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.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,657 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 29, 2012

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"An action platformer that actually forces you to switch up your strategy."
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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 This 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
226 of 275 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Whoever invented the disc gun is a terrible person.
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201 of 260 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
It's like Call of Duty but with better graphics.
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79 of 90 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
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.
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124 of 170 people (73%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
everything in this game is sexy except the disc gun
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119 of 163 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
9/10

-1 for the disc gun.
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67 of 92 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
This game gets more playtime than most games I have......

"No but really, just one more round!.... *dies* Okay, I swear THIS is the last round!"
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115 of 173 people (66%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
The book was better
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62 of 87 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Killing small baby shrek's has never been more enjoyable

10/10 would ♥♥♥♥ING HELL DISC GUN again
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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Overall, this game would be the ABSOLUTE MEANING of "FREE" ("free" and "f2p" is a very different word, f2p= It's free to unlock MOST of the MAIN FEATURES of the game. While "free" means ALL of the FEATURES of the game) I don't see any part/weapons or stuffs that needs "real money" to get it.

Gameplay's very simple; run, hide, shoot, repeat, don't get killed by those monsters/your own weapon (i.e: disc bullet, fire), and get those crates. Go for a highscore, unlock arenas, weapons, and random characters.

I have 1 problem. TOO SIMPLISTIC. If you've unlocked all unlockables, it would be boring to repeat gameplay. You guys should add another gamemodes in DLC/free updates. It's OK for DLC releases which would cost around 10 cents/1 dollar as long as it add gameplay, or maybe Storyline?
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Im about to beat my score of like 20,000,000 (10) then I kill myself with the disk gun.

This game is fast paced, challenging, has freakin EXPLOSIONS!!! and is pure awesomeness.
I recommend this to EVERYONE. This game is always makeing you want to play over and over just to beat your highscore. In the end we'll all end up saying "one more box"
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36 of 50 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Super Crate Box? More like SUPER FUN TIME! Haha I can't stop playing haha! haha. Seriously someone please get me out of this box
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Get this game. It is worth all of the 12 seconds of download, 3 seconds of installation, and hours of time-wasting it has to offer. Especially since it's free. If you don't get this, all the children you didn't have will weep, and their tears will forever salt the fields you plow. You shall never again taste the rewards of victory, and your sheep will cry in fear.

Get this game.

Your non-children need this.

Your sheep need this.

You need this.
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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
So uh, this game is crazy and it's free so why don't you just try it already.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
This is your classic old-school arcade game, except its on a pc and played with arrow keys. Takes literelly like 5 seconds to download, and it doesnt use internet. I play it when my internet's crap, or when i just feel like derping around and unwinding after a long day. It's f2p, but they would be hard-pressed to make money of this thing anyway.
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Difficult, but addicting.
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27 of 47 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
I love this game, and have nearly 100% the game on my Ipod, but on PC it keeps crashing and forcing me to restart. When it crashes, steam still says I'm in game, and it wont let me launch another game or close steam, so I have to restart. Just not worth the crashing.

NOTE: This is a problem with windows 8. if you have windows 7 or any compatable OS, then go play the ♥♥♥♥ out of it because it's fantastic.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Fast and hard!Really hard!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
I really needed to sleep... Just one more round I told myself... Before I knew it there was sun in my eyes.
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21 of 38 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Game is fun but it keeps crashing : ( Until fixed I can't give a thumbs up !
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
Makes you feel like a legit badass but doesn't have enough maps
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