Space shooters never die. 1993 is a testament to that. 1993 is a classic shoot em up celebrating games like Gradius, R-Type and Life Force.
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Mixed (78 reviews) - 69% of the 78 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 28, 2016

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May 23

Ships Stats & Performance

We just wanted to clarify the workings of the smaller ships available in the game shop.

Yes they behave all the same and purely look different.
This is because they were mainly made for local co-op mode to distinguish each player from one another.

However, we thought it would be a shame not to offer the option to choose which one you prefer even in single player.

The class II ships though, they do behave differently from each other.

We have realized that this has caused some confusion and apparently failed in communicating this clearly in the game.

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May 17

Weapon Guide - for a Pilots convenience

A few of my most valued pilots have asked for a more comprehensive weapons description, and since I care deeply about my hardware business and making my father proud, I'm making this available to all of you here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/58u86fph22wahs8/1993_SpaceMachine_pilot_guide.pdf?dl=0

-Sir Ellron Hubcap

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About This Game

Space shooters never die.
1993 is a testament to that, honoring classics like Life Force, R-Type and Xenon II. We're keeping the genre alive.

1993 was made in 1993. It is not made to look retro. It is not polished for today's tech - this is the genuine thing!
It's 1993 in 2016!






  • Your're in charge! Explore and secure the different worlds in the order that fits your taste and urge.
  • The kick ass weapon system lets you unlock weapons for use in later play sessions. We feature both classic powerful weapons plus some fresh smart weapons.
  • Of almost 100 deadly enemy types, we have crafted unique evil behaviours for most of them.
  • As an extra game mechanic we have introduced a new health and shield system for more interesting game play.
  • Up to four player co-op mode.

In short:
  • 10 Ships to choose from
  • 25 Different weapons with 3 power levels
  • 13 Levels
  • 10 Different Bosses

Started in the age of the Amiga 500, this game was featured in Amiga format and Commodore User - two of the largest gaming magazines of the time. A series of unfortunate events prevented this space shooter to get finished. We plan to do that now!

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Game story:
"Towards the end of the interstellar wars, chaos spread and one band of elite mercenaries acted more like pirates and looters than actual soldiers. The leader of this group was the notorious and infamous Colonel Nestor.

Without a doubt the biggest prize of their looting campaigns was the Spacemachine: a device designed to terraform barren planets and making them habitable. With this device, and the rest of their treasure, Nestor and his men started to build an army that now poses a great threat to the known star systems.

Mission: Bring back the Space Machine."

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Pentium Dual core 2GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 capable graphics card.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster Live
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad and a comfy couch is recommended!
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Pentium Dual core 2GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 capable graphics card.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster Live
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad and a comfy couch is recommended!
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mountain Lion
    • Processor: Inte Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT 128 MB
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mountain Lion
    • Processor: Inte Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT 128 MB
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Night Of The JellyBabyKing™
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I'm sorry...I tried to play the game...Can I make a better game,doubt it,I';m not a game dev...I just couldn't get into it...I enjoyed nothing...Uninstalling the game meant nothing...It was a nothing plain and simple...
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Bal
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Worth the price? No. Perhaps for 0.99USD it would be worth purchasing.

Too many reviews saying the game is difficult, but I found it to be entertaining. Many other games are much more challenging. Rogue Legacy for example.

Completed in two hours with 48 deaths.

The use of a gamepad is highly recommended(even though I prefer keyboard for most games) as the sensitivity of the joystick movements are reflected well in the game, something the keyboard simply cannot currently accomplish. Master the joystick instead of mashing it around, and you will be able to crush this game and many more.

Lastly, the story is quite poor. The weapon upgrade system and ship upgrade system is a play and learn system, not spoon fed about what is best or what is worst. Knowing the best weapons and the worst makes most games far too easy. This is just a short fun retro space sidescrolling shooter with a very weak draw to want to re-play.
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Laerrus
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Got this in a Humble Pack, am glad I did; it's great; one of those games that pulls you in and really engages you right off the bat; it has the 1993 indy feel for sure; I love it; talk about finding a treasure...
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Crazierinzane
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Difficult but fair and enjoyable.
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Anthile
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
1993 Space Machine, as the name implies, is a retro vertical-scrolling shmup. The kind where you control a spaceship and shoot a ton of weird looking creatures and machines hell-bent on destroying your fragile vehicle. I can't say I have played very many shmups in my time, a genre that has always been more popular in the arcades and on consoles. If there are any clever references to genre classics then I can't say I have gotten any.

