Astebreed

System: PC

Year: 2014

Developer: Edelweiss, Playism

Website: playism-games.com / Steam

Description: “Astebreed takes the classic arcade shooter and breathes new life into it. Using lovingly crafted 3D models, cutting edge particle effects, and tried-and-true Japanese mecha designs, Astebreed delivers an unparalleled atmosphere of beautiful destruction.

Your enemies are not always ahead of you. Your enemies swarm, fly and intercept, and Astebreed’s dynamic perspective always keeps the action in view. Seamlessly switching between vertical, horizontal, and 3D shooter, Astebreed will keep you guessing what your next threat will be, without ever interrupting the action.”


Echoes+

System: PC, Xbox 360

Year: 2009

Developer: Binary Zoo

Website: binaryzoo.com / Steam

Description: “Destroy the Universe in a rainbow of sugar rush colours, viewed through psychedelic sunglasses in a cheap 80’s nightclub. TRANSLATION: A fun, chaotic twin-stick shoot-em-up with 6 game modes, 4 difficulty settings, 24 high score tables, 100 trials, multiple power-ups and weapons. And it’s not terrible (You might even like it!)”


Really Big Sky

System: PC

Year: 2012

Developer: Boss Baddie

Website: bossbaddie.co.uk / Steam

Description: “REALLY BIG SKY! A super fast, twin analogue shooter for the modern age! Way over in the big void of space live some aliens. They coveted [your planet] and would do anything to live there. So what’s [your planet] to do? Yeah, blast through them all! Face off against waves of enemies, bosses, giant laser planets, blackholes, wormholes, massive lasers, planets and asteroids across 12 game modes! Everything is procedurally generated from the way YOU play the game! From attack patterns, strength of bosses and enemies, pacing between waves and generosity of bonuses! Features a comprehensive statistics system to let you hone your mad laser skills.”


Jets’n’Guns Gold

System: PC

Year: 2004

Developer: Rake in Grass

Website: rakeingrass.com / Steam

Description: “Jets’n’Guns is a heavy piece of ground shaking rock blasting action with graphics and special effects that will blow you eyes out! Enjoy yourself in almost-insane action adventure of saving the universe from the deadly threat of more than 270 unique monsters in the campaign of 43 levels. Stand as one-against-many armed with tons of different weapons of a devastating armament fitted into one of the awesome spaceships.”


Aqua Kitty - Milk Mine Defender

System: PC, PS Vita, Xbox 360

Year: 2012

Developer: Tikipod

Website: tikipod.com / Steam

Description: “Aqua Kitty is a fast paced retro styled submarine arcade shooter with optional 2 player local Co-op. Blast through hordes of mechanical sea monsters in your kitty sub and defend the deep sea milk mining kittens! THE MILK MUST FLOW!”


Iron Fisticle

System: PC

Year: 2014

Developer: ConfusedPelican, Tikipod

Website: ironfisticle.com / Steam

Description: “Iron Fisticle is a challenging twin-stick shooter that requires reflexes, speed and quick thinking to master. It takes the classic arcade arena shooters of the mid 80s and drags them, axes flying, into the 21st century.”


Retrobooster

System: PC

Year: 2014

Developer: Terry Welsh

Website: reallyslick.com / Steam

Description: “A tough-as-nails cave-flyer for players who want a solid challenge. Stay on your toes or this galaxy will devour you.

Retrobooster is an exceptionally difficult 2.5D shooter, focused on skill-based flying and enemy blasting. Pilot your nimble thrust ship through bizarre worlds littered with vicious enemies. Each new level takes you farther from home and, ultimately, into the deadliest reaches of the galaxy. Retrobooster also has speed-flying challenges, puzzles, juicy monsters, a warped sense of humor, and a healthy dose of bullet hell action. Survive to the end if you can, and use your new flying skills to replay for high scores.”


Syder Arcade

System: PC, iOS, Android

Year: 2012

Developer: Studio Evil

Website: syderarcade.com / Steam

Description: “Killing zombies never gets old, but sometimes you just need a break.

Get back to some serious old-school gaming with Syder Arcade! Syder Arcade is a love letter to Amiga games of the ‘90s, no coins, no upgrade grinding, just your tenacity and a motherload of alien invaders.

Syder Arcade is a free scrolling, multi directional shoot ‘em up, an uncompromised old-school experience, furious, challenging, and straightforward. This game will bring you back in time, when bulky starships were cool and games were about player skill and swearing madly at your computer.”


Hydorah

System: PC

Year: 2010

Developer: Locomalito

Website: locomalito.com

Description: “Choose the path to follow and fight planet by planet against hordes of meroptians. Hydorah features lots of short and intense levels with fantasy spacial landscapes, unlockable weapons, secrets, and a large library of enemies and bosses. There is a single dificulty level, based on the 80’s standards. It can be hard, but with every beaten level there will come the glory.”