Horizon Shift is an explosive wave based single screen shooter with a ton of new ideas and platformer elements. Do what it takes to protect your horizon from the ever encroaching enemy attack!
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Release Date: May 29, 2015

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“If you are an unwavering addict of shmup and bullet hell games or are simply curious with a streak of masochism, you need to check Horizon Shift out. Your search for space shooter heaven is over. This is the end of the line.”
9/10 – Gamers Honest Truth

“Arcade nostalgia meets indie Innovation”
9/10 – SplashGames

“It features great music and fast paced gameplay. If you’re a fan of old-school arcade games, this is definitely one for you.”
8.5/10 – Game Insider

About This Game

'Shoot Stuff, Jump Stuff, Bomb Stuff'

Horizon Shift is an explosive wave based, single screen shooter, with a ton of new ideas and platformer elements.

Do what it takes to protect your horizon from the ever encroaching enemy attack!
Use the unique risk reward multiplier system to maximise power-ups, build your bomb and destroy EVERYTHING!

Horizon Shift also features an amazing pulse pounding soundtrack produced by Jason Heine of Heine House Entertainment.
These original compositions are a fusion of House, Electronica and Chiptune.

  • 7 different game modes and a ton of options to customise your experience
  • A unique risk reward multiplier system
  • Pulse pounding soundtrack produced by Jason Heine
  • Epic boss battles and bonus rounds
  • An original blend of classic arcade shooter and platforming

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Intel Graphic
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Processor: Dual Core processor of 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 200 series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Product received for free
Rare case of good idea with good execution.
Music is quite addictive - especially one track is making me feel "the vibe". Visuals are just okay.
I like this dev - he looks up on Community Hub - it's amazing.

I only wish it had mouse support. SHMUPs are way better to be played with mouse than keyboards.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This is an awesome arcade game, love it!
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61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
With a distinctive Namco feel, Horizon Shift is one of the most accomplished arcade games since Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+. You can think in Space Invaders Extreme going to bed with Donkey Kong

Horizon Shift is one of the most brilliant single screen shmups ever created, that it’s heavily influenced by Taito contemporary classics like Space Invaders Extreme. But it also succeeds on putting a lot of masterful new design ideas on the table, trying to break the player’s preconceptions regarding the genre in disruptive and fully original ways.

Its main gimmick, the possibility of switching between two differentiated action spaces that sometimes get mixed with bullets crossing the horizon line, it’s on a par in its ingenuity with Ikaruga and its polarity design. And the double jump button becomes a joyful mechanic that adds a rare sense of accomplishment, while the player is dodging bullets, destroying ships and trying to jump over moving spikes and other obstacles invading the horizon line. This wise sum of design elements make of Horizon Shift a rara avis, in his combination of shooting and plattforming elements in a cohesive way. You can think in Space Invaders going to bed with Donkey Kong.

But where Horizon Shift truly shines is in its scoring system, that highly rewards the risks taken by the player. And as life itself, an error can give you a better opportunity for improvement and to scoring high. In Horizon Shift, every single mistake, every ship that invades or destroy a fragment of your horizon, it will increase your scoring multiplier. So the best strategy to scoring high is play in a schizophrenic and bipolar way, missing enemies intentionally, let them invading you horizon, an then use this mistakes to destroy the rest of ships with a higher score bonus. But as life itself, a sum of errors can become your perdition. With every single mistake, the scoring opportunities are higher, but it’s much harder to dodge and jump between bullets and the invading enemies or broken parts in your horizon. Horizon Shift laughs in the face of all the traditional and conservative STG’s players that will try to destroy every single ship, forcing them to radically change his misconceptions regarding the genre. Horizon Shift it’s a Dogma 95 shmup directed by Lars Von Trier.

And do you remember the Charles Mingus jazz song “Oh Lord, don’t let them drop that Atomic Bomb on me”? Since the time of the first Raiden, the STG’s players have been trained in not to use the bomb in shooting games if they want to score high. Horizon Shift, like Battle Garegga before it, laughs one more time in the face of this conservative players. In Horizon Shift the bomb not only destroy all enemies and rebuilds your horizon line. Also serves to bank your chain score. So if you don’t drop the atomic bomb on them, Oh Lord!, you will lose all your hard earned multiplier points. Horizon Shift forces you to create a right strategy, using the bomb in the most hard parts, and ensuring that you can survey the next waves until the bomb meter is fully recharged.

All of these mechanics and its perfect tuned score system are accompanied by a brilliant level design. The game never becomes boring, and it has a design philosophy inspired by Nintendo classics. With new elements, obstacles, enemies and patterns that appears at a slow but constant pace. The new obstacles always appears in individual levels that serves as tutorial. It explodes every single mechanic in a lot of creative ways and original situations. And the difficulty curve is sublime in its balance.

With a lot of brilliant design ideas and absorbing visuals that resembles Tetsuya Mizoguchi, Namco or Taito contemporary creations, Horizon Shift has become with Pacman Championship Edition DX+ one of my favorite arcade experiences in Steam.

