Intake is the new retro-futuristic drugstep arcade shooter from Cipher Prime. In this polychromatic love child of Dr. Mario and Ikaruga, you battle a never-ending barrage of pills, pushing your skill and reflexes to the limit to avoid a lethal dosage.
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Overall:
Very Positive (325 reviews) - 92% of the 325 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 5, 2013

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“I don't think a video game has ever made me worry my computer was going to explode before I played Intake.”
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“100% undiluted, pulse-pounding fun.”
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Make way for the MAYDAY launch and update!

Coinciding with the release of Intake on iOS we've pushed a brand new update to Intake on Steam! It includes a handful of gameplay tweaks, some new features, and some bug fixes!

  • Gameplay: Challenge levels during regular gameplay and pro mode now appear at intervals of five levels.
  • Gameplay: Flashbangs appear starting at level five.
  • Gameplay: Removed the game over level bonus from appearing in level one.
  • Gameplay: Challenge Modes are now 25 levels longs.
  • Feature: "No Nonsense Mode" turns off level up shield transitions and the bonus level, so you can get more playtime faster.
  • Feature: Gartnervision is a toggleable visual effect for the letterboxes. No effect on gameplay, it's just sexy.
  • Feature: Tweet button to tweet your score.
  • Bug fix: The rank badge display in Challenge Mode always shows the proper rank.
  • Bug fix: Shortened transition timing across the board.
  • Bug fix: Streamlined some loading times.
  • Bug Fix: Improved loading performance.

Because of the dramatic changes to gameplay, we're clearing the leaderboards.

Enjoy!

About This Game

Intake is the new retro-futuristic drugstep arcade shooter from Cipher Prime. In this polychromatic love child of Dr. Mario and Ikaruga, you battle a never-ending barrage of pills, pushing your skill and reflexes to the limit to avoid a lethal dosage. Blast and combo your way through an epic cascade of audiovisual mayhem so intoxicating it comes with its own warning label.

FEATURES

  • Classic Arcade Shooter: From its aspect ratio to its fast-paced game play, Intake is directly inspired by classic arcade shooters and SHMUPs with just a hint of FPS love.
  • Achievements: Over 70 finely tuned achievements that will teach even the most hardcore player new tricks. These are not your typical progress-only achievements.
  • High Scoreboard and Game Stats: Keep track of your high scores and decimate your friends.
  • Challenge Modes: Acceleration, Minefield, Reaction, and Flood modes will challenge every aspect of how you play.
  • Gameplay Changing Features: Grab vitamins while you play and trade them in for intense game upgrades. You can even turn the game into a SHMUP if you show your skills.
  • Dubstep Soundtrack: Infinite wubs. Classy ones.
  • Colorblind Modes: Intake offers colorblind modes for players with deuteranopia, protanopia, and tritanopia.
  • Full Steam Support

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or Later
    • Processor: 2.2 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600M or better
    • Storage: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: We recommend some great headphones or a nice speaker set.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7 Lion or Later
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600M or better
    • Storage: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: We recommend some great headphones or a nice speaker set.
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Very Positive (325 reviews)
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ThePCGamer101
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
DISCLAIMER: This is a first impressions review, and NOT a full review, if you want a full review, then please read better reviews then mine

WINNERS DON'T USE DRUGS!

Intake is a game by Cipher Prime Studios, a very simplistic game where all you have to is shoot pills. The game is fun especially with the soundtrack and fantastic visuals although very challenging. Intake is a fun game however the game can get repetitive very quickly, but for a small price, you will enjoy a game about taking drugs and freaking out

Don't do drugs kids!

RECOMMENDED :)
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Enjey
( 82.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
  • Don't do drugs. This is better.
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Kissaki
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
Very simple,
with repetitive music,
but great, vibrant visuals and flow/atmosphere.
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SunShine
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Eleven it began to abuse, but stunning, reaction training device.
So
6/10
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jason_m_dylan
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Fun for about 10 mins. After that I got sick of wanting to, "be aggressive, be, be aggressive" and click falling pills. Pretty bad comparing this to Dr. Mario and Ikaruga (the first great, the other amazing), but ok. Would probably be better as a .99 game on a tablet. Maybe that's where it came from... but I don't play tablet/phone games, so I don't know. I got this in a bundle and still don't recommend it.

