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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Very Positive (20 reviews) - 85% of the 20 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,695 reviews) - 78% of the 2,695 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."
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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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TheGameinGamer
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 21
Its free with Overgrowth
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jessenothing97
6.5 hrs
Posted: September 20
This is one of my favorite games right now, because of the simplicity of it. It is the same thing over and over, but thats the fun of it. There are different guns you can have, and you gotta get all these tapes. The enemies scare me, and I love the ammount of effort needed to master the gun controls. It's not too hard, but hard at first.
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[EX] Khobalt 🐾 ☭
14.6 hrs
Posted: September 16
Beginning players will find themselves figuring out the controls,
finding out that a two foot drop can kill you, and that you can only take a bullet.
Best of all, learn to work a handgun realistically; from manually inserting bullets into
a magazine, to loading the gun properly. You'll learn to load your gun from muscle memory, and
may even have a "that was cool" moment where you narrowly survived a situation.
This game is terrifying, at times.
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Chtulu
3.0 hrs
Posted: September 15
You don't play receiver. Receiver plays you.


Well, actually, you play tapes too. It gets quickly confusing.
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alexisevins7
5.8 hrs
Posted: September 13
oh
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Howl
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 12
This is one of those things that's both cool as ♥♥♥♥ and also so fiddly you'll be like "WHAT? THE NINETEEN-ELEVEN NEEDS TO BE COCKED BEFORE THE FIRST SHOT?! HOW DIDN'T I KNOW THAT?!". Don't buy it at full price.
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SystemOctave
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 11
Product received for free
I first played this back when Humble gave it away for free, maybe a little over a year ago. I didn't like it that first time for one reason or another. Today I decided to give it another try. I still don't like it.

Pros
-Every gun has a different feel
-Sometimes you start with a flashlight

Cons
-WHAT ARE THE CONTROLS?
-Some bots/turrets take one bullet to disable, some take 4+
-It's very dark and there are very few interesting things to look at
-Sometimes you start with only one bullet and there are none around to pick up
-Every gun seems to have different controls
-If a bot sees you and you have no bullets you're just dead

So since every gun has a different feel they all have slightly different controls. At least this is what I think is happening... I don't know if I missed something in the options for what the controls are or to set the controls, but I could not confidently tell you what button does what. Since every time you spawn you get a different gun it's hard to determine what the controls are based off of trial and error. Literally just adding a button map into the options would make this game so much more enjoyable to me.

I'm not saying that this game is bad, but the way it's presented is incredibly difficult for anyone to begin playing. Overall I'd probably give it a 4.5/10. Overall it feels like a tech demo more than a game.
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Samcity
16.5 hrs
Posted: September 11
Floating tasers will devour your nightmares both during and 10 years after you stop playing this game.

"I will defend myself"
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Fun as a tech demo, but the procedurally generated levels are poorly balanced.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
If you're the receiver of this bad game then I'm sorry!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Extremely realistic gun simulator... with not much of a game to go along with it. If you like a hard experience and truly realistic gunplay, I guess you could go for it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Just as a gun simulator, it's a must-buy. There's only a few guns, but they aren't just skins. The voiceover work could use a little bit though. I did end up beating it eventually. I wish there was something that you'd unlock, like unlimited ammo, or laser sights, etc.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
299 of 339 people (88%) found this review helpful
397 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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215 of 243 people (88%) found this review helpful
109 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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155 of 172 people (90%) found this review helpful
51 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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192 of 224 people (86%) found this review helpful
197 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 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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174 of 205 people (85%) found this review helpful
171 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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121 of 137 people (88%) 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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