A retro shooter with a new power: the power to become any ship. Lost in the depths of space, you are a being of pure psychic energy with the uncanny power to take over and control anything you see in order to survive. Built for PC, Enemy Mind lets you battle your way through 70+ waves of challenging enemies.
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Very Positive (202 reviews) - 81% of the 202 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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“Angry fun in local co-op with this side-scrolling shooter”

“I found the interesting parts of the game to be trying out and taking over all these new ships, and in chasing the narrative throughout this overarching space opera. I found all those things compelling enough to drive me through the experience. This week, James recommends Enemy Mind.”
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“The two and a half months of Early Access time saw tweaks, updates, and bug fixes, and the payoff is an Enemy Mind that’s had a nice polishing shine applied to the game from front to back.”
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A retro shooter with a new power: the power to become any ship.

Lost in the depths of space, you are a being of pure psychic energy with the uncanny power to take over and control anything you see in order to survive.

Built for PC, Enemy Mind lets you battle your way through 70+ waves of challenging enemies. Deftly maneuver over twenty unique ships, each with different abilities for you to harness. Backed by an all-new chip-emulated soundtrack by the psychoacoustic artist Rainbow Kitten, Enemy Mind features an adaptive story system as innovative as its gameplay. Are you ready to unlock the secrets of Enemy Mind?

  • 8 levels and 70 waves of challenge
  • Side-scrolling space shooter for PC
  • Classic 8-bit art-style
  • 20+ different ships, each with their own unique power and ability
  • Adaptive story system that changes with your individual play style
  • Multi-player co-op supports up to four players at once
  • Original Chiptune-inspired soundtrack by Rainbow Kitten

More Reviews

"It's incredibly addictive!" Indie Retro News March 2014

"The game really is the whole package. GameCola Score: 9 - Excellent" GameCola June 2014

"Overall I was very impressed by what Schell Games was able to achieve with a genre that is not really known for innovation. The game is addictive enough that you will want to complete it a few times in order to piece together the whole story and of course the co-op mode will also eat up a lot of your spare time if you have friends nearby. While shooter fans will obviously enjoy the game the most I urge anyone that has an interest in polished, unique titles to try it out as it is definitely worth the effort. Rating: 8/10" GAMERamble June 2014

"Enemy Mind is an excellent and unique take on the shooter genre. Definitely worth the price at full retail." Nerd Age June 2014

Check out our website: http://enemymindgame.com/
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This old-school arcade shmup is brought to you by Schell Games, an independent game studio based in Pittsburgh, PA.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Graphics Memory and Directx 9.0c Compatible gpu
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Onboard sound card
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Additional Notes: USB wired Xbox 360 controller recommended
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This is an interesting game from a certain point of view. I enjoyed playing it, does have a special graphic and great game mechanics, the overall sound is good. Keeps you entertained and satisfied.
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41 of 45 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 25, 2015
Enemy Mind is a brilliant concept trapped in a game that's less interesting than it deserves.

The hook is simple, but oh so ingenious it begs the question why it hasn't been done before (the closest comparison that comes to mind is Driver: San Francisco): instead of playing as any specific ship, you have the ability to reach out and take control of any enemy ship you come in contact with, and it's just as cool as you'd imagine. Whizzing around as a tiny fighter and then jumping into a bombing tanker or alien starship creates a dynamic I haven't found in another game, one where enemies are less obstacles you need to remove but strategic pieces to manipulate the battlefield with. Prioritizing ships so as to save those with the most desirable features to take over later runs contrary to almost every traditional approach to shoot'em'up combat, and something that makes Enemy Mind feel so unusual to play beyond its novel mechanic.

