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The future of video games: the fastest, bloodiest, deadliest, most adjective-abusing, action-packed first-person shooter of 1996.
The future of video games: the fastest, bloodiest, deadliest, most adjective-abusing, action-packed roguelike first-person shooter of 1996.
The future of video games: the fastest, bloodiest, deadliest, most adjective-abusing, action-packed roguelike first-person shooter of 1996.
4,953 backers pledged $207,847 to help bring this project to life.

!!PLAY STRAFE®'S SPEED RUN ZONE NOW!!

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But it’s broken. Seriously. READ THIS FIRST.

YOU ASKED NICELY TO PLAY STRAFE®.

WE SAID HAHA NOT A CHANCE IN HELL.

YOU DEMANDED TO PLAY STRAFE®, OR ELSE.

WE SAID REALLY, IT’S NOT READY.

YOU KIDNAPPED OUR LEAD PROGRAMMER AND HELD HIM AT GUNPOINT UNTIL HE RELEASED A BROKEN STRAFE® BUILD.

WE PULLED OUT A RAILGUN AND EXPLODED YOUR SKULL IN SELF DEFENSE.

AND THEN RELEASED A BROKEN STRAFE® BUILD AFTER JUST TO SPITE YOU.

So here it is, world. A small sign of things to come for STRAFE®. The SPEED RUN with high score tracking!

That means it’s pre-Alpha, BROKEN and not representative of the final game. It was custom built in days to get into the hands of streamers. The overwhelming positive response encouraged us to release it to the public. BUT this is A TINY FRACTION and modified version of STRAFE® that lacks most final features likes:

  • Custom options (inverted mouse, FOV/visor/gun sliders, etc)
  • Procedural level generation
  • Finished enemy AI and pathfinding
  • Secrets
  • A ton of things, you get the idea

We love what we’ve seen. But unfortunately it might not run on your particular computer right now. It might have major bugs, like enemies literally dancing for death. It might begin WWIII after your computer is mistaken on radar for a nuclear warhead. And if you don’t remember Doom’s elevator lifts, you might get stuck and not know how to move forward. Press E toward the ground, damn it.

If it works, great, see if you can beat the streamers’ speed run times! Just don’t be an asshole and cheat.

Enjoy. Get excited, but please realize we initially didn’t want people to play it until it was perfect. Remember this is just the beginning. We’re excited to build on this and complete STRAFE® in the most amazing way.

Here’s the download:

PC / MAC

Share it with anyone who was on the fence for pledging! And check back early tomorrow morning for our final update we think everyone will enjoy. We're close, we think we'll can pull it off, but not without you sharing these updates!

Thanks again.

Thom

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    1. Jesse Ficarra on

      ETA on working download?

    2. Austin Dahlke on

      Fun as hell. I busted my knee from the pure leg shaking glee.

    3. Scott Barnes Jr on

      I was worried that Strafe was too hardcore and too dangerous to get fully funded, but the gore gods have smiled upon us and Strafe will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public. The end is nigh.

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      Andrey on

      @Cannibox Hit "l" until you spawn in the right place.

    5. Johan Munkestam on

      Congrats on being funded

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      Christopher Zehnder on

      STRAFE IS FULLY FUNDED!! WHOO HOO! I was worried there for awhile, but we pulled it off! I mean....it's going to bring about the end of our plane of existence, but at least we'll be going out playing STRAFE!

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      Cannibox on

      Have to say, thanks for releasing the build, I'll have to watch someone else play it though, unfortunately. Downloaded it, started it up, and was surrounded by stars....
      I seemed to have spawned under the map. Still, best spacewalk i can recall having in ages, lol. At any rate, all the power to you guys, I love what you are doing and how you are doing it, so keep up the good work. I can't wait to see a more complete build further down the line.

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      wesley on

      Wow guys, I backed this game before I ever had the chance to try it out. I must say, that I have enjoyed atleast three hours of running the speed trial back to back. For this to be broken I feel that it is a lot of fun. I for one am highly impressed guys. There are bugs here and there, but it hardly even mattered. I couldn't get all the gibs off my face so I didn't really even notice. I am in love with STRAFE!! and I look forward to the update that says you've been fully funded!

    9. Geoffrey Jones on

      I was watching the Previously Recorded stream where they failed to notice the Doom lift. Your timely assistance was extremely valuable, and that stream convinced me to back this game.

    10. ymgve on

      I created a quck mod for the STRAFE pre-alpha to give inverted mouselook:

      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1593421/STRAFE_pre_alpha_invert_mouse.zip

      (For those worried about viruses, just compare the file with the original - I only changed a single byte)

    11. Jouni Lahtinen on

      Oh curses - I thought I was going to make some progress on our own game tonight, I guess I was wrong :D

    12. Deryn on

      Oh dear, that was such an incredible experience

      Backed into a corner with that health kit JUST out of reach, blasting incoming foes with my shotgun and praying that I can find an opening

      That's the kind of desperation you can really only get from these old school shooters. I'm so glad I backed this! Sending this to all my friends

    13. Richard Houle on

      I'm pleasantly surprised by how broken this build is. It did deliver on brokenness. I hope the final version will be better optimized, with graphics quality options. I thought since Quake 2 could run smoothly and my computer, that this would. My frame rate is fine, until I hit a big room.

