Redux: Dark Matters is a fast-paced space shooting game with fresh scoring elements - a bastard-hard shooter and definitely a must have for every shmup fan!
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Mostly Positive (24 reviews) - 70% of the 24 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 12, 2014

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Redux: Dark Matters is an ultra hot classic shmup and definitely a must have for every shmup fan. Released successfully at the beginning of 2014 as a brandnew Dreamcast game in limited edition - now the games comes as a beautiful super sharp 16:9/720p and 1080p full HD PC version on Steam for worldwide distribution right before the same year ends!

Redux: Dark Matters is a fast-paced space shooting game with fresh scoring elements and some review called the game a bastard-hard shooter. However, you have to master 7 stages with different ambiance which is indeed anything but easy - not yet spoken of the boss encounters. Always watch out since each and every thing is loaded with whatever to discover. Your ship is armed with rapid fire, sub-weapons, rockets and more - in other words with all you need to make it through - it depends on you!

The story takes place in the year 2067, when the “Space Force” organisation was exploring the galaxy for new strong and powerful materials to produce more powerful battle ships they discovered a space mine on a strange asteroid on the enemy territories. The scientists now began to analyze the material and concluded they had found the one material to build the best space ship ever.

One year later, the prototype was finished and the test results show unmatched battle power. However, the material seemed to be unstable and the use of the assembled ship was highly risky but since the Evil threat, was close to destroy the whole universe, the organisation was forced to let the ship fly.

NOW, go to experience the highlights of the game - pilot your space ship, blast off the mechanized servants of evil and save the world!

Game Features

Superb Arcade Style Game Graphics

7 Stages with Huge Boss Enemies

Tons of Weapons

Two player ships to choose from with different Weapons

Normal and Veteran Difficulty

Instant Respawn

Arcade Gameplay and Addictive Scoring System

Awesome Soundtrack Composed by Andre Neumann feat. Chris Huelsbeck!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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27 of 40 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
We liked Redux: Dark Matters on Dreamcast, despite it's blurry visuals. The Steam version though? Simply incredible.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2015
It is a classic style spaceship shoot 'em up clearly paying its tribute to R-Type. You start with the same ship, collect and lose power-ups as you go. There's 2-way missiles, lasers, spread and such, you can have pretty much all of them at the same time and switch their angles. You also have a shield that lets you absorb projectiles while building a meter that holds it together. Scoring system is as simple as it gets, you just kill everything in sight and collect the points.

Enemies are well varied and their patterns aren't too hard to figure out. Soundtrack is chill, graphics are nice hi-res and bright, sometimes perhaps even too bright. Its a nice little game if you want to relax and have some good time. Word of a warning tho. Veteran mode is brutal because your shield is pretty much useless and the stuff is just everywhere. Second stage is almost impossible if you don't play your game perfectly. Then again its just challenge.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
The graphics and the music are alright, nothing ground breaking, but not bad either.

On level 7, there's a silly difficulty spike, chances are you're going to die several times before you memorize it and manage to beat it, and guess what ? because the continues are limited, you will have to replay all those 6 levels again before getting to try again, it can get really annoying and really boring.

Not a bad game, but the limited continues can make the game annoying for the non-hardcore shmup fans, specially with that silly difficulty spike there's on level 7.

Since there's no neutral reviews for steam and i grabbed this on a steam sale for a few cents, i'm willing to give it the Positive.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
I'm giving this a positive recommendation with a caveat: there's bit of a frustration factor

What's frustrating about it:
-Many objects on screen (the ship, enemies, bullets) are rather bulky which oftentimes leaves little room to maneuver.
-The space ship doesn't move very quickly, so you're handicapped by less-than-avg speed when dodging obstacles.
-There's so much on-screen clutter, it might be a little confusing by what are collectables and what are harmful objects. Also sometimes you're not sure what exactly is part of the background and what is in the foreground.

What's good about it:
-The visuals are stunning; very vibrant colors and mostly nice level designs for a schmup
-OST is fantastic, fitting to the game for the most part
-The challenge isn't over-the-top unfair although it's still quite challenging (still yet to try advanced difficulty level), but fun enough to play
-Power ups are REALLY helpful, especially when you're powered to full capacity, then it's blast to go through the levels.

Also note:
There's a minor learning curve to the game, in which you need to acclimate to the shield and what exactly the shield can absorb, along with the controls and bulky objects.

