You command destructive ships to obliterate thousands of enemies, while weaving through intricate networks of invasive machine-organisms! Combining classic fast-paced shoot 'em up action with quick-thinking tactics of puzzlers, you must carefully match the right pieces to fly out of danger!
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Release Date: Jul 28, 2015

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July 18

The Galacide Original Soundtrack by Tom Stoffel is now released!

Original Soundtrack by Tom Stoffel.

Get energized with the music from the puzzle-shoot 'em up hybrid, Galacide! The soundtrack contains high fidelity, non-looping tracks from the talented composer, Tom Stoffel. Also included, album art, credits and bonus tracks from the game!

This package includes:
  • 16 original high-quality in-game tracks
  • Both lossless FLAC and MP3 versions available
  • Credits and a thank you letter to the composer
  • Official Original Soundtrack Album Cover
  • Over 30 minutes of music

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About This Game

Galacide is an evolution of the shoot ‘em up genre, combining the fast-paced action from classic shooters with the quick-thinking tactics of puzzlers. Choose from a variety of ships, each equipped with unique features and abilities. Embark on your mission to tunnel through the strengthening alien invasion, find it’s source, and save the galaxy! Go it alone or assemble a squad of your friends to battle in the most unforgiving corners of the universe!

Please note, because of Engine limitations, mouse control is not yet supported on Galacide's in-game menus. We hope to bring support in the future.

In Galacide, you must carefully strike a balance between fighting the enemy and tunneling through the encroaching Bitwall, as neglecting either will assuredly result in your demise. It’ll take a combination of skill, luck, and an advanced spacecraft to ensure your success, so choosing the right craft for your piloting style is key:
  • Mining Ship - A retrofitted asteroid mining vessel, this ship has a solid balance of agility, strength, and firepower, and is equipped with a powerful tractor beam used to pull in enemy Scrap.
  • Freighter - A re-purposed cargo-hauler, this ship may not be the fastest or hit enemies the hardest, but it’s as durable as they come, with the ability store & retrieve enemy scrap in its cache.
  • Phase Ship - A top-secret military experiment, this ship is able to move extraordinarily fast and temporarily phase through the Bitwall, while dodging enemy attacks.
  • Military Ship - The accepted standard for military conflict, this ship boasts huge strength and firepower. Homing missiles lock on targets, and the ability to burst through the Bitwall, carving its own path.

As part of your mission to eradicate the alien invasion, you will journey across the galaxy and visit unique destinations like asteroid fields, planets, mining depots, and junk yards - Each location bringing you one step closer to finding the invasion’s source!

Galacide is regularly updated with improvements and new features, and currently has the following functionality:
  • 4 Player Co-op - Enlist the aid of your comrades in your fight to save the galaxy, with 4 player local co-op!
  • Campaign - Fight your way through unique environments and challenges to discover the source of the alien scourge and eliminate it!
  • Endless Play - See how far you can make it fighting through endless hordes of enemies and tunneling through the advancing bitwall!
  • Puzzle Play - Complete progressively more difficult scenarios that challenge your mind, not your trigger finger!
  • 4 Playable Ships - Choose from the Mining Ship, Freighter, and Phase Ship, each equipped with special abilities and unique attributes!
  • In-game Tutorial - Become an ace pilot by going through a quick training program.
  • Leaderboards - Track your skills and see how you compare to your friends and the best pilots in the universe!
  • Steam Economy - Achievements, Trading Cards, Badges and collectible Emoticons.

Puny Human is an independent studio, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, with a passion for games and game development. Since 2007, we’ve worked hard make the kinds of games we love to play, such as Dystopia, Blade Symphony, and, most recently, Galacide! To learn more about us and what we do, checkout our website, or catch up with us @PunyHuman!

