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User reviews: Mostly Positive (46 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 19, 2010
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Graphic and music of this game is art. I can enjoy seeing orbits and listening good music at the same time. This is beautiful idea.

It's like "Universe Sandbox" combine with space fighter game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
It's a game about hitting things with particles. That's your one sentence elevator pitch right there. YOU HIT THINGS WITH PARTICLES.

And it works. To a point.

It's a really weird game because when it works, when your play and the game come together and you're spinning around this arena with your swarm of particles (hence "Swarm Arena") smacking the hell out of whatever comes your way, it feels tremendous. The way the music kinda syncs up with your actions and it feels like you're performing some sort of ballet of particle death and that, honestly, is really, really something.

But then you start to lose and a lose state in the game isn't quick and clean, it's the slow removal of your abililty to play the game as your swarm gets wittled down and wittled down. It's not quite a walk of shame a la Ridiculous Fishing, it's more that it seems like no-one could work out how to do this cleanly and fairly and just sort of went "that'll do". It wouldn't be such a big sin if it didn't drag the game out and into a state where it's just not, briefly, enjoyable to play. It's like your overriding memory of the last round isn't the bit where you're swooping round smacking everything with your particle army, it's the bit where you're trapsing around trying to keep these two particles going to get a few extra points. It doesn't even feel like clinging on desperately, just sort of "oh. well."

Nevermind though because Swarm Arena is worth it for the moments where you are THE PARTICLE KING and no-one wants to stop THE PARTICLE KING because THE PARTICLE KING has ALL the particles and he'll particle up your face. Or something like that.

Look, it's good except for the endgame bit, OK?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
The entire allure of this game is in the high score chasing. It is very difficult to go after achievements with this game as the online multiplayer is effectively dead.

Not all is bad though. As far as the actual game is concerned, it is quite fun if a bit simple. It was well worth the 80 cents I paid for it.

I recommend it so long as the game is on sale for less than a dollar.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Great game, highly recommended!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I like the game... but the multiplier is so laggy please if anyone has a fix or can help please let me know.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
the physics are hard to get used too
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
256.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2011
Amazing! It's what I always wanted. That's why I made it! :)
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2013
A nice arcade style game for casual players or hardcore ones. Basically, the tiny droids revolve around you that attack and protect you from opposing droids. A pretty good game that anyone can play and play against for a couple of bucks!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
70/100 It's fun at first try but after you play it too long it's not necessarily something you'd feel like playing everyday.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2011
Deffinately worth the money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2011
Do not be fooled by the steam store page, this game has fully implemented online play through the steam system. I bought it for it's gameplay, and still enjoy it for that and it's well done online laddering.

Not only are the controls solidly simple, but they also allow for quite a few physics based trickes to be pulled off. This results in gameplay that rarely gets dull and allows the player's playstyle to clearly show in multiplayer matches.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2011
Action, reflex, tactics..

oh, nice color effects, also ;)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2011
Very unique, never played anything like it. It's all about building up a swarm of little "drones" to protect yourself while at the same time maneuvering them to overpower your opponent's swarm. Fast-paced, refreshingly different, deep, lots of fun! Top notch presentation too - very pretty. Online multiplayer would be a blast, but sadly I've never seen anyone on. There's a local option though!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2011
Just 4 move keys and 2 action keys for everything. Still really neat.
Nice gameplay, visuals and music!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 21, 2011
I've had so much fun with this one!

I love to watch the physics go crazy but in a controlled way.
One very good indie game and absolutely worth the price.

At first I missed the point of the game until I learned how it's played.

Try out the demo!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2011
A Geometry Wars clone with 'multiplayer' elements. Instead of gaining weapon powerups you search for drone powerups that can attack your opponent('s shield). It's very simple, and not really deep. But somewhat fun if you have a couple of minutes to spare.

[Rating: 65/100]
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Great game, and the Pandora AI is the most brilliant thing I've ever seen. Totally recomended to everyone who likes to have a challenge.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
This game is absolutely fantastic. After a while of searching for a multiplayer, fast-paced action game for a great price I came to this gem. The gameplay is fast but responsive and skillful, there isn't a moment where you feel cheated by the controls. There's not a flaw in this game and you could easily kill hours playing this. Would recommend.

It's also a perfect price to gift a friend after you learn the skills then kick their butt.. until they get better than you xD
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
Swarm Arena... such wasted potential

Swarm Arena is a fast paced arcade game where you fight opponents with drones, which are your own personal guards or soldiers depending on the situation. Pickups randomly spawn on the map giving you special moves, life, shields, and even more drones to fight with, also you have a large amount of strategies to use, like having your drones form a spinning shield around you, or setting them to defend you. You can also practice in the Sandbox mode, which is lacking but interesting nonetheless. Leaderboards and multiplayer is included, while also being able to play with two people on one PC.

This game looks great with the different colors of drones mixing in combat, the background particles that move depending on what’s happening, and the various cosmic rips that block your drones and explode over time. A problem I had is the AI seemed to either be way too easy, or being impossible to beat, which doesn’t lead to a fun time, and I got bored pretty quick playing this game.

Pros:
Beautiful visuals.
Cool powerups.
Strategic abilities.
Multiplayer.

Cons:
Music is repetitive, and gets annoying after a while.
AI is either WAY too weak or insanely hard.
Gets boring after a couple of hours.

Get this if you’re only looking for a couple of minutes worth of fun, and better yet wait for it to go on sale.

Rate: 3/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2012
Really good game, graphics are simple but very cool. Gameplay is fast and furious. Original concept, shame that not many people online to play against.
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