Race, Ram & Blast! Pressure is a unique combination of breakneck racing-action and arcade styled shoot’em up in a steampunk world filled with crazy characters and funky humor. As Morgan jumps into the river to take a refreshing bath, he lands hard and dusty: The river has vanished!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (272 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 26, 2013
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“Pressure is meant to entertain, and believe us when we say it does. It's like an old 2D shooter evolved, with fun gameplay and an addictive multiplayer.”
Vandal Online

“Pressure is fun. That’s why we get back to it from time to time. It’s not designed to keep you going for hours, it’s more suitable for a quick round during your lunch break.”
GamingXP

“Pressure has become a small but entertaining game, that brings you back to the good old years that you spent in the arcade halls. The gameplay is simple and fast-paced, and thanks to the steampunk graphics it's also enjoyable to watch.”
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Race, Ram & Blast!

Pressure is a unique combination of breakneck racing-action and arcade styled shoot’em up in a steampunk world filled with crazy characters and funky humor.


As Morgan jumps into the river to take a refreshing bath, he lands hard and dusty: The river has vanished! It’s time to start up your steambuggy and pull the plug on this maniac water thief, Count Soap II. Stop his evil plans to erect his gigantic “uber-spa”!

Key Features

  • Race through three vibrant worlds with over 30 levels
  • Double the fun: with online & local, cooperative multiplayer-mode
  • Upgrade your steambuggy with over 60 primary-/secondary weapons & extras
  • The “steam-funky” soundtrack rocks your socks off!
  • Prove your skills on three difficulty settings
  • Fight for your bathing water against unique boss enemies
  • Fully animated cutscenes
  • Leaderboards and achievements

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP2
    • Processor:Intel/AMD Dual Core @ 2.2 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI/Nvidia dedicated graphicscard with 256 MB Vram and Shadermodel 3.0 support. Newer integrated graphics-chipsets should work, but are not recommended.
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® compatible soundcard
    • Additional:Game controller (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel/AMD Dual Core @ 2.6 GHz
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI/Nvidia dedicated graphicscard with 512 MB Vram and Shadermodel 3.0 support. ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series and NVIDIA Geforce GTX260 and higher
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Sound:DirectX® compatible soundcard
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Game controller (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)
Helpful customer reviews
43 of 43 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
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I Like:
+ witty setting
+ individually upgradable vehicles
+ diverting co-op mode
+ funny story

I Dont Like:
- unwieldy control
- repetitive track design
- not repeatable campaign race
- very short
- little variety

The gameplay is a shoot-em-up and arcade racing, but slightly changed with the addition of a constant dewatering pressure gauge. Players must speedily race through checkpoints in addition to destroying enemy vehicles to ensure the pressure meter doesn't become depleted. Even with the pressure system, the shooting and driving are especially entertaining when confronting many enemy vehicles in addition to sliding around and jumping over level gaps.

The buggy itself is in between levels "that guy" individual trips garage. I say "that guy," because it is another character who simply do not extend to. The garage giving you access to a variety of primary (guns), secondary (skills like insta-repair and homing missiles. Everything is unlocked through coins which you earn by both collecting them along the various race courses, and blowing up cronies. The real motivation for the promotion in the game's story and levels is an upgrade system for the main character "steam buggy", in his armor, ramming grill, weapons and secondary attack can be replaced with stronger parts.

There are 30 levels but the most maps share the same visuals and layout.
The endboss fights are nice, and the designers to go out of their way to make the bosses unique, a combination of tricks and good weapon damage to take down.

Pressure features a multiplayer lobby too but there were no players to be found.

All that being said, the core of Pressure is a fun ride. Good mechanics go a long way towards making a great action-racer, but pressure provides a medicore experience at best.

Score: 63 / 100


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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Nice little game for short gaming sessions every now and then. Reminds me of the old days, pure arcade fun. Good controls and a solid gameplay with great boss fights. Perfect game if you want to blow off some steam.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Pleasantly surprised by this one. The game is very polished. Well worth a run through

Pros:
Nice graphics that in the later levels can be quite immersive.
Great sounds effects
High Fun Level
Not frustrating to play like some of these games can be.
Cut scenes
Nice Car Mods.

