Jump into the frenzied action and the whacky humor of a pure 2.5D side-scroller! While they were going to their old high school for what was supposed to be the party of their life, four long-time friends end up in a ghost town full of monstrous creatures.
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Release Date: Nov 5, 2013

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Jump into the frenzied action and the whacky humor of a pure 2.5D side-scroller!

While they were going to their old high school for what was supposed to be the party of their life, four long-time friends end up in a ghost town full of monstrous creatures.

Alone or in cooperative mode (4 players online and 2 in local play), survive hordes of monsters ready to skin you alive and achieve unique and varied objectives throughout huge and non-linear levels. Choose your character, knock out high-scores and thoroughly explore each stage to gain experience and reach higher levels. Find new weapons, improve your skills, unlock new special moves and devastating powers… and achieve increasingly impressive combos to outdo your friends' high-scores.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.3 GHZ COMPATIBLE SSE2
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 3.0 COMPATIBLE ATI RADEON 2600XT/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600 GT/INTEL HD 3000 OR HIGHER
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
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killerknodel
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
I'm not sure why people are giving this a negative review. This game is an awesome coop game but I wouldn't recommend it for single player. Honestly, the story line is a little odd and not very interesting, but this is one of the few local coop games that actually have some pretty fun gameplay with a controller. Totally recommend this if you're a couch PC gamer that likes to have a few friends over for fun lol.
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ORAA
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
BAD BOY,,, BAD
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Tha Bes Games
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
The only test here is one of your patience.
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phoenix_advance
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Writing a short note about this little gem before uninstalling it. I think I got this as part of a bundle. It was like 30 cents or something. I'm not really the side scrolling brawler/beat'em/shoot'em up type of guy. They're okay as games, but they don't peak my interest. Final Exam is different!

It has an easy learning curve despite the types of combo's you can do. It's a 4 player coop game with multiple characters you can select and level up via a skill tree of some sort.

It's not linear. You can go left, right, up or down. Every player has their own screen. And "sometimes" the objectives are randomly placed. Which is a good thing. Because you don't want the game to be boring with minor objectives (like collecting stuff), but you don't want to be frustrated with major objectives, like the rhythm of taking down a boss or escorting an NPC.

The best part of this game, is it manages to surprise you with something new or different in each level. I can't explain it all, but I'll tell of two examples:

1) In the first level you have to push some kind of train-car. But you must jump on top of it whenever the floor becomes electric or whatever. And at the same time, there are enemies popping up here and there like normal.

2) Somehow they managed to squish in a space-invaders-like gameplay, followed by a Super R-Type kind of gameplay. And yes, we're still talking about a brawler/beat'em/shoot'em up here!

Those are only two from the top of my head, there were several! Felt like about 2-3 unique variations of the gameplay per map.

Music is good and atmoshphere is excellent! This game is a must buy/try!
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POOPA SCOOPA
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
you can slap bootys in dis game
10/10
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HeadShot
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Thank God my finals weren't like this, what kind of educational system is this, I wonder....

+ : simple story, great gameplay and controls, gamepad support, amazing graphics for an indie, classic beating up monsters, coop, variety of weapons (melee+guns), upgrading character + skill tree, fun

- : sometimes you get easily irritated (breaking up a combo, annoying mini bosses), but that is part of the game, some people have issues (I didn't have any), at last two levelsyou get to re-visit locations and I found that upsetting and didn't quite enjoy looking for collectibles n stuff.

but anyway, overall, I enjoyed it. 7-8/10 would exam with wrench again
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cedgkemp
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
needs to be compatible with all controls....
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Atlas
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
A very nice little game, but with a few very great mistakes.

- Scenes are too long, they become tedious very fast
- If you missed a new weapon - you're gonna regret it
- difficulty curve is a brick wall near the end
- Replayabillity iz zero.

