Incandescent is a fast paced action arcade game that scales the difficulty to your skill level. The goal is simple, pilot your ship and defend yourself against waves of unique enemies and bosses. Different powerups will drop to help you with upgrades to your weapons and health.
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Mixed (40 reviews) - 67% of the 40 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 30, 2015

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Incandescent is a fast paced action arcade game that scales the difficulty to your skill level. The goal is simple, pilot your ship and defend yourself against waves of unique enemies and bosses. Different powerups will drop to help you with upgrades to your weapons and health.

- Each play through is different and tailored to your skill level.
- Addicting gameplay that you can't put down.
- Unique bosses to challenge you.
- You can use a controller or mouse and keyboard.
- Includes a scanline feature for a more authentic arcade experience.
- Supports 720p, 1080p and 1440p.
- Local leaderboard.
- Detailed stats screen at the end of the play through.

Are you ready to battle enemy ships and attain the highest score? Incandescent awaits!

System Requirements

    • OS: XP
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB video RAM and at least Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
This is a very simple twin stick shooter. It does not have a lot of depth, but what it does it does alright.

- Good music
- Starts out very easy. This is important because you are not automatically dead while you work out how to play. I am terrible at this game, and yet the easy early waves still had me progressing farther than I had any right to.
- various weapon powerups are fun
- Has a reasonable level of polish
- Overall I liked the sound effects, with the exception of the constant sound of the gun firing.

- The biggest issue for me was too many colors that were used multiple times making it hard for threats to stand out. Every enemy I destroyed turned into lots of colored sparks. Colored sparks that blended right in with the loads of enemy shot sparks and my own bullet sparks. In the end half the time progressing seemed to be just a matter of always moving and pure luck.
- I played on a mouse and keyboard setup, and the controls were serviceable but not great. I suspect this game needs a controller to be the most fun.
- Seemed to be little to no reason not to constantly fire. Should have had an auto-fire toggle somewhere.
- Beating bosses didn't get you any special reward. I felt like killing the bosses should have gotten you a powerup or extra life or something. As it was they were just a slightly larger enemy with a lot of life.
- The scrolling does not work in the player's favor. The whole game is just played in a box. But the box doesn't fill the screen. You need to get pretty close to the edge of the screen before the view scrolls in that direction, giving you a small field of view as you move forward and leading to cheap deaths.

I debated on this one, but in the end for me despite all of the cons I enjoyed the game (probably because it starts out so easy). A decent, cheap casual twin stick shooter.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
What I can only assume is a very poor man's version of Geometry wars.

Very simplistic graphics, even for a space shooter.
Midi soundtrack gets grating after a very simple loop.
Terrible Camera. The camera on your ship is so pushed in that to have any semblance of spacial awareness you'll find yourself staring at the simplistic minimap rather than the actual game for a good 50% of your playtime.
Terrible Pop-in. Speaking of, while you're looking at the minimap, trying to figure out who's shooting you from off-screen, you're more than likely to smash into a minimum of enemy ships, because apparently their spawn is completely random. Rather than flying in from some hangar-type entrance, they just randomly apparate when another enemy is killed. It's not uncommon at all for multiple enemies to spawn on you immediately causing unneeded damage.

Verdict? A mediocre shooter, don't waste your money on this; there are litearlly hundreds of other shooters on steam right now much more deserving of your time/money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Product received for free
Not bad, but it's a flash game. I wouldn't pay a cent for it.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2015
It's just a plain shooter beat-em-up game.. nothing really special about this game.
the level design is just a square box where enemies will keep spawning each wave.
Every 10 waves you will get to fight a random boss.
Power-up will be dropped randomly each wave to help you get through the waves.

Shooting the enemies make me feels like I'm making fireworks out of my enemies..
Entertaining for 20minutes.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
Pretty cool 2D Space Arcade Shooter like "Asteroids" or "Space Invaders".
You must survive 50 waves. Every 10 waves there comes a boss spaceship. The enemy ships are outlined and illuminated. They have different shapes like snowflakes, butterflies, rockets, triangles or squares. Squares are the most dangerous. Beware of their bullets! After a screenwipe with a bomb suddenly many squares can appear around you and shoot you down. The whole time you have to dodge or at least escape them off the screen. I think it is easier to ram enemy ships instead to use your boardcannon (controlled over second joystick on XBox Controller). But in the end you will need all the powerups they drop (boost, bombs, health, lives).
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
The game only costs 2 €/$, so that goes for the game. The music (at the start) also sounds pretty okay and the visuals have a pleasant neon look. The game itself though is as basic as it gets. You shoot things. The same things in every level. Every 10 level there's a boss that is bigger and shoots more bullets at you at once. That's it. There's only an increase in difficulty (if you want to call it that) by increasing the number of things you need to shoot. There are a few upgrades like rapid fire or homing, but they are by far not enough to make the game any more interesting.

