An action packed platform shooter mashed-up with roguelike and RPG elements, crazy 3D graphics and co-op multiplayer for one to 4 players.
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Release Date: Apr 21, 2016

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June 21

Change-log for [build]34


The patch is now live on the stable branch. The cause of the random crash has been identified and fixed. We also found and fixed a few other bugs compared to the weekend patch.

Below you'll find the change log for this version.

Gameplay:

  • Improved: Boss Camera on 4:3 screens
  • Changed: Squid can only be activated with the primary weapon now
  • Fixed: Final boss (second phase) was no valid target for Sentry Gun / Railgun
  • Fixed: Enemy blood was triggered also if no damage taken
  • Fixed: "Bouncing" projectiles can hit the same enemy up to 3 times (damage x3)
  • Fixed: Modifier "bouncing" can create more as one object
  • Fixed: Presto's flamethrower can go through enemy shield
  • Fixed: Dead end possible in one of the mission 7 variants
  • Fixed: Enemies on stairs sometimes no longer reacting
  • Fixed: Brecht’s ability (piercing) was not working with replacement weapons
  • Fixed: HP reduced to 20 HP (mission 2) if you finish mission 1 without damage *NEW*
Multiplayer:
  • Fixed: Client can't hit sharkopede body
  • Fixed: Possible Client disconnect if the mission loading took too long
  • Fixed: Client - reflect projectiles can be duplicated
  • Fixed: Local co-op - Slot 1 Keyboard / Mouse input - only keyboard key hints are displayed for all players
  • Fixed: Public player can join private matches (after game over screen)
  • Fixed: Join / Invite to game via Steam overlay was breaking the game (now a correct message is displayed)
  • Fixed: Dead Player 1 (Host) – no grey or golden keys added to the Inventory
Graphic:
  • Improved: Increased the range when the background is no longer shown outside the screen
  • Improved: We increased the update window size to prevent stuttering enemy animations at the border of the visible area *NEW*
  • Fixed: Animation glitch with the level end drop pod
  • Fixed: Shop - Burrito upgrade had the wrong icon
  • Fixed: Animation glitch with the player drop pod in Multiplayer
  • Fixed: Multiplayer - Dead player was partial visible and was following the lead player *NEW*
Sound:
  • Added: Proper Shot SFX for Plasma Cannon Orcs
  • Improved: Enhanced goblin ranged attack impacts SFX
  • Improved: Reduced High volume Clutter of Explosion SFX from Clusterbomb
  • Fixed: Missing Shot SFX for Balloons, Rifle Orcs and Robocopter.
  • Fixed: Missing Shot SFX for Battle Gate Minibosses
  • Fixed: A problem occurring with death sound effects of Orcs, Goblins and Shrouds
Interfaces:
  • Changed: Press “Start” screen is automatically skipped now
  • Changed: Gun drone text updated to describe the behavior correct
  • Fixed: Localized names for weapon transferred
  • Fixed: Overlapping interface element if level end drop pod + weapon / item is at the same position *NEW*
  • Fixed: Grey shop item also if you have enough gold to buy it (exact needed gold amount) *NEW*
Achievement:
  • Fixed: Achievements "Stabbin' in Style" / “Caucasian Males Can Jump" not correct unlocked
  • Fixed: Achievements "Triple-Barreled Terror" and "Dark Wins" not unlocked
Misc:
  • Fixed: Game Resolution not checked on game start, potentially unplayable if you use more as one PC with the same profile
  • Fixed: Crash if an invite was accepted during the game was loading / splash screen was shown
  • Fixed: Crash if an invite was accepted during the player was in another session (running mission)
  • Fixed: D-Input controller was not working (correct) if the controller was already plugged in at game start
  • Fixed: Rare crash if the player ability was active and the player stats are updated in a specific way *NEW*
  • Fixed: Random crash in Multiplayer (mainly with 4 player but also possible with less) *NEW*

    Info regarding fixed achievements:
    • "Stabbin' in Style" / “Caucasian Males Can Jump" have to be collected with the determined character. Before the fix aby character was able to collect it.
    • "Triple-Barreled Terror" and "Dark Wins": Unfortunately those achievements have to be unlocked again. Before the fix the wrong enemy was counted towards the achievement goal.

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Deluxe Edition

The Rogue Stormers Deluxe Edition contains the game, the game’s official score by Jonathan van den Wijngaarden with 9 tracks and the official, 48-page digital artbook. The artbook can be found in the games installation folder.