Although it was worth my money. I had a great time al things considered. Would recommend to anyone who loves this type of games.
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23skidoo
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Fun combat and feels good with a controller
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Shgrdy
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Final Exam is a fun multiplayer game , you'll have a good time playing it . I can only advise you to try the free demo.
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VooDoo
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
Want to beat up a monster with a baseball bat? Or shoot one down with a gun? Or say f_uck it and chop one up with a chainsaw? Well you can do it with Final Exam.

You play as one of four best friends visiting their old high school. There they get trapped in an old town infested by monsters, monsters, and more monsters. This is a 2.5D game that uses combos as its main hook. It’s a lot of fun to throw a monster in the air, jump after him, and bash him to the ground. Oh, by the way, there’s monsters. Did I mention that yet? The AI for the enemies is good, but seems fairly easy if you know what you’re doing regarding gameplay and combos. The combat is fluid and visceral as well as exciting. The game’s not all melee combat. You do have a small arsenal of firearms that are a joy to use. In addition to the melee weapons and firearms, there’s also grenades that feel like a bit of a cheat, but are fun to use nonetheless. The locals for the game are well designed and offer a wide variety play styles.
One thing you need to know before you buy this game is that it’s centered around co-op. The singleplayer is fine, but multiplayer is where I had most of my fun. Whether locally or online, cooperative play adds a lot to the beat-em-up aspect of the gameplay. Taking on the horde of monsters with a friend is very rewarding. Each player has a tag above their head so you can recognize them among the confusion.

Final Exam is a clever action-packed game that is riddled with horror game staples and campy goodness in equal measures. With specialized characters and art to dazzle your eyes, there's something in here for any type of gamer.
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KingFox
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Great game!
Really good fighting system, good responsive movement and combos and many ways to kill your enemies.
Skills, weapons and hidden items along the levels.
Nice graphics and sound.
It get's a bit difficult by moments, as there's a high rate of respawn, even in easy, but not to get frustrating.
Lots of fun, and you can play it co-op in a single PC
Definitely recommend it!
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touuqe
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
It's like a side scrolling Left 4 Dead. With upgradeable characters and unlockable weapons and skills.

Played it co-op with my mate for a few hours. Really fun, definitely worth the asking price in my opinion.
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Clark Kent
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
I did not enjoy this game at all.
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benjicsu
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18
Intially, I was unsure of what to expect from this game.
Turns out I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the game actually is.
The controls for the game(utilizing an XBOX controller) are very well thought out and seemless to use.
In addition there is just enough variety to keep the game interesting and I look forward to playing the rest of the campaign.
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$Tevo
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
NICE game
but you should play with friends
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DankPepe
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 12
im gay
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Zana Wolfkin
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
A really fun and fast-paced game. I love it, but I would recommend playing the game with a controller. It runs smoothly, and it's very easy to learn and play. It's also quite challenging, but that adds to the fun of it.
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Prepare Ur Anus
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
It's not that it's terribly bad...it's just not good.

I spent roughly 30 minutes playing and screaming at the game because of it's sluggish animations that caused me to take too much damage too frequently. I got gud quick and learned to spend more time focusing on evasion. Regardless of adapting to the speed of the game however, it doesn't matter because enemies just don't take much damage at all. Every attack feels like I was using a wiffle bat and b.b. gun. These enemies are sponges that take ridiculously long to kill, even on easier settings.

The biggest problem though, is the repitition. The attack animations aren't fun. In fact, they feel grossly disconnected and boring. *swing left, swing right* wash, rinse, repeat. And you do this all through endless swarms of enemies through seemingly endless levels. There's nothing fun about any of it.

The level design itself is nice though. The graphics are crisp, it runs nicely, and it's pretty. But the overall gameplay is just so drab and monotonous that I have no desire to even want to see how it opens up.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Writing a short note about this little gem before uninstalling it. I think I got this as part of a bundle. It was like 30 cents or something. I'm not really the side scrolling brawler/beat'em/shoot'em up type of guy. They're okay as games, but they don't peak my interest. Final Exam is different!

