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.
User reviews: Very Positive (328 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 7, 2007

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"Twin-stick shooters in their modern form owe a lot to the refined and totally addictive blend of gameplay found in Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved."
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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)
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Fantastic Game! Must have...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Simple and addictive, one of the best casual games you can find. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
The game that started it all. Retro's "asteroids" on steroids with a challenging and fun arcade gameplay! I originally discovered this game on the xbox 360 and was stoked to see it here on Steam. There's a mobile version for the nintendo DS which took the series on a totally different route with new gameplay mechanics and RPG elements (odd, huh?) if you own a DS I strongly suggest checking that out. I also strongly suggest checking Geometry Wars 2 as it adds a multitude of different game modes that are all very unique and challenging within the gameplay of Geometry Wars. 26th of November this year they're releasing Geometry Wars 3 -- which will be in 3d with rotating maps. I'm stoked! I'm going to be getting it on the Xbox One as I want to return to the original time of playing it on the console and personally I believe its easier to contorl with two joysticks rather than wasd and a mouse. But ... i am tempted since steam has the exclusive pre order offer. Maybe both on both consoles? It's that good.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Awesome for anyone who hates quadrilaterals and/or loves flashy lights and sounds. Definitely worth the money.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I came.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
The first game I ever bought on steam. Worth the dollar I paid for it, and even more.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Pure Awesomeness!
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
105.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
An epileptics worst nightmare.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
♥♥♥♥ing shapes and ♥♥♥♥!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
it's art you ♥♥♥♥s
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
This game is EPIC. i have never seen so many explosions on screen at once. The game does not cost much to buy, the graphics are amazing and the game can be challanging. BUY THIS GAME!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Good when you need to kill a bit of time, and geometric shapes :p haha
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This is one of my favorite arcade games to play in short bursts, whether I'm killing a few minutes before work or winding down just before bed. It's a simple premise: you play a ship hellbent on destroying animated geometric shapes. The dual stick control scheme and trigger for the bomb button make it fun and intuitive to play. I actually prefer the clone Grid Wars 2 to Geometry Wars because I can customize the grid, I prefer the music, and it's completely free.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
The most awsome game when it comes to usage of the two sticks on a controller, use of a controller is advicable tho, its just not the same experience with a mouse and keyboard. Still one of my favorite arcade games ever!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Still one of the best arcade shooters around. I wish though they would provide the Geometry Wars 2 version from XBox Arcade with the additional game modes.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Geometry Wars is just straight up good. It's pretty beautiful to look at and it's fun to play. I love the sound and music.

It's very arcade-y in nature, for sure. Having said that, the gameplay is also predictable: although you'll get different types of waves, you get very similar ones at similar times. It's balanced and eases you into gameplay, but the start is also fairly boring after you've played a few times. Conversely, later in your run things will get ridiculously hectic.

This was the first game I had played where I had a lot of issues with my controller(s). I've had similar issues elsewhere now, but Geometry wars (when I started it a few years ago) was only really programmed for the 360 controller. Other controllers would sort of work, but the game didn't really understand the input so much (for example, the game couldn't detect "Up" on my ps2 controller).

While this is one of my favorite chill out games, I'll probably only play it for about 15 minutes at a time and then not touch it for a few months. It's great fun for sure, but it's also a very redundant game.

If you don't already have it, though, you absolutely need Geometry Wars in your library.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
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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