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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Mixed (30 reviews) - 63% of the 30 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Good, cheap multiplayer fun. Good stuff
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Awful game... 1/5 and that's being generous. This game doesn't allow for keybinding alterations to the controller and when I try to play with a control all the keys are wrong and sideways. Select is sprint, right bumper is start menu and start does nothing? Save your money and don't buy this piece of crap. not worth 2$ even.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Product received for free
it is really annoying game even with 2 people. lots of bugs. permanently coming zombies. give no chance you to play.
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1 of 11 people (9%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
2 x W to climb up on board.

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I just pressed W 9685869058096 times and yet i can't climb it. So i asked for a refund.

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52 of 60 people (87%) 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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53 of 64 people (83%) 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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30 of 32 people (94%) 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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80 of 115 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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19 of 20 people (95%) 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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21 of 26 people (81%) 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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clez
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
i do NOT recommend this game as you cant even unlock the game because the tutorial is bugged. The alien you hit to complete the task is bugged and wont fall down when you do an upper hit. so the game is unplayable
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Mr. Bunny
10.8 hrs
Posted: September 21
very fun with 4 ppl
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mrvivavnhiu
6.8 hrs
Posted: September 20
Great game, much fun!
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iamgotharts
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 12
I got it in a bundle pack...It was undescribable boring after the first level and a half I uninstalled it for more room
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<font color="#00FF00">Areeyo!
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 7
I can't play this game when game loading done after I click start game then no response anyhting for this game to play.
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blue--ink
8.6 hrs
Posted: August 17
Does exactly what it shows in the trailers. Local co-op works great. Not much more to say other than I've played it through more than once with my girlfriend who also loved it.
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