It has an easy learning curve despite the types of combo's you can do. It's a 4 player coop game with multiple characters you can select and level up via a skill tree of some sort.

It's not linear. You can go left, right, up or down. Every player has their own screen. And "sometimes" the objectives are randomly placed. Which is a good thing. Because you don't want the game to be boring with minor objectives (like collecting stuff), but you don't want to be frustrated with major objectives, like the rhythm of taking down a boss or escorting an NPC.

The best part of this game, is it manages to surprise you with something new or different in each level. I can't explain it all, but I'll tell of two examples:

1) In the first level you have to push some kind of train-car. But you must jump on top of it whenever the floor becomes electric or whatever. And at the same time, there are enemies popping up here and there like normal.

2) Somehow they managed to squish in a space-invaders-like gameplay, followed by a Super R-Type kind of gameplay. And yes, we're still talking about a brawler/beat'em/shoot'em up here!

Those are only two from the top of my head, there were several! Felt like about 2-3 unique variations of the gameplay per map.

Music is good and atmoshphere is excellent! This game is a must buy/try!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Want to beat up a monster with a baseball bat? Or shoot one down with a gun? Or say f_uck it and chop one up with a chainsaw? Well you can do it with Final Exam.

You play as one of four best friends visiting their old high school. There they get trapped in an old town infested by monsters, monsters, and more monsters. This is a 2.5D game that uses combos as its main hook. It’s a lot of fun to throw a monster in the air, jump after him, and bash him to the ground. Oh, by the way, there’s monsters. Did I mention that yet? The AI for the enemies is good, but seems fairly easy if you know what you’re doing regarding gameplay and combos. The combat is fluid and visceral as well as exciting. The game’s not all melee combat. You do have a small arsenal of firearms that are a joy to use. In addition to the melee weapons and firearms, there’s also grenades that feel like a bit of a cheat, but are fun to use nonetheless. The locals for the game are well designed and offer a wide variety play styles.
One thing you need to know before you buy this game is that it’s centered around co-op. The singleplayer is fine, but multiplayer is where I had most of my fun. Whether locally or online, cooperative play adds a lot to the beat-em-up aspect of the gameplay. Taking on the horde of monsters with a friend is very rewarding. Each player has a tag above their head so you can recognize them among the confusion.

Final Exam is a clever action-packed game that is riddled with horror game staples and campy goodness in equal measures. With specialized characters and art to dazzle your eyes, there's something in here for any type of gamer.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Final Exam is a fun multiplayer game , you'll have a good time playing it . I can only advise you to try the free demo.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Intially, I was unsure of what to expect from this game.
Turns out I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the game actually is.
The controls for the game(utilizing an XBOX controller) are very well thought out and seemless to use.
In addition there is just enough variety to keep the game interesting and I look forward to playing the rest of the campaign.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
The tutorials was 5 mins and east, then each level takes an hour to complete
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
A promising start leads to a pretty dull mid-game and a totally underwhelming ending.
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48 of 56 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Fun game. Designed for up to 4 players. Solo play is possible, but slower paced I felt, as I went through the game solo. Game was a bit short, and you end up revisiting some levels. Character animations are good, and the level system is okay. Leaderboards might have its fair share of cheaters, but maybe a purge of sorts could be implemented.

exploration thoughout the game is okay. i have yet to find all of the collectables to get the best weapons, and was able to join 2 games that were in progress online. Not for players expecting a wide range of enemies or deep story - it's all about collecting and killing for leaderboard supremacy.

a very cool pick up game that supports the XBOX controller that shouldn't be missed.
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46 of 57 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2014
Depending on how your teenage years were, a highschool reunion can be an exciting time to catch up with classmates you haven’t seen in years, or a nightmarish experience having to reassociate with people you’d rather not. Regardless, the event would likely be made universally terrible if upon arrival you were greated by a murderous swarm of mutants out for your blood, and a citywide infection that has turned citizens into zombie like abominations. This is Final Exam, a coop focused non-linear brawler with a lot of personality, though not the gameplay chops to make it a classic.