( The writer of this review is not an English native. So you should expect occasional grammar errors. I apologize in advance. )
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Edit: This is a labor-of-love for the developer, and it shows. They are very active and interested in community input - this cannot be valued highly enough.

With that being said, unfortunately I don't see the magic that everyone else sees with Horizon Shift. I have tried several times to get into it, and all I can see is a subpar arcade shooter. While the axis-flipping mechanic is not new, the game does bring some interesting platforming mechanics into play complete with enemies being able to destroy the line creating jumpable gaps. On the negative side, the visuals are nothing special. I played with a keyboard and also a controller, and both felt decidedly awkward for what is a simple game although I only tried one of several configurations for the controller.

+Its cheap
+It can run on a toaster

-While there are some interesting platforming elements that are new, it wasn't enough to keep me interested.
-Artwork is bland.
-Music is generic.

Perhaps I did not get far enough to see something great, but I doubt it. I was hoping for something completely addictive (like many reviews boast - even friends of mine), but that was not the case for me.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
In the interest of fairness and honesty, I will start by saying that I was gifted this game. I will do my best not to let that cloud my review.
This game is a very interesting marriage of features from old school arcade games, mostly shoot em ups.
The visuals seem to be inspired by asteroids, while the game play is inspired by numerous other games, from some rail games like space invaders to some elements of bullet hell games, to reflexive game play and decision making that seems to be unique to this game, or at least, rare enough for me to not have encountered it before.
The rail in this game being in the middle of the screen rather than on one side like the left or bottom, is something that has been used in the past but not nearly as successfully as it is here. The placement of the rail not only gives the game more depth but also creates room for some very interesting interactions and stunts; both making it more difficult and more enjoyable than it would have been otherwise.

The game's simple visuals and unique game play are tied in together seamlessly with silky responses and a perfect soundtrack (note that the silkiness is gone from the game when you are in a bonus level, it will be hard to 100% one of those). Your little ship responds to you perfectly, and for this game that is essential. It really is all about game play, there are no frills, just clean honest game play. At no point while playing the game have I come across game breaking add on or boosts either, something that exists in many arcade games and very much saps any interest in the game once acquired.
There is a number of different modes to play the game in, classic, arcade, survival etc. so the users have several choices on how to tackle the game, and they are mostly unlocked after playing the game only once on the starting mode, so I didn't have to torture myself to try them all out. The learning curve for the game was mountainous but the levels and bosses were not unreasonable, I would get owned by a level or a boss, restart, and from my previous play have learned how to deal with it, and later get owned by something else down the line and repeat - I got owned a lot...

Now, I myself am not particularly good with arcade games, so maybe my assessment of the game's difficulty here is not entirely accurate; but I found the game extremely challenging. Very rewarding once you get past a hurdle, but I feel justified in underlining that word back there.

I looked at some of the other reviews on this game, and my experience of the dev's work on other games was as gaucho marx's experience with his fixes here, there was genuine interest in player feedback. That is always appreciated by the community.

So again, I would like to remind everyone that I was gifted this game before I end my review

- Easy to pick up, learn the basics
- Responsive controls
- Excellent soundtrack
- Smooth overall game experience
- Great Support

- Hard to master
- Might make you cry

Altogether, if arcade games are your thing, you will love this game, and if they aren't you should still give this game a go, it might just change your mind
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2015
This game is very fun if you like a challenge, it takes allot of inspiration from old arcade games and makes a new, fun game. The game uses elements of rail games and bullet-hell games. The game however gets hard on some stages; I found it fun to play.
Horizon Shift has unique graphics playing in the background of the game I found to enjoy watching. The game soundtrack was well-made, from the first levels; to the boss fights I enjoyed this game thoroughly.
The game occasionally is difficult on some levels, and the ship you control flies a little slowly for all the action in this game, however it is rewarding once you beat the levels.

*Unique soundtrack.
*Nostalgia effects from old games.
*Well-designed levels.
*Replay value.

*Waves occasionally have a difficulty spike.
*The ship you control flies slowly.

I would recommend this game if you want a challenge, or a nostalgic effect from old arcade games. I myself enjoyed this game for the arcade elements.

This review was brought to you by http://steamcommunity.com/groups/LotOGive they give away loads of great games like this
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21 of 34 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
Bringing back the Arcade Style Shooters

Ok Horizon Shift is a throw back to the Space Invaders days. There is a Line in the middle and you must kill things wile fliping back and forth and jumping trying to avoid the bad guys from the horizon line in the middle.The bad guys can brake the line also so you need to jump and try and kill as many as you can to end the round.The boss fights can be very challenging and will keep you on your toes.

