Receiver was created for the 7-day FPS challenge to explore gun handling mechanics, randomized levels, and unordered storytelling. Armed only with a handgun and an audio cassette player, you must uncover the secrets of the Mindkill in a building complex infested with automated turrets and hovering shock drones.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (48 reviews) - 83% of the 48 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Positive (2,786 reviews) - 78% of the 2,786 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 29, 2013

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"Successfully reloading a gun for the first time through sheer muscle memory is easily one of the greatest feelings in gaming."
8.5/10 – Destructoid


"Receiver is interesting for two things. One, it focuses on a single weapon, the Colt 1911 A1, and takes it very seriously, using "high detail gun mechanics", which means you can "manipulate each part of the gun independently" (the beginning of the video shows this in action). The second is that it's a randomly-generated shooter that features permanent death. Taking place inside a single building, every time you die, you have to start at the very beginning again, but the entire game world is re-rolled. It's available now for $5, which given the ideas on show, is totally worth it just to check it out."
Kotaku


"Receiver didn’t cast me as some nigh-invincible mass of regenerating muscle. The end result, then, was that I felt exactly how I’d expect Real Me would in a combat situation involving live ammo."
Rock Paper Shotgun

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About This Game

Receiver was created for the 7-day FPS challenge to explore gun handling mechanics, randomized levels, and unordered storytelling. Armed only with a handgun and an audio cassette player, you must uncover the secrets of the Mindkill in a building complex infested with automated turrets and hovering shock drones.

Watch the videos to learn more about our design experiments in this game!

Key Features

  • Detailed simulations of a Colt 1911 pistol, S&W Model 10 "Victory" revolver, and Glock 17 with full-auto mod
  • Taser robots and machine gun turrets with physically-based damage models
  • Ballistic modeling of ricochets and bullet drop
  • 11 audio tapes to prepare you to defend yourself against the inevitable Mindkill event
  • Become literate in how guns actually operate

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Passmark G3D 250+
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space

    Recommended:

    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2.0 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Passmark G3D 1000+
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space

    Minimum:

    • OS:10.6
    • Processor:2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Passmark G3D 250+
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space

    Recommended:

    • OS:10.6
    • Processor:2.0 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Passmark G3D 1000+
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space

    Minimum:

    • OS:Ubuntu 12.10
    • Processor:2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Passmark G3D 250+
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
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Very Positive (48 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Positive (2,786 reviews)
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Ⓐviaris
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
It's bad. It has an okay concept and interacting with the guns is interesting but the gameplay, graphics, story, and literally every element of the game besides reloading the guns is boring, has VERY little effort put into it, and effectively destroys any enjoyment or otherwise interesting elements that you may try to find in this abandoned, rotting corpse.
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LJZRTag529
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Needs an HTC Vive update. Reminds me of Hotdogs and handgrenades a bit.
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QP
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
TL:DR
Short, fun, interesting, but not perfect. A little unfairly difficult at times.

Detailed review
Receiver is a rather interesting game for a few reasons. The main attraction here is how guns handle. Compared to pretty much every other FPS, the gun mechanics are not simple. To reload, you have to press certian buttons for each function such as mag ejection, loading mags, cocking hammers, ect. At first it feels rather clunky but with practice you will be able to reload your weapon much more quickly.

In terms of enemies there is really only two. A taser drone and a turret. Both have weak spots and the ability to only have certain functions such as flying or the gun being disabled. Now this is where the flaws of the game start to show. On occasions when you walk into a room, you can be shot immediatly. Making the game rather difficult at times. Death will almost always be unexpected. There will also be moments where you will run out of ammo due to missing an enemies weakspot several times.

The story is kinda interesting and unexpectedly deep for this kind of game. Its experianced best going in blind.
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onyx
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
One of those hidden gems that makes you love Steam again
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Crispynugget
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Product received for free
my reaction when playing- "hey im good at thi-AHHHHH*death*"
an amazing game, especially for either 72 hours of 7 days (i forget). GET IT
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DSA (on vacation)
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
-gets glock with 3 full mags.
-:D
-dies from taserbot
-fuuuuuuuuu
-exits game
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Husky117
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
never gotten more than 4 tapes, doesnt matter still had fun, 10/10 would be chaced by killer robots again
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fenice319
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Product received for free
-8 tapes out of 11
-Shot a turret that got stuck looking at the door i was coming from
-Rushed throught the door
-Found myself surrounded by other turrets
*ded*


10/10 would get ambushed by turrets again
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Itchy & Scratchy Buttfuck
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Gun porn in the realism sense. A fun toy.
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Gr33nViper
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
After i ate too much mexican food i spent 1 painfull hour on the toilet.


The result of my "work" was better than this game.

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
The main gripe for this game for all the negative reviews is 1) the lack of content and 2) difficulty.

1) It costs £4 and goes on sale frequently, not to mention it's free with Overgrowth, a brilliant early access title by the same devs. Not to mention it was made for a 7-Day FPS challenge, and acts as a proof-of-concept rather than a fully finished title brimming with content.

2) The point of the game is to be difficult. You can't just press R to do a reload animation. You have to conserve ammo and fire accurately, while learning to reload the gun manually. That's the beauty of this game.

The point of this review is, it's an amazing game for its price, and considering it was made for a challenge the length of a WEEK.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
it's a cool game, i just wish i didn't suck at it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
282 of 319 people (88%) found this review helpful
378 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
I was trying to learn how to reload, when a flying bot came out of nowhere and killed me.
I was picking up some bullets, when a flying bot came out of nowhere and killed me.
I was listening to a tape, when a flying bot came out of nowhere and killed me.
I was trying to shoot down a flying bot, when another flying bot came out of nowhere, and killed me again.
10/10
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197 of 225 people (88%) found this review helpful
101 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
This game is punishment for all of our sins against realistic gun mechanics.
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183 of 213 people (86%) found this review helpful
186 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
-find floaty robot
-shoot at floaty robot
-*click*
-oh shiyat
-robot sees me staring blankly at it with an empty magazine
-robot bum rushes at me
-pee my pants a little
-start running away as fast as i can all the while trying to load my gun
-dont have help menu up so idk wtf im doing
-eventually load rounds into my mag
-attempt to put mag in gun and drop the god damn magazine
-indiana jones it and turn around to grab it
-load it in my gun
-blind fire it at the robot without aiming
-hit it and take it out
-holy ♥♥♥♥ that was awesome
-walk down a hallway
-get shot by turret

9 unloaded magazines/10
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141 of 157 people (90%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2015
Let me put it this way:
To preform a dry reload in Call of Duty: Just empty the mag
To preform a dry reload in Reciever with a M1911:
1.press t
2.Press e
3.press `
4.Press z 8 or 7 times
5.press 1/2/3/4 whereever your gun is
6.Press z
7.Press r
DONE
This game has taught me more about gun mehanics then all the Cods I've played put together.
Sure, it's hard as balls, but it's still an excelent game. You play it, lose, but you WANT to play it again.
I RECOMEND THIS GAME TO RELAXED GAMERS
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164 of 193 people (85%) found this review helpful
165 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
The true horror for COD players begins here.
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111 of 125 people (89%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
Full sized game with these mechanics please.
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110 of 124 people (89%) found this review helpful
132 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
First time playing reciever

*aims gun*
...
*ejects magazine*
*turns on safety*
*switches firing mode*
...
*switches firing mode*
*switches firing mode*
*inserts bullet*
*tries firing*
...
*spends 15 minutes figuring out how to reload
*fires bullet*
...
*realises that he only started with one bullet*
*walks around for a while*
*thinks he can make that jump*
...

10/10 would die from a two foot drop again
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