The Showdown Effect is a 2.5D multiplayer action game inspired by 80’s and 90’s action movies. Champions from throughout time fight to death for fun, for glory and for awesome. The Showdown Effect recreates the outrageous combat found in classic action movies and then takes it one step further.
User reviews:
Recent:
Mixed (14 reviews) - 57% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mixed (1,332 reviews) - 65% of the 1,332 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 5, 2013

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Reviews

"It's a game that deserves to be played.“
Destructoid

"Flavor, intensity, and smart, reflex-driven gameplay mechanics raise TSE into a class of its own.“
- Ten Ton Hammer

"It's a satisfying experience you aren't likely to forget"
- Hooked Gamers

Digital Deluxe Edition



The Digital Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Bonus Playable Character - Mizu Ichiban
  • 2 Weapon Skins – Hand Crossbow and Golden Axe (cosmetic)
  • 2 Wearable Sets – Magicka Robe and Knight’s Armor (cosmetic)
  • 1 Giftable Copy of Magicka
  • Permanent +3% XP Boost (XP mainly used for cosmetic unlocks)
  • Official Soundtrack

About This Game

The Showdown Effect is a 2.5D multiplayer action game inspired by 80’s and 90’s action movies. Champions from throughout time fight to death for fun, for glory and for awesome.

The Showdown Effect recreates the outrageous combat found in classic action movies and then takes it one step further. Use weaponry pulled straight from the silver screen's unparalleled arsenal: shotguns, baseball bats, assault rifles, umbrellas, grenades, katanas, rocket launchers and more.

No explosion is too loud and no bullet dodge is impossible. Impale your friend with a broomstick and tell them to “Stick around” as you jetpack off to the next enemy.
The Showdown Effect also uses integrated streaming technology to live stream directly to Twitch.tv, without the need for third party software.

Key Features:

  • Up to 8 player fast paced, cinematic, multiplayer action
  • In-game, out-of-the box streaming capability to Twitch.tv (PC only)
  • 8 clichéd characters , each with unique abilities
  • 6 levels across two different environments
  • 4 different free for all and team based game modes
  • Solo matchmaking using ELO rating system
  • Custom rules sets to create your own game modes – Pistols only!
  • Progressive rewards and unlocks for character and weapon customization
  • Experience the most over-the-top action sequences from your favorite movies across different environments
  • Numerous heroes, dozens of weapons, hundreds of moves - infinite fun

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1 GB NVIDIA 460 / AMD Radeon 5870
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OSX 10.7 or later
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:OSX 10.7 or later
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1 GB NVIDIA 460 / AMD Radeon 5870
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Mixed (14 reviews)
Overall:
Mixed (1,332 reviews)
Recently Posted
Fenrir DarkWolf
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
Do you have friends who you can set a LAN party up with?

Then you just answered wether or not you should buy this game.
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RONIN_R7
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Super fun game, but its player base is pretty much dead :/
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AliOgun0022
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
The negative reviews are not based on the gameplay itself, but other aspects.

This is a really good game. It's a 2d fighting game almost with a vertical element. Its not easy as to inflict damage you can't just shoot toward the enemies but your curosr has to be directly on them. There is also melee wepons for when you get close. It really works well. The biggest downside for most people is the limited number of people playing at any given time. an example on a saturday night I find a game but there's only 1-3 games. This has limited my play time. Also there is no dlc beyond purchaseable skins for weapons/characters. But the game itself imo is brillant and incredibly fun. I say buy. We need more people.
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Guiflick
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Its a great game, really fun to play with friends !
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Yella 🎓
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
The Showdown Effect is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- is has multiplayer mode
- it has action
- it has trading cards

Enjoy!
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Hippo Turtle
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
The mechanics are good and it can be fun to play but the player-base is non-existent. The game has been abandoned and it's dead. It has been this way since soon after launch and nothing was done about it by the developers to gain players or to market it as a multi-player skill based game.

The Showdown Effect is bad.
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Korigi #NotYoZi
( 107.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
This stupid game because of Zoltan. Goodbye Showdown, I deleted you
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garvarg
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
It was fun while it lasted: nice ensemble of characters, who brought back some good memories, 80’s and 90’s action movies, y’know. Some skill needed to aim and shoot, that gave made it interesting to play, but learn a bit first. Then there were some arenas for whose showdowns.