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Dual-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce or AMD Radeon, 1 GB GDDR5 or greater, 900 MHz memory speed
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 8 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 3.0 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce or AMD Radeon, 2 GB GDDR5 or greater, 3 GHz memory speed
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: Dual-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 1 GB GDDR5 or greater, 900 MHz memory speed (AMD/ATI NOT RECOMMENDED)
    • Storage: 1300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: The state of AMD/ATI drivers on Ubuntu & LinuxMint with games is not great. As a result, UE4.7.3 doesn't play nicely with the problematic AMD/ATI Linux proprietary drivers. Not recommended.
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 3.0 GHz or faster
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 2 GB GDDR5 or greater, 3 GHz memory speed (AMD/ATI NOT RECOMMENDED)
    • Storage: 1300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: The state of AMD/ATI drivers on Ubuntu & LinuxMint with games is not great. As a result, UE4.7.3 doesn't play nicely with the problematic AMD/ATI Linux proprietary drivers. Not recommended.
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Zap Rosdower
4.5 hrs
Posted: September 19
This game is garbage.
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Dark Scar
0.7 hrs
Posted: September 5
love it. Only thing wanting is ... mouse control capability.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: June 11
Product received for free
(won it in a giveaway)

Good: AWESOME special effects using the Unreal 4 engine. Great shooter sounds and music.

Bad: The color combination and placement options take some time getting used to and can be frustrating. Building up combos can be a lot of fun, despite that. Focusing on the combo matches can distract the player from the enemy ships, resulting in health lost.

Overall "worth it" score, yes or no: YES!

Caveats: Have played once so far. Future plays might force me to adjust or even change my recommendation to a thumbs-down. I feel that my opinion is still being made about GALACIDE.

(Opinion formed based on playing the introductory level on "normal" difficulty.)
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Mongoloid Mike
4.5 hrs
Posted: May 19
Thumbs down
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Pickled Dundersnoot
1.1 hrs
Posted: March 24
Fun, fast-paced, frenetic. Just enough stuff thrown at you from enough angles to not feel repetitive/grind-y
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0.6 hrs
Posted: February 2
Fantastic. The trailer has already shown you what the game is, so I'll just say that it plays smoothly and I experienced no problems. Also that the game is fairly challenging. You have to think fast while dodging enemy bullets.
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1.0 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 20, 2015
Galacide is a fusion between a side scrolling shooter and a "match-4" style of puzzle gaming.
The visuals are very nice, with high graphical fidelity and excellent particle effects on explosions and such.
Sound design is well implemented. The music fits the atmosphere very well and sound effects blend in well with the effects on screen.
The controls are tight, intuitive, and responsive. I would certainly recommend a controller for this game.
This game takes a lot of concentration, but is not in-accessible. I'm not good at either shoot'em ups or match-4's, but I was able to beat the first few levels without much trouble, but also not too easily.

Overall I would recommend this game, especially if you are a fan of either shoot'em ups or match-4s. I wasn't well versed in either of those genres but I still found the game a blast to play.

If you'd like to check out my video review/ gameplay, please check here:
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2015
When it comes to classic shoot'em-up games, I'm not excactly an expert-in-field. But when it comes to a puzzle games, you can pretty much call me and amateur-proffesional-ish player, who simply has to prove himself that he's not as stupid as everybody's telling him. And then comes Galacide. Game that made me feel as a man with not so bright future in action puzzle games.

Now, let's scrap all of that and focus on the game itself, which made very interesting enterance by its combination of both said genres, being classic shoot'em-up and puzzle games.

You, as the commander of the greatest ship in the known universe*, have to move yourself trough great number of enemies and vast network of... colorful... nice... blocks... that will make your life a living hell.

Choosing from several ships offering different abilities, your main goal will be to get from left side, to the right side. Pretty simple, ey? WRONG! If this game would offer the same sort of repetitive gameplay as most of other shoot'em-up games, I wouldn't honestly like it. But this game does offer something twisting to the known mechanics - a "quick-thinking tactics of puzzlers". And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what makes Galacide so very unique game using so very known genres and gameplay.

