Exowar is a 2D, top-down shooter, set in close future. As a cybernetically enhanced soldier you will have to face guards and aliens on your way to finding the truth.
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Mostly Negative (11 reviews) - 27% of the 11 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 26, 2015

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Exowar is a 2D top-down shooter game placed in close future. You play as a cybernetically enhanced soldier, who ventures inside scientific facility searching for truth. Ultimately you will have to face many enemies, while being in the middle of human vs alien warzone.

If you like stealth gameplay, you can avoid direct enemy contact and try to outsmart them, if you like fast action, nothing stops you from jumping into the room full of enemies, evading their bullets and eventually eliminating them with your favourite weapon.

The game contains 7 levels + bonus test level.
There are also 4 difficulty levels that will allow to either choose level according to your skill or increase difficulty when you beat the game on easier level.

Player is offered 5 weapons to choose from, pistol, shotgun, automatic rifle, grenade launcher and rocket launcher.

On your way through the game you will face 3 kinds of aliens and 1 kind of guards. While doing so you will be accompanied by 5 top quality music tracks.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Storage: 54 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Storage: 54 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Storage: 54 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Storage: 54 MB available space
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Mostly Negative (11 reviews)
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gabpower
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Game won't start. Can't open exowar.jar. Don't buy this!
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Mongoloid Mike
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Won't even launch: "Windows can't open this file: Exowar.jar"
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Obi-Wan Banoffee
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
A solid 4/10. While I appreciate the idea of a top-down shooter game, this game DOES need more work added to it, especially with the fact that you have to edit the difficulty, music volume each time. No save option, either, which is a shame.
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AccidentlyOnPurpose
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
3.1/10 - Mediocre top-down zombie Bug Shooter.

The game itself isn't anything to really write home about; I’ve played better free shooters and definitely better ones with a price tag well under $7.

The gameplay is okay at best, but with only 4 types of enemies and full access to weapons immediately it gets boring really fast. The developer hasn't made any updates or trading cards as promised; 1 year later it's safe to say this game is a lost cause. This game is Double Dead.

This isn't worth $7 or even $0.99. It should be free or not played.

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bolo591
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
Not for the price listed... If you get (heavily) discounted or in a bundle, you might want to go for it if you enjoy top down shooter and missing some arcade classics like alien syndrome.

So why I am not recommending this game. Well, it still looks and feels like an early access game with almost no configuration of the videos, audios and game controller (My Xbox controller not being well recognized either straight from the bat). The gameplay could have been enhanced greatly in particular by setting the top down view a little bit higher which would have allowed a better enemy visibility and make the graphics look better.

Additionaly, the story (if story there is) looks confusing and unfininshed as you are fighting at the start gigantic spider, then humans, then back to spiders... (That's my take after 6 min of play and not going beyond level 1).

Hopefully there will be reworked in the pipeline from the developper for making this game something in the same vein than Alien Breed.
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psyGressiw
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
7€, 7 levels, each level can be done in 1-3 minutes. This is one of the most expensive games i've came across.
No story, no level progression, you just get to load any level from dropdown. Once level is completed, game doesn't even bother selecting next one for you. All weapons are just given to you right away. Full screen is terribly torn apart with lack of vsync, game doesn't remember your music level you had, you have to reset it all the time.
Absolute god damn awful trash.
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Daniel Rahl
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 26, 2015
I'm a bit surprised to see that this game is not early access after having played through it. I would recommend that the developers go check out Outpost Haven especially and also Zombie SAS4 on Kongregate for ideas to flesh out the game some more. The experience is very barebones here, grab the game on sale, but I like top down shooters and would like to see this expanded. Thanks.

Changed my review to negative as there has been no attempt to update this game since the original posting. This game is a waste of money, go elsewhere.
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Sharp Income
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25, 2015
This game's got a few things going for it, and those things are very well done. But what it's lacking takes too much from the game that it doesn't feel like a whole game at all. At least, it doesn't provide enough depth to be worth the asking price.

As the other review states, it's like a flash game, one you'd find for free online. That's an accurate description; it plays like a flash game: fast paced and very simple. Unfortunately the price tag doesn't match the simplicity it offers. You could describe it as mindless fun, but to me this phrase conveys the notion of a game that isn't too deep/complicated/sophisticated in it's gameplay systems but yet requires quick, successive tactical decisions based on the immediate situation (as opposed to a thought out strategic approach before facing each conflict/battle in game (do I need to buy more ammo, is my $ better spent on upgrades, is there an alternate approach to the mission). Unfortunately this game doesn't touch on any of that sort of tactical depth that even a simple top down shooter should have.

