Relic Hunters Zero is a FREE game about shooting evil space ducks and evil space turtles with tiny cute guns. It’s fast, it’s tactical, and feels delicious and smooth to play. Unlock new weapons, characters and relics to defeat the Ducan Commander.
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Release Date: Aug 18, 2015

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October 16

Update 15 - Daily Challenges Rebalance, OSX Release

Hey hunters,

It’s good to work on the game again :) I just released my new game Star Vikings and, after a week off, I’m back to Zero updates!

This will be a small but important update, as I’m trying to find the right balance for the Daily runs. They’ve been hugely successful: after Update 14 we were back on over 1,000 daily players, and we’ve had an average of 150 participants on each Daily run.

But I feel they are taking too long, though - an average of 25 minutes, with high-scoring runs clocking over an hour. The sweet spot in my opinion is 10 minutes average with a long run being about 30 minutes. With this new goal in mind, I’ve made a few adjustments to the Dailies - they should get harder and more interesting faster.

Let me know how it went!

And no, I haven’t forgotten about the Community Pack :) Hang on tight, it’s coming! I don’t know how often I’ll get to work on Zero updates, because things have been hard financially for me this year - Star Vikings has sold almost nothing, and I’m struggling to keep myself in business for the next year. All my bets are on the new “Relic Hunters Legend” - let’s hope I can make a living off of that one!

Here’s our usual links:

My twitter:

Happy hunting!



Enemy projectiles that destroy player shields now deal 40% of the remaining damage to health;
Enemy projectile speed increased by 30% across the board;
"Wanted" enemy damage bonus increased from 20% to 30%;
"Steroids" now gives a maximum of 100 hp per stack;
"High Tech" now gives a maximum of 50 shields per stack;
Daily Run now spawns a new Challenge every level instead of every 2 levels;
"Light Focus", "Medium Focus" and "Heavy Focus" are now Rare challenges and no longer stack;
"Light Focus", "Medium Focus" and "Heavy Focus" bonus damage increased from 30% to 75%;
Cover HP increased by 50% across the board;
Punny now moves as fast as Pinkyy;

Fixed a bug where the wrong type of Challenge icon would show up on the HUD sometimes;

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August 18

Year 2: Sequel, Daily Runs, Community Pack, Massive Changes

Hey hunters,

Today is our 1-year Anniversary!

Have a trailer:

It’s been an amazing journey. Since August 18th, 2015, we’ve had 800,000 unique Hunters. We have updated the game 14 times and it more than doubled in size. You have created mods, fan art, and kept this community alive even if it’s a small free game with no big ambitions - until now, that is.

To celebrate this special little game’s birthday, we have prepared many special surprises.

The first one: we are announcing the sequel: “Relic Hunters Legend”. We have been secretly working on it since last year with the help of our new team member Abraão, and we will reveal more in the weeks to come. You can check out the info about the game and stay in the loop for future news here:

(Yes, it will have online multiplayer, calm down ^^)

Second surprise: a massive overhaul of Relic Hunters Zero. We are calling it “Year 2” now because so much has changed. You can see the full patch notes below, but the most important changes are a Daily Run mode, a big performance increase, and a redesign of Endless Mode with new features, enemies and balance.

Third surprise (ok, this one is not as much of a surprise): the Community Pack. We’ve been teasing the idea of taking some of the best mods you’ve created and curating them into a slick, “official” package. You seem to really like this idea! Unfortunately we previously had some technical issues related to video memory that made it unfeasible. Now it is not :-)

So we’re happy to announce our upcoming Community Pack #1! If your creation is not featured below, fear not - we will have more packs in the future. Also, if you are just getting into Relic Hunters modding, now is a great time to start - would love to see your work featured on Pack#2!

