Solaroids is a re-imagined version of the classic Asteroids® as a single or local multiplayer shooter that retains the essential premise that inertia is the missing ingredient of many modern top down shooters.


Fly solo or with up to three of your friends against a seemingly insurmountable threat. Defend your solar system in a Campaign that progresses from tame introductory levels to epic high-octane space battles that will challenge even the most experienced pilots. As the campaign progresses and the threat continues to grow, so will the kinds of weapons at your disposal.


While each player competes for high scores individually, each must choose their own path; whether to be friend or foe, work together or individually, fight or flee. Each player can customize their ship colors and join or leave the game at any time. As participants come and go, the action never stops.


  • Classic Asteroids® style game play
  • Huge wrapping arena
  • Wide assortment of power-ups and threats unlocked throughout the levels
  • Forward and reverse thrusters
  • Primary, secondary, and defensive weapons
  • Customize primary and secondary player ship colors
  • Reticle indicating location of items of interest including enemies and players
  • Damage system based off physical, mechanical, and electrical properties
  • Up to 4 local players
    • Join at any time
    • Unlimited credits (configurable)
    • Cooperative or not - you decide (configurable)
  • Game modes (current):
    • Campaign - Defend your solar system from the impending threat
    • Free Play - Provides instant and insanely intense action (unlockable)
  • Separate local and global leaderboards for both First Credit and Any Credit high scores
  • Steam Features: Stats, Achievements, Leaderboards, Big-Picture, Full Controller Support
  • Original soundtrack with support for Steam music
  • 4K+ resolution support
  • 60Hz-240Hz+ support
  • Configurable controls:
    • Classic
    • Hybrid (single-stick)
    • Modern (twin-stick)
  • Supports common controllers:
    • Keyboard
    • Xbox 360/One
    • Dualshock 3/4


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Greeting and welcome alpha fighter pilots; whether your are a medal laden veteran pilot, a new recruit cutting your teeth, from Earth, or from one of the furthest corners of the known universe.

I hope you've been priming your trigger fingers, as the Nexus Galactic as deployed several important milestone updates to whet your appetite for unmatched precision controlled skill based combat across the solar system.

Probably the biggest features added are CRT emulation capabilities, and an almost complete rendition of Vector mode.

CRT Effects

The newly added CRT Emulation options allow the addition of scanline and phosphor effects for that old school retro look! I grew up in the 80s and often miss that old look. Thanks to the modern miracle of advanced GPUs and pixel shaders, we can continue to enjoy the retro style even today!

Vector XY Monitor Simulation

The newly added Vector Palette option allows switching the color scheme from the original Solaroids full-color palette to monochromatic Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe palettes.

Added Vector options allow tweaking the look of the Vector XY Monitor simulation by adjusting the intensity, focus, shimmer, and jitter parameters. Combine that with the Bloom setting already in place you you can get quite a few different looks from sharp ultra-precise monitor to erratic possibly seizure inducing strobe effects.

Each aspect of the simulated XY Vector display can be tweaked to your taste and combined with other options like Bloom, Background Opacity, Stars, and CRT effects to simulate a variety of looks.

There have been a tone of other tweaks and refinements too. Check out the Steam store page or community for detailed patch notes.

Solaroids is available in Early Access on Steam, Kartridge, and GameJolt and receives regular updates. Try the demo out today or splurge and get yourself a copy and join the fun!

Trading Cards, Vector, and HUD Improvements Oh My!

Trading Cards, Vector, and HUD Improvements Oh My!


A bunch of updates to Solaroids, including but not limited to Steam Trading cards, periodic leaderboards, color vector mode, and improvements to the reticle...

Seamlessly transition between Modern and Vector Modes!

Seamlessly transition between Modern and Vector Modes!


Soon you'll be able to re-live that 80s nostalgia but keep the frenetic gameplay that makes Solaroids so much fun! Solaroids is getting a new theme soon...

Solaroids: Prologue Trailer 2!!

Solaroids: Prologue Trailer 2!!


Yes, Solaroids got shiny new trailer!! I hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Fun with Solaroids at a Local Gaming Event!

Fun with Solaroids at a Local Gaming Event!


This fall we were able to showcase Solaroids at a local event. Players battled it out Co-op style, with a bit of competitive death-match style action...


The engine is actually FNA, at least for the Linux version, not "Custom". I don't know how to fix this in the Profile of the game...

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kiates Creator

FNA like XNA (used for Windows) is a framework. I’ve built up a whole internal 2D engine I call DFXEngine on top of those that includes rendering, scene, camera, spatial, entity management, audio, steering, collision, input, menus, etc.

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