Chromium B.S.U. – arcade-style, top-scrolling space shooter

Chromium is a top down fast paced high action scrolling space shooter. It is a similar game to a classic DOS game called Raptor.

In this game you are the captain of the cargo ship Chromium B.S.U., and responsible for delivering supplies to troops on the front line. Your ship has a small fleet of robotic fighters which you control from the relative safety of the Chromium vessel.

The game has a number of unique elements not commonly found on overhead scrollers such as the loss of a life for each enemy ship that is allowed to pass by.

Chromium B.S.U uses OpenGL for graphics, and OpenAL for sound effects. Graphics are detailed and backgrounds rendered smoothly.

Features include:

  • High quality graphics, sound and music.
  • Challenging gameplay with any enemy ship evading your fire causing a life to be lost.
  • Strategic suicide is a powerful tactic.
  • Limited ammunition:
    • Machine fun.
    • Ion Cannon.
    • Plasma Repeater.
  • Power ups:
    • Shield Replenish.
    • Damage Repair.
    • Super Shields / Extra Life.
  • Items:
    • Big Red Button.
  • Supports 3 different types of background music:
    • Default WAV loop
    • CD tracks. If CDROM playback is enabled, track 1 on the CD will be played for level 1, track 2 for level 2, etc.
    • User-selectable PlayList – WAV, MP3 and/or Ogg/Vorbis tracks can be used for background music.

Support: FAQ
Developer: Mark B. Allan
License: Artistic License


  • Hardware accelerated OpenGL and GLU.
  • Simple Direct Media Layer version 1.1.6 or greater.
    • GLUT is an alternative.
  • OpenAL and ALUT:
    • SDL Mixer is an alternative.
  • glpng.
  • FTGL version 2.1.3 or greater.
  • Gothic Uralic font:
    • Any other TrueType font is an alternative.
  • fontconfig is optional and gives better flexibility in searching for the Gothic Uralic font.

Chromium BSU

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