Something has gone horribly wrong on fuel station Zeta. All of the robots have gone haywire. It is up to you, a lone maintenance bot, to help a friendly space traveler fuel up his ship and get home. Explore your way through a dangerous labyrinth of traps and hostile robots.
User reviews:
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Mixed (25 reviews) - 56% of the 25 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 24, 2015

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About This Game

At last! The space adventure you didn't know you were waiting to play!

An astronaut drifts through space, low on fuel and facing oblivion, manages to dock on an abandoned station. His only hope to refuel his ship and escape is a lone maintenance bot, the sole functioning unit on a station that has gone haywire. Can you guide the robot to victory, or will you succumb to the dangers of Station Zeta?

In the tradition of old school games like Altered Space or Solstice, this isometric puzzle platformer will push you to your limits. Chocked full of tough jumps, deadly traps, and crazy robots--you will breathe a sigh of relief as you make your way, room-by-room, through your quest. That is, if your battery doesn't run out...

· See reasonable special effects!
· See depravity in zero gravity!
· See robots that look like cans and barrels that look like cans!
· Open doors with keycards that come in any color you want (as long as you want red, green or blue)!

Haywire on fuel station zeta...a totally spaced adventure!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2ghz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/ATI Radeon 9500, NVIDIA GeForce 5 FX, Intel GMA 4500, or better supporting OpenGL 2.0 or better
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Java Version 1.6
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Overall:
Mixed (25 reviews)
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klew
6.3 hrs
Posted: July 10
On first glance this game reminded me of old isometric platformers like Solstice, but it has too many basic playability issues that prevent it from being a nostalgic replica of those classic games. The controls are floaty and have an unresponsive, delayed feel to them. The game also has glaring problems with invisible collision, like the fact that you often get stuck on doorways and have to jump through them. There are also invisible walls in some areas that block you for no apparent reason. For the amount of effort that went into building the game's environments, it's puzzling that the developer would neglect to polish up the fundamental gameplay mechanics. If the game had been in early access or a new release I'd have hoped for updates to fix these problems, but it doesn't look like there will be any more development on this title which is too bad because it does seem like there is a decent game hiding somewhere in this mess.

Visually the game is very bland and uniformly gray in most places, and what little color there is is flat and has a plastic look to it. The art direction isn't just minimalist, it seems almost untextured and just plain incomplete. This would have been bearable if the gameplay had been decent, but as it is the game is unpleasant to even look at, on top of being borderline unplayable.

As a technical aside, the game causes the PC to soft-lock on a black screen when alt-tabbing and required bringing up the Windows task manager to regain control of the UI.
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ledeir
3.5 hrs
Posted: June 13
I really tried to clear the first level... I gave up after an hour.

Unfortunately the game doesn't appear to like my aspect ratio, or something, as I need to stand in thin air to make certain jumps...

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=703443806

Unless they fix the graphics so that I can see where I'm standing, I can't recommend the game.
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fistfulgunnery
2.0 hrs
Posted: March 13
This is a fun little nostalgic look at the old isometric platformers, a challanging classic arcade game. The fun characters and quirky atmosphere is definately amusing and the puzzles require a bit of thought. You need to explore and learn as well as try things that are not obvious. I'd recommend it if it's on sale.
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Irel
0.8 hrs
Posted: March 4
This game is simple to play but hard. It's fun. It's definitely worth the four bucks it cost me. It's not the type of thing you play all weekend, but it's great to have for when you want something you can play for a bit and not worry.