Cons:
Don't think I'll replay it. Don't expect to get a timeless amount of game play out of this and still enjoy it.
In some levels the camera angle changes quite rapidly that can be annoying and disorientating.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Игра расчитана на детей до 12 лет, возможно им даже понравится бы сюжет( да да вы не ослышались в Pressure попытались впихнуть сюжетную линию) который весьма скудный и бесмысленный главное что в игре лёгкое управление и хорошая атмосфера. Вообще игра получилась не скучная и в некоторых моментах весёлая правда я потратил на её прохожденеи 3.5 часа но не пожалел что купил её! В игре присутствует прокачка оружия. тачки и способностей, всё это конечно здорово но однообразно и я думаю что если игра была длинее она быстро надоела бы разве что на планшете. Не будем судить строго, но и серьёзно к Pressure я бы не отнёсься так что Оценка 5\10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Played with the wife, had lots of fun for a few weeks. That's it: a casual game for a couple or kids and parents. Definitely not a gamer's game, but I still had fun because of the situation. Upgrading your little kart and run with a relative! Do recommend.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Pros: I got a 90% Cupon for it so Yeah I bought it
Cons: Sensitivity is so Freaking High !!!!
You can't change the sensitivity and you lose your pressure faster then a teenage boy having sex for the 1st time.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
"Mostly Positive" reviews my @ss. This game is just not fun. First off, you hold down right trigger to accelerate but you also have to hold down A the entire time to fire. That would be fine, but you have to hold down A with the middle of your thumb because you have to, get this, press the X button every few seconds the entire race to get a boost, otherwise you will never make it to any checkpoints. Holding down both right trigger and A and pressing X over and over and over and over and over again the whole time kills this game dead. And that is pretty much all you do in the game and it is just not fun at all. That and the fact that you need pressure, or gas, to keep going and you get it from killing enemies. Problem is that the slightly larger enemies take way too many hits to kill so they stay on screen and shoot you for way too long. You get flooded with dozens of enemies and they have pin-point auto-aim accuracy and never stop firing. They also barely give off any pressure (gas) at all so if you don't die before a checkpoint, you run out of gas. I couldn't beat the 4th race so I said fk this. Sure with practice I could beat it, but the problem is that the game is just not fun and has poor gameplay like I described. The only good thing about it is the graphics. The music is the most stock generic awful up-tempo elevator music that you could imagine. It is the stuff of nightmares.

This game is a perfect example of the abuse of the steam rating system by complete ret@rds who don't know what a good game is.

Sucks/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
10/10 would uninstall again
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Oh boy am i enjoying this game, I don't know what it is i like about it, i really dont, but i definitely like SOMETHING about it, and not just because an agent of Topware Interactive is holding a silenced usp to my forehead as i type this.
What is it I find so appealing about Pressure?
Is it the obnoxiously cheerful music?
The almost comedically slow control response time?
The lack of proper settings?
The fact that actually CHANGING the only graphics setting they do have does seemingly nothing?
The pathetic excuse for a campaign?
The overly sensitive controls, exaserbated by the fact that there isnt any way to change the sensitivity?
The fact that when you try to turn the volume down on the game, it gives you an indignant lovecraftian scream?
The ♥♥♥♥ty ai?
The lack of diversity in the levels?
I just don't know!
S o m a n y g r e a t f e a t u r e s t o t a l k a b o u t ! ! !
10/10 ign
game of the year
5 time winner of nobel peace prize
second coming of jesus
quality game right here
inspiration for Queen's hit song "Under Pressure."
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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
Nice little game for short gaming sessions now and then. It's plain and simple fun and great if you want to blow off some steam. I really like the buggy upgrade system and co-op is a lot of fun. Give it a try :)
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
☺ Easy to play.
☺ Local co-op.
☺ Suitable for most ages.

☹ Short.
☹ Difficulty spikes.

Pressure can be summed up rather easily, short and sweet. The gameplay is a cross between a racer and shoot em up where you control a steam powered buggy and have to contend with a variety of enemies as you try to make it to the finish line without running out of steam...literally, if you dordle or allow one too many enemies to escape you'll not have enough pressure to keep your buggy going and grind to a halt.

After a race you have the option to spend any coins collected to upgrade your buggy with a variety of weapons, tools, rams and a beefier buggy and while it doesn't really change how the game plays, the upgrades are very much required to progress and even on Normal Difficulty, you may hit some challenging spikes in difficulty. This isn't helped by seemingly being unable to redo won races during the campaign to collect more coins for upgrades - at one stage, I had to sell all previous unlocks in order to buy the parts needed to give me a fighting chance.

Levels are largely similar, hold accelerate and fire and hurtle towards the finish line, boosting when available. Of special note are the few 'boss' levels which I found very enjoyable and changed up the pace of things enough to keep the game engaging.

The presentation is lovely and the couple of cutscenes are humorous. It controlled well with an XBox Controller and was certainly playable, though slightly clunky with keyboard controls and the entire game can be played in local co-op and although Online Multiplayer is an option, at the time of playing there were no servers available.

