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 (149 reviews) - 97% of the 149 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,691 reviews) - 98% of the 1,691 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 22, 2016

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July 26

V2.10

Bit Blaster XL - V2.10 Patch Notes:
New TrailShot power up that leaves a deadly trail of bullets for your enemies to run into and explode. Includes a small ticking sound to indicate dropping bullets
New FlameShot power up that blasts a ton of small bullets that last only a brief time but can be very handy close range. Includes a flamethrower-ish sound?! I tried to make it not too overbearing, so hopefully it sounds good. :)
New power up that allows ship to regain protective shields. This will appear at certain score intervals to help on the journey to your highest score ever
New occasional power up that refills your boost meter to full instantly
Improved the BulletShield power up thanks to feedback. Now there are five bullets surrounding your ship at a slightly further distance and they move faster by default. Using this in conjunction with boost and brake makes the BulletShield spin incredibly fast or slow, cutting through enemies. Also added transitions for when you pick up or lose the power up
Reworked entire shield system under the hood (again) to be more accurate and allow further functionality
Tidied up the options and video menus. Vsync now in video options. And changed the button layouts slightly.
Background filler should now properly scale to literally any screen size imaginable (hopefully)
New bursting blue indicator showing that boost / brake meter is full
Made more minor improvements to tighten up keyboard / gamepad controls
Bounce shot now accurately bounces based on angle of incidence and will correctly last three bounces (I learned some new things YAY)
Updated pause menu graphics to show four new power ups
Modified rate at which large golden meteors appear, to be more balanced based on score
Fixed Laser / Bulletshield / Magnet sound and replaced with the proper loopable sound
Bulletshield sound now properly adjusts based on Boosting or Breaking
Applied balances to ammo usage for Manual fire, to allow autofire and manual fire to be more closely balanced for competition
Modified various particles for when shields get destroyed, added new shield pickup particle and boost pickup particle. And modified old and created new particles for each unique power up pickup
Added sound for when GiantShot splits into multiple parts
Added several double checks in hopes of clearing some of the cheaters from the scoreboard automatically (more to come)

Thank you everyone for playing and sharing the game with your friends and family. If you are really enjoying Bit Blaster, make sure to leave a brief Steam Review and let others know to check it out.

-Adam Nickerson

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July 25

V2.10 BETA



Bit Blaster XL - V2.10 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 the available beta
--> There is no password
--> 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 fixes, changes and additions such as;
--> Four new power ups that the player can collect
--> Reshuffling of some menu items
--> A variety of GFX improvements, additions and upgrades
--> Various other balance changes, gameplay improvements and bug fixes, full patch notes upon release.

Thank you to everyone for playing and offering feedback and leaving great reviews. Please continue to share Bit Blaster XL with friends and family, I greatly appreciate it.

Adam Nickerson
Nickervision Studios

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Reviews

“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).

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● 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.
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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 :)
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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core +
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb +
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Is your computer older than ten years? You should probably get a new computer before you consider more games.
    Recommended:
    • 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.
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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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114 of 128 people (89%) found this review helpful
103 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Better than No Mans sky and 1/60th the price.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Cool little arcade-ish type of space shooter game, with different styles of planes and different styles of levels, the music and gameplay are both pretty well made, the game itself is kinda fun its not really a game you would play for hours upon hours a day its more likely just a game to pass the time with, but that doesn't mean this game is bad it is pretty fun to play and has a couple of levels and different powerups u can get for ur aircraft which gives it a bit more diversity, would recommend it if you like 8bit arcade games and overall just for a game to pass time with :)!

7/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
This game is a gem. 99 cents is not asking much and the game retains the atmosphere of old pixelated arcade games.

A must buy for anyone.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Product received for free
I didn't think much of this game when I saw it, but I won it over at steamgifts and have now played it a bit. It's amazing really. The music is great aswell, especially main menu. It's a game I recommed a lot.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Product received for free
Space. Guns. Ships. WIN!

Bit Blaster XL - 1
No Man's Sky - 0
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I got this game for free by selling trading cards and I now feel like I ripped myself off the pleasure of spending 59c on this game.

Alluringly addictive, easy to learn and fun to play, it's worth every card. Cent. You know what I mean. Just buy it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Considering the price? Yeah, this is worth it. It's a fun little arcade shooter game, better than a lot of others.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
We should all be sharged for theft for even paying the small amounts we have for this game. IT'S AWESOME!
Wether on iOS or Steam, this game is just so much fun and very well crafted. Updates have provided a new edge and it just keeps getting better and better. I feel guilty that I've paid so little. This guy deserves a mint for this game.
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Yohead111
0.7 hrs
Posted: September 29
An addicting, classic arcade style shooter. It's fantastic.
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Duck Gets Facial Scene 2
1.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
Love this game. Good for burning time and waiting for other games to download. I would gladly have a sneaky tug over this game <3
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Creamytoast
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
It is good for about 5 minutes. It starts to get kinda boring after that. I am definitely getting a refund on it.
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Salt Doge
5.6 hrs
Posted: September 26
buy it lul
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WAR X ILUSION
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
Good little retro shooter, and nice music!

Nice little game!
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Pahhur
4.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
Fun short game, it's challenging and has a good leaderboard if that is your thing.
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The Geeky Dog
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
fun gameplay

i give 8.5/10
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cwhitebot
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
If you love top down spaceship shoot em ups, Bit Blaster XL is the game for you. The gameplay is relatively simple and fast paced. Would reccomend.
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GamingLegend_11
1.0 hrs
Posted: September 23
It is fun and entertaining for all ages. It makes you want to keep playing forever and ever. This game has the best soundtrack in the world! Definitley worth your money!
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