* New hunter: Scar the Bounty Hunter by ThoBeo
* New hunter: Sheriff Goku by ThoBeo
* New hunter: Lizzy the Lazy Sniper by Sempiternelee
* New hunter: Shovel Knight by RavenJuice
* New weapon: Carmelita's Shock Pistol by UncleHerman
* New weapons: Laser Gun and Dubstep Gun by Deng
* New weapons: Chrome Commander and Emerald Lightning Pistols by DarkTailss

We are getting in touch with the creators to get everything sorted out. If you are one of the creators above, please reply or contact us as soon as possible :)

Let’s have another great Relic Hunters year <3 We love you all!

~ Mark, Betu, Raff and Abraão
|The Relic Hunters Team|

Changelog - Update 14

New "Daily" run for Endless Mode with 6 Ranks (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master);
Major performance optimization: game should run MUCH smoother on systems with low video memory now;
Enemies now have a chance to drop ammo when defeated. Chance increases for equipped weapons' ammo types, and increases further when you are running low on ammo or empty;
Entropy System for Endless Mode: as bad/unlucky things happen during a run, the chance for good things to happen (dig spots, rare item drops, etc) increases;
New enemy: Kami Tank
Kami Elites (the flying ones) redesigned: they are smarter and shoot homing needles now, oh my :O
You can now play Local Co-Op without Friendly Fire (it is turned off by default);
Added a "Friendly Fire" option on the Gameplay Settings menu;
A small arrow now quickly points towards the dig spot when hunting for buried treasure;
Enemies now have a Health/Shield bar visible when they take damage;
Controller Vibration reworked and improved;

It is no longer possible to get the same Unique Challenge twice on the same run on Endless Mode (in case you remove it the first time);
Rare Challenges now expire automatically after a few levels (you can see the counter on the Pause Menu);
Prices to Hack both Rare and Common price are now the same;
Prices for Hacking Challenges have been reduced across the board;
All characters' accuracy increased by 50% across the board;
Enemy movement speed increased 20% across the board
Enemy Projectile speeds increased 25% across the board
Enemy projectile damage decreased 25% across the board
"Freeze on kill" time reduced by 50%;
Max Screen Shake reduced by 50%
Screen Shake Recovery is now 30% faster;
Base Shield Regen Start Time reduced from 5 seconds to 2.5 seconds;
Base Shield Regen Charge Speed reduced from 1.0 to 0.25;
"Infinity Battery" relic no longer speeds up Regen Start Time;
"Infinity Battery" relic now provides 400% faster Charge Speed;
Base move speed increased from 4.5 to 5.5
Base sprint speed increased from 6 to 7.5
Base move friction increased from 0.4 to 0.45
Pinkyy's move speed increased from 5 to 6
Pinkyy's sprint speed increased from 6.5 to 8
Pinkyy's aiming speed increased from 3 to 3.5
Red's move speed increased from 5 to 6
Red's sprint speed increased from 7.5 to 8.5
Red's aiming speed is still 4
Biu's move speed increased from 4 to 5
Biu's sprint speed increased from 6 to 7.5
Biu's aiming speed increased from 2.5 to 3
Pinkyy's Gloves' push power reduced from 25 to 20
Push Power reduced by 50% on all shotgun-class weapons
Minigun damage increased from 11 to 14
Relic Minigun damage increased from 16 to 19

Fixed a bug where controller aim assist would get stuck on explosive boxes or kami cages;
Fixed a bug where Overshield damage would not properly show on the player's mini-health-bar;
Low-performance detector now only automatically disables the "Persistent Objects" feature (not shadows or reflections);
Removed "Controller Sticky Aim" option on the Gameplay Settings menu (it is now always on);

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“You’ll be grateful that the developers chose to share their labor of love so unconditionally”
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About This Game

A 100% FREE shooter from the creators of Chroma Squad, Knights of Pen & Paper and Dungeonland

Relic Hunters Zero is a FREE game about shooting evil space ducks and evil space turtles with tiny cute guns. It’s fast, it’s tactical, and feels delicious and smooth to play. Unlock new weapons, characters and relics to defeat the Ducan Commander.