At its core it's a fairly standard shmup. Instead of weapon power-ups, you collect cash from destroyed enemies and upgrade your ship between levels. There's actually a number of basic ship models to choose from but as far as I can tell they all behave identically. You get two special weapon slots to fill aside from your standard blaster and there's a large variety of weapon types to choose which resemble typical shmup power-ups: vertical shot, diagonal shot, continuous laser, etc.. Additionally there are three advanced ships which have four special weapon slots and they can equip an even greater variety of weapon types. However, these ships are considerably slower than the standard ships and I did not find that to be a worthwhile trade.

A big problem with the upgrade system is that you don't really know what you get when you buy something. Most of the weapon descriptions are vague and you only see the spray pattern and effectiveness once you start a new level. I think it would have been good to see a short animation of the pattern or at least some numbers. Nothing like going into a level and figuring out the weapon you just bought is useless. Even though you can sell your gear again (at a loss), you don't get that much money that you can really experiment.

Otherwise there is not much to say about 1993 Space Machine. The level design is solid, the story is not much more than an excuse plot and the music is rather unremarkable. The controls are a bit too sensitive when using a 360 controller. It's also very short at about two hours (13 levels)but I suppose this type of game is more about skillful play than sightseeing - there is a hard mode.
Overall I would recommend 1993 Space Machine but only to people who already like shmups. I don't believe it would convert anyone who doesn't.
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Ishvii
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Not as good as Steredenn. Has an upgrade system for guns, but no feedback on which ones are useful. Fiendishly hard, not because of good design, but because of oversensitive controls. Very unforgiving, but not in a good way.
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Mightyelk
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Actually, it's not a bad game at all, but mind that it's very short. I completed it in 2 hours. The difficulty is inconsistent. I spent most of the time in level 2 (forest) dying in narrow paths. Level 3 and boss battle was the easiest while level 4 was again hard enough to compete with the second. Also, I just don't get why there's so much upgrades of the ship - I wasn't even able collect enough money for most of them. Still, I'm recommending it just for that nice retro vibe, but don't expect any amazing game.
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hakoMike
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Think back to when you first heard the soundtrack for Shadow of the Beast. I start with that becuase if you went all glassy eyed with nostalgia then this is absolutely the game you've been waiting for. It is like a Psygnosis game jumped from your Amiga 3.5" floppy onto Steam. There is no higher praise I can give it. It captures absolutely everything special about that time, including the unforgiving difficulty. For the old Amiga gamer wanting to relive those days without cracking out UAE, this is your time machine.
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Rafael
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Product received for free
This is the arcade classics’ trailing sibling. Had it been born in 1993 it would have been the Swedish apostle around the table of worshipped shoot ‘em up games. However, the 23-year age gap, an eternity within this industry, puts it in the genre of today’s retro games. Gladly, as such, it is actually possible to play on a regular computer. Having been of topmost gaming age in the 80s and 90s, it was a pleasure to play 1993 Space Machine, reviving joyous feelings from my adolescence. Graphically, it is an impressive work of art. I was flying around and admiring the views, as well as the music and sounds. But as a superannuated player I had a hard time staying alive, using the keyboard controls. With a joystick or a gamepad would be the right way to play this. I’d like to experience all the delights of this game. I’m glad it was brought out of the basement after all these years. Well done!
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mr.thor.karlsson
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Love this!
I remember my brothers playing these types of games vividly when I was very young (but found them too difficult for me at the time).
Playing this is like sitting down in a time machine and reliving those days, yet with a much sharper mind, finally quick enough to handle the challenges of avoiding astroids, bullets, lasers, rockets, buildings etc, etc..
The gameplay and atmosphere of the game is superb. And the quality of the development can be felt throughout the game.
Sure there are some minor issues that some people could complain about, but again those people probably forget that this game was originally designed for a completely different system, that had other specifications etc.
To just be able to make this game run on a modern machine is a achievement in itself that should be respected.
And to make it FUN, CHALLENGING and COOL... well that is pretty damn well awesome!

Enough of my words. Buy it and try it for yourself. It's a small price for a big package of fun.

I finally got my Jedi reflexes, and with this game, I can put them to the test! ;)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
First 30 minutes of the game:
https://youtu.be/gUBkMqtYD-o

I felt that 1993 Space Machine was a pretty good example of what the SNES library really consisted of - mostly shooters, with varying degrees of innovation that seldom inspired confidence in the industry at large. Honestly, it plays exactly like what you'd expect from an SNES game.

Against genre classics like R-Type and Gradius, 1993 Space Machine doesn't really hold up. Sure, it works pretty well as an introduction to the genre at large, but really doesn't innovate or present anything interesting that you've not seen before.

