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Vlambeer's SUPER CRATE BOX is coming to bring back the glory of the golden arcade age, when all that really mattered was getting on that high score list. Grab your baseball cap and loosen your pants, it's time to fight endless hordes of enemies and collect every weapon crate you can.
Release Date: Aug 29, 2012
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“I would estimate that it's slightly less addictive than crack cocaine.”
Destructoid

“You know condensed milk? Super Crate Box is like that, only with fun instead of milk.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Elegant, explosive, and truly unmissable.”
9/10 – EDGE Online

About the Game

Vlambeer's SUPER CRATE BOX is coming to bring back the glory of the golden arcade age, when all that really mattered was getting on that high score list. Grab your baseball cap and loosen your pants, it's time to fight endless hordes of enemies and collect every weapon crate you can. Prepare for an arcade delight with tight controls, refreshing game mechanics, cracking retro art and a terribly hip chiptune soundtrack.

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:1.2 Ghz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:8.0
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space

    Recommended:

    • OS:Windows XP, Vista or 7
    • Processor:2.2 Ghz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:8.0
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
At first this game may seem a bit mundane, but after you progress to the later levels things really seem to heat up, the pace increases dramatically. Soon you will find yourself being swarmed this is where the game starts to get challenging, but the need to unlock the next character or weapon will make you want to keep playing.
Game starts off slow but heats up after a bit of playing, unfortunately though once everything is unlocked there really isnt much to do apart from attempt to beat high score, it then gets a bit tedious. Good for a free game however.
Posted: June 25
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
You can beat the game and unlock everything in it in under 30 minutes, and it takes up less space on your computer than this text would if it was typed in a word document.

Oh, and its free. If you ever get bored, just play this.
Posted: June 18
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Super Crate Box is a 2D run and gun arcade platformer. If that is tough to digest, the game is played in a single screen. The point is to get crates. Once you get a crate, a new one spawns. Inside each crate is a random weapon that you've unlocked. Why do you get crates? To unlock new weapons, characters and levels to play on. There are only three levels, but I'm happy with that. The first level feels so good to play on that you almost don't need the other two.

Enemies drop from a hole in the ceiling of the level. Standard left and right moving enemies, when they get to the edge they fall off to the next one. There are bigger versions of the standard enemies that take twice as much damage. Finally, there are hovering skull enemies that bounce around. Its a nice simple variety that still adds challenge. Since the enemies work their way to the bottom, there is a fire pit. If the enemies reach the fire pits, they come back red, angry and twice the speed! In a way it feels like the original Mario Bros. arcade game. One screen levels, and enemies that get angry, doubling their speed.

The major difference is the guns. Each gun has unlimited ammo and feels fun to use, with their own pro and con. Dual pistols will shoot left and right simultaneously, but do 1 bit of damage. The revolver shoots one bullet at a time, but does double damage. The machine gun shoots straight forward very quickly, but pushes you back. The flamethrower will effectively light platforms and enemies on fire, but if you stand in the fire, you can't jump. The katana has short range, but does a lot of damage and sends big enemies the other way. The shotgun has short range, but sends out a big blast of randomized bullets. The bazooka fires rockets that are slow to reload, but they do a lot of damage in a radius. Grenade launchers do the same thing, but they reload faster and arc when you shoot them. Mines take a while to arm themselves and can only drop straight down, but do the same big radius damage as rockets and grenades. Lasers take a long time to fire once you pull the trigger, but go through everything. The disc gun bounces off the first wall it hits and goes through enemies, but it will also kill you.

You can only carry one weapon, so when you get a crate, its a different weapon. Some weapons are better than others, so there is a dynamic of not getting a crate to use a good weapon to kill a screen full of enemies vs just getting the next crate.

You will unlock new characters, but they all play the same. They just different. The game will give you a random character when you play. One hit will kill you, but that's the balance. Guns vs swarms of enemies. With every death, the game will tell you what you've unlocked, how many more crates you need and send you right back in as if nothing happened. The whole thing takes a second or less. If the game gets too easy for you on normal mode, there is a hard mode.

The game keeps track of your high score in crates, but there are no points awarded. Hopefully there will be a more complete sequel with support for co-op and points, but that is in no way a complaint for this great FREE arcade game. In all, its a fun free game. If it came out in the 80s, Super Crate Box would have made millions of dollars in quarters. Not just that, but this free little game is enough to make me want to play other games from the developer.
Posted: September 16
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
This game is a great pick-up and play type games that is endless fun.But if any of the game developers read this PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE fix the crash on Windows 8. Other than that this game is great for long car rides to play on your laptops and it's just a great 8-bit game in general. This game is also compleatley FREE, so why not give it a go. I rate this game an 8.5/10 (I would give it a 9/10 if the crash on Windows 8 were fixed).
Posted: September 15
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
This game is a good arcade game to kill time with (for example no internet). The game gets very challenging at points, but is fun and is free and takes very little time to download. The game also has very creative maps and backrounds. The downside is the minimal amount of guns/weapons in the game. I wish there are more weapons to mess around with. I haven't played much of the game, but I know it is a fun game.
Posted: July 9
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256 of 321 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
It's a CRATE game!










pls dont kill me.
Posted: March 17
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