The store page mentions "If you like stealth gameplay, you can avoid direct enemy contact and try to outsmart them..." But for the most part, gameplay consists of holding down the fire button of the automatic rifle or shotgun and spamming bullets in front of you as you walk through the level, and only mixing things up when you encounter multiple enemies: now you backpedal as you spam bullets at the enemies (or strafe if you're fighting guards). Yes, this is similar to almost every other top down shooter out there, but... You have access to every weapon on every level and with unlimited ammo and no reload there's no meaningful decision to make about which weapon to use: just use best one for the situation, or whichever is most fun for you. The only thing close to stealth in this game is the ability to bounce grenades off walls to hit enemies around a corner or to just not shoot the enemies that are facing away from you (but if you have to pass them, you have no choice but to shoot them (unless you can dodge every bullet and enemy until you reach the end of the level.))

The video with the cool graphics and bumpin' music are what sold me on this game (and the sale). The video looks like a collection of the most tense moments of the game, showing some neat popping out from the corner and shooting and frantic running in circles while shooting at the bugs swarming the player. But the latter is the majority of the gameplay. There's no reason to pop out and take shots when you can accomplish the same thing (dodging bullets) by strafing and spamming your own bullets (because there's no reload or ammo to worry about). In the latter case, if you're not backpedalling then you're forced to run in circles or get mauled by the bugs (though backpedalling is ALWAYS the winning strategy- again, leaving you without a meaningful choice to make about how to approach the situation).

Then there's level design. Every level but 3 are linear. There is a labyrinth level which is hardley a maze, but again, still only one direction to go. One is completely open with no hallways, just single obstacles you walk around. And the other level (that actually contains a loop in it!) is the bonus level. It's the best level in the game, lots of enemies and they come at you from different directions at one point.

There's no story. No text to explain anything, why you're doing what you doing. But hey, the guards are shooting at you so you have to kill them, and the bugs are ugly (and they're bugs), so you have to kill them, too.

So we're lacking meaningful choices of:
- What path to take to the end of the level
- Where/how to move your character in relation to the enemies
- When to shoot (or conserve ammo)
- When to kill enemies or slip past them
- What weapon to use
(- No choices to affect story)

The last one I don't count against the game, because not every game needs, or even should have a story that the player can alter. (Interactivity is, for the most part, in the gameplay which is the player's way of being involved in the story the developer is telling through the game.) But I mention it because having it could've added a lot seeing as how the game is lacking so many choices elsewhere.

Other few negatives include no rebindable controls and one set resolution (though you have the option to go fullscreen).

I'm not trying to dissuade anyone from buying this game, I just want to let people know what they're in for. I'd say this game is worth a dollar for some mindless fun. I did find it mildly enjoyable spraying lead into those bugs and seeing the bloody mechanical mess they leave. So let me now mention the positives for this game.

+ Particle effects when you're bullets hit things
But also a negative too. They don't look right. Blood is too bright/pale, and then doesn't match the blood color of the bugs.

+ Scientists look like they're dancing (gave me a laugh!)

+ Different Difficulty levels (and ample player health)
Yeah, you're going to get chomped on a few times, so it's good to be able to make like Jesus and be bread for the world and still live. (And also just like Jesus, when you do die, you can always resurrect (and retry the level ;)) Those damn bugs still eatin' you? Try it on an easier difficulty setting.

+ Level editor
Here you go, make something interesting and invite a friend over to play your level. There's no scripting though.

+ Lighting FX
Nice real-time 2D lighting effects. Makes this look more professional.

+ Good SFX
Player walking sounds are decent and weapon sounds are nice and consistent with the different weapon types. I wish the bugs would make a pinching or chomping noise or something when they attack you (or maybe I just can't hear it?).

+ AWESOME music
Buy this just for some good music to listen to while you blow the brains out of some bugs.

+ AWESOME character/bug enemy graphics
Character looks great holding each of the weapons and I love the look of the bugs (and their corpses.) The guards are "bleh", though.

So if you don't mind the negatives I've mentioned (including the price), then I'd say buy this game. It's really just the price that's keeping me from recommending this, as one can still have some fun with it despite all the negatives.
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Tareth
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27, 2015
I backed this game on Kickstarter, a few bucks I threw at it. I wasnt too sure what to expect, but I got this. Its a flash game, but with its own spin, its own music that is actually very good with lots of hype moments about it. It has diffirent enemies and guns which each do help with diffirent situations, but its mostly just a hype game that you run through and blast everything you can. In the end, I like this game, its worth a few bucks and buying a game gives money for the company or people to make more games.

