SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance is a cooperative twin-stick shooter that features a variety of complementing ship classes to choose from. Upgrade your ships, defeat hundreds of enemies, save the galaxy all with some friends from the comfort of your couch.
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Mixed (15 reviews) - 60% of the 15 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 3, 2015

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“Delivers…what fans of the genre will want. It’s hard to go wrong with this game.”
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“A game designed for co-op multiplayer.”
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About This Game

SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance is a space action game featuring strategy elements that takes place after Mankind has traveled across three star systems and multiple planets within, crossing an aggressive force known only as CoNs. Striking sci-fi visuals and dynamic music combine with disparate missions for hours of intriguing gameplay and overall replay value.

The game features a unique mechanic called the salvage system which governs your objectives in the levels, your upgrades between levels, and provides a scoring mechanic. SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance also has a strong focus on cooperative play, with different ship types featuring unique abilities that promote teamwork between players. Classes should feel familiar to MMO players with the likes of a "healer," "tank" and other ships that are all upgradable.

  • 4 Player Co-Op
  • 4 Ship Classes
  • 9 Upgrades
  • 10 Survival Missions
  • 36 Story Missions

What is SCHAR’s Story?

SCHAR ʃ-ɑr - Space Counsel for Habitable Aerospace Refuge

In the future mankind stretches out across the galaxy utilizing new technology based on dark matter – humans were finally able to discover new worlds and colonize the universe. It was the search for new life that drove this exploration more than anything else, but after hundreds of years it appeared we were alone.

Suddenly that all changed. Without warning our colonies were attacked. An alien force, known as the Constituents of Nothing appeared out of nowhere systematically wiping out our colonized worlds. These aliens were unlike anything we’ve ever seen – they harnessed the same dark matter to power themselves and their civilization. Our weapons were useless against this new threat.

Soon we discovered pieces of the alien’s destroyed technology could help us create an Anti-Dark Matter particle. This Blue-Energy, named for the color it glowed, stopped the aliens in their tracks. Now mankind must band together, to form an alliance and push back the CoN invasion. We must protect our colonies using Blue-Energy shield generators. Otherwise we face certain extinction.

Previously available on Xbox Live Indie Games!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or Higher
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor equivelent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated DirectX 9.0c compatible 128MB video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5 or Higher Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated DirectX 9.0c compatible 128MB video card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2015
Doesn't feel like your upgrades are doing anything. Just a twin-stick shooter that appears to be a deeper Asteroids but kind of just flops. Graphics are alright, check videos if you want to know more about that. Controls for some of the ships are wonky. I was using WASD, moving forward and backward seem to do the same thing and it makes your ship move towards your mouse but it's a weird, uneasy wobbling that doesn't really make the user feel like they're in control. The missions all seem kind of monotonous and dying is not really a punishment in co-op (should it be?) because you can be revived easily. I bought the game on a whim, hoping it might spice up a boring Saturday night. If there's a demo or torrent, check it out before you support the devs. Thanks for reading this far, hopefully you can make a good decision about this game!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
This game was a quick cheap buy, because well it looked fun and reminded me of the old games of Pheonix and Astroid. The game is basically of the spaceship joystick/mouse fly around and shoot other spaceships game. The graphics are just ok and the music kind of a scifi-trip theme, but nothing really really to blow you away. You get to choose a spaceship based on what you like, speed, fire power, health with names like Rio,Volga,Potomac and Euphrates and protect the Blue Shield Alliance's power generators on colonized planets. Such and Mars, Pluto and the Moon. The character roster is short with Admiral Herman, engineer Dana, a robot named B-177e and a frigate pilot named Valgard. The bad guys are just easily named Cons and well that's about it. There is a single / co op story mode and you have a survival mode. Go back and beat top scores with free play mode also. The game is fun and you can kill a hour or so but, with-out a team or co op friends you get stuck/can't really progress in story mode. This game is almost like you do need the team/friends to beat it. It'll be lots of fun with them, but it puts a damper on beating the actual story mode and playing as a single player. Buy if you have lined up friends to get it too or its on sale like when I did and have a few hours to kill.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2015
I used to play this game with my daughter a bunch back on the 360 - it's broad (lots of upgrades and levels) and deep (it's not just about shooting but resource management) but accessible, the only game I can think of that combines co-op twin stick shooting with RPG-ish leveling up elements. Good to see it's come to Steam!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
Thank you Brain Shape Games for sending us a review code!

In the future, mankind discovers and harnesses the power of dark matter. As they explore and colonize the galaxy, they come to realize that they are alone after a couple of centuries of failed communication attempts. Then out of the blue, they are aggressively attacked by an alien race known as the Constituents of Nothing. Since this alien race uses dark matter technology as well, mankind's weapons were useless against them. That is until humans discovered anti-dark matter particles. This blue-energy is humankind's last hope against this alien threat.

