Press Kit for Retrobooster

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Contact: Terry Welsh
Twitter: @TerryMWelsh


Retrobooster is a 2.5D survival shooter and cave-flyer, focusing 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.

With a custom particle engine squirting out the visual effects, Retrobooster will bathe your eyeballs in its explosions. But this game also remembers that a good cave-flyer is all about honing your flying skills and how the controls feel. Piloting a ship that is always seconds from a fatal collision, Retrobooster sustains a quiet tension. Survival is between you, the alien horde, and the game's realistic physics.

A few powerful software tools were used to build Retrobooster: OpenSceneGraph and OpenGL for graphics, SDL for windowing and input devices, and SDL_mixer for sound effects and music.


Platforms: Windows (at least XP SP3) and Linux
Language: English
Release: February 21, 2014
DRM: none


  • Classic thrust ship controls, plus reverse thrust
  • Detailed physics with plenty of death by crushing
  • 30+ levels (20+ hours of gameplay for most players)
  • Unlocked levels can be replayed any time
  • 10 weapons
  • 4 difficulty levels
  • Split-screen multiplayer for up to 4 players
  • Cooperative and deathmatch multiplayer modes
  • Electronic soundtrack by Subatomicglue frontman, Kevin Meinert
  • Customizable controls
    • Keyboard
    • Mouse and keyboard
    • Game controller (Some popular controllers are recognized automatically)


Trailer YouTube 1080p mp4 (284 MB)

Steam Release Trailer YouTube 1080p mp4 (57 MB)

Montage of Death YouTube

Fragile Humans YouTube


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