Captain Kaon is a retro twin-stick gravity shooter inspired by 1980s classics such as Thrust and Gravitar. Captain Kaon pairs vibrant Amiga-style pixel art with a tight twin-stick control mechanic. Relive this forgotten shmup sub-genre!
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Apr 14, 2017

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December 22, 2017

Version 1.1

Hey Peeps.

So....I've been working on this update for a little while. I'm going to patch in a couple of fixes here and there over the next couple of weeks, but otherwise this is the end. I had been hoping to add a few more things, but unfortunately, like so many other games on Steam nowadays, Captain Kaon didn't really sell and I've run out of money. It's been arewarding few years making this game, and I'm really proud of what I've accomplished.

In this new version the main changes are:

New Gunships

I've change the sprites to better communicate the gameplay. The old ones looked a bit too 'top down'. I've made the new ones side on, the body then has a fixed rotation so it's always horizontal. The thrusters are then on a tilting bar that you rotate to change direction.

New Hanger

The old hanger screen was hideous, so I made a new one. It also has some new features. You now build gunships and weapons using your fleet resources. You can then choose three to take with you on a mission. But be careful, if your shiney new gunship is destroyed you lose it and any weapons it had.

Campaign Changes

I've changes the way fleet resources are used, you now spend resources once to scout a region, you can then attempt the mission as many times as you like.


You now have a score and killing stuff increases that score. Watch out for the civilian buildings, if stray bullets destroy them you will lose points.

These's also lots of balancing tweaks and level fixes and other little stuff.

I hope you enjoy this new version.
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October 30, 2017

Game Postmortem video series

Hey Peeps,

I've been working on a new video series about Captain Kaon, it's a postmortem of the project where I talk about how things went.
I start with an intro video where I explain a little about who I am and what a postmortem is, you can check it out here.

Postmortem Intro

In the first episode of the postmortem I talk about the concept stage of Captain Kaon and why getting your concept right is important.
You can check it out here.

Captain Kaon Postmortem - Concept

I have six videos planned so far, and I hope to be doing more. I'll be publishing them once a week, so head over to Youtube and subscribe to see them.
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“Captain Kaon feels really good”

“Buckle deserves all the success he can get”

“Lovers of NES, SNES, Spectrum, Amiga etc should look into the game”
The Games Armoury

About This Game

Captain Kaon is a retro twin-stick gravity shooter inspired by 1980s classics such as Thrust and Gravitar. Captain Kaon brings the vector graphics of old right 'up-to-date’ with vibrant Amiga-style pixel art and a tight twin-stick control mechanic.


  • Enjoy classic sci-fi, tilt/thrust gravity-based gameplay
  • Battle enemies with twin-stick or 360° mouse aim
  • Explore vibrant Amiga-style pixel art environments
  • Manage resources and carefully select missions in Campaign Mode
  • Relive this forgotten shmup sub-genre!


The overcrowded Earth has found a new home among the stars, a clutch of habitable worlds in the Regulus sector. But this new paradise did not last long as a strange alien force began a relentless assault on their colonies. This threat to human expansion could not go unchallenged.

In response the Earth has sent the finest ships in the Interstellar Navy to defend the colonists and protect its interests. Left behind are the old and the out of date, led by the flagship Argus. A small fleet of relics to defend our only home.

Hot headed and insubordinate, Captain Talia ‘Kaon’ was facing a court martial when war broken out. Hoping this new conflict would give her the chance for salvation, she instead found herself left behind. With the Argus operating on a skeleton crew, she has been assigned as its sole gunship pilot.

In the midst of this uncertainty the miners of Ceres revolt against Earth rule, refusing to supply the fleet with the deuterium fuel it sorely needs. Without it the fleet in Regulus will be unable to fight and the Earth will become vulnerable. Only Captain Kaon can fly her gunship through the twisting tunnels beneath Ceres surface and fight the revolt.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct-X 9 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i3
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct-X 9 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 100 MB available space

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