They got it right with the old 80s splash screen before the game even started, "Winners don't use drugs." But I'd go a step further... "Winners don't play Intake."
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BizarroRollins
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
Just one more round. That's Intake in a nutshell.. This game is addictive and feels rewarding each round through. I wish there was a bit more to the game beyond intial unlocks-- mostly because i'm awful at the game and could use the helping hand along the want. This game is quick to pick up, easy to play and like I already mentioned, super addictive and fun to play. I definitely recommend this one!
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Dimi
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
It's fast, it's cool, it's addictive.
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『 DJ狙撃猫 』
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
Its like osu but with drugs (´• ͜ʖ •`)
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Melancholic Nights
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
Like a typical SC2 PvP game, but fun.
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Nyx
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 28
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Wip3ou7
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19
Excellent game. A simple concept with outstanding execution. A must for 144hz / gsync monitor owners. Hope you have a good mouse too. This game will take your twitch-shooting reflexes to the limit. Be aggressive!
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su-goi
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 25, 2015
You dont have to be a drug addict to be addicted to this game.
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Yui
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 25, 2015
As glorious as three pingers injected into the eyeballs
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tqwert14
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
Junk
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Titavek | 樹マン
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 4, 2015
This game is really fun, can get addicting
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ZHnecc
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 30, 2015
"Pills here!"
© Louis (Left 4 Dead)

Intake - it's a real arcade video coin-op simulator.
You must to destroy drugs, falling from above, to gain maximum points and combos.
Color of pills should match the color of the environment
(you can't control the first, but the second one can be changed)
If the pill will reach the bottom of the screen, you will die of overdose
(but it's in the case, when you don't have time to change the color of environment)

Story, atmosphere:
ᅠ+ You can immerse yourself in a real acid trip without taking drugs.
ᅠ+ Pure old school

Graphic:
ᅠ+ High detail
ᅠ+ Bright, stylish, amazing
ᅠ+ 3 quality modes (Rep Rally / Dance Party / Sparkle)
ᅠ+ Interactive background

Gameplay:
ᅠ+ Easy and genius (all intuitive)
ᅠ+ System of leveling (11 multi-stage unlockable improvements)
ᅠ+ Additional tests (5 modes of play)
ᅠ+ Colossal re-playability
ᅠ+ Excellent training to react, speed and accuracy
ᅠ+/- Hardcore

Settings:
ᅠ+ Scoreboard
ᅠ+ Personal stats page
ᅠ+ Steam Achievements (there are in-game progress bar, it's made very convenient and beautiful)
ᅠ+ Twitter support (you can share your achievements for others)
ᅠ+ 4 Colorblind Settings (for people with different types of color perception)
ᅠ+ Only 2 key binds (allows to many people with disabilities enjoy the game)
ᅠ- The eyes may get tired quickly (frequent and abrupt color changes)
ᅠ- It's unlikely, but some people can get epileptic fit (light flashes)

Sound:
ᅠ+ Cool musical design (different genres of songs treated in dubstep style)
ᅠ+ Interactivity (music responds to the actions of the user, changing the tempo and volume
ᅠᅠdepending on the situation)

ᅠ- 5 track's only

Outcome:
Intake - a game that is literally able to develop drug dependence (virtual, of course)
If you are a fan of old school games, arcade video coin-op's, clickers - you just must to get acquainted with Intake.

9,7 / 10

PS: after reaching level 40 in this game, your reaction and accuracy will be godlike in shooters.
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Ecco
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 8, 2015
can be played with just a mouse. Small game I will keep installed
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Hexie Lambent
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 8, 2015
So they made the simplest kind of game possible, and just added an extreme, rediculous amount of flair to make it look like a golden turd. You click on things, while making sure your cursor is one of two colors. I'm all for saturated, blinding VFX in the name of flavor and style, but... that's all the game has going for it. Might as well be a screensaver. In fact, is kind of is when the AI is playing in the menu screen. I can't believe I have to buy (with in-game currency) my way out of that ear-bleedingly awful song.

The only relation this has to Dr. Mario is the pill theme, which is literally just there for EXTREME EDGE. You could literally replace the pills with fruit and it would be no different except for the forced amounts of edge.

