ShipLord is a space avoid-er mixed with interesting boss fights and breathtaking visuals, with a reward system to take your skill to another lvl.
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Mixed (15 reviews) - 66% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (163 reviews) - 62% of the 163 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 2, 2015

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May 6

Minor update

Mouse movement should work properly now.
Fixed random game crash on Linux OS.

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May 4

Mouse support

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About This Game



ShipLord is a survival game based on an asteroid dodging mechanics and energy collection, combined with interactive boss fights. The main goal of the game is to survive a specific period of time, collect as much energy as possible, so you can progress further into the vast and fully unique space.



LEVELS

  • unique boss fights with different difficulty levels and advance mechanics
  • complete different asteroid levels to unlock new boss levels

REWARDS

  • medal based system that awards you with upgrades, medal system ranges from wood to diamond
  • completing a game on harder difficulty level rewards you with more upgrade points and rewards

ABILITIES

  • player can use 3 different abilities, shield, energy tractor and force field to help him in critical situation

UPGRADES

  • there is over 100 available upgrade points, which you can use to upgrade:
    • decrease shield cool down time
    • increase shield duration time
    • decrease force field cool down time
    • increase force field duration time
    • decrease energy spawn time
    • decrease energy collection time

UNLOCKABLES

  • you can unlock levels, boss fights, ships and upgrades

GUI - OPTIONS AND CONTROLS

  • advanced GUI with customizable preferences which include controls, graphics and audio

GRAPHICS

  • amazing space graphics
  • high resolution planets
  • over 100 different asteroid models with different textures

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel dual core 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel dual core 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10.3
    • Processor: Intel dual core 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB or higher
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10.4
    • Processor: Intel dual core 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB or higher
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04.05 LTS (Precise Pangolin)
    • Processor: Intel dual core 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB or higher
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.03 (Trusty Tahr)
    • Processor: Intel dual core 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB or higher
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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TimeTorn
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
This is not a space -Shooter- this is a space -Avoider-.

Pretty lame when all you're doing is collecting the blinking lights, avoiding obstacles, and running down the timer.
That being said.. It does clearly state that this game is a space -Avoider-. Honestly this is my first time encountering such a game, so I'm not sure how to rate it as far as gameplay. I personally found it to be very boring, wasn't all that motivated to play through level 1, much less level 2. Maybe it gets better further in, but I can't be bothered to play it that long just to find out. Maybe the developers should make a flashier level 1. Introduce the game in all of it's glory with all upgrades active temporarily, player thrown into the action, badass enemies throwing all sorts of bullets, but make it easy enough so that anyone can pick it up and run through the first level no problems.

Voice acting was bad.. Graphics weren't all that either. It looks like something made by an indie game company in the 90s.

What really motivated me to uninstall this one was the menu when you go to close out the game.

"Do you really wanna quit the game?"

I guess the developers couldn't be bothered to use proper enlish.
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cykholajosd
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
A game where you have to avoid asteroid and get collectibles for upgrade your own ship or unlock others. Include 15 + 3 extra levels that will test your reflexes level after level, making you get nervius after dying again and again. It also will qualify your score every level with ranks from Wood to diamond.

Controls

There is a section where you can change all the controls as you desire.
Same for the steam controller.

Graphics

A worked game with good graphics, have his own settings for change the music/effects audio, also the screen resolution and the graphic quality.

PROS:
Some voices
You can skip the intro



NEGS:
A little bit low intro
It can be repetitive
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Romi
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
I played it for a while, got bored very quickly, the game is not ugly either, the gameplay is quite bad, by playing the game you can get steam trading cards and steam achivements but it's not worth the money.
And the system req. are wrong, my gpu supports directx 10 and lower and I can play on max graphics.
It does not require directx 11.
I would not say it require directx 10 either, have you seen how it looks?
Well I will recommend because at least you can get something good out of it, but still, not worth the money.
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vb42
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
awsome game >.<
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vitalijzukov31
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
low price + trading cards
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Iggy
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
I wouldn't bother about buying this game becasue it always goes free at heaps of websites. The trading cards are pretty good they give a pretty good amount of money. So I recommend this games only for the trading cards but I don't recommend buying it, instead just go get a free key from a trusted website. If you have any questions just ask me!
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Kingslayer
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
well is just 0.99 $ its worth
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AshCrazii
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
love this
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Phoenixia
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
nice game
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
32 of 41 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
"Dodge, dodge, dodge. Shield. Forcefield. Damn that f..king forcefield isn't recharged"

