This game is the answer to one of the most important questions in life: “I can haz lazer kitty?“ Yes you can!
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Release Date: Jan 19, 2016

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“Shooting Stars! is [...] both an immensely fun and a strangely therapeutic experience; a great experience packed with action and satire in equal measure.”
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“This is the new American Dream! So much fun, best 5 bucks I ever spent on Steam.”

About This Game

Shooting Stars is a refreshing colorful and funny take on the classic arcade shoot'em up, bullet hell, shmup, space invader like, whatever you want to call it – but finally, with evil aliens disguised as superstars, cats and rainbow lazers. Superstars like Justin Belieber, PewDerPie, Kanye East, Han so low and many more.

Did you just say rainbow lazers? Yes! Rainbow freakin’ lazers!
Shooting Stars has over 50 stunning ultimate weapons and items to collect. Every item will completely change the way you play. Don’t be afraid to use attacks like Clone Warriors, Freedom Sheeps, a Ro-Cat launcher, the Disco of Doom and so much more. Every game you play will be completely different. And the best part is, pay once – play forever!

Save planet earth in various game modes. Challenge your friends with daily generated levels or go at it alone in the rogue like Card Hunt mode.
Shooting Stars is the complete package of quirky internet awesomeness and shoot‘em up retro feeling.

* over 20 “celebrity” bosses and 16 beautiful collectible cards
* challenge your friends in a global and daily highscore battle
* collect up to 50 amazing ultimate attacks and superfoods
* two different game modes
* weird and funny satire on pop culture
* every game will be totally different
* ride a freakin’ hoverboard
* Rainbow Unicorn Approved

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GS, AMD Radeon HD 4290 or newer
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Multi Core Processor with 2,5 GHz or more
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT, AMD Radeon HD 4550 or newer
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 16 bit
    • OS: 10.10
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 16 bit
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Full review here:

  • very funny for the first play-through
  • nice pixel graphic
  • nice music

  • very stereotypical after a while
  • it’s just a funnier clone of Space Invaders game
  • without meme phenomenon and trendy stars it would be only average

Score: 57/100

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Marty McFly returns from the future!!!

Eliminate humanity's future enemies galaga-style with McFly on a floating skateboard, with uber future powers and weapons gained from ingesting genetically-modified bacon, muffins, and other foods... all in a single-screen top-down shooter.

Fun, challenging, and very revealing....

Scarlet Johanson is a dude with a d-ck!

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
Had a fight with the techno viking!! :D this is great!
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29 of 44 people (66%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Take a laser-cat (what else) and shoot your way through different most popular character´s - more or less well known.
A retro shoot’em up indie gem as it´s best made in Austria. Vienna calling :)

Love it!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Review copy provided from developer. Note that my ability to enjoy a game is not influenced by how I recieved it.

Shooting Stars!
is a colourful* bullet-hell shoot 'em up centred around a hoverboard hipster and his ability to destroy.... Memes?

As Shooting Stars! certainly isn't the type of game that would warrant the need for an in-depth story/plot, the lack of one does not make me feel the need to talk about it. Therefore, I will skip this aspect as it does not prove to be a positive or a negative.

For those who are uncertain where to place their palms, Shooting Stars! offers three control options consisting of keyboard, controller and mouse. This was a convenient idea that proved to be, well, convenient.

After these controls have appeared to you, the real gameplay commences. The style of which this gameplay identifies to have is quite common in bullet-hell games; nothing new or innovative. Each enemy follows a particular pattern in a hoard filled with the same enemies. Even though there is a small variety of these enemies, their attack style is relatively similar and a lot of the time they do the same attack, just as a different enemy. By far the most enjoyable enemies to face were found in the boss battles. Each boss has a unique pattern and attack style. With 20 of them, they don't exactly get repetitive.

Powerups are dropped throughout your time playing, some of which are simple, ranging from laser enhancements to health upgrades. The others, however, cause total destruction and annihilation of your enemies. In other words: they are a variety special abilities that have a cool down on them, but when you do activate them they produce some very interesting attacks. Despite how satisfying it is to fire a giant rainbow laser beam, they can be quite a disruption to the gameplay. When you pick up these certain powerups, giant text is thrown across the screen blocking your vision. It gets much worse when you actually activate the abilities and you have no idea what is actually going on due to the giant flashing lasers worthy of causing an epileptic seizure. I'm looking at you Acid Rain.

After your seizure has passed you will find yourself in the situation of having just completed the 6th level (the anticlimactic ending) and getting instructions on how the levels will get harder from here, etc. I believe that the levels then go into an endless mode but I am unsure as, well, the levels get harder from there.

As far as SHMUPs go, this game's gameplay certainly doesn't stand out. But is it enjoyable? Yes, I would say so.

Visually, this game is quite colourful and vibrant as I am sure you would have gathered from the screenshots. The pixel art looks nice, so overall: visually pleasing.

The music is another aspect that was pleasing. It's something simple to listen to as you go about shooting up some celebrities. Regarding sounds, pretty standard.