Also its not another god damn zombie game.

Edit: I look now and I realize as the first person to review this, I should explain what I mean by "a flash game". Im sure people can remember being in the computer lab at school or just at a computer, with nothing to do and searching for Flash games on the net. This is such you would come across, but its one step further. Its got better music and lighting then most games, its combat is pretty easy to get and hitboxes work pretty well. It has its bugs, of course, but this is a game you would play to either pass the time, or just have some fun without having to commit to something long and tasking. So its still a yeah from me, I like it. It reminds me of all those flash games I would play while my teacher was doing something, and easy to alt tab out of if they looked at me.

Also, its still not another damn zombie game.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
3.1/10 - Mediocre top-down zombie Bug Shooter.

The game itself isn't anything to really write home about; I’ve played better free shooters and definitely better ones with a price tag well under $7.

The gameplay is okay at best, but with only 4 types of enemies and full access to weapons immediately it gets boring really fast. The developer hasn't made any updates or trading cards as promised; 1 year later it's safe to say this game is a lost cause. This game is Double Dead.

This isn't worth $7 or even $0.99. It should be free or not played.

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Won't even launch: "Windows can't open this file: Exowar.jar"
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2015
I backed this game on Kickstarter, a few bucks I threw at it. I wasnt too sure what to expect, but I got this. Its a flash game, but with its own spin, its own music that is actually very good with lots of hype moments about it. It has diffirent enemies and guns which each do help with diffirent situations, but its mostly just a hype game that you run through and blast everything you can. In the end, I like this game, its worth a few bucks and buying a game gives money for the company or people to make more games.

Also its not another god damn zombie game.

Edit: I look now and I realize as the first person to review this, I should explain what I mean by "a flash game". Im sure people can remember being in the computer lab at school or just at a computer, with nothing to do and searching for Flash games on the net. This is such you would come across, but its one step further. Its got better music and lighting then most games, its combat is pretty easy to get and hitboxes work pretty well. It has its bugs, of course, but this is a game you would play to either pass the time, or just have some fun without having to commit to something long and tasking. So its still a yeah from me, I like it. It reminds me of all those flash games I would play while my teacher was doing something, and easy to alt tab out of if they looked at me.

Also, its still not another damn zombie game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Not for the price listed... If you get (heavily) discounted or in a bundle, you might want to go for it if you enjoy top down shooter and missing some arcade classics like alien syndrome.

So why I am not recommending this game. Well, it still looks and feels like an early access game with almost no configuration of the videos, audios and game controller (My Xbox controller not being well recognized either straight from the bat). The gameplay could have been enhanced greatly in particular by setting the top down view a little bit higher which would have allowed a better enemy visibility and make the graphics look better.

Additionaly, the story (if story there is) looks confusing and unfininshed as you are fighting at the start gigantic spider, then humans, then back to spiders... (That's my take after 6 min of play and not going beyond level 1).

Hopefully there will be reworked in the pipeline from the developper for making this game something in the same vein than Alien Breed.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2015
This game's got a few things going for it, and those things are very well done. But what it's lacking takes too much from the game that it doesn't feel like a whole game at all. At least, it doesn't provide enough depth to be worth the asking price.

As the other review states, it's like a flash game, one you'd find for free online. That's an accurate description; it plays like a flash game: fast paced and very simple. Unfortunately the price tag doesn't match the simplicity it offers. You could describe it as mindless fun, but to me this phrase conveys the notion of a game that isn't too deep/complicated/sophisticated in it's gameplay systems but yet requires quick, successive tactical decisions based on the immediate situation (as opposed to a thought out strategic approach before facing each conflict/battle in game (do I need to buy more ammo, is my $ better spent on upgrades, is there an alternate approach to the mission). Unfortunately this game doesn't touch on any of that sort of tactical depth that even a simple top down shooter should have.

The store page mentions "If you like stealth gameplay, you can avoid direct enemy contact and try to outsmart them..." But for the most part, gameplay consists of holding down the fire button of the automatic rifle or shotgun and spamming bullets in front of you as you walk through the level, and only mixing things up when you encounter multiple enemies: now you backpedal as you spam bullets at the enemies (or strafe if you're fighting guards). Yes, this is similar to almost every other top down shooter out there, but... You have access to every weapon on every level and with unlimited ammo and no reload there's no meaningful decision to make about which weapon to use: just use best one for the situation, or whichever is most fun for you. The only thing close to stealth in this game is the ability to bounce grenades off walls to hit enemies around a corner or to just not shoot the enemies that are facing away from you (but if you have to pass them, you have no choice but to shoot them (unless you can dodge every bullet and enemy until you reach the end of the level.))

