Smiley’s Shooty Adventure Whatever! Sale

Aciiiiiiieeeeed (Copyright 1989)

Do you remember 2008? I don’t. It’s a foggy place of my head. I vaguely remember travelling from a beautiful land of green to a towering, black, smoke-ridden edifice, but that may just me getting confused with rewwatching all the Lord of the Rings films. Anyway, according to the record of the internet, back then I wrote about the arena-shooter trippiness of Smiley’s Shooty Adventure. Anyway, news reaches me that Caffine Monster Software are having one of those popular “pay whatever you like sales” to celebrate its second birthday. So instead of the ten dollars, just give some money and it’s yours. You can try the demo other there, or watch the new trailer below…

The offer is open until May 12th.


  1. Clovis says:

    So that’s what Evil Otto’s been up to.

  2. lhzr says:

    got it for 5$, since i like dual stick shooters, especially with coop, but i gotta say that this doesn’t seem hold a candle to the stuff that charlie or pop pom games put out .

    try scoregasm from and mutant storm empire from link to

    both can be preordered from the above links and are as excellent as they look in the videos.

    • MadMatty says:

      link to

      Mutant storm empire review

    • Warduke says:

      Am I the only one that read that as “pop porn games” ?? Gotta get out more….

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      you mean they are NOT pop porn games? Man, I thought we are onto something finally…

    • bookwormat says:

      Mutant storm empire

      It seems that the PC version of Mutant Storm Epire (which is excellent) won’t be released any time soon. Read the thread on their webpage: They are not accepted on Steam for whatever reason, and the PC sales from the website do not make enough money.

    • lhzr says:

      @bookwormat: have you clicked the pornporn link that i posted? you can buy from there (for 5$) a pre-release version (which works just fine for me).

    • bookwormat says:

      @lhzr I bought the beta version of mutant storm empire last year. I’m just saying that they never actually released the game.

  3. duel says:

    this is reminiscent of Shperes of Chaos

    link to

    that was an eye burner too

  4. Vague-rant says:

    “a Robotron-styled arena-shooter with mouse combat, co-op and assorted Minter-esque pixel-annihilation. I bloody hate pixels. If you hate pixels, you should get the demo and punch them in their guts.”

    –Kieron Gillen, Rock, Paper, Shotgun

    Did you read that on their site and then go back and check to see if you wrote it?

    Also pixels have a hard life in todays society after all its not their fault their squares.

  5. Tei says:

    The Original

  6. RobF says:

    I really like this. Bought it first time round and enjoyed it a lot. Mo did a grand job on it and it saddens me a bit that it sort of fell through the cracks and off the radar.

    It’s not big bangy flashy like the new gen of arena shooters but it’s wonderfully solid and fleshed out. Yup, it’s more like Minter circa the late 80’s but I don’t see that as an especially bad thing.

    Given the choice between this and the blandness of MS:E (seriously – an entire level of shooting bubbles? Get out of here!), there’d be no competition for me especially when you can pay what you want.

    Go gerrit!

    • lhzr says:

      ah, yes. because shooting squares is so much more fun than shooting bubbles.

    • Mo says:

      @ lhzr: Honest guv, it gets better! :) Easing you in and all that.

      I wrote Smiley because I *love* GridRunner++, but am utterly shit at it. I love the aesthetic, I love the mechanics, but I just can’t keep up. Smiley was written because there didn’t exist a shmup that I could play through. In the process, I’ve ended up with something almost-unwittingly unique… not hardcore enough difficulty-wise for the shmup community, but too hardcore aesthetically for the normal gamer.

      If (like me) you enjoy psychedelia, retro pixel art and the glitch aesthetic, this game is for you. If you find it a bit too much, turn down the graphics options. I jack them all the way up, natch. :)

      If you find the game too easy, turn up the difficulty, it really does help. I’ve actually tweaked the AI routines based on difficulty, so it’ll hopefully be a bit more up your alley.

