A downloadable game for Windows

I wished that sometime in the 80s there had been made a (Pike and)shooter arcade game where you controlled a formation of 16th century, early gunpowder era mercenaries. So I started making one.

Pike 'n Shot is heavy inspired by both the Gameboy game Mercenary Force as well as the battlefield part of the NES/Amiga game North & South. These games looked so cool to me as a kid whenever I saw screen shots of them in magazines and what not, but then when I actually played them they both proved to be pretty awkward and unsatisfying. Pike 'n Shot is my attempt to make a good game out of the idea of a fast paced, real-time renaissance battle that is streamlined, fun, and plays sort of like a shoot'em up.

Pike 'n Shot is still in very early alpha status. What I have for download so far is a prototype of the desired eventual renaissance battle experience that I hope you will enjoy. I am working on the game all the time.

  • Use your pikes to kill waves of melee attackers or hold off armoured threats
  • dodge and shoot ranged troops to avoid losses
  • shoot armoured enemies to break their protection and make them vulnerable
  • capture loot to build up your coffers (health) and earn special "doppel soldiers"

More information

Published166 days ago
StatusIn development
AuthorJames Edward Smith
Tags8-bit, Arcade, Medieval, Pixel Art, shmup, Shoot 'Em Up
Player countSingleplayer


PikeAndShotAlpha0.3.zip (977 kB)


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Tried it. Nice little game, but lacks variety for now - I just did "shoot, shoot, pikes, repeat", and it pretty much worked.

Needs a little bit more spice to be viable as a standalone game - the thing North & South's battle system had is it was just part of a bigger whole, so it didn't need to be super-engaging on its own. You don't have that luxury, so try to build on what you have - maybe a "build your unit" mechanic where you buy stuff, enemies that challenge you in different ways, more types of units you can use in your own formation?

Enjoyable overall, but only for a few minutes.

Yeah, it's just in the works for now. I'm working on the first boss right now and I'm going to add more types of enemies and such as I go. I want to have a sort of Mount & Blade style recruitment thing and then you upgrade guys in levels by getting pick ups. But that's all to come.