There are thirty-six story missions that span across nine planets. Well, technically eight since Pluto isn't considered a planet anymore. In fact, the Steam achievement for completing all of the Pluto missions is "Not a planet." The story missions can be played solo or with up to four players locally. Having people to play with is highly recommend since the missions get really tough towards the end. Some of the missions will have an AI unit assist you, but most of them don't. Most of the time you'll be protecting AI ships instead of working with them.

If you're not escorting or defending an ally's ship, chances are you're defending a generator or two instead. The generators are crucial for converting scrap metal into usable resources. The scrap metal can be used to upgrade various attributes of the four different ship classes. I went with the balanced class ship, The Euphrates. There is also the Rio speed class ship, the Volga assault class, and the Potomac support class. Most ships have a limited number of missiles and turrets, but some ships have mines and the ability to heal allies.

In total, there are nine upgradeable ship options. Each additional upgrade costs more scrap than the previous tier. You can upgrade the number of turrets, missiles, and increase other attributes including armor, top speed, maneuverability, acceleration, firing speed, and bullet power. The upgrades help, but fighting the medium and heavy class enemy ships goes a lot smoother when you have a partner fighting alongside of you.

The controls are pretty straightforward and the PC version of the game supports keyboard and gamepads. I used my Xbox 360 controller and it worked flawlessly. The left analog stick moves the ship while the right analog stick fires the bullets in the direction its pointing. Deploying turrets or mines is done by pressing the Y button and firing a missile is accomplished by using the B button.

Graphically SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance is pretty basic. The space ships all appear to be flat and the bullets, bombs, and missiles are all pretty simple with minimal special effects. The characters in the game are cartoon like and the space atmosphere is pretty simplistic.

The audio is pretty barebones as well. There is no voice acting, but the sound effects are passable. The dialogue can be a little colorful with a character threatening to kick my *ss twice if I failed in protecting them. The soundtrack is decent and available for purchase for $0.99 on Steam if you got the game by itself. Alternatively, the soundtrack edition of the game sells for $5.99.

While SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance is rough around the edges, there is some fun to be had in this title. Especially if you have people to play with. Xbox 360 owners may want to consider picking this title up for $0.99 while the Xbox Arcade is still around. For Steam users, I recommend picking this game up if you see it on sale.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 4, 2015
Do you like twin stick shooters? Do you enjoy space? Do you like blowing things up with your friends?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, defintiely check out SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance. It is a nice little package of goodness. The different ship classes compliment each other nicely and the upgrades give you the flexibility to make each ship play as your own. The campaign is solid, and the survival modes will definitely require some teamwork, making this an idea couch co-op game for friends. The dynamic soundtrack is composed perfectly, and the visuals work really well for this style of game.

BSA is an indie gem that will set you back a coffee - defintely worth your time.

Verdict: DOPE

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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2015
Fun game with a cool art style. Decently challenging.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
It's another Twin Stick Shooter. It's not amazing but its not awful either.

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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2015
Solid, fun twin stick shooter with a nice ramp up in difficulty through the campaign. Not to mention, the inclusion of local co-op is a nice little bonus that works great for a game like this.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2015
Great game,
to idle for cards.
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3 of 18 people (17%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2015
this game does not work! if you try to run it it fails (at least i have this problem). i re-downloaded this game 4 times and it still doesn't work. i tried everything!

problem with a pc. you need administrator rights to run this game!
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0.6 hrs
Posted: March 9, 2015
This is hands down one of the worst game's I have had the misfortune of purchasing.

It is unimaginative, uninspired, the controls are unresponsive, the interface is convoluted and difficult to understand.

There is no progression in the game at all, nothing ever changes, to gain an understanding of the game, simply play the first level, that is all the game has to offer, the 'upgrades' are meaningless, there is no change to the ship characteristics, I was gobsmacked when I upgraded my bullets twice and yet there is no discernable difference between my more powerful weapons and the weaker variant.

It is amazing to think that I could walk into an arcade 30 years ago, and play asteroids which is one of the first if not the first space shooter ever made and have a much more fulfilling and enjoyable experience. This game has managed to be not only less enjoyable, but also less well thought out than a game made 30 years ago.

Tell me again why I bothered to purchase this game?

If I could go back in time and change one event, I would not stop Stalin, Hitler or even Ghengis Khan, I would stop the developers of this game, because the atrocities of even the most evil dictator pale in comparison to this disease masquerading as a video game.

Under no circumstance should this game be played or puchased by anyone, there are many more well thoughout and enjoyable space shooters on the market, this game feels like a class project for special needs kids who were denied the use of computers and instead only allowed to code the game on typewriters.

Stay far far away
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