The idea of the game is very bland and the execution is even blander. It might pass as an homage to very early arcade titles, but even Tempest or Pac-Man make this look outdated. Not really worth your time.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
The game is fun. Its a fun shooter for 2 bucks. However, it feels unfinished. Getting hit should flash the screen or make a noise, but it doesnt. Dying just silently resets the wave instead of exploding your ship. Also, the screen is wierd. I had to minimize the resolution to get it to center. It might just be me, but its weird. Overall, a good game that needs a bit of work. 7/10
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
I like the aesthetic/appearance/sounds/music but the game really needs some polishing to be worth playing.

Controls lack tightness and precision - esp movement (360 controller)

If you take hits, the ONLY feedback is a declining health bar and controller vibration - no other clues!?

Enemies spawn in pretty much anywhere/anytime without any warning!!

Enemy bullets travel so fast as to be mostly unavoidable

On some levels you can simply stop playing and you'll survive for long periods as some enemies simply stick to preset patterns and don't hit you (after a while they will kamikaze but I reckon you could make a quick coffee!!)

It's the polish which makes the difference between a shooter and a GREAT shooter - that feeling you CAN avoid the enemies if only you're lithe (rather than lucky)

This doesn't have that
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
+ 14 of the 15 achievment's are rather easy to get
+steam trading cards
good twin stick shooter.
8/10 repetive, music doesnt help much.

- Nerf turrets pls.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
It's a pretty good game,I got it mainly because it reminded me of asteroids and I love that game so I figured I'd love this to,so I deicded to buy it.

The game is pretty fun you fight wave after wave as you work to get a high score,it's seriously like the old arcade games you'd find in arcades where you enter 3 letters at the end once you got a top 10 highscore,it's pretty amazing I love the oldschool feel of this game.

There's not much to exactly say about this game that you can't see from the video or the screenshots,

I wish this game had a co-op mode where you play with someone else to see who can get the higher score playing on seperate maps and once the first person run out of lives the game ends and who ever has the highest score wins. I don't know it just sound like a fun idea for a future update to me.

Other than that for the price of the game and for what it really is,I would recommend this to a friend most likely. Mainly to a friend that loves oldschool styled games.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: July 13
I have a controller and a keyboard and this game is trash.
Sorry, it's the truth
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0.3 hrs
Posted: July 11
50 levels, approx play time 1 hour or less?

cloud save (although there's no save state since it's rather arcade?)

trading cards

and I guess I got it for less than 2€ when it was on sale

neon looks

a quick session and you "played one more game"

no actual reasons to say don't buy it, for 2€ it might almost be expensive
(comparing to F²Ps especially)

but I bet I got it on sale, so: I -would- recommend it in that case...
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0.3 hrs
Posted: July 1
Product received for free
Disclosure: I received this game for free, and have only played one round. But, I like it.

It's cheap, it's like asteroids with powerups, and the enemies scale to how well you do. If you are looking for a dollar-or-so game that you can have fun with for an hour or two, this is it.

I hear from another free adopter that the German translation isn't perfect, but this review is in know

Again, I got it for free, but it seems like it's totally worth a couple bucks. SeemsGood
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Chess Piece Face
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 25
The best Asteroidlike I've played in a long time.
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baconprison (trading)
8.8 hrs
Posted: June 10
eh the game is easy boring and somewhat buggy i constantly kept running into ships that would suddenly spawn right in front of me the gameplay is boring and theres almost nothing to it even for a 2$ game not really more then a crappy time waster
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Spicy Biscuit
9.7 hrs
Posted: May 28
That's a nooice game boi. 10/10
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0.3 hrs
Posted: April 15
I've played for fifteen mintes so far, and i have to say this game will get boring, all shoot em ups get boring after a while.
so after i got a 66% off sale i bought this game, so i got it for seventy four cents..

it has a classic shoot em up style
its cheap so you can buy it and enjoy
and it can be fun for a while i started out liking it

it can get very repedative and thus gets boring fast!
the controls are ♥♥♥♥, no questions asked.
there is no i partly recommend this game button... WHY VALVE WHYYYYYYYY CAN'T WE JUST RATE IN NUMBERS INSTEAD OF YES or no
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