Orbital Gear is a fast paced sidescroller shooter where you utilize the gravitation of celestial objects to give you momentum through space. Arm your Mech with two of the twelve different weapons and destroy your enemies.
User reviews: Very Positive (177 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 7, 2014

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"Great combat, controls, audio design, graphics, and a really fun to play multiplayer game. Lacks longevity"
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November 25

v1.2.5 Changelog

  • (Windows Only) Added an option to confine mouse cursor within the game window, the mouse confine is only active when in a game (not in the main menu).
  • Added frame limiter for Dedicated Server, set it in the "dedicatedserver.cfg" by writing "ServerUpdateRate = 60" (or any other number that you want). If you don't define the update rate, it will default to "as much as possible".

  • Discharger now shows its hit-effect when hitting buildings and targets.
  • Existing Satellite Turrets should now be visible for players who join after a Satellite Turret has been created.
  • Satellite Turrets should now use way less bandwidth than before.
  • Other player's Hornet Missiles should now look better (less "jaggy" trail and smoother movement) and use less bandwidth.
  • Hornet should now always play its death animation when it's destroyed.
  • Hornet trail should no longer instantly disappear when a Hornet is destroyed, it will now fade out over time (purely cosmetic).
  • Issues with some particles not playing upon a projectile's death should be fixed.
  • Netcode has been rebalanced which should mean less lag when there's a lot of players in a game.

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November 4

Patch v1.2.4 Changelog


  • An object leak has been removed which should resolve the low frame rate during longer play sessions.
  • Some slight fixes in gravity has been done on some maps (to avoid players getting stuck in areas of no gravity and the like).
  • The map name "Killzon" has been corrected to "Killzone".
  • Players should no longer get stuck on the sides of platforms.
  • Players should no longer be able to stand on asteroids and rock formations.
  • The movement slow effect from the Chain Gun should no longer remain on the player if it's shooting with the Chain Gun when a game ends.

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“When a game of Orbital Gear gets going, it really gets going and there are few things that can truly rival the mix of giddy enjoyment and edge-of-your seat thrills that the game provides.”
Strategy Informer

“... if you are looking for a game that really gets your blood pumping with unique style and gameplay, Orbital Gear is for you.”

“There’s a solid foundation to Orbital Gear. The momentum-based aerial acrobatics are fluid, and mastering them is rewarding. The weapons are varied, and it’s interesting how they interact with the game world”

About This Game

Orbital Gear is a sidescroller shooter where you utilize the gravitation of celestial objects to give your mech momentum through space. Arm your Mech with two of twelve different weapons and destroy your enemies. Orbital Gear features classic multiplayer gameplay with new mechanics and 3D graphics.

Orbital Gear has classic deathmatch as the basis for multiplayer pandemonium but it also have a special game mode called Orbital Warfare, a mode where you battle the opposing team with the goal to destroy the opponents base. Victory is ensured either with your mechs weapons or by charging your doomsday weapon with energy cores, collected from fallen enemies.


  • Hone your skills in Orbital Trials, a single-player mode where you must complete a series of timed trials against enemies!
  • Fast paced multiplayer experience, inspired by classic multiplayer games!
  • The gravitation gives Orbital Gear a unique gameplay. Movement are affected as well as many of the weapons are either affected or affect the gravity, giving the gameplay new challenges!
  • Twelve different weapons, all with different effects. Scorch planets with the Kasainami to force your opponent to move, or run them down in close combat with the Gauntlet to name but two!
  • Four different utilities. Set up Turrets and Shields or use the Booster to navigate between planets!
  • Four different looks for your mech!
  • Classic deathmatch and Orbital Warfare where your team fighting against an opposing team with the goal to destroy their home planet!
  • Beautiful worlds and graphics. Orbital Gear is made in 3D but played in 2D!
  • Get ammunition and health from energy cores, spawned from every opponent destroyed. In Orbital Warfare you can also save them to charge your planets super weapon to destroy the opponents planet once and for all!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 8800GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X: 10.5
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5770
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional Notes: Two button mouse recommended
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 8800GT
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
64 of 83 people (77%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Every once in a while, all of us as gamers have one thing in common; we get bored and want something new/different to play. The developers at Night Node obviously feel the same way. Thus, we have been brought into a new era of mech weaponized combat! Welcome, pilots, to Orbital Gear.

30 Second Review

+ Unique use of physics-based gameplay

+ Fun, immersive, and enjoyable

+ A great game to play online; bring your friends

- Night Node’s first game

- Building a new community from the ground up

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Orbital Gear releases Aug. 7th, and I feel that it is a must own. Watch this video and just listen to the laughter and how much fun I am having while playing this.
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43 of 55 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Update: More people are playing!

