Dogstar is an action packed Retro-Arcade shoot and rescue mission with loads of Mass Destruction! Play 1 or 2 players (Co-Op/Deathmatch) in 3 minute levels, battle scaling/evolving AI difficulty, Multiple skill and mission levels, Secure online high scores, 21 Steam Achievements, and more!
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Dec 12, 2017

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March 9

Dogstar 1.1.2 Update

This update is just a quick tweak to the first couple of levels (Jupiter)

Changed the number of Jupiter's Moons from 4 to 2, to reduce screen clutter on the early levels.

Changed the behaviour of the Moons when destroyed: Both moons when destroyed will create a rockbuster bomb, putting more bombs in play earlier, to give beginning players a chance to use this mechanic early in the game.

These changes have been made to the single player campaign levels of Jupiter 1 and 2, and the Multiplayer Co-op levels of Jupiter 1 and 2.

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February 11

Dogstar 1.1.1 Update

Firstly, hello to all the new Dogstar players who found this game in the GoGo Bundle #33 !

This update is to insert a new page into the instructions, which is accessible by pressing the Y button on your Xbox360 compatible controller, or the F1 key from the main screen. The new instructions page gives you a quick and dirty overview of the aims and objectives in Dogstar.

Please also checkout the online manual linked on the Dogstar steam store page for more detailed information.

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Just Updated

New challenging stage (Bonus) level added for Earth with different objectives! (see video)

New Price, now only $US 2.99 !

About This Game

It's 1980 - and you have to save humanity!

  • Pick up and play Arcade Action
Each main level in Dogstar a 3-minute destroy, rescue, survive and escape mission. Seek out and destroy the enemies to free your comrades, rescuing a set number per level to open the stargate to the next level. Hang around and go for points and cheeves, or take the exit straight away to maintain your lives - it's your choice.

  • Simple goals, long term challenge!
Progress from Jupiter (Easy) to Mars (Medium) and Earth (Hard).

Make it to Venus to take on the main gathering of enemy hordes, defeat the Bosses and blow up Venus to win the game. If you can finish the game on the Rookie mission, you will be returned to Jupiter for the Veteran Mission - all enemy abilities will scale up even long will you last, how high will you score ?

  • Skill levels, mission levels
Dogstar comes with two main skill levels: Regular, and Brutal. Brutal is as it says - a real challenge for Arcade experts or Dogstar veterans. Finishing Dogstar on Brutal skill level playing the Veteran Mission is a long-lasting challenge for even the best gamers. You can choose where to begin your mission - you needn't grind out the early levels if you don't want to - skip them and throw yourself deep into the action from the get-go.

  • Powerups, Crafting, Pickups, hidden bonuses
Powerup your main weapon with the Multi-Orb pickup - an smart-weapon that gives you 2x shots of enormous power, and multiplies all rewards. Also use the Multi-Orb to craft powerups you need. Shoot the planets to generate more Multi-Orbs and Rockstorm bombs. Use the hunter-enemies (Otto and The Miner) as weapons of Mass Destruction.

Play Dogstar with a friend in either Co-op Campaign mode, or Versus mode. (Deathmatch)

In Co-op Campaign mode, you can choose the skill level you want to play each level at, and you can share lives, keeping the weaker player in the game longer. It is a great training ground for playing Dogstar - 2 Ships are better than 1!

In Versus mode, it is a fight to the death! Each victorious duel will award you a medal, collect 5 medals to win the 8-bit trophy!

  • Fantastic retro chiptunes
Bug out to the funky chiptunes in Dogstar, all used with permission and composed by the very talented ROCCOW. (Check out his soundcloud)

  • Online High Scores
Powered by, Dogstar uses an OAuth2 secure system of authorization for each score submitted - meaning the only scores you see on the high score boards should be legitimately earned - No ridiculously high, impossible scores clogging up the leaderboard.

  • Achievements and Trading Cards
21 Steam achievements come with the game at launch, including 5 "Dual Purpose" cheeves designed to boost your high score. Steam trading cards coming soon. More cheeves will be added with game updates.

  • Controllers
Full Xbox 360 gamepad support, keyboard control support

  • New Content and bonus stages planned
We'd love the community to be involved in Dogstar's continuing development. We'd love to hear from the community about how to evolve Dogstar.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor: Dual Core Minimum
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce or Nvidia with 1GB VRAM reccomended
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 210 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: Network connnection for global high score saves and steam achievements
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