The only thing I can say 1993 Space Machine really has right is the weapon system - it's interesting. It's not complex, but it presents a number of interesting options, and I really enjoyed it. There are plenty of ways to kit your ship and become more than the level can handle, meaning your loadout really determines your difficulty.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Love this!
I remember my brothers playing these types of games vividly when I was very young (but found them too difficult for me at the time).
Playing this is like sitting down in a time machine and reliving those days, yet with a much sharper mind, finally quick enough to handle the challenges of avoiding astroids, bullets, lasers, rockets, buildings etc, etc..
The gameplay and atmosphere of the game is superb. And the quality of the development can be felt throughout the game.
Sure there are some minor issues that some people could complain about, but again those people probably forget that this game was originally designed for a completely different system, that had other specifications etc.
To just be able to make this game run on a modern machine is a achievement in itself that should be respected.
And to make it FUN, CHALLENGING and COOL... well that is pretty damn well awesome!

Enough of my words. Buy it and try it for yourself. It's a small price for a big package of fun.

I finally got my Jedi reflexes, and with this game, I can put them to the test! ;)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
1993 Space Machine, as the name implies, is a retro vertical-scrolling shmup. The kind where you control a spaceship and shoot a ton of weird looking creatures and machines hell-bent on destroying your fragile vehicle. I can't say I have played very many shmups in my time, a genre that has always been more popular in the arcades and on consoles. If there are any clever references to genre classics then I can't say I have gotten any.

At its core it's a fairly standard shmup. Instead of weapon power-ups, you collect cash from destroyed enemies and upgrade your ship between levels. There's actually a number of basic ship models to choose from but as far as I can tell they all behave identically. You get two special weapon slots to fill aside from your standard blaster and there's a large variety of weapon types to choose which resemble typical shmup power-ups: vertical shot, diagonal shot, continuous laser, etc.. Additionally there are three advanced ships which have four special weapon slots and they can equip an even greater variety of weapon types. However, these ships are considerably slower than the standard ships and I did not find that to be a worthwhile trade.

A big problem with the upgrade system is that you don't really know what you get when you buy something. Most of the weapon descriptions are vague and you only see the spray pattern and effectiveness once you start a new level. I think it would have been good to see a short animation of the pattern or at least some numbers. Nothing like going into a level and figuring out the weapon you just bought is useless. Even though you can sell your gear again (at a loss), you don't get that much money that you can really experiment.

Otherwise there is not much to say about 1993 Space Machine. The level design is solid, the story is not much more than an excuse plot and the music is rather unremarkable. The controls are a bit too sensitive when using a 360 controller. It's also very short at about two hours (13 levels)but I suppose this type of game is more about skillful play than sightseeing - there is a hard mode.
Overall I would recommend 1993 Space Machine but only to people who already like shmups. I don't believe it would convert anyone who doesn't.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Actually, it's not a bad game at all, but mind that it's very short. I completed it in 2 hours. The difficulty is inconsistent. I spent most of the time in level 2 (forest) dying in narrow paths. Level 3 and boss battle was the easiest while level 4 was again hard enough to compete with the second. Also, I just don't get why there's so much upgrades of the ship - I wasn't even able collect enough money for most of them. Still, I'm recommending it just for that nice retro vibe, but don't expect any amazing game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Difficult but fair and enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Got this in a Humble Pack, am glad I did; it's great; one of those games that pulls you in and really engages you right off the bat; it has the 1993 indy feel for sure; I love it; talk about finding a treasure...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
If you like old school space shooters then you will enjoy 1993 Space Machine. Quick but fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Great game!

A nostalgic trip back in time when R-type and IO roled. If your are too young too have played these games try this one. And if your are old enouge, take this journey back in time. :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Think back to when you first heard the soundtrack for Shadow of the Beast. I start with that becuase if you went all glassy eyed with nostalgia then this is absolutely the game you've been waiting for. It is like a Psygnosis game jumped from your Amiga 3.5" floppy onto Steam. There is no higher praise I can give it. It captures absolutely everything special about that time, including the unforgiving difficulty. For the old Amiga gamer wanting to relive those days without cracking out UAE, this is your time machine.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
A solid, early 80's, side scrolling, shoot em up.
Remember R-Type? or Super R-Type? I'ts almost that good. And addictive.
Enemies are probably a bit harder than R-type, which is good because lets face it - they were easy.
There are a number of different waepon upgrades that allow you to shoot straight ahead, down, back, 45 Degree angles etc.
The colors of the rounds make some of the weapons seem similar, leading me to make an incorrect observation on variety of weapon upgrades however consultation with the developer has opened my eyes and found new weapon types!
I'm continuing to review this game as I have found a minor bug and truth be told - I am enjoying it.
For a simple graphics game it's providing enjoyment to me and my kids.
7/10 Dragons. - Score under review pending replays!
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