Zamarian is a fast-paced shoot 'em up classic arcade action game brought to you in an exciting, colorful, and challenging new way!
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Mixed (4 reviews) - 50% of the 4 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 22, 2016

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About This Game

Are you looking for a cool, action packed arcade classic that delivers an interesting, fun gameplay and a lot of variety? Do you want to challenge yourself in one of the most interesting space themed game worlds out there? Welcome to Zamarian, the one game where all of that and so much more comes to reality in an extraordinary way!

Your main focus here is to defeat the aliens that are trying to destroy your planet, all while assuring yourself that you will be the one true owner of this portion of your galaxy. Zamarian comes with easy to use controls and a unique gameplay experience that will change as you play.

We are also offering you beautiful graphics, an action-packed soundtrack that seamlessly blends rock and chiptune music as well as a multitude of bosses that will always try to eliminate you once and for all.

Zamarian also delivers a shiny, fun multiplayer component that allows you to immerse yourself into the gameplay, all while accessing some really interesting results. You can collect coins and gems to improve your chances of survival!

Don’t hesitate and download Zamarian right now, engage yourself into the ultimate battle for the galaxy and fulfill your destiny to become Earth’s final hope!


  • Immersive singleplayer and multiplayer gameplay
  • Action packed boss battles
  • True arcade feel
  • Beautiful graphics
  • Wonderful soundtrack
  • Upgrade your ship and gems
  • Lots of replay value

Starter Tips:

  • The player's heavy fighter ship has the most health (3 green shield bars)
  • You automatically get the light fighter after the heavy or medium fighter exploded
  • Collect gems and buy new fighter and weapon. Use the coins wisely though!
  • Use the mapped keyboard keys to instantly buy fighter and weapon. Ex: H for heavy fighter, 5 for medusa, E for EMP, etc.
  • Buy the Guardian weapon (rotating shield ball around the fighter) to swipe out the floater bombs; especially on the Crab boss in level 4

Game Review:

- Alex Tanase

professional game reviewer

Zamarian is a cool little game that was created with the idea of providing a wonderful time away from those daily tasks. Rest assured that the title is not simple, instead it’s a reminiscence from the older, action packed and hard games that were designed in order to deliver one of a kind gameplay moments.

The coolest thing about Zamarian is that it allows you to control your ship unlike any other game, all while trying to explore the space at your own leisure and killing the enemies that come in your way. The title is designed by a lot of action and plenty of unique gameplay ideas, all of which add up to deliver a stellar outcome all the time. I liked the fact that this game is not afraid to take chances, instead it was designed with a wide range of action packed mechanics in mind.

There are multiple upgrades that you can perform to your vehicle, all of which add up in order to deliver a great shooting experience. The shooting mechanics are solid and the game is created all so that it will provide you with an action packed set of moments that you will always appreciate and enjoy.

Each level has its own boss, and while the first ones can be a simple challenge, the more you play the harder the game will get. The Zamarian alien, which is the ultimate, last boss will be very hard to defeat, and at the same time it also makes the game endless because it will basically grow new tentacles all the time.

All the ideas brought by the game are very interesting to be honest, and they do provide quite an interesting challenge all around, which is magical and tons of fun. I like the fact that you have 2 ships in the free version, because they do show you quite a lot of the game before you purchase. At the same time, I am also very impressed by the quality that they deliver, which is a major plus and a lot better than what you are used to from other titles in the genre.

This game screams retro memorabilia and it’s a good thing, in fact for me it basically revives the old school ideas and it brings them back in a colorful and fun way. I really liked it, and I do recommend Zamarian to everyone that wants a fun time regardless of where they are located!


System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities; generally everything made since 2004 should work
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 240 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 240 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities; generally everything made since 2004 should work
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 240 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities; generally everything made since 2004 should work
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
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Mixed (4 reviews)
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Zamarian as a shooter isn't bad overall but the input mechanic with the mouse is too imprecise and finicky for my taste. After a few minutes I decided to get a refund since i didn't want to bother with it again. The game basically plays like gradius but with more freedom of movement. If you could play it properly with a joystick/gamepad it would be much improved.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Its one funky TEMPEST style shooter. It seems to be a direct port from a tablet or smart phone, keeps telling me to press screen to continue. In the config menu before the game starts it shows a joystick menu and config, yet in the game itself there is no joystick support, its too bad really. It uses the mouse, although a little strange at first, its quite easy to learn. Its actually quite fun and the only TEMPEST spin off I have ever played in my 35 years of gaming. Also another thing, its got autofire which also confirms its a tablet/smartphone port..... Its most likely $2 on googleplay, yet its $5 on STEAM, go figure.....
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
This game is awesome, it has a nice set off controls and the music as well as its graphics are good. The price is low to begin with, I got it for full price and I love it!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
This game is fantastic. I like the aspect of using the mouse to control the spaceship in this game. I enjoy the single player mode for its replayability and superb enemy and boss design. It also reminds me of the 80s arcade shooters Gyruss, Tempest, and Sinistar. The multiplayer aspect is extremely fun as well. I had hours of fun playing this game along with friends and family.

