Black Ice is a Hack and Shoot – a Cyberpunk First-Person Shooter / Hack & Slash RPG about hacking. Think Borderlands meets Tron. The cyber-world is procedurally generated, the colors are neon, the loot is randomized, and the lasers are loud. Black Ice is currently in Beta, with updates on the way.
User reviews: Very Positive (205 reviews) - 97% of the 205 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 9, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Face it - you want Black Ice in your hands as soon as possible, and I need feedback to improve the game and money to pay my contributors. I've priced the game so that it's a good deal now, ask your friends - or play the demo!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I honestly don't know how long it will take me to get to a 1.0 version, but I am constantly releasing free content updates and I plan to do so for the foreseeable future.”

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

“Planned features include plot, quests, specialization options (DONE!), item trading in multiplayer (DONE!) and of course Moar Enemies! Moar Weapons! Moar Abilities! Moar Explosions!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Black Ice is a functionally complete game with dozens of hours of gameplay and high replay value. Already implemented features include online multiplayer co-op, offline single player, item & ability modding, achievements, billions of items, and some very deadly enemies. (THIS ISN'T EVEN MY FINAL FORM)”

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

“The game will slowly increase in price up to the full version price of $20 as I add more features. This way, the game will always be a good deal and I'm not punishing people for buying early.”

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

“I love hearing feedback and suggestions from my community. You can even see my public to-do list and vote and comment on your favorite potential features!”
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February 4

"Chroma" Patch 0.7.100 is live!

Patch Notes for version 0.7.100 - "Chroma"

New Features:
  • CHROMA SUPPORT - Black Ice now has Chroma support for Razer Chroma products like the Razer Blackwidow Chroma - watch as the colors on your keyboard and mouse react to the game! It even has your cooldowns!
  • (and other brands listed here!) Thanks to C63 Industries LEDL plugin for all the glowing support :D
  • Server Visual Update - Server lines now come in more interesting shapes, sometimes with slopes! The lines on them are also much cleaner. I generate the meshes by hand at runtime now! Hurray, trigonometry!
  • Desaturation - The color drains out of the game when you're at low health now!
  • Valuable Information - Weird stories have been going around the grid. Now you can find them and sell them for bitcreds!

  • The main menu GUI has been updated (more awesome work by Metkis) but it's not done yet
  • Pathfinding update - Enemies are better than ever at climbing all over things and finding you quickly
  • The game world now expands infinitely by default in both single and multiplayer. This can be lowered in single player by going to advanced options when starting the game.
  • Physics tweaks to how the player falls and handles slopes - feels better now!
  • Stores are less common now
  • View distance (specifically for servers) is higher now
  • Player Health, RAM, and RAM Regen are higher at level 0
  • Player Health scaling is higher across the board - try a tanky build!
  • Instant Heal items are stronger
  • Jetpacks don't go quite as high now (but are still super fun and useful)
  • Lasbreakers do a lot more damage now
  • The Crosshair is slightly larger and is much easier to see in all situations
  • RAM Returned has been renamed RAM Regen for clarity

Bug Fixes:
  • Players can no longer blink under the hill. If you haven't played in a while, there's a hill now! More terrain later!
  • Holding down the button for an instant heal item will no longer repeatedly play the error sound
  • Falling off a building no longer makes you fall really quickly

Known Issues:
  • Chroma colors current do not understand key remapping - this will be fixed!
  • Valuable Information doesn't display properly on controller-specific GUIs

That's all for now, but stay tuned! I might not always be posting them on Steam, but I'm working on updates almost every day! Check out the Black Ice Twitter for more frequent updates on the game!

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August 16, 2015

Black Ice Patch 0.7.002: Bugs Crushed!

Alright! It's been a little over a week since I released the giant 0.7 patch and showed off the game at RTX, and a few of you have reported some bugs. So I took this week and focused entirely on fixing bugs! Here's what I got done.

  • Steam Achievements are working again! Your achievements from the demo should transfer over to the full version
  • Slowing projectiles no longer cause enemies to rocket off into space
  • Minion items can no longer have a minimum damage which is higher than their maximum damage
  • Homing projectiles no longer track friendly minions
  • Spider Mines no longer corrupt saves
  • Visual quality settings now load on startup
  • The Ice debuff goes away faster
  • Minions are now colored white properly
  • Mines now color properly (so you can tell friend's from foes'!)
  • Enemies no longer set off each other's mines when in the same faction
  • The extremely rare random framerate losses should no longer occur. If you see issues like this, please delete and redownload the game (you can copy your saves out first, but the Cloud Saves should re-download them). Apparently Steam doesn't update the game properly.

