Inspired by the retro glory days of 8-bit games, Rex Rocket is a traditional 2D platformer brought into the 21st century. Paying tribute to classic NES games like Mario, Mega Man, and Metroid, old-school platformer fans will find Rex Rocket a breath of fresh air.
User reviews: Very Positive (66 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 5, 2014

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December 15

Rex Rocket, a little easier!

Hello Space Cadets!

We've decided to ease up the difficulty on Rex to make it more appealing to the average platformmer fan. The maps are still tough as nails but we've removed the Game Over penalty of being sent back to the starting zone of the game.

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“You’ll hearken back to games like Metroid and the much newer Cave Story. But this game is something new, and it’s wonderful.”
Buy – Fist Full of Potions

“Take the gratifying if punishing action platformer gameplay of Megaman and combine it with the explorative levels of something like Metroid or Castlevania and you have the recipe for a potentially splendid game. Rex Rocket is very nearly that exact amalgamation of ingredients and is as good as you might have expected. It’s got all of the trimmings of either style of platformer and then some.”
8/10 – G3AR

“As a game designed to cater to nostalgia, Rex Rocket serves both as a wonderful reminder of those platforming glory days and a welcoming addition to the modern gaming scene.”
4/5 – Another Castle

About This Game

Tell me about Rex Rocket!

Inspired by the glorious retro days of 8-bit gaming, Rex Rocket is a traditional 2D platformer that pays tribute to classic NES games like Mario, Mega Man, and Metroid. Old-school fans and platformer newcomers alike will find Rex Rocket an enjoyable and rewarding experience thanks to one-of-a-kind handmade pixel art that makes up over 100 handcrafted levels connected in an expansive starship-- each filled with a wide variety of puzzles, enemies, hazards and bosses. An original chiptunes soundtrack by Saskrotch, captivating setting filled with quirky characters, and ability to choose the gender of your hero is only a handful of the many awesome features in the game.

Set in Earth's distant future, Rex Rocket alludes to the classic conflict of Man vs. Machine. You play as either Captain Rexford or Rexanna, a former war hero who now transports scientists throughout the universe in the epic Star Ship-- S.S. Montana. The game begins on Earth as the crew prepares for another routine mission for the Council of Science that involves transplanting bio-engineered Terra-Oozlings onto an uninhabited planet on the other side of the galaxy. While the ship's crew are in cryo-sleep, all heck breaks loose when the dangerous specimens escape and cause the ship's main AI computer to go insane. It's up to Rex Rocket to stop the rogue AI, rescue the crew, and take back control of the ship!

Features

  • Classic 2D platforming with shooting, wall-jumping, and more-- all combined with innovative gameplay twists like shooting your laser downward for a handy aerial boost with each jump!
  • Amazingly detailed pixel art and animations make up hundreds of unique characters as well as over 100 hand-crafted levels that all connect within the expansive starship!
  • Awesome retro sound effects coupled with an amazing chiptune soundtrack by Saskrotch!
  • Choose the gender of your hero/heroine as you step into the boots of either Rexford or Rexanna 'Rocket' Rexington on this epic space adventure!
  • Collect powerful weapons and useful upgrades by defeating bosses and solving clever platforming puzzles!
  • Learn more on the backstory and details of characters, weapons, enemies, and more by collecting Info Nodes throughout the ship!
  • Get lost in an expansive starship as you explore the various routes that may offer a better path to your destination, lead you to a treasure trove of collectibles, or take you on a deadlier course!
  • A captivating narrative with plenty of light-hearted humor and goofy characters to brighten your adventure!
  • Prepare for a tough yet rewarding space adventure where you'll face giant flame-throwing machines, swarms of Oozling-possessed crew members, and a berserk AI computer that never runs out of clever ways to try and kill you!

Grab the soundtrack!

Chiptune artist Saskrotch delievers 37 tracks of pure retro goodness that'll take you on a nostalgic ride to the glorious days of 8-bit gaming.
http://saskrotch.bandcamp.com/album/rex-rocket-original-soundtrack

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (or later)
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB video card (XNA 4.0 compatible, Shader Model 2.0 or higher)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 controller supported
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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Another excellent retro love-letter for those riding the current wave of nostalgia hitting the indie scene via the likes of Freedom Planet or Shovel Knight, Rex Rocket takes the metroidvania formula we all know and love and layers it with an old-school charm that is impossible to resist.

Rex Rocket is the story of a lone space captain, left in the ruins of what was once a thriving and bustling space vessel transporting scores of important and renown scientists. What happened here to turn technology against its human creators? It's up to you to blast, explore and platform your way through the now overrun S.S. Montana in a fun and humorous throwback to the greatest period in gaming history with a few twists of its own.

