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PIXEL PERFECT CO-OP RETRO ARCADE SHMUP

A NEW RETROGAMING EXPERIENCE FOR MODERN PCS

Galactic Wars Extended was fully funded last year on Kickstarter

Now You can get the game exclusively here on itch.io

This is an extended arcade version of the original game for the Pico8 fantasy Console


GALACTIC WARS EX FEATURES & HIGHLIGHTS

1 or 2 Players Co-op Pixel perfect gameplay

Smooth 60FPS Classic Shmup action

3 different ships to fight against evil with different capabilities.

late 80s / early 90s Arcade look & feel / Scanlines & CRT fx

More than 40 new phases to fight the invaders along 3 areas

New Bosses, mini Bosses and more than 15 different new enemies

More weapons & power ups

Improved energy and ship's upgrade system

Pixel art perfect action for Modern Pcs: Full HD & 4k displays

Original Chip-tune arcade ingame music & Sound FX

Bonus, Score Multipliers, Stats screen, perfect for competitive Co-op!

Persistent Hi Score table

XInput controllers & Keyboard control compatible

OLD SCHOOL PIXEL ART

BASED ON REAL ARCADE HARDWARE PALETTES & SPECS

Galactic Wars EX graphics are a true tribute to the classic arcades from late 80s, a game developed pixel by pixel with tons of love!

PURE CHIPTUNE SOUNDTRACK

ORIGINAL CHIPTUNE SOUNDTRACK BY BEYKER

Galactic Wars Ex OST is composed and arranged by Beyker using the awesome

Sega Megadrive's Yamaha YM2612 FM sound chip

5 new ingame songs, arranged with the incredible Deflemask Tracker

Prepare to feel a pure retro arcade experience!

EXCLUSIVE ART 

COLLECTOR'S EDITION EXCLUSIVE ART BY MR. DANI DIEZ

We're thrilled to announce Mr. Dani Diez created an art piece for Galactic Wars. The collector's edition of the game is designed based on his piece of art and includes a  limited edition A5 print  of this awesome original illustration.






CREDITS

THIS GAME WAS FUNDED DURING APRIL 2020 ON KICKSTARTER, THE GAME WAS DEVELOPED BY BORJA DE TENA AKA VOLCANOBYTES, FROM MAY 2020 TO FEBRUARY 2021.

MUSIC WAS COMPOSED AND ARRANGED BY BEYKER, ART ILLUSTRATION BY MR. DANI DIEZ.

GAME TESTING AND QA

POMEZ666, JAVIER LARREA, CARLOS PEREZGRIN, ALEJANDRO VALDEZATE, IMSAI SR. ROSA REAM, CARLOSBLANSA, VIRGINIA SANCHEZ.

VIP PRODUCER KICKSTARTER BAKERS

PABLO RUIZ DINAMIC, MARIO Y PEPIN IMAGINE800, RUBEN GIMENEZ HEROSTUDIO.EU, DIMITRI BACHILO.

PREMIUM KICKSTARTER BACKERS

LAURA PELEGRIN, DIANA PETRESCU, POMEZ666, NACHO PLATERO, JOSE CRESPO, JGNAVARRO, ATILA MERINO BLACKMORES, GREENWEBSEVILLA, ALEX ZUNIGA, ATLANTE 77, CARLOS PEREZGRIN, CARLOSBLANSA, AZICUETANO, JAZZVIER, JUANAN HOMOSPECTRUM, RUBEN GUTIERREZ SR. ROSA REAM, FACTOR 5, ANTONIO MARIN ALBALATE, ROB BLACKMORE, XAVIER FENRIX BODENAND, J ISAAC MCFARLANE, CARL, RUBEN VAQUER, MATTHIAS LAMM, JOSE LUIS LOPEZ AKA DARKNEKROS, IRENE GARCIA, DON CHANEAUX, MANEL GARCIA, ALONSAN, JOSE LUIS, PEDRO MARTINEZ, NIEVES PELEGRIN, BORJA GARATE, XILIXI, ILESRAIDER, IVAN L GIMENO, KURT K.

KICKSTARTER BACKERS

MANUELA DE TENA, ISABEL PELEGRIN, KEVIN R. ALVARADO, JE7EBEL, ROBERT J GOMEZ III, STEALTHWEBM, NOA, CHEMA FERNANDEZ, PEDRO GARCIA, EMILIO CABANERO, ERRAZKING, ALBY OJEDA, KAY JADE POPRAWE, MQ7145, LUKAS DANIEL KLAUSNER, DAVID OLOFSON, ROGELIO BRAVO CAMPILLO, DAILOTH, RSBROWNDOG GAMES, CHRIS FARRIS, JAVIER PARDO, TED ANTAYA, SANTI OROZCO, NIMA PEYMAN FARD.

StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows
Release date Apr 17, 2021
Rating
(11)
AuthorVolcano Bytes
GenreShooter
Made withGameMaker: Studio
Tags16-bit, Arcade, Bullet Hell, Co-op, Mega Drive, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Shoot 'Em Up, Space
Average sessionAbout an hour
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count1 - 2
LinksKickstarter

Purchase

Buy Now14.99€ EUR or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of 14.99€ EUR. You will get access to the following files:

GALACTIC WARS EXTENDED V.0 127 MB
PILOT'S EMERGENCY MANUAL 9 MB
ORIGINAL PICO8 VERSION FOR OSX WIN & LINUX 13 MB
ORIGINAL CHIPTUNE SOUNDTRACK BY BEYKER 206 MB
if you pay 19.99€ EUR or more
EXCLUSIVE ART & PROCCESS BY MR. DANI DIEZ 32 MB
if you pay 19.99€ EUR or more
EXCLUSIVE PIXELART POSTCARDS 2 MB
if you pay 19.99€ EUR or more

Exclusive content

Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

GALACTIC WARS EX PREMIUM PHYSICAL COLLECTOR'S LIMITED EDITION

KICKSTARTER PREMIUM LIMITED EDITION

PREMIUM BIG CARDBOARD RETRO BOX & EXTRAS

LAST UNITS AVAILABLE! DON'T MISS YOURS!


PHYSICAL REWARDS INCLUDED

BIG PREMIUM RETRO CARDBOARD BOX

LIMITED EDITION MR. DANI DIEZ A5 HQ PRINT

DELUXE CARDBOARD DIGIPACK WITH CD-ROM

PILOT'S EMERGENCY MANUAL (8 PAGES INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL)

GALACTIC WARS EX FLYER WITH UNIQUE DOWNLOAD CODE

2 OFFICIAL PIXELART POSTCARDS FROM KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

1 VOLCANOBYTES' RETRO STICKER

DIGITAL REWARDS INCLUDED (CD-ROM CONTENT & DOWNLOAD)

GALACTIC WARS EX V.0 FOR WINDOWS

PILOT'S EMERGENCY MANUAL (HQ PDF)

ORIGINAL CHIPTUNE SOUNDTRACK BY BEYKER (HQ AUDIO)

MR. DANI DIEZ COLLECTOR'S EDITION HQ PRINT (HQ PDF) & PROCCESS (JPG)

2 PIXELART KICKSTARTER COLLECTOR'S EDITION POSTCARDS (HQ PDF)

ORIGINAL GAME "GALACTIC WARS" FOR PICO 8, WIN, MAC & LINUX

*You'll have access to all content and future updates with your unique download code.

GALACTIC WARS EX PHYSICAL COLLECTOR'S LIMITED EDITION

KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION

DIGIPACK RETRO CD-ROM WITH GAME, OST & EXTRAS

SOLD-OUT!


PHYSICAL REWARDS INCLUDED

DELUXE CARDBOARD DIGIPACK WITH CD-ROM

PILOT'S EMERGENCY MANUAL (8 PAGES INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL)

GALACTIC WARS EX FLYER WITH UNIQUE DOWNLOAD CODE

1 RANDOM PIXELART POSTCARD FROM KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

1 VOLCANOBYTES' RETRO STICKER

DIGITAL REWARDS INCLUDED (CD-ROM CONTENT & DOWNLOAD)

GALACTIC WARS EX V.0 FOR WINDOWS

PILOT'S EMERGENCY MANUAL (HQ PDF)

ORIGINAL CHIPTUNE SOUNDTRACK BY BEYKER (HQ AUDIO)

MR. DANI DIEZ COLLECTOR'S EDITION HQ PRINT (HQ PDF) & PROCCESS (JPG)

2 PIXELART KICKSTARTER COLLECTOR'S EDITION POSTCARDS (HQ PDF)

ORIGINAL GAME "GALACTIC WARS" FOR PICO 8, WIN, MAC & LINUX

*You'll have access to all content and future updates with your unique download code.

Download demo

Download
GALACTIC WARS EXTENDED DEMO 128 MB

Development log

Comments

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Super impressed with Version 0, really impressive and the visuals are stunning. Definitely would like the option for windowed play, but that's about all I can fault it on thus far.

Gotta to keep taking a crack at those early waves of enemies and see how far I can get. ;)

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I am very happy that you enjoy the game! Thanks for your comment :)
Playing in windowed mode will be enabled in the first update. Stay tuned!

here on Windows10 can't use a USB game pad. 

is this a demo only issue or it's a keys game ? thanks.

Any Xinput compatible controller should work, You can use some apps too to remap your usb pad in case it's not any official mode (Xinput, DInput) Or use keys: WASD GH (Player 1)  / ←→↑↓ "0""3"(Player2)

Hope it helps!

Análisis del juego en español 

NUevamente, gracias por el juego. Muy divertido


Mil gracias Carlos!! :) 

It looks like a cool game! Have you ever considered porting (demaking) Galactic Wars to an actual Sega Mega Drive (well, the soundtrack is already there). Sega Mega Drive regularly gets new releases which people even buy on cartridges, check out for instance this open-source port of Cave Story for inspiration: https://github.com/andwn/cave-story-md

Thanks for your comment!

