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What Is Starwave Defender

Starwave Defender is an intense top-down shooter based around wave survival built by Brandon Garvin using Unreal Engine 4. You have a limited number of lives, however, there are hundreds of enemies coming. Each individual enemy is weak, but they can deal a large amount of damage if you aren't careful.

The game was originally designed and built for the Android platform, however, it has been revamped for the PC platform. During the testing phase many of the players preferred to play it on their PC using a controller, and eventually I decided to scrap the mobile release due to engine limitations at the time. There are several minor annoyances that come from the original mobile design, which will be fixed in updates planned after release.

Starwave makes an excellent time sink when you're waiting for something to finish, or just have nothing to do. Most games of Starwave Defender are short, however, you can pause it or stop playing at any time. It has very low resource usage, allowing you to play it when even other resource intensive tasks are running.

Game Controls


Move Up: W
Move Down: S
Move Left: A
Move Right: D

Shoot Up: Up Arrow
Shoot Down: Down Arrow
Shoot Left: Left Arrow
Shoot Right: Right Arrow

Keyboard + Mouse

Move Up: W
Move Down: S
Move Left: A
Move Right: D

Shooting: Left Click to shoot at mouse


Movement: Left Stick
Shooting: Right Stick

System Requirements


OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10

Processor: 3GHz Dual Core

Memory: 2GB RAM

Graphics: DirectX 11 GPU with 1GB VRAM

Storage: 500MB available space


OS: 64-bit, only Ubuntu 14.04 tested

Processor: 3GHz Dual Core

Memory: 2GB RAM

Graphics: GPU with OpenGL 4.3 and 1GB VRAM

Storage: 500MB available space

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR LINUX USERS: This game requires OpenGL 4.3, meaning if you are running an AMD GPU you must be running the proprietary drivers! The open source drivers do not yet support OpenGL 4.3!

More information

Published352 days ago
PlatformsWindows, Linux
Release date351 days ago
AuthorBrandon Garvin
TagsController, Destruction, Fast-Paced, Shoot 'Em Up, Space, Top-Down, Top down shooter, Twin Stick Shooter, unreal-engine
LicenseAll rights reserved
Asset licenseAll rights reserved
Average durationA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, XBox 360 controllers
Player countSingleplayer


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Starwave Defender for Linux 182 MB
Starwave Defender for 64bit Windows 112 MB

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