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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August 18

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

Hey hunters,

Today is our 1-year Anniversary!

Have a trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwcJfie3uAI

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: www.relichunters.com.br/legend

(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
http://www.relichunters.com.br/forums/discussion/157/scar-the-bounty-hunter-new-character-idea-update/p1
* New hunter: Sheriff Goku by ThoBeo
http://www.relichunters.com.br/forums/discussion/198/sheriff-goku-here-come-the-law-new-hunter-mod/p1
* New hunter: Lizzy the Lazy Sniper by Sempiternelee
http://www.relichunters.com.br/forums/discussion/199/lizzy-the-lazy-sniper-freezing-weapons-update-1#latest
* New hunter: Shovel Knight by RavenJuice
http://www.relichunters.com.br/forums/discussion/2165/shovel-knight-as-playable-character#latest
* New weapon: Carmelita's Shock Pistol by UncleHerman
http://www.relichunters.com.br/forums/discussion/2221/carmelita-s-shock-pistol-in-relic-hunters-zero#latest
* New weapons: Laser Gun and Dubstep Gun by Deng
http://www.relichunters.com.br/forums/discussion/129/laser-gun-and-dubstep-gun#latest
* New weapons: Chrome Commander and Emerald Lightning Pistols by DarkTailss
http://darktailss.deviantart.com/art/Relic-Hunter-Guns-562891218

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

*Features*
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;

*Gameplay*
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

*Fixes*
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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April 3

Update 13 - New Hunter: Red Officially Released

Hey hunters,

Today our new playable hunter, Red, is finally out of Beta state and officially released!

To unlock Red, you must break open 20 Kami Cages on Adventure or Endless modes. I hope you have a lot of fun with her!

I have also fixed a long-time annoyance for gamepad players: sometimes you start to aim down sights, and the camera locks into a certain direction, but them you want to turn to the other side while still aiming… and the camera stays there!

This is fine for mouse+keyboard, but could be improved for gamepads. Let me know if you like it right now!

And here’s our usual links:

www.relichunters.com.br

www.relichunters.com.br/forums

www.roguesnail.com

My twitter: http://twitter.com/markventurelli

Happy hunting!

Cheers,

~Mark

*Features*
Red officially added to the game;
Red can be unlocked by freeing Kamis from their cages 20 times;
3 new Steam Achievements: "Here Comes The Rider In Red", "Legendary Red" and "Freedom!";

*Gameplay*
Gamepad now adjusts camera every 45 degrees when you are aiming down sights;

*Fixes*
Fixed a bug where the Halloween theme song would play on the Spaceheart;

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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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🔯NYCSYDER🔯
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
JOCU I FAIN PLAY
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De Bill
24.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
This game is awsome i like it but please add to this game On-line/LAN multiplayer or something that.
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Lucifer's_Hand
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
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Sensei
7.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
This game is pretty stinkin' amazing.
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Keifrey
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
Really fun bullet hell and easy to get into, also free
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[GG]TheDankest
3.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
Fun game, better than BROFORCE, no offence to 'MERICA. However this game does frequently crash with 8GB RAM and 2GB VRAM. Fix.
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riverofgreen
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
I love this game, it is challenging, but still fun
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agentarffy
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
Great game. Crashes alo though.
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thorvald11
7.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
How is this game free? It has solid mechanics and should cost money
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Arjun
9.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Fun open source indie gem.

Fast, twitchy, reaction-based gameplay with a top-down view. Controls are tight on my QWERTY keyboard and mouse.

Cute aesthetic paired with a fitting chip-tune soundtrack is pretty charming.
Local co-op for up to 2 players as well as full gamepad support available.

Plus, it's an open source game. That means mods!
Help with modding and submissions made by other players can be found on the forums.
The download is barely 60 MBs. Give it a try if you're interested.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
It's like Nuclear Throne but not as frustrating. And it's free!

I like it a lot. The boss fight was pretty intense!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Relic Hunters Zero
its a fun dungeon crawler and its really easy to, i recommend it to you if you like easy dungeon crawlers!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Bullet hell and fast pace games are fun
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238 of 253 people (94%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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182 of 197 people (92%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
pros:
- free
- amazing artstyle
- addictive gameplay
- smooth controls

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

cons:
- none that I can think of
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110 of 133 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
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

EDIT:
Oh and it reminds me of Nuclear Throne
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85 of 97 people (88%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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55 of 58 people (95%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 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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84 of 105 people (80%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
I liked it so much, I forked the source and started contributing. I started working on a linux port.

My girlfriend isn't happy about this.

10/10
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80 of 99 people (81%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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