The combat in Rex Rocket is much flashier and faster paced than the classics we remember as you rush into different sectors of your doomed ship each more deadlier than the last, with guns blazing. The speed of your shots as well as the attacks of your oncoming foes is lightning-quick, and you'll take advantage of the extremely tight controls and employ ninja-like techniques such as wall-jumping or propelling yourself over gaps using your gun as a jetpack. The possibilities are endless to how each player will handle any given situation.

The game is a serious challenge, just enough to keep you focused and alert. I was already dying a couple times to the first boss but only due to my own lack of agility, as soon as I learned the patterns and was dodging every attack I had it down. You'll need to find every power-up item, utilize every weapon and technique, and apply the highest level of hand-eye coordination in order to surpass these very difficult battles. This is extremely reminiscent to how the bosses of the golden-era of gaming would beat you just hard enough to keep you coming back for another try with newfound strategies.

So many of the best ideas are drawn from the original Megaman series, and they work just as well as ever. These are concepts that have withstood the test of time and remain solid after all these years. You'll encounter the electronic Appearing Blocks (also known as Buzzing Blocks) that fade in and out one after another from the iconic Magnetman stage of Megaman 3, the hovering shield bots patrolling back and forth that you can only hit from behind, the classic pixel gates on either side of a boss fight bringing us back to those fateful moments in Wily's castle so many years ago. The level design and platforming elements are really where the game shines, and definitely have received a huge makeover since the late 80's titles that it draws inspiration from giving controls and combat that are much smoother and more precise. Rex Rocket is less stiff feeling and way more action packed than similar legends of the past, making this much more than just a simple homage.

Exploration and progression in Rex Rocket is probably the most enjoyable in the metroidvania genre of games I've felt since probably the GBA Castlevanias, with a huge array of rooms to get sidetracked on during your trek to the current objective. Taking detours into the more diabolical of rooms along your way is encouraged and extremely rewarding as well as satisfying as you'll come across plenty of game-changing items that add to your health, lives, overall ammo, and plenty of story tidbits in the form of Info Nodes to find. Defeating the challenging bosses earns you crucial upgrades and new weapons, leading you back through areas you previously thought impossible to traverse providing immensely satisfying exploration of the gigantic map.

Although the visuals follow a generally retro flavor the pixel art on the sprites have a detail and complexity to them that far surpasses their past counterparts. The backgrounds in Rex Rocket are amazingly pleasing on the eyes and have a serious level of depth to them with twisting pipes, rotating gears and pulse-emitting motherboards reaching back for multiple layers. The rhythmic movements of the setting around you is complimented perfectly by the outstanding chiptune soundtrack provided by musician Saskrotch which, just like the game, strikes that Megaman style all too well specifically of the 1-3 era.

Rex Rocket isn't just a love-letter to the golden-era of games, it's a solid addition to any modern action gamers' library. If you're looking for that next retro-flavored hit of precise and fluid platforming action and metroidvania exploration, Rex Rocket is your perfect combination of the best mechanics from the old and the new.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
I am going to recommend this, but with some mild hesitation.

First things first, it really captures the retro style, feeling a little mega man, a little Super Metroid, and a little Cave Story (I mean, you have to make it somewhat modern, right?) If this appeals to you, you are probably about sold, but just let me continue.

If you are familiar with the way Capcom retreaded the NES style Mega Man series, you might be aware that it included more instant death traps than any game previously. Well, this game is filled with those things as well, and you'll be quite aware of that by the time you start getting into the depths that this game offers. Because this game is harder than any of the games I've mentioned so far. And you know what, maybe that's your thing. Frankly, I'm OK with that. The nice thing is that the game takes advantage of years of experience to know what kind of classic mistakes that old games can... Oh, what, there's a lives system? Well then.

In truth, the lives are not as bad as it seems. You can die several times but when you run out, it's not start-over game over. In fact, you end up in a room, progress saved, but you will have to find your way back to your last location. This is not necessarily an enormous detriment... except it is VERY spare on teleport locations, and some parts of the game... you are going to die plenty. This can lead to rather a few revisits to rooms that probably killed you a couple times as well. If you haven't stocked up enough lives, you might be in pretty big trouble. I will say this to their benefit, though: there are many rooms where you can flick a switch to remove an energy barrier that lets you take a shortcut through the room to skip parts of it, but even then you'd still have to make your way through some tricky bits. I don't even want to think about how many times I died in some sections so far, and I'm about 2/3s of the way through.

The thing is though, these levels are quite well designed. I feel like a connoiseur of platformers would be able to appreciate this, but unless you are a master, you have to be prepared for grinding through some particularly nasty bits to get further.

So basically, if you have not been frightened away by this idea, and possibly if you don't get frustrated easily, give this a go.

