Take control of a cyberdragon and annihilate swarms of rocket propelled chainsaws either online or via LAN in this high speed, high skill 8 player co-op twinstick shooter.
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Release Date: Jun 16, 2014

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Why Early Access?

“Getting feedback on gameplay balance, the difficulty curve and general bug reports from early access players is very useful.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“2-3 months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“More content, improved co op and better steam integration.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Solid core gameplay and reasonably polished single player. Multiplayer still needs more work, but is definitely playable.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?


How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Will play close attention to player feedback both for bug testing and gameplay balance.”
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May 13

Some bugfixes

-Fixed a code path that could cause enemies to run away endlessly (there might be another one, let me know if it keeps happening)
-Fixed a trigger on the wrong layer causing problems with beam weapons fired near terror fortress omega.
-Fixed some texture problems.
-Some under the hood work towards adding achievements.

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March 15

Fixed bug with texture quality changes

-Changing texture quality will no longer cause objects to have incorrect textures.
-Fixed a few sliders that still had trouble with controllers.

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About This Game


Take control of a cyberdragon and annihilate swarms of rocket propelled chainsaws either online or via LAN in this high speed, high skill 8 player co-op twinstick shooter.


Harvest components from the smoking wreckage of your enemies and construct a vast arsenal of crazy weaponry. Gatling laser guided rocket launchers, bear teleporters and singularity cannons are just the beginning. All this customization isn’t just for show, either. Different weapon and character builds allow for a huge range of effective playstyles.


The space skeleton armada is cunning and merciless – flanking, sniping, cloaking and teleporting are just a few of the tricks the AI is capable of. However, if you learn their tactics you can use your enemies weapons against them. All attacks have full friendly fire, and exceptional players can annihilate entire fleets by tricking them into shooting each other.


After obliterating enough regular enemies, you’ll have to face down screen filling deathmachines like the Killdozer, Bullet Devil and Terror Fortress Omega.


"what’s interesting about the game: the variety of its enemies, the manner in which you can manipulate its AI, and that it has singleplayer as well as 8-player coop."
- Graham Smith, Rock Paper Shotgun

"A beautiful shoot em up with super fast paced and challenging combat."
- Nick Puleo, Co-Optimus

"Want to be a teleporting, mine dropping, laser blade wielding cyberdragon? Or evasive and armed with railgun and chaingun? Or do you want to mind control enemy ships and use your laser like a tractor beam? All those playstyles are equally viable."
- Christian Valentin, Indie Game Enthusiast

"XenoRaptor is fantastic fun, it’s a well crafted top down space shooter, with an infusion of Dead Rising style, crazy weapon building. Highly Recommended."
- Alpha-Beta-Gamer

"There's something delightfully absurd about a giant circular saw flying through space"
- LowEndGamers

" Extremely responsive controls allow for precision accuracy, harrowing maneuvers, and a devastating outlay of firepower."
- Parker, Chalgyrs Game Room

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: pentium dual core 2.5ghz
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Very Positive (65 reviews)
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0.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: July 4
As far as I can tell, this game is promising.
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15.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: July 2
The server browsing is broken, but you can invite your friends, and the game is great, even if you don't have enough audible feedback on when you get hit, or when you move, everything is quite well-balanced, despite the exploit allowing infinite multiplayer respawn. Manoeuverability is excellent, and controls are crisp, git gud or get rekt. Music might be a tad repetitive after a while, but is mostly OK. Trying different ship builds is a lot of fun, and bosses are no joke. Some might say it's not the prettiest game out there, but you don't need a PC from 2033 to run it, and appearances are for shallow people. I bought a 4-pack for my friends, and I'm about to buy another one. This probably is one of the best early access games ever.
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The Mi-Go 13
1.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
Beautiful, tense, twin-stick shooter w/ tight controls, a GREAT theme & builds to suit a myriad of playstyles. Cyvern for 2016! This EA looks promising. This is a very responsive,twin-stick arena ShMUp with light RPG aspects and really fun, satisfying game play. If you are a ShMUp fan, or want to try an action game that rewards practice but is fun even when you fail, this is a good choice. Highly enjoyable and better than many offerings in this genre. A title worth having in any action/shooter fan's library.
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1.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
Great twin stick shooter, but would love to see different ship (dragon) types, looks etc.
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1.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Looks like we've caught one, a case of a good Early-Access game.

