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 (608 reviews) - 87% of the 608 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
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Onboard sound card
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Additional Notes: USB wired Xbox 360 controller recommended
Helpful customer reviews
39 of 52 people (75%) 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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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22

  • 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!


  • 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 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
+ 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.

- 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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