Also, there is really cool guy on youtube named Saiga GeneCast who did a Let's Play of this game. You should check him out because he describes in detail how to play this game. Type in Zamarian Saiga GeneCast and you should find his video.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Really cool game, at first it doesn't seems much, but it is addictive and you can lose a bunch of hours in.

The game is played with the mouse only, you control the ship in a kinda of circular movement, so it's perfect if you don't want something really complicated or complex.

-It has sweet graphics that resembles 32 bits era, but in a good way, they look nice.
-The music is awesome, which is always welcome.
-Cool boss batles.

-The hud seems odd, since the game is played only with the mouse, you have to click on the buttons of the hud to activate somethings (new ships, change guns).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Fussy and unfun. At one point it tells you that you can use the keyboard shortcuts to use the upgrades, but never actually tells you what the shortcuts are. Also, it doesn't show you your place on the leaderboards. Avoid.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
A really terrible space shooter. You nagivate this ship with the mouse around this circular path field. Its super finnicky and oversensitive with no real way to change it. Some movements can make it go forward to a closer circle but its hard to control. You shoot guys along the path, or more the ship auto shoots and you stear. Thats it. Theres no special weapons or any other controls. Guys come in from the front, and even from behind you, which is dumb, and even worse, shots just from off the sides of the screen for no reason, leading to getting hurt for no reason and in an unavoidable manner. You collect jems, and in the worst UI decision ever, you have to maneuver your mouse off the middle of the screen to these random buttons you have to click. It doesn't stop the game, which is the best part. So you navigate and try and buy new ships when your ship gets low, or new weapons. None of the weapons or upgrades are explained so you have no idea what you're buying. Also you can't tell your ships damage because the indicator is poorly designed and makes no sense. Many times you can't tell if something is a collectible item, a shot, or a chunck of something, because of the bad blocky drab ugly textures, leading to other unnecessary damage. If you die you have to restart, but you can continue from a certain level. Nothing good about this game.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Zamarian is an action packed arcade shoot 'em up game.
Your main focus here is to defeat the aliens that are trying to destroy your planet.
There are multiple upgrades that you can perform to your vehicle.

-Upgrade your ship and gems
-Replay value

-UI needs improvement.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
48.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Being a huge Tempest fan, I loved this game. I loved the refreshing graphics and sounds. I could play endlessly alone, but the multi-player function is an awesome bonus. Its a pretty good value overall and definately recommend this to anybody who is a huge fan of the classics.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
I feel that i'm playing zamarian on a arcade machine,because of the great gameplay!

Zamarian is a shooter where you control a spaceship rotating it with the mouse killing enemies and getting gems.
The game is truely inspired by classics like tempest,because of its gameplay.

Game has a nice music,and some very nice sound effects.

Positive Points
+ Cheap
+ Based on classics of the arcade
+ Fun
+ Small

Negative Points

- None at all.

Game is solid and arcade gameplay,if you love it just buy! it will be insane!
I gave this game a 8/10!

Good fly!
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Recently Posted
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 15
made with unity personal edition :)
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Desolater IV
0.3 hrs
Posted: March 27
An Arcade Space Shooter
+ Great rock / electronic soundtrack
+ A unique on-rails perspective where you essentially rotate around a circle while shooting things in the center of the screen
+ Gameplay is fun in short lengths, very arcade-like
+ Upgrade system where you can buy ships which act as extra lives, along with weapons
+ Large challenging bosses

- It seems like you lose the weapons you purchase if you collect a power-up on the level, which basically means you can pick up weaker weapons and lose the ones you invested in.
- Lacks an overall story, characters, or goals which I felt could have enhanced it overall
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@#$%in' Terrence ✔
3.5 hrs
Posted: January 31
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Zamarian is a neat little tube shooter. It will probably remind older gamers of arcade classics like Tempest. In keeping with the theme, graphics are suitable for the genre, sitting neatly somewhere between a modern isometric style and indie pixel art.

When it comes to gameplay, it could be a little more fleshed out. The basic controls are simple enough. Players can move the mouse side-to-side to roll around the screen, and forward and back to move the ship up and down the ship's flight path.

Minor problems with gameplay only start popping up when trying to get any idea of what the strange buttons on the side of the screen are. To figure that out, you will have to start a new game and pay close attention to the pop-ups. After that initial introduction though, there seem to be any further explanation of the capabilities of the weapons or even the differences between the ships. Of course, you can figure out what they do by purchasing them. I'm still not sure what the non-cosmetic differences are between the ships. Likewise, I also couldn't figure out what the EMP does.

Opening up one of the menus to upgrade your ship will just slow the game down, not pause it. A separate pause button will do as advertised, and will provide you with options to turn both music and sound off or back on.

The enemies are easy enough at first, but quickly ramp up the challenge. There is a good variation of them, and more and more enemy types will be added as levels are progressed through. Bosses are intimidating and challenging, but not impossible to take down.

There is also an online leaderboard and a multiplayer component. Though I didn't get to check the latter out, it seems to allow up to 4 players to join either a random or private match. That's pretty cool, in my opinion.

For just over $5, Zamarian provides some solid arcade action. But community and openess is increasingly important in the gaming industry these days. Zamarian's devs are no exception when it comes to engaging with their community. It's difficult to see anything but a good future for a game whose developers are willing to listen to their players with a critical ear.
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