BurnStar® Press Kit


Burn Stuff. Collect Stars.

Burnstar is a challenging, fast paced action-puzzle game that puts both your brains and your finger-brains to the test! Use explosives to incinerate the worksites and installations of Evil Inc., an appropriately named corporation intent on ruining the homeland of Burnstar and his friends! Blaze your own trail, or play Co-op for some friendly fire!

In each level of Burnstar, you must figure out how to use your limited number of explosives (bombs and rockets) to cause maximum property damage to Evil Inc. and collect enough precious stars to unlock the Big Star that completes the level. Sound simple? Just wait until you're surrounded by fire, spinning sawblades, crushing spikes, incinerators, lasers, and more!

Seriously, why does Evil Inc. even have things that exist solely to crush whatever's in front of them? That's evil.

Crates explode to set their neighbors on fire, and flammable goo helps keep the destruction going. Only the best armchair arsonists will have what it takes to burn everything, collect all the stars, and do it quickly enough to earn a Gold Flag. Gold Flags are the only way to unlock Secret Stages, so get burning!


Burnstar takes place on Fairway Island, a forest filled paradise that is home to many easy going and eco-friendly denizens. The island is known both for its lush greenery, and the abundance of valuable ores and minerals produced (responsibly!) by its mines.

Things have become decidedly less bucolic ever since Fairway said hello to its newest neighbors, the appropriately named multinational megacorporation Evil Inc. The company has built an AGP-WAMaL or "Automated Goo Processing-With Associated Mining and Laboratory" facility on the island, and while the facility was billed as "zero-emissions," it's quickly revealed to be anything but!

Goo leaks are rampant, And what's more, Evil Inc. is clear-cutting the forest and strip mining the ore supply to build Goo Storage Crates and then just leaving the filled crates all over the island! Something must be done to protect the island and keep it from becoming a goo-filled wasteland.



Our Eponymous hero. Born to the native island tribe, Burnstar grew up as a messenger boy for the village stonemasons where he was renowned for his running speed. As an adult, Burnstar worked for the Fairway Island parks department in charge of setting controlled burns to prevent forest fires. Here again, his incredible speed allowed him to light off the fires and escape to safety.

During one controlled burn, a fire set by Burnstar grew out of control and resulted in the destruction of a small mining town. Feeling terrible shame over what happened, Burnstar turned in his burn suit, left the parks department and went off into the forest where he wasn't heard from again.

Now, after seeing what Evil Inc. has done to his beautiful homeland, he is forced to come out of hiding, don his burn suit and become an eco-terrorist. He'll stop at nothing to ensure that what's left of Fairway is preserved, and that Evil Inc's nefarious plans are put to an end!


Ember is Burnstar's adopted sister. No one knows for sure who her parents are, only that she was brought to Burnstar's village as a child by one of the mine workers.

She works in the parks department as well (there's not many employment opportunities on such a remote island), where her job is to protect all the wildlife that call the island home. After Burnstar left, she took over managing the controlled burns in her brother's stead.

Her desire to protect all living things has driven her to join her brother in his quest to save Fairway, as well as Burnstar's hide!


Years ago, Evil Inc. experimented with various ways to dispose of its industrial waste in a more clandestine manner. While never successful, their most promising development was the creation of a freezing serum, which when injected into the still liquid goo would cause it to freeze solid.

Unfortunately, while working on the project, one of the Evil Inc scientists accidentally slipped on the slick lab floor and fell on a used syringe of the freezing serum. The scientist's body was instantly turned to ice, and in an attempt to cover up the accident Evil Inc disavowed all knowledge of her existence and dumped her body on Fairway Island.

The rest, as they say, is horrible industrial accident history. Burnstar and Ember found her body but to everyone's surprise, her icy blue eyes shot open, and Coldsnap was born.


The story of Toxo begins in a dark place. A long time ago, one of Burnstar's controlled burns got out of hand, resulting in the destruction of a small mining town on Fairway Island. While many people made it out unharmed, a young Toxo's family didn't survive the fire.

Without any guidance, Toxo got a job at Evil Inc. and rose up through the ranks to eventually oversee operations of the Evil Inc. Fairway Island AGP-WAMaL. Working in the labs, Toxo developed the ability to create clones of himself in an effort to exact revenge on Burnstar for what he sees as the deliberate murder of his family.

Fortunately for our heroes, the clones aren't created with the hatred for Burnstar That Evil Toxo has. One clone was able to escape the laboratory and has joined the rest of the gang in trying to stop Evil Inc. and his creator, Evil Toxo! Unfortunately, as we all know, a clone of a clone is never quite the same, which is why Toxo's clones look so... special.

Features and Highlights

- Place bombs to create ideal chain reactions
- Master levels to access secret stages
- Discover secrets and collect rare saplings to earn achievements
- Power up Evil Inc. machinery to aid your destruction
- Local two player Co-op supported in every level
- Four characters, each with unique abilities
- Four distinct worlds with unique art and environments
- Challenging puzzle and twitch gameplay
- Boss encounters with Evil Toxo
- Throwback gameplay with modern graphics
- Over 25 unique hazards and puzzle elements
- 80 levels of fiery fun!

Nintendo Switch Features

- Local two player Co-op
- Leaderboards
- Multiple Languages
- New graphics, fx, sounds, and more!

Steam PC Features

- Trading Cards
- Emoticons
- Backgrounds
- Achievements
- Controller Support
- Multiple Languages

About the Company

Nerve Software, based in Dallas, Texas, is an independent video game developer committed to creating visually engaging worlds and exciting gameplay. Led by industry veterans Brandon James and former id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead, Nerve's management team has 40+ years of leadership experience. Founded in 2001, Nerve's talented staff has worked on numerous AAA titles and franchises including Borderlands, Wolfenstein, DOOM and Call of Duty. Nerve's internal properties include Burnstar, the exciting action puzzle game blazing its way to the Nintendo Switch Summer 2018.