Enter the Blacksea Odyssey, a violent top-down rogue-lite space shoot ‘em up RPG brimming with colossal creatures and runic technologies. Explore dangerous, interstellar spacescapes as you hunt enormous space-behemoths with a harpoon and rune-infused spears.
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Very Positive (96 reviews) - 94% of the 96 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 1, 2016

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June 15

Blacksea Odyssey v1.0.1 Released!


Ahoy, space-huntsman! Thanks for everyone's feedback and bug reports - they have been a HUGE help! We wanted to get this out last week, but it took more time fixing some of these issues than we had expected. FYI - the version number still says v1.0.0. I'll fix that next patch - just know it's actually v1.0.1.

Blacksea Odyssey v1.0.1

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed Leviathan firing shards after death
  • Fixed the game crashing occasionally when fighitng an elite Titanfish
  • Fixed the player recieving buggy scores for defeating the Elite Titanfish
  • Fixed sniper shot damage text
  • Fixed memory leak
  • Fixed sfx not working occasionally
  • Fixed game getting laggy occasionally
  • Fixed Abyss creatures not dropping bestiary pages
  • Fixed no controller support for Bounty Complete/Fail screen
Balancing
  • Reduced Dual Shot damage by 3
  • Reduced Dual Shot attack speed by 50%
Thanks for everyone's patience while we continue to fix bugs and balancing issues. Email any bugs to us at teamblackseaodyssey@gmail.com with the following:
  • A detailed description of the bug and the context in which it occured
  • If possible, include steps that may reproduce the bug
  • If applicable, include a screenshot or video
  • As soon as the bug occurs, send us this file:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BlackseaOdyssey\BlackseaOdyssey_Data\output_log.txt
Thanks again and enjoy! :D

- Team Blacksea Odyssey

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June 1

Blacksea Odyssey v1 Released! :D Thanks for everyone's support!

Blacksea Odyssey has OFFICIALLY Launched!


Ahoy, space-huntsman! We've made it! Thanks so much for everyone's support. The past year and a half has been an amazing journy so far and we're blessed to have such supportive fans, friends, and family. We're excited to see how many gamers Blacksea Odyssey can bring joy (and frustration) too!

In case anyone missed our launch trailer:




We expect the build to be quite stable, but please email any bugs to us at teamblackseaodyssey@gmail.com with the following:
  • A detailed description of the bug and the context in which it occured
  • If possible, include steps that may reproduce the bug
  • If applicable, include a screenshot or video
  • As soon as the bug occurs, send us this file:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BlackseaOdyssey\BlackseaOdyssey_Data\output_log.txt
Thanks again and enjoy! :D

- Team Blacksea Odyssey

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Reviews

“It’s satisfying to then wrench it [the harpoon] back out, pulling a fin or a jawbone with it.”
- Graham Smith, Editor-in-chief, Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Space-whaling with total badasses on space-bikes chasing after the vicious space-fishies who will spike and claw you to space-shreds if you let up for even a second? Now that’s a proper challenge!”
- James Cunningham, Hardcore Gamer

“You surf on a missile and use a harpoon to rip limbs off of giant space monsters in Blacksea Odyssey. If that doesn't pique your interest, then I don't know what will.”
- Joel Couture, Indie Games

About This Game



Enter a vast chasm between space and time brimming with colossal creatures and runic technologies.

Once a decade, the greatest huntsmen in the universe gather to compete in a legendary tournament known as the Blacksea Odyssey. Steeped in blood, ancient treasures, and a madness that wills them to delve deeper into the black abyss, these huntsman compete for a chance to claim the ultimate glory of facing a creature of such insatiable ferocity and magnanimous size that its wingspan has been said to stretch across galaxies while it’s breath consumes black holes. A creature rumored to exist only in legend, the Titan of the Stars!

Features

  • Rip Apart Enemies Piece by Piece: Eviscerate enemy creatures by ripping them apart with your harpoon.
  • Fully Destructible Everything: Blast through fully destructible environments with your spear or harpoon.
  • Twitch based Action-Packed Combat: Reminiscent of classic top-down shooters mixed with modern RPG and rogue-like mechanics.
  • Hardcore Rogue-like Elements: Featuring permadeath, procedural levels, and incredible replayability.
  • Massive Bosses: Battle against colossally scaled bosses dwarfing several screen sizes.
  • Expansive Customization System: Forge millions of runic modifications for your spear and space-board.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP / Win 7 / Win 8 / Win 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 compliant graphics cards (GeForce GT 520/Radeon HD 3850 and above)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 compliant graphics cards (GeForce GT 520/Radeon HD 3850 and above)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 compliant graphics cards (GeForce GT 520/Radeon HD 3850 and above)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (96 reviews)
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Separi
8.1 hrs
Posted: August 12
Lots of bosses and enjoyable moments
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Danuta Norek żona kanalarza
8.8 hrs
Posted: August 1
This game is really fun. Fast, not easy arcade game. You can change your build in every time just by changing runes in inventory so in one sec you are dealing slow but high crit dmg and in next sec you are atacking 3 spears per second dealing for exaple 10 lighting dmg every hit. Boss fight are also great. They are hard and you need another tactic for every part of fight with every boss. That's make fights intensive and it won't be boring after few hours of game. Great thing is also harpoon. You can't deal dmg to enemis forever just atacking them. You have to catch their weak spots by using harpoon and rip parts of your enemis and it's not so easy. It's mean you can have all epic or legendaries runes in your inv but you still need to focus on aiming and avoid enemys atack cause you can't kill it just by shooting it. With bosses is same thing.