About This Game

Delve deep into the oil rig city of Ravensdale. A medieval metropolis that went bonkers after the people discovered goop - a raw fluid that provided energy, skin cream, bread spread and powered diesel engines. And it turned the people of Ravensdale into raging, bloodthirsty monsters. Lucky for them they have you, leading a pack of lunatic knights on a killing spree to save the city.

Gameplay

Rogue Stormers combines classic run ‘n’ gun gameplay with a modern art style, twin stick shooter configuration and all the good things rogue like has to offer. Did we mention that you can have up to three friends join you on your rampage in either online or couch co-op mode?
Your goal is to fight and beat the ultimate evil threatening Ravensdale - but in order to beat him, you need to fight your way through 7 increasingly challenging levels. If you die, you'll be back at square one. Earned perks are yours to keep, allowing your character to grow stronger with each new raid.
Our technology enables us to layer and combine level chunks to create meaningful level combinations with infinite replayability. An ever-growing cast of enemies, hazards and loot is layered within each chunk, generating incredible diversity.
Tons of different upgrades and weapons will cause each new session to play in a unique fashion, depending on which weapons or upgrades you pick and get. Adding to that are five unlockable character classes, each with its own skills and base weapon.
The further you delve into the vast undercity of Ravensdale, the more you will learn about the city's history and that of its citizens, as well as the tragic backgrounds of the five heroes who took arms to save the city.
All these factors combined determine how you’ll engage the sprawling city of Ravensdale. Will you go toe to toe with your enemies or pick them off them from a distance? Will you cripple your enemies, block attacks or just blast everything apart with pure damage?

Features:

  • I'm So Ronery: Single player mode
  • Gun Together for Fun Together: Up to four players local/online co-op
  • All You Can Kill Buffet: 5 character classes to decide whether you feel like murdering people with fire or goop or guns
  • Sick Arse Biomes: All generated procedurally with random placement of enemies, traps and upgrades for infinite replayability
  • Farting Angels And Things that Have Teeth But Shouldn't: Deal with classic orcs, goblins, floating weapon platforms, eldritch horrors and battlegates bristling with weapons
  • Set Things on Fire: Trigger environmental chain reactions that will kill both you and your enemies, but idk, it looks cool
  • It's So Shiny: Game world modeled in blistering 3D
  • Discover New Stuff: Unlock tons of crazy updates and new weaponry that give you even more ways to murder your enemies.
  • Story Time: Unravel Ravensdale's dark history piece by piece and learn your character’s gruesome history

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 260, AMD Radeon HD 4850 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 500, AMD Radeon HD 5000 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)
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( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
awesome 4 player co op fun if you loved contra on the snes turrican on the amiga etc you cant go wrong with this
different game everytime you play and a real challenge
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ʇuǝɔᴉɟᴉuƃnɥʇ | Idling
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Rogue Stormers is a side scroller platformer shooter. It has RPG and roguelike elements as well. It can be quite fast paced and difficult. The gameplay will remind you of games like Metal Slug, Contra etc. The game also reminded me of Shoot Many Robots which is one of my favorite 2D shooter games.

Graphics:

The game looks gorgeous with very nice art-style, which Is dark and gloomy and really makes you feel like you’re in some kind of creepy atmosphere. The game runs very smooth. The FPS get locked to whatever Hz frequency you choose in the graphics menu’s resolution option. So in theory if your monitor can support 144Hz refresh rate you should get 144 FPS lock. For me, my monitor goes to maximum 72Hz so my FPS was locked to that.

Sound:

The game features very nice almost rock music. It’s very nice and engaging music and suitable for the pace of the game. The hit and enemy sounds are also pretty good and overall the music and sounds are very nice in this game. I especially like the opening theme music of this game.

Gameplay:

The gameplay is simple run and gun. You can move around with WASD keys and shoot with your mouse. All the keys can be re-assigned on the keyboard so that’s a good thing. You have a jetpack of sorts which lets you jump a bit higher and dash through air or ground as well, this dash ability is very useful in dodging the enemy bullets. You have a main gun which shoots infinite bullets, a secondary weapon can be picked up in-game. There are many types of secondary weapons available, such as droid which go and shoot random enemies, huge projectile bullets weapons etc. These secondary weapons also have a health bar and once depleted these can no longer be used. The secondary weapons also run out of ammo and recharge automatically over time.

