Dash across Scenic Locations destroying bug like creatures called the Flanx using 6 Unique Attacks that include Massive Terrain Deformation and High Speed Barrages of Energy Blasts! Caster is an intense 3rd person action shooter experience with pulse pounding music that will keep you wanting more! Massive terrain deformation!
User reviews: Very Positive (90 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 7, 2009
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“It's your pathway to total power and you’ll love blasting your way through every second of it.”
Mike Rose

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Dash across Scenic Locations destroying bug like creatures called the Flanx using 6 Unique Attacks that include Massive Terrain Deformation and High Speed Barrages of Energy Blasts!
Caster is an intense 3rd person action shooter experience with pulse pounding music that will keep you wanting more!
  • Massive terrain deformation!
  • Use strategy to destroy hordes of bugs with a variety of unique behaviors and attacks
  • Bring trees back to life and collect energy to purchase upgrades
  • Upgrade your skills to run on water and jump hundreds of feet into the air
  • Pulse pounding music by Trance Emerson
  • 3 levels of play (Casual, Normal, and Extreme)
  • 2 playable characters
  • 6 unique attacks

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista
    • Processor: 800 MHz or better
    • Memory: 64 MB
    • Graphics: 16 MB Graphics Card (GeForce 2 or better)
    • Hard Drive: 32 MB Available Space
    • Sound: DirectX® Compatible
    • Input: Xbox Controller supported
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Despite the dated graphics, this game can be great fun in short bursts. Playing around with the terrain, running at super-speed up vertical cliffs while machine-gunning energy bolts at mite-like things chasing you, dodging projectiles and then capping it off with a super-high jump that lands you hard enough to deform the ground? That's a sort of rush that doesn't really appear in a lot of titles, let alone one with system requirements as relaxed as this. The weapons are pretty unbalanced and you'll only be using one or two once you get them, but that's not really a problem given that competitive balance is a non-issue here.

I only wish they'd given you more opportunities and incentive to use the terrain deformation powers to your advantage, in ways that would make you feel that same exhiliration. It does lack variety and interesting strategy, which is sad. Community support and quality custom levels and stuff would make this so much more worthwhile, given the core gameplay conceit, but even as it is, it's got a charm to it. When it's bad, it's dull. When it's good, it's that kind of game that's fun for the first few days, then you forget about it for a while, and then you pick it up again and relive the magic that hooked you the first time. It's worth a buy, especially if it goes on sale.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Behind the very muddy and dated graphics, there's a fairly fun, fast paced game that does a lot things that are deemed unplayable everywhere else, but feels so right in this game.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
It's a quirky and fun, fast paced game where you have to destroy creatures called "The Flanx" because they are evil.
To defeat these Flanxers, you can sprint really fast, jump super high and can use 6 weapons, all with their own abilities.
One weapon, destroys the landscape and one weapon adds land. This makes terraforming a great part of the game.

However, it would be wrong in this case, half of the weapons are pure shit in terms of usability. Even in the levels where you get a new weapon, you can easily use another. I've, for example, never used the Stun weapon and just blasted and destroyed so much land, that I bet I would get Greenpeace or such at my back.

The campaign is also really short unless you really want a perfect score but what would that even be?
You could be finished with the first campaign in about 30 minutes to an hour. There are 2 campaigns and possible even user-made content.
Additionally, half the levels are pretty repetitive.

Does this all makes the game bad? No. It's a nice game if you want some quick action and when it's on sale, it's certainly nice to possibly buy. Just don't expect something big however.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This game has an intense array of 6 unique attacks and MASSIVE TERRAIN DEFORMATION that make it the most amazing 3D Playstation 1 reminique type game I've ever seen.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2013
The premise is clear: the Flanx have invaded Middon, which is short of experienced mages, and you, a noob Caster, gets the job of owning the bad guys.

Right away, you’re put in this action shooter game that has a remind of a 3D Megaman. You’ll be dashing, double jumping and collecting several diferent weapons that will by fired by your arm and many of which can be charged before firing. Among the arsenal you will find from energy blasts and bombs to seeker missiles and a stunner, including some kind of gravitational gun that will deform the terrain increasing its height. If it was not enough, you can actually deform and destroy all the terrain by all your attacks, which also spices the combat mechanics.

