Winner of the 2011 Eurogamer Indie Arcade award, Pineapple Smash Crew is a fast-paced, tactical blast-em-up with a unique modern-retro feel!
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Very Positive (99 reviews) - 85% of the 99 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 2, 2012

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Developed by lone designer Rich Edwards with music created by legendary chiptune artist Syphus, Pineapple Smash Crew is a fast paced tactical blast-em-up! PSC features tight squad formation shooting, aliens, robots, zombies and grenades- loads and loads of grenades! Level up and choose wisely from an assortment of devastating grenade-launched weaponry... PSC's unique modern-retro flavour will take you back to the classics of old then smash you back into the present with a 'ka-boom!'

Key Features:

  • 13 grenade types including: rockets, laserbeam, whirlwind, mine, holo-decoy and tele-frag!
  • Randomly generated ships, never play two the same!
  • 4 power-up types: Slow-time, Invincibility, Four-Times-Damage, and Strike Fear!
  • Toe-tapping frantic retro soundtrack by Syphus (un-mute that trailer!)
  • Access computer logs detailing the notorious 'Wasabi War' responsible for the space-shipwrecks!

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows® XP SP3
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® 4 (2Ghz) or AMD® Athlon 64 (1.6GHz) processor or better
    • Memory:1GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA 6600 or ATI X700, 256MB GPU memory or better
    • DirectX®:DirectX® 9 or later
    • Hard Drive:50 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card

    Recommended:

    • OS:Windows® Vista / Windows® 7
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® 4 (2Ghz) or AMD® Athlon 64 (1.6GHz) processor or better
    • Memory:1GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA 6600 or ATI X700, 256MB GPU memory or better
    • DirectX®:DirectX® 9 or later
    • Hard Drive:50 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card
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Very Positive (99 reviews)
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YoSniper
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
Feels like a waste of time, honestly. You roam a ship killing everything you can while your characters occasionally spout one-liners. Naming your characters feels pointless because after a character dies, he is replaced by another, randomly named character.

I didn't see any clear cut plot or story behind it. You just go through level by level, and it feels like it never ends.

I got bored rather quickly.
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Mygaffer
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 14, 2015
I am not sure why this game has so many positive reviews. It doesn't quite feel finished. It is highly repetive and does not seem to have much variety. The moment to moment gameplay consistes of an isometric view squad based shooter, where you can pick up usable items, such as grenades, shields, health, and other, and you go around randomly generated levels shooting stuff and avoiding having your squad members killed. You can buy heads and thing but so far I haven't seen any items you can purchase upgrades for.

As of right now this feels like a beta, not a finished product.
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Sgt. Pineapple
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: October 8, 2015
This game speaks to me, on an entirely new level.
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night
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26, 2015
Fun, but i have no idea why the time limit per level is necessary. It breaks any enjoyment by forcing your to fly through everything.

Update: Will change to a Yes, but it is still greatly dissappointing the higher difficulties are behind a stupid time limit. Later levels give a great feel of being 'busy', frantically moving to avoid shots, switching aim non-stop, and keeping your brain busy with the peripheral of the incoming fire. A little bit of Cannon Fodder with a lot of top down shooter thrown in the game is fun.
I would have liked to seen the leveling system expanded on. Right now all I see is increased armor for each level. It also needed control over the grenades. Should be able to choose/prioritize which type you want, what character picks up what kind (eg, always have someone pick up a heal). Even 4 hotkeys for characters equipped nades would be nice. Having to switch character to then throw is unnecessary.
So far I have ignored upgrading to new nades just to keep the game predictable without having to pay so much attention to whatever I happen to have equipped at that moment. In fast situation you can hurt yourself a lot by tossing a nade into a pile and expecting one effect but getting another when guys pick up random nade types.

I would love to see the dev return to this game for a sequel and expand on its depth. There is still very little of this type of game available.
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Pfc. G. MacReady [508th PIR]-2S-
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30, 2015
Pineapple Smash Crew is a fun top down run n gun. Smash Crew presents an excellent retro pixel art style combined with with a most fantastic soundtrack by Amiga artist Syphus (aka EchoLevel.) The game controls well, with WASD being used to move and the mouse used to aim and shoot, giving it a twin stick feeling but it lacks controller support (made in 2011, not gonna hold it against them.) Smash Crew also contains some Rogue-like elements with levels being randomly generated as you go and leveling up gives you the option of one of two grenade upgrades. It's a very impressive game and certainly needs more love.
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cmfrip
( 20.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22, 2015
Is's not clear at first how good this is.. The engine sure as hell feels nice to handle, easy and a pleasure to use and I would wager that they have play tested this pretty decently,

It seems a simple game, but apart from when it becomes harder in the later levels (and perhaps hard difficulty) the effort to kill things and to frag your way through level feels what I would describe as 'Pleasantly taxing' and the action is quite enjoyable.