Choosing between one of four characters, which surprisingly all play rather unique, you’re dropped into a level and given a handful of objectives to complete. What’s unique about FE compared to a lot of brawlers is stages are structured like giant rooms instead of linear paths, allowing you to backtrack through areas again searching out collectibles and finding secret passageways that cause everything to connect. This is one of the coolest things about the game, but it’s also one of its biggest weaknesses. Because of the inherent way levels are designed, you’re often forced to do an abundance of incredibly tedious backtracking from one side of the map to the other, which becomes especially obnoxious from the endlessly spawning enemies slowing you down. It’s not as bad in coop as one player can go to each area on the map, but considering you’ll often need more than one person by you just to stay alive while fighting it doesn’t completely fix the issue, and creates a new one.

The objectives also pose their own issues, largely from the fact they repeat themselves almost exactly in each and every level. Go meet someone, fetch some items for them, escort them to a new area, protect them while they do something as slowly as possible, and rinse and repeat until the level ends and you get to do it again in a new area. Except when you don’t, as ontop of recycling objectives FE repeats the same environments for about half of its brief 8 missions (which should take you about 3 hours to complete your first time through)..

The fighting mechanics continue this trend of monotonous repetition, consisting of merely a single melee attack, a firearm, grenades, and special moves unique to your character. Aside from a handful of different ways you can use the single melee attack to hit enemies in various directions, this is a button mashing affair through and through. It’s enjoyable enough for what it is, but when you are fighting hundreds of enemies per level, with minimal variation to the types of said enemies, it loses its appeal rather quickly as you are continually forced into extended fights which seem to drag on for infinitum.

I have to take issue again with the progression system, namely how character upgrade points and weapons are distributed. The former is split into two groups: skill points and character points. Skill points are earned by getting high scores in levels, similar to earning XP in most games just tied to a leaderboard. Character points on the other hand require you to scour through levels for collectibles, or else be stuck with the same base stats the entire game. This is great as a means of making collectibles mean something, but bad for allowing the player to grow as most will likely miss the majority of these on their way through. Another issue is that all weapons have to be found within levels before you can select them, but even after doing this the weapon is only unlocked for whichever character you picked it up with. This basically means you’re required to playthrough the game multiple times if you want to swap characters, which is frustrating and really corners you into sticking with whoever you selected at the start.

One aspect I enjoyed quite a bit was the art design, which makes up for its lack of polygons with a ton of personality and cool character designs. Zombies have been done a thousand different ways, but there is something about the semi-cartoony way they are portrayed in FE that makes them stand out. The few human characters in the game are quirky charicatures and rather entertaining to watch beat the snot out of mutants. The story is as outrageous as you could hope, though it makes all of zero sense in coop as the story cutscenes at the start of mission are all removed, leaving you to wonder what the heck you’re doing.

Final Exam does a lot wrong in the way of injecting variety into a genre so often devoid of it, even in its best games, but it’s not so hopeless as to be wholly written off. As a brawler it’s repetitive and pretty shallow, but when played with friends can still be pretty entertaining (if surprisingly brief). As a solo affair I couldn’t recommend it, so check your friends before heading to this reunion; you’re gonna need them.
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69 of 99 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
What first started out as a fun co-op beat 'em up turned into the most repetitive mess I've had the displeasure of playing.

How do you make 8 levels and only 5 enemy types work? Repeat them over and over again.

There are 8 stages (supposedly), but really there are only 3. You've got a subway, school and amusement park. Play the Subway level for 2 stages. Then do the amusement park for 2 and then the school 2, back to the amusement park and then back to the school again. It was really sloppy and lazy.

The hordes/packs of enemies that you're required to fight come far too often. This wouldn't be a problem if not for every other room in the game having endless waves that keep respawning.

The artifical length of the game doesn't end with the the same levels and enemies repeating either. Oh, no. You're also forced to backtrack the same level numerous times to get objective pickups for fat npcs. I don't know why they're all fat, but they are. And after collecting these random items for numerous overweight people you then have to escort them.