It's rather a shame then that said mechanic is Enemy Mind's sole strength, and what it throws its entirety behind. Taking as just about every ship often feels weak, and unsatisfying, and though providing you with a finite amount of ammo keeps you from just sticking to a single ship for the entire game, it also becomes rather tiring having to constrain yourself so drastically in order to take enemies out as each shot needs to hit and that's not especially easy to do most of the time. As quickly and often as it comes, death is largely meaningless, with no penalty save the loss of your score and the requirement to replay a little before where you met your untimely doom. This caused the game to almost immediately lose all tension, and once the novelty of taking over enemies wore off I rather lost interest in what I was doing.

And I say this having completed Enemy Mind in a meager 2 hours, which is about twice as long as it has interesting things to show you. New enemy types are continually trickled in, but many of them were immediately written off as being rather a lot less functional than those I'd been using already. I wanted to become invested in the narrative, which pieces together the memories of the pilots you've taken over to try and give context to what exactly is happening, but it's so abstract and difficulty to piece together that I was all but entirely lost by the end and only had the haziest of ideas how I got there. I imagine there's a compelling story here, but it tries to tie itself into elements of gameplay that are more interesting in concept than ideal ways to tell a narrative.

Enemy Mind's genius mechanic is so strong that it's worth checking out for it alone, but it's telling that I'm more excited about its ideas being recreated and innovated on in other games than I am about the game itself. It's a solid curiosity and a great proof of concept, I just wish its broader foundation was as engaging.
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41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2015
This is a fun game that is unique.

You possess enemy ships and attack the enemy with them. You can possess one ship at a time and change ships with a button press.

Each ship has a limited amount of weapons and damage it can take before being destroyed. If the ship you're possessing gets destroyed, you have to start the area over again.

The game progressively gets harder and has ways to prevent you from possessing ships. Sometimes you have to possess other objects like rocks, but you have to be careful not to go offscreen or you'll have to restart the section.

You have each ship's basic weapon and the button to switch to another ship.

I don't think its worth $10, but I gladly paid $1 for it during the summer sale. I have 1.5 hours into the game.

If its on a sale, consider getting it if you want a unique and challenging shooter.

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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 30, 2014
Enemy Mind is a call back to 80's style gameplay with modern upgrades that fixes the problems that older games had. It will frustrate you to no end with the learning curve with each level and wave, but that's where the fun of the game is. Its not so difficult that new players will struggle, but its definitely difficult enough to challenge most players.

The main mechanic, jumping from ship to ship, is awesome. I did not expect it to work as well as it does in this game. I highly recommend it for its excellent use of this simple element.
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33 of 46 people (72%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
Enemy Mind is a game about you becoming any ship you want! Shooting other ships in space, the control is easy to learn.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2015
// Enemy Mind is a 2D Shoot ‘em Up: //
// Schuitje82 - Small Review //

First time I started up the game it gives me the SHUMP retro feeling.
I’ve played soooo many of these games in the past.
What this game really appeals to me is the uniek way it plays.

If I compare this game against all the other maybe 100 other shoot ‘em up game on steam why should you buy this game ? It’s a very simple answer if you ask me.
It’s not only about to dodge a bullet try to collect many upgrades to get your ship to the maximum powerrrrrrr. This is what makes this game so interesting against all those other games.
You try to overtake the ship of the enemy and so get to the ending of every stage.
It’s sometimes really hard because you need to get out of your ship because you have not a unlimited number of bullets and some ships are so fragile after few blast you are done.
So beside you try to survive take over ships need to kill and try to keep one enemy alive so you have a new ship to use.

I think this is one of the games you need to have if you like the genre.
The games has no online support pure local co-op fun like old times.

Game looks nice, great soundtracks and a unique way you play this game.
This game belongs in my top 10 steam shoot 'em up video games.

I give this game a 9/10 score.


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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
Got the game from BundleStars, looked interesting.

Started playing the game, seems fun.

Kept playing...

...and playing

......must destroy more ships

..........must possess more ships

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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
A Shmup (shoot ’em up) with a difference, you have to warp into enemy ships every 10 or 20 seconds cos your ship only has so much ammo and can only take so much damage. This is a cool gimmick when you first start playing, but I kinda wish you didn’t HAVE to warp into another ship all the time, but I guess if they didn’t force you then you wouldn’t bother switching once you found a favourite ship.

