Create your own bosses to battle in this arcade action and adventure. Yep, there is a story as well as pure action modes for those who want to blast things. Explore worlds while you upgrade your tech and improve your base. Make new friends, adopt pets and even fly a kite.
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Positive (31) - 87% of the 31 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Nov 2, 2017

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February 17

2018.02.17 Welcome to Boss 101

Hey all,

Welcome to all those new to the Boss 101 game universe and THANK YOU to all our longtime friends and fans who have supported us and been here since launch (and before).

This is Tim and I wanted to give everyone a heads up on the coming happenings at the store and at our development studio.

As you may know Boss 101 is on sale this weekend and we have seen an uptick in Steam sales. That means more friends and fans checking out our game. Thank you for that. Your support means more games from us and we appreciate it.

Onto the longer update!

Boss 101 and the Xbox

You might also know we are currently working on bringing Boss 101 over the Xbox. This is an important new release since it means more people will be able to see and ideally purchase Boss 101. More support for us translates DIRECTLY to more support for YOU in all our games and releases.

We would love to see Boss 101 on as many platforms and translated to as many languages as possible. We also really want to do Boss 102 as soon as we can. Your support, your funds effectively, make all that possible.

We made Boss 101 on our own dime, no publisher. We did that to bring you the best game we could at a speed we could manage. Now that Boss 101 is out we need your support with purchases and we would LOVE your support with a good review or word of mouth recommendation. You don't need to, of course but it does matter and does help us. Especially given this weekend's sale.

Boss 101 and our new game ZAP

While we are getting Boss 101 on the Xbox One we are also working to deliver a fun arcade game called the Zazmo Arcade Pack (ZAP). If you already own Boss 101 you will notice familiar game themes. Indeed, we brought over four of the mini games from Boss 101, added a NEW game and then added a TON of features like multiplayer, co-op and more elaborate single player. All these new games have more options and are bigger in many ways.

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! We know you might want in on this and we are prepping a SPECIAL pricing reward for Boss 101 owners if they are interested in ZAP.

ZAP will be going into Early Access this coming week. When it does we are planning to immediately reward all Boss 101 owners with a price discount from the already lowered ZAP Early Access cost. Translation - Boss 101 owners will get ZAP at a low, low price if they want it. More details coming!

Personally we hope you give it a look. We've been playing the games in ZAP almost daily and you can check out our devblogs and more on the store page linked below.

Thank you again! Welcome to anyone new and remember to always live your dreams!

Comments and questions are always welcome.


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February 10

2018.02.10 Boss 101 Dev Update and MORE!

Hello and thanks for joining us for another development update and state of the union.

As you may already know we are bring Boss 101 over to the Xbox One console. Our last few weeks have been dedicated to that and to our new game the Zazmo Arcade Pack (or ZAP).

Side Note: We are looking into ways to get ALL OWNERS of Boss 101 some sort of discount if they want to purchase the Zazmo Arcade as a nod to your support!

We were approved in late November to come out on Xbox One and due to a bunch of legal documents, we had to wait to announce it. We hope to put Boss 101 in front of a more people and bring in more funds to keep our game endeavors going.

Boss 101 was well received on Steam but not widely reviewed by critics or the game press. For us that meant less sales than we hoped. Still we have plans to bring out MORE games in the Boss 101 universe and we are always appreciative of YOU helping us spread the word.

Look for some news this upcoming week too! We expect a big announcement coming this Thursday!

The Zazmo Arcade Pack - our new game

After Boss 101 we wanted to do a take on 80’s arcade and console games. From there we pulled ideas for fun co-op games you could enjoy with a buddy. Our goal is to bring a lot of fun to players and create memorable gaming situations.

A quick look at the games included:
• Tank Wars – Two tanks versus each other or the world! Besides head to head play we added a co-op mode where you and a friend battle endless hordes of tanks. You can even revive a fallen buddy! We have multiple maps and game modes too. Of course, we also have ricochet bullets and guided shots as options for players. Mazard – Two space men trapped in the maze of the space wizard. You battle aliens who can turn invisible. Thankfully you have a radar to tell you where they are. Don’t stand in place too long or
• Mazard will drop a flame bomb to flush you out. You can also revive a friend if he falls.
• Breakout – Classic block breaking gameplay. We have single player and co-op modes as well as a head to head option to challenge your friends.
• Last Stand – You and a friend guard a pile of power crystals. You have unlimited lives but if the alien steal all your crystals, you lose.
• Rob’s Adventure – A shooter adventure with you and a pal flying through space. Battle alien armadas and bosses and yes, you can revive a fallen comrade here too!

Zazmo Trailer
More Boss 101 info on the way and as always - remember to LIVE YOUR DREAMS!


Zazmo Arcade Pack Info Roundup
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“Boss 101 couldn’t have come at a better time.... with its simple gameplay and great style, Boss 101 would have been a perfectly serviceable ‘light’ bullet hell shooter. The fact that it has endlessly diverse bosses and a huge wealth of bonus content is just gravy. I’m always happy to see developers attempting to revitalize genres and bring them to new audiences, and this is a perfect example of devs going above and beyond to deliver far more game than they needed to, aimed at a larger audience than I would have thought possible. Ra”
Daniel Weissenberger, Game Critics

“It can’t be said that Boss 101 is another me-too shmup in the vast ocean of them. It has an identity, and that identity is likable, and in a genre of samey entries, that distinction, when paired as it is here with competent gameplay, is worth the price of admission.”
Marc Golding, Honest Gamers

“It will be up to the player whether they feel up to fighting the particular boss they’ve created, as they can keep trying to make new ones until they find something they like, but players are given better rewards for beating especially challenging creations.”
Joel Couture, Silicon Era

Controller Support

Though we do support keyboard play we recommended using a controller for the best Boss 101 experience. We have tested Boss 101 with XBox style, PS4 and Steam controllers.

