Strafe (video game)

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Strafe logo.png
Logo of Strafe
Developer(s)Pixel Titans
Publisher(s)Devolver Digital
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, Linux
  • May 9, 2017
  • Linux
  • March 27, 2018
Genre(s)First-person shooter

Strafe (stylized as STRAFE) is a first-person shooter video game developed by Pixel Titans and published by Devolver Digital. The game is an homage to 1990s first-person shooter video games, such as Doom and Quake, advertised as to have "bleeding edge graphics and gameplay", citing the year 1996. It was released worldwide on May 9, 2017. Linux support was added on March 27, 2018.[1]


Strafe is a first-person shooter. Weapons at the player's disposal include shotguns, machine guns and railguns. Merchants appear, from whom the player can buy upgrades. The levels in the game are semi-procedurally generated. Upon loading into each zone, the map is generated by pulling a set of rooms from a pool and arranging them randomly. The enemies, upgrades, and merchants among other assets are also randomized and placed within the zone. Strafe is notably virtual reality head-mounted display Oculus Rift enabled. The game features digital gravity and a dynamic blood splatter system. Each weapon has a primary and secondary fire method, with power-up items allowing the weapon to become much more powerful.


The unnamed player character is a "scrapper", a space explorer who collects materials to use as currency. An unknown party sends them on a scavenging mission to a ship known as Icarus on the far reaches of the known universe. However, once the player arrives on Icarus, they find that something on-board has gone awry, and must combat a deadly alien threat.[2][3]


The game had a successful crowdfunding campaign, reaching $207,000 of a $185,000 goal on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter campaign video parodies over-the-top video game commercials of the 90s. The video was well-received, the game's designer Thom Glunt attributes his experience in commercial and video production to its success. Though the video was humorous, Glunt stresses that Strafe is not a comedy game, "It's a balls-to-the-wall straight-up action game." Strafe was featured at the 2015 Games Developers Conference with a playable demo.[4]


Gamespot awarded Strafe a score of 8 out of 10, saying "Strafe wears its influences on its sleeve but stands on its own as a fun, intense, and fast-paced shooter with distinguishable charm."[5]


  1. ^ Daw, Liam (March 27, 2018). "FPS game 'STRAFE: Millennium Edition' has just added Linux support". GamingOnLinux. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Morrison, Angus (March 3, 2016). "Strafe coming early 2017, in-game footage appears". PC Gamer. Future US. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  3. ^ Glunt, Thom (March 9, 2016). "STRAFE® official Steam description".
  4. ^ Campbell, Colin (January 22, 2015). "You've seen the brilliant Strafe ad, but what about the game?". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  5. ^ Higham, Michael (May 9, 2017). "Strafe Review". GameSpot. Retrieved May 10, 2017.

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