With a monster soundtrack, challenging gameplay and an impressive arsenal of weapons - Power-Up is the modern-retro styled Shoot-Em-Up from one-man game studio, Psychotic Psoftware.
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Mixed (187 reviews) - 58% of the 187 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 27, 2014

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“a classic of its time”
5/5 – XBoxer 360

“hours of fun (and frustration)”
8/10 – SA Gaming Portal

“reaches back to a respectfully nostalgic place”
10/10 – Sustainable Gamers

About This Game

POWER-UP is the modern-retro styled Shoot-Em-Up from one-man game studio, Psychotic Psoftware.

Spanning vibrant locations to a monster soundtrack, Power-Up thrusts you into battle with a diverse range of fighters, freighters and titanic level guardians. If you loved retro SHMUP classics like R-Type, Hellfire or Project-X, you'll get a kick out of Power-Up's slick, detailed visuals, challenging gameplay and impressive arsenal of weapons.


SYNOPSIS: The Earth is doomed! As you pilot the prototype fighter, Weapon-F through the debris of your vanquished escape shuttle you come to realise that you are the last human alive. You alone must take on the army of reptilian monsters responsible for the destruction of humankind. You alone must carry out your final mission... Revenge!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.40GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX drivers for HiDef graphics.
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 80 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard
    • Additional Notes: Compatible with the USB Xbox 360 GamePad.
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Mixed (187 reviews)
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L
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Yeah i play a lot of time on this game but that's only to see what is that ♥♥♥♥♥ game ? -.-
You can't understand anything in this game ! i do not recommend you to buy it, actually i got it for free from giveaway, dont lost your money on this game, and a lot of trading cards, sorry i can't support this game.
Not Recommeneded
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Dan
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Power-Up is fun but the lack of continues upon death annoys me. Perhaps it could be added in a future update?
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Rivalus
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
OH NOO!
Enemy come from every side!
Lucky I got my full arsenal with me.
I just had to figure out which button I need to press.
Hmm....
I think this one should do it.
Eh?!
I didn't know you could do that.
Not just four ways, but five ways to go!
YEAH!!
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TuTuRu ♪
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
A 2D classic shooting game that still requires XNA framework.
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B-rabbit
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
no idea lol (free game.... ideal master) ._.
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DCxDemo
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
Doesn't attract at all. And it has way too many cards.
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tuco salamanca
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
save your money. get another game when it's on sale. this game is garbage. no replay value, poor graphics and sound, un-interesting gameplay. 2/10
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Juma
( 32.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20
There are plenty of games in this genre. This, unfortunately, is not a good one. It lacks some details like good level design.
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Saint Aaron
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19
In the midst of a great war, humankind now hangs on the edge of extinction. All but one pilot representing the human race is left with nothing to lose, and a thirst for revenge. The story in Power-Up is simple sci-fi fare but is effective through its usage of snazzy dialogue and slick visuals that all give a nostalgic retro flare.

Pro:
Lots of lives
Start with all weapons
Made by 1 person (seriously)
Fluid gaming
Most of the cuts and comments can be escaped pass
Steam cards
Low requirements
Cheap ($3)
Unlockable alt ships
Pause option

Con:
No extra lives - continues
Can't remap keys - 2 key layout options only
Can't turn down audio
Can't change display rez
Graphics are just ok (then again game made by 1 person - so no art department to help)
No Workshop (seriously this game could use the workshop for new graphics)
No achievements
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AirDrifter
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
Its a good game but in its time of release its pretty poor quailty, feels like a game that came out in the 90's, It's fun level would be 4/10 so I wouldnt recommend anyone purchasing it, though it has steam trading cards so that is a plus
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Wulf
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
Boring space shoot-em-up made using the terrible XNA development kit made for Xbox LIVE Indie Games. It was the console equivalent of the appstore. Nothing good came out of it.
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B a l l a g e
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
Oldschool game and hard so not easy as a result this is a good game.
And you can get trading cards.
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ches79291
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 2
good game , apparently made by just one man , different shots , back , side ,front all can be upgraded by collecting letters .
Game is entertaining , i recommend ,
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DeadlyDan
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 29
First Impressions:

* I found the gameplay very enjoyable.
* I think this game would also be great to introduce to new shmup players.

Personally I think this game is an instant classic and I'm going to add it to my favourite shmups list.
What I have heard of the Games soundtrack so far is great and I'm going to add it to my favourite soundtrack list as well.