During your missions, you, along with different types of enemies, will encounter a lot of colorful blocks... "block-ing" in open space and especially in (and) your way. In order to destroy them, you must line up at least four block of the same color. AKA Bejeweldy Tetris (tm). So not only that, you must also awake your mad matrix skills and don't get shot by enemies. You have to literally think about your next move in miliseconds. Otherwise your career will go to the bottom on the unkwnown faster than that one of Hayden Christensen after Star Wars Episode II and his compaining about sand. From the left side, only death awaits. Around you, only block. On the right side, only enemies and "scraps" which can be used to create new block and ultimately destroy them.

Navigating yourself through very narrow and tight spaces around blocks, picking up those scraps you need, shooting them, destroying them and also shooting enemies and evading their shots. THAT is what makes Galacide a Galacide. THAT is what makes Galacide a unique games. THAT is what makes Galacide a game you will either love or hate. Or both.

This game offers not only a campaing, made up from 7 missions (each lasting around 10-20 or more minutes), but also Endless Play and Puzzle Play. Which, as you might've guessed, is puzzle-only mode. And here, you find 25 levels divided into 5 categories, each aimed to test your brain in different manners. But nonetheless, in every level, you'll have to shoot scraps and destroy blocks (bits, as they are called in game). This game also offers something extra, which you'll have to discover yourselves.

When it comes to an audiovisual of the game, there's pretty much nothing bad you can say. Sounds are nice, music is thrilling, graphic itself is very colorful and pretty and animations along with effects are superb.
The game also has minimum of bugs, but it may get repetitive over time. Especially when the levels are so long, it just gets "not-so-exciting" after a while.

If you are fan of both shoot'em-up games and puzzle games, this is sort of must have game. For that price, it's a deal of the year. But if you don't like shoot'em-up games or match-four types of game that much, you should probably wait for either a sale or just skip this game. Galacide is really for only few "chosen" people. But it doesn't make this game any bad. It's fun. It's challanging. It's interesting and nice. What else to say? Galacide awaits you.

+ Fun and challanging gameplay combining classic shoot'em-up with logic match-4 elements
+ Very nice audiovisuals
+ Minimum bugs
+ Up to 4-player coop
+ Puzzle mode and Endless mode
+ Price

- It may get repetitive after a while, especially "thanks" to long levels
- More diversity in gameplay mechanics could be nice too
- It may be hard for some players

Rating: 7/10 -- moderately above average

*may not be true. Depending on type of player you are.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2015
Update! 7/28 - Launch Day!

First Let me congratulate Puny Human on a successful Early Access and the Wonderful game Galacide!

I've gotten a chance to play some more of Galacide since the initial review and wanted to update my review.

This game is still great and now with the polish through-out early access it has gotten even better.

Now with an overarching single player mode where you select your levels from the 'starmap' (there's even a little story to go along with your puzzle solving).

I also wanted to point out the tutorial/introduction level, it walks you through the mechanics of the game very well, even introducing what I think is a new mechanic that allows you to morph bits and change their color (this is great especially if you get trapped in a wall of puzzle pieces).

So now in the finished version of Galacide you have 6 worlds of the campaign mode, an endless mode, and the newly introduced Puzzle Mode, which is premade puzzles where you must clear all the blocks from to complete the stage.

With all this added content I still highly recommend checking out Galacide as a unique, fun, and challenging Puzzle Shooter.


Galacide is a side-scrolling shooter puzzle game, full of action and challenge.

The goal here in Galacide, is to blast through enemies and collect the bits they drop, which are different colored squares. As your ship moves to the right of the screen you must shoot these bits at a moving wall of other bits to make matches of 4 or more to clear your path.

So not only are you dodging enemies and bullets, you must also try to clear the puzzle to fly onto the next zone.

The game keeps the pace with some great music, and design. Meshing the shooter and puzzle genres together in a fun and challenging way.

