Boid is real-time strategy at its most primal - your only resource is your army. No funds to manage or infrastructures to build. It’s a kill or be killed battle of rapid decisions to dominate the gene pool.
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Release Date: Jul 8, 2016

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July 8

Play BOID For Free

BOID is out now on Steam! After 18 months in Early Access, the game is finally done! Here's how it works

Multiplayer is completely free

We've decided to make the multiplayer part of BOID completely free. This includes the level editor, competitive match making, ranking, playing with bots on all maps, etc - no catches here.

The only things you can buy within the multiplayer are cosmetic skins to showoff on the battlefield.

Single Player is DLC

The single player campaign (which will take you about 10 hours) is a standalone DLC package. It is created AAA-RTS style with cutscenes, a full story, and is based around teaching players how the multiplayer works. It can be overwhelming to be dropped right in there, and we found that placing bot matches isn't always enough to teach people the game. So if you want to get a quick tour and 10 hours of entertainment, we appreciate everyone buying this DLC.

However it's completely not required if you don't like single player experiences and are good at RTS games.

Everyone in Early Access gets the DLC for free

If you bought BOID during Early Access, you should now have the DLC with the single player campaign in your library.


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July 5

BOID launching on July 8 with free multiplayer

We are super excited to announce that BOID is launching on July 8th and will have Free Multiplayer!

Yes, free multiplayer for everyone with no catches

The game's full online functionality, including rankings, the level editor, replays, etc -- will become completely free. The only thing you can buy within the multiplayer are purely cosmetic skins that do not obstruct the gameplay, nor enhance it in any tactical way.

A 10-hour Single Player Campaign Will be DLC

We have worked really hard on a single-player campaign for BOID, and we're super happy with the result. The campaign serves as a very extensive tutorial for players who aren't comfortable with the multiplayer straight away, and is a good standalone experience if single-player is what you're after. The price of the DLC will be $9.99, so you still have time to save before release (currently the game is $6.99)

Everyone who bought BOID during Early Access gets the Single Player for free

If you supported the game during Early Access, on July 8th you will get the full package (Multiplayer + Campaign DLC) for free. Thanks for supporting us!

Watch White-Ra (Starcraft PRO) Play against the Developer!

Thanks everyone who participated in Early Access!

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“BOID Mates League of Legends and Spore Beautifully”

“BOID is on Polygon's 2015 Top 100 PC Games List”

“BOID is the sort of game that feels right”

About This Game

Boid is real-time strategy at its most primal. No funds to manage or infrastructures to build. It’s a kill or be killed battle of rapid decisions to dominate the gene pool.

Kepler 42-C. A faraway planet of little significance. At least, it was until a malfunctioning drone crashed into its ocean, forever altering the course of life and inciting a battle to claim the planet, one microorganism at a time.

Claim vital positions to replicate and mutate into seven specialized units, such as the fast and vulnerable Scout, the explosive Kamikaze, and the life-draining Leach. Press your enemies for weaknesses, outflank their ambushes, usurp their bases, and amass an unstoppable swarm to overpower your adversaries.

This is more than a battle for your survival. It’s a fight for all life to come.

  • Fight to claim the planet in an 10-hour, single-player campaign
    Available as DLC, the single-player campaign takes you on a journey to claim the planet and teaches you everything you need to succeed in multiplayer. Only the single player campaign is paid in BOID - everything else is free.

  • Create the perfect skirmish with bots and four difficulty levels.
    Bots allow for easy practice in multiplayer matches.
  • Go online with ranked, unranked, and private 1v1 matches.
    Featuring a full-on league system
  • The more you play, the more your list of Friends & Rivals grows.
    BOID keeps track of your opponents for easy challenging
  • Create custom maps to share, and subscribe to your favorite creators.
    A fully functional level editor allows you to create your own multiplayer maps

  • Color blind mode for heightened game accessibility.
  • Super easy to pick up gameplay, no base building to worry about - it's all about mutation and classes
  • Rock paper scissors style class system. Do you go for the heavy/strong/slow units or for the fast/weak/rush ones?
  • Twitch Integration for multiplayer matches

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 and up
    • Processor: 1Ghz and up
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Works fine on integrated laptop graphics, but you NEED Direct X 10
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: A working one
    • Additional Notes: This game runs fine on low end devices, tested with core2duo laptops w/ integrated videocards.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
i bought boid back when it was 4.99 and its a great game but i think that the singleplayer should be free and a part of the game and and the game should cost like 4.99 not a 9.99 singleplayer game
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Boid is an RTS, a single cell RTS where your goal is not only to reproduce your creatures via spawners, but to mutate them into different combat forms to fill a variety of strategic roles. Multiplayer and bot matches are free, but single player is a DLC. I feel like this model works to get people to try the game and jumpstart the community without having to drop a monetary commitment. I think Boid is pretty neat and I would recommend it to a variety of fans including RTS, strategy, multiplayer, mobile and a long list of others. If anything I have said sounds interesting give Boid a try.
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37 of 51 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 8, 2015
Having played a bit of boid before the early access (Private tester), i can say that this is RTS in it's simplest form without any comprimise.

