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 (493 reviews) - 91% of the 493 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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Very Positive (493 reviews)
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Thee/Saikunan
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
its a fun game except
this pc port version sucks more than the ds version
the ds versions so much better
which offers if I remember correctly
multiplayer, more stages, more challenges
more music
and in multiplayer there is co op i believe
if not you could summon against them
which was really fun.
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Shen From State Farm
( 32.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Fun game, just takes a while to get the score you want
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joho6
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Fun game.
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Ryan Dorkoski
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is fun and the price is great - but twin-stick shmups have evolved since this game came out. Pun intended.

Seriously, if you are an indie game fan, get Gran Vitreus or a number of other titles instead. They took the Geometry Wars formula and ran with it! Things are better now - there are perma-upgrades and level succession and leveling up and choices and all kinds of stuff that just makes it better overall.

Once again, does Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved deserve a spot in any twin-stick shmup fan's library? Sure. Is it dated? Sure.
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fourdee
( 70.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
The best thing released in videogame market in the last decade. Perhaps ever. Get in there with some YouTube audio, music, film, podcast, birds chirping, which ever you want. Drink some water. It'll be an expereince unlike anything you've ever played. Every round has something that stands out to me, over the years the game becomes more and more of what makes it so damn enjoyable. It's balanced and fair until it's not but there are safe ways to avoid everything this game throws at you. The nature of videogames. I doubt I'll ever quit playing. Few hours a week, respects your time and doesn't ask for money.

The two sequels don't quite capture the recovery and saving youself. You can fall behind in this game and see the damage coming and AVOID IT. Where as some of the best modes in GW2 and 3, along with many other copycats out there) feel like suicide missions in comparison to this.

There is no other.
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lolartiom2
( 0.3 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
( 0.8 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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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is fun and the price is great - but twin-stick shmups have evolved since this game came out. Pun intended.

Seriously, if you are an indie game fan, get Gran Vitreus or a number of other titles instead. They took the Geometry Wars formula and ran with it! Things are better now - there are perma-upgrades and level succession and leveling up and choices and all kinds of stuff that just makes it better overall.

Once again, does Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved deserve a spot in any twin-stick shmup fan's library? Sure. Is it dated? Sure.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
50 of 56 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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41 of 48 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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31 of 44 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
9.9 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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