Warp into action with Solar Shifter EX. Man your ship and dive into fierce combat situations in space and over beautiful and distant planet surfaces. Solar Shifter EX is a sci-fi shoot 'em up with the unique ability to 'shift'.
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Mixed (46 reviews) - 63% of the 46 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 11, 2015

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“shmup fans should definitely buy this game”
7/10 – Guns & Pixels

“A very well done game which brings back memories for all arcade lovers”
7.5/10 – Game2gether

“it’s gorgeous to look at and the shifting mechanic is a nice twist”
7/10 – Press Play Media

About This Game

Warp into action with Solar Shifter EX. Man your ship and dive into fierce combat situations in space and over beautiful and distant planet surfaces. Solar Shifter EX is a sci-fi shoot 'em up with the unique ability to 'shift'.
Your only weapon is your ship: The Phase Shifter has been outfitted with a one-of-a-kind jump drive that lets you warp out of tough situations at will, a technique which will challenge you of to your limits when surviving the masses of enemies coming at you from all sides in this true bullet hell.

In good old shmup fashion you will face uncountable formations of enemies that'll try to stop you. Be clever and use the Phase Shifter's jump drive to your advantage or you will get shot.

STORY
Shortly after mankind left the solar system to colonize new worlds, we had to face a powerful alien race. The war has passed, the losses were devastating and the enemy has defeated us. As the final strike, they are about to destroy the sun that gives life to the system that we now call home.
Chaos erupted, and pirate raiders are scavenging fellow human colonies on the outer rim. Their only goal is to collect enough resources to be able to leave the solar system.

FEATURES
• Unique 'shifting' mechanic to bring a completely new level of depth into a shmup
• 18 tough missions
• 8 beautiful environments
• Over 40 enemy types encountered throughout the game
• Upgrade your ship
• 4 controllable ships: One main ship and three alien ships. Control all-powerful alien vessels that decimate allied forces with ease.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: 2Ghz single core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600 GT / ATI 2600 Pro
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: 2Ghz dual core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 275 / ATI Radeon 4770 (or higher)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7
    • Processor: 2Ghz single core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600 GT / ATI 2600 Pro
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: 2Ghz dual core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 275 / ATI Radeon 4770 (or higher)
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2Ghz single core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600 GT / ATI 2600 Pro
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer
    • Processor: 2Ghz dual core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 275 / ATI Radeon 4770 (or higher)
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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Overall:
Mixed (46 reviews)
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wolfwood444 vel Bazi
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Great graphics, probably one the best looking shmup on PC, great music and... that is all that is great about this game.

The gameplay mechanics are poor and boring, you dont get any fun from it, just pure frustration at best sometimes.

There is a shift option which allows you to teleport quickly on the screen, sound neat yeah? Well in practice it is annyoing and chaotic. There is no super weapon or bombs like a proper shmup should have to help out in dire situations, you have an upgrade system for your weapons, problem is I did several upgrades and they shoot exactly the same as when I started the game. Overall the game is really bad, I tried to force myslelf to at least finish it once but it was just too frustrating and boring. There isnt even any difficulty option.

Stay away or satisfy your curiosity when it cost 1$
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bolo591
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
The game is loosing sale momentum (assuming it had any) coming up in bundles in Indiegala and Groupees.

Games look really neat with 3D effect and camera effect, but that is where evertyhing stops... The main gameplay is to find the sweet spots on the screen to be able to do maximum damage withtout taking any. If you failed, you restart at checkpoin to try again (which can be quite annoying since some restore points include annoying voice dialogue...) until you pass because you can remember where to place your spaceship overtime... Bad gameplay I think. Additionnaly, the camera movements are messing up a lot targeting and firing which is bad for a shooter game... Good idea but no good implementation!

For really cheap, get the game and possibly enjoy 1.5h of play (and possibly more) but for full price, it does not cut it since there are better games out there than this one.
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Everhard
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Horrible game - skip it
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Blue
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Really fun, old-school shoot'em up. Nice graphics, great new features...and excessively hard
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Namlem
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
Damn these gameplay mechanics are poor. The shifting thing is kind of a neat twist, but as a bullet hell game, this one is pretty bad. Very simplistic, with frequently confusing camera perspectives.
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Warwick J.
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
Welcome to day number one of our ten day Headup Gamesathon. We start our journey with their recently released Solar Shifter EX. This title was developed by Elder Games, the same developers of Meridian: New World which is not a part of our gameathon but is absolutely worth mentioning for fans of RTS games. Elder Games, of course, is a one man development studio belonging to Ede Tarsoly. Meridian was met with mixed reviews and currently, at the time of writing, has 177 positive reviews and 158 negative (52.8%). However, Tarsoly was given a lot of praise for being able to make such a gorgeous looking game single-handily.

