With the glut of pixel-centric, retro-inspired games that have been released/announced in the last 4-5 years, it’s nice to see something that hearkens back to a bygone era, but expands on the formula in a way that doesn’t cause eyestrain.


But will still take you for a ride!

So imagine my surprise when I came across Dystoria, a colorful, fast-paced 6-axis space shooter that hearkens back to vector arcade games like Asteroids and Battlezone. Throw in some retro synthwave music, and it’s almost like getting slapped by Johnny Five while cruising around in your Delorean.

The good-natured duo that comprises Tri-Coastal Games launched their Dystoria Kickstarter on May 3rd, 2016, and will hit old school arcade fiends like myself right in the retro feels.


So much wow…

Dystoria is proof that “retro-inspired” is not married to pixel art, and can span across multiple genres and styles. Just compare legendary arcade titles like Dragon’s Lair and Tempest.

Will Dystoria usher in a new era?

Track the progress of the Dystoria Kickstarter in our Campaign Calendar.

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Conrad Crisman

Conrad is an industry vet who's approximately 25% Internet famous. Starting with the NES Action Set and local arcades circa 1988, he has a soft spot for indie games and old school platformers. He even built his own arcade cabinet once and shamelessly bragged about it to his buddy.

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