Would be cool if this game had achievements and trading cards. Maybe even put the soundtrack as a DLC?
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The Pyronator
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 28
It's cheap.
It's good enough.
It's worth the money.
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KharØutchev[final exams]
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
Good 2D shooter with nice graphics, you can fire 5 differents types of bullets (or lasers), made by one person, have 8 trading cards, you can choose your difficulty (there's 4), for me the sounds are terrible and there's no options menu to reset the controls keys, kinda suck. I really enjoyed playing this game :)

▂▃▅▇█ final judgement : 65/100 █▇▅▃▂
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NeXuS23
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 11
An Old School Side Scroll Shmup, which is actually playable and could be fun if there would be at least Continues, but there are not even extra Lives to pick up or to get through Points, so it becomes repetitive and boring quite fast.

The Game has full Controller Support which unlike many others, actually work, however there are no Options to change the Button Layout, but the default Layout is ok. The Game also starts windowed but you can at least switch into Fullscreen Mode, however the Resolution is a bit low, fixed and can't be changed.

Like the Name of it already says, you can pick up Power-Ups for five different Weapons, picking up a (P)owerUp upgrades the actually selected Weapon. There are also (F)orcefield, (X)plosives, (B)onus and (S)peedUp to pick up.

The Game is not spectacular but also not bad, is playable and works fine (tested on Windows 10 64Bit), it also drops 8 Tradingcards, which is fine too.
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Sing Pricefield
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 10
Classic shooting game

Yet, it's sucks that you have no clue the XNA framework stuff need to be installed in order to run the game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Power-Up is fun but the lack of continues upon death annoys me. Perhaps it could be added in a future update?
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
A 2D classic shooting game that still requires XNA framework.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
OH NOO!
Enemy come from every side!
Lucky I got my full arsenal with me.
I just had to figure out which button I need to press.
Hmm....
I think this one should do it.
Eh?!
I didn't know you could do that.
Not just four ways, but five ways to go!
YEAH!!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
no idea lol (free game.... ideal master) ._.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
It's not great, but it's not bad, it just feels very run-of-the mill and like it belongs on Windows XP Service Pack 1.
But the ability to switch through and power up individual shot types at will is definitely a plus. And I'm a softie for any shmup that lets you shoot backwards when needed. And being able to quickly lay down an entire curtain of slow-moving projectiles for enemies to run into... is WAY too satisfying.

And you know what? After all the other giveaway games and Dime Disasters I've gone through... this one's actually pretty fun after a long day of work. Nice job, Psychotic Psoftware. Nice job. (^u^)
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Classic shooting game

Yet, it's sucks that you have no clue the XNA framework stuff need to be installed in order to run the game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
It's cheap.
It's good enough.
It's worth the money.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
I only played a little bit, basically until I died. Also, I got it for free - it's not the worst game I've played! A few key things are missing like a settings menu where you can set sound and music volume, and the controls are a bit weird and not customizable. But for the few minutes I played, I actually had fun. I skipped all the dialogue, so I cannot comment on the storyline. If you can get it for free or on sale, give it a try :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Oldschool game and hard so not easy as a result this is a good game.
And you can get trading cards.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
In the midst of a great war, humankind now hangs on the edge of extinction. All but one pilot representing the human race is left with nothing to lose, and a thirst for revenge. The story in Power-Up is simple sci-fi fare but is effective through its usage of snazzy dialogue and slick visuals that all give a nostalgic retro flare.

Pro:
Lots of lives
Start with all weapons
Made by 1 person (seriously)
Fluid gaming
Most of the cuts and comments can be escaped pass
Steam cards
Low requirements
Cheap ($3)
Unlockable alt ships
Pause option

Con:
No extra lives - continues
Can't remap keys - 2 key layout options only
Can't turn down audio
Can't change display rez
Graphics are just ok (then again game made by 1 person - so no art department to help)
No Workshop (seriously this game could use the workshop for new graphics)
No achievements
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
It`s a fun game to kill some time.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Good 2D shooter with nice graphics, you can fire 5 differents types of bullets (or lasers), made by one person, have 8 trading cards, you can choose your difficulty (there's 4), for me the sounds are terrible and there's no options menu to reset the controls keys, kinda suck. I really enjoyed playing this game :)

▂▃▅▇█ final judgement : 65/100 █▇▅▃▂
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Steam Economics 102 Simulator
  1. Get a Steam game for free
  2. Idle the game
  3. Get the cards
  4. Sell the cards
  5. Make profit
10/10 will never set eyes on this game again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
good game , apparently made by just one man , different shots , back , side ,front all can be upgraded by collecting letters .
Game is entertaining , i recommend ,
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
First Impressions:

* I found the gameplay very enjoyable.
* I think this game would also be great to introduce to new shmup players.