And it's still in early acess! I hope in future creators would add new bosses, characters, runes, spears etc. I'm really happy and really enjoyed this game. Great, nice look arcade game.

For me 10/10
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Aleon
15.1 hrs
Posted: July 10
This game is just so addictive once you get into it. I would recomend it to anyone, it's just pure simple but extremely challenging fun.
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DeadMan_Playing
6.6 hrs
Posted: July 5
The core game is a ton of fun, but it really needs to up its graphics, add modes, customisations and so on.
Also, even tho you will find tons of different upgrades, you only will be able to equip 8 of them ... i think it shouldn't be like that. It should go the Isaac way and let you equip every stuff you find ... and quite frankly, given the opposition you will face, it wouldn't be too much.
But it is what it is.

Anyways, great little game. you won't regret buying it, even full price.
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Cjak40
12.8 hrs
Posted: June 24
You fly around in space and rip bodyparts of of space whales, space frogs, Space crabs(?) Extremely fun!

8/10 Needs more things to rip bodyparts off of.

Also just a personal preference: I wish there was some kind of multiplayer function, Yes killing the colossal creatures is fun, but what if you kill even "Moar colossal" things? Or like a race to kill the most things(Minions) And whoever kills the most gets a little buff and then you two work together to kill the boss at the end, and of course these bosses would have alot more health.
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Jumping Johnny
30.2 hrs
Posted: June 18
I've never written a review for a game before, but the concept of Blacksea Odyssey is so ridiculous, and yet the mechanics of the game make it work so well, that I just had to write a quick one for it.

Long story short: Saddle up as one of four space hunters (You're forced to start as the Old Man, or Space Ahab as I call him, and unlock the other three by killing specific beasts) and enter a contest to see who can take down the biggest monstrosities in the void. Plays a bit like a shmup, but where most of your enemies are MUCH bigger than you, and your best friend is a huge fracking harpoon you can use to slow them down and then rip off their limbs/organs. Why, just before I wrote this review, I flew INTO the mouth of a giant space worm to rip out its eye ! No, I don't know why its eye was in its mouth, that's not the point, dagnabbit!

10/10 Call me Ishmael again.
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Zeemond
14.9 hrs
Posted: June 13
A fun top down shooter with a few twists.. such as.. you start a fight vs a humongously big titan fish.. slowly rip it all appart until it's just the head. You feel like a mouse plucking away at it slowly.

It is hard, but fair overall.

I really like it, and hey, my first death ever was vs Cthulhu! so there!!

-Lost
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DangerSideburns
0.8 hrs
Posted: June 11
Fun game but if you're playing on Steamlink with a 360 controller at the end of each level you need to run back to the computer and use your mouse if you want to progress.
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AstralProxy
1.5 hrs
Posted: June 10
I first saw this game as a demo at an indie showcase. It instantly grabbed my attention, and now that I've had a chance to play it more, I continue to be impressed. The dev team did a great job bringing their vision to life.
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Arrevax
12.7 hrs
Posted: June 7
This game is a little buggy, but it seems that any game-breaking issues have been resolved. It's a fun twin-stick shooter style game with a fun ripping mechanic that allows you to weaken enemies (primarily bosses, but non-boss creatures often have rippable parts, too) and do extra damage to them.

The graphics are simple, but they're not unattractive. The soundtrack is good enough, but you'll be hearing the same songs loop frequently.

Be aware that this is a roguelike that requires multiple playthroughs to unlock content (new spears and hunters). You will have bad runs in which you won't get good enough gear even if you target the highest-bounty targets, but you'll also have good/fun runs in which you get great gear and wipe the floor with most enemies.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
THERE'S A DEMO. After trying said demo, I bought the game. Wow! Demos DO work!
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 6
Blacksea Odyssey is somewhat hard to describe in common terms. The best way to describe it would be as a twin stick shooter at its core, with permadeath, loot and epic boss fights. Levels are procedurally generated,fully destructible and come with dozens of different creatures to fight against. The tutorial also explains the controls both for keyboard and mouse and controller at the same time so you can choose whichever you prefer.