Now, we have finally reached talking about the strongest selling point for this game: memes. Unfortunately, this is by far the weakest point of the game. You see, memes are easy to make people laugh. Not genuinely laugh, they only laugh because they have been told they should laugh because it's a meme-reference to pop culture. As PewDerPie pops up on the screen, you're meant to let out a giggle because it's actually PewDiePie. See how it's funny? Yeah, me neither. The way you have to sit through reading what the celebrities say as you wait to go to the next level is also quite annoying. It's just an annoyance and distraction from the gameplay. I think all I really need to say is that the comedy aspect of the game falls flat, and not on a soft surface**.


✔ 3 ways to control the game
✔ Great bosses
✔ Interesting powerups
✔ Relatively enjoyable gameplay
✔ Visually pleasing
✔ Good music

✘ Uninteresting enemies
✘ Nothing innovative
✘ Picking up and using powerups blocks your vision
✘ Comedy aspect fails

Shooting Stars! is a relatively enjoyable yet surprisingly mediocre entry into a large collection of SHMUPs. It doesn't have anything that stands out (apart from the meme aspect which falls flat) but this is not enough to make it a bad game. I recommend this game to people heavily interested in the genre, otherwise catch it on sale.


* Yes, my lack of conforming to atrocious American spelling is indeed an act of rebellion.
** I'm talking about concrete, or some painful ♥♥♥♥ like that.

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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Lol, Space Invaders is back. Crazy and nuts. Flashy and Shiny. And catty. Brings back those memories from the 80ies, Great casual game! Thanks for the opportunity to get back to highscore hunting!
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Shooting Stars is colorful, but repetitive and a bit of a bore. It's insultingly easy until almost half an hour into a run; even then, every boss save every fifth has only one attack - almost all of which are defeated by doing circles around them to redirect the fire. Every fifth boss is Chuck Norris, who has three attacks and two life bars just in case being guaranteeed to see him every five minutes wasn't enough. The best source of variety is in the game's secondary attacks; while a five second cooldown is probably too generous, the number of different weapons one can pick up and try might keep you awake.

It's also physically painful to know that some people consider the humor(?) this game delivers to be amusing. If this isn't a dealbreaker, the game itself still isn't really worth buying at full price. If you're curious (and unwilling to buy a better shooter instead), wait for it to be heavily discounted to included in a bundle.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
There's not much to say about it. If you like pixalated scroll shooters, this is your choice.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
A Shoot Em Up with alot of pop culture References

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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
A cautious recommendation on this one. A colourful game with good shoot em up style but I believe the games main focus, the comedy, is where it really falls down on.

Let's start with the gameplay. Shooting stars is a rather standard SHMUP as it goes. You control a character with your mouse, and can only shoot up using the left click. Enemies have standard bullet hell style patterns. Nothing out of the ordinary exists here in the simple mechanics of the game.

Power ups also exist in shooting stars. You have the simple ones, usually food of some kind, that upgrade your laser ability. They add extra beams, missiles or stronger beams and more. You can get health and armour upgrades. These are all nice but once again nothing much out of the ordinary yet. The real pleasure comes from the ultimate ability. Pressing right click on your mouse will activate this. You don't start with any but find them in powerup boxes throughout levels, There are tonnes of different abilities you can get and each are very satisfying to use.

Enemy design is a mixed bag. Some are way too simple in terms of their bullet patterns or assemblisation of enemies. It would be ok if there were just a few of these simple enemies but too many exist which can make it boring at times. There are few other more creative enemies that have unique patterns but not enough I feel. Most are just reskins using exactly the same bullet patterns which can make gameplay feel stale quickly.

The real effort has been put into the design of the bosses. These have very creative attacks and bullet patterns associated with them. Bosses are very satisfying to fight. Each are unique and I found none that were reskins. They become very difficult to fight while avoiding all the fury of bullets your presented with.

The biggest issue I found with gameplay is that i'm not positive if theres an actual end to the game. There are 5 levels in each gameplay session which each exist with there own boss. Once I completed the final boss on the 5th level I expected there to be a big ending. Instead I was presented with continued gameplay that just increased in difficulty. Needless to say I was very disappointed after all the effort I put in. So i'm not positive if an actual end exists or if it just continues increasing in difficulty.

Another small issue I found was with certain effects obscuring gameplay vision. Some powerups had overly large areas of attack that when used would leave the almost the entirety of the gameplay area not visible. Also after certain achievements in kills you would get a large message on the screen titled "rampage" which also obscured the area for a few seconds. These effects often caused me to loose health due to being unable to see enemies or bullets. This was a minor annoyance but could definitely do with being changed.

Now that i've got all the gameplay aspects out the way i'll move onto to the comedy aspect. The way in which the developers chose to do comedy is through the bosses. Each boss of a level is a famous celebrity/ video game character. There are people such as Miley Cyrus, Gabe Newell, Chuck Norris, Daft Punk and tonnes more. They speak quotes before each level. This is the part that's meant to be funny. The issue I have is that the references are often so obscure that I don't actually find it funny. In very few of the bosses did I actually get a little giggle out of it.