Your main goal is to go through randomly generated level and get to either the wall and take it down and in every other level you get to face a boss. Every time you die you start at the beginning so the game can be pretty unforgiving. That’s where the RPG elements come in, when you do levels over and over again you gain XP and eventually start leveling up. Once per level you get to choose a perk which is permanent. So by making lots of runs and leveling up you keep piling on perks which help you out with the game’s later levels. The perks can improve your weapons or give you bonuses such as if your currency is low you get 10% more damage from your guns etc.

You start off with 60 HP (or if you have perks which increase HP you will start with that perk bonus added) and in order to beat the game you must do it in one run without dying. This can be difficult as the game gets pretty hard as lots of enemies and projectiles are being thrown at you. Your only ways to gain health are either if an enemy drops a little health kit and you pick it up, it’ll grant you some health or the other way to get health is the mini slot machine. You gamble a number of coins (usually 100 and 250) and you can get random things. It can be a big health pack or multiple big health packs. It can be 10 coins, or 750 coins. Other than that you can also get secondary weapons and or temporary bonus like e.g. when you get hit a giant spiked ball goes around you damage any nearby enemies etc. You can also find these temporary bonuses in chests. These chests come in different types e.g. one chest requires you to give up 30 HP to open, another one requires keys to open etc.

When you kill enemies sometimes they drop souls which you can collect. These are basically experience points which help you level up. Many types of enemies in the game as well. From tiny goblins to huge monsters who attack with all sorts of projectiles, turrets, flying snakes, goblins in balloons etc.

There’s more than one main character and ever character has their own unique ability. Level cap seems to be 60 for heroes. You start off with Brekht and eventually unlock other characters every 2 stages. Each hero has their own abilities and health/bonus stats. Brekht for example starts off with 1 key and 250 gold, his unique ability is rapid fire for a few seconds. If you’re playing co-op this effect will affect all the players playing the game. Game can be played single player, local co-op or online co-op.

A short gameplay video can be found below:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729468065

Graphics: 9/10
Sound: 9/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Overall: 9/10

Conclusion:

Very fun platformer shooter very similar to Shoot many robots, Contra, Metal Slug series etc. Can get pretty hard but the progress you make and the progression of the permanent perks you get, keep you coming back for more. The graphics and sound quality are pretty good and so is the gameplay. Highly recommended for 2D shooter fans.

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massi.genova
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Never seen something like this

0/10
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Elkondo
( 23.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
I bought it with a friend to play in coop. Really good game if it wasn't for a bunch of bugs, mainly:

-Game crashing on the final boss every time we fought it (about 5 separate attempts)
-Enemies with aoe attacks stuck inside walls
-Upgrades mysteriously vanishing after a few minutes from being picked up

Still fun, but damn is it frustrating not being able to beat the game because of crashes.
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JohnnyMontana79
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
I had no plans to buy this game I was looking at a different rogue game and got confused with this one. I looked at some reviews and some videos and was still unsure but i decided to buy it anyway.

All I can say is its one of the most amazing fun games i have ever played.

Its so addictive you wont want to turn it off its just so enjoyable. Its quite hard but its just great.

I dont really know how all the rules of how it works yet but you seem to have to start at first level everytime you die but you get xp and level up which gives you different perks you can use in future. When playing you get different weapons and abilities but they seem to get reset when you die. Bascially you end up with different builds of the same character everytime depending on what you pick up in the level and it is really great.

Also you can unlock different characters who are different playstyles I have only unlocked one so far.

The game is like enter the gungeon but its a side scroller a bit like contra or something. I love enter the gungeon but one problem i found with it is that you basically use ur crappy gun most of the time because if you find a good weapon u need to keep it for the boss which for me is the only real weakness in gungeon. This on the other hand gives you a lot more access to firepower but its still hard its rare that you feel overpowered but on some lucky runs you can feel overpowered for a small amount of time which is good as it feels cool every now and again to get full destructive mode.

For me this game is great well worth buying.

The only reservation i have is that it doesnt seem to have many levels but i could be wrong. Its not too important though because it seems to be random generated levels so its quite different each time you play even the same level.

I genuinely love this game which i really didt expect. I dont know how its not more well known its literally one of the most fun games i ever played. You wont mind having to replay the levels over and over as they are always so different and the gameplay itself is just total fun.