The core:

The main premisse of the game is pretty simple. Once in every decade, four contestants compete in a hunting tournament to find out who is the greatest hunstman and you play as one of these contestants. This tournament is divided in 5 rounds. Between rounds you’ll be placed on the Blacksea map, here there is some text dialogue between the contestants, they brag about previous deeds and mock each other. It is on the Blacksea map that you can visit the shop to sell your unwanted items or buy new ones and it is also here that you can choose different bounties to take.

Each bounty has its own description, such as difficulty level and stats such as “-% enemy damage” or “-% credits dropped”, aswell as the amount of credits you’ll earn upon completion. They are also divided into different biomes such as Tropical (green) and Crystal (blue). Each biome will reflect the enemies you’ll encounter once you’re there.

The boss and overall creature design is pretty damn good. The game does a really good job in showing you which body parts are weak spots and what kind of attacks that enemy has. Not only that, but no two creatures look the same.

During bounties you can choose either to farm credits by killing lesser creatures or you can go right away for the boss. After killing the boss you’ll complete the bounty and then you’ll be awarded score points based on your performance. It is these points that will rank you in comparison with the other contestants.

While playing you’ll also find chests that contain loot and that can be opened with keys, keys which you’ll find by killing enemies. In Blacksea Odyssey, loot is presented in the form of runes and potions that improve both your ship and your weapon. That said, this is where progression comes into place. Right now there is only one playable character, The Old Man, but more are on the way and I assume that each will fit a specific playstyle and each will have its ups and downs. You’ll also be able to choose one of various spears to choose from. each with its own passive bonus and specific stats.

Combat

This is main part of the game so let me do my best to explain how it works. Besides attacking with your spear, you can also throw your harpoon into the creatures and use it to rip body parts off or to slow down said creature. However you can’t just spam both your spear and harpoon because some enemies have armoured body parts. This forces you to keep moving and flanking your enemies so you can deliver a fatal blow to their weak spots.

It is also worth mentioning that your ship has a booster built into it. This booster is divided into three different types, short boost, medium boost or long boost. Using the short one will use up one boost bar, the medium will use two bars and the long one will use three bars. This is very helpfull to escape from tight situations and to open passage on terrain, thus proving to be a life saver at times.

So, if you haven’t guessed already, the combat is very fast paced and you’ll find yourself using your boost to dodge and using your harpoon at the right moment to slow down your foes and deal tons of damage.

One thing that bothered me at first was the fact that the camera is very close to your ship, but you also have a sonar to guide you, which will show you where creatures are on your minimap, as well as rock formations.


Verdict:
  • Astonishingly good music
  • Fast paced combat
  • Stylish visuals

Blacksea Odyssey is as solid as a rock can be. It has tons of potential and I trust the developers to improve the game, since they update every 7 days if I’m not mistaken. The only thing that it needs right now is more unlockable characters and weapons (perhaps ships as well?). The combat is refined and extremely enjoyable and everytime you defeat a boss you feel like you’ve accomplished something great.

I highly recommend Blacksea Odyssey to people who enjoy hectic and fast paced fights with enough enemy variety to force you to adapt to new situations.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 2
Blacksea Odyssey is a twin-stick shooter about space whaling.
You are one of the badass looking whalers, who entered the competition to beat everyone else (and not die in the process).

Generally, the game's more or less your typical rogue-lite twin-stick shooter.
You get to fly around, shoot spears at space fish (I guess that's fish?), buy upgrades and consumables, upgrade your spear and your ship (which looks more like a hoverboard).
Additionally, you can unlock more characters with different stats and perks and arm them with variety of spears that also have different stats.
That'd be pretty average if this game didn't have two things that distinguish it from the rest.
First thing is absolutely crazy art style and monsters design. I can imagine some people might not like it, but I personally loving it - it fits the game very well.
The second, more important, thing is "rip off" mechanic.
The idea is that all monsters you hunt have vulnerable parts. And if you want to defeat them quicker - you can weaken those parts and then use your harpoon to rip them off dealing massive damage.
It's not easy to pull this off, especially on more protected monsters, but it feels pretty awesome being able to pull this move off :D
You can of course just keep shooting and kill monsters the traditional way, although it takes quite some time this way.

There are couple of issues and minor annoyances in the game at the moment.
Chests are not shown on the minimap so it's a bit tricky and somewhat annoying to search for them.
Minor UI glitches, spears missing targets (my guess is hitboxes need tweaking) and other small things.
Nothing game breaking was noticed. And devs are promising updates every 7 days.