Personally I think this game is an instant classic and I'm going to add it to my favourite shmups list.
What I have heard of the Games soundtrack so far is great and I'm going to add it to my favourite soundtrack list as well.

Would be cool if this game had achievements and trading cards. Maybe even put the soundtrack as a DLC?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
An Old School Side Scroll Shmup, which is actually playable and could be fun if there would be at least Continues, but there are not even extra Lives to pick up or to get through Points, so it becomes repetitive and boring quite fast.

The Game has full Controller Support which unlike many others, actually work, however there are no Options to change the Button Layout, but the default Layout is ok. The Game also starts windowed but you can at least switch into Fullscreen Mode, however the Resolution is a bit low, fixed and can't be changed.

Like the Name of it already says, you can pick up Power-Ups for five different Weapons, picking up a (P)owerUp upgrades the actually selected Weapon. There are also (F)orcefield, (X)plosives, (B)onus and (S)peedUp to pick up.

The Game is not spectacular but also not bad, is playable and works fine (tested on Windows 10 64Bit), it also drops 8 Tradingcards, which is fine too.
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31 of 42 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Non-biased:

-Old school side scrolling shmup.
-You have 10 lives
-No extra lives through points or pickup
EDIT: -No continues.
-All made by ONE PERSON
-You start off with all 5 weapons, a force field, and a "smart bomb"
-Item pickups are P, X, B, S, and F
P: Power-up (Whatever weapon you're currently using will be powered up)
X: will give you an extra smart bomb (called Blast)
B: Bonus points (I think. It's hard to tell what the voice says since the music is loud)
S: Speed up
F: Force Field
-Your force field lasts as long as you hold the button down. You have a certain number of blocks just like weapons
-Unlockable ship colors after play time or beating the game on different difficulty levels. Weapons are the same.
-When you die, you only lose a life. You keep all your weapon's powers, speed, blast, etc
-A fully powered up weapon makes the screen flash around the edges with every shot

Biased:
-Really good game for $3. 10% discount when first released.
-Music is a bit too loud but it's not bad at all. I would probably like to cover a metal version of the boss music.
-Cannot choose different screen resolutions. Only windowed or fullscreen
-Cannot change audio level. Would be nice to control music, speech, and sound effects.
-Cannot change controller button layout. Note that I've only tried with a controller and not keyboard.
-Cannot turn off flashing screen at full power or at least curtail it. It's nice but it can get distracting at times.
-Having 5 weapons gives it a Thunder Force feel. The power up system feels like Darius.
-Would be cool to have "Options" (as in a little buddy who shoots/rotates/follows). I would also be okay if these disappeared when you died.

Overall: If you're looking for a sidescrolling shmup, get this.
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33 of 48 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
In the midst of a great war, humankind now hangs on the edge of extinction. All but one pilot representing the human race is left with nothing to lose, and a thirst for revenge. The story in Power-Up is simple sci-fi fare but is effective through its usage of snazzy dialogue and slick visuals that all give a nostalgic retro flare.

As the first stage starts the massive human vessel deteriorates in the background as I find myself dodging the pieces of its firey debris. The situation is intense and the narrative well thought out, pulling you into the role of this lone human pilot very well. When games were still all about the challenge, shoot-em-ups reigned supreme and Power-Up follows in that classic form. The game follows a horizontally side-scrolling view in the same vein as classics Gradius or R-type but with a visual style of its own personality.

Power-Up gives you a versatile set of weapons displayed on a Gradius style weapon bar and include all of the classic variations you'd expect in shmup arsenal. You've got your standard straight shooting pea-shooter, a spread shot cannon, side-shooters, a back-firing laser, and a powerful but short range plasma cannon. Most importantly is your ability to 'power-up' each weapon individually allowing you to strategically distribute your pickups between desired weapons for specific situations. Personally, I mostly stuck with a high leveled pea-shooter and the spreadshot, but there were still plenty of moments were the game throws situations that require the other guns at you forcing you to think quick and on your feet.

Using a fully leveled weapon is where the intensity begins and the action really starts to shine. The feeling of shredding through a crowd of enemies with a high-powered barrage of bullets is an exhilirating one, and even moreso when you face each of the huge and beautifully detailed bosses and their tricky attack patterns.

The retro atmosphere provided by the stylish visuals, detailed backgrounds, and heavy music are all the work of one man and obviously with a lot of love making this an even more impressive endeavor, as well as a seriously solid entry into any shmup afficianados library in its own right. Power-Up retains everything we love and remember from the classics while giving it a unique makeover, and is something I would deem a modern classic in a dying genre. For the incredibly low asking price this is an easy buy that provides more than just a retro throwback but a completely new experience.
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