A comic-styled mashup of Galaga-style shoot-em-up, simple platforming action, and Saturday morning cartoon. In collaboration with Eisner-award-winning cartoonist James Kochalka!
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Very Positive (170 reviews) - 91% of the 170 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 24, 2015

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“It’s a ridiculously charming game that makes me smile every time I play it.”
5/5 – Cult Of Mac

About This Game

BECOME A GLORKIAN WARRIOR! Visit awesome asteroids! Blast strange invaders!

Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork is a collaboration between Eisner Award winning cartoonist James Kochalka and indie game studio Pixeljam, makers of DINO RUN and POTATOMAN SEEKS THE TROOF.

It's a goofy mashup of Galaga-style shoot-em-up, simple platforming action, and Saturday morning cartoon.

Help Glorkian Warrior and his trusty Super Backpack fight against an endless onslaught of alien creatures, and be prepared for anything... the Magic Robot appears when you least expect it, and might shower you with exploding basketballs... or kittens... or cakes!

Collect energy crackers and power up an awesome arsenal of double lasers, triple lasers, rockets, fireballs, tennis balls & more while the invaders hypnotize you with their mesmerizing attack patterns. Perhaps you may even uncover the legendary Flarf Gun and save the world.

You will have so much fun trying and dying, again and again.... but no matter how miserable your performance, each play session will add to your progress and unlock new features to keep your fingers and fun zone fully engaged!


FEATURING:

◊ Art & story by James Kochalka, First Cartoonist Laureate for the state of Vermont!
◊ Procedurally generated invader flight patterns and formations, with many landscapes to explore
◊ Endearing characters and all-ages humor
◊ Based on Kochalka's graphic novel “The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza"
◊ YES!

Can you reach the rank of Glorkian General or will you forever stay a Soft-Boned Space Cadet?

GLORK!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 Ghz CPU
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Storage: 80 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 1 Ghz CPU
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
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Overall:
Very Positive (170 reviews)
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Murveman
2.0 hrs
Posted: August 8
It's a very simple shooter, but I'm still going to get 2 hours of enjoyment out of it.
-Cute Humor
-The more you play it, the more the game opens up
-Arcade style gameplay
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Fusion
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 6
Product received for free
This game is 'good' especially for it's price.
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top doge
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 5
Good made casual game , for some breaks its quite funny
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Salient Simon
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 4
Pretty sweet arcade game with lots of satifying bleeps/bloops and a fun art style and some charming humour.

It's even a sort of rougelite game, something I believe fits perfectly for arcade style games of today.
Seeing as it's all about replay value and what better way than to have unlockables and randomized elements for more variety.

That's all really. What you see is what you get and a maybe little more.
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Lord of the wards
7.0 hrs
Posted: July 29
Pros:
+ simple gameplay
+ good graphics
+ nice humour
+ interesting weapons

Cons:
- sound (too annoying, I always play this game muted)
- would like the option to manually control fire, so that good weapons don't get wasted between waves
- better indicator when you get hit while in the shower of crackers and enemy weapon
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peter purvis
2.4 hrs
Posted: July 23
This is ace.
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Sir Gordinni | Away
23.1 hrs
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
Have you ever wanted to save the galaxy from the Evil Space Nacho?
Yes? Well, then this isn't the game for you, sorry. You might want to try real life if you want that.

So, why do I recommend this game? I have a simple reason:
THE EMOTES ARE GLORKTASTIC! ;-; Emotes don't work here...

And if that doesn't convince you (which I highly doubt), remember that Glork and his best friend Super Backpack will tell you bad jokes until your brain explodes! Or until you quit.
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Solador78
7.3 hrs
Posted: June 24
Reminds me of Matt Groening's Life in Hell, but with Flarf Guns. Good stuff.
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Daze The Bear Chieftain
5.3 hrs
Posted: June 4
This can be a fun game but that fun will wear off after a little bit. It's a shmup in the style of space invaders. I unlocked all the little changes it adds to the game but it really never made much of a difference. I don't feel any need to continue any more with the game. Many of the remaining achievements are insane and would require a lot of hours playing which I just can't do.

