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Starbuster is a fast-paced action platformer where a droid and a lizard slash and grapple their way across the galaxy. Featuring a focus on fast paced combat, exploration, and weapon customisation. Rocket around, slap things, grab weapons and build your arsenal. You can't solve every problem by shooting at it but that shouldn't stop you from trying!

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Take control of Alpha, the latest creation of the insidious Grey Imperium. Defy your creators and make a break for freedom, nothing will stand in your way!

Or follow Cassie and the Petrov crew, as they flee from the ever-advancing imperial forces. Run from your problems and maybe crash a starship or two, what could go wrong?


Ever just wake up one day and the whole world is shooting at you?

Featuring an infinite dash, chargeable sword and gun, and special weapon slot for missiles, slowing time and more, Alpha specialised in fast, decisive combat, ready to cut through entire legions of imperial cyborgs.

Move: Arrow keys

Jump: Space

Dash: Shift

Sword: Z

Gun: X

Special: C


Who needs gravity anyway

Equipped with a grappling hook, 360 degree aiming and a handy rocket punch, she's no pushover when it comes to beating up cyborgs.

Move: WSAD

Jump: Space

Aim: Mouse

Shoot: Left Mouse

Grapple: Right Mouse

Punch: Shift

Demo Features 3 levels, 2 playable characters, and a bunch of collectibles.

Each character can equip up to 10 modifications, to alter their gun, melee, core abilities plus special moves. From the simple pulse laser to the devastating starbreaker beam, there will be a weapon to suit every situation. There's around 30 to collect in the demo, plus a number of cassette tapes if you can find them!

F2, F2, F3 = Change screen resolution (1x, 2x, 3x respectively)

F4 = Toggle fullscreen

Controller support included. Xbox controller recommended.

StatusIn development
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(30 total ratings)
AuthorStrange Matter
GenrePlatformer, Action
Made withUnity
TagsPixel Art, Sci-fi
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller


Starbuster Demo 2021 V1.07.zip 220 MB


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You know it's good when even screwing up the grappling and wall hopping with my n00b controlling is still fun. Good overall game feel. I look forward to seeing more.

Finally made the time to add the Cassie gameplay to my channel so enjoy and thanks for the demo!

I don't know if they update this game...

I've played the demo and I had an absolute blast for more than 2 hours! The visuals are amazing, and the soundtrack is incredible and well set in the game.

And I should also point out that this was my first time playing a game like this since I'm play games that have more of a slow-pace and story focused feel to it (some would even say that "walking simulators" are my kind of stuff).

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Downloaded the demo... kudos to the artist. The pixel art is top notch IMO. The default control scheme had me struggling with the tutorial area but there is key mapping so that's awesome. Will definitely give this another go asap. Congratz :)


Played about an hour with Cassie... pretty good writing barring the typos. I'm still having issues with the grapple hook mechanic but that's more user error than game design. Overall the game is pretty solid... it gives me Sonic meets Super Metroid vibes and that's a good thing. Kudos guys!

wait a minute, where have I seen these tiles before....

exactly! they were in ultrakill!!! they seem to be in the cyber grind appearance settings... 


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Really fun movement, especially Alpha! I got softlocked on Cassie's boss fight in mission 0, though; the camera got stuck on the right half of the arena somehow, and I couldn't proceed after defeating the boss.

Ah yeah, that one's a pain. That got fixed some time ago on my end but I'm afraid I can't remember what the workaround was for this version. At the very least it should let you restart at the last section of that level

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Excuse me, is there any plan to publish this game on steam?

So I played it and it's amazing. Exactly the type of game I love to play. Can't wait for the full release.

Trying it out for the first time, any plans for a mobile release?

Is this game dead? would love a full release...


Still being worked on, post updates on the twitter whenever we have them


ok thank you, I'm following you

Which platforms does this run on? I don’t see any mention in the description, even under More Information.

Just windows for now


I played this demo last year as part of my module at Uni. I am now following the game's development on twitter. I look forward to seeing how this game turns out.


I forgot to leave a comment after I first played the demo, but wow this game is jaw droppingly gorgeous and feels so amazing to play. Alpha is extremely fun and getting to zip around stages and hack and slash is exhilarating. I never got to play Cassie's route though, because the controls didn't feel intuitive to play with keyboard and mouse. I'll have to check out how she plays with a controller at some point. Overall, a wonderful experience and will replay the demo until the game comes out!


This is some really stellar stuff. I love the way Alpha plays. Smooth as butter and it feels great to run and slash my way through stages. Cassie's a little harder to wrap my head around, and personally I think if you're going to use the shoulder buttons instead of the face buttons to play with her, that should extend to dialogue boxes too. It's a little annoying to have to move up to the X / A button when I've gotten into the groove of using the shoulder buttons.

peazip fails to unzip it right it keeps saying that an error occurred.

I haven't heard of peazip but I know winRAR works fine


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I got it to work and it's great! also can you make a 2player version? Anyway Great game!

Amazing game guys! Really loved the skills and mechanics! Keep going!

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