That holds true for Solar Shifter EX as well. To suggest that the game is anything but gorgeous would be lying. The 3D backgrounds are absolutely stunning. It’s truly remarkable that a single person could make not only the game itself but all of the outstanding art work that made up such a significant component of the whole. All of this praise, however, doesn’t mean that there aren’t any issues with the graphics. In fact, it did not take long for me to find a couple of bug bear gripes with them. First, there will be times throughout the levels that what you will perceive to be pretty clear enemies are in fact nothing but part of the background image. This brings the obvious issue of not being certain where you are supposed to position yourself on the playing field and can thus lead to being cheap shotted by legitimate enemies. Secondly, the action camera moves around throughout each level. The problem with this should be obvious. It changes the angles that enemies will be attacking you from. Each wave can have different angles than what you are originally led to believe that it has and where you want to shoot may not necessarily be where it hits.

Gameplay is typical of bullet hell games. You move your ship and take down enemies while making every effort not to get killed by the enemy firepower. You also collect the drops from downed enemies in order to upgrade your ship and its weapons at the end of each level. Most SHMUPs have their own unique trademark that differentiates itself from other titles within the genre. The point of differentiation here is a mechanic that enables you to ‘shift’ away from trouble and to another spot. But be careful, it’s a mechanic that will take you a bit of practice to perfect as you can shift yourself into a worse danger – even to the point of instant death – than what you were in before. However, it is a vital skill to learn so you are best learning from the very beginning. Thankfully the game gives you opportunity to do so. A slight criticism that I have is that the mechanic feels a little hit and miss. I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the most skilled SHMUP player around so I can’t quite tell you whether or not this is a skill issue or a problem with the game. Others who are SHMUP fanatics have, however, reported similar issues so I’m leaning towards it being a game issue.

An important side issue that I have with the gameplay – even with that of the constant angle changing – is that there will be many times that you’ll be playing and know that your best course of action is to stand perfectly still and to keep on shooting. The best bullet hell games that I can remember playing all have you constantly moving. That’s not the case here and it is to the game’s detriment.

The game is quite suitable at 18 levels with 8 different environments spread throughout. The game is quite generic when it comes to narrative and storyline but by now most SHMUP fans aren’t going to be playing for storyline. There’s enough to make it interesting but you wont be texting your mother in the next room to tell her to join you in bullet hell as a replacement to her daytime soapies.

I know that I’ve criticized the game a bit more than I normally do but that’s because there’s so much potential for it to be even better than what it is. It is a good game but with a few tweaks it could have been among the best in class. It’s still a solid entry in the genre and one I’d recommend to SHMUP fans.

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Prafit
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 11
*Negatives*
1) Poor Audio(clipping audio)
2) Poorly Optimized(shouldn't need a powerful pc for this, but you do)
3) Repetive, more about being in the right spot than dodging
4) Long load times

*Positives*
Decent Boss Fights
Ok merc story
Got more E value than cost of the game so thumbs up
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Lorenzo[HUN]® ☠
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
Ez ennyi pénzt se ér,ha magyar,ha nem...egyszerű buta mint a faék,fejfájdító követhetetlen 3D-be helyezett 2D,semmi egértámogatás,csak azért markold,mert azon kell lőni,és a shiftes teleport is ökörség,nem ez hozza meg a shootemup reformját,mi vagyok én,polip???Baromság volt betenni,hogy tökre nem számít a Shmup tudás,de itt még nyomjál jókor shiftet,mikor elengedsz minden mást,majd ugorj más pozícióba,mert olyan sugár jön,ami RÖGTÖN megöl,ha hozzád ér,de közben manőverezni is kellene a lövedékek elől...Neem,vegyetek szépen egy Ikarugát,az is olcsó.És KICSIT kidolgozottabb,azt már Dreamcaston is nyomtam sokat,de ez csak egy ALT+F4-re jó,mikor csak frusztráló ugrálgatós részek adják a nehezét,a többi pedig egy vicc,androidos mobiljátékban is 10x ennyi ellenfél van,egyebek...javasolt mobilon az Abyss Attack,ha már cím kell,ami szép,jó grafika,vihető szépen ingyen,és 100 óránál tartok vele.
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Zephro
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2015
Having played Cave shmups, and other ones like Astebreed this comes across as really mediocre.