Pressure is rather enjoyable but very short, crossing the finish line at around three hours to clear the campaign races. It's certainly hard to recommend this game at full price as a result of this, but what's on offer is well polished and fun - if you want a game to play with your kids and you happen to see this game on offer, I'd say give it a go!
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
It´s Fun like in the good old days. Even the Coop-Part is really nice! If you like Arcade-Games, Pressure is the right Game for you. The Story is funny and the Gameplay very easy...
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
The only bad thing about this game is the rise in difficulty.
I think it is pretty darn hard even on normal but when you get a friend over, set it to easy and grab some beer it is absolutly funny.

It has an good looking goofy artstyle and good graphic, the music and sound effects are good and rather funny and the humor is top notch.
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27 of 37 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
This basic control/gameplay concept should never have made it out of the prototype phase. You can only shoot in the direction your car is facing, which means you can either drive where you want or shoot where you need to—never both.

As you are constantly being attacked by enemies pulling alongside you, the experience of the game is one of irritation as you are forced to point your vehicle every which way but where the road turns, swerving left and right like a drunken lunatic forever waving at flies.

Pressure doesn't challenge you; it harrasses you. This is simply the least amount of fun I've ever had driving a car mounted with a machine gun.
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27 of 40 people (68%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2013
Pure and simple fun! Great for clearing your head when you're not up to anything that requires thinking or concentrating. :)
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Pressure is a small but entertaining game, that brings you back to the good old years that you spent in the arcade halls. The gameplay is simple and fast-paced, and thanks to the steampunk graphics it's also enjoyable to watch. The levels are short, so you can take a break whenever you want. The game is a bit short in length overall, but still you can have a lot of fun in your big journey for water.Pressure is fun. It’s not designed to keep you going for hours, it’s more suitable for a quick round during your lunch break. The witty story, its decent sound and graphics and the fact that it’s simply to pick up compensate for the lack of variety in gameplay.Pressure is meant to entertain, and believe me when I say it does.Even if it's for a little while.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Simple and interesting arcade racing. Cool upgrades, lots of weapons and enemies.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
This is a long review, so if you want a brief summary of why I recommend Pressure just skip to Results and read from there.

Chasing Carrots creates a fun shoot 'em up arcade style driving game that keeps you on your toes. With silly lines and a rediculous story Pressure is the type of game that really pushes you at every turn.

Story:
Pressure, despite its low Metascore and rather dull describing reviews it’s actually quite a riveting game. Not too long, but fun till the end. Pressure has a rather funny, but very simple story. Pressure is about a young man who lives by a lake awakening to all the water being stolen. Who is the culprit you may ask? Well none other than an evil Sauna genius who decided to charge all of the community to use the lakes water from his sauna. In order to retrieve this water back from the depths of the evil sauna you must race through rivers, cliffs, mountains, buildings, and railways in order to defeat the evil geniuses waves of monsters.

Gameplay:
The levels are not timed with an actual timer, but rather a pressure gauge. As time moves on, the more you are hit, or as you progress through the course you gain or lose pressure. If the gauge goes to zero your car conks out and you lose the match. On the other hand if your car gets too shot up it can take extensive damage and blow up. So in order to win the race you need to go fast, avoid the bullets, and kill all the enemies. The game allows you to boost unlimited times, with each car offering different boost lengths, shoot unlimited ammo with many different guns, and use power ups. This game is like a blood bath, minus the blood and adding water.

Results:
The game isn't very difficult; it just has some interesting concepts which until you figure out how to properly use the game it seems rather difficult. With constant boosting, unlimited ammo, and nuclear weapons Pressure is a shoot 'em up racing game. Pressure offers a small campaign with multiplayer experience and brilliant high pressure (hah) action that keeps you on your toes. Don't be fooled you won't be racing against opponents in this epic as you'll be too focused on destroying everyone and everything in your way. If you like games where you can sit down for a short session and not have to dedicate too much time this is the game for you.

Pros:
+Smooth, easy gameplay
+Smart difficulty curve
+Simple but pleasant graphics
+Friendly story with simple characters
+Fast shoot 'em up gameplay
+Loads of upgrades that allow you to customize and further boost your car.
+Funny little story that isn't in any way inappropriate.
+Lots of interesting baddies and boss fights to keep you interested.
+Unlimited boosts and ammo, so you don't feel like you have to hold back.