Being a kid from the 80s Arcade days this ones got my pass vote :) And no need to pump in a crap load of quarters lol I say if you love old school shooters give Horizon Shift a SHOT :P
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2015
A fairly decent shoot-em'-up where you switch between two playing fields on a horizontal plane, fending off waves of enemies, collecting power-ups and fighting bosses. You also have to protect the line that you're traveling on, as some enemies can break parts of the line, forcing you to jump over the gaps (though the line is repaired after each wave). The challenge definitely ramps up in later waves, but I've handled bullet-hell games like Crimzon Clover and DonPachi, so bring it on. The soundtrack's pretty decent, too (you can also but the soundtrack for a few bucks more). If you're looking for a fun throwback to shooters in the vein of Space Invaders or Galaga, or if you're looking for a shooter that mixes up the formula a little bit, this is a pretty good game, especially considering the price.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
Disclaimer: Do you miss arcade games with unique and easily differentiate mechanics and being hard as heck on purpose so as to drain your quarter money but lament at the lack of such games ever since the videogame industry crashed and got revived by adventure games and its ilk? Well look no further than Horizon Shift.

Special Edition Review: Horizon Shift
[Real Review Below]
I tried.. I tried so hard, tears were welling down my face when as I tried the same stage over and over and over again each time the end doesn't look any closer than it does when I first started. Me, someone who dares calls himself a great reviewer yet got defeated by a mere arcade game! Someone who proudly claims to finish Touhou 6 on lunatic mode! [I never did, shut up Remilia was hard.] Anyways, enough ranting and crying and forgive me dev for failing to conquer your mountain of a game.

Game was reviewed with a key provided by the developer~

Game Info
Name: Horizon Shift
Developer: Flump Studios
Genre: Arcade Game pure and simple no beating around the bush with this one.
Personal Verdict: This game... made me cry.

What is Horizon Shift?
Horizon Shift is an innovative arcade game that combines elements of shoot em up, arcadey action and the brutality of the shoot em up genre. Now normally in this case we ended up with a hard version of games like meteor, galaga etc etc but like most arcade games from the new to the old Horizon Shift introduces elements that differ it from the competition, namely the Horizon element.

This game reminds me of asteroid, well chatting with the dev the whole graphic side is inspired by asteroid so that means it plays out wholly in wireframe style graphics art of yer olden days games. That said the background is pretty well done in my book and helps mesh it along with the music as you can see why later.

The music is awesomely psychedelic, which is to say it will serve to pump you up and make you drown in its varied synth like tune. Combine this with the trippy background and by the end of my numerous defeat I was feeling trippy as heck.

Make no mistake. This game is hard. Very very hard. Paul if you are reading this know the fact that I hate you very much.

On to the gameplay, so what makes Horizon Shift so unique? Well to start with lets talk about what it is not unique in. Its an arcadey game, you press z to shoot, x to jump and c to bomb like most games. Enemies are plenty and comes in a lot of variety and powerups, score, suddenly paid homage minigame appearing are all the standard stuff it does.

What it does bring to the table however is the Horizon mechanic. Your shiplike object resides in a line right in the middle of the screen and this line is not invincible. Some enemies will destroy your Horizon piece by piece if they come in contact with it and others will downright obliterate it resulting in an instant KO since the Horizon is the only solid platform for you to stand on. Let say that only part of the Horizon is destroyed you can still survive the stage by jumping over the gaps, a rather risky move seeing as the later levels are choke full of enemies and stage hazard.

In any case, enemies come from bottom and top side and barring one particular power up you can't really shoot up and down at the same time so you have to switch sides all the time to counter them.

Enemies come in many flavour, the one I dubbed invader simply because they ride on your Horizon and move along it killing you if you come in contact with them, swarmer who targets your Horizon and destroy it, shooter who spits out balls of death at you but are easily avoided for most parts, its the combination of invader and swarmer that usually ends your life.

If you somehow in an impossible way manages to finish the game, more modes are unlocked for you! So you can continue dying and earning score on the leaderboard.

Happy to say the game controls well, sure it is a bit hard to jump because sometimes you overshoots the gap but hey, it works and no misspressed ever occur to me.

Horizon Shift, a pretty fun arcade shoot em up with unique mechanic, should you get this game? Depends, if you like this sort of games then go for it. The game is not bad at all and the only con I could muster is my inability to get good at this game. Overall Enjoyable.

Scoring Methology [Courtesy of Meat King]:
- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

Verdict: A-Rank.

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Very funny and challenging
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1.5 hrs
Posted: October 22
Product received for free
Very decent indie game!
Challenging achievements though... :p
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3.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
Product received for free
Fun game, but it getts really hard really fast
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3.1 hrs
Posted: September 19
Great Game
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 8
I want to call this game a timekilling bullet hell platformer with symmetry added to make it not only harder, but cooler as well. This game is exactly what I expected; You move left and right and shoot enemies before they destroy the platform you can move on, all the while avoiding whatever bullets or enemies may be in your path.

... There really isn't much else to say. I nabbed it on sale for 85% off (a wicked sweet deal) so I feel it's worth the price I personally paid, but I don't think it's worth much more than that.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: May 30
Great music, great visuals and good game overall.
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mathyno (The game breaker)
7.3 hrs
Posted: May 6
Product received for free
I love this game
great dev looks after the community
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1.6 hrs
Posted: May 5
okay but eh
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Chester the KNT
0.2 hrs
Posted: April 20
A cool little game with a lot of polish, well worth the price in my opinion. Nothing too in-depth just a fun bullet-hell platformer/shooter to kill some time with!
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