Pros
- Graphics and sound are decent.

Cons
- Camera angles constantly change, messing up with your viewing plane and leaving you guessing which angles the bullets will come from.
- Static, unchanging bullet patterns which test your memory rather than reflexes.
- The Shifting mechanic comes across as gimmicky as best and doesn't really add an extra layer to the gameplay.
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coolRONz
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 27, 2015
Not a bad game, ok storyline, ok voice overs, ok sound tracks. Graphics are pretty good, not a bad price regularly, but definitely worth taking a look if on sale. 6/10
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Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Great graphics, probably one the best looking shmup on PC, great music and... that is all that is great about this game.

The gameplay mechanics are poor and boring, you dont get any fun from it, just pure frustration at best sometimes.

There is a shift option which allows you to teleport quickly on the screen, sound neat yeah? Well in practice it is annyoing and chaotic. There is no super weapon or bombs like a proper shmup should have to help out in dire situations, you have an upgrade system for your weapons, problem is I did several upgrades and they shoot exactly the same as when I started the game. Overall the game is really bad, I tried to force myslelf to at least finish it once but it was just too frustrating and boring. There isnt even any difficulty option.

Stay away or satisfy your curiosity when it cost 1$
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
This is one of the games where I wish Steam had a thums-sideways. To summarize:

Pro:
- nice and colorful visuals
- fast-paced gameplay
- 'shifting' mechanics adds a very unique twist

Con:
- enemies and their formations are kinda repetitive, little variation
- success is heavily tied to quickly finding a sweet-spot on the screen and just sitting still
- constantly shifting camera angle does not work out all that well for gameplay
- collision box of your primary ship seems a bit too small, kinda confusing as you have to discover you actually have more room to maneuver as it appears, maybe the model is scaled a bit too large

Since it quickly turns into "repeat last checkpoint until you found the perfect spot to sit for every formation until reaching the next checkpoint", I'll have to give it a thumbs-down.

Not a bad game, but when it comes to arcade shooters, gfx is not my primary concern and the gameplay didn't blow me out of my chair.

Maybe just ignore my ramblings and give it a try since it isn't expensive anyways.
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
[Longer Version]

Soler Shifer Ex is a scrolling shoot'em up from the same developer of Meridan: New World.
I was looking forwards to buying it since seeing the trailer. Impressed with Meridian I had good hopes for this, I was not let down.

For a scroller, the game has a lot of depth and detail to it.
While it's not a massive bullet hell it is still a challenge with plenty of different enemies on screen.
Checkpoints are used so you won't lose much progress on the way if you die and the sections can be retried as many times as needed until you get through so it should be possible for everyone to complete the game eventually regardless of how good you are at it.

Unlike most shooters, Solar Shifter Ex makes use of a 'shift' feature which allows you to jump to one of the four locations on screen to help avoid enemies and their shots, where at some points of the game it's essential to use it to survive 'puzzle-like' beam attacks.

There's 18 levels in total located on or near different worlds which have their own theme and ships that fit in with the design of the world and don't show up anywhere else.
As well as looking different they also behave different, such as the Pirates which instead of just firing everything they have at you, they will intimidate you with plenty of ships and restricting your movement.

With some levels having a lot going on in the background and the use of the camera and the 'track' turning you get a good atmosphere and adds to the short story throughout the game.
A lot work has been put into each level and ship design and it shows and works well.

Included in the 18 levels you get to play 3 mini-levels using alien ships, giving you a break from your standard one, less challenging and more about fun and variety
Your ship can have its weapons upgraded, while these don't change the gameplay directly, you will benefit from the extra damage dealt. Destroying more enemy ships and collecting the credits will benefit you.

While the graphics are really nice and well made it can be a little demanding when there's a lot going on especially for older computers, if this is the case you may need to lower the settings down using the unity menu which can lower the performance of the control input too, a problem for this sort of game, adding unnecessary difficulty/frustration.

