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:
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Very Positive (22 reviews) - 81% of the 22 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,753 reviews) - 78% of the 2,753 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 29, 2013

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Reviews

"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."
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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.

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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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Spike Spiegel
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
A different and interesting take on what video games have been doing for decades; not much in the way of content but a cool idea that it would be fantastic for some future games. Then entire time I played this I felt it would lend itself perfectly to a detective noir type game, something like LA Noire, using the shooting only once in a while to build tension and realism to the police procedural style; probably wont ever happen but hey, maybe this one random review will convince somebody to do this, and if that happened I would say Reciever is a great game for inspiring somebody!
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Armok
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Very fun, but seriously those flying drones need to be nerfed. I've shot them over 6 times before with the 1911, and they've still killed me. It's a very small fault with a very fun game.

Also, performance is a very serious issue. It runs very poorly, resulting in many cheap deaths. There is a mod that reduces this a little, and adds more guns as well, so I would recommend it after you've played for a while.

As of writing this review, I have only beaten the game once. So, it is very difficult, but so much fun; I love the realism. You will jump out of your skin sometimes just by a little beep, but it is worth it. I find myself coming back to this game repeatedly.
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SuppahLeetKillah
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Product received for free
It randomly appeared in my library, so I decided to play it.
Reciever is a very realistic game in my opinion. I like it alot for its good gunplay.
Guns & Bullets
not only do you die fast if you get shot, bullets travel realistically so it takes time for it to hit, but not very much, If you are hit, sometimes death is delayed, also there is no ammo counter so good luck. Using guns is fun but complex, to even reload you actually have to do stuff, and you don't just press a button, if using a handgun : you pull the magazine out, then put another one in, pull the slide back then load, if you want to check your chamber, hold t and r. if you need to load a mag with bullets, you holster your gun, pull out a mag then put bullets in, as I said very realistic. If using a revolver : you need to hold v to empty the cylinder, if bullets still stay, try it again. Then press z and add a bullet 1 after one. then press R again and the cylinder will pop back in. (I will continue to write the more I play)
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Cleansing
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
a very cool game it can get hard if you're not that into guns (like i am) but you should still try it out, its really fun!
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Eefotje (Squid Guy)
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
This game is incredibly difficult. And that's why I like it. It's complex and fun. You die fast and you have to get really good aim. This is basicly the ultimate shooter trainer with mechanics that no ohter shooter will ever use. It's just 5 euro's and that's why it's good for some fun.

If you don't like games that are difficult, don't buy it.
Don't like having to git gud to play for fun?? Don't buy it.
Are you hardcore and want to put some time in a hard and complex shooter roguelike?? Buy it now or just wait for sale
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kingtalo
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
*BEEP*

*WHIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR*

*TAZE**TAZE**TAZE*

*DEAD*

Receiver.

11/10 Tapes.
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Ben Bravo
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Product received for free
Really great in depth shooting game. Not as simple as pressing one button and reloading your weapon like many other games. This game is realistic fun and very time consuming. Although it is a good game, it is greatly lacking in content, but the $5 price point isnt too bad.
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landz12341
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Really cool controlls and fun and kinda scary gameplay
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The Cherno Sniper
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
♥♥♥♥ed on keyboard when I collected all tapes. Now i need a new keyboard.
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roflplatypus
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Definitely the closest you'll get to firing an actual gun in a video game. Making the gun play such a big part of the game makes safety so much more important. The plot is a bit obtuse, but it works with the game's theme. I think it's pretty fun.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This game is incredibly difficult. And that's why I like it. It's complex and fun. You die fast and you have to get really good aim. This is basicly the ultimate shooter trainer with mechanics that no ohter shooter will ever use. It's just 5 euro's and that's why it's good for some fun.

If you don't like games that are difficult, don't buy it.
Don't like having to git gud to play for fun?? Don't buy it.
Are you hardcore and want to put some time in a hard and complex shooter roguelike?? Buy it now or just wait for sale
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Product received for free
Omg where do i begin. i Love this game. I suck at this game. the gimick of mechanical deatail to how to operate your gun is extremely sastifying although confusing and difficult to get use to but the smart help system really eases that difficultly curve. Shotting enemies in different places all have different effects and learning these on your own can be excited although it is explained in one of the 11 tapes you need to find.

Lacking areas would be the voice over for the tape dialog and the lack of really interesting text but looking for the tape is whats fun and you probably arent looking at this game for a gripping story. also the aim sensitivty just never seems perfect for me i can't get the pinpoint accuracy i want even with all the dpi settings on my mouse.

overall i say that this game is worth the $5 and will last quite a few hours
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272 of 309 people (88%) found this review helpful
367 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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192 of 220 people (87%) found this review helpful
97 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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138 of 153 people (90%) found this review helpful
42 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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177 of 206 people (86%) found this review helpful
176 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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161 of 189 people (85%) found this review helpful
161 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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107 of 120 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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210 of 265 people (79%) found this review helpful
252 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2015
Give it to a COD player and it becomes Suicide Simulator.
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107 of 121 people (88%) found this review helpful
126 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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