I should also note, great visual assets and a wonderful soundtrack. If that pushes you over the edge, great, but if not, don't say I didn't warn you ;)
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
I'm only a little bit into this fantastic game but I have to say it took me by surprise.
I was expecting an easy little 8-bit game that I'd breeze through, what I got was a challenging game that had me cursing at my screen.
This game is a very beautiful and challenging game with a retro feel to it.
Full of references to the games of old, like Mario.
It's can get frustrating as you will die a lot, and the enemies are always outnumbering you, plus the bosses are always stronger than you and often have enemies to fight with them. This however is just a gamplay feature, it's meant to be hard and it's meant to kill you over and over again until you learn to fight them properly or just get lucky.
The game plays like the classic games of the gameboy era, with the simple run and shoot mechanics, paired with things like wall jumping and secondary weapons. Really a treat to play.
I give this game a solid 9/10 and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a challenging, if nostalgic game.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
I could listen to the soundtrack all day.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
The game gets pretty much everything right. The controls are tight, the art is pleasing to look at, the difficulty is ridiculous as the game progresses, and the music fits perfectly. The only thing that I can see being off-putting is the difficulty to those that want something relaxing. This game is tense, no matter how you look at it – music, level design, amount of enemies and things that hurt you on the screen at any given time… You definitely need patience, twitchy fingers, and quick reflexes to play this, but it’s oh so worth it.

Full review can be read here: http://www.fistfullofpotions.com/reviews/rex-rocket-review-im-a-rocket-man/
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This game is hard.... like really, really freaking hard.
Prepare to die a billion times and shout and swear about the (frankly unfair) checkpoint system
If you can get past the bosses/obstacles you feel like a god but before then you're and ant and everything else is a magnifying glass.

(seriously though put in some more checkpoints I'm sick of spending 15+ minutes getting to a boss/miniboss to be killed instantly 20 times and have to spend another 15 minutes making my way to the same place)
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27 of 40 people (68%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Very fun an interesting take on a classic style. It's a challenging experience but still feels approachable! Definitely worth checking out!
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
very fun and super challenging a must for anyone enjoys the old school classic hard difficulty, not for people who just want to breeze through a game, the level designs are very well thought out makes good use of all the new abilities you optain and there are tons of hidden areas to find health upgrades, funny references from classic games as well as other old and current pop culture references, the art style is beautiful would love to have this on my 3DS :D

give it a 9.5/10
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Rex Rocket is the first indie 2D platformer I've played that actually felt just like a classic 8-bit game while also providing fresh gameplay mechanics. Catchy chiptune music, awesome pixelated visuals, tough bosses, hair-pulling platforming challenges, charming dialogue-- the list of what makes this game great goes on and on!

Whether you grew up with retro 2D games or not, this space adventure is a must have for anyone looking for a fun and rewarding game to play.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
I picked up Rex Rocket more or less on a whim. I've always been a fan of this style of game, and I wasn't dissapointed. I love the graphics, the music is spot on, and the controls are smooth. Plus, its hard. In a good way. I could rattle on, but I think I'll just put my first impressions video here for you to watch instead:

http://youtu.be/57L4ktbisaU
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Rex Rocket does a very good job of brining the classic 8-bit platformer to tthe modern day. The game's music and artwork bring back a lot of memories of my childhood and playing NES games like Megaman, Even going as far as respawning enemies if you go back to a completed room. The game also has a lot of little fun quirks/Easter eggs that are fun to pick up on and poke fun at other sci-fi works - that would be next to impossible in the 8-bit classics.

I have been playing with my Xbox 360 controller and have about 3 hours into the game now. Controls seem a bit wonky to begin with, but once you get used to them - it works perfectly - although my thumb now hurts from being lazy and using a mouse for the last year.

The platforming can be quite difficult at times with multiple button combinations, but the game basically has unlimited lives. If you die over and over to the "game over" screen, you can just continue. It does spawn you back some, but everything you collected and did was with you still. You just need to clear the mobs out of the rooms and catch up to where you were.

I did occasionally get lost, the map leaves a little to be desired, but gives you a good indication of direction. I would have liked to see a little dot for where my character is in each room. All in all, it serves it's purpose and isn't "hand-holdy".

I did have some issues with full screen mode, the game would not open after switching to it. I contacted the developers and they are working on a fix and sent me a quick fix that is working.

If you would like to see my playthrough, you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4D232HeetQPjgdm9hdkZsvllVQw0Xqd5
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Woho game is hard.

If you are looking for a platforming challenge this is a game for you.

Very nice executed and always fair with really nice bossfights.