There are three of four ships available in the Early Access, each with it's own unique blaster and tiers. As you progress your weapon tiers up. So, for instance, the start ships tiers are. Single laser, tri-laser and a giant death beam of death murder (totally not what it's called) which shoots a giant laser across the screen. It destroys just about everything.

Currently, all that's available is the training map and an endless mode, however, those are enough for me to recommend this game. With the promise of a campaign mode and additional ships, this game will be a fun challenge for puzzle seekers out there.

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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 27, 2015
Final Score: 36/50

Very good game with a unique twist on the shoot 'em up genre.

Warning: Shoot 'Em Up fans must try this game. If you are not a fan of the Shoot 'Em Up Genre, then please move on.

Galacide creates a very good twist on the classic genre Shoot 'Em Up. Not only will you have your own arsenal of guns and ships to choose from, you also have to think quick in order to solve puzzles. The classic color match "bubble" genre like Candy Crush or Bubble With is mixed with side scrolling shoot them up games like R.

The controls were very tough to get use to at first. The Z button shoots your gun while the X button is used for the gems. I found myself constantly sucking in the gems then farting them out behind me. I eventually got the controls down pact and it became a lot more smoother. I reccomend playing with a supported Xbox360 Controller.

The graphics were clean and so far the enemy variety is decent for an early access game. The endless mode is fun and challenging. The multiplayer option is fun and game supports up to 4 players, but only tested with two.

Basic game and graphic options.

Please do not buy with out first understanding this is an early access game. No special skin options or anything that would set it out visually different than trailer.

Category Breakdown:

Graphics/Style = 8
Creativity = 9
Gameplay = 6
Controls = 7
Functionality = 6

Thank you for reading my review!

Final verdict, if you are a Shoot 'Em Up fan, buy this game, if not then wait for it to flush out and grow a little.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 17, 2015
Full Release Review:
So it's been five months since Galacide entered Early Access and damn, is this game a blast. This is coming from a guy who typically doesn't like Puzzle games or side scrolling shooters (because I suck) yet this game makes for an interesting and challenging experience. Basically, you choose from 1 of 4 ships (there is local multiplayer and it's controller compatible) and attempt to blast your way through literally HUNDREDS of enemies while at the same time matching colored blocks that literally BLOCK your path (I have fun). It's more indepth than your regular bullet hell game because of the varying blocks that get harder and harder to match up as levels drag on. Plus there are bosses at the end of each mission which require different strategies to eliminate. The music is great, the controls are smooth and the gameplay is fluid, what more could you ask for? Did I mention the developers are actually super cool and communicate with the community? Definitely a recommended title!

Early Access Review:
Impressions and Summary:

Fun and challenging as hell. A mix of side scrolling shoot em ups of yesteryear but with a mix of quick puzzle madness. The best way I describe it is mix Galaga or Ikaruga with Puzzle Quest or Tetris. It's difficult, even on the lower settings and one false move can cost you a life. Add in a cheap price, a good musical score and developers who actually keep in contact with their fans, you're left with a game that is worth every single penny.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 6, 2015
I figured I would try this game out and I wasn't disappointed. It was fun streaming the game, although I was getting a bit on tilt when I faced the boss in Expert Mode (Damn, did that thing hit like a truck XD). I'll definitely consider streaming this more when there are some more updates to the game. So here's what I can say about the game with a first impression:

Good points:

- Good Graphics and Background
- Good Music
- Good controls
- Gamepad Support
- Relatively easy to pick up, even if you're completely new to the game's style
- Difficulty levels scale pretty well so far
- The different kinds of ships come with their own pros and cons, which will shine in multiplayer
- Settings are nice and simple

Bad points:

- Multiplayer is only local at the moment. Hopefully we can see a network multiplayer in the feature, because this would be a blast to play with friends from my community. I'm already imagining the chaos we would cause in Expert Mode
- Only 3 Campaign Levels, but there are more in development so this is just a minor thing