It's a violentless roguelike quick-reactions 2D sidescroller quasar collector asteroids avoid game. That means you fly in space but don't have any shooting abilities. Your only 3 (defense) weapons are a ship protecting shield, a pushback forcefield (damn it needs about 3 secs to loadup) and a magnetic-like quasar autocollector. The aim is to collect about 110 quasars (diamond finish) in each of the 15 levels and beat the 3 challenging bosses in a chooseable difficulty. It's highly recommended to use a controller for that. The challenge rises during the level process. So it turnsout the game forces you to strategical thinking like "When do I activate the shield?" If every power ability coolsdown after very long 25 secs you cannot reuse it in the meanwhile. But you can improve your values in the upgrade screen after each round. Payed with in-game gained levelpoints (max 6). The background graphics look very fine. But the gameplay can be quite repetive if you must try over and over again the challenging levels and collect all of the needed quasars. Escpecially challenging are bossfights which are like a bullethell or dodging around sucking-in blackholes.
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
At first glance, this game was not something I liked or cared for in any general sense. Being an on the rails shooter bullet hell type game without weapons, you can imagine it became incredibly frustrating, very quickly. That frustration amounted to full blown hatred of the game, the 120 second timer, the lack of weapons and only 3 special abilities... but... after about 3 hours of game time, I realized that although I wanted to smash my head against the wall, I was actually enjoying trying to get 100 Quasars on each level (the white orbs you collect to win the level.... you need 100 on each level to fight the bosses). Sometimes the game seems impossibly unfair and about as challenging as walking to the moon on glass shards but when you finally succeed, you feel like you truly accomplished something that not every gamer would be able to do. At this point, I've beaten the first nine levels and I'm on the second boss and I think I've met my match but considering I at first despised this game and now I've come to respect it, I'd say it's worth the money.
Pros:
-Hard, omg it's so hard
-Pretty nice graphics
-Winning feels like ejaculation. It's just wonderful.
-Easy to learn, with abilities that can save your ♥♥♥... a lot.
-Lots of unlockables
-Later levels become insanely fast

Cons:
-Oh my flying spaghetti monster, this game is so ♥♥♥♥ing hard!
-No weapons (you're meant to survive without getting hit, even in boss fights)
-120 second timer. That doesn't sound very long but when you've got about 5000 rocks about to smash into you, it is.
-It'd be nice if there was an "easy, normal or hard option" because this game defaults to ♥♥♥♥ING INSANE
-I know the story isn't a huge focus and from a fiction stand point is fine but scientifically it's like what? No more suns in the whole galaxy? Coooooome ooooon.

Final Verdict: If you like to rip the veins out of your arms one by one using a Toothpick then this game is for you. Bullet Hell types will find a lot of enjoyment here, especially out of the boss fights which really add in variety to the base gameplay. And if you're going to buy this game, don't judge it based on the first couple of playthroughs, get all the abilities and play to the first boss and then judge it. Recommended for the masochists out there.

Gameplay Footage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65QaMgjknVQ
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I found this game in my library must have came with some bundle, had achievements so I was just finishing them.

It's not that bad, you simply collect quasars that randomly spawn on screen, and avoid asteroids that come from one side of the screen to another and it has modern graphics.

Its easy to just finish the game but it can be challenging if you want to go for full achievements, you can upgrade your ship to make things easier.

Now I don't recommend to buy this game for its price tag because I didn't enjoy it that much, there is no interesting story the levels are quite repetitive and they can be unnecessary very hard but if you had it through a bundle or for like a 90% discount and most importantly you already like this 'avoid-er' type of game then give it a go it's not as bad as the reviews claim it is.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
I'm writing this as I'm 2 hours into the game, I'll change my review if developers make some larger changes.