I would call this game enter the fungeon :)

Ps i almost didnt buy this game as i seen a review saying that this game looks fun but its really not. I was gonna skip it. Im sure the review is genuine as everyone has different opinions but for me this game is amazing. I have played it twice so far. The first time was for around 2 hours the second time around 4 hours. I was only planning to put on for like 20 mins each time but its just really hard to turn off its so addictive.
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hjknabel
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game is an addictive killer! It looks great, plays excellence and always comes up with these hidden crazy humor. You know, pooping angel-orcs, c'mon. But it's just that challenging fighting your way through the hordes if different enemies. You need to choose and handle your weapons and tactics wisely, mistakes are not forgiven and permadeath throws you back were you started. At least you keep earned perks - Imguess that's why they call it rogue-LITE - and every try brings something new as the levels are procedurally generated. Now I've got to go back, I know why I failed on the last run. This time...
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NordWolf
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Run and Gun at its best. Smooth action, great visuals and this 'one more try' seductive gameplay. If you like challenges and games like Contra, Metals Slug or you are into Binding of Isaac, that's your game.
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angry
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
so far i played this game i need to say i like it is fun to play i bet it is more fun to play whit friends and if you die in the game you get to send back from the start so work as a team and have fun
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thetangledweb
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
It's no fun. It's just plain not fun. Looks fun, isn't fun.
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Anelor
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Having never been a platformer fan (let’s say I’m more into strategy and turn based stuff) It's the first game of its kind I can get anywhere with. The difficulty is solely based on the amount of mistakes one does but that's about it; every level is manageable when you concentrate.

The atmosphere has a bit of a dark, hellish comic flavour, a bit like old-school dungeon game; the main colour scheme is blood red and acid green most of the time.
The atmosphere is futuristic and primitive at the same time, orcs and medieval stuff in a sci fi atmosphere with jetpacks and zeppelins, bombs, guns, etc.
The kills are gore and fun, you can interact with your environment, use it to your advantage, there’s a ♥♥♥♥ ton of equipment & upgrades to find, etc.

It feels a bit like Trine, but hellish & goblinish instead of pretty & fairy-esque. Somewhat reminds of Metal Slug as well, with the added dark fantasy factor.

Pro's
Regular and interesting upgrades for your character through level-ups that persist through death are a great feature, also making the regular fails not a total waste of time, as you still gain currency in order to improve your skills.
The music is great & fitting, the sound effects are alright.
The mechanics are great, it's possible to dodge pretty much everything with a bit of hindsight, no ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t gameplay where you necessarily need to DIE to know what’s coming to you. It's nicely balanced.
The Bug & Game Support has been excellent over the past few months from what I’ve seen.

Con's
You get to see the first few levels quite a lot before being able to pass them (or maybe it’s just me), so that was the bit that annoyed me; though I’d like to note that even though you restart the same level, a few things change every time to keep every retry interesting.
Unlocking characters takes a bit of time, but at least it’s rewarding.
Secondary weapons: I would love some detailed infos for min/maxing. I feel often enough like: weapon A isn't much different from weapon B, so did I just waste 250 gold on it?!

Those few cons didn’t really prevent me from having a good time playing Rogue Stormers. It’s really tons of fun, alone or in coop, everytime I pick it up (perfect party game. Yes I only have one friend. Stop judging me).
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I bought it with a friend to play in coop. Really good game if it wasn't for a bunch of bugs, mainly:

-Game crashing on the final boss every time we fought it (about 5 separate attempts)
-Enemies with aoe attacks stuck inside walls
-Upgrades mysteriously vanishing after a few minutes from being picked up

Still fun, but damn is it frustrating not being able to beat the game because of crashes.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Rogue Stormers is a side scroller platformer shooter. It has RPG and roguelike elements as well. It can be quite fast paced and difficult. The gameplay will remind you of games like Metal Slug, Contra etc. The game also reminded me of Shoot Many Robots which is one of my favorite 2D shooter games.

Graphics:

The game looks gorgeous with very nice art-style, which Is dark and gloomy and really makes you feel like you’re in some kind of creepy atmosphere. The game runs very smooth. The FPS get locked to whatever Hz frequency you choose in the graphics menu’s resolution option. So in theory if your monitor can support 144Hz refresh rate you should get 144 FPS lock. For me, my monitor goes to maximum 72Hz so my FPS was locked to that.

