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 (614 reviews) - 86% of the 614 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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Reviews

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

“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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Additional Notes: USB wired Xbox 360 controller recommended
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Overall:
Very Positive (614 reviews)
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Ada
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Enemy MInd is a space shooter game with a unique feature: You can take control of any enemy ship. This game has various levels accompanied by a short yet complex story and some adicional challenges. I like it and it´s a good game if you want to chill out and take your mind off a little. I recommend this game but buy it on sale.
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Smacka My Paca
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I good game with a unique concept I haven't seen before. I don't normally like this genre of games, but I definitely recommend this game.
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SuperSandro2000
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Ok graphic but not that good.
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BrandeX
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
I thought I'd like this more than I did. Got bored early with it.
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Chiro-Sant < Bear AK
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Product received for free
Good game
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BornToFly
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Product received for free
I never really liked this style of game, but I imagine you would like it a lot if you actually like them. I have not played it a lot either, but I would imagine it could end up being a bit repetitive.
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Viridium
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
The lack of a save feature is not what makes retro games "cool". Neither does a 30 fps lock.

The game has a neat core idea but get'S tendious very fast and hides it's weaknesses with it's retro appeal.
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Liveandie
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Great game. Cool concept of taking control of progressively bigger and bigger enemy ships.
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Berat_Sistemi
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
If you have a gamepad with sensitivity,THEN PLAY THIS !!!
OMG this is the best....ship-shooter GAME !!!
it is hard to complete levels,but its sooo worth bying it !
this game stayed in my library for 5 months....then i tryed it,and i got suprised,its such a good game,good gameplay,animations of ships shooting...

8/10 would turn into somebodys ship again ! :)
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2pac
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Nice game :D
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kalvin
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Good game, just a bit repetitive though.
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Badsteper
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
If you like old school space shooter games you are going to love this one.the mechanic that allows you to play as all the diferent ships in the game is awesome!
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SupremePanteras
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Funny and innovative. Love it.
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James
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
A truely fantastic game and a hark back to the way games used to be. This game allows the player to take control of an enemy ship when theirs has no ammo or has low health. It has interesting, simple, inovative and fun gameplay. Appealing graphic and some nice retro audio. Well worth a play. 12/15
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EvilSpaniard
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
I have over 600 games in my Steam account, and the vast majority of them are still unplayed. So now I'm dedicating an hour to each of these games and writing a series of One Hour Reviews. An hour isn't very long to judge a game on, so think of this as more of a first impression, and take this review in the spirit in which it's given. Be sure to read other reviews from players who have spent more time in the game.

One Hour Reviews #57 - Enemy Mind

I cracked a smile right off the bat as I started playing Enemy Mind as it reminded me of playing Gradius on the NES. It's got the same side-scroller point of view, and the pixel art style has a similar feel to it as well. I really enjoyed the sound effects as well, they mostly sounded like something you'd hear on an 8 bit machine, mixed with some sounds that I swear sounded like they came right from an Atari 2600.

But what's most interesting about Enemy Mind is the twist it adds to the typical shooter. You've probably gotten use to the whole shoot enemies, dodge bullets, and pick up powerups that give you new weapons or other abilities. In Enemy Mind, you don't pick up powerups, but instead you take over other ships, inheriting their abilities instead.

You basically have 2 weapons. One is your offensive weapon, which varies based on what ship you are currently in. The other is your psychic beam, or whatever you want to call it, that when it comes in contact with another ship, you take it over. If the beam misses, then it just boomerangs back to you.

This changes up the gameplay because each ship has a limited amount of hull and ammo. So you can only take a couple of hits (varying based on what ship you are in), and you have a limited number of shots. So you're forced to continually bounce between different ships in order to stay alive.

Each ship type has a different weapon, and some of these are exactly what you'd expect in a shooter, varying from your average straight shooting bullets to lasers, to triple-fire shots. But other ships add some unusual variety, such as the ship that launches itself forward like a missle. You can even take over asteroids which don't have any offensive capability, but basically just house your consciousness until you can project yourself into something else.

The game is broken up into multiple levels, with each level being broken up into multiple stages, with the final stage being a boss battle. If you die then you start over at the beginning of the stage you died on. You do have a limited number of lives, but you can continue when the game is over. Also once you progress past a level then anytime you start a new game you can skip levels you have already beaten.

I played with a gamepad, and didn't have any issues with the controls at all. I also like the fact that it supports a second local player, but I didn't actually try it out with a second person.

I had fun with the game, but it also doesn't look like something that I would play for hours on end. It seems more like the kind of game where I will get through all of the levels and beat the game, and move on to something else. It's fun and all, but for me not necessarily a lot of replayability. So with that in mind, you might be a bit wary of the $9.99 price if you don't think it's something you'll spend a lot of time with. This might be a better game to pick up on sale or in a bundle.