Or who knows, maybe it does take forever to win. I never get very far.
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TakuyaSugi
0.9 hrs
Posted: January 17
The controls (at least with a controller) are very frustrating and feel clunky and hard to work with adding extra challenge where there might be less, but the layout and progression of the game is pretty nice and once the control awkwardness wears off it winds up being a fun game
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Zap Rosdower
4.9 hrs
Posted: January 7
doesn't work
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Carlos Danger
5.6 hrs
Posted: December 19, 2015
Doesn't work
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Bobmanbob
1.7 hrs
Posted: December 17, 2015
Review + Giveaway x4

"Oh, cute robots!", I hear you remark. Don't become enamoured too quickly, those walking tin cans won't blink while redecorating the walls with your electronic innards. What you really have to watch out for are the trecahrous gaps that need to be leaped over though. Haywire on Fuel Station Zeta is a classical, tough-as-nails puzzle platformer.

The characters and environments have a smooth, cute look throughout and the same can be said for the animations and accompanying sound effects. Just watch your robot squeeking along with every tiny step and you'll get the idea :)
For some reason I can't help but be reminded of stop motion animations and feel very nostalgic while playing Haywire.

As alluded to earlier, the challenge is steep here, particularly those jumps. For example, some require a box to be dropped and jumped off mid-air, others require perfectly timed changes of direction mid-leap and many are of the "barely reachable" type you'll remember attempting over and over in older platformer games.

Default controls use a grid-based system, so you'll move according to the orientation of the squares on the map. You can switch to a direct control system where up will move you directly upwards and so on, but I would recommend sticking to the default setup because it's easier to use the squares to judge which direction you'll jump in using that setup.

I didn't encouter any bugs or glitches, apart from the odd occasion of your robot shuffling/stuttering instead of walking (mostly in the very first area).

If you're looking for a quirky, challenging puzzle platformer with a unique look & feel, give this game a try. This is the first release from a one-man crew, so let's see what Mad Goblin Games comes up with next!


Watch some gameplay (and lots of exploding deaths) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLVq-W-PEjU


Giveaway here (ends January 2nd 2016): https://www.bobmanbob.com
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Mongoloid Mike
10.3 hrs
Posted: December 5, 2015
Broken. Won't even launch, error message about an incorrect java registry entry.
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HSSST
1.4 hrs
Posted: October 14, 2015
This is a challanging classic arcade game, featuring fun characters. One of the challenges is that you can't just go straight through the game, You need to explore and learn as well as try things that are not obvious.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
I beta tested this game. It's a very fun, yet hard game! If you were a fan of Alterd Space you will love it. I haven't experianced any bugs to speak of yet aside from maybe the enemy robots getting stuck in doorways for extended periods of time...almost always doors you have to go through. Other than that, I'm enjoying the game... for a one man shop, he put together a great retro style game that is challenging and fun. I recommended it!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
This is a fun little nostalgic look at the old isometric platformers. The quirky atmosphere is definately amusing and the puzzles require a bit of thought. As I'm not that good at the old isometric platformers I haven't gotten that far in it yet, but it's definately worth the experience.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
This is a fun game with a very strong nostalgic feel. The robots are very cute and the story elements presented through visuals with limited dialogue reminds me in some ways of Wall-E. However, don't expect an easy game to go along with the cutesy graphics. This is one of the hardest games I've played in a long time. Perfecting the jumps, remembering the layout of the space station, and juggling the correct items is a pretty serious work out for both your coordination and your memory.

The description gives you a pretty no BS account of what the game is. If you want an isometric platformer in the classic style with a lot of challenging elements, then I would say that this is a really good choice. If you're not looking for a challenge, don't like the style, or the perspective; then this is definitely not the game for you.

TL:DR There is no easy mode. The game is a really challenging isometric platformer about cute robots. If you like that you'll probably love it. If not you'll cry about it after an hour and leave an unfair negative review, because the game, which is exactly what the description states, wasn't easy enough for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
Review + Giveaway x4

"Oh, cute robots!", I hear you remark. Don't become enamoured too quickly, those walking tin cans won't blink while redecorating the walls with your electronic innards. What you really have to watch out for are the trecahrous gaps that need to be leaped over though. Haywire on Fuel Station Zeta is a classical, tough-as-nails puzzle platformer.

