Proto Raider is a single screen auto-running puzzle platformer covered in ASCII beauty. Immerse yourself in this colorful and imaginative world. Ride waterfalls, fly into tornadoes, solve puzzles, and fight monsters to complete quests and collect your treasure!
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Very Positive (63 reviews) - 84% of the 63 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 28, 2015

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Proto Raider is a single screen auto-running puzzle platformer covered in ASCII beauty.

There's so much to do when exploring this colorful and imaginative world. Grab your scuba gear and go for a dive, chill out and ride some waterfalls, or maybe go sailing! Be careful though, as with all wondrous actions come with consequences. You just might drown, get poisoned, burnt to ashes, or turn into stone!

In order to complete quests and collect treasures, you'll need agility, weapons, and special items that give you various superpowers. Most of all, you'll need courage my friend. Fearsome monsters and bosses lurk in this world... and YOU will have to defeat them, grab the key, and go!


System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
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Very Positive (63 reviews)
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Kuro fukushū no tenshi
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I like this game, but why DO i down-vote it? It gives a heavy reason why: Random Events in a Auto-Runner Game.

Watch this:
https://youtu.be/SLsq9eR8uKw

(also Sorry about that i didnt record it fullscreen but that should do it)
I didnt count how often i died coz only of the random Lava drop here in this Stage. It is really a lovely made game, i like the music and the style of it BUT such things ruins the fun.

AND i must be honest:
I made this video coz i already hang in this level good 15 minutes. So you could guess how much "FUN" i had. Im glad i finished it finally but there was already such Levels before this one AND i bet such events keep going on and on - and those ruin the gameplay in such games wile you cant avoid it - and its not even your fault. If they had a counter, like every 3 seconds (as sample), you can actually blame yourself but the Lava (and other stuff in other Stages before already) have no counter. they keep coming randomly and you cant count for them.

So it is a fun game and i really love the music and style but that should be changed, really

(People still can buy and try to enjoy it of course. I try at least to finish it coz how i said, it makes somehow somekind of fun but still, that events really are "Missplaced" in a game like this)

Small edit:
I finished the game with all Chests and every Level so far - which means 100% beaten. It made a lot fun but the random stuff still keep doing sometimes...
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Sans
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I saw this game, and i bought it while it was on sale, and you should do the same! Awesome concept and music!
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KirkWS
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
So, I love the style of this game. The art is solid. The concept is cool. The gameplay is meh, very meh. The one button is jump and you move forward until you hit arrows to bounce you back. One level had random falling boxes, which really sucks in a platform game with no dodge or stop function. I got through it, but that level alone is reason enough for me not to recommend this game. The ideas here are solid, the gameplay less so.
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Mushclone298
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
This one was interesting. The visuals were vastly different from basically any game on Steam and I generally liked the look. It was a “one-button platformer” sort. Most of the levels were fun and I was able to get through them without much difficulty, but then there were others that relied solely on luck to get through. Those were awful. It was enjoyable overall, but the end felt like it came out of nowhere (and probably should've come soon).
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SabreCat
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Proto Raider's title screen proclaims it a "Hardcore Arcade Quest," but it's far more like an "Action Puzzle Platformer." You'll need decent reflexes to clear some of the monster-fighting levels, yes. For 90% of the game, though, it's more about figuring out and executing the optimal path through each one-screen level to collect all the treasure and escape.

The peculiar rules of the game's physics take some getting used to. You can't control how high or far you jump except by timing it so you collide with an obstacle. The jumps themselves use a strange arc that loses all momentum at its peak, dropping you straight down. And though the game's animation moves pixel by pixel, jumps only launch when your character is lined up on a column of the ASCII-styled text grid, leading to a delay in response to your button presses. It's not unfair, exactly, but it requires unlearning old assumptions.

The closing credits promise more levels in later updates, but what we have here is already an optimal length. My recorded time is what it took to 100% the game, collecting all but red-herring chests. It's perfect for its style, giving you time to learn and master the mechanics while retaining a sense of discovery with the surprises each new level introduces. A worthy purchase at full price or otherwise!
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4NG3R
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Different concept based on ASCII art....simple puzzles :)
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medicineisgone
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
pre-basic ascii mario simulator.

no cards ✓

no fun ✓
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agkforever
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
The game is really enjoyable, its looks like old school games but in touch of new generation games
The sound track are really awesome
(I complete all 64 levels with all chests, I play the game in offline mode that's why its only 0.4H at record)
and waiting for the next update

i really recommend this game
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Pancakes
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
!!!Recommended with a warning!!!