It might be worth picking up on a sale for under a dollar but nothing more. Other than that I just can't recommend it.
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SuperSandro2000
7.3 hrs
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Don't buy it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24, 2015
Its a little bit random - and that works for me. I really do enjoy a game that feels a little different each time you play, and this game does give me that feeling. What you're getting in this game is a visit from the retro arcade shoot em' ups from yore... then mixed with a little dash of "weird". :P

Gameplay wise, its Galaxian with a jumping ability. This jump allows you to dodge enemies at the bottom of the screen as well as dive out the way of all the incoming ships/aliens/bullet/meteors/tetrominoes and anything else that attacks/falls from the sky. Power ups are plentiful, each with a rapid/power mode. Collect crackers to extend the power-ups lifetime as well as rack up points to unlock more in-game oddities... basketballs, anyone?

Visuals and sound are equally as pleasing and overall comes off as anything but bland. Definetly not one for people who want realism - which I appreciate. The presentation and humor are also a welcome gift.

So, If you like retro-shooters and also weird humor, with bright cartoony visuals - pick it up, you can't go wrong. :)
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2015
Greatest Galaga clone ever. It has cool arcade gameplay, funny characters, nice visuals and vintage sounds. And funny comic strip too.
Only THREE buttons to punch! And it also has HIDDEN cards.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
I love a good shootem'up, and this is one of the better pick up and play shmups on Steam. I love how you don't even have to press the fire button. The game auto fires for you. All you have to do is move and jump. The devs clearly knew what they were doing, because in any normal shmup, there's never a reason to take your thumb off the fire button.

Lottsa power ups, random events like falling exploding basketballs, delightfully retro sound effects, and a good sense of progression through collecting crackers that unlock new stuff that shows up in the game. And while the sense of humor isn't particularly smart, it does the job of taking me back to the days of playing stupid Nickelodian flash games on their website.

The only part of this game that is reminiscent of Galaga is the enemy formations. That's about it. For the asking price, I'd say this is well worth it for a relaxing good time.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2015
Great arcadey shooter title.

It is a mix of galaga/galaxian with a platforming twist.
There is a variety of weapon upgrades and enemy types.
It is fairly repetitive but addictive as a good shump should be.

The game follow an alien and his backpack laser as they kill aliens.
I am unsure why they are killing aliens, but as in all games aliens are better dead then alive. It has some simple progression as you unlock achievements, items and new enemy types as you continue to play.

Difficulty is quite low but still you will die over and over as that is the basis of these games they offer quick pick up and play enjoyment. If danmaku shmups are getting you down and want some old school with a twist this is a very good game for you as in it is a casual shooter with a more complex background.

I would highly recommend this game at a $4 price tag, i can see me dropping quite a few hours into it either as a pick up and play for a few mins at a time title. Also for addicting hour + long session stress releif.

My props go out to the devs for making it engaging for all ages and audiences.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2015
Oh my gosh! This game is SO much fun. Its like I'm six years old with a pocket full of quarters! Its cute and quirky and totally old school. Best 4 dollars I ever spent. :)
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
Have you ever wanted to save the galaxy from the Evil Space Nacho?
Yes? Well, then this isn't the game for you, sorry. You might want to try real life if you want that.

So, why do I recommend this game? I have a simple reason:
THE EMOTES ARE GLORKTASTIC! ;-; Emotes don't work here...

And if that doesn't convince you (which I highly doubt), remember that Glork and his best friend Super Backpack will tell you bad jokes until your brain explodes! Or until you quit.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2015
Great Space Invaders/Galaga clone on LSD :) Weird humour and unique graphics & sounds included. The gameplay is slick and has funny additions. Really addictive!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
Excuse me, i am the doctor of this gamer, and i will like to report this game for giving my patient a rare but lethal case of ...
NOSTALGIA! With this case, my patient is know suffering with the following symptoms:
-Joy
-Having big smiles while playing this game
-having "back in my days" and other joyfull thoughts
-giggling
-Imaturity
-Wearing his jammies in the afternoon
and worst of all...
Childism
so, as a way to speak up, i must warn those who play this game to have a good time, and don`t think im overating this game too much, but play it at your own risk!
Sincerly
-Dr. Fayke Naim
(insert fancy signature here :P)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2015
As a fan of James Kochalka's comics and records, I had to get this and I am glad it turned out to be be pretty good.