  • Shops now restock every 5 minutes instead of every 1
  • While in full screen, the game no longer darkens other windows (good for streaming!)
  • The quality settings are now numbered from worst to best (0-5, 5 being best)

That's all for this week! Thank y'all for supporting the game.

Happy Hacking! ːwebcrawlerː

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“It tickles your cyberfancy.”
Alice O'Connor, Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Sometimes, you just need to shoot lasers at neon spiders.”
Chris Priestman, Warp Door

“You don’t get much more user-friendly than that. It's worth every penny.”
Bonnie Burgette, Indie Game Mag

About This Game

Black Ice is a Hack and Shoot – a Cyberpunk First-Person Shooter / Hack & Slash RPG about hacking. Think Borderlands meets Tron. The cyber-world is procedurally generated, the colors are neon, the loot is randomized, and the lasers are loud. Black Ice is currently in Beta, with updates on the way.


  • Fast-paced First Person Combat
  • Billions of randomly generated items - Railguns! Rocket shotguns! Jetpacks!
  • Seamless 10-player online multiplayer - PVE and PVP!
  • A shiny, procedurally-generated neon world
  • Extremely open development
  • A wonderful original soundtrack (On Sale Here!) by epic composer V-Axys
  • Award-winning, addictive gameplay with high replay value
  • Mod Support
  • Photosensitive Mode

The Promise:

  • Every update for free
  • Zero microtransactions. This game will only ever cost you money once
  • Zero DRM
  • No copyright takedowns on Let's Play videos
  • Bug fixes will always be high priority


Black Ice is only this cheap for a limited time! This is an early access price, the cost will increase as more features are added. Black Ice will sell for $20 at launch. Additional updates will continue post-launch and for the foreseeable future.

I hope you're not afraid of spiders.


You can contact the developer either here on the forums, via email (, or on Twitter

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8800GTX
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024x768 minimum resolution
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8800GTX
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024x768 minimum resolution
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or SteamOS
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8800GTX
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024x768 minimum resolution
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
67.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Early Access Review
This game has 98% positive reviews only because the people that buy and review it are hardcore fans of this style. It's honestly really barebones right now and you'll probably find it repetitive and overpriced unless you like the idea of mindlessly shooting things for hours.

+ Zone-inducing soundtrack
+ Many graphic options -- you can set the bloom so high it puts Blade Runner to shame
+ Inventory, collectibles, and upgrades, though nowhere near enough variety imo
+ Online multiplayer -- dead and will probably stay that way until release
+ Moddable
- Shallow gameplay, though the dev is working on procedural terrain and numerous other features
- Tons of bugs and nuances, and I don't mean the crawly things you shoot in-game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
It's fun and has a lot of interesting weapons you can use, i've had many hours of fun pre-steam release and check in on it every now and then to see how it's progressing. It's worth the money and the time.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
"7.5/10 Like Skyrim on LSD with Guns"-IGN
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Early Access Review
Very fun quick game good for lan party sessions.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
Early Access Review
I just got Black Ice today and have logged in a measly 4 hours so far. What can I say about this game? For starters, it's a great game just to ♥♥♥♥ around in. There's no story, no annoying dialogue or bad voice-overs, no character animations, no gun models, no buildings or invisible walls. "What's so great about that?" you ask? Well, it's this-- you ever want to kill a spider in your house with a laser but couldn't get your national Government to give you the funds to research and produce a laser that could kill that spider? Have you ever thought a flying/hovering shark that flung fireballs at you would be a cool thing? What about neon colored everything?

Black Ice has all that and more. Think the randomized gazillions of loot of Borderlands, the action-rpg feel of Diablo and the trippy neon-grid of TRON all had a three-some and somehow all gave birth at once to this game. You go around hacking systems and killing off bots that appear to prevent you from stealing the precious data from those systems. Wanna shoot rainbow stars at a giant Scorpion? Go ahead! Feel like throwing hammers from a machine gun? You can find em. How about Equipping nothing else but server hacking tools, laser and a couple of bots to help you fight and take on 5 different servers at a time? Yes, you can do that.

+ Graphics are beautiful and simple
+ There's nothing really grindy about leveling up
+ It's not really tedious, you can take on whatever server and how ever many you want at a time
+ Loot is plentiful and never hard to come by

- Button configuration can get a little cluttered depending what you have equipped where
- Store menu and inventory menu can be a little tricky to navigate and is probably more tedious than the actual game itself

Rating: 207/7, would play cool Cyberpunk-esque game again and shoot spiders with lasers.
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