Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is a old school style shooter, but remixed for the 21st century with next generation graphics and deep, modern gameplay. Playing is simple: you are a geometric "ship" trapped in a grid world, facing off against waves of deadly wanderers, snakes, and repulsars.
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Very Positive (21 reviews) - 100% of the 21 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (489 reviews) - 91% of the 489 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 7, 2007

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Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is a old school style shooter, but remixed for the 21st century with next generation graphics and deep, modern gameplay. Playing is simple: you are a geometric "ship" trapped in a grid world, facing off against waves of deadly wanderers, snakes, and repulsars. Your aim is to survive long enough to set a high score!
Avoid the spawning enemies, and shoot them down for points. You can also fire smart bombs, which destroy all bad guys on the screen. Save these up for when the going gets really tough!
The more bad guys you kill, the higher your score multiplier goes (2x, 4x, etc.). The higher your multiplier, the more you can score. But don't die, as you lose your multiplier and have to build it up again from scratch!
  • Addictive "just one more go" gameplay, with mesmerizing graphics.
  • Pixel perfect recreation of the Xbox Live Arcade game.
  • Support for keyboard, mouse, and dual-stick gamepad play.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows XP, 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) CPU, 512MB RAM, DirectX 9.0c, DirectX Video Card (128MB memory - Shader Model 2.0 support required), DirectSound-compatible sound card, 150MB free HD space, WEI Rating: 4.0 (3.0 required)
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lolartiom2?
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
11/10 great retro game for a toaster in a gaming case... Gamepad will make life a lot easier but the keyboard and mouse option is still comfortable.
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Ouroboron
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
It's still fun. Still frenetic.

I'm still pretty bad at it.

It's lacking achievements, which is weird, since I remember them for the XBLA version, but this also means I don't have to waste more of my life trying to move and not die for a minute without firing.
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By Mathematical Induction
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Short arcade style game. Don't expect to sit down an play for hours but you will be coming back to try and top your high score every once in a while.
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whiterabbit
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 21
Fun!
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BlackRayPlayer
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
You Crazy! This game is an awesome arcade shooter!
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ionpies
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Sick LSD sim
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XxJMadzxX
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Pretty good game. Worth the small price tag for sure :) despite being an old title.
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BER-ZERK 2.0
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Never seen this game in the arcades growing up, but its a
really fun an rast pace game. Love all the colors in the game... 10/10
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Froot Loops
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
O que dizer de Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved ?

Um dos melhores twin stick shooter que já joguei na vida, o game em si é ♥♥♥♥ a primeira vez que tive contato com ele foi no Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 no Xbox 360 a qual só tinha a Demo na época, tinha 3 vidas, 3 bombas e um contador de 3min. a qual meu recorde foi perto dos 3 milhões.
To juntando grana ainda pra comprar o 3, mas cheguei a jogar e o game está muito mais ♥♥♥♥.
Vale a pena jogar toda franquia. Vale cada centavo!

Gráficos 11/10
Jogabilidade 13/10
Trilha Sonora 11/10
Variação de Cenário 01/10
Dificuldade 11/10
Trip 13/10
Diversão +8000

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TheLarkinFamily
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Use to play this game alot
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Airickson
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Game plays great -- if you liked it on 360, you'll like it here, too.
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EXi|e.
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
game is a classic love it
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Hypno
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
This is a great game and reminds me of when i were younger Nintendo days.
(im 13 so im not out of young state yet in my mind)
it does not have that much replayebility though but it is great if you have nothing to do and just want to have smething to do for some minutes.
but it is still realy cheap ! atleast at the sale right now.
Its Current price at 14,99 Nok 1.8 usd and 1.6 eur
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Shang Tsung
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Alot of other games Ive played feel like cheap clones, can't imagine what part 3 is like.
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Huge Assassin
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
class and classic.
hHAha i made a rime.
yeah that'z right my-Dude
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Captain Amelia
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
BUY IT. JUST FRIKKIN BUY IT.
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JustAnotherBailey
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
very similar to heavy rain with great character development
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ImplodingPizzas
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
The new must own on steam
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Blooper {NEET} 速度
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
love this style of gameplay, really nice looking too
boke n play
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Spongeboobs
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
GW:Evolved is an okay game as a arcade shootem up which is apparantly an unheard word for the comment section. Also I guess this game would be more appealing like a throwback for those who actually did play GW in the older days like on the DS or Xbox 360.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
An old favorite, I'd recommend to anyone who has nothing to play and a few dollars to spend.
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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
I would buy an XBox 360 just to play this game and its sequel on XBLA. Can someone at Steam get Geometry Wars 2 on Steam for purchase!?!?!?
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40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
That's what a game is meant to be, rapidly understandable, fun at will, and which progress with your skill.
Before, I played Counter Strike in deathmatch to work things off , but GW is much more fun and soon you start, it allows you to focus on something else, there's absolutely no way to be passive.
The gameplay is really well done and balanced, simplistic and complex. I use to compare it to Tetris, because of the simplicity and fun.
Cheers!
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
This is one of my favorite games of all time. Very addictive, fast, and flashy also the best twin stick shooter. If you're a fan of smash tv then this is a must have. I hope the other Geometry Wars games get on steam one day.
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
this game is the definition of the 360 for me at a time where everything was great on that thing. i have it on 360, on anohter steam account and on this one. it´s just a great game and highly recommended. it´s a timeless little gem.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
105.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
A tremendous bang for your buck, providing a very excellent arcade shooting experience. While it seems more optimized for a game pad, my best scores were generally from using a mechanical keyboard.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2013
This is what Happens when you mix Pure fun and Hype into one Game. Easy to pick up, Can kill boredom in seconds and the soundtrack (The one song) never gets old, I constantly find myself bobbing up and down to the beat while playing.
An easy 9/10, Its so cheap just buy it.
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28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
An epileptics worst nightmare.
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30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
As of the March 30 2015 update to Geometry Wars 3D Evolved, that game includes a classic mode which is functionally identical to this. As a result, this game is completely obsolete and the new version is by far the better value. Buy that instead. Original review below.