Sound:

The game features very nice almost rock music. It’s very nice and engaging music and suitable for the pace of the game. The hit and enemy sounds are also pretty good and overall the music and sounds are very nice in this game. I especially like the opening theme music of this game.

Gameplay:

The gameplay is simple run and gun. You can move around with WASD keys and shoot with your mouse. All the keys can be re-assigned on the keyboard so that’s a good thing. You have a jetpack of sorts which lets you jump a bit higher and dash through air or ground as well, this dash ability is very useful in dodging the enemy bullets. You have a main gun which shoots infinite bullets, a secondary weapon can be picked up in-game. There are many types of secondary weapons available, such as droid which go and shoot random enemies, huge projectile bullets weapons etc. These secondary weapons also have a health bar and once depleted these can no longer be used. The secondary weapons also run out of ammo and recharge automatically over time.

Your main goal is to go through randomly generated level and get to either the wall and take it down and in every other level you get to face a boss. Every time you die you start at the beginning so the game can be pretty unforgiving. That’s where the RPG elements come in, when you do levels over and over again you gain XP and eventually start leveling up. Once per level you get to choose a perk which is permanent. So by making lots of runs and leveling up you keep piling on perks which help you out with the game’s later levels. The perks can improve your weapons or give you bonuses such as if your currency is low you get 10% more damage from your guns etc.

You start off with 60 HP (or if you have perks which increase HP you will start with that perk bonus added) and in order to beat the game you must do it in one run without dying. This can be difficult as the game gets pretty hard as lots of enemies and projectiles are being thrown at you. Your only ways to gain health are either if an enemy drops a little health kit and you pick it up, it’ll grant you some health or the other way to get health is the mini slot machine. You gamble a number of coins (usually 100 and 250) and you can get random things. It can be a big health pack or multiple big health packs. It can be 10 coins, or 750 coins. Other than that you can also get secondary weapons and or temporary bonus like e.g. when you get hit a giant spiked ball goes around you damage any nearby enemies etc. You can also find these temporary bonuses in chests. These chests come in different types e.g. one chest requires you to give up 30 HP to open, another one requires keys to open etc.

When you kill enemies sometimes they drop souls which you can collect. These are basically experience points which help you level up. Many types of enemies in the game as well. From tiny goblins to huge monsters who attack with all sorts of projectiles, turrets, flying snakes, goblins in balloons etc.

There’s more than one main character and ever character has their own unique ability. Level cap seems to be 60 for heroes. You start off with Brekht and eventually unlock other characters every 2 stages. Each hero has their own abilities and health/bonus stats. Brekht for example starts off with 1 key and 250 gold, his unique ability is rapid fire for a few seconds. If you’re playing co-op this effect will affect all the players playing the game. Game can be played single player, local co-op or online co-op.

A short gameplay video can be found below:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729468065

Graphics: 9/10
Sound: 9/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Overall: 9/10

Conclusion:

Very fun platformer shooter very similar to Shoot many robots, Contra, Metal Slug series etc. Can get pretty hard but the progress you make and the progression of the permanent perks you get, keep you coming back for more. The graphics and sound quality are pretty good and so is the gameplay. Highly recommended for 2D shooter fans.

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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I had no plans to buy this game I was looking at a different rogue game and got confused with this one. I looked at some reviews and some videos and was still unsure but i decided to buy it anyway.

All I can say is its one of the most amazing fun games i have ever played.

Its so addictive you wont want to turn it off its just so enjoyable. Its quite hard but its just great.

I dont really know how all the rules of how it works yet but you seem to have to start at first level everytime you die but you get xp and level up which gives you different perks you can use in future. When playing you get different weapons and abilities but they seem to get reset when you die. Bascially you end up with different builds of the same character everytime depending on what you pick up in the level and it is really great.

Also you can unlock different characters who are different playstyles I have only unlocked one so far.

The game is like enter the gungeon but its a side scroller a bit like contra or something. I love enter the gungeon but one problem i found with it is that you basically use ur crappy gun most of the time because if you find a good weapon u need to keep it for the boss which for me is the only real weakness in gungeon. This on the other hand gives you a lot more access to firepower but its still hard its rare that you feel overpowered but on some lucky runs you can feel overpowered for a small amount of time which is good as it feels cool every now and again to get full destructive mode.

For me this game is great well worth buying.

The only reservation i have is that it doesnt seem to have many levels but i could be wrong. Its not too important though because it seems to be random generated levels so its quite different each time you play even the same level.

