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Wouldn't it be cool if sometime in the 80s there had been a (Pike and)shooter arcade game where you controlled a formation of 16th century, early gunpowder era mercenaries? Well, one day 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. Screen shots of these games I saw in magazines really grabbed my imagination as a kid and I was dying to play them. Unfortunately once I actually did play them, they proved to be pretty   awkward and honestly unsatisfying. 

But the idea of what they might have been like still excited me and so I set about making Pike 'n Shot: my attempt to make a good game out of that inspiration. The result is a fast paced, real-time renaissance battle that is a lot  more streamlined and plays sort of like a more strategic take on 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. 

  • 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"


  • Z - Pike
  • X - Shot
  • Arrow Keys - Movement
  • Ctrl + 1 - Restart
  • Ctrl + 0 - Toggle Full Screen
  • Esc - Quit

Works with most controllers too (Xbox, PS3, etc)

StatusIn development
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(13 total ratings)
AuthorJames Edward Smith
Tags8-Bit, Arcade, Medieval, Pixel Art, Shoot 'Em Up


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PikenshotDemo v0.52.zip 14 MB

Development log


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finnaly somebody had the balls to make a game about this


Heh, what made you guys stumble on my poor old game? 

pike n shoot

What's that supposed to mean? Hehehe

it is what it is 

love the idea!

I remember following this game religiously back on the original TIG forum post, I think starting with version 0.1
So fun and loads of potential.

It is a gorgeous, and dont you doubt, rare of this genious combination of my (sadly nieche) renaissance setting done in this easy to play shoot em up, All while being challenging, Do keep it up Please.


Got around to giving this a try. Nice concept. The boss wiped me out pretty fast. I was kinda expecting it to be 2 player because you mentioned you wanted me and JordiGH to play it ha ha.


Oh cool, glad you tried it. I had forgotten I'd asked you. Did you stream it?

No, not on stream.

This is great, shame it didn't continue development.

Sorry, I got burnt out on it and trying to work day jobs.
I'm working on a new little roguelike game now about moles. I'll put up a page for it eventually when I get more done (Molehill Mountain).

I might come back to this game some day, I did put a lot of work into it, and it was my first decent game design I think.

That happens a lot :)

It's good to know you have your priorities in order, and finishing games is super hard! So don't feel bad when abandoning projects, framing them into a full product is an art in itself.

Good luck with everything!

Great artwork and such a cool game design concept. Great work!


hey!! AWESOME game, whats the state of development?