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 (337 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
11 of 11 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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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
An epileptics worst nightmare.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 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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6 of 8 people (75%) 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Fantastic Game! Must have...
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
This game is a "late-at-night-pass-time-im-bored" classic... Seriously, this game might not offer hours of fun straight, but it will definetly get you coming back for more now and then... It is a minesweeper or windows pinball on steroids and alot of coke....

You will play for 5-10 min max or untill you chew the controller in nerd rage. This game aint for chilling... its a challenging, nerve wrecking, amphetamine experience....

love it or hate it. but get pumped in 3 mins
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Simple and addictive, one of the best casual games you can find. 10/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
it's art you ♥♥♥♥s
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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Game starts out real chill, and you may even let your guard down.
Then come the raids.
Who needs an acid trip when you got Geometry!

Enjoy.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Game is swaggin
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
sure, works good with a xinput controller, waste all the time you want on it
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I came.
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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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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
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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29 of 36 people (81%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
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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