The grenade system is infact one of the best aprts of this game, as the guns are not upgradeable (whcih this game could benfit from having) and can be a bit boring to use ALL the time; the grenades on the other hand add a very nice amount of variety and fun. You can create combos, set up multikills and manipulate your enemy fatally, which is seldom seen in many games, and I think that was the best part of Doom, where enemies could be manipulated to kill each other and die at your environment's hands, not yours(at least directly)...

The decor at time does change, but subtly, although the random generated levels are different and many levels dont look EXACTLY alike with all the differnet layouts and wall design(which normally consist of different colour schemes)(reminds me alot of Phantasy Star II actually:) )).. The props themselves consist of a set of doors and a number of crates, although many of them can be used to blow up and evaporate your enemy which is anotehr good thing. Generally everything here is quite simple, though not TOO simple.

The sound is retro style, although the guns and explosions are satisfying enough, but the music side of things really good... I remember watching a You tube vdeo of Total biscuit talking about another game... and mentioning Syphus; and I totally agree that the drum and bass influenced electronica (or chiptune as I read in other places) really is nice and a pleasure to listen to, making the most frantic levels throughly enjoyable! I like electronica and DnB so I really enjoyed his wall to wall sound and elaborately colourful melodies :3

All in all I was not inpressed at first but got a bit hooked.. I may return to play this again, perhaps for 10-20 mins a time inbetween other things, as that is possible with this game... Don't overlook this game if at first it seems boring, as there is much more of worth in there; which is pretty good for what is essentially a simple game.



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Blinkdog
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11, 2015
This game in 5min
https://youtu.be/P2kmgI5kmiw

an arcade like top down shooter.
it's enjoyable but you can only play story mode to the end.

gameplay
easy lets you take your time and you don't need to worry about deaths much but normal you'll need to rush as there is a radiation timer that when it runs out you'll take damage also your limited on replacement troops.
you control 4 characters grabbing power-ups to survive mission and hack computers.
if you lose 1-3 of your characters you can get replacements.
they level up as you do missions and you can buy a few hats (4 or 5) for style.
each time you go out your given a set of missions with a random difficulty and other info so you can pick what you want.
you try to survive missions and download info from the computer on each level.
once you beat it you can restart with your character levels.
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Minisvet546
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23, 2015
I dont know why this game have only 62/100 on gamecritic ?!?!
THIS GAME IS FUC**** ASOME, FAST AND YOU CAN PLAY IT HOURS SO WHY ONLY 62% ?!?!

I will give it 90/100 :3
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McFrugal
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2, 2015
This game is really fun! It's kindof fast-paced and has some resource management with the grenades. It's too bad credits don't actually help any.

The random levels can keep each playthrough fresh and one win is like an hour and a half. Probably not worth full price as there honestly isn't a whole lot to the game, but if you can get it heavily discounted go for it.
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[UBI]PsPeet
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5, 2015
Totally awesome small gem!
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𝕿𝕳𝕰 𝖂𝕴𝖅𝕬𝕽𝕯
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6, 2015
good to play like maybe once through like every other year or so i guess
certainly not enough variety for more than that
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misingleters
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11, 2015
Name implies kinship with Smash TV, yet game offers no native controller support. Contagious soundtrack by Syphilis, though.
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aVe
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10, 2015
Pineapple Smash Crew is a squad-based top-down shooter, with a strong retro style (models, fonts and music). The pace is frantic, the controls are witty and the game fluid. So much for the positive points.

Unfortunately, the randomized levels cannot beat that feeling of repetitiveness and fatigue. If you like to play the same thing over and over again to reach a transe-like state of flow, Pineapple Smash Crew might be a good candidate.

Since I prefer a certain amount of novelty and surprise, this one is not for me in spite of its qualities (a great piece of code and a genuine love for retro).
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WarpScanner
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 28, 2015
The game is fantasticly fun, though I suggest waiting for a sale as its a relatively lite on content for $10. $5 is a reasonable price.