Story: 7/10
You are a tiny crew on a spaceship and you have to collect quasar, the only known energy source in the universe, but there is a strong militaristic alien species, Kryp, that wants to collect all the quasar, so you have fight against them. Story is simple, but interesting.


Graphics: 7/10
This is a 2D game, so there isn't much to talk about, effects are nicely done and backgrounds are pretty. I didn't notice any weird designs or graphic glitches. I have an AMD Phenom II X4 3.4 GHz and Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti, and game is working on 60fps without frame drops.

Gameplay: 6/10
Gameplay is fast-paced and kinda hard, you have to collect quasar while avoiding meteors and enemies. Controls are simple, you move with arrow keys and you use shield with Q, slow time with W and use gravity with E. You can upgrade those powers in the upgrades menu, upgrades are nicely balanced so you are not OP. There are 3 bonus levels that you unlock as you progress in the game. The thing that bothered me is that ship feels dull and unresponsive so it's hard to steer it and avoid meteors and stuff, it would be easier if this game had a Xbox 360 controller support. And when you start the level, there is an intro and game suddenly starts after the intro, I think that it would be better to have something like a 3 second countdown before the game starts because it's a really fast-paced and all sort of things start happening suddenly.

Sound: 7/10
Sound effects are nicely done, voice acting is really good for an indie game and soundtrack is ok, nothing special, but it fits the game nicely.

Enjoyment: 7/10
I personally enjoed this game, it's hard, it's fast-paced so something is always happening, but it gets repetative after some time, but I got back to it after a break.



Final score: 6.8/10
I don't like games like this, but I like this one, it has some things that can be improved, so I hope that developers will get to it and make this game even better. I recommend this game if you like stuff like Space Invaders, Ballpoint Universe and Really Big Sky.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
If you like old arcade space games you will like this game.You cannot shoot and have 120 seconds to collect as much white orbs as you can.You have 3 power ups and your skill :)
It gets really hard fast but it feels satisfying when you beat level.
Graphics are really good and frame rate is constant which is important in this kind of games.
Cant wait for more updates and more games from developer.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
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OVERVIEW

ShipLord

ShipLord is a different take on the bullet hell genre. Instead of focusing on combat, the main goal is to collect an energy source for Earth called quasars. Gameplay is mostly dodging asteroids and activating skills to make that task easier. There is a shield that lets you smash through the asteroids, a time freeze, and an auto-loot skill that collects all quasars on screen. Collecting certain amounts of quasars awards points to spend to increase the duration or reduce the cooldown of the skills. Ranking in the platinum and diamond tier on each level will unlock new ships which each grant additional cooldown of the skills. After 4 levels collecting quasars there is a boss round where you dodge the attacks until an asteroid hits them.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/422250/

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PROS & CONS

Pros

  • Atmospheric music is very relaxing
  • The graphics are rather good
  • The hitbox is very precise enhancing the skill based aspect of the game
  • Controller compatible and responsive (recommend using a controller)
  • Controls can be reconfigured

Cons

  • Deadzone on the joystick could be better to prevent ghosting
  • The difficulty increase from level 4 to the bossfight on level 5 was unexpected
  • Only 15 levels

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SUMMARY & FINAL RATING

This game is rather fun, and the choice to leave out combat makes for fewer things to distract the player. Rather relaxing play. Avoid if easily frustrated. While it has only 15 levels there are bonus levels that are endurance focused with steam leaderboard rankings. This game is listed at about $8 USD and personally I would value this game at $5-6 USD. If you absolutely love bullet hell then this may be a great deal for you, otherwise add it to your wishlist so you can be notified when it goes on sale.

8/10
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
I've given this game a lot of thought and playthough and decided that I cannot recommend this even though the gameplay is quite original and I like supporting indie devs.

