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 (102 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 5, 2014

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"Showed at GDC 2014 - This game has a gorgeous chiptune soundtrack, and plays great."
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March 5

Rex Rocket for Mac / Linux!

We now have playable Mac and Linux builds of Rex Rocket!

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December 15, 2014

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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“Best PC Metroidvania of 2014”
Game of Year – Metroidvanias

“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!


  • 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.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+, 2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: SDL_GameController devices fully supported
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC support is NOT required.
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+, 2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: SDL_GameController devices fully supported
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
I still haven't beaten this game, but the 3 or so hours I've played have been a blast. The game is hard, but very fair. Bosses are tough to kill, but once you've taken a few tries, you'll figure em out and will be able to kill em.

Movement is a skill thing, with the double jumping being you shooting your gun downwards.

I don't know what else to say other than this is a retro game that takes the best of what I remember the old NES games to be like, slaps a brand new coat of paint, and rocks it out.

It's just a shame this game didn't take off. It's an 8/10 for me for sure.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Stands alongside Super Meat Boy, Strider, Blaster Master, EarthBound.

Warning: Other reviews may indicate that this game is challenging. It is! Thank God.

Some are complaining about the live system: You get (20) twenty tries, before having your checkpoint wiped: plenty of opportunities to move forward.

Incredibly pleased with this game!

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
(Update: While the SlimeMech is very difficult and can serve as a brick wall to some players, the shoes I discuss are actually completely optional, along with other optional challenges in the game. So a big part of my review is actually not that big of an issue. However, if you want the achievements, then you will have a big problem.)

Is the game good? Yes.

Now I'm gonna tell you the reason why I hate it, because I'm bitter as hell and it's payback time.

Remember that episode of AVGN where he said "The game needs an expert setting. So they programmed it, but forgot to put it in the menus." That applies here. Severely.

The game is fantastically solid with a good story, power ups to find, great music, crisp graphics, and FOR THE MOST PART a healthy challenge. The problem is that the game has these extreme spikes in difficulty that can bring your fun and enjoyable experience to a screeching halt, leaving you cursing and screaming at the game for making you feel like a punk b**ch.

The SlimeMech boss was my first brick wall. The fight is bullet hell levels of difficult and it took me quite some time to overcome it. The second brick wall came shortly after, when I reached what I believe are double jump boots behind a locked door. My mood upon discovering these boots was ecstatic. My mood after going through over 100 lives trying to get to them was irritated and upset. You have to traverse a gauntlet that spans multiple screens without a checkpoint in between to reach the boots. The first time I reached the third screen and saw that there was no checkpoint (after half an hour of trying), I couldn't believe it. And when I died (naturally), I turned the game off and started the review.

You think this is reasonable difficulty and that I'm just b**ching and moaning? Let me describe it for you. You have to go down a pit with spikes on the walls using platforms that damage and kick you off if you don't shoot them first, avoiding turrets that fire spread shots and mines that explode if you touch or shoot them, ending with a tricky jump that has to be made at the bottom or else you fall in acid and die.

Next room, you have to jump across pits of acid onto platforms that disappear 2 seconds after jumping on them with Super Mario Bros. fire sticks spinning on them that knock you back into the acid if they hit you.

Okay. Okay. I'm done ranting. To finish off, Rex Rocket is without a doubt a hidden gem and criminally underlooked game on Steam. I love it for being so good, but I hate it for halting my experience with these unreasonably difficult portions. It's worth a purchase as long as you're prepared for a challenge.

Now if you'll excuse me, I still need to get those damn shoes.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
You will love this game if you were a fan of Mega Man X. The art style is retro and rather simplistic, but it works to make everything in your environment easy to identify which is key when fighting a lot of enemies.

It isn't hard so much as it is challenging, meaning the enemy AI is not cheap they have distinguishable patterns that if you're patient and skillful you can overcome. The game feels much more rewarding as a result of this.

The music is best in class, I've purchased the album separately, this game and shatter are the only two games I felt have such good soundtracks they should be on my iPod.

The death mechanic kind of sucked, but it's been patched so now is the best time to play this gem.

If you play it, and like it, definitley write a review and tweet about it because this game needs more attention.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
This cute retro platformer is surprisingly good, addictive and very well designed. But is it hard? Let me put it this way: I know none who has not earned the game's death achievements.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Beats playing Red Rocket any day of the week and thrice on state sanctioned holidays.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Rex is, at its core, an homage to the "Nintendo Hard" platformers of the late 80's and early 90's, with a dash of the "Harder Than Nintendo Hard" indie games of recent years. Castle Pixel really did their homework here -- the game evokes a lot (and I do mean a LOT) of the elements that made the Mega Man and Metroid games fun and challenging, but without being so overtly unfair as (for example) I Wanna Be The Guy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
I'm glad this game was reccomended to me through Steam, I've had a ton of fun playing it. This is a 'retro' style platformer with an awesome soundtrack and some truely difficult jumping puzzles. The bosses are high detail and very nice to look at, the upgrades you get through the game help you to backtrack and get more upgrades and hidden items. I'm only a few hours into it, but I've beaten 3 bosses and am already anxious to go back through areas I already beat to try to get those elusive goodies hiding in the corners.