The only other comedy aspects present was sometimes through pickups. These were sometimes references to internet memes. They had short quotes on them which were also meant to be funny. These two things were the only comedy aspects present. Usually the fact that a game isn't really funny wouldn't be a problem for me. But the problem I have with this game is that the steam page seems to show the game being very focused on being funny. I just found the comedy to be way too obscure and mostly just immature and unfunny.

The graphics themselves is something I found particularly satisfying. An intriging pixel design with colour thrown about everywhere. Seriously this game is one of the most colourful I have seen. It's the first thing that caught my attention towards this game. But I know it's standard of the SHMUP genre usually but a minor annoyance is the fact of the bars either side instead of being a full screen game. Although it is also clear from some other aspects that this game is a mobile port. A wonderful soundtrack is also present to go along great with the graphic choice. A nice selection of dance/ techno tracks to make fighting enemies particularly satisfying.

Overall shooting stars is a rather standard SHMUP for the most part. It's definitely not a bad game, but it really doesn't do much to build upon the already well established genre. The developers attempts at comedy didn't go down well with me but it may appeal more to other audiences. I'm also not sure on the amount of replayability. I've played 1 hour and feel like i've played enough of it now. As I said it's a very cautious recommendation but it's probably worth a try if your a big fan of shoot em up games.

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3.9 hrs
Posted: September 11
the only shoot em up ill recommend cause its color full and quite addicting and challeging
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1.6 hrs
Posted: September 3
Internet Meme - The game. 10/10 (No srs, its a great Shooter but you should at least have some knowledge whats going on here, a lot references, like a LOT lot LOT lot...)
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1.5 hrs
Posted: July 18
A nice little time-waster.

Yes, some of the humor is cheesy and it gets repetitive soon, yet I often find myself going back for a few mins of fun with this simple shooter with bad memes. Perhaps it's the powerups that I still haven't unlocked and I'm curious. Perhaps it's just nice to figuratively pound `Justin Belieber` in the face.

Would have preferred to give a sideways-thumb if Steam had one, but I got this game on sale can recommend it to shmup fans if they get it at a discount.
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3.1 hrs
Posted: July 14
Disco of Doom
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6.3 hrs
Posted: June 26
Very cool casual vertical scroller with lovely pixel art, nice sense of humour and lots of references to modern pop culture :)
First things first, if you're a fan of pixels and chiptunes and if you also don't mind that this is an 'endless' game (meaning the game is just becoming more and more difficult every time you defeat the main villain) you probably won't be disappointed. Escpecially since it is so affordable (paid only 2 bucks during summer sale). Yes, Shooting Stars is quite repetitive. The 1st playthrough only takes a couple of minutes so I understand if there are people who are annoyed by this fact. BUT if you like grinding for points and climbing your way up the leaderboards you will be rewarded with neat powerups and a decent challenge, too. Btw, the soundtrack is really cool, if you ask me... Anyway, I really enjoy this game and appreciate its style!
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5.1 hrs
Posted: June 25
This game is the answer to one of the most important questions in life: If you slather a mediocre shmup in internet meme aesthetics and shallow, dated pop culture references, will it sell more copies?

Gameplay is essentially classic space invader-style shmup fare, clearing waves of enemies between boss fights. You've got 3 hearts, which you can restore with pickups. You can also get temporary extra hitpoints with armor pickups.
Your right-click attack can be switched out by collecting another type of item. Most of these attacks don't seem very powerful to me, but at least they recharge pretty quickly.
The last type of pickup is "superfood", which are randomly-dropping passive upgrades that you keep until you die, like items in some types of roguelike games. (I like this mechanic, to be honest. I've never seen it in a shmup before, so points for that.)
Bosses sometimes drop 'cards' also, but there doesn't appear to be a point to them other than filling up the collection screen on the main menu.

All the bosses are randomly selected celebrities or internet personalities, usually with some letters switched around to make things legal. Each one you encounter will babble some nonsense in broken english that may at one point have been intended to be funny(?), send out a few waves of enemies, then attack by running around the screen and shooting his or her unique bullet pattern at you. Some are way harder than others, with bullet patterns that are so constant that they are near impossible to get in front of and shoot. This is further exacerbated by the tendency of bosses to get in really close to the bottom of the screen, where the player usually is.
There's apparently a story of some kind involving aliens and kidnapped celebrities, but it's not explained to you at all other than in some vague dialogue with "Nuck Chorris", who appears as every sixth boss fight. He's the only one with multiple attacks. Every time you beat him in a single game, the enemies get stronger.

Controls are alright- they'd be difficult to mess up in a game like this. Mouse controls don't allow you to move around without holding down the shoot button for some reason, though. That peeved me.

It occurs to me at this point that I haven't decided on my rating for this. I'm not sure if it's bad enough to get a straight thumbs down, but I really can't muster any positive feelings for it. So:

Shooting Stars isn't abysmal on the gameplay front, but does have flaws. Plus, its aesthetic is tiresome and its 'humor' falls flatter than a pancake. I don't recommend buying it.
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Hugh Mungus
0.5 hrs
Posted: June 23
Not much content, but it's a colorful and funny game to play while bored.
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