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.
User reviews: Very Positive (318 reviews) - 85% of the 318 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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About This Game

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/
Listen to the full soundtrack on our Bandcamp Page!
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
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Onboard sound card
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Additional Notes: USB wired Xbox 360 controller recommended
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
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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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Enemy Mind is a 2d arcade style shoot 'm up video games.

I think this is one of the games you need to have if you like the genre.
It haves a very special way of gameplay because you can transfer youself into enemie ships.
You take control and try to survive long as possible this way.
It's a co-op multiplayer game game and that is a really nice because a lot of shoot 'm ups are single player.
I love games you can play together on the couch like old times.
Looks good... great soundtracks and very good / easy controls to pick up.

This game belongs in my top 10 steam shoot 'm up video games.

I give this game a 9/10 score.
Because it is something unique compare to other games.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Written as of 0.7 hrs played - on Level 4 of 8

You're seperated from your fleet and are thrust into a cosmic dogfight. After having exhausted your ship's resources - the stream of hostiles only growing - you suddenly teleport to and take over another ship. Your ship fades, lifeless; your ship stays in the fight. You continue thusly, confounded; a new ship approaches. With half the Ammo reserves still remaining, you eject yourself towards and into that different ship; your previous host resumes assaulting you - what was its ally (but your enemy) not a second prior. How are you able to do this? What led to this state of conflict? Where are you? Slowly, revelations occur in the form of fragmented and disjointed memories - your thoughts are hard to discern from the cacophony that is apparent hive-mind...

Each Level is made up of seperate stages. It seems each subsequent Level has one more wave to it. Each Level ends with a unique boss fight. Between the stages and Levels, one or two slides of text. I won't spoil any more than I already have - the story is mainly bound to the intermissions between Levels; those between stages/waves serve as (")exposition(") behind the power you wield.

Of course, the main draw of the game is your power to hijack any celestial vehicle. I am very surprised at the story that is incorporated; I honestly expected none, just a basic "You are a being of pure psychic energy with the uncanny power to take over and control anything you see in order to survive. RT to shoot, LS to move, A to teleport."

(With such basic controls, I doubt playing with a KB+M would hamper in any way, contrary to the disclaimer upon starting the game)

Of course, people will play this FOR that interesting mechanic.
Enemy Mind maintains a good pace at introducing new ships; each is unique, whether in movement, firing rate/projectile motion, and/or capabilities (won't spoil). A sidescroller, except for a few rare instances, you are perpetually facing/shooting right. Certain ships are able to aim their fire at angles; (almost) all are able to turn around and shoot at you if you failed to destroy them while they were in range, as it were.
The shmup is borderline bullethell at times but there is almost always an easily identifiable path, however narrow - beware that precise movements ARE necessary and that certain ships - if even a minute (most would think negligible) amount of the ship is in the line of fire, you will take the hit (perhaps why "This game was designed with a controller in mind" is on the Start Screen).

There are Extras; unsure if they unlock gradually or after milestones, but at this point, I've two minigames: "Flappity Mind" and "Rock Simulator." Rock Simulator is interesting but a bit grating; I've never played Flappy Bird so I'm inclined to call Flappity Mind unfair/1+1twitchy76me.

"Enemy Mind features an adaptive story system as innovative as its gameplay. Are you ready to unlock the secrets of Enemy Mind?"
If ever there was a game that NEEDED to have Achievements implemented, it is apparently Enemy Mind; a way to know how much of the story one has unlocked. I just now read that quote in the Store Description - I initially read the exerpt at the top of the Store Page months ago and instantly wishlisted. Recently bought it and found more depth than expected. From the wording and tone, it leads me to believe that, perhaps if one plays as a pacifist it drastically changes (what of) the story (you get).

I was going to recommend this game. I now have to implore every reader to buy Enemy Mind. Please do.
It might not necessarily satiate those who seek gratuitously challenging shmups; the game is far too distinctive in every facet for it to be buried.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Wow!! Simply put...one of the best shooters I've played in a very long time. This one takes the shooter concept and adds new twists. It may take a while to understand the mechanics but once they are learned this game will pull you in and keep you entertained for a very long time. Another Steam game I highly recommend for fans of Raiden, R-Type, Gradius, will enjoy this game.
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