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I wouldn't say GW is a *bad* game per se, but one of the most entertaining aspects of the xbox 360 version was the leaderboard system. Since this game only has local (offline) leaderboards, there isn't much to propel you to get a braggable high score if you don't have friends around to play it. It isn't really Bizarre Creation's fault that there isn't steamworks integration here, since they are closed down, but that was probably the second most important feature beside the main game.

That being said, the core gameplay is exactly the same as the xbox 360 version and there is full controller support, which is nice.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
This is an excellent game, for such a low price. I may have only played a few hours of it, but I got many more on the original DS release. You could have 10 friends watch you play it, and it wouldn't lose a frame. Constant 60fps on a low performing computer, combined with bright colours and a great way to prove your reflexes, there really is nothing bad about this game. 1000/10 for such the low price that it is.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
♥♥♥♥ing shapes and ♥♥♥♥!
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
a Great Arcade style Game for High score winners and it's not easy but it is definatey a lot of Fun!
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
84.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 31, 2015
This game is my most favorite game in my library and I would recomend it to anyone!!!
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Get it if it’s less than £4 - You might want a controller to play as it makes it easier to get the hang of. There is a newer version on XBLA but not for PC. Get put into a daze/trance in how it looks as a spectator.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2012
Classic twin stick shooter arena gameplay that is very challenging. Despite being an older game, the graphics (although not HD) still hold up well & are styled to give the game its distinct feel. Geometric shapes with the saturated palette makes it easy to distinguish what is going on in the chaos of coloured pixel explosions!

Using the XBox 360 controller, I found the input to be responsive, giving you great control over your ship's movement & aiming. That being said, it still takes some time to become a master at Retro Evolved.

Super cheap title now offering great value, must have for any twin stick shooter fan & certainly also worthy of anyone's collection who likes a challenge. One of the real standouts in the genre. It is important to note that this entire game is also a dedicated game mode now available in Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions. This is still a most worthy pick-up but you may get better value in the long run out of the current release.


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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Good when you need to kill a bit of time, and geometric shapes :p haha
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2015
This prequel to the 1981 arcade classic Tempest is a bibical retelling of God's creation of the universe using geometry, see in this games story God created shapes and the shapes had a war with eachother(Reinacting the war of babylon). The gameplay is great, it's a arcade style retro asteroids gone 3 demensional. But the ending really sucks, the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off boomerang get's gang banged by a pack of enraged circles and everyone blows up(Stephen hawkings latest book explains how this moment was the big bang), this all lead's into to the sequel Tempest(1981) where they never explained how the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off boomerang comes back to life, I can only assume it's a retelling of Jesus rising from the dead.

0 out of 5 it didnt even teach me how to draw shapes.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
I watched RoosterTeeth playing this game on the 360 and decided to buy it on the PC. And I have no regrets. The game is really engrossing and addictive although there is only one objective : Destroy them all. There is a large variety of enemies ranging from simple squares to the huge snakes and blackholes. Only when you play it, can you understand the frustration when you die just a thousand short of breaking your highscore. The soundtrack is amazing. I personally love it.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
10/10
This game is simple yet fun. This reboot of the classic arcade game features beautiful colors, graphics, and an intuitive design. The fast pace, second by second, adrenaline pumping action of this game really pulls you in. Trying to achieve a new high-score or to simply enjoy the reactionary gameplay, it offers great replay value for a cheap price.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Fantastic Game! Must have...
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