The characters and environments have a smooth, cute look throughout and the same can be said for the animations and accompanying sound effects. Just watch your robot squeeking along with every tiny step and you'll get the idea :)
For some reason I can't help but be reminded of stop motion animations and feel very nostalgic while playing Haywire.

As alluded to earlier, the challenge is steep here, particularly those jumps. For example, some require a box to be dropped and jumped off mid-air, others require perfectly timed changes of direction mid-leap and many are of the "barely reachable" type you'll remember attempting over and over in older platformer games.

Default controls use a grid-based system, so you'll move according to the orientation of the squares on the map. You can switch to a direct control system where up will move you directly upwards and so on, but I would recommend sticking to the default setup because it's easier to use the squares to judge which direction you'll jump in using that setup.

I didn't encouter any bugs or glitches, apart from the odd occasion of your robot shuffling/stuttering instead of walking (mostly in the very first area).

If you're looking for a quirky, challenging puzzle platformer with a unique look & feel, give this game a try. This is the first release from a one-man crew, so let's see what Mad Goblin Games comes up with next!


Watch some gameplay (and lots of exploding deaths) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLVq-W-PEjU


Giveaway here (ends January 2nd 2016): https://www.bobmanbob.com
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2015
This is a challanging classic arcade game, featuring fun characters. One of the challenges is that you can't just go straight through the game, You need to explore and learn as well as try things that are not obvious.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
Based on older games from a more challenging time and all created by one person. Be warned, this game isn’t for the faint of heart. It is difficult. As this is a throwback, this game isn’t going to hold your hand. If you are used to current games that point you in the right direction, give you waypoints that show you where you need to go, or constantly spew out hints at you about things that should be obvious to you, this game might be too difficult for you. This game is made for those who like to challenge themselves to think & who like puzzles. It is not for Call of Duty scrubs.

If an actual challenging game doesn’t make you cry, ♥♥♥♥, moan and give up 5 minutes in, then this game may be for you. If not, go back to playing your tacky mil-sims against 12 year olds.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
I really tried to clear the first level... I gave up after an hour.

Unfortunately the game doesn't appear to like my aspect ratio, or something, as I need to stand in thin air to make certain jumps...

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=703443806

Unless they fix the graphics so that I can see where I'm standing, I can't recommend the game.
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12 of 25 people (48%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
Doesn't work
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
I wanted to like this game! It looks great and has lots of character. From what I played it seemed to have a great quirky almost Douglas Adams-esque style. However, I found the isometric perspective just too much, for me making jumps nigh on impossible and leaving me extremely frustrated. The store page says it is inspired by some games I've never played, so I might be missng out on a nostalgia factor here.

First game I've ever requested a refund for, I wouldn't recommend it. Again, it might be because I haven't played the games it was inspired by, it is only the isometric platforming which let it down for me, everything else was great.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
On first glance this game reminded me of old isometric platformers like Solstice, but it has too many basic playability issues that prevent it from being a nostalgic replica of those classic games. The controls are floaty and have an unresponsive, delayed feel to them. The game also has glaring problems with invisible collision, like the fact that you often get stuck on doorways and have to jump through them. There are also invisible walls in some areas that block you for no apparent reason. For the amount of effort that went into building the game's environments, it's puzzling that the developer would neglect to polish up the fundamental gameplay mechanics. If the game had been in early access or a new release I'd have hoped for updates to fix these problems, but it doesn't look like there will be any more development on this title which is too bad because it does seem like there is a decent game hiding somewhere in this mess.

Visually the game is very bland and uniformly gray in most places, and what little color there is is flat and has a plastic look to it. The art direction isn't just minimalist, it seems almost untextured and just plain incomplete. This would have been bearable if the gameplay had been decent, but as it is the game is unpleasant to even look at, on top of being borderline unplayable.

As a technical aside, the game causes the PC to soft-lock on a black screen when alt-tabbing and required bringing up the Windows task manager to regain control of the UI.
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