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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Star Salvager (2024) is a puzzle game where you steer a spacecraft through a field of falling block debris to grab matching blocks and shoot enemies. You gain ammunition and upgrades by positioning your ship to hit matching coloured blocks. It stands out for the unusual combination of block arrangement with classic space shooting, and how this evolves into a strategic puzzle with additional abilities and powerups.

You play the captain of a spaceship in a distant galaxy who sends out drones to defeat enemy aliens and spaceships. You control the drone, moving and rotating it to collect the falling blocks that provide ammunition. When three adjacent blocks of the same colour are attached to your ship, they transform into a single block that provides valuable ammunition and lets you shoot the enemy invaders. As you pick up more and more blocks, your movement is slower but your attacking potential increases.

You can spin to shake off blocks or hit special Bumper blocks to shift rows of blocks on your drone. In this way, you manage the matching and collecting of blocks to maximise your upgrades and minimise your encumbrance. When you die, you start again but can use experience points you get from defeating enemies to purchase permanent boosts to your drone, so you can gradually make it further every run you do.

The result is a game that combines match-three strategy with classic shooting action. Gradually increasing the power of your drone to make it further every time you play as you create nuanced drones tailored to your play style makes for a deeply engaging gameplay loop.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Star Salvager 4 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Puzzle and Shooting game with Action and Brain Game elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. While there is some strategy and timing needed in arranging the blocks and shooting enemies, the concept is easy to understand and there is a wide array of weapons, some of which fire automatically and reduce the need to focus on shooting.

CostsCosts

Star Salvager usually costs £10.99.
 

Star Salvager

Steam Store PC £10.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/05/2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Puzzle, Shooting (Action and Brain Game)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: A Game Studios (@A_Game_Studios)


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