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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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!


◊ 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?


System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 Ghz CPU
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Storage: 80 MB available space
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 1 Ghz CPU
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
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Very Positive (162 reviews)
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Sir Gordinni
( 21.1 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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( 4.0 hrs on record )
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 on record )
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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( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Don't buy it.
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( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Awesome Space Invaders/Galaga/etc. clone. Simple but functional graphics, funny dialogue, catchy chiptune music.
If only if had higher and more stable framerate. From time to time I die due to laggy controls, but still can't stop playing.
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KrazyK Gaming
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I don't understand how this game has so many good reviews when this game is so boring.
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( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
I got this game for free in a steam key giveaway, and to be honest, most of the games in giveaways are just there to farm steam trading cards or just to boost your game count. Nobody really plays them, but Glorkian is one of those surprise games that are actually not that bad, and quite interesting to play! I really enjoy the game, it's one of those classic indie games that reminds me of space invaders from the old Nokia phone games. I like the comical aspect of the game as well, it's a game to kill time with.

7,8/10 from me!
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( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
This game is very similar to space invaders, but it has a twist. Each time you play is different (or seems different) so it's challenging to even get to a boss. Talking about bosses, they're very unique and have different abilities and figuring out ways to defeat them is very nice. The game is also very silly and cartoony which I love! I would recommend this game to ayone who likes arcade and good art-styles.

Here's me playing the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YPbWb3XfFM
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Obey the Fist!
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
This game has some originality - that is, instead of being a 2D retro pixel shooter, it's a 2D retro art class dropout shooter.

Game runs in windowed mode without any applicable graphics settings whatsoever, but that's fine, I wouldn't like to see it enlarged enough to fit my screen anyway.

Gameplay is a ripoff of Galaga. Art style is high school level.

This looks and feels like someones C graded product from a computer game design class. Obviously not worth buying.
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( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17

Glorkian Warrior = Galaga + Buster Bros + Neon Radioactive Splorchium

No, there is no real Neon Radioactive Splorchium, but it conveys the type of sensibility this game has. That retro, goofy sci-fi of Spaceman Spiff, Commander Keen, and Buck Rodgers kinda schtick. It's silly and cute and if those two words just made you throw up a little, then this ain't the game for you.

As to the gameplay, it most closely resembles Galaga or Space Invaders. Enemies fly out in patterns and attempt to shoot you and/or fly into you. The formula is broken up a bit by little blobs known as "Spitters" coming along the ground from off-screen requiring you to jump on or over them. Also, the odd meteor/Tetris piece shower happens and the meteors can be broken into smaller pieces by shooting them, which felt somewhat like it was inspired by the Buster Bros/Pang series of games.

As you play you collect crackers. Yes. Crackers. Which are apparently the choice intergalactic currency. Crackers will slightly refill your power-up meter and will also serve to unlock additional weapons, terrain, enemies, and other assorted goodies as you play, die, and play again. This adds to the replay value of an otherwise pretty simple and straightforward game. The controls are pretty tight and definitely don't work against you. Firing your weapon is automatic and saves you from the pain of thumb-blisters.

There is a decent variety of weapons, some standard (such as a triple laser) and some goofy (such as tennis balls) but only half of them really stand out as especially useful - though anything is better than the default pea-shooter. There are also two secondary power-ups, rapid fire and power. The first being self-explanatory and the second simply adding more damage and increasing projectile size. Having both power-ups active at once makes every weapon ten times better, even the default. All weapons and power-ups are time-limited, with the exception that weapons can have their time extended by collecting crackers.

Despite the kid-friendly graphics and humor, the game can be rather hard and unfair, sometimes just literally carpet bombing you with an impossible to dodge barrage of enemies and projectiles. Often the jumping aspect becomes an annoyance because you bonk your head into the flurry of enemies. You can often die because when it gets hectic it becomes very hard to discern between what is a cracker, a power-up, one of your projectiles, or one of the enemies. Particularly when enemy projectiles often have the same colors as yours. It also doesn't offer much in the way of long term replay value. It nails the basics well enough, however, that it's one of those games you can come back to every so often to enjoyable kill some time.

Don your sentient robot backpack and head out on patrol if you...

  • Love corny and zany sci-fi. Glorkian Warrior isn't a laugh riot per se, but it's definitely endearing.
  • Love classic arcade shooters. The basics are all in place here and it plays very well.
  • Are looking for a good value. For the price of a fast-food meal, this game is a definite bargain.

Order a pizza instead if you...

  • Hate cartoony, silly things. That's half of the appeal here.
  • Are looking for deep mechanics or something to sink a lot of time into. This is definitely short and sweet.
  • Got your feelings hurt by Zoe and Chloe.

The Bottom Line

It was cute, it was fun, and I find that I like to play it here and there to kill some time. You can unlock everything pretty quickly though, and you're likely going to see everything the game has to offer within the span of an hour or two.

I loved the Glorkian Warrior himself. He reminds me of a character Matt Groening (of Simpsons/Futurama fame) might have created in his early days. In fact, there are a couple mini-comics available to unlock in this game. The antagonistic Spitter sisters, Zoe and Chloe were also kind of amusing, although I was hoping that they could have been the basis of a power-up where they come out and smash things in their battle suits. As far as actual laughs though, it was the Magic Robot, the kinda-sorta villain of the game, that I loved the most. A giant robot head that just inexplicably appears to loudly proclaim some bizarre assertion, and turn things into cakes or bounce across the screen. You never actually get to fight him though and he unfortunately has no role other than a random encounter.

The game is definitely worth the measly $3.99 asking price, but I also often seen it in sales and bundles where it is an even bigger bargain. I love Pixeljam in general and I'd think it would be awesome to see a sequel to Glorkian Warrior in the form of a mixed shooter/platformer, PixelJam, however, tends to focus on creating well-made but short gameplay experiences and a diverse array of titles rather than spending too much time revisiting things they've already done.

All things considered, playing this game is funner than getting a flurmpwock to the elbow. Yowtch!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
21.1 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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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
33.7 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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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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
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:
-Having big smiles while playing this game
-having "back in my days" and other joyfull thoughts
-Wearing his jammies in the afternoon
and worst of all...
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!
-Dr. Fayke Naim
(insert fancy signature here :P)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
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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