Fact: everything is better with lasers. So we put lasers on over 30 angry giant insects who want to stop you, Space Moth, from escaping Earth and going to the Moon. Show them who's boss and blast your way into space!
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Mostly Positive (21 reviews) - 71% of the 21 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 22, 2016

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Space Moth DX

Space Moth DX is the definitive edition of 1CC Games' intense arcade shoot 'em up, with a brand new DX Mode that will put even veteran bullet dodging skills to the test! Beginners are catered for as well, with a rebalanced Arcade Mode that's just right for anyone looking to get started with bullet hell games.

Laser Insecticide
Fact: everything is better with lasers. So we put lasers on over 30 angry giant insects who want to stop you, Space Moth, from escaping Earth and going to the Moon. Show them who's boss and blast your way into space!

Ultimate Control
Eight directions. Three buttons. Keyboard, controller and arcade stick support. The freedom to remap any setup as you please. Jump straight into the game without having to worry about finger gymnastics!

Satisfying Scoring
Batter the bad guys with a missile barrage until they turn neon, then finish them off with your super laser for a massive bonus! But be careful: neon enemies are much more aggressive!

Tough Love
Space Moth will challenge you, fiercely. But Space Moth also wants to help you improve, so you can overcome those challenges. Your current condition (position, bombs and lives remaining) will be saved at the start of each stage and boss fight. Then if you lose all of your lives, you will be given the option to return to the condition recorded in the most recent save. But be warned: your score will be reset!

Prog Rock Prodigy
Space Moth mixes up the indie game music scene with a soundtrack that's less NES chiptune or Amiga tracker, and more Tangerine Dream.

Proper Pixel Art
When was the last time most indie graphics artists sat down and played a game on a real CRT? For 1CC games, the answer is today. So you won't find any mixed-resolution assets or showy shader effects, just proper pixel art!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual Core or more
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB VRAM or more (Intel HD 3000, AMD HD 5450, NVIDIA 9400 GT)
    • Storage: 65 MB available space
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Pretty bullet hell thing. Fairly unique looking, to be honest.
It is fairly fun, and the altering the large enemies, making them more aggressive, but also providing more points. That is fairly neat.

If you have a phobia of butterflies or moths, like my sister does, stay the hell away from this, haha.
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46 of 63 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
All I'm seeing as of right now is universal praise, so allow me to give you the flip side of the coin.

Only one ship until you 1CC the game, at which point why bother going back?
No power ups. You're stuck with the same rapid fire and laser shot the entire game, which wouldn't be so bad were it not for the afformented lack of selectable ships.
No selectable difficulty settings.
Mediocre sound effects.
Some of the most boring boss fights I've ever seen in a game. The large majority of them don't even have shot patterns, they just shoot at where ever your current position is.
No ability to adjust movement sensitivity aside from firing the laser, which is a pretty big deal in most boss fights where moving 3 pixels instead of 1 will kill you.

This is the only shmup I've played - on Steam or otherwise - where I didn't have fun. It was either boring or frustrating. This game marks the first time I've ever used the Steam refund system.

Yeah, it looks nice, and the music is pleasant thought nothing that's really going to stick with you after playing. It doesn't make up for the gameplay.

Another thing that seems rather suspicious are some of these positive reviews. I'm seeing multiple with less than a half hour of playtime, and there was even one that was by a user named '1CC' when I first bought this game. I'll allow you to interpret what that all means yourself.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
The game is pretty good, at this price it's definitely giving a try if you like scrolling shooters.

It is a huge ripoff of Cave games, it's up to you to decide if that's a bad or a good thing, but you'll be able to tell right away that you've fought every single one of these enemies before. Except for the bosses, those are original as far as I can tell. Coincidentally the bosses aren't all that great.

For difficulty, I only played a few credits so far and haven't beaten it, but I'm under the impression veteran players would consider it too easy. Can't say I've had that problem before.

Scoring is pretty simple, you shoot stuff with the shot, when they turn black you finish them off with the laser, they call this soul drain and it gives you a set bonus per enemy. There's an audio cue when the enemy turns black and they will still have a good chunk of health left at this point, so it's not necessary to memorize how long it takes to kill each enemy like you would on ESP Ra.De. or Ketsui, it's a lot more lenient. There's also a 2x bonus for killing bosses on the last 2 seconds of the timer, point pickups hidden around the stages, and bullet grazing. Save for bullet grazing which is more fluid, all of these are very discrete mechanics, you either get the bonuses or you don't, and it's not all that hard to soul drain every enemy in the stage. I imagine it's very possible that a good player could with enough practice come very close to the theoretical max score of the game, which is weird.