The alien ships you warp into are all different sizes and have a nice array of different shooting styles, so there’s a constant variety and evolution of core gameplay on offer.

However, I’m not particularly good at Shmups, and this one gets pretty hard pretty fast, I only managed to get to level 4 (of 8) without cheats. At the start you have 3 lives, if you score well and increase the multiplier you can get 2 more, but each level has 8 waves or sections to it, and if you use up all you lives at the last wave and or boss, you have to restart the entire level over again.

I don’t have the time or patience to play each level 50 times for 5 hours each level to beat it, so I don’t see myself coming back to it anytime soon. In the steam forums the developer said he might add an easy mode or a save point after each wave, but he didn’t want to because he thinks the game would be too easy then, so don’t hold your breath for that.

There’s a cheat code to get unlimited ammo, lives and health as well as some other stuff if you go into the options menu and press...

(on the analog stick) up x3 down x3, up, down, up, down, down, down and then press A (or I guess enter on the keyboard).

If you’ve done it right you should be on the screen settings menu before you press A. Like most games tho, if you have the cheats enabled the achievements don’t drop.

Another cheat code for a level select:

Go to the Level Select screen and enter the Konami Code.
(GamePad) Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start
(Keyboard) Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, X, Z, Enter

I’d only really recommend this game to people who are good at Shmups, the cheats are fun, but take away the challenge. If the game was more balanced (easier) I’d probably recommend it to everyone.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
Enemy Mind is a really fun arcade shooter with updated gameplay. Instead of collecting powerups or collecting weapons you transfer from ship to ship. Each ship has a limited amount of ammo and a few hp requiring you to jump again and again throughout a level if you want to succeed. Each ship has a different weapon, hp, size, and speed making it suitable for different situations.

The game takes place in during a war between humans and an alien race, with you as a psychic presence jumping between each side. Each side has different flavors. There is a small but well written story told between segments of the levels depending on which faction you are possesing.

It has a classic arcade scoring system with fast gameplay that requires you to make strategic descisions on the fly. Its got solid and repsonive gameplay with nice pixel graphics and a good deal of depth to your gameplay choices. Only weakness is that the bosses are kind of weak, interesting and fun but once you're familiar with they can be quite easy. On the whole its an excellent game.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 4, 2014
Overall, it's a damn fine shooter. The mechanics are unlike any I'd ever seen, it actually has a running (and apparently mutable) story, and it doesn't rely on being a bullet hell to be challenging.

The sound is great when it comes to having an old-school sound without sounding too... beepy-boopy.

The music adds quite well to the atmosphere to boot!
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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 20
This is really good if you're a fan of side scroller bullet hells.
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Spicy Meme
0.4 hrs
Posted: October 19
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2.1 hrs
Posted: October 3
Product received for free
Really. Freakin'. Hard. (and no way to change difficulty level, too...)
Also, kinda repetative.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
This game has been in my list for awhile now and I haven't even played it that much. But it's good. I can't wait to try and get someone to play with me.

I really like the mechanics even if they are a bit difficult at first. ( Changing ships when I mean to shoot.) Very good, highly recommend giving it a try.
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Oscarjames | PRIVATE BUYER
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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3.1 hrs
Posted: September 19
Great Game
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[GTribe] dodietheshorters
12.4 hrs
Posted: September 18
What ahppened to the top scores board on your website?
I was top 13 in the world and can't find the scores anymore. :(
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 18
I like the idea of changing into any ship and all and the method of doing so is well implemented, but you are forced to do it so much that it becomes annoying. Change ship, out of ammo. Change to another ship and 10 shots later, out of ammo. Etc, etc. I found the music and sound to be annoying as well.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: September 17
This is a great arcade game with an iteresting twist. I love being able to steal enemy ships.
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