I dig it.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
I was looking forward to playing this game. After 2 hours of game-time I had progressed 13% through the game.
- fun game
- but WAAAY harder than I expected

http://youtu.be/ToPAMc1uBwY
http://youtu.be/3rKicf2yglo
So the first 15-20 minutes was pretty easy because there wasn't really much combat. However once I got to the first boss I started to die a LOT. You start with a lot of lives, I think that is reason. In the options menu you are supposed to be able toggle 'fun mode' on and off. I think that might have actually meant hardcore mode, but this feature seemed to be broken as as there was no apply setting button and it was always back on when I returned to the menu if I'd toggled it off. The boss spammed out a lot of projectiles which I found really tricky to avoid. I think I died at least 15-20 times trying to beat it. The environment is populated by a large amount of enemies. Sometimes it's difficult to get past them with without taking damage i.e. sometimes you don't have much choice but to jump into them. They tend to surround you and appear unexpectedly when you are distracted by other hazards. Also enemies appear to have some degree of random generation so you don't always encounter the same enemies in the same place. I think that probably help keep the same areas fresh.

You don't re-spawn in the immediate vicinity are after dying instead you are taken back to a checkpoint, which there aren't that many of. This tends to set you back pretty far. So I found that I had to begin the same gauntlets from the start again and again. Sometimes after dying over and over before finally making it through sections I discovered that I'd just went to all the effort only to take me back somewhere that I had already been to! So make sure you check the map system so that you're not just taking alternative routes backwards. Also there are hidden passages and destroyable blocks which will uncover shortcuts that dramatically reduce the effort needed to navigate the ship, so be on the lookout for them. I wish I'd realized these things earlier.

I liked how the game looked. The aesthetics and sound effects remind me of lot of old console and PC games and brought back happy memories. For example I hadn't thought about ID's Dangerous Dave for a long time before playing this. That game was awesome! NPCs in Rex Rocket have little bit's of dialogue, some of which I found amusing.

So in the time that I played I felt that I only progressed a relatively small amount through the game. It was very difficult and I was having to make numerous attempts to complete small sections of the game. I struggled to reach points only to die at them and have to go back. This has potential for frustration (I’ll admit I did gripe about it lol) but surprisingly I still found that I enjoyed playing this game.

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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Keep in mind that I got this game only a few hours ago, so this is only a first impression.
Rex Rocket is a perfect fusion between Megaman and Cavestory, with a dash of Super Meat Boy. It has great game mechanics such as shooting below you to boost jumps and teleportation, and is slightly less edicting than cocane, however like the games it has fuse together, it is very difficult. When you first start, you will probably die quite a bit, but once you get used to the game, it gets signifigantly easier. The boss fights are set up so that you will have to play them a few times to beat them, also, this is NOT a game for minimalists. If you don't explore for health, lives, and upgrades, the game gets really hard really fast. Furthermore, you should probably play this on a controller, as the keyboard controls are a bit clunky.
Should you buy this game? Yes, it is well worth $10, and if you ever see it on sale, you would be an idiot to not buy this game.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
This game was everything I was looking for. A challenging 2D platformer with stunning pixel graphics. Very tight controls and incredibly satisfying gameplay. Bosses are hard but when I learned their patterns and defeated them it felt great. The amount of effort and polish shows and I can't believe this was kickstarted for such a low amount.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Great game. So excided that it has been released. IT is just like one of those classic platformers i played as a child. Great job Pixel Castle. I mean spot on. I was exciteded when this game came out in greenlight and could not wait to play it now i can.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
It's basically: Metroid, Mega Man, and Cave Story. It is screen-punchingly hard, but also extremely compelling, and you'll be trying "one more time" over and over.

One bad part is the lives counter (20 lives). It's always pretty easy to get back to where you were so the consequence for losing all 20 lives is pretty minimal, but it doesn't add anything to the game other than frustration.

The game is too frugal with it's teleporters, so you'll traverse a long way to a boss, only to get killed (it takes a while to learn their patterns) and then you'll need to work your way back. I recommend going to your Users/[your username here]/AppData/Local/Rex Rocket/ and creating copies of the save files just after you've gotten to the Boss area. This way you'll be able to reload just before the bosses. And trust me..you'll need to.

I strongly recommend using a controller as others have suggested. I also strongly recommend going to the game options to change directional control from the analog stick to the D-pad.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
The game is good. Mega man style. AMAZING music by Saskrotch. Fun and addictive if you like the style!
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
This game is suuuupppppeeerrrr fun! I like it as much as all my other favorite platformers. It's as good as NES and SNES Mega Man, Metroid, etc..... Thanks for making it :)

Also, dash boots without jet pack is evil. That was ridiculous getting that.

Game over-read book-game over-DON'T GET FRUSTRATED AND READ BOOK. Took a few hours lol
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Awesome fun! Love a good challenge, and this game provides in spades.
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