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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated a year ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


PixelJunk Shooter 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.

DetailsGame Details

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

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

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

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)




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

Play StylePlay Style

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:

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.
In the US, ESRB state: This is a 2D action/puzzle game in which players use a small ship to rescue stranded workers from an alien planet's subterranean caves. This is done by destroying obstacles, eliminating enemy aliens, or destroying elements of the caves to access new pathways. The tiny stranded workers jump in the air or wave flags and arms to get players' attention; if these human workers are struck by an attack, they will yelp/scream and die. Background music contains the expletives "damn" and "hell" as well as a reference to drugs (e.g., "I wasn't there for the Pistols back in '76 . . . I wasn't there for the acid tests.").

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 £9.49.

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate

PlayStation Store PS4 £9.49
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.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our PixelJunk Shooter Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@PixelJunkNews) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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