The game's source code is also freely available, so you can find or create your own mods very easily!

This is 100% a labor of love from two developers. If you have a suggestion for the game, let them know - if they don't do it, maybe the community itself will!

  • "Updated Forever" - open development lets anyone contribute to the game’s future;
  • Six playable characters;
  • Local Co-Op for up to 2 players;
  • Play with mouse and keyboard + Full Xbox360 gamepad support;
  • Amazing lo-fi soundtrack by Goto80;
  • 12-level "Adventure Mode" with unlockable items, characters and relics;
  • Challenging "Endless Mode" with unique mechanics and economy;

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0 compatible graphic card with dedicated memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Graphic cards with integrated memory such as Intel Graphics not supported
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.9 or newer
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0 compatible graphic card with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Graphic cards with integrated memory such as Intel Graphics not supported
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
It's a simple (but well done) top-down shooter. Supports both mouse/keyboard players as well as controller players. Has 2 player local multiplayer.

Why are you reading this review? It's free! Try it for yourself.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
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209 of 225 people (93%) found this review helpful
68 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
If somebody walked up to me and said "Hey! Free candy! Take some." I would immediately call the police or suspect some shenanigans are involved. More or less the same stands true for a free game. "Hey! Free Game! Take it!." This game is either going to poison my pc or do unspeakable things to my mind. Free games usually have some sort of connotation with poor quality or cheap budgets, which can make for very simple games. So you can imagine my surprise when I took my bite out of Relic Hunter Zero and was left not only unscathed, but with an incredibly fun game that was challenging and replayable.

Relic Hunter is an action top down shooter along the same lines of Nuclear Throne or Tango Fiesta. There are many games in this crowded genre, so Relic Hunter already had to set a high bar to set it apart and make it unique among the crowd. Relic Hunter accomplishes this with tactical dynamic combat, relics, and unlockables. To give a brief summary of the game, you are fighting the invading forces of Duke Ducan and his ducks, turtles, and other fowl creatures.(See what I did there?) Inside of this mysterious asteroid are relics that grant the owner incredible powers. To be honest, the story isn't all that important, but it's there. The important thing is that your ultimate goal is to take on the Ducan Commander, who is a big bad and will likely stomp on you the first time you encounter him. To gain an edge, you need to collect the relics.

Relics come in three pieces and are randomly found at the end of a level. The buffs range from extra health to unlimited bullets. Aside from the relics there are many guns to choose from and the old favorite, grenades. Combat in Relic Hunter is incredibly fun and rewarding if you play it smart. You have a dash in combat that lets you slide around like an action star, also an aim feature that enhances your damage for landing precise shots. Enemies get progressively tougher as you get into deeper zones. Coming armed with better weapons, shields, and even grenades that most of the time one shot you. As you play through Relic Hunter more and more, you begin to unlock more of the armaments to bring into combat from the beginning. So in a way this gives Relic Hunter a form of progression. You are likely to die before you even reach the Commander and when you do reach him, probably die as well.

Replayability is a key feature of the game. Now one could say that it is more reminiscent of a grind then actual replay value but I define grind as monotonous activity. I never got bored of Relic Hunters gun fights and levels. The level design may be repetitive but most of the time I was to focused on getting cooler guns and making head shots that I never really noticed that all that really changes is color and enemy type. On occasion between levels you are allowed to spend your currency on unlocking more guns and even buying relic pieces. So no matter what, even if you don't find relics at the end of levels, you are going to progress in some form.

The look of Relic Hunter is again a jaw dropping moment when you realize this game is free. The game honestly reminded me of higher quality titles. Yes, it's all pixel art, but each character, blast, and effect looked very well done. I laughed gleefully as enemies turned into a pile of bones as I put a bullet in between their eyes. I felt like an utter bad ♥♥♥ when I slide dashed right past an enemy group and unloaded on them from behind. Could it look better? Sure, but it gets the job done and is quite stylish, in my opinion.

