Impaler is a minimalist arena shooter with spikes. Summon spikes to slay monsters, build barriers, and reach higher ground. Impaler's rogue-like elements ensure each run is a unique challenge.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (389) - 94% of the 389 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 6, 2022

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“Impaler is a boomer shooter that’s a ton of fun to play”

“Impaler is a small boomer-shooter roguelike that shines in its presentation and gameplay loop”

About This Game

Impale monsters with magic spikes in this 90s-inspired arena shooter!

Impaler is challenging, rewards movement, and each run feels different thanks to rogue-like elements. Overcome the increasingly difficult hordes of monsters by upgrading your weapons & abilities. Impaler has a retro art style, a great soundtrack, and a custom engine for extra smooth frame rates.

It’s perfect for the Steam Deck and has full controller support.

Impaler is easy to play but difficult to master!


  • Summon spikes to impale, build barriers & reach higher ground
  • Bunny hop + strafe jump for extra speed
  • Fall on monsters to perform devastating stomp attacks
  • Earn gold to buy 40+ unique upgrades
  • Highly replayable with 8 weapons, 10 enemies, and diverse map layouts

Visuals & Sound

  • Original pixel art inspired by 90s shooters
  • Moody atmosphere with rain, fog, and colorful lighting
  • Retro synth/metal tracks and crunchy sounds


  • A custom engine made in pure C + OpenGL. No bloat.
  • Dynamic lighting and fog
  • Soft particles and volumetric effects
  • Bullet penetrations and ricochets

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Fantasy violence and gore as you impale and shoot demons.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual-Core G3220
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated or dedicated compatible soundcard
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7/10 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-2120 or newer
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 5750 or newer
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated or dedicated compatible soundcard
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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