This game has everyones favorite game features; backtracking, escort missions and infinite enemy spawns.

Get the game if it's $2.50 or less and you really, really like doing the same thing over and over. Otherwise you can find much better co-op beat 'em ups.
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
Fantastic co-op game. Lots of fun to play with friends. I particularly liked that they didn't use zombies, instead opting for entirely original slime monsters. Reminds me a bit of a more melee focused Shoot Many Robots. The beat'em up action is pretty basic at first, but quickly gets more complex as you unlock skills.

Pros:
+ Great co-op gameplay
+ Interesting monsters
+ Long, involved multi-stage levels
+ Levels are interesting and visually pleasing
+ RPG-lite character upgrades

Cons:
- Could have used more weapons and ways to customize your character
- Levels get reused
- Could have used a couple more monsters
- 4 player co-op gets too hectic
- Camera focuses on the 1st player which often results in other players getting pushed off screen
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
A decent hack n'slash with decent length. Very shallow even though you can upgrade your different attributes and gain character-specific abilities. The levels are larger areas with many nooks and crannies to explore which leads to finding new weapons (close range and long range). There are 4 characters to choose from although the most difference comes from the special abilities which aren't that special. (added flame damage, electrical damage etc.)

Local coop is nice but I'd recommend online coop because the camera only follows player 1 and there will be parts where dividing up will result in unmanagable chaos and/or backtracking. There are different kinds of enemies but generally all you do in the levels is the same no matter how diverse they feel: Kill loads of monsters, help an NPC with something or protect them and also item hunts.

I'd say buy this in a sale and go in with very low expectations. The combat isn't deep and it all boils down to button mashing and building up massive combos. If you want to play single player, just forget this game it'll get boring really fast. Coop though is another story. The very definition of a bargain bin video game.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
Final Exam is a spin-off from the ObsCure series of horror games, which there were two of for the PC, PS2, and Wii. Those games were Resident Evil clones set in a school setting and with heavy teen horror cliches. All characters were stereotypical, stupid, and various cliches of teen horror movies showed up in the game, and many teens died. The game had to do with a type of plant over growing and spreading something strange around... The game was also notable for being an old-school styled horror game with co-op, though no online.

Well, the studio that made ObsCure games parent company was going down the shutter, the team disbanded from them, and then used their own money to buy the ObsCure IP back from them. They worked on a handheld spin-off, known for a while as Project Obscure, but changed the name to Final Exam so fans wouldn't throw a fit the game was too different from the ObsCure series, being a 2D Brawler and all of that. It's still set in the ObsCure universe though, just a lot more cartoony.

Final Exam is a 2.5D Beat-Em-Up with a focus on 4-player co-op, and the studios first title as their new group. Also their first online title. The game is best described like a mixture of Devil May Cry meets Shoot Many Robots, as the combat has a surprising amount of depth to it, mixed with chipping enemies health away with guns, coming in and performing combos or stuns, dodging attacks, juggling enemies in the air, etc. you get a combo going, that is times and resets when hit. The game can get addicting to keep a combo going, especially as points are tied in to rankings, unlockables, and leaderboard, as well as experience. At any time, you can press a button to cash-in your combo and get the points from your current combo, which also resets the combo. But better than getting hit and losing it all, right? Or maybe you want to risk it and go higher...

Experience helps learn more combos and abilities, and as the course of the game continues, you get a good variety of guns, melee weapons, and grenades to use, which all feel pretty different.

The stages have a fun open-world style, with multiple objectives to do. You can, as a team, work with your friends to go location to location to complete objectives, or separate to complete different ones apart. Occassionally the game will throw some change of pace to keep things interesting. Objectives are sort of typical; go here and beat enemies, pick up these items and delver them to this point, push a kart and hold enemies off, escort a character, etc. Stages also have thing to discover by exploring, including new weapons, and extra skill points to increase character stats hidden around to collect.