Pros:
-Quality cartoon sci-fi art
-Absolutely fantastic music
-Solid core shooting mechanics
-Good weapon variety and enemy variety

Cons:
-A little overpriced
-There are only 3 mission types
-It took me only 2 hours to get 67% of the way through a game. I plan on replaying it a few times, but still seems fairly short.
-Gets a tad repetitive, this is an afternoon shooter.

(some tips for new players: Use your grenades all of the time everytime, use health items when safe from enemies, and when you select party upgrades don't pick anything fancy, stick to the most straightforward destructive forces as you wont have the state of mind to use the more tricksy weaponry effectively in the heat of the moment.)
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josoka.com
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 17, 2014
Fun little game. Kind of reminds me of Cannon Fodder but it's in space!

Cute, catchy, retro graphics but not out of lazyness. Definitely recommended!
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Indeskyz
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 13, 2014
Why the fark did I buy this game? There's a lack of in-game help, little instructions, and just to make me REALLY confused, none of the controls worked for grenades. Plus, I got stuck on a level with not being able to locate an exit after everything was dead. That kind of sounds lame, but 1 thing is broken here and it isn't me.

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Dr.Electro
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 2, 2014
Great fast game for a quick play! Like LSD on speed.
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Seneschul
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 17, 2014
GRENADE!
You should never have grenades. Because you should have thrown all of them already.

Challenging little lego-manesque romp. Lotsa fun.
Very much "We come in peace shoot to kill" lotsa fun.
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Unidentified
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 23, 2014
It has explosions. 10/10
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Stiralashaska
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 9, 2014
A rouge-lite 3rd person shooter that is very reminiscent of the Nintendo 64 Bomberman games. It can be very engaging depending on your luck on level design, but it can get a little frustrating dealing with the slightly loose controls and backtracking if you are a completionist.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2013
Crazy game. Awesome and hectic top-down shooty action. Bright colours, a good sense of humour and an utterly fantastic chiptune soundtrack from Syphus, this is not one to miss.

Levels are randomly generated, and get larger as you progress. Lots of unlockable 'grenades' with all kind of effects from standard explosions, to healing and teleportation. Adjusting your approach on the fly based on what grenades you have is great fun.

It's kind of a shame the controller support is only sorta-implemented though.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2012
Just when I thought I had enough of twin stick shooters, along comes Pineapple Smash Crew. Is it any good ? Yes. Yes, it is. Is it the best one so far ? No.

It's an indie game with a cute, retro look. And since it's an indie game, you can't really compare it to the bigger (retail) titles, qualitywise. That doesn't mean it isn't any good though.

So, like practically all twin stick shooters, you just run around with your crew and kill enemies and objects. Destroying stuff will earn you XP, credits and grenades, which you can use to eventually upgrade your grenades or buy reinforcements when necessary. Grenades are actually an important part of the game. Almost every enemy leaves behind a random grenade. These range from healing grenades to missile grenades, and they're fun to use and the key to success as the missions get increasingly harder.

Missions are randomly generated, maps as well. But the designs are so similar that it's hardly noticeable. It will keep you coming back though.

[Rating: 71/100]
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22 of 38 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2014
I can't really recommend this game at a $10 price point.

It's a fun little top down shooter but there is little depth and it quickly becomes repetative as you fight what is essentially the same boss and run the same 3 mission types about a dozen times before beating the game.

I played on the normal difficulty mode and beat it in about 1-2 hours. I don't see much replayablity here.

The soundrack was fantastic, graphic style was nice but that's not really enough.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
GRENADE!
You should never have grenades. Because you should have thrown all of them already.