I'd give this a solid 8/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2015
Beautiful shmup. I've played Dux on dreamcast , this one is a sequel and it's HD screen. Easy shmup :)
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
It is a nice game which just took minutes to bring back the feeling playing in an arcade hall.
I found myself missing the slot to insert a coin when I need to use the continue on my laptop to complete the feeling.
It would be awesome to have a second player (or more) to join the game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2015
A heartfelt love letter to the Republic of China's rich tradition of game knockoffs, DUX III OR WHATEVER paints over the dark graphics from Irem's R-TYPE with a bright and joyful pallette.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Mit Redux: Dark Matters geschah etwas, dass zwar nach wie vor ab und zu geschieht, für mich jedoch immer noch wie ein kleines Wunder wirkt: 2014 erschien ein neues Spiel für die Sega Dreamcast, für eine Konsole, die 1998 das Licht der Welt erblickte und deren Support durch Sega schon drei Jahre Später, 2001, gestoppt wurde. Für Sega war dies das Ende als Konsolenhersteller. Da die Dreamcast aber bis Heute noch zurecht Kultstatus besitzt und im Gegensatz zu heutigen Konsolen auch noch so konstruiert wurde, das sie auch nach 15 Jahren noch ihren Dienst tut, finden immer wieder mal neue Spiele dank kleiner, unabhängiger Publisher den Weg auf die Konsole. Wohlgemerkt keine Portierungen, die ursprünglich für andere Plattformen entwickelt wurden, sondern Spiele, die ganz neu für die Dreamcast entwickelt wurden. Das hat sicher auch damit zu tun, dass die es für Hobby-Programmierer relativ einfach ist, für die Dreamcast zu programmieren - Ihre Software basiert auf Windows CE und Die Spiele können auf CDs verbereitet werden, welche die Konsole ohne Probleme lesen kann. Ein solches Spiel, über Croudfounding finanziert, ist Redux: Dark Matters. Ein Remake eines horizontal scrollenden Dreamcast Shoot'm Ups, das sich spielerisch stark an R-Type anlehnt. Die grafik ist in Pastellfarben gehalten und die Gegner teilweise sehr fantasievoll gestaltet. Nachdem die Dreamcast Version nicht ganz flüssig lief - was man aufgrund der betagten Dreamcast Hardware verzeihen mag - läuft dieser Windows Port aabsolut flüssig, und die Grafik ist auch nochmal eine ganze Ecke hübscher. Auch wenn es Spieltechnisch wenig neues bietet, würde ich es doch jedem Shoot'm Up Fan ans Herz legen. Und neue Dreamcast-Spiele finde ich ohnehin grundsätzlich unterstützendwert!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
i love the game, awesome chinese rtype knock-off, with a bit of tweaking was able to get my PS2 fightstick to work with it! hi-res goodness!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Redux: Dark Matters is a solid effort for a small indie dev. The graphics are smooth and nice too look at, scrolling is constant 60fps. But it's not challenging until Stage 7. Nice try!
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🐔 crow
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
I love R-Type. If only this was, you know, actually that much like it.

In NORMAL MODE, it's hard to imagine how anyone would have difficulty at all with this game -- you can suck in most bullets and are essentially unkillable. In the hard mode, you don't have any access to the game's mechanics, making it just a bland shooter with no interesting gimmicks except a giant obstructive ship sprite that is annoying. Also it doesn't have a cool detachable thing like r-type did, even though they obviously are aping it...

anyway it's just kind of... not that great. it's either flashy and too easy or difficult, but dull and uninspired. neither is a selling point if yuo ask me.
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KamiKaze ToshiYa
0.6 hrs
Posted: January 27
If you have played R-type, dont give this game a miss.

As a horizontal shooter n recently steam published. wAited 2 years for this becos it was a Dreamcast only version.

The graphics smooth, controls fluid, weapons wah everything.But the force bit cannot detach ahhhhh. Shump Collectors shouldnt give this a miss thats all i can say
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0.1 hrs
Posted: December 31, 2015
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78.7 hrs
Posted: October 4, 2015
A mediocre indie shooter that was released on the Dreamcast. It's a horizontal shoot'em up that really doesn't bring anything new to the table and comes off as being very basic. The controls seems floaty at first, but I quickly got accustomed to it. The game's art direction is definitely off putting for me as everything seems too big and toyish. There are 2 tracks in the game that sound pretty good Stage 7 and the game over screen. The rest of the tracks are forgettable. The game itself is pretty bare bones with its features. There are no replays, no online leader boards, but there's at least some graphic settings and remappable options in the settings .exe.

Almost all of the stages are ridiculously easy to get through with bosses offering some challenge. The difficulty just isn't there until Stage 7 where all hell breaks loose. It almost seems like all their work in terms of bullet patterns went only to that stage. There are other shooters who have gone this route and have done a better job with it. It's definitely not a horrible game at all and playing it on Veteran really brings a new twist to the game and makes it a bit more entertaining. Buy this only if you're really into STGs and just want something to scratch that itch in between notable releases.

Also, I've played this game for about 6 or 7 hours. I must have left the game on during a weekend trip or something.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 12, 2015
I love shoot em ups but this one just can't grab my attention. It isn't bad and on sale you might enjoy it but I'm definitely glad I passed this one up on the Dreamcast. The music is pretty bland, the graphics look out of place like a cut and paste job, and the mechanics of R-Type and its various clones are as tired here as they are elsewhere. If you are a hori euro-shmup fan you might dig this but I'm glad I opted for Sturmwind (which isn't exactly fantastic either).
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2.5 hrs
Posted: June 27, 2015

-Nice visuals


-Boring gameplay.
-Quite easy, even on hard difficult setting.
-Arcade stick madcatz TE2 support is unstable.
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