And there was a sense of promise, that we’d get ourselves new arenas, and new characters and new weapons, and that it would last. And may be some new achievements, too. To keep it warm, to get people engaged.

That sense lied. The game was stillborn experiment to get some money from paid content. Should've known from the start.
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Halud
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Super fun, great combat, only issue is no one plays so you need a few friends to have fun with it
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Comrade Dendoris☭
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
This is a very, very, very fun game but unfortunately is dead.
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kobrin
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Such a fun game. Had a LAN get together with a few friends and we were practically crying with laughter at some of the 80's action multiplayer shenanigans. Would play again (and again... and again). :D
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Sir Dalfo
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Wonderful game with excellent controls. Despite thatm the game presents one massive problem: you can't play it. It's multiplayer only and the game is dead. The few games you can find are private matches and unless you have a group of friends who have this game, that means that you are stuck looking at the Uninstalling Game window. If you do have friends with it, or can get the 4 pack, get it.
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RoastedMeme
( 22.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Nobody's playing this game anymore.
I really wish it was active... Could've been one of my favorite games.
Too bad, such a waste of so much potential.

How was such a masterpiece not successful?
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ShyLesbianRobot
( 18.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
This game was incredible back in the day - hilariously fun, stylish, polite community, but it's dead as a rock. Behold the consequences of multiplayer only titles - if it had a campaign or even just bots and a solo skirmish mode, I'd still be playing it.
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MAN
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
If you can get four or more friends in on this, it's great fun.

Yes, it's dead in public multiplayer, but that's what the friends list is for. The gameplay is hectic and oftentimes hilarious, and almost always very entertaining.
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babyraper
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
its fun
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FeebleCursedCage
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
A multiplayer only game that has tons of negative reviews about multiplayer being dead. Are you guys even trying?
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Sorry for being this way...
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
A dead game. If they made it free-to-play it would maybe be revived, as it is a great game at its core.
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Wabuilderman
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
8.5/10 Would burst my eardrums with default volume again. (the rating is serious though)

Pros:
Fluid combat mechanics: Your moves strike with the right kind of rythm, and feels good in many ways that cannot be captured in words

Unlockable Cosmetics: Although there are some paid-skins, most of them can be purchased via a reasonable amount of in-game currency.

Easy to find your friends: Because of the low player count, it is rare to have more than 1 or 2 game lobbies open. Don't go thinking this means you will be alone though. If you open up a lobby, after a few minutes, you are bound to find someone to play with.

Particle Physics Interaction: Though it can sometimes get a bit frustrating, it is absolutely gorgeuos. You don't know what it's like until you fire your first machinegun into a room full of walls, barrels, and of course, unsuspecting players.

cons:
The game can feel pretty empty: This is really only because of the games realative unpopularity, but it is really it's only major flaw.

The in-game volume defaults to levels that could cause some peoples eardrums to burst.


Summary:
I think that for it's price tag, it's definitely worth it. This would be even more true if more people played this game. So go, buy the 4-pack and spread this game around. (8.5/10)

If you disagree with this review, feel free to leave a comment below describing where I was wrong. Thank you.
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highstricker
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
If you're thinking of buying this game don't, ghost town servers where the only people playing are so much more highly skilled than you, that there is really no point in fighting.
Goodluck practicing as there are no bots.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
The negative reviews are not based on the gameplay itself, but other aspects.

This is a really good game. It's a 2d fighting game almost with a vertical element. Its not easy as to inflict damage you can't just shoot toward the enemies but your curosr has to be directly on them. There is also melee wepons for when you get close. It really works well. The biggest downside for most people is the limited number of people playing at any given time. an example on a saturday night I find a game but there's only 1-3 games. This has limited my play time. Also there is no dlc beyond purchaseable skins for weapons/characters. But the game itself imo is brillant and incredibly fun. I say buy. We need more people.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Super fun, great combat, only issue is no one plays so you need a few friends to have fun with it
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
It was fun while it lasted: nice ensemble of characters, who brought back some good memories, 80’s and 90’s action movies, y’know. Some skill needed to aim and shoot, that gave made it interesting to play, but learn a bit first. Then there were some arenas for whose showdowns.

And there was a sense of promise, that we’d get ourselves new arenas, and new characters and new weapons, and that it would last. And may be some new achievements, too. To keep it warm, to get people engaged.

