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.
User reviews: Very Positive (226 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 5, 2013

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About This Game

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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Very nice scroll shooter, to play for one time. After complete becomes too boring.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Pretty good game, but lacking some depth.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
wow overflowing with excitment brimming with action such fun for the whole family !!!
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
the controls are way tooo much complicated !!!!!!!!!!!

2*w & Pg UP ... = ... ascend stairs
2*s & Pg DN ... = ... descend stairs
w + Lft Btn = swirl monster in the air

.... and 20 more.

ARE THESE GUYS NUTS ??
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3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This game could be the very definition of "fun"...if it wasn't also the very definition of REPETITION. Beat up some monsters, pick up the bulky key item you just dropped and move another ten seconds or so in the direction of your objective before being forced to drop said item yet AGAIN to beat up some MORE monsters! I mean, I know it's a "beat-'em-up", but cooooome oooooon!! Things can be a little less relentless/tedious than that. It also has an inordinately large number of "escort" missions, some of which are admittedly very amusing - carrying a candy dispenser to get the fat kid to follow you, or scaring another kid in the direction you want them to go by wearing a giant rabbit head and going "boogie woogie"! - but having to constantly make sure they're keeping up with you, when the game is already a race against time to make it that extra ten feet before you have to stop/drop everything for another decidedly "same-ish" battle DOES get a little tiresome. Having said that, the escort missions are perhaps the things which give this game much of its "character", as without them, it really is just running around pummelling or shooting things. Bit of a catch-22 somewhere there, one suspects...

Look, the graphics are lovely, the sound is fine (even if the groovy/spooky music gets a tad repetitious, like everything else), and the gameplay is fun enough in small doses (a notion not exactly helped by the fact that you can't save in the middle of a "chapter", and have to see the whole thing through in one sitting unless you feel like starting from scratch again next time). I found myself quite unable, in any case, to play for much more than an hour or so at a time, as it really does get a tad "old" kinda fast. Mainly only recommended for the die-hard beat-'em-up crowd...for the rest of us, we'll probably "get the idea" within the first couple of hours of gameplay, and be sufficiently satisfied by that. I know I was...and that's probably why I'm giving up about half-way through the game (which I may not have done, granted, if I were able to jump into it for only twenty minutes at a time, but the aforementioned save system nixes all that...in all other regards, however, this is the very definition of "casual" gaming).

One thing I will say in the game's defense is that it really IS meant to be a multiplayer game, so I perhaps partly have myself to blame for playing it solo. Just the same, a bit more variety wouldn't have hurt either the single OR multi-player mode (heck, even reducing the endless amounts of "back-tracking" may have done wonders)! Recommended, yes, but only for the right kind of people, in the right kind of numbers.

Verdict: 7.5/10.

(PS Oddly enough, this game has vague tie-ins with the Obscure series of survival horror games. If for no reason other than it being from the same developers/publishers, and featuring the same high school and some of the same characters. And that's about where the similarities end. It's a strange world, sometimes...)
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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
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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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Oh god this game. reminds me of the old days when we used to play beat-em-up games with my friends.

trust me you wont regret buying this game.

btw this game is even better using contoller :)
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
This game was very fun. Takes the platform to the next level, with a good selection of options for fighting and defending. Great group play.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
First Impressions:

An extremely fun and intense 2.5D side-scroller. I like that you can level up your character (there are four to choose from) and find hidden things like weapons and other goodies throughtout the game. My only complaint is that the missions are a bit too long for my liking, but this is mainly due in part to my busy schedule. Overall, a great (and sometimes very challenging, even on easy) beat-em-up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo9meZJa4kQ
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
61.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Great Local Co-Op game. Pay no atention to the Metacritic rating. It should be atleast 75.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Not sure why this got only a 66/100 meta score but that score system is not very accurate for games that often anyway. This is basically the same game engine as Shoot Many Robots. It feels exactly the same which is a good thing. Like SMR but with a focus on melee instead of guns and with way less enemies. The graphics, while definitely leaving room for some improvement, are still good and the controls are great. The game is pretty fun and I would give it higher than a 66, probably a 75 or so. I have heard that the game is a bit short which sucks. Every level up to this point (I've played 3 so far) has been very long, around 45 minutes each, so I can only assume that there must not be but a very few levels in the game.

The only other real problem I found with the game is that there are not any giant stacks of cocaine bricks in the levels that you can smash open with your bat and dive into face first so hard that it would put Scarface to shame. It would also be great if the enemies you get to murder weren't monsters and instead were the bratty screaming little kids that are always at the supermarket. If I could get away with it I would murder them in droves.

75/100
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
i had this on xbox 360 and it was amazingly fun so i bought it on pc.
it was so entertaning that i am writing a review of this game in the middle of the night...
BUY IT NOW
if you want to...
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
very well made game
get it cheap and you wont be disappointed
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
If you ever play Obscure. You will know the girl in mission 5. this game is so fun. I like it!
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Funny game to play with friends
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Can climb ladders without using arms. 10/10
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