Also, why can't I just have my mouse use its normal Windows sensitivity? Why have a different in-game one?
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ProphetQ8
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 6, 2015
I love this game ! so addicting. You will get much better if you played every day
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Intake
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 6, 2015
Personally I like. Especially for the little box "Intake is now playing Intake".
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
82.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
  • Don't do drugs. This is better.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Its like osu but with drugs (´• ͜ʖ •`)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
It's fast, it's cool, it's addictive.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
"Pills here!"
© Louis (Left 4 Dead)

Intake - it's a real arcade video coin-op simulator.
You must to destroy drugs, falling from above, to gain maximum points and combos.
Color of pills should match the color of the environment
(you can't control the first, but the second one can be changed)
If the pill will reach the bottom of the screen, you will die of overdose
(but it's in the case, when you don't have time to change the color of environment)

Story, atmosphere:
ᅠ+ You can immerse yourself in a real acid trip without taking drugs.
ᅠ+ Pure old school

Graphic:
ᅠ+ High detail
ᅠ+ Bright, stylish, amazing
ᅠ+ 3 quality modes (Rep Rally / Dance Party / Sparkle)
ᅠ+ Interactive background

Gameplay:
ᅠ+ Easy and genius (all intuitive)
ᅠ+ System of leveling (11 multi-stage unlockable improvements)
ᅠ+ Additional tests (5 modes of play)
ᅠ+ Colossal re-playability
ᅠ+ Excellent training to react, speed and accuracy
ᅠ+/- Hardcore

Settings:
ᅠ+ Scoreboard
ᅠ+ Personal stats page
ᅠ+ Steam Achievements (there are in-game progress bar, it's made very convenient and beautiful)
ᅠ+ Twitter support (you can share your achievements for others)
ᅠ+ 4 Colorblind Settings (for people with different types of color perception)
ᅠ+ Only 2 key binds (allows to many people with disabilities enjoy the game)
ᅠ- The eyes may get tired quickly (frequent and abrupt color changes)
ᅠ- It's unlikely, but some people can get epileptic fit (light flashes)

Sound:
ᅠ+ Cool musical design (different genres of songs treated in dubstep style)
ᅠ+ Interactivity (music responds to the actions of the user, changing the tempo and volume
ᅠᅠdepending on the situation)

ᅠ- 5 track's only

Outcome:
Intake - a game that is literally able to develop drug dependence (virtual, of course)
If you are a fan of old school games, arcade video coin-op's, clickers - you just must to get acquainted with Intake.

9,7 / 10

PS: after reaching level 40 in this game, your reaction and accuracy will be godlike in shooters.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
You dont have to be a drug addict to be addicted to this game.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
This game is really fun, can get addicting
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2013
As the saying goes 'Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.' This is personified in Intake with its super simple yet challenging, pill popping gameplay. Intake takes some practice to master; it's a true test of your reflexes & mouse control skills. Music (although limited) keeps the adrenaline pumping & the graphics look great!

Hard not to become hooked as you hunt for your perfect run to Level 100. Very addictive :)
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=193390647 { No Commentary - Straight Gameplay! }

Here is some gameplay footage without any hype so you can make up your own mind if its something you might like. More fun in playing than spectating though :)

Be sure to adjust your mouse cursor speed to get the maximum control and highest scores! If your cursor is too fast (or slow) by default the game becomes crazy hard and is not enjoyable.


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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Neon colors. Dubstep. Pills. Flashes. Bangs. Booms. Coin-up look and feel. Excellent game.


Intake it's a rare gem, every single part of it in harmony with the rest, making this game an instant thumbs up. Gameplay is excellent, either you use keyboard or mouse: simple controls for quick, non-stop action. Graphics are sharp and bright colored and the interface is, for a lack of a better word in my limited vocabulary, classy. Sound effects are great and contribute to generate a really immersive experience.

And the game's soundtrack it's glorious, making the game unique and memorable. The coin-up theme it's another plus, even more if you used to play arcade machines with the level of addictiveness and replayability that this game has. Let me tell it on more concrete terms: this game it's a good purchase for ten bucks (even if you can get it for one).

That's high praise coming from me. Well done Cipher Prime, I hope you keep making awesome games in the future.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
do you like challenge game ?
do you like smash game ?
do you like aim game ?

well , this is you will see in this game
there are 4 challenges mod aren't unlock untill you play more in normal mod

if you play in normal mod challenges mod will come at lvl( 10 , 15 , 20, 25, 30) seems like this
and you have to practice at challenge mod once u unlock them , also you can start from lvl ( 25 , 50 , 75)

and try to beat your score and buy everything in the drugstore to let game be easy !! :)
Peace!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
This and One Finger Death Punch satisfy my need for frantic and addictive gameplay. Unlocks adds longevity, but even so, the gameplay doesn't get old.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
I hate everything this game represents like dub, bright colors, drugs....yet I have 14 hours playtime. WTF.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2015
NEON
PILLS
MUSIC THAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADER ON ADDERALL—
NO LONGER MUST YOU GO TO A HORRIBLE RAVE FOR THESE THINGS.

