Classic Gameplay, Evolved

Revisit the classic ‘Thrust’-style gameplay from the golden age of Atari, evolved for modern gamers as a twin-stick shooter. Negotiate the twists and turns of tunnels and caverns under the surface of Mars, Ceres and many more planets across the solar system. Engage with swarms of enemy Laser Pods in bullet-riddled combat. Rescue hostages before they can be turned into Brain Drones that swell the ranks of Doctor Quantex’ army. Deploy Marines, turret guns and other assets to turn the tide of battle. Recover fuel, data chips and other resources to aid you in victory.


  • Enjoy classic sci-fi, tilt/thrust gravity-based gameplay
  • Battle enemies with twin-stick or 360° mouse aim
  • Explore vibrant Amiga-style pixel art environments
  • Manage resources and carefully select missions in Campaign Mode
  • Relive this ‘forgotten’ shmup sub-genre
  • Available now on Steam Early Access
  • Full launch on PC in 2017

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I recently had a chat with the guys on Lave Radio, the Elite Dangerous Podcast. I talked about making Captain Kaon and my experience as an indie, my time on Total War, and the 5 games I couldn’t live without. You can listen to the podcast here.

I’m still working hard to update and improve Captain Kaon, there have been lots of bug fixes and here are a few of the key things I’ve added in recent updates.

There are now two difficulty modes, Normal and Hardcore. In Normal mode you don’t take impact damage from the surroundings, you have a higher amount of armour on your gunship, and the enemy have a slower rate of fire.

I’ve also made improvements to the controls so the Gunship handles better. I’ve reduced the amount of gravity so that the Gunship floats more and gives you a little bit of extra time to correct an impending crash. I’ve also added an air-brake so you can slow the Gunship to a stop and a flight assist mode that adjusts the rate of rotation to help keep the Gunship on a stable flight.

To help with the challenge of avoiding bullets and living a little bit longer I have improved the strafe. It now applies a pulse of thrust to give the Gunship a sharp sideways jump to get you out of the way of trouble.

I’ve improved the objective indicator on the HUD, it no longer just places a cross hair over the target object. There are several different icons to give an indication of what you are supposed to do with the target, shoot it, pick it up, drop it off, etc.

I'm still working on Captain Kaon and aiming to make it as fun as it can be. If you have any feedback I’d love to hear what you think of Captain Kaon.

Captain Kaon - Out Now

Captain Kaon - Out Now


Captain Kaon - Retro Twin-stick Gravity Shooter, buy now on Steam.

Captain Kaon Early Access Launch

Captain Kaon Early Access Launch


Captain Kaon is available now on Steam Early Access. Enjoy a re-imagining of the classics Thrust and Gravitar, gravity shooters that are 1980’s classics...

Captain Kaon - Gravity Shooter - Free on

Captain Kaon - Gravity Shooter - Free on


Captain Kaon Lite is now available, free, on It features 4 full missions to play through.

Captain Kaon - Fresh new art style

Captain Kaon - Fresh new art style


Captain Kaon has been updated with a fresh new art style. check it out here.

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Captain Kaon - Alpha Demo 2

Captain Kaon - Alpha Demo 2


A new version of the alpha build for Captain Kaon is available. Along with bug fixes and design tweaks it has: - The dead husks of enemies you have destroyed...

Captain Kaon - Alpha Demo

Captain Kaon - Alpha Demo


This is an early alpha demo of the PC version of Captain Kaon. It has the first 18 missions comprised of 38 stages, each is fully completable. There are...

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Captain Kaon is now on Greenlight, you can vote for it here

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After 3 long years I've finally released #CaptainKaon buy it now on Steam #indiedev #gamedev

Apr 14 2017

If you're at #Rezzed take a look at Captain Kaon it's a retro twin stick shooter #indiedev #gamedev

Mar 31 2017

#Rezzed All set up and ready to go. Check Captain Kaon out at Rezzed tomorrow. #indiedev #gamedev

Mar 29 2017

Thanks for the awesome write up :-) #indiedev

Mar 3 2017

Check out my recent dev diary blog on improving problem gameplay #gamedev #indiedev

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