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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.
Release Date: Apr 29, 2013
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$4.99

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."
Rock Paper Shotgun

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About the 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

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:Ubuntu 12.10
    • Processor:2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Passmark G3D 250+
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
110 of 138 people (80%) found this review helpful
75 products in account
11 reviews
1.1 hrs on record
"The Mindkill is inevitable..."

Welcome to Receiver, a shooter that will tear your muscle memory apart, and rebuild it in a new, more responsible way. And that is a very good way to describe this Indie Masterpiece...

What is this game? Why does it have a single word title like shows on Fox? Why is it going to break my muscle memory? Is this game hard? Will I be able to-

STOP!

Lets go over what this game is first. Receiver is a First Person Shooter with the most realistic portrayal of firearms in gaming. Guns are not toys, and they are certainly not as easy to handle as portrayed in many other Military Shooters out there. Each key on your keyboard performs a single action in relation to your handgun, being pulling the slide back, flipping the safety on or off, ejecting shells, or removing the magazine.

Sound hard? Trust me, it is. This shooter, no matter how easy it may look, will break you. You will die, often, and in horrible ways: For your firearm begins in a random state.

You may start with a fully loaded, cocked, and ready M1911, but forget to turn the safety, and guess what? The robot turrets in the next room wont wait until you to fiddle with your gun until its finally ready. Oh, and there are no Humans in this game, you are fighting robots, why do I mention this? They have no fear, ever.

Sentries, Flying Tazers with a death wish, and randomly generated levels will make your life a living hell, and a short one at that.

So why do I love this game, and why did I choose to review it? Video games are beginning to make a translation into the darkness of firearm portrayal. Guns are not toys, they are not easy to manipulate pieces of metal that can be fired without consequence. In comical games, where the weapons can be seen as fake, this is not a problem. But in the MMS (Modern Military Shooter), some weapons are just too easy. Just because an M4A1 doesn't drop an opponent with one shot in Call of Duty 4, does not mean it wont in reality.

Enough rant, lets see how this sizes up. Yay.

Crit Rating: 7.9 (Hard as balls, Randomly generated, Indie, Realism)

Some tips:
-Learn
-Learn
-Don't be afraid to die, dying is not a consequence, it is a way to understand how Receiver works.
-Learn


Posted: December 13th, 2013
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
166 products in account
20 reviews
4.9 hrs on record
Like hard games? Buy it.
Like Rouge likes? Buy it.
Like FPS? Don't buy it.
Like realistic games? Buy it.
Like realistic graphics? Don't buy it.
Over all, I think it is a good game, buy it.
Posted: March 3rd, 2014
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36 of 46 people (78%) found this review helpful
987 products in account
146 reviews
1.3 hrs on record
The game takes a realistic approach to weapons handling, and while initially the controls seem overwhelming and overcomplicated at first, you'll quickly fall into the groove.
What follows is a genuinely challenging game, one that rewards preperation, caution and planning. One single slip up will cost you your life and you'll have to start from the beginning.

It's a true testament to thinking outside the box in game design, and much like Mount & Blade dared to attempt realistic melee combat using very rudimentary systems and controls, that game attempts to do the same with firearms.

Interesting and very tense, would recommend if you're up for a challenge
Posted: December 13th, 2013
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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
141 products in account
8 reviews
5.6 hrs on record
The game that depicts guns at their most accurate. At the beginning you'll do everything games and films has taught you, assuming that everytime you insert a mag, you have to pull the slide back (Which is a good way to eject your bullets from a magazine without firing them). With practise you'll be handling guns like a pro, reloading swiftly and with ease whilst feeling awesome.

It's cheap, It's fun, it's very immersive. Get it. Only issue I could bring up is poor optimisation, whether they plan to release updates to combat this, remains to be seen.
Posted: January 30th, 2014
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
144 products in account
20 reviews
20.3 hrs on record
On the technical aspect, it really requires something with some power to run it, and that's suprising considering it has very few polygons, no textures, and not much that really would require a physics engine besides some things that kinda float around.

That said, the more realistic take on firearms operation brings something new to the table for shooters, and the realistic take on your ability to not get shot and walk it off like nothing happened makes it hard, but I still keep wanting to try again, and that's something coming from me who easily gets bored/frustrated and walks off.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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