Cons
-Not a racing game
-Enemies seem to repeat themselves after you complete the first world
-Hints are not given randomly, but rather as you progress throughout the game
-You cannot go back and play an old level in the campaign to grind up your car (if you are having difficulties)
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
The controls for this game are really wonky. You'd think that a controller would be the best way to go with a game like this, but it really isn't. I found the controls much more intuitive with a mouse and keyboard.

There is no map of the track, and the isometric view means you can't see much of the road ahead of you. At first I was like, "What kind of crappy racing game is this?" but then I realized that it's more of an arcade game than a racing one.

You zoom through the game, avoiding obstacles and shooting bad guys. I'm not particularly great at either those things, but I am good at one thing: crashing. So I upgraded my car with a bunch of armor and some spikey rams, and I crashed into my enemies to my heart's content.

The graphics are very cool, the soundtrack is fun, and (once you get used to the weird controls) the car controls respond quite well to your commands.

The game was extremely fun at first, but it got very repetitive very quickly. The first boss fight was interesting. After that, there was a bunch more of the same ol', same ol'. Second boss fight: different and interesting. Then more boredom (oh but this time they removed most of the walls on the sides, so I actually had to pay attention to where I was driving instead of crashing into the sides, hee hee).

There are new enemies introduced gradually, but they don't really change the gameplay very much. You still just zoom around, shooting or ramming them.

You collect coins as you progress through the game, which you can then use to upgrade your vehicle. This process is a familiar game mechanic but is also confusing. None of the upgrades tell you what exactly you're buying. I bought a new gun, and only after using it was I able to say, "Ahh, I see. This gun is way more powerful but has a slower rate of fire." But nowhere does it tell you if the power on the basic version of this gun is equal to or better than a fully upgraded version of the previous gun. I'm not much of a number cruncher, but I would still like to know the basic stats of the equipment I am buying.

If you want to go back and re-play levels (to get more coins or get a better score or something), you select "Free Play" from the single-player menu. I mention this because the campaign mode shows the entire map and doesn't let you go back to previous levels, which at first led me to believe that you were unable to revisit them.

There is a multiplayer mode, which I presume would be fun to goof around in like a party game.

It only took me about three hours to buy the best equipment for my car and complete the game. I might go back and try to get a better score on previous levels, but in all honesty, the game has little to no replayability. The repetitive gameplay might be okay if there were cool new paintjobs you could buy for your car or something, but as it is, I've already bought everything in one imperfect playthrough. This game needs something, anything that would give the player an incentive to pick it up and play again.

If you can buy this game very cheap, it is definitely worth it. I had a coupon and picked it up for $1, and I definitely got more than a dollar's worth of entertainment out of it. I'm glad I didn't pay any more than that though.

If you want a good-looking, fun little arcade game to play in short sessions, you will probably like this game.

If you're expecting anything more than that, don't buy it.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
As soon as I finished my first level of the game, I already knew what my conclusion will be. It's like eating the food that looks nice, but has a really bad taste, so people end up giving it a few bites and throwing away. Here is why I think this game is not worth your time and money.

Yes, I must say it's fun to shoot the enemies, but the game is made that way so you can't see anything beyond your vehicle. You just don't have time to look at your HP or Pressure which is located in the worst place possible. I have also found the main story quite rediculous as well as the rumor. I have played the game on several occasions with each session no longer than 10 minutes.

Let's see what the navigation through the game is like. The mouse behaves like someone is constantly pushing it forward and making you misclick pretty much all the time. The main menu looks fine, but as soon as you progress to your garage menu everything changes, literally. The main menu is just a simple menu with the text inside the buttons. However, the garage menu goes full 3D and there is no text anymore, you may as well click everywhere to try and find the correct menu. It actually has only 2 useful buttons, so I can't see any reason why developers would make it so complex.

The graphics are interesting so is the art. I enjoyed seeing all the explosions and other stuff, everything looks belivable. Couln't see much effects on what thought. On the other hand, I have an average computer and this game gives it a lot of trouble. I am not sure why this game overheats my graphics card more than CoH2 for example, but that's how it is. What about the sound? I found music really annoying, but it's still bearable. The sound effects of explosions and the vehicles are fine. Although the characters make the sound like they are about to have an ♥♥♥♥♥♥ everytime they are hurt.

I would say that if you do have this game, then you will probably play it about once a month for no more than 30 minutes at maximum. This is not something you want to go back to in a long time.

To sum up this whole thing, I'd say that this game has some nice art and visuals, but the gameplay is on major down side. If not on sale (80-90% off) then I would not recommend buying it, it's likely that you will regret it in the first 10 minutes of your gameplay.
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