So, if you like rogue-lite twin-stick shooters and theme with new mechanic does sounds good - go for it.
The game's pretty cheap and very enjoyable for what it is.

Watch more in-depth look in my video:
https://youtu.be/z4DbwAX1NPU
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
A solid game with an original idea that still has a few technical hiccups. The game is divided into 9 stages, under the premise that you're engaging in a galactic space whaling hunt. During and between stages, you customize your loadout through spear runes and ship runes. Think Galak-Z meets Isaac.

PROS:

- Crazy boss fights
- Music (for the most part)
- Multiple characters, weapons, and upgrades
- Challenging!

CONS:

- No resolution about 1920 x 1080 yet.
- Spotty art in places (looking at you, loading screen!)
- Music looping is rough on some tracks

The premise and execution alone have me hooked, but I do hope the post-launch support is strong.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
When I first got this game in Early-Acess, I was scared it would take way too long to develop and I would losse interst and even get mad at the dev for not adding new content. I was wrong. I noticed at the bottm NEW BUILDS EVERY THURSDAY and I thought, "well let's hope they don't consider minor patches and hotfixes updates." No they didn't. While it was kind of lacking when i bought it, Two months later... it was done! I played the game and I love it. Funny how I bought another early acess game two YEARS ago and they can't seem to understand how to get a game out of alpha. I just have to say that this game is great and the devs should be loved for an early-acess sucess.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 2
Scrounging Indie Aisles for the next hidden gem? Stop. You found it.
Our Early Access Article
Our Previous Alpha Demo Impressions

Part top down shooter, part rogue-lite, with RPG qualities, this is Captain Ahab in space meets Shadow of Colossus. It's challenging, fun, and original. Ripping apart space creature limbs is oh so satisfying. Finally this game gets an Early Access release. These guys LISTEN to fans, so whatever you feel like asking for need fix, be vocal. These guys are promising a new update every 7 days until full release. That's pretty damn awesome! (But not as awesome as harpooning a mile long Kraken in the face).

Pro's
- Top down visuals are interesting, I love the light effect along the envirionment but nothing compares to the titanic boss fights.
- Titanic boss fights.
- You harpoon things. LIke you harpoon limbs and RIP them off. It doesn't get much better than that my friends.
- Collect rune power ups for your basic attacks and ship abilities, different configurations alter approaches.
- Interesting rogue-lite qualities keep you tense and planning your next moves carefully

Con's
- It ends.
- Needs full controller support and refinement (Keyboard and Mouse work really well though)
- Only 5 rounds before you start over, needs much more content (and its coming)
- When I'm not spearing something in the eye, like when I'm on the toilet, it can lead to emotional scarring.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Product received for free
Can't beat the game. Can get about 3/4ths in, and then it becomes an insane hell of dodging shots and incoming enermies, many of whom are bulletproof except in certain weak points. That said, I couldn't beat Spelunky, and I loved that. I never beat the Lamb, and I have over 110 hours of Isaac logged. Just because I can't beat a game doesn't mean I don't enjoy my playtime greatly; I'm just not a hardcore, difficult games winning person. Still a damned fun play.
The upgrades are useful, the powerups are balanced, and the art style has been described, by me, as like 'They made an image of a monster out of lasers, and then it became solid and came to life.' There is a borderline sadistic glee in hunting down the massive bosses, dealing out the damage as you dodge and weave, and then RIPPING off a fin or clawm and seeing a hunk of their HP vanish, and often suffer a loss of speed or mobility or a special attack related to that bit. It's Roguelite Moby ♥♥♥♥ in Space.

Geezus H Chrystler, Steam censors the name ♥♥♥♥? That's incredibly stupid.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 4
A game that only gets better as time goes on. As a fan of roguelikes and dungeon crawlers I was interested in this game from its creation. I enjoy the customizability of your character, as far as upgrades go, as well as choosing your weapon at the start of a session.

The random element of what runes you get, or what bounties are available, adds onto the difficulty factor, but not in a bad way. I would compare it to the randomness of item rooms and floors in the Binding of Isaac. If you are good enough at the game you can definitely complete the rounds without any runes in the way that an amazing Binding of Isaac player could defeat Isaac with just base stats and base items.

Looking forward to what's next for Blacksea Odyssey!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
This is a great game, its like a cross between Galak-Z and Binding of Issac but with more fight and dodging, great cast of monsters to kill and maim, random loot and powerups to find. I really like the banter between the hunters and the music is excellent.

Well Done.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 4
While this game is incredibly hard, That does not mean anything as you feel awesome every second you play it, It only took me fifteen minutes to fall in love with this game. A large array of creatures and monsters to fight, Large, amazing biomes And amazing boss battles are everything I look for in a game and this has it all. I love this game and I cant wait to see everything new that is added to it
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