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: Very Positive (1,660 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 29, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"Fuck the gun physics, the running in this game feels phenominal."

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 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

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Mac
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
Helpful customer reviews
600 of 806 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
It was on Humble Store for free.
Posted: September 15
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367 of 490 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
*takes magazine out of gun*
*drops magazine*
*picks up magazine*
*drops magazine*
*picks up magazine*
*puts magazine in inventory*
*flips firing mode*
*flips firing mode*
....
*flips firing mode*
*flips firing mode*
*flips firing mode*
*grabs another magazine*
*drops magazine*
*ejects bullet from chamber of gun*

My first time playing Receiver.

9/10 for Revolver.
Posted: March 28
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116 of 191 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
I really wish I could recommend Receiver.

The base weapon-manipulation mechanics are complex, and fun, once you get the hang of them. Problem is, that's not what the game is about. Most of my time in-game is spent wandering around, only to get killed very quickly by a robot.

And then there's the random aspects, my biggest gripe. One game I started with no ammunition - at all - and in a hallway guarded by a sentry gun. I couldn't run past it, and I couldn't shoot it - I had no ammo. It brought a quick death. I'm not against random aspects to a game, but there has to be boundaries. Randomly give me between five and fifty bullets. But at least give me one.

Personally, I don't think the game is worth $5 - I bought it on sale for $2, and I don't think it's worth that. SUPERHOT released a much more exciting proof of concept, and that was free.
Posted: June 20
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
There's a reason they were giving this game away for free. Cool gun mechanics don't make up for crappy and repetitive design and unfinished, empty gameplay. This isn't a finished title, it's an experimental pistol simulator that doesn't make any sense and is confusing and ugly to look at.

Gun nuts might enjoy it for its realism, every one else is better off giving it a miss.
Posted: September 19
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Very immersive once you get used to the control.

The immersion really brings out the eerie atmosphere.
Posted: September 16
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