Will you have what it takes to avenge your father, defeat the evil DreadSkull and save the galaxy? Collect gems and customize your ship to get through six replayable sectors, annihilate your foes and fight epic bosses in this classic styled pixel art shoot'em'up with RPG progression.
All Reviews:
Mixed (33) - 69% of the 33 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Oct 20, 2020

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“DreadStar gets better and flashier as you progress. Controls are tight and streamlined. I ultimately enjoyed exploring, upgrading, and all the ships, which help DreadStar cater to different play styles. It’s at a good price point too and it has an excellent retro soundtrack.”
Indie Gamer Team

“The huge bosses and the wide variety of weapons and upgrade items are appealing, and even those who don't like STGs will be able to enjoy this game.”
IGN Japan

“DreadStar felt like it brought the old school arcade aspect of gaming back into the PC realm with a powerful shakeup.”
8/10 – Drop The Spotlight

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About This Game

A retro mix of a shoot 'em up gameplay and RPG elements, DreadStar: The Quest for Revenge is inspired by Tyrian, Raiden, Donpachi and other classic games. Fast-paced with a primary focus on gunplay rather than bullet hell, DreadStar gives you incremental ways of not only pushing through content, but also improving your ship and its loadout (such as experience, leveling and skill points).

If you’re struggling with a sector, you can warp over to Redbeard’s Burrow to spend credits, upgrade your ship and return to where you failed. From Gauss Cannons to Lazer Beams, Hadron Exploders to weapon cooling - ship improvements are key to not only choosing your playstyle but progressing through harder difficulties.

With its 4:3 display and CRT mode, to its multiple difficulty settings that offer replayability across its 6 sectors, DreadStar provides an authentic retro experience.

  • Fast shoot 'em up gameplay with epic boss fights.
  • 4 different ships and 10 different weapons to annihilate your opponents.
  • Tons of other customization options from armors and engines to shields and special items.
  • Gain experience and skill points to incrementally improve your ship’s strength.
  • 6 replayable sectors filled with unique enemies, bosses and minibosses.
  • 3 difficulty settings for every sector, to improve both your skill and your ship.
  • Hand-crafted pixel art graphics, cutscenes and animations.
  • Chiptune soundtrack by Yerzmyey, created on Amiga, Atari-ST and ZX Spectrum computers.
  • A 4:3 display and CRT mode for an authentic retro experience.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Cartoon depictions of female androids.
The game also features cartoony alien enemies that bleed when killed and explosions.

System Requirements

    • OS *: Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, Seven, 8 or 10
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbook class devices.
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated graphics
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS *: Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, Seven, 8 or 10
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbook class devices.
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 4000 series or higher / Nvidia Geforce 9 series or higher
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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