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 (109 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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“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

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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 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.9 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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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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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4 of 7 people (57%) 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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1 of 2 people (50%) 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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