You will face from cockroaches and flying beetles to giant worms. Each enemy is very different in all aspects starting by the models, and including their weapon and combat approach. You should even be prepared for enemies lurking out from the ground and find yourself running while saying ugly words. What is a bit strange is that, having put the time in differentiating the enemies so much, most, if not all, of them just use the same weapons available to you just colored differently.

The game packs 15 short levels and the progress is quite fast. You will start with just an energy gun and the ability to do some small double jumps and dashes and a small health bar. However, in each level you will collect energy by killing Flanx and healing trees, which then you will be able to spend upgrading yourself. There are also some weapons that you will have to find -not that it is hard- to unlock them, and your character will even change color when changing weapon -what does that remind you of, again?-.

Caster can be completed in a couple hours, maybe a little longer, although you won’t be able to upgrade everything -and I mean everything, your jumps height, dash duration, health level, weapons power…-, which may take an extra hour replaying some levels. However, if you really want to play more, you can find mods in the game’s website that will give you some extra content. And you will probably want to play some more, since it’s one of those games where you’re just telling yourself after each level ‘Only one more level and then I walk the dog’ and more soon than later there is no one more level.

About the soundtrack, I should mention it’s not constant. It packs some tracks that you won’t notice to be there and some others that will really pick your attention because they’re actually good.

Overall, Caster is one of these very beautiful indie games that also packs good controls and gameplay and will leave you a taste of wanting more.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2012
This game is ridonkulous fun. It doesn't last long and the graphics are far from awe-inspiring, but this game really delivers on running stupidly fast and jumping upchuckingly high all while blasting random bad things and trying to collect random shiny things. There's really nothing to it, but it's very very entertaining for a short time :)
Oh also you save nature or something, so that's nice too.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2012
Drawing inspiration from such blockbusters as Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing and Jurassic Park: Trespasser, elecorn presents to you his magnum opus, Caster. In Caster, you follow the legend of a young boy (or a feminine frame boy), his face tragically crippled at birth by low poly counts, fighting against an unknown alien threat known as FLANX, determined to sit there and do nothing or walk at innocent humans in straight lines as they go about their day. To defeat such a menacing threat our hero is granted the power of super speed and must fly through rin- I mean collect orbs of power, granting him powers such as running up vertical walls, jumping so high he crosses the entire level, and homing missiles that _very_ accurately track their enemies.

The game also features a myriad of references to previous grand slam titles often overlooked by the casual gamer. The ♥♥♥♥♥♥ graphics are a reference to Final Fantasy 7, one of elecom's favorite games when he was 5. The physics reference legendary racer Big Rigs, with the ability to instantly stop while running 172839127 mph. And of course, who could forget the large number of bullets and badly drawn characters, clearly a reference to ZUN and Touhou.

Caster's main strength is in its simplicity and accessibility. With levels lasting between 3 seconds and 2 minutes, you don't have to worry about a commitment when you sit down; you can simply play! The controls are very intuitive; some may critcize the heavy mouse acceleration, but it's by design so that all players, newbies and pros alike, have equal trouble aiming and controlling their character ensuring a balanced experience no matter who's playing.

However, no matter the level of quality of a game there are always a few negative points, and Caster is no exception... one of them being that there are some issues with the PC port of this game. In the optimization process from Linux to Windows and Mac, a large amount of autism was left in. I for one cannot stand for excess autism in my games, and so I cannot ignore this sloppy port job, no matter the quality of the actual game. Further, in his rush to get the game out for the holidays (a goal which he ultimately failed at, thanks to Steam wrongfully delaying his game in their rigorous review process), elecom unfortunately left the game unfinished. Not in the traditional way though, where devs don't have time to add their layer of polish, but actually unfinished. When you attempt to enter the final level you are given a "To Be Continued" screen. What's there is golden, but what COULD have been there could have been so much more... It's a real shame elecom didn't get to finish his title, as it would have been a good nominee for game of the year.