Time for my real review

Soundtrack: If you like dance music this takes the cake.
Controls: Very easy to handle, though sometimes it can be a bit weird when going fully around a planet.
Gameplay: Its unique fresh and really fun, I wish it had sort of singleplayer though

For $10 its a little much for right now, but I think the devs will do a really good job on this.
This game is actually really fun,
if you can play that is.

As of right now there is nobody playing this, which is such a shame.

So buy this game so there will be more players!
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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Orbital Gear is a fun fast paced 2D multiplayer shooter. You can see my full review here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5umwKLamts
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Very good game. But the downside is that not enough players to actually play with :( 7/10
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10

Soldat Veterans can rejoice by jumping into this game that is similar but in spaaacccceee, cooler graphics and a neat mechanic with the gravity!

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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
There should be more people playing this game online. It looks amazing, it plays really smoothly, it has a very fast paced gameplay.
The player movement feels a bit strange at first, but you get used to it pretty fast.

About the weapons: They are very varied and have very specific roles and situations to be used on effectively.
You only get to choose 2 weapons at a time. That means you can't adapt to situations without dying, choosing a different loadout and respawning. Level design doesn't give you that many situations either. The levels are very open arenas, made to showcase the awesome gravity gameplay. It's a bit strange to just walk and use the planet you're standing on as cover. But there's enough weapon variety for people with higher pings to have a lot of fun, without having to rely solely on accuracy to get some kills.

There's 2 main gametypes. The classic DeathMatch, and Orbital Warfare. The later one being the most strategic, requiring you to defend your structures while attacking the enemy base. While there is potential for tactics here, the matches tend to be very offensive. There's no tools to provide support roles (you need to kill enemies to repair structures), or to play defensively (the shield item lasts a couple of seconds and doesn't stop enemies). So you'll really need to coordinate with your teammates to create a good minefield defense, or a satellite based defense line. Otherwise, it ends up feeling like team deathmatch with some extra objectives.
Placeable roadblocks, a big permanent shield item that can cover an entire structure for 30 seconds but with a 15 seconds cooldown, big mines that follow the orbit of the planet it was deployed on, or an item that teleports you back to your base, could be features that might spice up that gamemode.

This is a very well crafted game. I really hope future updates bring some more maps to play on, and some sort of single player contents, for those days when we can't find online games.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
I liked this little PvP since the first minute of playing.
Though it's only in 2D it makes otherwise really fun and is quite challenging. Ok some bots would be nice. You are flying between planets and use their gravity to control your moving in space. Other players also jump around and it becomes easily chaotic. The nicest are the innovative weapons in this game and the warefare mode. If you can get it cheap in a bundle I recommend you to give it a try.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Simplicity is both a virtue and a vice in Orbital Gears, a 2.5D side-scrolling multiplayer-only shooter armed with an interesting gimmick: the gravitational fields of deep space.The virtue is that, as a giant mech, you run around planets -- quite literally, in this case -- using their gravity to zip around a solar system-sized map, hopping Orbital Gear from one world to the next and shooting opponents. The vice is that, well, that’s about all there is to it. A paltry two modes, Deathmatch and Orbital Warfare, are included. Deathmatch is self-explanatory; Orbital Warfare is a more strategic team-based affair that’s essentially King of the Hill in space.There aren’t too many surprises in level layouts, either. The six Deathmatch maps and three Orbital Warfare maps are pretty similar to one another.While there are numerous weapons to choose from, and finding ways of making them interact with the environment is enjoyable, the majority of them suffer a common flaw. They have this weird half-second delay in their initial firing - with the exception of the mini-gun, which has to spool up.The total lack of single-player content though, actually negatively impacts the multiplayer side of the equation to a fair degree.Mainly because, even a week and a half after launch, there are at most a small handful of servers available at any one time, and often none whatsoever. Without other people playing, a multiplayer online-only shooter is about as useful as a disconnected telephone.Orbital Gear can be a frantic shooter that pulls you in with its gravitational gimmickry, but lacks the forward momentum to keep me playing for long.Overall 6/10.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
UPDATE: The promised single-player feature has been released - it's called Orbital Trials where you have to kill certain baddies with certain weapons as fast as you can. The faster you go, the more stars you get. You need to collect a certain amount of stars to unlock the next one.
It's an interesting single-player mode, but I'd much have preferred normal Deathmatch/Orbital Warfare battles with bots instead. Still, at least there's something to do in single-player. I've increased my rating below.
Original unedited review follows.
This game got onto Steam as a result of Who's Gaming Now?!'s free key for a Greenlight vote promotion. In truth, after playing this game for a while, I felt that it wasn't really needed - this game was fantastic, entertaining and it blew me away, and it could probably have gotten onto Steam by merit alone. (Though I would no doubt agree that WGN?! gave it the much-needed exposure it deserved.)