Anyway, it probably won't keep you interested for years but it's a good game. I've never heard of 1CC Games but I hope they make some more.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
This is great. Has a lovely, hypnotic, trancey, laid back feel to it.

Has a really good scoring mechanic where you "soul drain" larger enemies by hitting them with your wide/rapid shot until they turn black, and then finish them off with your laser to score higher.

soul drained enemies become more aggressive, firing out more bullets, so it's a lovely risk/reward system.

A lot of bullets home in on you in this game so you can't just be flying all over the screen, you have to stand still when you need to.

Nice bright, chunky, primary coloured graphics take you back to playschool.
Some great, tricky bosses, especially that final one.

Really good game, though some of the bosses can't be good for my blood pressure. I'd like to meet the guy who thought up the final boss and shake him by the neck. Finally beat it today though :D
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Full disclosure: I did some voluntary QA testing on this game during development, receiving no pay beyond a free copy of the game.

With that out of the way... Space Moth is a bullet hell shmup, similar to the games of Japanese arcade developer CAVE, and not dissimilar from the Touhou series. And it happens to be a really fun example of the genre.

It's bullet hell, but eases you in with a nice difficulty curve. I consider myself to be a casual shmupper; I have never managed a one credit clear of any shmup I have played. But the difficulty level of Space Moth is well tuned enough that I can have a lot of fun, while more competent shmuppers can showboat and go for score, thanks to scoring system which seems to me to adhere to the easy to learn, hard to master ideology.

It's certainly as challenging as any other shmup, but I wouldn't say there are any cheap deaths. Not once have I lost a life from a situation I could not have feasibly escaped from had I greater skills. The game also has a sort of safety net in an (optional) auto-bomb system. Bombs, the shmup 'get out of jail free card', are a limited resource that the player can use in situations too tricky for them to manually dodge all the bullets and lasers coming their way. This is true in Space Moth, but with the additional caveat that, if the player is unable to hit the bomb button in time before being hit, a bomb will automatically be used, saving the player. However, unlike other shmups with an auto-bomb system, this is a one-time-per-life opportunity, as the auto-bomb system will remove all the bombs you carry when activated. As such, the player is still rewarded for correct bomb usage, but not punished for messing up.

Speaking of punishment, Space Moth IS punishing. But, only because it cares. In any other shmup, one is able to hit the continue button forty times, leaving one with a hollow experience. The joy of shmupping comes from improving one's skills, and the credit feeding experience of other shmups does not encourage that. Space Moth has, in place of a traditional continue system, a checkpoint system. At the start of each stage and boss fight, a record of your state is made (lives, bombs, etc). Similar to a save state in an emulated 16-bit game, if you're familiar with that. Lose all your lives, and you return to the last checkpoint, giving you another chance. It's almost like the rewind function in Braid, or Forza. Space Moth believes you can do it, and wants you to try again. And playing Space Moth has genuinely made me better at shmups in general.

If, unlike me, you're really good at shmups, there's also a second, harder difficulty to play, known as DX Mode. And if you can clear the game, there's a second playable ship to unlock, with different scoring mechanics. For hardcore shmuppers after that score attack challenge, there should be plenty here to keep you busy.

The audio design of the game is quite different from other shmups, and won't be to everyone's taste. The music is chilled out, and there are no bombastic explosion sound effects. It creates a much more relaxed atmosphere, which you may enjoy if you find other shmups too tense... but may hate if you need more exciting music to keep you alert. I personally find it different; not really better or worse than other shmups.

I must give special mention to the boss fights. Again, these will not be to everyone's taste, but they're quite unique, each one trying something new and interesting. The final boss in particular (which I cannot get to with skill alone, but have fought many times in various beta builds) is one of my favourite moments in any shmup, featuring pure bullet dodging bliss.

Space Moth DX might not be the best shmup ever created. But, it is very well designed, and a lot of fun, with enough unique and interesting mechanics that, for the low price tag, I can't see how any shmupper (especially a CAVE fan) could not have fun.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
PROS:Cheap, Great Soundtrack, Atmospheric, Cool Art-Design, Replayable

CONS:Other ship only unlocks after you 1cc the game, otherwise it's worth a buy.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
A Bullet-Hell Arcade Shooter
+ Visually appealing, the graphics look great, and I especially like the background artwork outside the stage
+ The gameplay is very intense, but also very fun
+ Some satisfying bonus point mechanics that change up the game a bit
+ Bosses are challenging but very rewarding to defeat
+ Controls and mechanics are very easy to learn, great arcade style pick-up and play.