XenoRaptor combines the intensity of a bullet hell with the skill ceiling and reflex requirement of an FPS, all while keeping it interesting with a variety of customization options.


Gameplay is straight forward. You play as a powerful, weaponized dragon flying across the galaxy to defeat a mysterious army of chainsaw drones. Control is responsive, and in a basic format. Combat feels rewarding, and even getting hit gives you that bittersweet sound of a chainsaw screeching into your thick scales. Weapon customization is ridiculous, giving you a variety of weapon bases, ammunition, and convections to choose from. Addicting and simple, but positively eye-widening with the combos you can get.


Probably the only particularly lackluster part of the game. Graphics don't matter too much, and the game looks alright, but I can't lie when I say it looks like a game from 2010 or something. This won't affect your gameplay too much though, and you can certainly enjoy it on any of the graphics settings.


Performance seemed fairly average on a toaster of a computer that I have. No major lag spikes, and the game ran at a steady 60 FPS, even at times of high chaos and special effects. Rock and roll on your awful Alienware laptop if you want, I'm sure it'll do fine. Weirdo.


Literally emptier than that barn from Charlotte's Web. At least that place had living beings in it. XenoRaptor doesn't have a very active community, though this is subject to change. I'll be happy to report that multiplayer works, at least. As in, I tried with friends because no stranger wanted to play at all. Thankfully there's a four pack. Go nuts.

Final Thoughts

I'll be playing this a lot in the future, I feel it. It's a great game with good heart that doesn't worry about a deep story, or beautiful, breath taking graphics. It's about shooting things really good and dodging the bad guys. Decimate whole fleets of misunderstood tree-cutting tools with XenoRaptor.

Highly Recommended for anyone willing to cough up the reasonable price it has, though getting it on sale isn't a bad idea.
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34.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23
XenoRaptor is a very fun but also very difficult game. I would recommend playing the demo before deciding to buy it.
It is also important to know that the game gets more difficult in later stages, like any good game should.
It took me about ten hours to get good enough to enjoy the game and it can be frustrating at first.
The score multiplier is a very nice tool to check on the player skill. If it's high you are doing something right.
The number of interesting weapons allows for different playstiles and it can be nice to try a different loadout if you get stuck on a difficult level.
Finally there is the online leaderboards where you can compare your scores with other players with different sections for friends only and worldwide scores.

If you enjoy a hard and challenging game that rewards playerskill XenoRaptor is the game you want.
P.S. The asteroids only seem really dangerous at first, onecc you learn not to suicide dodge at every possible moment it gets really awesome!
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Punished Blart
6.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: June 6
I got this on a whim after finding it somehow (either special or through an accident in the search recomendations) and ended up buying it after playing the demo for a while. This is one of the best twin-stick shooters I've ever played. All the other games are either side-scrollers, or that Flash-game esque 2D arena shooter (Fracture, Geometry Wars, Waves, etc) type thing, or nostalga♥♥♥♥ trying to re-live the "glory" days. This game says "♥♥♥♥ technique and ♥♥♥♥ conventions" and proceeds to throw a plethora of upgradable and fully configurable weapon and equipment systems at you at the speed of ♥♥♥♥. On top of the weapons, the fixed camera angle is just right, there's also a mode that follows directly behind you, and there's even a "sniper mode" that allows you to see out further in both major camera modes.

And trust me, there is a metric ♥♥♥♥truckton of weapons. Even the base weapons alone are enough to keep you kinda busy, but then you start finding not only size but damage-type modifers, some with unique effects, and figuring out what best suits your play-style or if you just want to see how much damage you can do in a single volley. Also, yes, those numbers next to them, nearly all equipment is upgradable.

Also the equipment drops are set up nice too. If you only get to wave 5, the mid-way boss, and beat him, and die on wave 6, you still get a part, and all bosses have drops. Yes, you will have trouble until you find better equipment, even on regular difficulties, but it's not very grindy, and you'll always get drops until the table for that boss is completely dry, plus action is very fast-paced, meaning you'll never get bored if you're getting into the zone at all.

My only complaint about this game is a bit of needed ballancing between the different weapon systems, but that would take time, and if overdone, it may take the fun out of getting something like the Nuke, The Only Way To Be Sure™.