The video with the cool graphics and bumpin' music are what sold me on this game (and the sale). The video looks like a collection of the most tense moments of the game, showing some neat popping out from the corner and shooting and frantic running in circles while shooting at the bugs swarming the player. But the latter is the majority of the gameplay. There's no reason to pop out and take shots when you can accomplish the same thing (dodging bullets) by strafing and spamming your own bullets (because there's no reload or ammo to worry about). In the latter case, if you're not backpedalling then you're forced to run in circles or get mauled by the bugs (though backpedalling is ALWAYS the winning strategy- again, leaving you without a meaningful choice to make about how to approach the situation).

Then there's level design. Every level but 3 are linear. There is a labyrinth level which is hardley a maze, but again, still only one direction to go. One is completely open with no hallways, just single obstacles you walk around. And the other level (that actually contains a loop in it!) is the bonus level. It's the best level in the game, lots of enemies and they come at you from different directions at one point.

There's no story. No text to explain anything, why you're doing what you doing. But hey, the guards are shooting at you so you have to kill them, and the bugs are ugly (and they're bugs), so you have to kill them, too.

So we're lacking meaningful choices of:
- What path to take to the end of the level
- Where/how to move your character in relation to the enemies
- When to shoot (or conserve ammo)
- When to kill enemies or slip past them
- What weapon to use
(- No choices to affect story)

The last one I don't count against the game, because not every game needs, or even should have a story that the player can alter. (Interactivity is, for the most part, in the gameplay which is the player's way of being involved in the story the developer is telling through the game.) But I mention it because having it could've added a lot seeing as how the game is lacking so many choices elsewhere.

Other few negatives include no rebindable controls and one set resolution (though you have the option to go fullscreen).

I'm not trying to dissuade anyone from buying this game, I just want to let people know what they're in for. I'd say this game is worth a dollar for some mindless fun. I did find it mildly enjoyable spraying lead into those bugs and seeing the bloody mechanical mess they leave. So let me now mention the positives for this game.

+ Particle effects when you're bullets hit things
But also a negative too. They don't look right. Blood is too bright/pale, and then doesn't match the blood color of the bugs.

+ Scientists look like they're dancing (gave me a laugh!)

+ Different Difficulty levels (and ample player health)
Yeah, you're going to get chomped on a few times, so it's good to be able to make like Jesus and be bread for the world and still live. (And also just like Jesus, when you do die, you can always resurrect (and retry the level ;)) Those damn bugs still eatin' you? Try it on an easier difficulty setting.

+ Level editor
Here you go, make something interesting and invite a friend over to play your level. There's no scripting though.

+ Lighting FX
Nice real-time 2D lighting effects. Makes this look more professional.

+ Good SFX
Player walking sounds are decent and weapon sounds are nice and consistent with the different weapon types. I wish the bugs would make a pinching or chomping noise or something when they attack you (or maybe I just can't hear it?).

+ AWESOME music
Buy this just for some good music to listen to while you blow the brains out of some bugs.

+ AWESOME character/bug enemy graphics
Character looks great holding each of the weapons and I love the look of the bugs (and their corpses.) The guards are "bleh", though.

So if you don't mind the negatives I've mentioned (including the price), then I'd say buy this game. It's really just the price that's keeping me from recommending this, as one can still have some fun with it despite all the negatives.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
7€, 7 levels, each level can be done in 1-3 minutes. This is one of the most expensive games i've came across.
No story, no level progression, you just get to load any level from dropdown. Once level is completed, game doesn't even bother selecting next one for you. All weapons are just given to you right away. Full screen is terribly torn apart with lack of vsync, game doesn't remember your music level you had, you have to reset it all the time.
Absolute god damn awful trash.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
A solid 4/10. While I appreciate the idea of a top-down shooter game, this game DOES need more work added to it, especially with the fact that you have to edit the difficulty, music volume each time. No save option, either, which is a shame.
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Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
I'm a bit surprised to see that this game is not early access after having played through it. I would recommend that the developers go check out Outpost Haven especially and also Zombie SAS4 on Kongregate for ideas to flesh out the game some more. The experience is very barebones here, grab the game on sale, but I like top down shooters and would like to see this expanded. Thanks.

Changed my review to negative as there has been no attempt to update this game since the original posting. This game is a waste of money, go elsewhere.
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Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Game won't start. Can't open exowar.jar. Don't buy this!
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