Other areas of the game stand out as well, such as the music. The soundtrack for Relic Hunters is a fantastic blend of retro inspired music. It never got dull or grating on the ears and actually kinda kept me wanting to keep fighting faster. The sound effects match suit with satisfying explosions and the sound of bullets bouncing off my enemies shields.

So lets talk about extras. Relic Hunter already being a replay focused game, includes multiple characters to choose from. Each character has his/her weaknesses/strengths. This makes the games Co-op feature really interesting as two players have different strategies. I shouldn't fail to mention also that the games source code is completely open for all you modders out there. Giving this free to play game possibly intent updates depending on the community.

While I could go on about how much I enjoyed the game such as controller support, rebindable keys, Steam cards, and an upcoming Endless mode. I think you get the idea. Relic Hunters does plenty of things right in a crowded genre and I am honestly shocked that nothing is being charged for it. You could easily slap a five to ten dollar price tag on this game and it would completely worth it. One issue that I do have with the game is that it really doesn't bring anything new to genre. We've seen games like this before to be honest but for the price tag(Which is zero, don't forget) and quality, Relic Hunter is easily nearing the top for me and I highly recommend it! Oh and best part? No Microtransactions!
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181 of 196 people (92%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
- free
- amazing artstyle
- addictive gameplay
- smooth controls

what I wish to have in the future patch:
- online coop
- versus

- none that I can think of
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108 of 131 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
The Game Is GREAT!

I love the soundtrack
I love the gameplay
I love the weapons
I love the style
i currently dont see anything bad with it.

and my rating is: 10/10

Oh and it reminds me of Nuclear Throne
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71 of 81 people (88%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
Can run on my potato of a computer.
Only sixty megabytes.
Just can't find a single relic.
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49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
To unlock weapons, perks, or different characters, I had to play the game, not pay money.

Best game 2015
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75 of 94 people (80%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
This game is excellent and I can't understand how it's free.

It feels like a polished version of Nuclear Throne. The controls are tight and the music is chippy.

I need to put some more time into this game, but I like what I see so far.
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47 of 54 people (87%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2015
What is Relic Hunters Zero? Relic Hunters Zero is new FREE game made by "Rogue" Studio, game is about killing ducks and turtles in the space, Relic Hunters Zero is fast, tactical and very hard game so if you have weak heart DO NOT PLAY IT!

+ Open Source (You can mod game!)
+ Endless Mode (Soon)
+ Full game! (Not Early Access)
+ 100% FREE!!
+ Beatiful Art
+ Great Soundtrack/Music
+ 6 Hunters (Heros)
+ 12 levels! (4 Stages)
+ Final Boss
+ Achievements!
+ Trading Cards (Soon!)
+ Local Co-op!
+ Hard!

* Would love to see Online Co-op really ;(
* And More Characters/Weapons

- Is just like 4-5 hours playing :(
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
They should try and get online co-op to this game. I have friends who'd like to play this with me.
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5.8 hrs
Posted: October 23
i was playing and got red and the game froze because i died and now i dont have him and i can not get him back how do i fix this plz someone???
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9.8 hrs
Posted: October 23
good game but theres a game breaking glitch on the title screen so i cant play anymore :/
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1.0 hrs
Posted: October 23
Makes you wish there were constand updates and newer levels every now and then. i enjoyed playiing it so much iv played it in three accounts now LOl
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4.6 hrs
Posted: October 21
Can't believe this great game is completely free. Thanks!
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3.8 hrs
Posted: October 21
Shooting Aliens with a Keytar...

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14.4 hrs
Posted: October 19
Awesome, quick game! Works well with controllers too
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1.4 hrs
Posted: October 17
It's a quircky and fun game.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 17
Why is this free? No seriously, WHY??

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8.9 hrs
Posted: October 16
Awesome game that takes you back to the early days of gaming. Love it <3
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