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Retrobooster game will release on Linux and PC in February

Linux Game News is very pleased to bring you the latest update for Retrobooster from Really Slick Games. A skilled game where the player is immersed into a high-tension #survival #shooter with an extremely nimble thrust ship, aggressive enemies, speed flying challenges, puzzles, creepy worlds, and fiery death lurking pretty much everywhere. All in a game with dynamic graphics, a real-time motion feel, and visually stunning (yes, even your ship blowing up looks amazing).

What is Retrobooster

When evil aliens invade the galaxy, it is up to you and your fleet of decommissioned starfighters to drive them back. Pilot your nimble thrust ship through tense battles and tight spaces. Hone your piloting skills, rescue survivors, blow up gobs of baddies, witness the horrors that lurk in the darkest corners of the galaxy, and make it out alive.
Retrobooster is an old school survival shooter and cave-flyer for Windows and Linux. It focuses on skill-based flying and enemy blasting with rich visual and audio effects. It also has speed-flying challenges, puzzles, impressive weaponry, a warped sense of humor, creepy enemies, and a healthy dose of bullet hell. Survive to the end if you can, and use your awesome new flying skills to replay for high scores.


  • Classic thrust ship controls that are challenging to master
  • 30+ levels to unlock
  • 4 skill levels
  • Single player or up to 4 players split-screen
  • Cooperative and deathmatch multiplayer modes
  • Control with keyboard, mouse and keyboard, or game controller
  • Find weapons and power-ups to increase your lethality
  • Unlimited fuel (no dying just because you run out of gas)
  • Electronic soundtrack by Subatomicglue frontman, Kevin Meinert

One impressive feature Really Slick incorporated into the gameplay are accurate controls. You can play Retrobooster with keyboard and mouse, but we opted for an Xbox360, and the rumble feature worked straight out of the box. Making the impacts of your ship even more real. And justly so, Really Slick have been rather innovative, working on the title for a couple of years to ensure the final build will be impressive. And coming closer to the final release date, this latest latest demo shows Retrobooster as nothing shy of exhilarating.

Here is the recent update from Really Slick Games:

First of all, I am planning to release Retrobooster on February 21. It will be available for purchase from this website, the Humble Store, Indie Game Stand, and Desura. I may sign up with one or two more distributors still. I am also working on a new trailer, which should be posted early next week if everything goes as planned.

You can download the new version of the demo from the downloads page. The list of changes is smaller than previous updates because I spent most of the past three months improving levels that are not in the demo.

The big addition this time around is the game save feature. Your game will be automatically saved each time you beat a level. This is more useful in the full version of the game because your first pass through all the levels can take upwards of twenty hours. The demo is much shorter.

  • Added Alt-F4 key command to quit game. It’s useful for when your boss walks by.
  • The game now saves automatically each time you beat a level. There are six save game slots available.
  • You can now only get a high score when beating the final level. This fits well with the save game features.
  • In single-player games any attached game controller will now work, so you don’t have to select your controller in the Controls menu.
  • Game controller menu navigation has been improved in various ways.
  • The game is paused when its window loses focus. This is helpful if your operating system opens a window on top of your game for any silly reason.
  • Overhauled sound effects. They now have better relative gains and many sounds stand out better.
  • Many cosmetic tweaks, including some work on fire particles.

Vote for Retrobooster on Steam Greenlight

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If you have any questions or technical issues, you can reply to the blog post update or contact Really Slick directly via email.

And, should you want to know what other Linux and Windows gamers like aboutRetrobooster, check out the post on Reddit

Still want to know more? You can also follow Really Slick on Twitter and Facebook.

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