There are lots of RTS games and they are quite difficult to get into because you have to learn the classes, maps, strats etc etc.

While you get this in BOID (It is an RTS after all), it makes it very simple. The art style is quite simple but looks gorgeous.

Now on to the game itself.

There are two team (Red and Green) and there are currently 8 different classes and they all look very different (Making them easy to differentiate) and there are many variety of maps.

You both get a side of the map and start with spawners. You then have to take over class spawners (Each map has different kinds of spawners). Then eventually you have to take over the other players spawners. Once you take over their spawners, it's GG.

Another very good thing about the game is that the matches are short and quite intense (Which is very good in my opinion).

I haven't played much because not many people had the game (<20) and i've only found 2 people in online matches.
But this was before the early access.
NOw it's in early access, i will be playing this more often and after the addition of steam workshop, it'll be a very good game!

Costing less than £2 (08/01/2014), i don't see how you can go wrong with this game

Recommended :D
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Your balls went into World War 3 modern warfare and you play as green sperm dudes who can turn into explosive sperm, shooting sperm, crab sperm, healing sperm and other stuff.

Its a good game.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
The concept of the game is amazing and the game works smoothly but it feels repetitive after some time.
The things I feel missing from the game are:
1- 4 players maps.
2- Live chat with all online players.
3- A profile menu.
4- A way to feel like progressing in the game, like player levels maybe.
Other than that it is really a good game, I hope they Update it regularly with more content.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
It's actually a really polished, yet simplistic RTS game. I've owned this game for a while, and I haven't really played it much due to the lack of people that were on. Hopefully, with the new free to play rolling out, there will be more people on to play against.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 16, 2015
The early access bit:

TL;DR - It's an excellent game, well worth the price of admission. Everything seems to work, and work well.

This is a very simple to learn RTS, with good level design (thus far), a pretty good base mechanic, and a brilliant art style (literally and figuratively, the lighting is a bit intense).

The basic premise is that you control a constantly-spawning highly mutable lifeform, and by taking and holding various points around the map you gain access to different sets of abilities for your units. Basic units spawn at a constant rate, and the biggest challenge lies in determining what to turn them into and where to attack. Resource management boils essentially down to "how long do I wait before expanding", which is a simple enough thing to measure.

The good stuff:

As I've said, the art design is excellent. Seriously, everything is pretty clear in its function at a glance and the game looks gorgeous.

It's got a really intuitive interface. Even novice RTS players should be able to pick this up and figure out just about everything extremely easily.

Speedy matches aren't something I'm used to in any RTS. It's nice to be able to knock out a quick game or two instead of an hours-long slog sometimes.

It's quickly engaging, and the additional features that are supposed to make that even better.

The downsides:

If you're looking for something with a lot of depth, look elsewhere. There aren't lots of resources to juggle, there's no campaign, it is exactly what it appears to be.

It's really heavy into micromanaging units for a sizeable portion of each game. Towards the end it can get a bit more macro, but misplacing half a dozen guys (not tough to do) can have pretty dire consequences early on.

Momentum is massively important. This isn't a negative thing necessarily, but it becomes pretty clear pretty quickly who has the advantage in a battle. It's possible to come back if you're behind, but there's an obvious tipping point.

You can't control units while you're zoomed out. That's a bit of an odd design decision and I'm sure there's a reason for it, but it's a little bit frustrating.

All in all this is extremely well done, and for the price you seriously can't beat it for entertainment value.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Strategic, fun and aesthetically pleasing.

Would invest skins on this game.

Have potential of growth.

DEV work on it more.
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Posted: September 10
if you are looking for a good strategy game choose this one it runs really smooth and bring your 'troops' up for war. Send your troops off to reclaim your ground.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: September 10
Not really free to play. The only free to play thing is the online mode.
It has a "story mode". Problem is if you put a "Free" in your game then don't lock essential parts behind a paywall. Playerbase is very small 30 players at peak time.

In the end it seems like a browser game, but for everyone who like this kind of game it's a perfect choice.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: September 3
This game is free, fun and addicting. Its a free RTS that has a handful of units with different attacks. It is free so get it and try it out.
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