Project Root the Shoot’em up Evolution. Project Root is a classic shoot’em up with open scenarios where the player's skill will be the key to survive.
User reviews: Mixed (47 reviews)
Release Date: May 1, 2014
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June 17

Version 1.05 is now available!

Version 1.05 is now available. This version fixes some issues with the control options.

Update Notes:

- Fix: Issues with the control options.

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June 8

Version 1.04 is now available!

Version 1.04 is now available with some fixes, optimizing, and changed difficulties.

Update Notes:

- Difficulty level: Easy is set to enjoy the game, Normal and Hard for experienced players.
- Fix: random crashes in level 7 and 8.
- Fix: add some missing explosion sounds.
- Optimization: Rendering speedup.

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About This Game

Prometheus Corporation is the leader in the generation and distribution of energy to all cities in the world. Due to the ideas and designs of charismatic president Demetrio Watts, the corporation developed new technologies producing higher quantities of energy at a lower cost, granting them near-absolute control of the market.

The friendly policies enforced by Prometheus and Demetrio Watts has made citizens confident they will have access to electricity in their houses every day. However, very few of them are aware of what's behind Demetrio Watts' smile or behind the scenes in Prometheus Corporation. Secret plans. Terrible plans. Plans which will take the population by surprise. When they realize what is going on, it will already be too late.

A group of rebels are the only ones who know Demetrio and his company's true intentions, and will do everything it takes to bring the truth to light about the person who pretends to be their eternal benefactor. It will not be easy or agreeable, but the danger behind what Prometheus hides within is a threat to all. Stopping Demetrio Watts is in the hands of a group of unknowns. Depends on Arcturus.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual Core 1.5Ghz +
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Still too hard on easy, NOTHING casual about it. I can't start the game over in anyway because of steam cloud either, give me the option for separate save slots and i'll turn it into a positive review just to SEE if the patch will kick in to make it easier.
Posted: October 7
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8.7 hrs on record
Anyone remember Zone 66? It was one of my favourite top-down "sandbox" shooters from the early 90s. This game harkens back to that era, both in terms of difficulty and gameplay. Be warned that if you are not experienced at this type of game and in particular, twinstick shooters, even on easy you will find this game an exercise in frustration. It is quite unforgiving...
- Missions last between twenty minutes and an hour and there are no checkpoints! Run out of lives, back to the start.
- Power ups seem to drop at times when you either don't require them (two repairs when I am already at full health, really?), or when it is practically impossible to pick them up without being destroyed. They don't hang around that long either.
- Enemies fire from offscreen, many projectiles will track you for a long time and later enemies lean towards a bullet-hell style. These traits combine to make the airspace very crowded and sitting still for even a moment will be enough to make you very dead. This is where the game really shines; the flawless control and responsive movement of your ship make it a joy to play. It is possible to avoid practically anything, using a good sense of placement and understanding from which direction the next salvo of enemy fire is likely to approach. Unfortunately, the lack of on screen prompts and lacklustre radar make this heavily reliant on the player's intuition. Irrespective of that, there is a real sense of skill and reward, both for careful and ballsy play styles.

There are a decent variety of enemies that are slowly introduced as the game progresses. There are both air and ground targets, which need to be destroyed with an appropriate weapon, similar to both Zone 66 and Xevious. Each enemy variant represents a particular threat and they do force certain responses to deal with them. When you get many types mixed together, the game is at its most difficult and hectic. There is an experience system that awards points at level-up. These points can be used between missions to upgrade your ship. However, even fully upgraded your fire power always feels underwhelming. Players are better off focussing on upgrades that increase agility; this is the main means by which you will stay alive!

Throughout, the graphics are decent and manage to keep up a good frame rate on a mid-spec machine. Enemy designs are standard fare and borrow from just about everywhere, but provide good variety. Explosions in particular are pleasing to the eye. Sound is a little bland, but does the job.

A few minor technical issues cropped up while playing...
- I was unable to confgure my Logitech F310 gamepad. Trying to change the controls in either mode (XBox 360 or F310 Direct Input) just didn't work. I ended up using the default XBox 360 control scheme, which did the job. You are basically forced into a twinstick control scheme to make the game playable anyway.
- Steam achievements didn't work. They are awarded as in-game medals, but the corresponding Steam achievement wasn't activated.
- Enemies occasionally get stuck in the scenery and cannot be shot. Usually not too annoying, but once the enemy was an objective and I couldn't complete the mission.
- I had only one crash to desktop in seven hours of play, which isn't too bad.

In summary:
This is an enjoyable but slightly repetitive game that rewards skillful play and will be appreciated by top-down shooter fans who are not looking for a quick fix.
Posted: September 26
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62 of 98 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Projectiles from off-camera behind you make this game quite frustrating, no matter how good your reflexes, if you can't see the bullet, you can't dodge it.

The game is not bad, but always having one eye on the radar and off the action to avoid surprise instant damage seems out of place for a fast paced bullet-hell shooter. Maybe some sort of warrning system that lets you know when an enemy behind you starts shooting, anything other than having to constantly look at the radar litterally every second.
Posted: May 3
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31 of 44 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Good old time shoot 'em up. Enjoyed playing it although the difficulty bar is quite high. The ability to constantly upgrade your ship gives it longevity. Controls are unique using mouse and keyboard which make it very intuitive to learn. Recommended as a blast from the past!
Posted: May 4
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Action without pause and a lot of adrenaline. The ship control is very precise and the motion of rotation of the camera is just perfect. Love it!
Posted: May 5
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Not too bad, but rather hard game.

