A fast-paced mashup of roguelikes and first-person shooters.
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Mostly Positive (328 reviews) - 76% of the 328 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 24, 2014

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About This Game

First-person shooters and roguelikes have finally tied the knot! Their offspring, ROGUE SHOOTER, tasks you with navigating a space station run amok. Blast aliens and kick robots in the face as you traverse each level; collecting weapons and gaining experience along the way. How far will you go when death lurks around every corner? Will you reach the 100th level and destroy the source of the station’s corruption? Probably not, but it’s worth a try.

GAME FEATURES:
  • Fast-paced and challenging gameplay!
  • More guns than you can shake a stick at! We wish you would stop shaking it though, it’s making us nervous.
  • Level up and pick from the finest perks this side of the Mississippi!
  • High score charts track your best attempts. Brag to your friends about yours, they surely won’t hate you for it!
  • Play mini-games to hack into secure computers. Just like real hacking!
  • You can battle with robots, aliens, and giant carnivorous plants! You can also battle with your low self-esteem and crippling alcoholism, but those aren’t included in this game.
  • Unlock backgrounds, difficulties and enemy weaknesses.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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Mostly Positive (328 reviews)
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Gee Willikers!
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
somehow made comic sans an art style
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Mickio Tanerdum
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
the budget is a bit low and sometimes the game can get a bit boring but this is a really fun game if you love old FPS games like wolfenstein 3d. i just hope to one day see a sequel maybe in the vein of rise of the triad (wich did have a random level generator)
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Agent Orange
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Silly little Doom-like clone with some rogue-like elements.

Speaking of Doom...this game is more Doom than the new one that came out a month ago.
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ratso
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
You can edit a text file and max out all the stats.
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XxXhiGH_VElocitY_BIRbbbb6911XxX
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
Dog gun is best gun. bork bork bork bork borf bork borf woof bork bokr okrf borkf bokr bokrf
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jedzge
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
cant re map the kick
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xenodor
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
boooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!
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joey7655
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
worth the money
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KaiWaii
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Considering i got this for essentially free (long story), the £1.20 i payed was well worth it. There is some wierd ♥♥♥ guns, like a shotty trident and a dog launcher? Overall, Id say wait until its on sale as the devs have sadly stopped supporting it D: Eitherway, id highly reccomend this to anyone :D
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Hanlukepicard
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
This game is absolutely incredible; 4.99 is a steal
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
148 of 185 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
Atrocious music, hilariously bad graphics, and a trailer that seems half-baked... Is it all intentional? Yes, quite possibly. I decided to pick this up particularly because of it's mid 90's "shareware" graphics and I was pleasantly surprised to find a halfway decent game underneath. If you grew up playing games like Blood, Blake Stone, Shadow Warrior, Rise of the Triad, or any of those first person DOS games, you'll feel right at home.

Excellent roguelike design, lots of interesting unlockables and persistence, tons of stuff to see and experience, quaint set of humor, and genre appropriate difficulty make this ruddy shooter worth the purchase and the time involved. ...Just make sure to mute the music early.
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87 of 102 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
Let's get this out of the way first: this game isn't for everyone. If you don't like old school (and I mean, Doom/Quake era) gameplay and hardcore randomization, then you shouldn't buy this game. That being said, if you enjoy either/both or are open minded, this could be right up your alley.

Rogue Shooter blends rogue-like elements (permadeath, random levels/items) with gunplay from the shooters of yore. It does have a couple of technical limitations (the lack of a volume slider, locked resolution, and oddball fullscreen modes), but the gameplay more than makes up for it. Weapons feel satisfying and varied, enemies are diverse, and levels (while basic) are never quite the same. Furthermore, the higher difficulties are challenging and give you a good space to grow into as you graduate from noob to veteran.

If you're a fan of modern roguelike hybrids, classic shooters, or just plain old innovative games, then Rogue Shooter is worth a shot. Don't take my word for it-check out the demo and see for yourself.
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99 of 125 people (79%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
First, download the demo. If it doesn't even boot up, then don't buy the game. Many people bought the game when it couldn't even run on their PC.

The developer also disappeared off the radar, so don't expect a fix any time soon.
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66 of 78 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
I actually enjoyed this game for what it's worth, but I can't recommend buying it. The developer, Hippomancer, has left the game in an unplayable state for some and a buggy mess for others, myself included in the latter. There were two patches in the first three weeks after the game was released, and then nothing. All attempts to contact the dev via the forums, the contact page on his website, or his twitter account have gone unanswererd.

The game has not been updated since May of 2014. The game was released in April of 2014. It is very clearly abandonware. Don't support devs who don't support their own games.
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68 of 82 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
For those of you who enjoyed classic shooters, this is a treat. It has retro-borderlands style graphics and the loot mechanics are comparable to that of your basic roguelike game.

Pick your background (prisoner, scientist etc., and there are a LOT!) which essentially defines what you start with in your inventory. You move up randomly generated floors and find loot and kill monsters for exp. When you level, you can unlock a perk (and there are quite a bit to choose from). You can combine materials that you find to create anything from useful items to experimental syringes that yield random buffs/debuffs.

Movement is different than most first person games, whereas you cannot look up or down, but only left and right. You manage your inventory in real time (you'll be doing this quite a bit considering all the items you'll be picking up). You'll also be hacking (mouse cursor dodging mini-game) datapads in real time too so best to clear the floor of enemies before attempting this. You get a random amount of credits (possibly other rewards) for successful hacking attempts.