Intake is an arcade game you'd find in The Sprawl, played by razorgirls and sweet cyperspace cowboys.

8/10, would overdose again.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Similar Games:

Dr. Mario, Missile Command, Kaboom for the Atari 2600.

The Good:

The music. Cipher Prime has always had great music in all their other games (Auditorium, Pulse, and Splice come to mind) but this is, to my knowledge, the first dubstep-centric game which they have done, and the tracks are fantastic. Plus, everyone knows that dubstep is the sound Transformers make when they are making little Transformers.
Sound effects are likewise well done and fit well with the music, so much so that listening to the soundtrack alone feels like something is missing.
The gameplay is simplistic and easy to comprehend, yet rewarding. You use your mouse to shoot pills, which fall from the ceiling in two colors. Your spacebar (or second mouse button) switches the color of your laser, and the game records your ongoing combo.
There are plenty of unlocks (new tracks and pill color combinations) and powerups to keep the game fresh through multiple playthroughs.
Includes both local and global scoreboards, as well as Achievements. One of those achievements is called “Double Rainbow.” Don’t throw your money at the screen so hard, you might break it.
Has the classic “Winners Don’t Do Drugs” splash screen which took me back to my days in the arcade playing Street Fighter II.

The Bad:

If you’re not a fan of dubstep/techno, you will probably not enjoy this game.
Being a throwback to the days of arcade games where the only objective was a higher score, there is little replay value for those who prefer storylines or need some sort of ending.
The game can be a little unforgiving at first, with only two or three mistakes resulting in a Game Over.
Can you play it while the children are awake?:

Sure, though it won’t make any sense to them. No real violence to speak of. You may
want to keep your child away if they are epileptic, though the game has no specific
warning about this.

While I’m picking nits…

Make sure you have a good headset or earbuds to play this game with. I found it
enjoyable both on my Turtle Beach headset and my Beats earbuds. Also, I personally
think Cipher Prime is an underrated studio which deserves support so they can continue
making games. They just successfully kickstarted Auditorium Duet, so I am not the only
one who feels this way. Cipher Prime makes fantastic casual indie games and amazing
music. Their games are money well spent no matter which one you buy.

Did I make time to complete it?:

I’m not sure there is any “completing it.” Remember, arcade style. I have put a couple
of hours into it and certainly came away satisfied. Also, the soundtrack made it to my
iPod for working out.

Recommended Purchase Price:

$8.99 (which is the current sale price on Steam through Nov 12,). If you miss the sale,
another dollar to enjoy this game isn’t going to kill you.

or

90% of current retail value of $9.99

Reviewer:

Rod Kimble

http://www.gamersglance.com
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
Perfect game to improve your reflexes and it's quite addictive as well.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
Probably one of the best little score attack games out there. Easy to pick up on, extremely hard to master.
The whole point of the game is to shoot colored pills and get as much score as possible, comes with unlockable power ups.
Game is really visually pleasing, vivid colors and a great (but sadly, short) soundtrack.
Definetely worth picking up.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Absolutely insane! This arcade game takes 20 seconds to learn, but will keep you hooked for hours. The only thing I didn't understand at first was how the shield at the bottom worked, and I managed to figure that out after like 40 minutes.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2014
I wasn't sure about this game, but now I'm absolutely in love. It's almost pure gameplay, and at that the game excels. It's a lot of fun and has surprising variety thanks to a system of unlocks. It's also just challenging enough, which gives it nigh-infinite replayability. Definitely one of the hidden gems.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
Pro - Shoot up a bunch of pills without overdosing while listening to dubstep, excellent premise
Con - If I'm popping all these pills, I'm going to need more than five tracks to listen to
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
This is like one of those ridiculously addictive flash games from back in the day, but with enough work and skill in it that its worth paying actual money for.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
Interesting shooter with potential for big high-scoring entertainment (it's Ikaruga with mouse-aiming, basically)

Loses points because it makes the worst attempt to explain how it works I've ever seen - no tutorial at-all would be more helpful than the silly little 'explanations' it gives! It's not THAT complex - but not explaining it makes it just that!!

Once you've figured it out (read the forums - explains it better than I can) it's fine - abeit frustrating-as-hell at times!!
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