But, unlike many shooters I've played, I genuinely feel like Enemy Mind has added something new to the genre and isn't just another generic shooter. Between it's uniqueness and the well done implementation, this is certainly a game I can recommend checking out.
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[RT]Phr0stY_D3mon
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Enemy mind a 2D sidescrolling spaceship-shooter much like the classics. I enjoyed this game considering the amount of time I spent playing so far, and have found it intruiging.

Pros:
-Beautiful retro game style
-Good Soundtrack
-Sleek gameplay, with a nice twist to the mechanics

Cons:
-There is a bug where the keyboard key will no longer work and your ship automatically just hovers at the bottom of the screen with no control.
-Reasonably difficult, quite a lot of concentration needed to win.

Overall, it is one of the best I have played in this genre of game.

7/10
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Nardis
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
So good! Sagaia / Darius inspired side-scrolling shooter, where you fight and control sea-like spaceships with a very original gameplay. I had a blast, but I tend to like these types of games.
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Mr Salty
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Enemy Mind is a great arcade style game with perfectly incorporated local co-op. It has a unique ship swapping aspect which is a fun way to get more ammo, health, new weapons, cool ships. and more.

My only real complaint is that Enemy Mind does not have more levels or more ships and that it is so easily beatable.

All in all it's a great game and I would recommend it.
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AntiKero
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
i have no idea
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
I have over 600 games in my Steam account, and the vast majority of them are still unplayed. So now I'm dedicating an hour to each of these games and writing a series of One Hour Reviews. An hour isn't very long to judge a game on, so think of this as more of a first impression, and take this review in the spirit in which it's given. Be sure to read other reviews from players who have spent more time in the game.

One Hour Reviews #57 - Enemy Mind

I cracked a smile right off the bat as I started playing Enemy Mind as it reminded me of playing Gradius on the NES. It's got the same side-scroller point of view, and the pixel art style has a similar feel to it as well. I really enjoyed the sound effects as well, they mostly sounded like something you'd hear on an 8 bit machine, mixed with some sounds that I swear sounded like they came right from an Atari 2600.

But what's most interesting about Enemy Mind is the twist it adds to the typical shooter. You've probably gotten use to the whole shoot enemies, dodge bullets, and pick up powerups that give you new weapons or other abilities. In Enemy Mind, you don't pick up powerups, but instead you take over other ships, inheriting their abilities instead.

You basically have 2 weapons. One is your offensive weapon, which varies based on what ship you are currently in. The other is your psychic beam, or whatever you want to call it, that when it comes in contact with another ship, you take it over. If the beam misses, then it just boomerangs back to you.

This changes up the gameplay because each ship has a limited amount of hull and ammo. So you can only take a couple of hits (varying based on what ship you are in), and you have a limited number of shots. So you're forced to continually bounce between different ships in order to stay alive.

Each ship type has a different weapon, and some of these are exactly what you'd expect in a shooter, varying from your average straight shooting bullets to lasers, to triple-fire shots. But other ships add some unusual variety, such as the ship that launches itself forward like a missle. You can even take over asteroids which don't have any offensive capability, but basically just house your consciousness until you can project yourself into something else.

The game is broken up into multiple levels, with each level being broken up into multiple stages, with the final stage being a boss battle. If you die then you start over at the beginning of the stage you died on. You do have a limited number of lives, but you can continue when the game is over. Also once you progress past a level then anytime you start a new game you can skip levels you have already beaten.

I played with a gamepad, and didn't have any issues with the controls at all. I also like the fact that it supports a second local player, but I didn't actually try it out with a second person.

I had fun with the game, but it also doesn't look like something that I would play for hours on end. It seems more like the kind of game where I will get through all of the levels and beat the game, and move on to something else. It's fun and all, but for me not necessarily a lot of replayability. So with that in mind, you might be a bit wary of the $9.99 price if you don't think it's something you'll spend a lot of time with. This might be a better game to pick up on sale or in a bundle.

But, unlike many shooters I've played, I genuinely feel like Enemy Mind has added something new to the genre and isn't just another generic shooter. Between it's uniqueness and the well done implementation, this is certainly a game I can recommend checking out.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Pros:
+ The level of quailty and polish in this title, despite its graphical style, is astounding
+ The pixel graphics fit the game, as its an almsot perfect callback to the arcades.
+ Gameplay is fluid and tight. Each wave is a new challenge to surmount, and in later levels strategies can be formed to defeat each wave.
+ For a shoot'em-up style game, the story is exceptional. The story-telling in the game is both clever and well-written.
+ You can shoot the credits
+ The Aratus, the opposing force to the humans, are more interesting aliens than those in other games
+ Bosses were creative. They weren't just bullet sponges, and the mind-control mechanic is realy put to the test in these fights. There were all rewarding to defeat
+ For once, points were something I acutally cared about. I felt amazing to see those numbers go up.

