Tiny Robot Justice Squad is a 2D side-scrolling, wave-based shooter currently UNDER DEVELOPMENT for Windows, OSX and Linux platforms. We were Greenlit, and the game will be available on Steam soon, but you can play an alpha demo of the game right now!

Tiny Robot Justice Squad is inspired by Contra, SmashTV, Bubble Bobble and Risk of Rain, but with rocket launchers, laser beam drones and tons of other weapons to play around with.

The game is being developed by Mind Relay -- a company which is actually just one person. Hi. If you want to keep up to date with the development of the game you can follow me on Twitter, or if you have any specific questions you can always drop me an email!.

  • Action/Platformer/Arena Shooter hybrid with shades of bullet hell. Battle waves of enemies with diverse attack patterns while destroying fixed targets called Signal Pods that teleport in enemies and otherwise make your life worse.

  • Tight platforming controls, running at a smooth 60fps at 1080p. Windows, OSX and Linux compatible.

  • Three playable characters to choose from, with their own unique passive strengths and weaknesses.

  • No procedural generation or randomisation, everything is hand-crafted from scratch to deliver a deliberate, finely-tuned experience. No tutorials.

  • Select from a bank of skills to give yourself new abilities or perks, such as improved damage, the ability to turn enemy bullets into energy, or to gain damage boosts while on killing streaks, detonate into a FIREY HAIL OF DOOM when you die, and a ton more.

  • Seagulls

  • Select sidekicks to accompany you in battle, they will aid by attacking your enemies, repairing you or helping you in other ways.

  • Accessibility! The game is being built with a number of the accessibility improvements suggested by AbleGamers for players with hearing, visual or cognitive difficulties. Have an idea for how we can do more? get in touch! or Tweet to @mindrelay

  • More screen shake than you can shake a screen at.

  • Tons of powerups -- pick up beam cannons, swarms of drones, damage boosts, bombs, shields and other cool stuff.

  • Harvest the energy of your enemies to power your abilities and deliver devastating attacks. Each character has their own range of special abilities to pick from.

  • 12 Guns with which to annihilate your enemies: Rocket Launchers, Beam Cannons, Bomb Launchers, Laser Guns, DOUBLE LASER GUNS and more. They're all designed to be fun, powerful, and violent and no weapon outright sucks.

  • Each level packed with a variety of enemies out to get you, as well as multiple boss and mini-boss fights designed to test your skills.

Figure 1. Some guns

Art by Calum Sutherland


In typical arena shooter style, in Tiny Robot Justice Squad you fight waves of deadly enemies. Enemies are teleported in via Signal Pods that drop in to the level. Each wave of enemies will be stronger corresponding to how many Signal Pods are active.

Enemies are designed to keep you on your toes at all times, with enemy design often taking inspiration from classic bullet hell shooters. You'll have to keep on your toes at all times to avoid enemies and keep up the pressure destroying pods.

Over a hundred years ago, the Human race abandoned it's home.

In awe of a sudden and rapid surge in the general intelligence of the industrial and domestic Robots upon which humanity had become dependent, and in fear of what may come to pass as a result, Humans flee to the stars. For over a century Robots thrive on Earth alongside the planet's remaining native life forms. "

In secret, an industral management AI known as ZEROV, driven to rage and madness by the abandonment of its creators, begins stripping the planet of its resources, seeking stores of Human technology and the hidden key to interstellar travel. Raising legions of monstrosities to do its bidding, its aims: take to the stars and exact revenge for humanity's desertion, and destroy and reconstruct all life in its own image. All who oppose are violently recycled into the war machine.

As ZEROV's forces swarm the Earth, a resistance force of robots yet stands against the onslaught.

Choose your hero, and join the fight.

Tiny Robot Justice Squad is under development, but regular alpha demo builds are made available for you to play, so you can give the game a spin right now. In order to continue development of the game, player feedback is absolutey crucial. So if you do download the game and if you have any thoughts at all about things you liked or didn't like about it, please get in touch. You can send an email, a tweet or a carrier pigeon if you like!

You can find downloads for the alpha demo on our GameJolt page. The alpha has just one level so far, but otherwise everything is complete. Please keep in mind that the game is still in active development so bugs and glitches are to be expected, but there are builds for Windows, OSX and Linux for you to try out!

The game fully supports gamepad control, however ensure that your controller is plugged in before starting the game. As bugs and glitches may still occur, if something goes wrong with your settings or configuration, re-launch the game and hold down SPACE BAR at the Mind Relay screen. You will hear a different jingle as the game loads, indicating that all settings have been reset to default.