Early-access games go from anywhere from 10 to 25 dollars, and this one is absolutely worth 15. It is nearly a complete game, in fact. Maybe I haven't gotten far enough to find any missing details, but so far it has been worth every penny. Much less a game with exactly one author, aside from the engine and maybe some stock assets.


What really gets me is that this game only has 50 reviews or so. That means not many people really know about this game, and that sucks, man. For a number of reasons.
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6.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: March 17
This game has a huge amount of potential weapon and ship loadout, allowing for very interesting combinations that radically change how the game plays. Want to be a SPINELESS WORM and fight from long range while being a coward? you can! Want to be ARNIE and be all awesome and stuff? You can probably also do that.

The game has a variety of enemies to dodge and shoot too. Giant skulls that shoot smaller skulls that have chainsaws in SPACE! SPACETANKS that have mortars (somehow)!

Anyway, I recommend this game if you want a fast paced twin-stick shooter that keeps you on your toes.
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11.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: March 11
Simple. Fun. Varied.
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Cyrus Black
4.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: February 14
almost qualifies as an american bullet hell sometimes. its fast paced and zainy, and you are constantly trying to reduce threats. its pretty great.
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52 of 53 people (98%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 17, 2014
I originally wrote these impressions in February:

Very rarely do I impulse-buy games. I saw XenoRaptor on TIGForums last night and was instantly intrigued by the crazy description and impressive GIFs. If "a weapon which teleports attack bears into the cockpit of enemy ships" doesn't peak your interest, nothing will. I tried the demo and then purchased the game ten minutes later, I'm a big fan of dual stick shooters and bullet hell mayhem action games, and XenoRaptor does not disappoint.

The last indie that compelled me to buy it so fast was Broforce and in a similar fashion, XenoRaptor is wild, over-the-top, and just fun. The controls are fluid and very responsive, allowing you to evade enemy fire and enemies themselves with ease. But being able to maneuver with ease doesn't mean the game is easy. The gameplay has the same fast, frenetic, frantic pace of Assault Android Cactus, as bullets and enemies fly in from all angles, and you must constantly stay on the move, rarely given a moment to rest. However, XenoRaptor offers the player far more freedom in terms of gameplay. From engine types to customizing your loadouts to altering your dragons color pattern, you have a wide range of options to mix and match. Want to be a teleporting, mine dropping, laser blade wielding cyberdragon? Or evasive and armed with railgun and chaingun? Or do you want to mind control enemy ships and use your laser like a tractor beam? All those playstyles are equally viable.

XenoRaptor's charm extends to its environments and visuals as well. Controlling a weaponized space dragon mech is just feels more exciting and cooler your usual shmup ship, and better yet, the health and overheat meter is represented Dead Space-style, by lights on your dragon's body, keeping the UI minimal and the screen free of clutter. The backdrop of planet, stars, and asteroid fields are impressive and in some instances play a role in gameplay. Asteroids can be dragged along with your tractor beam or used to funnel enemies through chokepoints so they destroy themselves.

XenoRaptor doesn't just offer hectic single player chaos; you can also play co-operatively and competitively. I haven't tried those modes yet, but they're there for people who enjoy multiplayer. The game is still in beta, with more maps, enemies, bosses, and ship components to come. If you're a fan of arcade shooters, bullet hell fun, and tactical depth, XenoRaptor is right up your alley

Since then, XenoRaptor has only gotten better. New enemies, new bosses, improved and sleeker UI, boss rush mode, new weapons, new levels, flashier visuals. XenoRaptor has earned a spot as my favorite games of 2014 so far, for its so so satisfying gameplay, strategic depth and deep customization, and hectic intense combat. I didn't think any game would surpass Assault Android Cactus as my favorite dual stick bullet hell shooter, but XenoRaptor did. It's fast and fun and frenetic and well worth the price. There's a ton of content even now and only more to come in the future.

My favorite thing about the game has to be the fact that enemies can hurt each other. It may not seem like a big detail, but it adds so much to the gameplay and opens up numerous tactics and awesome moments. A horde of rocket chainsaws closing in? Dodge at the last moment to make them all destroy each other, or lead them through a chokepoint between asteroids so they tear each other apart as they group together. Bait enemies into shooting each other, mind-control mini-bosses into fighting other enemies...it makes combat so much fun
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 17, 2014
Short version. The game runs perfectly fine and in my opinion this game is a great deal of fun. If you enjoy these type of games you should have no real gripes with this one.