There's not really a strong story to it. There is some small story, even some extremely brief cutscenes, but no dialogue, and feel kind of like a missed opportunity as the game as a quirky comic-feel, and could be fun with some story humor. The presentation is nice though, and the music is fitting.

The game has the flaw of re-using areas, though. They have different objectives and have changes to them, but in the games 8 stages, there are four locations, and you go to two of the locations three times. There is also only two bosses in the game, and one of them just keeps getting stronger and adding new moves over the course of the game. Enemies are varied though, and usually multiple types of a single enemy, all who get introduced well over the course of the game.

I would say if you want a beat-em-up with friends, and don't mind a bit of tedium (maybe best played in spurts rather than all at once), to give it a shake. It has flaws, but also some charm with it, and the combat is well-done.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
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Final Exam review:

To conclude, Final Exam is a neat little game that does provide some fun filled entertainment for a number of hours. Sadly, the gameplay is lacking in terms of variety and scope, and is highly repetitive after killing so many enemies. There are moments where the game offers some change in how enemies are killed, but these are far and few between. However, all negatives aside, for the asking price of under £7, you can't really go wrong, and with the game offering good visuals, and some fairly robust gameplay, Final Exam does come recommended.

Score - 7.5/10 - Review by Robert Cram
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2013
If you like almost 3D side scrolling Beat-em-up action this game is for you.. Machetes shotguns and Molotovs with slight RPG elements it is a pretty kick ♥♥♥ game.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2014
I got the demo version of this game through Focus Home Interactive's website & then I bought the game so to be honest the game isn't too bad. What I like in the game is that your playing as high school students who fight off green monsters (It's a nice break from zombies to be honest), The story is about 4 students who were going to a party because school is almost over for them but while the four of them were driving to the party a random monster spawns out of nowhere and one of the students freak out & crash (Do you see where this is going?) so basically the objective of this game is to survive the apocalypse kinda.

Pros: Lots of weapons, Decent combat, Lots of replayability & Decent music

Cons: Too short (It's only 8 chapters long) & You always have to fight the same boss (He's A Big Monster) all the time but at least they made the end boss different

Overall this game is only average but if you like beat em up platformers that involve monster bashing then this game is for you. (If I missed anything then feel free to leave feedback)
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23 of 38 people (61%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
If you have many friend buy it!! very fun for co-op but if you don't have friend don't buy.play alone not fun
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
Very fun and simple.................

Final Exam is a fun arcade game that really takes it very chilled backed bash / shoot em up 2.5 platformer gameplay that mixes all together to make a really all out fun arcade game that you can play anytime and it will all be the same.

-gameplay-
simple platforming / fighting that feels like street of rage mixes with metriod in a arcade way levels are big and the boss fights are cool even better with friends.

-Sound-
nice tunes really mixes with the combat and exploring with this title.

all togther the game is a nice arcade game get some friends and have fun!!!!

Pros-----

Fun and simple

Cons----

It feels empty with out other players
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Bought it just yesterday.
This game is recommended if you want to play with your friends. Trust me, playing co-op is better than playing alone. The battling style may be repetitive, but it's super fun. Especially if you're bored. Play it!
9/10
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Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Released this week on steam for $9.99 (or $29.99 for a four-pack if you happen to have four friends to play with) is a “2.5D sidescroller” smash’em up: Final Exam from Mighty Rocket Studio. A slick looking online multiplayer supported smash ‘em up to make the tried and true transition from Xbox Live and Playstation Network onto Valve’s Steam.

So four characters that look like they should be featured in a ‘where are they now?’ of The Breakfast Club are on their way to a High School Alumni Party. The Jocky Football guy, artsy chick, nerdy boy, and token minority (not sure which, but his skin is darker than the others) happen to be adequately trained with martial arts, explosives, and the use of several types of firearms. Since this is not a game about awkward realization that everyone else in high school has moved on with their lives and become adults instead of trying to relive their glory days into their late 20′s their car runs into a hoard of monsters, you grab a pistol and baseball bat with nails driven into it, and start a swinging.