Finally, the soundtrack, awesome music and if you've played Meridian: New World and liked its music this won't let you down.

I'm unsure how long it took me to complete, having left the game on whilst AFK, but it still provides a good number of hours of entertainment, for extra replay value there's achievements for completing certain levels without damage and collecting credits/buying upgrades.


[Shorter version]

Interesting take on the traditional scroller shoot'em ups
Good challenge but not too difficult
18 levels (including 3 mini-levels)
Good features
High verity of enemy ships
Great graphics (may be very demanding on older computers)
Nice music
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
Extremely challenging and insanely fun! Solar Shifter is a shmup with immersive 3D backgrounds and massive battles. You can use your ship to shift out of tough situations, avoid deadly lasers and obstacles.

I enjoyed every minute of this little gem so far, and its only fault in my opinion is that the screen can get a bit cluttered sometimes due to the 3D background. This isn't that much of an issue, and the addictive nature of the gameplay will quickly get you hooked. The price is also more than generous.

I definitely recommend this game.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
Solar Shifter Ex is an old school shooter from the developer of the amazing Meridian: New World, based around classic 80's hardcore arcade games such as R Type and Gradius/Nemesis. Solar Shifter Ex (SSE) certainly has a lot to live upto as they are as hard as they come so this is a shooter designed with toughness in mind but with modern gaming standards but does it succede?

First thing you will notice when you start to play is the big bold graphics of the enemy and your ship too which is very nicely done although i do wish that the ship you control would be a little smaller as things can get a little hectic and leaves you with little room at times, backgrounds really are impressive and look awesome but sometimes look too awesome as you can get a little distracted. The weapons ingames both for the player and enemy have a really nice glow to them and are nice and bright but on occasion when things are moving fast you can lose sight of them and causing you a death or ten but it's all good fun.

I did notice a few pauses as the end of a level so the transition from end of level to reaching the hanger did look a little odd but it's a minor complaint, when you are in the hanger you can upgrade you weapons etc but the thing is it doesn't tell you in the menu's that there are upgrades so can be a little confusing and you find out by accident really so that could be better. The AI in the game is fairly standard stuff but avoiding them without dying can be an issue until you have learnt the patterns, i did encounter a bug where i was stuck on returning to hanger and i was stuck until i reset the game.

All in all a good attempt at a classic genre, difficulty will frustrate many that have never played a game like this before but doesn't quite hit the height's of classic shooters of the past, as it stands it's good with a 6/10 from me but has the potential to be 9/10 with more attention to detail, it's good but not as good as it should be but still nicely done.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
I had a blast playing this, the environments are amazing. the gameplay is excellent and the music is so good! I've played on laptop, almost none of the new games runs smoothly anymore but this game did. i preferred an xbox controller instead of keyboard/mouse, controls were really smooth. Downside is a bit long loading times. Highly recommended game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
*Negatives*
1) Poor Audio(clipping audio)
2) Poorly Optimized(shouldn't need a powerful pc for this, but you do)
3) Repetive, more about being in the right spot than dodging
4) Long load times

*Positives*
Decent Boss Fights
Ok merc story
Got more E value than cost of the game so thumbs up
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
I havn't had this much fun in a game in years. Kudos to the very small team behind this game. Visuals, music, sound, it all comes together very well and you don't even need a high-end pc to run it at 60fps. Just buy this before it gets more expensive.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
I will say it's pretty good.
My only real issues are

1) if you're still holding the fire button down (whether it's mouse or keyboard), 90% of the time.. shifting doesn't work unless you let go of the attack. It also has issues shifting RIGHT more than left.
2) The explosions! The explosions are ridiculous, tiny ships blowing up into giant flames that cover half the screen preventing you from even seeing the "bullets" coming at you. This is a big no-no for bullet hell, you can't dodge something you can't see!!

One last thing I suppose is there there are many isntances where it's not obvious that an enemy isn't actually destroyable by you, or that the projectiles coming at you aren't actually coming at you.


Other than these things, it's pretty good.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
A fun shoot'em up (like the old Raptor game-play) with a teleportation ability to spice things up. The graphics looks great, it runs well and the more you play, the more addicted you'll become. The difficulty is hard (challenging, but not frustrating).

If you like the genre, you should definitely give this a shot, you won't be disappointed.
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