    • RobF says:

      It’s not whether they’re squares or bubbles, I couldn’t really give a toss if they’re bubbles, squares, condoms or monkeys in the graphics department, it’s that we’re talking an entire level of uninspired lazy enemy spamming rubbish that just happens to be in the shape of a bubble.

      Given 99% of the levels in MS:E are equally uninspired – it’s rare that the game has any flashes of doing anything above average – it’s competent but little more. It’s almost like Pom Pom either ran out of ideas are their hearts just weren’t in it and the further you get into the game, the less interesting it gets.

      Which is a great shame considering all the stuff that happened inbetween the original Mutant Storm (and even Reloaded) and MS:E being released.

    • lhzr says:

      @Mo: i wasn’t trying to put down your game, i haven’t even had a chance to try it out yet :)

      i was just miffed about robf enjoying squares more than bubbles, which is plainly wrong !

    • Mo says:

      @lhzr: err, sorry for the wall of text … really, just the first line was directed at you. The rest was directed at the general public.

    • lhzr says:

      @Mo: shooty smiley is lovely, just gave it a go. fully worth the pay-what-you-want price :)

    • trjp says:

      The thing is – MINTER is still like Minter was in the 80s too :)

      Whilst I crave crisp/sharp/mad graphics ala Beat Hazard I did find the Smiley Demo really quite entertaining – there’s a feeling of real love and care in there, of someone who’s polished what he’s made into a really rounded and worthwhile thing.

      and now he’s all-but giving it away and you’re complaining because….???

  7. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    I’d recomend getting Leave Home for 5 (count ’em!) dollars instead…
    link to

    • RobF says:

      You mean there’s people who haven’t bought Leave Home already?


      GOTY material, right there. (2 years running if you include the 360 version).

  8. trjp says:

    This thread is getting expensive/complex and lovely…

    If only Leave Home would work on my laptop or desktop (it dislikes either 1280×800 or 1440×900 resolutions and 1024×768 is just wrong).

    • RobF says:

      Bums, that’s a shame.

      Leave Home is lovely in so many ways it’s daft. It’s one of those rare games that causes me to play with a furious anger which is kinda fortunate/unfortunate (depending on your mood, natch) as the more you kick at it, the more it kicks back at you. And it will kick back very hard.

      Probably doesn’t help that it thematically touches quite a nerve.

      I’m absolutely envious of what Matt pulled off with it, there’s just so many touches there that make me sit back agog and wish I’d thought of them. None more so than the stage based around the footage of Unity which is wonderful.

      His last game, Fren-Ze is well worth a punt too. There’s a real sense of absolute design to it. Brutally hard at times and completely unforgiving but never really unfair. Which is about all I could ask for.

    • trjp says:

      I dropped Matt an email and he’s promised an update over the w/e which includes additional resolutions :)

      Can’t wait :)

  9. Thants says:

    I hate to be the one to say it, but it’s a shame that it’s so very ugly.

    • geldonyetich says:

      It does look a bit like a child’s MS paint experiments come to life, doesn’t it? However, that’s just as likely to be a deliberate stylistic decision as it is the developer being lazy.

    • Mo says:

      Yeah, it was a deliberate aesthetic decision on my part.

  10. MattJames says:

    I’ll be sorting extra resolutions and 16:10 ratio in Leave Home really soon, hopefully new version out this weekend.

    • trjp says:


      Buys game

      *shakes fist at RPS for costing him so much monies* :)

  11. Cycle says:

    I bought Leave Home after the praise I saw here, and I have to honestly say I can’t stand it. Seems so full of design errors to me, and just isn’t very fun, in my opinion of course. Guess I should have tried the demo, but it was only five bucks.

    Been enjoying Smiley much more, though. It’s funny that the creator says he made it because GR++ was too hard for him… I can survive GR++ for ages whereas in Smiley I haven’t even managed to get to level 10 yet.