About This Game

Boss 101 starts with your brother's request for an action packed birthday. Unfortunately he's in the hospital so it's up to you to bring him an unforgettable home movie.

From there you're off across the globe and galaxy looking to save the day and bring back awesome movie footage to your brother. As you travel you will be returning to your command center for rest, weapon upgrades, and research. Heck, you can even play arcade games and fly a kite if you like!

During your journey you will battle bosses you created with the Make-A-Boss generator. You engage in combat, chase and missions to recue baby robo-AI's from the clutches of the biggest baddie of all, the dreaded Boss 101. Game rounds reward the player with cash for upgrades, guns and hats, all of which help you fight tougher bosses.

That's not all because Max and STEVE aren't above commenting or outright sarcasm on their opponent's abilities. You will fight robot of all sorts - animals, samurai, aliens and DINOSAURS! You heard right!

Major Features:

  • Intergalactic Adventure across multiple worlds - In the main story mode you travel across the globe and into space as you battle your way to the final encounter with Boss 101.
  • Make Own Bosses, design YOUR battle - You, the player, get to roll your own boss to fight. Tougher bosses pay more bounty!
  • Cash and Upgrades - Beating levels and bosses earns you cash for one of five major upgrades in the game. Including the amazing Super Missile!
  • Guns, buffs and more - back in your Command Center you purchase from an array of weapons, buy equipment to augment your character for battle and even dress yourself up.
  • Customize your player with Hats - the player can outfit their character with nearly 300 hats, each of which grants one or more special powers like earning extra money per shot, doing more damage, health boost, damage reduction and resistance. Yes, some hats just make you look cool.
  • Pet Friends - Enjoy the company of your pet friends. These are your buddies who come to stay with you. As you play you can even get more exotic pets from all over the known universe.
  • Multiple weapons during the rounds - rocket launchers, laser rifles, lightning guns and the dreaded fist cannon are a few of the weapons you will use.
  • Choose your challenge - we offer three modes of Difficulty - Easy, Normal and Ultra - pick Ultra for the maximum test of your skills
  • Story and Dialog - each level features dialog between Max, STEVE and the boss of the level. Additionally, there are in game reactions to the combat as it evolves. If someone is throwing a train car – STEVE and Max are probably going to say something. Subsequent returns to your command center also feature dialog and story to help you understand what’s been happening.
  • Custom Soundtrack - each level and game screen has music to help drive home the awesome adventure the player is on.
  • Arcade Games - you got your own machine to play games in the Command Center - so play 'em. Maybe you will get something for your efforts.
  • Kite Flying - everyone needs a break - take one and chill on a hill with Max and STEVE.

Gameplay Modes:

  • Story - Base game with progression through 31 levels/rounds
  • Save the Robos - We also have missions where you will be taking Baby Robo’s safely into space.
  • Warp Chase - Follow the boss as he warps from level to level. While flying through innerspace you will have to knock him out of the warp tunnel before you can resume the fight.
  • Endless Boss Mode - this is you with one life seeing how far you can get against an endless array of bosses. Keep going against random bosses until you die.
  • Quest and Recover subgames - these are modes that will reward players for things like (but not limited to) completing rounds using certain weapons, rescuing allies, beating a round in under a certain time, knocking out specific enemies, protecting friends and more!
  • Classic Mode - the classic Boss 101 variation with powerups just like an old school arcade game. This is as a sub variation of the Endless boss or any of the other gameplay modes.
  • Iron Bot Mode - you have one hit point and that's it. This is as a sub variation of the Endless boss or any of the other gameplay modes.

Bringing You our Best

Boss 101 is a project that took three people nearly three and a half years to create. We self funded and worked on it full time to bring you the best game we could with as few restrictions as possible. We appreciate all your support during this period.

We set out to bring you our best and want you to feel GREAT about purchasing Boss 101. Ideally you get a ton of enjoyment with the base game and perhaps enjoy the arcade games too! We packed it as full as we could so look around and see what you can find!


We've been asked about the release of Boss 101 in different languages and the short answer is yes, we would love to release it in as many languages as requested. We're a small team so for the main release we are targeting English. From there we will be looking to translate to the most requested languages.

If you're interested in helping us or just want to put in a request for a specific language please contact us directly at ( with your request or info.

Mac and Linux

We are concentrating on the PC version for ship but we will look into Linux and Mac after our initial release. Like languages, we want to bring this to as many platforms as we can!

Suggestions and Comments

These are always welcome and we will do what we can to answer each one directly. Check out the forums here, the comment section or mail us directly! We would love to hear from you. (see below)

Questions are welcome in the comments section or contact us directly (

Thank you again for checking out our page!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 (2*1866) or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 GS (512 MB) or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
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