    14. William Estevez on

      I'm getting compatibility errors on my download. It seems I can't run it on my 32 bit version Windows 7. :(

    15. Alvin David Fletcher on

      can i upload footageto youtube channel please??
      if not I will capture your lead designer and hang them at the end of the dungeon, and you can only get there after you find the 2 keys in the hidden rooms

    16. holotape on

      The game seems cooler than I expected! I wasn't able to enjoy it to the fullest because I play inverted, but I understand how early it is and appreciate the effort put into getting it out there!

    17. Daniel Jewell on

      It's not false advertising, I think my head actually exploded! But it's ok, it got better again...

    18. Antti Vainionpää on

      I found a bug. I'm taking off my pledge.

      ...Says no one! thank you!

    19. Joshua Chap on

      Played for a few min as I do not want to Spoil to much of this game, but holly hell this is awesome! I am also attempting to contact some people I know that have some pretty popular Youtube channels to get the word out about the Kickstarter.

    20. Pixel Titans Creator on

      Glad it's that popular that this is a problem but hopefully its only a temporary issue.

    21. Pixel Titans Creator on

      We hit the bandwith limit on Onedrive. Uploading the SPEED ZONE to another site. We'll let you know when it's cool to download. SAME LINK

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      D14113221 on

      I can't download it. On firefox the page doesn't even load, and in every other browser the "download" button doesn't do anything at all.

    23. jazix on

      Download is broken for me too.

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      Sean H on

      How do I download this? It isn't working for me.

    25. Vince Vazquez
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      "read the documentation attached. Does no on read anymore?"

      @Pixel Titans: That's so a 1996 thing to do :P

      Amazing demo, guys! Closing in on that goal; oh man, world. Don't let us down! STRAFE® is the game we need in 2015!

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      LordLiquidBaconII on

      I was on the fence about backing Strafe but this demo is so awesome! Can't wait for this game to be done!

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      Bill Turner on

      OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD.

      If this doesn't get funded the world is just wrong.

      #amazeballs

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      Alex Larsen on

      Wow - Just had 3 tries - This is just amazing :I

      And now I have to force my friends to try it, back it and play it some more! :D

    29. Marcel on

      @Pixel Titans: It's working now ^^ It happened 5 times in a row so I thought something was wrong.. but then it actually worked. Thanks! Awesome :D

    30. Jesse Wells on

      I finally made it on the Leaderboard. Already stiff competition! Seriously though, even as pre-alpha build; this rocks! Spreading the word as much as I can because, this needs to happen. Shotgunning reminds me of the good ol' Doom days. Thanks guys for the teaser, I'm totally pumped!

    31. Moeez Siddiqui on

      @Lobstermode, you got to kill 90% of enemies, when the percentage goes green. Then door opens.

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      Justin Tribuna on

      IT PLAY REAL GOOD KILL LOTS OF GUYS YES KILL GOOD
      On the real though this is awesome. The alt-fire modes are choice.

    33. Pixel Titans Creator on

      @ Lobstermode: read the documentation attached. Does no on read anymore?

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      Tim Canty on

      Hey, how would I go about making the demo fullscreen? ;D

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      Lobstermode on

      Am I too fast for the game ?

      I finished it about 4 times, once in only about 1:50 but the gate refuses to open no matter how long I wait.

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      Mikkel D on

      Very nice. Played through a couple of times. Hard to hit that high score when you have to waste 90% of the enemies. The robot tends to be lost in the hail of bullets.

    37. Andreas Aronsson on

      Oh, haha, I see as mentioned no inverted mouse xD Well, it was a challenge to be sure :x will look forward to that option in the future ;)

    38. kriptosporidium on

      Out of respect for you guys and your conviction to deliver the best experience possible, I'm not gonna play this. I want my first time playing the game to be the best time it could possibly be, after all.

      Though I know for a fact this is gonna help more than a few people I know decide whether they're interested or not.

    39. Pixel Titans Creator on

      @Marcel Mac build is more broke. Hit "L" to respawn it should fix itself.

    40. Marcel on

      I start off some way above the map and in "space".. is that an error on my part?

      See uploaded image: http://i.imgur.com/zlFzJ0w.png

    41. Pixel Titans Creator on

      @ Wolfie: do it! Why not?

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      Wolfie on

      Would you be ok with us posting the videos in the main comment section if any of us make one?

    43. Pixel Titans Creator on

      @FreakOrama Hold ALT when opening.

    44. FreakOrama (Stitch.Games) on

      Awesome! Just wondering, is there a way to change the resolution?

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      Wolfie on

      Same here as John! :)

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      Cassie Saltmer on

      @Pixel Titans Thank you very much, and don't worry, I'll be sure to mention. :D