- Overly difficult, to the point where most people probably won't make it much further than the first few levels
- The music choice seems to be overly relaxing in a very intense game which doesn't mix well with me.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Nice twist imagining the vicious butterlies! This shmup has light bullet hell flavor to it. The music is good and relaxing though... making it a relaxing shmup. Good job!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
2 of my favorite things, retro asthetic is actually good and not just there for a lack of art like other indie titles...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Fun & challenging Bullet-Hell Arcade Shooter with unique gfx & sound style.. If you're into shmups, get this! Highly recommended.. :-)
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Todd Howard
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 5
Product received for free
EPIC MOTH ♥♥♥♥♥!
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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 1
Dont know what the ♥♥♥♥s going on but that moth just shot a laser.
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Feared Alien Voodoo
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
Product received for free
"A specimen of this size and beauty only comes along once in a green moon."
-Some dude on Steam

I knew from the moment I stared into the soft eyes of the Space Moth
and that delectable cover art
I had caught the bug.
We would become one.

Space Moth DX flew into my study
less then a lightwave later
relativly soon after
my army of psychic roaches
injected the devs
some sweet sweet love serum.
They sent me a copy.

Space Moth DX is an OOPART
That means an out of place artifact for the uninitiated.
It is a warpzone.
It is a far out trip.
It is a perfect shoot'em up of the bullet hell variety.
It is a psychedelic prog rock album cover ♥♥♥ to life
staring all the insects in your backyard
It is the illuminated neon black light poster in your friend's older brother’s room
that terrifies you when you are tripping on the beetles
but most of all
It is going to be a big hit on your starship, trooper!

That's right!
Turn and face the change...
There are multiple Earth-like planets
with giant insects being discovered
every hour.

Embrace your end.
This will probably be our demise.
Getting our heads munched on by glassy eyed insects
that could care less about our primitive feelings
It will be the grand payback for all the bug smashing we have done
Budda must have had a premonition

Prepare yourself for an insectoid invasion!
Get your minions building the Space Moth DX cabinet now!
You're our colonies only hope for a decent shmup on the long drive to the moon.
There is a screen rotation option in the menu
and CRT line density for your retro-vision.
Ready for mounting.
All you need is some space credits.

Space Moth DX...i just like saying it.
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Apparently Kid
1.9 hrs
Posted: July 23
Pretty bad game. Fight the same enemies basically each level. You use the same gun and the same 2 firing all game, with no pickups. It's not explained which fire mode does more damage or the difference between them. It says using 1 will make them mad which gives you more points, but they still got "mad" when i used the other one, so that's not even true. The gamplay is annoying as basically 2/3 of the guys you fight are minibosses with a decent amount of health that constantly fills up the screen. You constantly get trapped and no matter which what you move you get auto hit, meaning about 1/2 the time you feel it's not your fault and a problem with the game design. The worst part is theres only a few levels, but you basically have to complete them with 3 lives or you need to quit. The game lets you restart a level, but you don't get any extra continues and you basically never find any extra lives. On the 2nd level after a bunch of cheap deaths i started with 0 extra lives, this means I had to complete the entire miniboss filled and boss filled level without getting hit once, or else I would have to start it all over again. This was a super stupid design and the final straw in a game full of design errors. No point in restarting entire game for boring repetitive poorly designed gameplay. There's many better shoot em ups out there, like Jamestown, so get one of those instead.

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5.7 hrs
Posted: June 19
I really tried not to review this game. I've never played a bullet hell game before, and I felt I wouldn't be able to give enough perspective on the quality of the game.

But, seriously, this game does everything right. I can honestly say this game got me into the genre.

The style is absolutely perfect. Every single aspect coalesces to give the milieu of an "arcade" game, from the (responsive) colorful sprites, to the images on the side, to the enemies... Everything makes sense, and everything just "works". The game is /brutally/ difficult (at least, to someone who's never played a game in this genre), but, it never feels "unfair". The responses are tight, the game is generous with its hitboxes, and there's enough nuance to one's weapons.

Again, take this review with a grain of salt - I can't really compare it to anything else.

But, if it's enough to get me into the genre, it's probably at least a pretty decent entry. I really had fun.
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