This game is the answer to one of the most important questions in life: “I can haz lazer kitty?“ Yes you can!
User reviews:
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Very Positive (25 reviews) - 84% of the 25 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (99 reviews) - 87% of the 99 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.”
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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.

FEATURES:
* 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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 16 bit
    Recommended:
    • 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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Raimanojaku
( 6.1 hrs on record )
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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Jabbergeist
( 3.5 hrs on record )
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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Xenon
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Not much content, but it's a colorful and funny game to play while bored.
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Batman
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
It is very funny game and i loose so such stress when i play this game.. very addictive...
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greenw0lf™
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Do you want to shoot lasers from a cat?

Then this game is for you.

-10/10 would play every freaking time
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davidZEW
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
i like this game
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thecraftianman
( 23.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
there are too many memes for me here
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﴾Legend1995﴿
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Amazing game, had a great time playing it !
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malpiszon7
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Interesting shooter game. I like to play it from time to time.

Pros:
- a lot of powerups and secondary weapons
- humor is fine
- game is fairly quick

Cons:
- gets boring after about 30 minutes

This game is fine to launch from time to time and help Tscherno destroy evil aliens that dress up as superstars. No more decaffeinated coffee:)
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mattanalorenzo376
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
This game is epic and funny
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
This game is epic and funny
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Interesting shooter game. I like to play it from time to time.

Pros:
- a lot of powerups and secondary weapons
- humor is fine
- game is fairly quick

Cons:
- gets boring after about 30 minutes

This game is fine to launch from time to time and help Tscherno destroy evil aliens that dress up as superstars. No more decaffeinated coffee:)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Amazing game, had a great time playing it !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
there are too many memes for me here
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
i like this game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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8 of 11 people (73%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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