That sense lied. The game was stillborn experiment to get some money from paid content. Should've known from the start.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
8.5/10 Would burst my eardrums with default volume again. (the rating is serious though)

Pros:
Fluid combat mechanics: Your moves strike with the right kind of rythm, and feels good in many ways that cannot be captured in words

Unlockable Cosmetics: Although there are some paid-skins, most of them can be purchased via a reasonable amount of in-game currency.

Easy to find your friends: Because of the low player count, it is rare to have more than 1 or 2 game lobbies open. Don't go thinking this means you will be alone though. If you open up a lobby, after a few minutes, you are bound to find someone to play with.

Particle Physics Interaction: Though it can sometimes get a bit frustrating, it is absolutely gorgeuos. You don't know what it's like until you fire your first machinegun into a room full of walls, barrels, and of course, unsuspecting players.

cons:
The game can feel pretty empty: This is really only because of the games realative unpopularity, but it is really it's only major flaw.

The in-game volume defaults to levels that could cause some peoples eardrums to burst.


Summary:
I think that for it's price tag, it's definitely worth it. This would be even more true if more people played this game. So go, buy the 4-pack and spread this game around. (8.5/10)

If you disagree with this review, feel free to leave a comment below describing where I was wrong. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Such a fun game. Had a LAN get together with a few friends and we were practically crying with laughter at some of the 80's action multiplayer shenanigans. Would play again (and again... and again). :D
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
This is a very, very, very fun game but unfortunately is dead.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
*Gets on*
*Finds no one to play with*
*Is sad*

This game was so fun too :(
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
98.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
This game was the best source of multiplayer craziness that I long for in a game. It's fast-paced insanity with old references that harken back to aged action movies like Terminator or the old character tropes like: "Cop that eats donuts and fights to avenge his partner" to "Scientist that experimented on himself, and fights to control his augmented body."

All the characters have a special ability and plenty of personality to make them feel fresh... (However some abilities are rather cheap) and there are plenty of different guns like pistols, snipers, rocket launchers, throwing knives, even swords! Still not enough tools of destruction? Well you can bash someone's head in with a prop you found on the level! See that pickaxe stuck in the wall? TAKE IT AND SLICE SOMEONE IN HALF WITH ONE CLEAN SWING! See that little cross with Jesus on it? PUNISH THE NONBELIEVERS! See that pillow on the couch? KILL THEM WITH THE ♥♥♥♥ING PILLOW

What's that? You wanna buy this game? Well then, I just have to say--

Please don't.

No, really don't. It's a waste. Look, I know I just went on briefly about how I like the game, hell I've spent quite some time in it, and every 2 days I check the game news to see if they've announced anything because I loved it so much. But it's dead. Like... SUPER dead. Nobody plays this game, and if someone IS playing, they're so good it isn't even funny. It's just sad that they've spend so much time being good at a dead game.

I still think this is the best multiplayer action game ever, but unfortunately it's dead. And Arrowhead pulled their support from the game, so it's gone for good. Stay away from this game.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
This game is fun, but there is not anyone to play wtih. You have to arranage your own matches. =/ THis game was super damned fun when it had a player base.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This was a superb game! Unfortunately, now that it is older the amount of people who play it has dwindled down to a handful of players. I still enjoy this greatly when I play it with my friends who have it! I strongly feel they should make it free to play so the community gets a rebirth. If you want to buy this game make sure you have friends who will or do play it. Even with the dead community it is still fun!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I don't know why this game is still for sale, 0 people playing it so it's essentially unplayable, I don't know if it's any good or not because there isn't anyone to play with!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Sort of like Soldat but then more cartoonish. Oh and swords.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
A really fun game to play with friends (which is your only option, since there's no one to play with on public games).
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Multiplayer is pretty much dead, don't bother unless you plan to play with friends
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
I would play this waaay more if there were populated multiplayer servers. If you're lucky you'll find one laggy game after 30 minutes of waiting.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Yeah this game is a heck of a fun but it is dead. And the only time I found a game I was kicked for sucking harder than a baby on a lolipop, no wonder if you ain't finding any matches, and I am sure of that I didn't bought the game that late ater release only some moths. So noone cares anymore. This game should be swallowed by another company and bring back again with more content and maybe a singleplayer. Actually just leave everything as it is just make a single player.

So no, don't buy this unless you actually have 3 other people I think.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
This game might just have the best video game soundtrack I've ever heard,
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