In the end Caster will be put on the long list of visionary video games tragically cut short by time and budget constraints, dreams brought down by the crushing reality of checkbooks and deadlines. Do yourself a favor and pick up elecom's game. For only 99 cents, you can't really go wrong. You don't need supersize fries anyway. I give this game a 7/10.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game, while it looks bland and like something you would have played on the Sega Saturn or Nintendo 64 more than 10 years ago, is actually quite entertaining if you like mindlessly running around murdering things. It's a very simple game, not terribly difficult (though there is a level I'm stuck on so I haven't managed to finish the game yet), it's loads of fun to just dart around and blast the living crap out of (nearly) everything that moves. For the price, you can't go wrong, but if you're hesitant about spending the $5 (at the time of this writing), wait till a sale and pick it up then. Don't go into it expecting AAA graphics and story and you'll have fun, if only for a few hours.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2012
Game of the year (all of them)
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Extremely repetative and simple score attack shooter. No story or anything to take you along.
If oyu like running and bullet hell in 3D this is your game. But I wouldn't recommend if you are looking anything more than hour's worth of gameplay.

There isn't much here, specially at the start to keep you interesting and the good, but few in selection, of songs only keep you interested for a while.

The weaponry is interesting and allows manipulation of the polygon based environment, but other than that will not offer anything else.

Enemies come in 3 variety, Fast, Stationary and Bullet hell.

The simple graphics allow you to view some cool effects of the weapon but other than that, doesn't offer anything to look at, bland textures, boring level design. Having low production value doens't mean it is bad, it is just way blander than it should be.

There was extreme amount of potential at show.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2010
It's cheap. And like a sonic game.

A bad sonic game. Where sonic can jump the height of the pre-crumbling tower of babel and sink entire continents into the ocean with his DBZ beams and sprint across lava and spikes because they don't mean shit when you run so ♥♥♥♥ing fast.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2013
One day I played this game together with my brother. Although we finished it in just about 3 hours, I have to say, this is a game that shouldn't be missed. The simple design, which reminded me of Mega man, drew me and my brother into it. I wish there was more content from the makers - well, there's a MOD community that can make levels, so there's that :)
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
Love. This. game. For the price this is a great title. So-so graphics that free up computing power to do other gameplay mechanics like creating a mountain out of the earth, running up it vertically at 90mph and then blowing it all back down into the ground. I hope more games like this come around.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Something is wrong with the Mac version. I have a Mac book Pro with Retina display. It does not allow you to press the tabs below a certain height on the screen so rthe game is unplayable right now.
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Muddy graphics and very repeative and boring most of the time, all though Feels llike a game for the N64, and can be fun at times. Buy in warning!
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Dated and Unengaging

Caster feels, in every way, like a game I might've rented for Nintendo 64 back in the day and completely forgotten about by the time the weekend came to an end.

Clocking in at about an hour, the game is incredibly brief and simplistic--loosely guided by a storyline so insufficient it's difficult to understand what is actually going on, you dash across barren landscapes for a couple of minutes to fulfil what is usually one of two objectives: kill all flanks on the map or collect all energy balls on the map.

The energy balls act as a currency enabling you to upgrade your shield, dash and jump abilities, as well as your arsenal of six weapons, which along with the rudimentary environmental deformation adds a little variety to the game. Regardless, I solely used the Blast weapon throughout the first campaign because none of the others ever offered any advantage. The second, shorter campaign simultaneously makes Caster more interesting and frustrating, posing more thoughtful objectives and stronger enemies yet forcing you to use useless weapons such as the Seeker, whose supposedly "seeking" missiles hit their target about 10% of the time.

Frankly, this game wouldn't have made it past the bargain bin back on the Nintendo 64, and thus it's embarassing to see such an incredibly amateurish product released in 2009, indie or not, at the laughable price of 4.99. The fact that the second campaign still leaves you with a "to be continued" message, five years on, is telling of the fact that Caster has likely been abandoned, and rightly so.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2012
Caster is a bad shooter in just about every way possible. Extremely primitive--I would have expected something of this caliber to be released 10+ years ago.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 26, 2013
I love this game.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2011
This game makes me nostalgic for older arcade shooters with the blocky graphics. Fun but short; the devs have been working on extra content and there are custom maps. Pretty good for an iOS port but nothing amazing.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2013
One of the most exciting and entertaining indie games ever. You must play this with Prodigy's Invaders Must Die album in the background.

The sense of speed and hyperactiveness you'll experience is quite amazing.

PLAY on HARD please!
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