Glorkian Warrior is Space Invaders style shooter with autofire and a jump button. Instead of fixed levels, the games randomizes the successive waves of aliens as well as various other elements such as the ground you stand on or side challenges handed over by a pair of bossy sisters.

Enemies drop power-ups as expected and they are sorely needed as your default laser is slow and weak. The rare moments when you're stuck with your default with no upgrades in sight feel a bit underwhelming.

The game controls fine though the jumping lacks a bit in response and precision, IMO. My only gripe is that using a 360 controller the d-pad is set to jump and left/right movement, which would be fine except for the 360 pad being so imprecise, so you must use the left or right analogue stick to move.

It takes about 30 minutes of gameplay to unlock enough rewards to have the game really pick up the pace. Stick with it for a while if the first couple of minutes feel a bit slow and light on thrills.

So power up with pizza, fire up your Flarf Gun and don't pet the Astro Kitties!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Based on a graphic novel: The game is based upon James Kolchaka’s graphic novel ‘The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza.’ Kolchaka is the first resident of Vermont, a state in the New England region of the United States, to win the Laureate for best cartoonist. He is a prolific artist in the world of comics having written and illustrated for MARVEL with his ‘Hulk Vs. The Rain‘ short that was originally published in black and white in an unauthorized alternative magazine, he is the creator of ‘Monkey Vs. Robot’ and ‘Impy and Wormer’ which was featured in Nickelodeon Magazine. In 2012 he won the Eisner Award for Dragon Puncher 2: Dragon Puncher Island. Kolchaka is a very talented man with his talents spreading across multiple forms of the entertainment industry. He is also a rock musician fronting his own band, James Kolchaka Superstar, who have released nine albums. His artistry in the game is outstanding – everything looks precisely the way that you would want it to and is very easy on the eyes. It adds a tremendous amount of character to the game. It’s some of the best art work that I’ve seen in this genre of indie gaming.

Challenging play: Glorkian Warrior offers some of the most challenging game play that I’ve come across in some time. The mixture of Galaga-style shoot-em-up with platformer style gameplay works marvelously well. Deaths and hits generally always feel fair to me which is of vital importance. However, I do take issue when the game expects you to jump and then has enemies flying down at you that are unavoidable. This is the only let down in what is a vitally important component. Game play consists of constantly moving around the bottom of the screen while shooting – automatically – at enemies above and avoiding traps that are next to you constantly trying to kill you. The amount of power ups and their variety is one of the game’s key strengths.

Suitable for all ages: As the original title was intended for a younger audience the game is definitely accessible to younger players if you don’t mind them blasting space ships out of the sky. Although I do not have any children of my own I do feel that I am very education conscious. There is nothing here stopping children from playing the game. In fact, some of the video games that I played in my early education in school would have been much more of a concern than this. It’s animated violence and children would see much more violent things in their cartoons.

Good humor: What I loved perhaps most of all in Glorkian Warrior was the use of comedy. Again, it is something that all ages and audiences can appreciate but adults should not find too young. There’s a lot to like in the way that the story is told that will engage older gamers. It is good humor that will have you laughing when you’re not too busy concentrating on advancing further into the game.

Super Addictive: Glorkian Warrior is the very definition of a ‘one more turn’ game for me. This is accomplished through the superb unlock system in the game. Every time you unlock something the next unlock feels as though its only a game or two away until you advance deep into the mid and latter parts of the game and only then does it begin to take considerable effort to get to the next unlock. Of course, by then, Pixeljam hope that you have improved sufficiently that the next unlock still doesn’t feel that far away. Unlocks include new power ups, birthday cakes, basketballs, ceramic cats – that the developer owns – and actual short comics that are a pleasure to read.

I thoroughly enjoyed Glorkian Warrior – Trial of the Glork. It’s a perfectly addictive retro-style shoot’em up cross platformer that will keep you playing. I would recommend it to everyone and in my opinion is Pixeljam’s best game to date.

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