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The retro mix of a shmup and a rpg you've always wanted to play! Battle space monsters, pirates and avoid asteroids, upgrade your new spaceship and buy new weapons !

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  • Fast shoot'em'up gameplay with big boss fights
  • 10 different weapons, 4 different ships, 5 levels and more bosses, 3 difficulty levels
  • Tons of other customization options (armors, engines, etc.)
  • Experience, level up, skill points
  • Pixel art cutscenes and chiptunes music made on Atari-ST and ZX Spectrum

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The gameplay is fast paced and based more on killing enemies than escaping thousands of bullets.
The inspirations for the gameplay are games like Raiden, Donpachi and other classic shoot'em'up games that did not have tiny hitboxes and did not throw 10000 bullets at you (this is not a bullet hell).
Skill, dedication and patience is what you will need to be able to defeat your enemies but if you can't, you can always warp out of a level, upgrade your ship and come back with a vengeance!

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This videogame is currently in development by Augmented Irreality.

greenlightTeteFab l Fabrice Bacquart / Game Design and Programing

greenlightTeteClem lClemenC / Art and Animation

greenlightTeteYer lYerzmyey / Music

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DreadStar alpha demo

DreadStar's alpha demo is available !

Get it on itch.io:
or Gamejolt:

It is free and works on windows (tested working on vista, 7 and 10). It supports gamepads (just change your controls in the settings).

And please give us any feedback about what you like, dislike or if you experience any problem.
We hope you will like it and we continue working hard on the rest of the game.

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DreadStar: The Quest for Revenge is a retro styled shoot'em'up that will take you across the universe to battle space pirates, monsters and robotic threats in a quest for revenge and fame!
5 replayable levels, customizable ships, experience and inventory systems, big boss battles... the retro mix of a shmup and a RPG you've always wanted to play !

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Shoot the core, save the world !

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Level 5 preview and development news

Level 5 preview and development news


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Cinematic trailer for DreadStar !

Cinematic trailer for DreadStar !

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New trailer containing some of the pixelart cutscenes from DreadStar: The Quest for Revenge, 2D pixelart shmup/rpg coming in late 2016...

DreadStar greenlight campaign

DreadStar greenlight campaign

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DreadStar is a retro rpg shmup incoming late 2016 for pc & mac and is currently on steam greenlight.



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Loved the original Tyrian, lets hope this will be just as good!

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really nice art, stunning.

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