C&F Inc. teleporters are going offline all over the place, and it's up to an intrepid frog employee to fix the situation.
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Release Date: Nov 11, 2015

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From the creator of Cave Story comes Pixel's latest work; Kero Blaster.
The C&F Inc. teleporters are going offline all over the place, and it's up to an intrepid frog employee to fix the situation.
A classically-styled 2D side scrolling action game packed with adventure.

You are a bipedal frog and a master of the Custodial Sciences, charged with the unenviable task of ridding your company's teleporters of strange black creatures.
Fight for your life through a menagerie of unique monsters while getting your hands on exciting new tools of the trade.

On October 11th, the newest upgrade of Kero Blaster was released on Playism; "Kero Blaster ZANGYOU Mode". With more stages than the original and a whole new mode and story, Kero Blaster is ready to take on Steam.
November 11th brings the latest version of Kero Blaster to Steam, including Kero Blaster ZANGYOU Mode.

Also, there are FREE games with same characters available on STEAM too!
PINK HOUR and its sequel, PINK HEAVEN.
Please try them for the system test of Kero Blaster.



System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8
    • Processor: CPU 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 800 x 600 VRAM 256MByte
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 20 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 800 x 600 VRAM 512MByte
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 20 MB available space
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Kero Blaster is a game that was suggested to me based on my ongoing search for run and gun shooters. It was created by Pixel (Daisuke Amaya), the same man that brought Cave Story to the world. Anyone looking for something like Cave Story should turn away immediately. This isn't to suggest Kero Blaster is a bad game, but rather that it's not an action platformer in the same vein as Metroid. It's a linear platformer somewhat closer to Mega Man and Contra, but not notably similar to either of those series.

The player takes the role of a frog employed in the custodial sciences department of Cat & Frog Inc. He is tasked to clean transporter rooms in several different areas. As he makes his way through each stage he obtains new weapons and collects money that can be used to purchase additional health and upgrades. Kero Blaster's story is bizarre and the game contains many references to the work culture of Japan. It's fairly humorous, but you might want to read up on the concept of a salaryman in order to better understand everything. This is even more true if you're playing Zangyou mode, which is definitely something you should do.

Kero Blaster is a relatively short game, doubly so if you only play through on the normal difficulty. Zangyou mode (zangyou is Japanese for overtime) unlocks after completing normal and is the game's version of a hard difficulty setting. It acts as a continuation of the normal mode story line and features different bosses and more challenging stages. If you skip it you're missing half the game. After Zangyou mode there is also an Omake mode which features a boss rush. The whole thing can probably be completed in approximately eight hours. I ended up with a much longer play time because I did all of the achievements except Jacket Rush. It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend doing it if you're looking for a little more of a challenge than what the game offers by default. It's probably worth mentioning that the achievement descriptions for “Save the Gas” and “Cost Effective” are misleading. The challenge for those two is to beat the game without upgrading beyond two heart containers. “Perfect Attendance” and “Instant Salary” require beating the game without getting “wiped out” which actually means that you can't get a game over if you want them.

Other than questionable achievement text, the game doesn't have many other flaws. The graphics are simplistic, fitting of the style, and at times sport a surprising amount of detail. The controls were a little tricky to get used to at first. The floaty nature of jumping and the way the direction the frog is facing can be locked while firing was a little strange. Once I got used to it I thought it was fine though. I'm sure it must be possible to play with a keyboard and mouse but I recommend using a gamepad. Lastly, the soundtrack is well done and has a few catchy tunes.

Overall, Pixel did a great job with Kero Blaster. It's a somewhat short but unique and memorable experience that provides a reasonable amount of entertainment for the price. There is a solid challenge here, particularly for those that wish to do the jacket achievements. I'd recommend Kero Blaster to anyone looking for some retro style platforming action, people grinding away their days in soulless corporate desk jobs, and those that believe frogs should wear jackets.

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97 of 105 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
If Cave Story was Metroid, Kero Blaster is Contra.

Completely linear, your objective is always to get to the end of the stage to fight a boss, and then do it all over again on the next. Next to no backtracking or branching paths, but there are a few hidden areas that reward you with money or extra lives. Checkpoints happen on almost every single screen transition, so deaths don't set you back too far nor do you need to remember to hit up a save point. However once you run out of lives, you're sent back to the start of the level, but you get to keep all of your money. So some of the harder bosses get eaiser on multiple tries, since you have more money for better upgrades each time you attempt it.

