Niche Spotlight – Black Paradox

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Today’s Spotlight is Black Paradox, a roguelite shmup by Fantastico Studio and Digerati that released from Early Access a few months back.

You play as Black Paradox, a bounty hunter that pilots a heavily armed starship that looks suspiciously like a certain car-shaped time machine from a beloved movie franchise. Your latest contract involves tracking down the seven warlords that lead the Hellraisers, a violent gang of psychopaths terrorizing the galaxy.

Shoot your way across the cosmos with an arsenal of highly destructive weapons, power-ups, and support drones while ’80s-inspired synthwave tracks blare in the background. You can check out a trailer above.

Black Paradox is available on Windows PC, Mac (both via Steam), PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and iOS for $14.99.

Here’s a rundown of the game:

Black Paradox is a fast-paced roguelite shoot ’em up. Unleash an arsenal of weapons, power-ups, drones, and other upgrades to survive waves of enemies, against a backdrop of vibrant pixel art and synth-wave soundtrack. As the infamous bounty hunter Black Paradox, travel through space and defeat the most dangerous criminal organization in the galaxy: the Hellraisers and its seven lieutenants.

Enter the cockpit, ready your weapons, and prepare for the ultimate galactic showdown.

Key features

  • 20 weapons, 37 powerups, 13 deadly drones, 8 amazing power-up combos, and the ultimate space-bending move: the “Black Paradox”
  • 62 different enemies, each with its own attack patterns
  • 14 deadly bosses with unique attacks + 1 secret boss
  • Upgrade your stats and unlock new powers
  • 2 player local co-op
  • Amazing pixel art, awesome synth-wave soundtrack
  • Extra hardcore boss rush mode to unlock

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Frank Streva


Niche Gamer’s resident indie expert. Digs through the Steam new releases so you don’t have to. Massive fan of miniature and board games as well.