A throwback to the classic quarter eating arcade games of the 80's. Bit Blaster XL is a retro styled, addictive, and fast paced arcade shoot 'em up! (shmup).
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Overwhelmingly Positive (178 reviews) - 96% of the 178 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (3,527 reviews) - 97% of the 3,527 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 22, 2016

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April 21

My new game ‘orbt xl’ now available on Steam for PC, Mac, Linux

orbt xl is now available on Steam for PC, Mac, Linux.

orbt xl is my newest game I have adapted for the Steam platform, it is another score chasing, bite sized, arcade style game. The goal is to orbit around the blackhole while not colliding with an ever-increasing number of obstacles. There are a variety of skins to unlock for your planet and some good leaderboard fun to be had. I think if you enjoyed Bit Blaster XL you may enjoy orbt xl.

Stay in orbit while avoiding obstacles or being sucked into a black hole. Survive as long as you can while dodging and weaving between the various obstacles, the closer you orbit to the center; the faster you achieve points. The longer you last, the harder it gets. The simple one button controls either increases or decreases your orbit as you press it or don’t.

Thanks to all of you for the great support of Bit Blaster XL I have managed to free myself a lot more time to make a lot of cool games this upcoming year. So, I hope you’ll give orbt xl a shot and if you like it, please leave a brief Steam review and share with friends/family as it will really help for the launch success of this game and allow me to keep progressing towards bigger and better things.

As always, please leave any feedback or suggestions you may have, it is with the communities help that Bit Blaster XL become such a solid experience and I want to ensure that happens with orbt xl as well.

Thanks for the support!
Adam Nickerson
Nickervision Studios
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April 13


Bit Blaster XL - V3.11
  • Fixed bug that some players encountered that resulted in no sound or music after update to V3.10
  • Figured out how to make all buttons respond correctly to mouse over and now they will properly highlight and if no mouse movement is detected it will revert to Gamepad or Keyboard detection. (look at me, I'm learning)
  • Optimized all textures using some new methods I read about, making the game require less overhead.
  • Upgraded engine to Unity 5.6
  • Options menu music link now leads to the Free DLC on Steam
  • Modified exit menu to have link to twitter, other projects, and website. As well reworked my phrasing in the thanks dialog to be more in line with Steam policies.
  • Modified words slightly in tweet score function.

Thank you everyone for playing and sharing the game with your friends and family. Thanks so much for the support. If you are enjoying Bit Blaster, make sure to leave a brief Steam Review and let others know to check it out. The reviews are so very important.

-Adam Nickerson

Also make sure to check out my new XL arcade series game orbt xl - coming April 21st 9am PST.

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“To put it simply, Bit Blaster XL is an addictive experience.”
OP Noobs

“Great addition to the Steam library. For .99 it doesn't get much better than this.”
Game Review Journal

“...delivers an enjoyable arcade experience without the frustration.”
The Australian Times

About This Game

I have been learning to make games in my free time and love making small-yet-solid arcade games with simple mechanics. Please expect 'Bit Blaster XL' to be a small, re-playable, arcade score-chaser game where the only goals are to constantly beat your previous score and unlock some extra ships. I greatly appreciate feedback and will do my best to ensure support for my games. Please contact me through Twitter, My Website, or the forums if you encounter something wrong with the game, something misleading on the store page, or you just want to say hello.

Thank you for taking a moment to read this; I really hope you enjoy playing my game.
Adam Nickerson - Nickervision Studios

  • Your ship can not stop moving; so you must turn it left and right and use your boost/brake to keep from crashing into an ever increasing amount of enemies.
  • Your ship is always shooting, so make sure to pick up more ammo and the wide variety of awesome power ups and pick ups to help you survive longer.
  • Get the highest score you can while collecting coins to buy more ships that are faster, shoot faster, or have more shields.

  • A throwback to the classic quarter eating arcade games of the 80's. Bit Blaster XL is a retro styled, addictive, and fast paced arcade shoot 'em up!
  • Easy to learn, simple arcade style Controls to turn your ship, boost, and brake. Keyboard + Gamepad Support. (not a twin stick shooter)
  • A variety of wicked Power ups like Split Shot, Heat seekers, Lasers, and much more to assist your survival.
  • Screen clearing Bombs, Ship Shields and Boost Pickups to help you survive longer.
  • Collect coins to unlock new ships with unique attributes to give you an edge in the Leader board.
  • Endless survival (infinite) score chasing game play with a classic 'bullet hell'-like arcade style.
  • Steam achievements, leader board & Trading cards! (with emoticons & profile wallpapers)
  • Totally rad and ridiculously basic retro pixel Graphics.
  • Featuring gameplay directly inspired by some of my favorites, such as; Luftrausers, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Galaxian and Geometry Wars.
  • Unique chip tune songs for each ship by Spiff Tune. (Soundtrack available as free DLC)
  • An alternate Manual Fire mode for those that want a different experience.

  • The in game audio/SFX was provided by my mouth and some royalty free SFX from FreeSFX.
  • The soundtrack is by the artist "Spiff Tune" and is available as FREE DLC.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core +
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB +
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Is your computer older than ten years? You should probably get a new computer before you consider more games.
    • OS: Windows 10 (why not recommend the newest?)
    • Processor: Got four cores? Great! Bit Blaster XL will run smooth on most things, but especially on four cores.
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb +
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: I made a bunch of the sound effects by making stupid noises with my mouth into a pretty low rent consumer microphone, so I recommend not having a sound card, or you may realize this.
    • Additional Notes: When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
    • OS: OSX 10.5+
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB at least and nothing over... let's say, five years old
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Most 32-bit and 64-bit Linux OS
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB +at least and nothing over... let's say, five years old
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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