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 (216 reviews) - 98% of the 216 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (2,045 reviews) - 98% of the 2,045 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 22, 2016

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November 30

V3.00 BETA

Bit Blaster XL - V3.00 BETA
To try out the BETA version;
--> Right click the game in the library tab
--> Click Properties
--> Click the BETAS tab
--> From the Drop down box select "v3.00_beta"
--> Click close

The beta should then automatically download. Make sure that if the BETA doesn't work for you, you use the same method to turn it off.

The BETA version includes some upcoming fixes, changes and additions such as;
--> Significant balancing improvements and visual changes
--> Full support for Ultrawide and 4K displays (I think)
--> New screen clearing Bomb that is available as secondary weapon.
--> As well as many more changes, additions, and improvements that will be detailed further in the patch notes when V3.0 is released on Monday December 5th along with the free DLC download of the Soundtrack by Spiff Tune.

Thank you to everyone for supporting Bit Blaster XL and leaving great reviews. Please continue to share Bit Blaster XL with friends and family, I greatly appreciate it as the game has soared to a strong user base of over 125,000 players!

Please let me know if you encounter issues or errors in the BETA and I will make sure to address them before the wide release.

Adam Nickerson
Nickervision Studios

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November 22

Over 100,000 units sold and V3.0 Coming December 5th

I just wanted to provide a quick announcement to let all you Bit Blasters know that thanks to your support, reviews, and sharing the game with your friends, Bit Blaster XL has sold over 100,000 units on Steam. I am absolutely blown away by the love and support it's received. With it's overwhelmingly positive reviews and its incredibly helpful player community, it continues to reach more players every day. Thanks to all of your feedback and suggestions I have added, changed, fixed and polished Bit Blaster XL into an even better game over the last ten months with the many successful patches and content releases.

I have a new patch coming December 5th. I have tagged it as V3.0. It Includes a variety of fixes and changes that hopefully everyone will be pleased with. Some of those changes includes; a new secondary bomb power up that can do some good old fashioned screen clearing explosions, some re-balanced endgame and point values to give a better median experience to all players and allowing experts to climb even higher, and a totally redesigned menu system that hopefully improves upon the currently terrible menus that feel like they were designed by some amateur in his garage studio *cough*. I should have a version in the BETA branch in the coming days so people can take a look and give me some feedback. (oh also, the soundtrack will be released as FREE DLC)

I really appreciate all the support and positivity. This experience with Bit Blaster XL on Steam has afforded me all sorts of amazing opportunities like attending E3 2016, Steam DevDays 2016, a visit to the Microsoft campus and much more.

I can't thank you all enough for this experience and hope that I can share more great experiences with you into the future.

Adam Nickerson
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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

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).

● Easy to learn, simple arcade style Controls to turn your ship, boost, and brake. (can also use a gamepad) (not a twin stick shooter)
● A variety of wicked Power ups like Split Shot, Heat seekers, Lasers, and Blast Shot to assist your survival.
● Several unlock-able ships to pilot with unique attributes to give you an edge in the Leader boards
● Endless survival (infinite) score chasing game play with a classic 'bullet hell'-like arcade style
● Steam achievements, leader boards & Trading cards! (with emoticons & profile wallpapers)
● Cool retro pixel Graphics.
● Gameplay inspired by Luftrausers, Asteroids, Space Invaders and Geometry Wars (some of my favorites)
● Unique chip tune songs for each ship.
● Manual Fire mode for those that want a different experience.

Description of Gameplay:
Your ship can not stop moving; so turn it left and right and use your boost/brake to keep from running into an ever increasing amount of enemies.
Your ship is always shooting, so make sure to pick up more ammo and the variety of awesome power 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.
Do not hesitate to contact me if there are any problems with the game.
Bit Blaster is also available free & ad supported on iOS and Android.
Thanks for playing, I hope you have some fun with it :)
Audio was provided by my mouth and some royalty free SFX from FreeSFX
The music in the game is by the artist "Spiff Tune"

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core +
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb +
    • Storage: 100 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: 100 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.
    • OS: OSX 10.5+
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256mb at least and nothing over... let's say, five years old
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Most 32-bit and 64-bit Linux OS
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256mb at least and nothing over... let's say, five years old
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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