot on the way to the boss. Camera angles change dynamically to make things interesting (but in a logical, controlled manner so it's not like you're going to get killed while you can't see or anything) and the visuals are very pretty.

This game seems like it's accessible to newbies to the bullet hell shooters but it's also challenging enough for veterans. For example, you have regenerating health and bombs. It means that you're not going to get a game over because you accidentally got shot 5 times in one stage but it certainly doesn't mean the game is easy. HP recovers slowly so it's less about "don't get hit, ever" and more about "you are currently in the middle of a rain of bullets and you are probably going to die if you don't do something about it"

There are several options for not dying, such as activating EX attacks (Similar to bombs from other games). You can even destroy certain projectiles, clearing part of the screen.

Even if you don't like bullet hells I'd recommend this game, it's something even someone terrible at the genre as me enjoyed.
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