Cons:
- The difficulty spike of the last level was unwarranted; the levels leading up to it should've matched this difficulty slope
- There was inexplicable fps drops at seemingly random* moments, despite my computer being more than capable of running the game

* "Random" meaing completely unpredictable. Happened about 3 times in 10 hours of play (No general interval of time between them)

Final thoughts:

A must-buy if on sale. Even if it isn't, I'd say its worth the $10 anyway. Gameplay is innovative in the best kind of way. It honestly just makes sense, rather than being some weird gimmick. Art syle is fantastic, even with its low resolution. Game is polished and has a level of quality other companies seem to forget when they go for a 16-bit art style.

Category Score (x/10)
Presentation 9
Gameplay 10
Narrative 8
Overall 9.3
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
This is a BRILLIANT bullet hell game!

You play as a mind controlling pilot that gets to capture enemy ships and blast them until you have either no life left or run out of bullet at which point you can capture another enemy and repeat the same.

The game starts really mellow and easy and turns into an AWESOME bullet hell of madness with you capturing, shooting, ramming, running away and capturing again.

So much fun, in such a simple and cheap title!

Definitely a must have for fans of either bullet hell games or someone who likes to try original indie titles.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
If you like old school space shooter games you are going to love this one.the mechanic that allows you to play as all the diferent ships in the game is awesome!
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
ughhhh i really wanted to like it... but i really cant recommend it unless on a huge sale. $10usd is just too much for what you get. there are better free games for my android phone.... just saying. unless you are a hardcore pixel art lover, as a shmup fan its not a very good shmup to me. there are so many better shmups to waste my time on. the game concept iself is pretty good and it does have potential, even fairly good controls. i am pretty biased against pixel art though, i really dont care much for it, its just no the 80s anymore playing with 1mhz processors..... game itself is 5/10 but the value per dollar is 2/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Good game, just a bit repetitive though.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Enemy Mind is a great arcade style game with perfectly incorporated local co-op. It has a unique ship swapping aspect which is a fun way to get more ammo, health, new weapons, cool ships. and more.

My only real complaint is that Enemy Mind does not have more levels or more ships and that it is so easily beatable.

All in all it's a great game and I would recommend it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
So good! Sagaia / Darius inspired side-scrolling shooter, where you fight and control sea-like spaceships with a very original gameplay. I had a blast, but I tend to like these types of games.
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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.3 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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
PROS

  • Gorgeous pixel art! Seriously, 10/10;
  • Tight controls, also requires a bit of practice;
  • Playstyle can depend entirely on the player;
  • Interesting and innovative boss levels;
  • Full controller support; you can play simultaneously with a friend/significant other;
  • You can take over ANY ship you see in the game!

CONS

  • Waves can be somewhat repetitive at times;
  • The game's pace is a little bit slow in my opinion.

If you're a fan of the classics like Darius II and Thunder Force IV you should definitely try this. Although this game has a big twist! You are a creature that questions its very own existence with story-driven monologues, and can take over any ship it encounters. All ships in this game are very well designed, both visually and gameplay-based, meaning every ship has its own ability, ammunition count and HP amount. The game lets you choose your ships and your play style, and use your brain for suicidal transitions and tactical conservation. The soundtrack is very retro and the sound effects are very satisfying. I highly recommend you play this with a controller for a full Sega Genesis experience.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
A fun shoot 'em up with solid controls, a twist in gameplay, and a challenging meta-narrative. Take over enemy ships, conserve ammo, make tactical suicide runs ... and question who you are.
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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
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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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
great game to get salty on
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Annoying sounds and annoying gameplay.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
The game itself is very good. However, there are game-breaking bugs:

- Sometimes the ship would constantly move forward as if a direction key was held. Instant suicide.

- Sometimes, after dying or completing a level, the transition would not end. Had to Alt-F4 the game.

Won't bother with this game until fixed. Sad, since it's otherwise excellent. Will change this review when the issues are gone.

Specs: Win 7 64bit, 4GB Ram, SSD, i5 M560 2.67 GHz, Intel HD graphics.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
Things I like about this game:
-the graphics
-shooting with a twist
-overall very fun game

The only thing worth noting is that it's locked to 30 fps for some reason, but it's not that big of a deal.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
A good ol' shooter, full of great gameplay but with a not-so-full budget, which prevents it from becoming better. Still, a good experience.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
This game is amazing
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
I've only had a short experience with this game, and I've already experienced a bug that makes the game very hard to play. For some reason, it seems that (for keyboard controls) the movement directions get stuck, and I find my ship getting stuck against the bottom or bottomleft corner. I've tried changing the controls from my arrow keys to wasd, but it doesn't seem to fix the issue completely, as though I regain control of my ship, opening the menu shows that I am still endlessly scrowling down the menu options. The game does state in the opening menu that it is ment to be played with a game pad, but I don't own one so I do not know if this issue exists there.

I'm still recomending this game, in hopes that in the near future this bug gets sorted out. Other than that, I still think its a unique game that I hope to soon be able to enjoy for longer.
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