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Rogue Invader is a 1-bit roguelike shooter

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Roguie Invader

Supporting my otherwise completely unsupportable theory that games are made by throwing darts into a wall of nouns, here's Rogue Invader. It's a 1-bit side-scrolling roguelike shooter. Yes, indeed. Distinctive visual gimmick aside, it's a robust sounding package—complete with minibosses, sidequests, procedural generation and weapon modification.

Here, for you, is a trailer:

The "1-bit HD" means the game is rendered through either black or white pixels—a bit like what Lucas Pope is doing with Return of the Obra Dinn. Here, though, you're upgrading weapons and killing aliens, rather than exploring a 19th century ship.

Despite the trailer's request to thumbs-up Rogue Invader's Steam Greenlight page, it has now been accepted onto the store. You can find more details at that aforementioned page. Rogue Invader is due out later this year.

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.