When you die, you start over, but the 'intel' acquired is persistent. You acquire more and more intel as you replay the game more and more, and with more intel comes more unlockables whether that's more available perks, backgrounds and enemies.

My only gripe is that there are many dead ends, but because you move quite fast (what with the fast paced gameplay), it's negligible.
[Edit] The music also does not loop, so if you're on a floor for some time clearing enemies or hacking datapads, then you'll notice the music will eventually cut out and you'll be left alone in silence.

For the current sale price ($4.99) this game is more than worth it. If you're a fan of roguelike games and enjoyed classic shooters like Duke Nukem and Quake, you'll definitely be getting your money's worth.
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80 of 101 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
A real shame.

I love FPS Roguelikes. I bought this immediately upon seeing the name and enjoyed it quite a bit. The graphics are terrible but for a game striving to look and play like the DOS games of yore it did an alright job. I really, really did enjoy this game.

What a shame the game has been left to die by the developer in a state as buggy as a month-old pig carcass.

I spent $10 on a bug-ridden, abandoned mess with amazing potential. Do not make the same mistake I did. Rogue Shooter is abandonware.

Try and find a free version online if you really want to give this a go, but do not support developers who abandon their games after public release, it does NOT set a good precedent.
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56 of 71 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
I absolutely love this. I will gladly buy a hundred DLCs to make it better and better. The game combines the best parts of oldschool shooters like DOOM and wolfenstein with the goofiness and roguelike-ness of dungeons of dredmor (another must-buy game on steam.) It provides a very good level of challenge where it keeps you on your toes but never seems unfair. The combat is skill oriented, just like classic shooters, and there are difficult choices to make in regards to things like spending money and which items to hold on to and which to discard. The perk system is actually quite neat, not gimmicky, and all round this is a hell of a lot of fun. My only 'complaint' such as it is would be that it could use some more visual content. As in, more room textures, more types of enemies, that sort of thing. Also, resolution settings would be a huuuuge bonus. Other than that, it's a brilliant piece of indie gaming fun that I'm certain I can sink a few hundred hours into. highly recommended! enjoy!
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34 of 43 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2015
I've had this game a while and I'm giving a negative review based on the fact the last patch introduced a bug and about a year later it's still there because it has been abandoned. The game had been on Steam barely any time, and they took the money and ran.

Specifically, the bug I'm mentioning is that you have to redo all the gfx settings every time you start the game. These types of games are meant to be played for 15-30 minutes then you quit and do something else. This bug makes the "natural" way of playing this game more work to start up than it's worth to play.

The gameplay itself isn't too bad. I kinda like it, there's enough different classes that give varying equipment and abilites to keep it interesting for a while, I'd be playing more often if not for the bug. The movement is a floaty, but that's part of the "arcade style" of the game. A way to sell it positively would be to say combat "flows" well.

The enemy variety is good, as are the level conditions. The weapon variety as well is nice, and you'll develop favorites for different situations or enemies.

I'd recommend this game if not for its total abandonment and multiple standing "minor" bugs.
I notice it's only $4.99 so if having to reset gfx settings every time you start and having to watch not to upgrade your weapon too much don't phase you, It's fun for what it is, but... Buyer beware.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2014
Surprisingly addictive and full of true 90's FPS charm, but holy hell does this game have some huge control issues. Enemies somehow manage to grapple onto you and stop you from moving, you get caught on walls all the time and there's loads of other cheap problems with the level design, or lack thereof. There's 100 or so floors and I can't imagine anyone beating them any time soon.

Hopefully they patch out the small bugs because this one has a lot of potential.

Full video review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqbiir0TgY0
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34 of 48 people (71%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
Rogue Shooter: The Gamelike Letdown

Rogue Shooter = FPS Shooter + Great Humor + Neat Roguelike Aspects - Playability

This is just sad. I really wanted to like this game. Roguelikes are one of my favorite genres and this game just looks so very entertaining. Unfortunately... It wasn't.

This game has been ABANDONED.

There hasn't been an update in nearly a year. Now, if this simply meant a lack of new content that would be fine. The problem here is that this game is broken. Many players experience debilitating bugs, and I include myself amongst them. For my part, there seems to be some manner of absolutely unbearable mouse input lag. The game runs at a smooth 60fps just so long as I DON'T TOUCH THE MOUSE. If I do, I get the worst stutter I've ever seen. This is untenable for a first person shooter. No matter how I tweaked options and settings, nothing I did improved the situation.

Such a disappointment. The game is otherwise completely charming.

Buy if you...
  • Feel lucky, punk. Not everyone has bugs that render the game completely unplayable. You might be one of them. Kind of a gamble if you ask me.
  • Aren't lucky, but are a glutton for punishment. By all means, enjoy.

Don't buy...
  • If you have anything else better to spend your money on. I would rather buy tacos.
  • If you don't want to pay for abandonware.
The Bottom Line

I wish I could have played this game, but the bugs wouldn't let me do so tolerably. Perhaps someone out there might make a fan-made patch, or perhaps the developers will come back and fix it. Where did they go? Were they eaten by one of their summoned hippos? If I know anything about hippos, it's that they are hungry hungry, so this seems a likely probability.

If they emerge from the hippos digestive tract and still have enough of their fingers left to type, then I hope they will fix their game. I'd love to update my review at that time. Until then... I can't give the thumbs up on this one.
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