I genuinely love this game which i really didt expect. I dont know how its not more well known its literally one of the most fun games i ever played. You wont mind having to replay the levels over and over as they are always so different and the gameplay itself is just total fun.

I would call this game enter the fungeon :)

Ps i almost didnt buy this game as i seen a review saying that this game looks fun but its really not. I was gonna skip it. Im sure the review is genuine as everyone has different opinions but for me this game is amazing. I have played it twice so far. The first time was for around 2 hours the second time around 4 hours. I was only planning to put on for like 20 mins each time but its just really hard to turn off its so addictive.
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131 of 164 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 16, 2014
Dieselstormers: A Tale of Two Orks

For every misguided youth of the last century who grew up on a healthy diet of Nintendo and Sega, run and gun platformers like the ubiquitous Contra were a staple of multiplayer gaming. Long before the days of online first person shooters with dozens of players from around the globe, technologically primitive children like ourselves would gather around our ginormous radiation emitting square televisions, fighting each other for a chance to wield the controller next. Everybody’s household on a weekend was sort of like Lord of Flies, except we had to blow into cartridges before the mayhem could begin.

Dieselstormers, the latest effort from Black Forest Studios, is reminiscent of those old school multiplayer shooters of the past, but without the broken controllers (and friendships). Despite having just entered Early Access on Steam, Dieselstormers is already quite polished for an alpha. Stylistically, the game stands out with a uniquely detailed art style and beautiful, colorful backgrounds. Weapons hit the various goblin enemies with a satisfying thud, and the controls are well executed with both keyboard and mouse and gamepad. Though a full featured single player campaign is already included, the real meat of the game is in the cooperative multiplayer experience, supporting up to four players at a time.

At the start of Dieselstormers, the player is taken to a main area which houses both their main crafting inventory and the mission selection portal. The first weapon given is a weak, ineffectual pistol, but with the completion of each successful mission another gun part and crafting piece is unlocked. Missions are short, generally taking around 5-10 minutes to complete. Multiplayer progress carries over to single player, so players are free to jump between modes as they choose.

Intriguingly, in multiplayer, your character remains alive at “death”, though with diminished powers and barely the ability to push enemies back. Upon a player finding a health pick up, the deceased will be revived. What’s most interesting is that death is not necessarily the end if both players die, as long as some sort of health can be found.

Of course, it must be remembered the game is early access and is still a bit buggy at the moment. During our multiplayer sessions, we had a few crashes and a bit of slowdown, but considering that this is an early alpha, the game shows great promise. Despite the minor issues we encountered, we found Dieselstormers to be quite enjoyable.

For the adventurous, the developers allow work in progress levels to be toggled in the options menu, what they call “construction site mode”. As the developers jokingly proclaim on the options page, “unfinished content can look like an ork’s backside and play like its underpants. You have been warned.” It’s nice to see a developer with a sense of humor, and of course Dieselstormers plays quite well, even in its early state. Of course, it’s not Black Forest Games’ first foray into the platformer genre, having developed the recent Giana Sisters titles. Expect Dieselstormers to only improve as time goes on.

Dieselstormers succeeds in bringing back that old school platformer vibe, and is the kind of game you can play over and over again with your friends, whether it be in bite sized sessions or for hours on end. Pick up one copy, or grab four for some intense side scrolling co-op action. It is available for Early Access purchase on Steam.

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-Evilhippie
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78 of 97 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
221.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 31
Rogue Stormers is probably the best game you didn't even realize that you already had. Seriously, break it open and play it now and you're going to be asking "where the hell did this game come from and why wasn't I playing it?"

Let's go back for a moment. When it first started out - Dieselstormers (its prior name) got dropped into EA too early and unfinished. The premise was ok, but the overall gameplay was pretty bland, and probably kept you entertained for half an hour before you put it aside and went yup, done that, been there.

It stayed that way for a while, getting some updates but never really enough to make it awesome. Most people set it aside and largely never thought about it again.

But here's the kicker - Realizing this, someone at BFG with large metal gonads actually convinced the team to revamp the game and give it this cool Rogue-style rework. They added a full set of levels with all sorts of really creative critters, a bunch of bosses, and just boatloads of new content. I mean like a really amazing LOT of new content. It just kept getting added and added and added!

What came out the other side is a damn good game. There is a definite Risk of Rain air to it, coupled with much shinier art, an arsenal of unique character classes that change the gameplay, and a whole collection of twisted new items / power-ups that get unlocked as you progress.