If you're a fan of difficult platformers with a bit of mega man mixed in, do not pass this game up.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
This game isn't expensive. That's good. You can use the money to buy new controllers after you throw your old one's against the wall.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
I've been following this project ever since it launched on Kickstarter. I wound up playing the DRM copy that was sent to us backers but I wanted to publicly show my support for this amazing title with a review here on Steam. It's like megaman and metroid had a beautiful love child whose name is Rex Rocket. The characters, art work, level design and gameplay all work together to make Rex Rocket a truely unique platformming experience. While the game is definitely tough in some spots, it only served to amplify the sweet taste of victory when I would succeed. My only real complaint with the game is that some of the levels spike in difficulty a little much, but all in all, a totally amazing game that is well worth any serious platformmer's time.

Cheers Castle Pixel and I can't wait to see what you guys come up with next.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
I've never been so enamored with a retro/action/platform even with its carpal tunnel inducing platforming sections and bosses. I felt like the the hard bits were still completely doable with enough muscle memory and practice even in my old age (just south of 40 as of this writing) and diminished reflexes. Also, wanted to mention that the music by Saskrotch keeps you pumped even after dying for the umpteenth time. I will say that the last update was absolutely necessary as I probably would have given up a long time ago if I had to replay entire levels.

TLDR: Totally worth the $10 asking price if you like tough action-platform games in the same vain as Metroid, MegaMan and Castlevania.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Rex Rocket is Retro-Style Gaming Gold! This game couldn’t have enough good reviews. So though I’m not usually one to partake in the review pool, for the sake of this games high success and hopefully fueling games to come from these guys, I feel compelled to do so in this case.
If you like a challenge, this should be at the top of your wishlist, until it’s in your library. A quality story, driving expertly crafted game mechanics, through the challenging level design you’re looking for.
Checked out more to come and can’t wait for their next game, Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King!

Thanks and keep it up Castle Pixel ;)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Phew a good game :D but you shouldnt rage if you die ... you die a lot aslong as you are not super good and know the game already.

So I am one of these ... that die .. over and over :)

It's though and maybe sometimes mean, but its a great challenge to overcome and its just fun!
The controls are smooth, the graphics are great, enemies are tough, there are secrets ... what else would you want in an sidescroller?

I normally do not go and play sidescrollers as they mostly tend to be ... meh. Like the "I wanna be ..." games. Those are aimed to be purely to kill the player over and over and let the 0.000001% or the gods of the genres beat the game.

Rex Rocket is not like these it's still tough but fun!

To finish this I would say anyone that loves sidescrollers should give it a spin and to those who normally don't ... well you can try it and it will be fun.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Rex Rocket is a great game. It reminds me of Super Metroid and the old Megaman and games from the awesome platforming to the incredible music. This game is not for the casual gamer, as the difficulty will make you rage at times. In saying that, however, I'm not saying you shuldn't play it, it's very enjoyable. One thing the creators did great on is making you feel accomplished, as when you finally get past that one hard level or beat that impossible boss you been stuck on, you feel like you're on top of the world. Finally, there's the humor. I think the writers did a great job at telling the story and they made me chuckle at times. Everything from the obscure to the pop-culture references were well placed, even if they did make me groan at times. Anyone who likes retro platformers needs to check this game out. I give this game a rating of 8.5/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Great gameplay, great music, and boy is this game hard! Finally a game where i had to retry many times before managing to go through some really hard passages! At some point, it reminded me of super meat boy! Never gonna forget this game :D
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Great retro Genesis Hell-style platformer. Definitely worth the price of entry, and not impossible- I'm a testament to that. It turns into a little bit Super Meat Boy the further you get into it, but I really only had trouble with the 1st and last bosses. I definitely felt defeated when I first attempted the final boss, but came back two days later and BAM, done on the first attempt. It's a Retro Shooter-Platformer done excellently.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Hey Buddies! Grab a copie when on sale!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Just a comment about this game : It is very, very, very cool ! Thank you guys :)
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
If you're looking for a true challenge, look no further.

The levels are normally challenging yet do-able, but the boss battles will impale your ♥♥♥♥ on a fancy space-stick.
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39 of 45 people (87%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
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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