This is one of those games that are in the middle for me. On one hand it's a neat little game with a look that fits it well. On the other hand RNG in the form of obstacles can make everything a real pain. Objects will still move when you are waiting at the start so most of the time it's just about finding the best time to actually start. I would like to note that these RNG obstacles are not in every level but you will have to complete them to progress. That said I feel I can recommend this game but only with the RNG warning. So if you are the type of person who likes puzzle-platformers and can look past the RNG issue then you might like this game. If RNG makes you get mad quickly then this game is not for you.
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Yoodiv - Terraria @ edf.noip.me
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
It's okay for a little bit of a diversion, but I wouldn't get it unless it's dirt cheap. Luck based in terms of poison darts, falling objects, and horrible control when it comes to the waterfalls.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
This one was interesting. The visuals were vastly different from basically any game on Steam and I generally liked the look. It was a “one-button platformer” sort. Most of the levels were fun and I was able to get through them without much difficulty, but then there were others that relied solely on luck to get through. Those were awful. It was enjoyable overall, but the end felt like it came out of nowhere (and probably should've come soon).
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2015
Proto Raider is for the most part a puzzle game, where your only input is the ability to jump. Your character that I'll name Bob for this review, will never stop running and will recklessly run into any of the numerous hazards you will encounter without a second thought. You can't tell him to slow down or change directions either, so what looks like a simple task for any platformer will be a massive undertaking here. Your goals for each level will be to collect the key and exit through the locked door. It is never as simple as that though as they will quickly start introducing elements like quick sand, fire and poison to name a few of the deadly things you will be encountering. As you might imagine things quickly get complex, but Proto Raider is forgiving in a way since there is no timer to speak of and there is no life system, allowing you to try as many times as you desire without consequence.

Before starting the game you should head into the options menu where you can change how fast the gameplay is, invert colors or change it into monochrome. You can chose to have the ASCII art to be either pixelated, bold or normal. There are a surprising amount of options for a game of this type and all that is really missing is the option to rebind the keys. Yes, you only press one button to play this game but the restart level button will also be used plenty. Getting back into the game itself, there are three treasure chests scattered across the level that may appear optional but are pretty important as you will soon run across a dead end until you collect a certain amount. Getting these makes the game a lot more challenging since getting the key and heading toward the exit is usually a simple task, but you are likely going to have to replay the mission again to collect those chests anyways.

The amount of variety between levels is pretty huge. Seems like every other level has a new feature introduced like a pickaxe to mine, scuba gear to swim or a pick-up that reverses gravity. There is a lot of thinking here and it does get frustrating at times as you see Bob run the wrong direction, straight to his doom, but I never felt it was the anythings fault other than my own. It does have a few annoying bits like having to mine 100% of an area to progress, miss even one pixel and you will have to restart. There are two levels like this in the overall 64 levels this game has to offer, so it is not a major issue. These levels are separated into three themed areas, them being water, dessert and jungle. At the end of each area you will face a boss that you must defeat with a weapon like a sword or a crossbow. Bosses usually die in about 5 hits but careful as their bodies may be hazardous after death. The blood effects are also quite cool to look at as it splatters all over the objects and drips down. It doesn't look violent since it's just the letter “p” in red floating down but it may be something that interests you if you are purchasing for a child.

Bosses go in a set pattern and don't react at all since they have no AI. They seem to attack randomly though so some reflexes are required. Other than bosses there are no other creatures you will be able to kill, the game is mostly based on avoiding obstacles and figuring out the optimal route for escape. In case you were wondering if there is a story, well kind of. You start off looking for treasure and then find the love of your life in some deep, unexplored jungle and must impress her by collecting tons of wedding rings around the stage, leading me to believe that she may in fact be Sonic the Hedgehog in disguise. Anyways, this is a gameplay above all else type of game and it's story offers very little. Graphics are purely ASCII art and there will never be a background. The artstyle works very well, is easy to run and stays at a smooth frame rate of 100fps. Music has a pretty soothing tone to it and fits the game rather well. There are not many tracks but the soundtrack never became a nuisance. Hanging around the main menu without pressing anything will trigger the credits screen, which seems fine but you can not exit the screen without forcing the game to shut down. Whether that is a glitch or intentional it is a pretty big problem.