As for an actual review, it's easy to tell the game was first made for a touch device, with the slightly awkard shooting controls. When you hold fire down, you lock your view to that direction, but can still move freely. After a stage or two it starts feeling normal. The first playthrough is fairly easy, with a few annoying boss fights, but the second playthrough "ZANGYOU" (Overtime) is where the real difficulity is at. The second time through all of the stages get tweaks to their layout, while still keeping the overall shape of the area the same. All of the weapons feel like they have some use, which is good since there aren't many even with the upgrades.

While there's not as much character development or plot as Cave Story, there's still plot and dialog between stages, and the 2nd playthrough has its own as well. However if you enjoyed Cave Story for its music, Kero Blaster does not dissapoint. Overall, if you're into run-and-gun platformers, its a fun game to play through, worth the base $10 to me.

Pink Hour and Pink Heaven are both demos for Kero Blaster.
(Played when it wasn't available on Steam)
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
A pretty excellent shooter with a great soundtrack. Everything in the weapons, levels, and enemies feels meticulously tuned to perfection. I love all the odd little gameplay homages to games from my childhood: Mickey's Mousecapade, Megaman, Adventure Island, Mario World, TMNT, etc.

It's not as big a story as Cave Story, but the goofy office characters are much easier to relate to. The Hard mode is actually a new story with new levels and bosses, so you haven't really completed it until you've done that.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Fun run and gun style platformer from the developer of the highly praised Cave Story. Outside of a few very questionable bosses, the game remains consistently fun. The stages are expertly designed in both layout and enemy placement in order to give a lot of diversity of feel to a game without a huge amount of mechanical depth as well as encouraging the player to use all of the different weapons the game has to offer. It is very difficult to get through the game exclusively using one weapon.

The base game is pretty short (around 2-3 hours) however there is a fair bit of bonus content. In particular, ZANGYOU mode is a hard mode which ramps the difficulty up quite a bit and adds some new content and dialogue in as well.

Overall this game is a masterfully crafted experience that is simple to play but has enough diversity to never wear itself out. Fun gameplay, a cute aesthetic, and amazing music make this game highly recommended from me, even at the full price. Further, there are two free pseudo-demos called "Pink Hour" and "Pink Heaven" which contain similar gameplay though shorter and easier. If you are unsure about purchasing this I would recommend giving them a shot first.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
As a big fan of Cave Story, I was really excited to hear they were making a new game that looks and feels like it. Kero Blaster is, however, more straightforward and linear than Cave Story. I love how you upgrade your weapons, the story is really funny, the soundtrack is brilliant. Although somewhat short, I know I am going to play this through again and again just because it is so much fun to play.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
Compared to Cave Story? It's a step backward in complexity since it's very linear, but it has just as much charm to it, maybe even more. Everything is cute and unexplained, which really make it feel like an old-school game.

The controls are very tight and feel great. The weapon upgrades are simple but very rewarding. Every level is well thought out and offers a decent challenge, especially in zangyou mode.

Just friggin buy it and play it already, it's amazing
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Nice game for nice people
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015

If you are going to play this game, expect Cave Story but with a frog instead of a robot.

The gameplay is pretty much like Cave Story, but kinda more challenging, also you get coins and buy the upgrades with them instead of getting yellow triangle... things. Sadly, the game is pretty short, even with Zangyou and Omake modes, I promise you'll never want this game to end.

Talking about characters and story, characters are pretty easy to relate to, more than Cave Story. The story is very simple, just read the description of the game and you'll get an idea.

Graphics are ok, how the character is drawn is pretty simple compared to other graphics, this annoys me a bit but it's because the graphics on the game in fact were going to be alot more simplier (check Daisuke Amaya's YT account, he has a very early trailer of the game, it even has cat waifu savings)

The soundtrack is pretty much like Cave Story's, but the engine it uses is different, however, some songs are just pretty good, the soundtrack may be even better than Cave Story's.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Another great contribution from the developer who created the original Cave Story, Studio Pixel!

If you are a fan of Cave Story, you will likely become a fan of Kero Blaster. It has similar gameplay but different format than Cave Story.

While traversing fantastically designed linear stages that will truly test your platforming ability, using a myriad of weapons and upgrades to fight through hordes of diverse enemies, you will enjoy amazing music, colorful pixel artwork, and charming characters! The likes of which you can expect from Studio Pixel.

The amphibious hero, an apparent "custodial specialist" working for C&F Inc, is sent off on the life-threatening mission to cleanse the C&F teleporters of these mysterious creatures causing them to malfunction. Things get complicated when the C&F president starts acting stranger than usual, making everyone work overtime! What could it mean?