I was alone during the review, so I can't say much else about the multiplayer aspect. The game looks pretty promising so far and I hope there's a lot more to come :)

Full stream of the game can be found here:
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2015
Remarkably polished and fun shmup which other games should seek to emulate. Everything here is solid, from presentation to execution the game feels tight, responsive, and smooth. If you enjoyed anything like dragon spirit, space harrier, bust a move, doctor mario, or 1942 this game does a remarkable job of combining puzzle / shmup gameplay.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
5min of gameplay

This is a mix of shmup & match 3 puzzler.
The game is mainly a shmup where you shoot enemies to get power-ups and fight bosses but getting to the bosses has alot of match 3 puzzle elements.
As you kill enemies they will mainly drop block pieces of 1 of 3 colors.
You'll need to touch or pull them to you and shoot them at like colored blocks.
Once you have 4 of the same color blocks touching they will vanish, but you can also change the color of existing blocks or even play a color inside same color block.
When holding a block you can not shoot normally as it will shoot out the block and if your holding down the fire button you will not pick up blocks.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
I’m going to try and refrain from making any more ball jokes than I have already, in the linked video. Galacide is a wonderful gem of a game that takes Galaga-like action and smashes it together with the puzzling aspects of Bejeweled or Bubble-Bobble. Enemy ships descend on your position constantly, and need to be blown up to gain scrap of varying colors which can be used to create combos. Decisions need to be made quickly since the screen constantly scrolls to the right, and getting left behind can have explosive results.

Thankfully, there are a decent amount of power-ups that drop after particularly large combos. The fact that the dropped upgrade depends on the color of the combo is extremely helpful, and serves to add yet another layer of depth. If that doesn’t sweeten the deal enough, there are also four ships with extremely unique abilities that allow you to customize your playstyle quite effectively, provided that you have unlocked them. Do you want to pull scrap towards yourself, or simply phase through it? By phasing through it you miss out on combos, but not dying is always a plus.

Boss fights are challenging, but after puzzling your brain out to avoid an untimely death it feels like a very welcome change. Fight mechanics are switched up relatively often, so the bosses are always something to look forward to. Unfortunately, Galacide does have some weaker points as well. I don’t particularly enjoy the music, and think the sound effects could use more work. The story is lackluster, with an absence of character development. The graphics are nice, but I feel neon colors contrast with the dark, sparse nature that being in space would imply.

These are minor issues, as this game is certainly carried by the puzzles. If it seems like something you would enjoy, please leave a comment on the youtube video mentioned previously and your name will be entered to win one of two Steam keys. Big thanks to Puny Human games for the review copy. I see myself returning to this game to get my fix of puzzling for a good long while. I also greatly look forward to watching Galacide’s player-base grow as it certainly deserves to. I can’t stop matching colors, unfortunately it won’t serve to improve ones sense of fashion.


Controls- 10/10
Fun Factor- 7/10
Difficulty- 8/10
Replayability- 10/10
Innovation- 9/10


Graphics- 7/10
Music- 5/10
Sound FX- 5/10
Story/Lore- 3/10
Level Design- 7/10

Final Score: 71/100 for innovation, controls, and replayability.
Summary: Wonderful action-puzzler that keeps your mind and your fingers constantly moving.
Verdict: Might be a bit too light for hardcore action fans, but puzzle-addicts will surely go nuts for Galacide.

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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
It's an interesting twist to the euro-SHMUP genre but I myself could not wrap my head around simultaneously managing enemies and matching the colors. The game is NOT bad at all but it was not for me. Still, I recommend it to people who love puzzles a lot.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
68.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Nicely polished bullet hell+puzzle combination. Definitely not a casual experience as even the lightest difficulty requires solid reflexes and concentration. Higher difficulties require an experienced gamer to get solidly in the zone to do well. Very fun, though you may find you forget to blink while playing.
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