It is quite amazing how much they managed to do with the game considering all you do is jump. From sailing across a breeze of wind, to throwing axes at monsters and even mining with one button press works pretty well. The amount of ideas they have from start to end ensure that the game doesn't get stale with it's very simple concept and control scheme. And to top it off the devs plan to add even more levels later on. Proto Raider most likely won't appeal to anyone but puzzle fans. This game does require some precise platforming at times but it most likely won't appeal to platformer fans due to lack of any control besides jumping. Having said that, Proto Raider is a really good puzzle game that requires both brains and reflexes. Looking at the screenshots of the game you may think it is a simple fan project with little content, but you'd be mistaken. This is a fully fledged game with plenty of bang for the buck. Highly recommended to those looking for a forgiving yet difficult puzzle game.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2015
It's certainly not a bad game, and the graphics are not without their charm, but ultimately it's nothing new. Sort of like a less music based, more RNG, simpler, even more retro aesthetic bit trip runner (sans scrolling screen of course).

THAT SAID: at its current price it's more than worth it. Even if you only get a few minutes of fun out of it the price is low enough to justify the novelty of the game alone.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
Proto Raider is 'one click' inspired Indie title that sounds so basic yet offers so much fun

Gameplay
Proto Raider is basically a puzzle inspired game, that takes away most of the complication of many other games just giving you one input to instruct your game character to jump.
The basic premise on each level is to collect as many chests as possible, pick up the key and exit the level. The game will automatically make your character run in a specified direction and you must use your mind to read the task ahead and decide when is the best time to instruct the character to jump. It sounds rather basic explained in this sense but it is a lot more in-depth experience than that.


Graphics/Music
The graphics are classic ASCII 8 bit inspired lines and dots, to me personally, I find this rather appealing and applaud any game that uses this style. There was plenty of options available in the options screen to ensure you can have as much ASCII graphical pleasure as your inner retro monster desires.
The music is nice and has a sort of chillout classic 8bit sound to it, I found from replaying levels and listening to it for a few times it never really grated on me.

Pros/Cons

Pros
+ Graphics are very retro ASCII style.
+ It has the most simple premise of any game but is still so challenging.
+ A lot of levels keeping you busy for some time.

Cons
- Some puzzles can be over frustrating.
- Certain boss fights can appear impossible first time round

Final/Personal Thoughts
I personally received Proto Raider in a bundle and was unsure what to really expect. I was very happy when I played the game to discover it was a rather simple yet satisfying puzzle game and I was surprised how the developed the game to offer so much on a simple premise.
If this is in the sale definitely give this one a shot, it's a good casual time waster if nothing else.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2015
For what it's worth, it's a pretty fun retro-themed game. The controls are pretty tight, the puzzle platforming gets just challenging enough to stave off boredom, and the ascii look is as good or better than most games of its type. Surprising depth involved in the design, too. I love the music most of all. Reminds me a lot of instrumental songs from Air/Lemonjelly/Zero7. And for the price, you really can't complain much.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
I like it! The ACSII-Artstyle is interesting and the controls easy.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Bought this on a whim while it was on sale for less than a dollar, very happy that I did so and would even have enjoyed it at full price.

It's a simple little puzzle game where the only input you have is when your character jumps, but they manage to take this concept and use it to create all sorts of brain teasers that'll have you scratching your head for a while. On top of this, the ASCII-style of the game is surprisingly gorgeous, and the music that plays throughout is quite relaxing and beautiful.

It's not perfect though; the traps you encounter often do not appear to be programmed with set patterns, which sometimes results in unavoidable deaths thanks to sheer bad luck. It's not a dealbreaker by any means, but it can be a bit frustrating to die several times through no fault of your own.

That being said, this is a really enjoyable little gem that I'd absolutely recommend to anyone as a fun way to kill an afternoon.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
This puzzle platformer has simple gameplay - just a button to jump. Fun, yet relaxing, and a great soundtrack.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
!!!Recommended with a warning!!!

This is one of those games that are in the middle for me. On one hand it's a neat little game with a look that fits it well. On the other hand RNG in the form of obstacles can make everything a real pain. Objects will still move when you are waiting at the start so most of the time it's just about finding the best time to actually start. I would like to note that these RNG obstacles are not in every level but you will have to complete them to progress. That said I feel I can recommend this game but only with the RNG warning. So if you are the type of person who likes puzzle-platformers and can look past the RNG issue then you might like this game. If RNG makes you get mad quickly then this game is not for you.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
The game is really enjoyable, its looks like old school games but in touch of new generation games
The sound track are really awesome
(I complete all 64 levels with all chests, I play the game in offline mode that's why its only 0.4H at record)
and waiting for the next update

i really recommend this game
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