Find out, in Kero Blaster!
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Solid but not spectacular is the name of the game with Kero Blaster. You can tell that the guy who created Cave Story is behind it with the art style in question, but it never hits the same level of charm or story that that game did. It's originally an IOS game that feels more at home here, with simple controls but solid gameplay that relies on good level design and basic weaponry to propel it forward. What it doesn't have is anything that hits you in the mouth, aka the knockout punch to really sell the game, as it's solid in most aspects, but not great in any one either. Some elements have problems with boss fights that let down and an overall sense of having played the game before, but for a title to pick up on sale, it will bring back some memories of Cave Story while you play through it, and it is enjoyable. Just don't expect Cave Story 2.

Gameplay Footage and Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0zlBJWN3Xw

  • Strong level design adds to the game's variety over time and helps the simple mechanics succeed thanks to enemy placement and rearranging of hazards.
  • Simple straight forward gameplay that feels polished, and doesn't go overboard in any one way. Feels like most pieces fit together with no issues.
  • Difficulty curve is solid as there's a solid progression of it throughout the game, never having large gaps or peaks of difficulty, but a solid rise of it.
  • Controls feel at home here as opposed to the iOS.
  • Gun variety is simple but rewards smart use of each gun type and different gameplay styles.
  • You'll get some nostalgia for those who played Cave Story by the feel of the game.
  • Jumping takes a bit to get used to for some of the more tricky jumps, but it does settle down once you get an understanding of what the game is going for.

  • Some boss fights miss badly being basically regular enemies with nothing really new to show for it.
  • Audio options missing, and screen resolution options are really non existant. Even for a mobile port, it doesn't really do a good job of playing to the Steam strengths.
  • Some jumps go for the extreme limit of jump height, leading no room for error, and frustration sets in.
  • Those Expecting Cave Story 2 in terms of charm and story will need to look away, as it never hits that level.
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7.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
A charming platformer with a harrowing message about the dangers of working too hard and 残業。

Translator's note: zangyou means "overtime".
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jokyy the regular
11.7 hrs
Posted: October 6
Kero Blaster is a good game and i do recommend it, but it is not without flaw. You can tell that good wrok was put into it but it seems sometimes that they got the words challenge and unfair mixed up. The music is great, the plot is great, the art style is great, andd the controls are decent if not a little floatsy in the wrong way.

Give it a try only if you are sure you will like it, since the price is quite hefty
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9.2 hrs
Posted: October 1
I think it was a little harder than it needed to be, even on Zangyou mode. Game's kinda stingy about dropping health refills.

Ah whatever, it was a humble little action game from the creator of Cave Story. It's cute and I had fun.
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6.6 hrs
Posted: September 28
When you first play this it seems like a simple task, but eventually it gets harder through the levels and the story gets a bit more interesting throughout the playthrough.

When you beat the game, there is this mode which is "hard mode", while it is what it said theres actually a difference surprisingly. This mode actually has a different story. Same levels, but different designs and the cutscenes are different. The levels while it is the same, the boss battles has shown to be different as well. The last level is also different from the other last level.

This game was tough, but if you can pull it through then you'll win for sure. Just be smart on your coins, and make sure you save more on upgrades than your items. You'll know what I mean as you go deeper through levels. Just spend wisely, and more of all. Enjoy.
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Samurai Shaq
4.1 hrs
Posted: September 4
TL;DR : Fun and Intuitive, If the game is below $5 or below, give it a try.

From the creators of Cave Story comes Kero Blaster. To be put bluntly, this game is awesome. Short, but awesome. The gameplay is simple, and the diffuculty ramps up appropriately. It's one of those games you'll come back to every once in a while to break the monotony of modern AAA games. In short it's FUN, something a lot of games seem to miss. Sure you might be mindlessly shooting things, but your mindlessly shooting them in style.

I should say, again, that this is not a long game. I would recommend it to anyone with the money to spend, but for anyone looking for bang-for-your-buck type games, I would not get it unless it's 5 or below.
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The Colonel
5.3 hrs
Posted: August 29
cave story was your unrelenting personal trainer that wouldn't accept a sub-par performance. kero blaster is your friend, and he won't go too easy on you, but above all he just wants you to have a good time and give you a nice pleasant sweater that'll protect you from harm
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4.4 hrs
Posted: August 29
total ownage. the carnage never lets up in this one folks
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Veteran Kamikaze
7.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
VERY short. I played through the entire game in just barely over two hours. It's a lot of fun and the music, gameplay, and artwork all have the charm I've come to expect from Studio Pixel. For $10 (or $6) I paid on sale I still think it's a worthwhile playthrough especially if you liked Cave Story. It should also be noted that this is a purely linear game, it is in no way a Metroidvania like Cave Story was. Still very fun but if that's what you're hoping to play look elsewhere.
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8.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
Neat focus on weapon switching and guns interacting with level design, as you would expect from Pixel.
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