Long story short:
+unique take on an asteroid shooter - avoding asteroids without really shooting much, main mission is to collect orbs
+decent enough for a few hours of playthrough a day
+the RPG elements and the upgrade system are good, but may have been added only to increase playtime

-clunky controls and only partial support
-repetitive music, mediocre sound and somewhat poor voice acting
-trailer makes a lot of bold claims like "phenomenal graphics" which are simply not true
-the gameplay is very rudimentary and gets boring fast
-not that many missions available

All in all, this would be worth getting for the trading cards and to maybe try something new, but don't expect to play this long term
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
In this boring game you simply have to collect quasars that randomly spawn on different screen locations , and watch out for the asteroids that scroll from one side of the screen to another.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
The game shiplord has lots of potential. It has boss fights, tons of missions, tons of upgrades to upgrade your ship, and if you live long enough, the game might be really enjoyable. As it stands below:

Story/campaign: 7/10
Graphics/art: 9/10
AI: 10/10 (Simplistic which is why 10)
Functionality: 10/10
Content: 8/10
Gameplay/mechanics: 5/10
Controls/navigation 6/10
Replayability: 5/10
Worth the buy? 7/10

Now, this game has a lot of potential indeed. All it needs is more beginning game gameplay, getting new players hooked, and you're onto something. Surviving though through the first say two missions is not a piece of cake. So here are my suggestions:

1. Instead of making it so you die in one hit, restart the game, implement LIVES or... health? Like you get hit once, you have a chance on living, twice, you go "oh no, one life left!", third, dead. Right now, it is frustrating, especially what I am going to tell you about below.

2. Level requirements. Moving to level 3 requires 71 quars (or whatever they are called). If you don't have 71 quars, you cannot move on, that is it. Even if you get through this level at current alive, you cannot move on and you are stuck. What I recommend, PLEASE make quars a side quest. Say you get 71 quars? You get a GOLD MEDAL or you get 3 new upgrades, then move on regardless. Right now you can't. If you have a rough time surviving the mission and you achieve the 71 or so quars and then DIE... you'll get pretty mad.

3. Shields. Needs some rework or a displayed timer on it or increased time value for how long your shields are up. Right now, you have like two seconds to destroy rocks. If you run into a rock at 2.1s without any upgrades (mind you, you only get ONE per level) you die. Like immediately. The shield mechanic is very wonky and along with the one hit you die system, the shield is more hazardous than useless.

4. Upgrading needs to be reworked. You only have 1 upgrade per level (if you make it with required quars). And if you DO upgrade? It's pretty lame of an increase. Like 1 second recharge of something to .999 second recharge? Or use of shield is increased from 2 seconds to 2.1 second use? Pretty underpowering. Either give the player like 4-6 upgrade points (or maybe an upgrade after every 30-50 quars you get) so replaying levels will be worth it. Maybe add sounds or experience bars for making the player WANT to collect white dots (quars or whatever they are called).

5. The controls. So far you only have the arrow keys. How about implementing movement with your mouse? Yeah? So far, the controls steer you off in hasty directions. Using the arrow keys can sometimes confuse your brain or whatever and I think the mouse integration, even better: THREE movement options, arrows, mouse, AWSD keys would do the trick quite nicely. Especially when your shield is the Q key and right there next to the WASD, very good. Just work on movement a little more if you want WASD and arrow keys really functioning.

If you improve those 5 points, like patch your game, update your game, and make good gameplay out of this, it will double or triple your player base. I know because gameplay is everything, not graphics. And with decent graphics like this, it will make people want to play this game. But not only you have to achieve the 5 points above. If you want to be super famous, you will of course have to do more, but that will be easy if you complete the 5 bullet points above. With all that said, and your content, and your over the top multiple missions, this will be a great game.

Hopefully this review will help the developers. For standard readers, I'd give the developers a chance to improve this game a bit more, I know I would if I was the owner. Is it worth the buy right now? Maybe for 5 dollars. It is worth a look. Will you have fun? Maybe after you get past the beginning, keep in mind though, dedication is key in this game.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
I am big space game fan and I really enjoyed this retro-style game. Game alone is fair hard, effects and music are nice. Since this is new indie team and Shiplord their first game, which is actually playable (without any major bugs) and enjoyable, I give them 8/10 . Hope to see more content from them in future.
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