The end result is a blast, and totally worth your time to go back and give a serious playing. Unfortunately there's a good chance the media will miss this transformed gem now since it fumbled its initial release, but that didn't keep the developers from just pouring love into this game for years, and the end result really shows it. If you don't already own it, buy this game. If you do own it, play this game, again. You'll be glad you did!
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90 of 124 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 28, 2014
This game is a RPG action game with guns and gear. Play with up to 4 friends in co-op multiplayer mode or you can play single player. The graphics are beautiful with music that suits the game. Tutorial is helpful with easy to learn controls. Randomized levels makes the game replayable. Goal is to reach the boss at the end and kill the boss to obtain loot drops. I am looking forward to the full version of this game.
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108 of 157 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 17, 2015
Developers promised a light, fun, co-op shooter with lots of customization. And we bought into it, to support this idea. Then the developer changed their minds and made this into a grind-focused Rogulike with perma-death and item loss on death. Apparently, this was done because "the community said so." On social media sites, of course, not here.

When we complained about losing both our money, and the game we actually bought, the devs blamed us for "not being there" when the decision was made. Never mind the FIRST decision we made to support their game as it existed and was promised. Nope; its out fault we didnt have a voice, because we didnt follow them on all manner of social media sites and shout louder in the forums. Forget promises or what we were sold - the change is not only not one a lot of us wanted, its apparently OUR fault for NOT speaking up to hold the developers to promise they made.

Please, dont support this.
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 24, 2015
If you ever play Shoot Many Robots or at least any game in the Metal Slug series and enjoy any of them, you will find this game quite enjoyable for just being an Early Access title. The game got a lot of potential now that it got a bit of a Rouge-like elements in it. It has a medium pace gameplay so it good for keeping the balance in a Side-scrolling Rouge-like Action game, the pace sure rise higher when you play it in multiplay mode, but right now having people to play with is not that easy (since the game is new).

The graphics feel quirky (weird in a good way), personally I feel it has a good bright and colorful theme with some mechanical stuffs and monsters (which is a unique theme). But some stuffs can be hard to see since sometime the color tone are similar and they overlap each other. Also the guns graphic is well made, some is extremely well designed and fun to play with.

The sounds could use some improvement, more gun sounds, more BGMs, more monster noises, etc... Basically more diversity in sounds and more sounds effects. But for moment I think the sounds is decent.

The gameplay can be expand more, I would say some user customable mode and difficulty could suit this game really well (bosses rush, god mode, extreme mode, etc...). Some noob-friendly tutorial is needed too since the start could somewhat be a little boring since you are being throw in the game with no real explaination - which is important and the game can slip in some of the small story in the tutorial too. I think with just some small tweak the game could get more fun for each stage playthrough (again, Shoot Many Robots is a great example of this). Overall the gameplays should get expand more with some detail touch, so many other great things can be done in the future.

I'll be sure to update this review when the game is updated in the future, but for now I recommend you to give DieselStormers a chance.
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
I can only judge single player, but for this it's definitely worth the money. It's not an easy game. You really have to pay attention what you are doing and what's going on. There are a lot of hazards and the enemies give a hard fight. The random level creation can come up with some pretty wicked situations. One has to play carefully and smart. It's not 'casual' but pretty hardcore. Expect to die and rage-quit a lot in the beginning.
Grafics are superb and controlls exact. The whole setting is quite funny.
This game has charm and quality + good game-play. I can recommend it.
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 21, 2015
Rogue stormers is a solid rogue like with an awesome co-op system. The procedurally generated levels, randomized weapons, and the ton of perks you pick up in chests or from shops in the game adds that magical roguelike sauce that keeps replayability high.

The game is however in early access and is still showing some needed work. There are the occasional monsters who get stuck in walls, characters who's abilities arent complete yet, and a few systems that are either confusing or not quite implemented completely yet. That being said, even with these flaws the game is a solid buy for its price point and will only get better with time.

The coop ability of the game initially worried me as I thought it would detract from the experience but its been well done and other than a few slightly wonky camera issues occasionally is flawlessly implemented.

I enjoyed my time with the game and think its worth the price point. If seeing some place holders and a few bugs will put you off then wait a bit till development completes. Either way Rogue stormers is a quality game with lots of playability for less than the price of a movie and popcorn.

For a deeper look at the game check out my video review here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv0uI6iTpiM
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