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Play OverviewPlay Overview

PixelJunk Shooter (2009) is a shooting game where you fly a subterranean vehicle to rescue scientists trapped underground. You control movement with one stick and shooting with the other. This combines with the world's physics to create a puzzling shooting challenge.

Play involves flying your craft and using missiles to defeat enemies and destroy weak rocks. You can manipulated three types of fluid you find (water, magma, and ferrofluid) to reach the survivors. This adds a puzzle aspect to the action, and uses physics to simulate the materials. Shoot out rocks to release some water down onto lava and you create solid rock.

These physics extend to how your craft moves. You turn left and right and fire a propulsion jet with the left stick. With these simple controls you need to carefully stay afloat and negotiate complex caverns. While you do this the right stick controls your rockets and grapple hook.

To progress to the next area you need to rescue a certain number of scientists. As you do there is a narrative about how the scientists became stuck and wider plans afoot.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked PixelJunk Shooter 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting and Simulation game with Collecting, Puzzle and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game. In the second game there's a competitive mode where you compete with another player to rescue scientists. This is a fully fledged mode with load-outs and upgrades.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated IGEA G.

Account Rating

  • You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


PixelJunk Shooter usually costs £6.99.

PixelJunk Shooter

Steam Store PC £6.99
Steam Store Mac £6.99
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/12/2009, updated in 2015

Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Shooting, Simulation (Collecting, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

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