I picked up this title because it reminded me of another indie game that I did not expect much from but in the end impressed me more so then any other game this year, Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages. As I am now a fan of this genre I would have enjoyed this game even if it was only half way decent. That being said I do believe this game holds up on its own. The controls are fine, the gameplay is fast and chaotic and it is challenging.

The only complaint (and it is a minor one) I have is that there is only one ship that you can pilot. I love having a selection to choose from. I can understand why they might do this though as it makes the game easier to balance. The biggest complaint I had with RR was that some ships simply out classed others rather then having there be trade offs of say like gaining something while losing something else. What would make this game fantastic is if they did have a few more ships though, like say a really light and quick one, a heavly armored slow ship, etc. and make it so no ship is clearly better then others but would give people the ability to specialize even more so.

I don't really know what they plan to add in the future so my complaint might be unfounded.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 18, 2014
It's kinda like God Hand, if your fists were replaced with singularity cannons and the mooks kamikaze'd into asteroids because you're a deviant trickster.

9/10 it's ♥♥♥♥ -IGN

Smooth as silk controls, intense mechanics, in-depth customization, fantastic enemy design, stages that require proper strategies to beat, and 8-player co-op with friendly fire. It's all you need.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24, 2014
I greatly enjoy top-down shooter games, especially ones like XenoRaptor which are set in space. In general, if you like ridiculous weapons, crazy customization, high-score chasing, and really chaotic gameplay, then you definitely should pick this game up.

XenoRaptor is a fast-paced twin-stick shooter. The movement of the player's ship feels natural, especially if you are playing with a controller like I was. Aiming is not a problem, and there are 4 skills that the player can use: 2 basic weapons that generate Heat, a special weapon that uses Ammo, and a movement skill that uses Fuel. The number of weapons and combinations that are possible in this game is already varied, and is sure to increase as the developer adds more of them. Each weapon plays out in its own unique way, so there are many styles of gameplay that can be catered to, provided that you can unlock the weapons and modifications first.
The enemies are generally combinations of characteristics, for example a fast chainsaw ship that uses a chaingun, which does make the level varied enough that they are not grindy, but similar enough that you can easily tell at a glance what type of enemy you are fighting. The bosses must be defeated in order to unlock weapons and modifications for your ship permanently. Each has a separate drop list and will always drop a new mod until you have acquired all of them. Unfortunately there does not appear to be a way to tell when you have gotten every mod from a specific campaign level until you have defeated both bosses without getting another drop.
Chaotic as the levels are, it would be near impossible to beat the level without the use of power-ups that are dropped occasionally when you kill an enemy. That being said, there are some readability issues with said power-ups that can make it a nuisance. Medkits will fully heal the player's ship to prevent you from dying. Coolant (and all other weapon power-ups) will reset your Heat bar, which if filled will prevent you from firing your basic weapons until it has cooled approximately half of the bar. Ammo, a subset of Coolant, will add Ammo for your special weapon, which can be shot even when you Overheat. Speed drops will replenish your Fuel and make your ship move faster. An important thing to note is that you can overcharge your Health, Fuel, and Heat, but it is not nearly as efficient as its intended usage. Unfortunately, the Medkit and standard Coolant power-ups are both green and about the same size, so they tend to look very similar and can be a bit confusing. While you can look at the minimap because it uses more distinctive icons and even though the game will circle the power-ups that you need urgently, it is still frustating. The Speed power-up, while not as vital as the other two, is very small and hard to see. Again, it appears distinctly on the minimap, but it is a problem nonetheless.
I have absolutely no clue on what manipulates the score multipler. Generally killing stuff increases it and getting yourself rekt will drop it.