Each character specializes on a few key skills, Jock is the big melee bruiser, nerd is the tank / explosives expert, Artsy chick is good with firearms and melee, while token guy is good at guns and explosives. Gameplay is smooth and well polished. If you’ve played any 2d style smash ‘em up since River City Ransom you know how this all works (even down to enemies dropping food, ammo, and grenades for some reason when they die). Go from objective to objective smashing things as you go. It’s certainly done well with beautiful polished levels sporting impressive backdrops along the way. If anything the levels are TOO well detailed as some areas can have quite a bit of clutter in the background but overall the game does a great job of offering you plenty of eye candy and a never ending stream of monsters to smash.

As you progress through the game you earn skill points to unlock special moves and such as well as character points to add to your character’s abilities. Basically it improves damage dealt and how much hp you have. It’s an interesting RPG element designed specifically to add longevity to a rather simple and straight forward smashing game. While it certainly is nice to make your character more powerful and makes you want to scour every level for every collectable and weapon to get all the unlocks, the abilities are actually counter-productive to their longevity cause. See with all the new weapons you find and new abilities and stats you get your character becomes too badass and frankly the combat starts to get too repetitive and dull.

The game is broken up into several missions at the end of which you are rewarded for how well you completed it. More points means more skill points. I think though the missions are just a bit too long as some of them really start to wear on me and often times I was just hoping it would hurry up and end. Also the objectives in each mission are pretty much typical copy and paste stuff that feels rather dull and uninspired. After having to fetch crap (be it gas cans, weapons, machine parts, lab assistants, or children) every single mission you get rather tired of it after a while. And while the game has a pretty cool and perhaps a little edgy (and chuckle worthy) style the story is just so inanely pointless I have no investment in it or the characters to care enough to keep playing.

I was ready to praise Final Exam, for the first few hours I played it was fun, fast, furious, and a fresh break from the usual slow paced games I play. Online was likewise even more fun and a great fast paced romp with random strangers. But after the sixth mission I just hit a wall and suddenly I didn’t care anymore. I’ve killed a thousands of these dang monsters, only have a faint idea why and really don’t care if I save the day or not. Just about every mute NPC that I’ve come across in my journey who helped me ended up dying in some kinda humorous way (usually squashed by a mini-boss) and I was just tired of the game.

This game made me seriously consider just how long should a game keep me entertained? Obviously it should do so at least from beginning to end, which sadly Final Exam fails for me. But even if it did keep you satisfied to the end you might replay the game again just to get all the unlocks. But then what? Once you’ve filled out all the skill and ability trees there’s really little to do unless you’re the kind of person who wants to get their name up on a high score list. This is clearly a throw-away game at best that you play through once or twice maybe with a couple friends and then forget it ever existed. It’s almost sad really, as the developers did a great job of making a crisp clean and pretty fighting game. But repetitive boring mission objectives that have been used a million times in MMO grinds (go here, collect, bring back. Go here, escort, bring back. Go here, kill, kill, kill, kill, keep killing, and kill some more.) ruined an excellent fighting game. Combined with a completely uninteresting generic carbon copy story that gives me absolutely no connection or reason to keep going and we have a game that really falls up short.

If you like smash’em up games I might suggest giving it a try but don’t expect anything life changing.
Final Score:
Graphics: 8.5/10
Game Play: 7/10
Music / Ambiance: 9/10
Story: 1/10
Value: 5/10
Overall: 6.1/10

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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Fun game! This game has toony graphics but that's what I love most. The monsters are a little more original than zombies or aliens. I believe they are a science experiment gone wrong? If you like slashing, bashing, shooting, and grenades, you'll love this game. Every map has achievements to fulfill and weapons to find/unlock. Earn skill points and character points to further do damage. If you think Tough mode is hard, beat the game and unlock Rock Hard mode. This game is great for adults and kids alike.
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