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Posted: May 14
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
A bug-hunters wet dream. Horribly broken menus (not that you can actually access the options in-game, because apparently this is 1995) and the inability to even fix it yourself because the player configs are in encrypted binaries. Menus are both slow to respond, and hard-coded to use xbox360 controller icons, regardless of control preference (oh yeah and the controls menu causes the game to grind to a halt). Which is probably just there to foreshadow the fact that the mouse controls in-game are abysmal and pretty much unusable. The ship will continue to rotate long after you've actually stopped making any input with the mouse, regardless of sensitivity settings - high sensitivity only results in massive over-compensation from any input, and low sensitivity results in the feeling that you're stirring tar. The standard troubleshooting (vsync, pre-rendered frames, etc) will offer you no remedies here, this is all game mechanism.

This could have the best gameplay in the world, but it's completely irrelevant thanks to an atrocious input interface with the user. Of course in reality, the gameplay is nearly as poor; it's marred by the usual suspects - invisible walls (with enemies that can shoot at you through them, but you can't shoot back - oh and they can do this with some standard geometry too), backtracking and just painfully bland & repetitive gameplay.

Posted: May 7
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Hard as hell, but if you enjoy bullet-hell games, you'll probably like it.
Could use a bit better sound assets for machine gun, but that's not a big deal.

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Posted: June 15
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Nicely done classic shoot 'em up enhanced with increased freedom of motion.

Posted: May 20
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
I wanted to like this. I tried. But I got bored, fast. I guess it's fine as a pick up and play game, but if you're looking for a game to draw you in and keep your attention fixed then you should look elsewhere.

The good:
Decent graphics
Explosions themselves look alright

The bad:
Repetitive gameplay
Repetitive graphics
Little enemy variation
Little or no damage indications on enemy ships
Explosion animations overlay the enemy ship sprites in a very obvious way
Character artwork is pretty poor
Music is pretty bad, and repetitive
Only 5 missions, although I didn't even feel like playing them all
Achievements don't register on Steam
Is there a plot?

All in all, this game isn't that fun. However, if you want something super simple and mindless to mop up some spare time with and like this kind of shmup then you might consider buying this. On sale.
Posted: September 18
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
the more you play it the more you gonna like it
i love this game
bit hard to play in the beginning ...once you know how to play it becomes more easy to play
if you like shooters ...this one you must have

Posted: May 21
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Smooth gameplay. The open world makes is very fun to play.
Posted: May 4
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26 of 50 people (52%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
the cammera angle gives you the feeling you're craning your neck, the flow of combat and objectives feels clunky and arbitrary, the asthetics are meh.
Posted: May 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
I so wanted to like Project Root...But there just to many bugs and not enough variety

1. You get to shoot stuff and blow it up

Cons (its a long list) From my experience of a play through on easy
1. The explosions feel a little underwhelming, maybe its the lack of a decent level of soundeffects audio (its maxd out but you can barely hear it)
2. Not enough variety in the nme's, there must be about five or size types of flying craft and the same ground based...Its all very samey
3. Lame upgrade system. You earn xp to spend but do the upgrades do anything? Havent a clue as you are stuck with the same dual shooter and rocket combo for the whole game. No variety
4. The special weapons dont stack, they just replace what you had....annoying
5. the nme's will happily spawn right next to you, at one point I sat there shooting an auto spawning ship two inches in front of me
6. nme's (and your own ship) occassionaly gets stuck in the scenary making it impossible to kill.
7. The GFX are bugg'd to high heaven. I fully upgraded by firepower and now all the shots I fire are completely invisible....To top it off the nme's are now firing barely visible black projectiles at me....and on occassion great big squares will come at me...most odd
8. No options mid game
9. Bearing in mind the levels are quite long there is no check point save system.
10. After fighting my way through to the final end game boss for some reason my ship became invulnerable...I just stood there and shot it happily absorbing every bullet on the screen....what an anti climax.

Maybe if they fixed the bugs in this game it would be a whole lot more enjoyable and I could change this to a positive.
Posted: July 10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Project Root has a very good pace. Feels like old school games with an easier difficulty level (still could be hard for today standards) and a very responsive control. I do not agree with the comments about rear shots are not predictable. Just keep playing a while. When you get enough practice you can avoid any bullet. Just 45 minutes of practice when posting this. This is not a hardcore game from my perspective, but it may require some training if you are not shooter veteran. DIFFICULTY SPOILER: Go direct for the objectives to avoid losing unnecessary health.
Posted: May 25
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Intense. A lot of fun if you like top down shooters. The 360 degree twist on the old genre is awesome. Oh and your not going to beat this in a couple of hours either. I'm certainly getting my monies worth.
Posted: June 14
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
If you're looking for a SHMUP fix, do not, I repeat, do not buy this game.

Sluggish controls. Your ship has been smoking too much pot, apparently.
Bad sound design. Seriosly, most enemies explode with a sound of a Very Angry Balloon Popping.
Bad level design. Everything looks very same-y.
Bad weapons design. You're stuck with the same guns for the duration of the game.

And don't get me started about the excuse of a storyline, not to mention dialogues (and fonts! and text formatting!).

Bottom line? Even at a bargain price - don't buy it.
Posted: July 14
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Excellent game, very funny and entertained, I recommend it 100%
Posted: May 7
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Get shot every time I try to read the mission text from the lady with the muscle boobs. 9/10 would get shot again.
Posted: June 10
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Its a fighter pilot like shooter with a Galaga like theme.
The controls are simply and easy to master, the audio is nice but not the best.
The dialog is all written and can be summed up with "yay text" overall the game
feels like it is lacking something. But makes up for it in how pretty it looks and gameplay
Posted: June 22
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