User Interface:
Currently the user interface is very bare-bones: The main menu has a few items, including the Hangar and game modes, but there is no tutorial or additional information that will tell you what power-ups do. While you do get a basic control list when you press F1 in-game, you will need to figure out what everything is and does on your UI.
The Hangar is where all of the customization magic occurs. You start out with a very basic set of weapons and mods for your ship and you need to unlock them by beating bosses. It is very nice to have the weapon firing pattern and numerical statistics visible, making it that much easier to make an informed decision about your loadouts. When using a controller, you may run into some problems with controlling the interface, but if you use a mouse and keyboard you will have no problems.
As an aside, the start-menu has a very odd textbox that I am not sure of its purpose, and the name submission after you complete or fail a campaign mission will always reset to its default every time you start the game again. Again, not really an issue, since you probably won't be easily getting top ten, but it is a tad bit annoying.

The player's ship is customizable and you can see it in your gameplay. Weapons all look unique and the particle effects look great. The enemies all look the same in style, but are very easy to distinguish from different types. Not much to complain about here.
As for options, you have several aspect ratios and resolution options. You can also adjust Antialiasing, Anisotropic Filtering, and Texture and Shader Quality.

The sound effects for the weapons are varied and good quality. The background music definitely fits the game's over-the-top space battle aesthetic.
There are only 2 volume sliders: Master volume, and Music volume. So while you can turn down the metal music if you do not enjoy that type of music, there is no way to do the opposite if you only wanted to listen to the music.

Other Notes:
Multiplayer is most definitely unfinished, but it has been explicitly stated by the developer that this is one of the priorities at this stage. I will update this when it is more complete.

Aside from some small annoyances with the user interface or just a lack of information on basic game mechanics, XenoRaptor is a great twin-stick shooter experience. With a bit more polish and once multiplayer is full fleshed out, I would whole-hearted recommend this game to anybody that shows a remote interest in this type of game. Right now, it is still worth investment if you want to contribute to the development of the game and deal with a few minor issues.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 20, 2014
I wish I had more time to play this game. I particularly like the weapon progression, and how after some minutes you enter in the zone and you're able to dodge everything.
It's very unforgiving if you crash into an explosive *spoiler* though, but that just raises the challenge and the sense of achievement after finishing a stage.
At first I was trying to not get the coolant until I actually needed them, but actually they give you a missile!
drill missiles are awesome btw.

Edit: The developer keeps working on this game, which is always a plus.
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46 of 75 people (61%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
190.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 4, 2014
This is the best game ever.

PS I am not the dev.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 8, 2014
Very arcade-ish. Kinda like Geometry Wars with better graphics and more weapons.

Not a space sim and there is no persistent aspect to the game, aside from the unlocks.

Recommend only if you can get it for a lower price. The current $15 is too much imho.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 4, 2014

The game has multiple camera modes, which can be used very creativly. Weapon customization is not only varied enough to be meaningful, but features actual stats (such as dps and heat usage) that you can compare to optimize your weapons to the fullest. Sound does its job and the music is pretty good, with graphics and particles being detailed enough without being distracting. Some weapon/ammo discriptions are just amazing. Did I mention that the theme of the enemies is that they are all saws? You can also paint your cyberdragon pretty colors to make it look as badass/stupid as possible. You are also a cyberdragon.

If you're not convinced this game is worth $15 (it is), download the demo, which lets you endlessly replay the first 3 levels in full. The game even carried over my progress and settings in the demo into the full game, which is amazing and something I wish more games had.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 19, 2014
Great bullet-hell twin-stick shooter with broad customisation of the player's ship, and a variety of unorthodox enemies.

*Modular ship system; hull, engine, etc
*Modular weapons system; ammo type, payload size, etc.
*All ship and weapon components are upgradable
*Large variety of enemies, including melee-dependant
*Using obstacles & friendly-fire are viable tactics
*Multi-player, both co-op & PvP

*Soundtrack variety is sparse
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
99.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 20, 2014
Great game but it's played through way too fast.

It offers great graphics and also a surprisingly good gameplay. It has a large set of weapons and customization parts which create a very dynamic gameplay and a huge amount of tactic possibilities. As mentioned before, the game is played through way to fast. To make this clear, you basically can rush this game (12 maps, approximately 10-20 minutes each) or you can unlock everything which results into 10 maybe 15 hours of total gamepaly, everything beyond is more of Scoring. Maybe a workshop would fix that.

I have to admit the endless mode is quite a thing that keeps you playing. Hopefully a 'maybe upcoming Xenoraptor 2' is going to be a bit more content'ish

but all in one, a good game! Recommended.
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