The graphics started out being for megadrive in fact. :)

It would be great to be able to version it on a retro console, although it will most likely be done for an arcade cabinet ;)

congratulations on making it to release! I followed this project and could see it is a labor of love, and I am jumping in to buy a download copy.

other than that, just a nod to the great pico-8 version. i have had a lot of fun playing that one, too.

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thanks for your support!! :) I'm glad you like it and you witnessed the game's birth ;)

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Thank you so much for making this Awesome Shoot Em Up, Well worth the wait & love playing it and all the extra goodies, Excellent work guys.

Purchase this game you will not be disappointed.

Both Thumbs UP :)

SHOOT EM UPS 4 LIFE!!!

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Gradius/R-Type meets Galaxian/Galaga=ITZ A MEGABLAST!!!

Those are the 4 fundamental pillars of this game. The 4 shmups that marked my childhood. THANKS for playing ;)

Thank you so much for your kind words!

I'm happy to know you are enjoying the game.

There's a lot of love into this game and the best reward for me is that players enjoy it. :)))

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

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Galactic Wars Extended looks very excellent! Good job. I can imagine that gamers will be nervous while playing this exciting game. The game should be very enjoyable, sure. Is Galactic Wars Extended being developed in a BASIC language  as well? Galactic Wars Extended make me excited!

By the way, the indie game which made me excited last time is Hidden Deep. Actually, Hidden Deep is a BASIC game.(BlitzMax)
https://www.syntaxbomb.com/index.php/topic,8063.0.html

Thank you for your kind comment.

Galactic Wars Extended has been developed with Game maker Studio, it has its own proprietary programming language called the GameMaker Language (abbreviated to GML).

Cheers!

Okay, I see.  Good luck to you.

Wasn't the game supposed to be released the 31/01/2020 ? :(

I'm really sorry Amok, I had to push back the date. It was announced on the kickstarter but not here, it's my mistake. I'm sorry,  these are being very crazy weeks :(

I just made a new Dev Log, to tell you all details. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Please, if you consider that you do not want to wait, write me a message and I will refund your pre-order.

Thanks for your support and understanding.

BºRJª

No problem dude, I perfectly understand the circumstances ;) It perfectly makes sense with regards to the kickstarter campaign. I will wait, It will be even better when i finally can play your game :)

Thanks for your understanding mate :)

It was my mistake not to notify you of the delay here, I honestly did not remember that the original date was kept in the devlog. Again I apologize for the misunderstanding, I will inform you of everything as I have news. THANKS!

To be honest with you i also thought that you had forgotten that the original release date was kept in the devlog :) Take it easy and we'll celebrate when the games comes out :)

Had a lot of fun with the original game on Pico8. I must say i was not 100% convinced by what i originally saw on kickstarter. But now that i see the current game status, i could not resist and pre-ordered it. Can't wait to play this awesome shmup, It takes me back to my Galaxian/Galaga/Defender days on Arcade :)

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Thank you for your comment and for your pre order! :)

I must say it was my first kickstarter and I think I made the mistake of showing the idea too early (among others) . I think that now that we are approaching the end, what was in my head is finally beginning to be seen as it should ;P

Galaga/Galaxian/Defender are big influences for this game! In fact, everything started thinking how Galaga would work in horizontal... and adding some power ups as in R-type/Gradius ;)

I think we will have a worthy successor to the original Galactic Wars, l'm looking forward to release the game and have your impressions!

THANKS!

That's exactly what i was thinking. On your kickstarter, the videos are far from reflecting the videos which are here on itchio. And i told myself "wow, this is not the same game !". Whatever, you obviously know how to capture the essence of Old 8 bits shooters, And yes you've made it. You're true impressive game dev ! I do not play AAA games anymore. I prefer to buy Indie Games made by Coders having the passion inside. Many thanks for bringing all this fun to us ;)

I really appreciate your words! And that you support indie developers, it is thanks to people like you that we develop games ... without players none of this would exist ;) So really thanks for playing it and for appreciating it!

So looking forward to the release of your Awesome Shoot em up  game, 

I have got my pre-order..Cant wait and Amazing work pal :)

SHOOT EM UPS 4 LIFE!!!!

Thanks for your kind words and for your pre-order!
I sent an email recently to all buyers to inform you about some news.
I'm looking forward to release the game too. I'll make a new update very soon!  ;)
THANKS!! 

I always come back to this game, so addictive :)

Awesome! THANKS!

Have you managed to defeat the final boss? ;)

Not yet , but with just a bit more practice.... 

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Please let me know :)

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Good job ! is there a way to export a Linux version ? I would be more than happy to pre-order it.


Have a good day !

Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
Unfortunately the Linux version was presented during the campaign as a stretch goal but it was not reached.
At the moment there will only be a PC version, but I do not rule out that it can be ported in the future ;)

Thanks VolcanoBytes,

I'm following your project very closely then.

That's great maybeGreen :)

Thanks for your support!

Really glad to see this getting fully funded and I'm excited to see how the finished game turns out. The Pico-8 original was really fun and this new EX version is looking even better! 

Thanks for your kind comment! We are working hard to develop a great game, please stay tuned, the devlog will be updated often from next week ;)