Challenging little lego-manesque romp. Lotsa fun.
Very much "We come in peace shoot to kill" lotsa fun.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
Arcade top down, 3rd person shooter with old school graphics with a twist. Reminds me of SmashTV. Good stuff. Recommended!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2014
A surprisingly fun overhead shooter. Tough enemies and gigantic explosions provide ample difficulty, but it's the relatively strict time limit that makes Pineapple Smash Crew the game that it is. The player is forced to develop an efficient strategy and work quickly to accomplish objectives, though the temptation to wander and collect the loot necessary to level up can at times be overwhelming. Randomly generated levels and three modes of difficulty provide some amount of replayability and variety, but realistically, you'll probably only get a few hours out of this game before the whole thing starts to get stale. Still, I can see this game becoming a fun diversion to revisit on occasion.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
Has nothing to do with pineapples. Throw grenades, and explore a ship. Enjoyable for a relatively 1-dimensional game.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2012
This game has a pretty good soundtrack, although only one is my favorite. It's featured in the game's trailer.
The game itself is simple and fun, but I wish that in some capacity that it were more difficult, or that like the Giantbomb.com crew, there were more default weapons besides the regular gun. The grenades are fun, but sometimes the delay in tossing more than one makes it feel like doing combos, as the trailer suggests, doesn't quite work out? It still works. It's just that this game can be so fast-paced that you'd expect to be able to toss out all four grenades in a pinch.
The visuals are cool. The SFX are pleasing. The game itself though.. It's good to pick up once in a while.
It needs more boss types, sadly.
I doubt I'll pick it up after they add achievements since I've never been one for hunting them too much, unlike in the game Bastion, where the narrator will often reward you for 100%-ing various portions of the game with a new piece of dialogue.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
This game is a crazy good time if if you're looking for something short and sweet. This is a must-buy during a sale.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2014
This is a really underrated fun arcade dual stick shooter with colorful graphics, levels are randomly generated, the enemies are varied and challenging, and the power ups you can pick up in each level are great.

If the devs patched in full controller support in the menus and not just in the game it would be amazing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
A rouge-lite 3rd person shooter that is very reminiscent of the Nintendo 64 Bomberman games. It can be very engaging depending on your luck on level design, but it can get a little frustrating dealing with the slightly loose controls and backtracking if you are a completionist.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2012
Cannot. Recommend. Enough. This game has more personality, gameplay and joy in it's measley 15mbs then some games manage in 15gbs. It's a case of the easy to learn, hard to master trope when it comes to employing the different types of grenade to their most devasting effects and getting used to the dynamic behaviour of the humble yet ever present explosion. However even the simplest of lucky shots or corner rebounds are satisfying thanks to the bright effects and puddles of pixelated mush enemies leave behind.

It is not the deepest game, but highly satisfying and perfect for either one quick mission or an hour or two of blasting your way through wrecked ships.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2015
This game in 5min
https://youtu.be/P2kmgI5kmiw

an arcade like top down shooter.
it's enjoyable but you can only play story mode to the end.

gameplay
easy lets you take your time and you don't need to worry about deaths much but normal you'll need to rush as there is a radiation timer that when it runs out you'll take damage also your limited on replacement troops.
you control 4 characters grabbing power-ups to survive mission and hack computers.
if you lose 1-3 of your characters you can get replacements.
they level up as you do missions and you can buy a few hats (4 or 5) for style.
each time you go out your given a set of missions with a random difficulty and other info so you can pick what you want.
you try to survive missions and download info from the computer on each level.
once you beat it you can restart with your character levels.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
Pineapple smash crew AKA Grenade Simulator 2014
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2012
Like Space Hulk but real-time, more actiony, less horrory tension but with lots and lots of grenadables.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
Fun game with good music.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Fun little dual stick shooter with controller support. Random worlds but fairly limited enemies. Grenade based combat works quite well, however you find yourslf hoarding some of the better ones for tough bad guys which makes the normal fighting prominent
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
- Gets boring fast (not much content)
-Has had no updates in forever and it seems the dev has completely ignored

Bottom line what you do in this game is shoot enemies and blow them up with a few different types of grenades while trying to beat a timer (if in easy mode)

If this was a dollar and your type of game I'd say go for it. Paying 10 dollars for this game is not close to its value. You can hundreds of games for under 5 dollars on steam that are far more unique and get updates and much more content. I cannot reccomend this.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
Controls and play style are similar to the classic "Cannon Fodder". The game relies on random level design to keep things interesting, but the level randomizer just isn't up to the task -- by the time you finish a campaign, you will feel like you've replayed the same level several times over, rearranged slightly. All levels are subject to a time limit, which is more annoying than invigorating. The RPG elements (equipment, levelling) help somewhat, but they don't have sufficient influence to significantly change gameplay, nor are there enough options to keep things interesting.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
This game is great. Completely underated in my opinion. It has everything you need for a good arcade game: Top-down perspective, guns, and explosions. You know what else has explosions? America. You know what rhymes with America? Pineapple Smash Crew. Buy this to support America.
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