Orbital Gear is a 2D space game with beautiful 3D graphics about fighting mechs (called 'Gears'). There are 12 interesting weapons with defining characteristics, 2 game modes (plain deathmatch and Orbital Warfare where teams destroy opposing team buildings) and 4 other mech utilities. A great variety of maps coupled with the weapon choices make for some interesting battles as you mix and match your gear (pun unintended) to get an optimal setup.

What Orbital Gear has going for it is its rather fresh combination of 2D platform shooting and planet gravity mechanics. Flying (gliding, rather) around the planets, jumping around from here to there is a rather exhilarating and heart-racing experience. The gravity mechanics really shake up the game a lot, and are a very solid foundation to build upon. (I mean, because of all the gravity, you're firmly planted to the foundation.....never mind.)

Where the game (currently) falls short in is the fact that it's for now a multiplayer-only game. Now it's no secret that on Steam most multiplayer-only games are rendered lifeless within months, because everyone will be going back to their DOTAs, their CSGOs, their TF2s, and so on and so forth. As such, during the time I spent playing, I only found a maximum of 2 open games at any point of time, some with only 1 player. Developer Night Node has promised to add a practice single player mode in future updates, but for now I'd recommend being wary of this.

Despite the major lack of single player shortcomings, the rest of the game already feels quite polished and well done. I'd recommend checking this game out with a few friends if you have the time. Oh, and the electronic soundtrack is surprisingly great, too.

When to buy: With the lack of people in multiplayer, unfortunately I feel it best to buy it from bundles. The single player mode is like a snack - not very filling.


Shameless advertisement: Earlier on in my review I mentioned that this game was given away free to people who voted for the game via Who's Gaming Now?!. Well, here is their website, go check it out. The community is mostly great at posting game deals (but a select proportion is terrible when it comes to following site rules).

There are also regular game giveaways and Greenlight key giveaways, plus, if you're an indie developer on Greenlight looking to get your game Greenlit and don't mind giving away copies of your game in the process, do check it out and contact Carlmundo, the site administrator. :)
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
"A truly great innovative gravitational side-scroll multiplayer shooter experience."
First of all I got OrbitalGear (luckily) very cheap and didn't expect much... It is ♥♥♥♥in' great! OG can easily keep up with its competitors & is in my opinion even better than those (TheShowdownEffect, Awesomenauts,...). Orbital Gear is a fast 2.5D side-scroll gravity multiplayer shooter. You play as a mech with a good variety of selectable weapons in a space environment filled with orbital planets. You need to run, jump & shoot while using the gravitation to your advantage.

+ great gameplay
+ great weapons (UT,Quake)
+ great controls
+ great ost
+ great multiplayer
+ good graphics
+ good sounds
+ good singleplayer
=> "orbital trials" ai bots & world leaderboard
+ balanced & fun modes
+ many host options
+ 1click-host your own servers (no lags)
+ totally worth your time!

- needs &deserves more players
=> this game definately needs a SALE
- almost no servers
- i'd love to see more maps

Grab a 4Pack (with your friends) and you don't need to find servers...
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
I had a pretty bad impression from this game at first, the game couldn't run in my computer and i complained about this on forum, the devs helped me out a lot, they fixed the problem and now i can play. I think it worths to comment the problem i had due the devs being nice and helping out the community, this is a really positive point for this game. Now about the game, I like the overall concept of this game, it's fun to play with friends and i'm sure you will enjoy and spend a good time playing Orbital Gear as i do! It's a simple game, but really cool, 10/10!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
This game is one fantastic MP-Arcadegame. It's visuals are (for a 6,99€ game) brilliant but modest. It's gameplay is simple but brilliant. All in all its an fantastic Game!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
A solid adrenaline pumping game with unique style and gameplay. Mastering the momentum-based aerial gameplay and how the weapon interact with the game world is truly rewarding.
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Orbital Gear.

Fun mecha game, and god knows we don't have a lot of those.
The game mechanics are manily just knowing how gravity works, and how to shoot someone in the face.

It looks good and runs fine, so i imagine there's no problem with that.
You should try it. IT definetly one of the better games this year.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Very funny game, but the downside is.. few peoples playing, the game needs divulgation.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
A little bit addicting game,really fast gameplay and its fun.Someone who like the old school 2d games,that depends only on your own skill,then this game is right for you.Of course the game needs some improvements but wich doesn't?
Waiting for more content :)
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Interesting game
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Great, fast-paced 2d shooter. Love it more than ice cream <:]
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Fast paced 2d indie game

The concept is to jump from planet to planet and aim/shoot other robots

Variety in guns but u cant customize them

Fun as multi game,as long there are enough players in the servers
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Nice shooter, fast paced, and cool with some friend, to bad not many people online playing this
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