Door Kickers is an innovative realtime strategy game that puts you in charge of a SWAT team and lets you command them during a tactical intervention.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (538 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 20, 2014

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"Breach door! Flashbang! Shoot! Rescue! Clear! Doorkicker is a Top-down SWAT RTS. It is very entertaining, specially when you're trying to beat the timer"

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October 27

Post-release patch #2

Hello people,
Based on your feedback/reports, here's patch #2. If everything goes right after this one, we'll be taking our time to release a bigger update, keep posted for news!


Game version 1.0.2
Features:
- You can now move arrested enemies and secured hostages between map floors.
- Increased maximum path length.
- Stars from random maps are now usable.

Fixes:
- Some Steam Achievements related to campaign not working as intended (e.g. Hardcore).
- Crash when changing map floors with a Stealth trooper deployed.
- Exporting replay to video resulting in videos without sound.
- Crash/bug related to older mods.
- Some random generator maps having misaligned doors/objects.
- Missing descriptions for Tazer/Shields.
- Removed single-plan challenges for multi-storey maps.
- The stealth “Fire” button also shows up for suppressed pistols.
- Fixed random generator not working when manually editing the seed with certain values.
- Fixed an issue (one of many) with Creative X-FI sound cards that could lead to a crash.
- MacOSX: fixed black borders on some objects.
- Linux: fixed freeze when clicking URL buttons.

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October 24

Post-release patch

We issued a patch that fixes some small annoyances and bugs, based on user feedback. If you run into bugs/crashes or would like to share any other kind of feedback, make sure to let us know by email – devteam (at) inthekillhouse (dot) com


Features:
- Colored paths option.

Fixes:
- Fixed two crashes.
- If you choose a resolution that is not supported by your monitor, the game will now revert to the default one, instead of not starting anymore.
- Campaign sometimes not finishing even though all conditions have been completed.
- Campaign rewards not being calculated correctly.
- Effects bugs when switching between map storeys.
- Explored areas are no longer reset when switching between storeys.
- “Bored” sounds are now played MUCH less often than before.
- Hidden camera controls visible from other floors in multi-floor levels.
- Removed an Executioner from a mission with no hostages.
- Fixed some silenced weapons (HK45-SD, P226-SD, HK416-SD) not fully working as intended.
- Added some missing weapon descriptions
- Corrected missing sounds for HK416D10SD.
- Various map bugs.

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Reviews

“If you like your puzzles pausable and plausable, your firefights fierce and your tactical options abundant, this is sure to be one of the best things you buy this year.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“If you’re a fan of the SWAT games, Rainbow Six, Frozen Synapse, (...) then you’ve probably got Door Kickers pencilled in your diary, perhaps even accompanied by a couple of exclamation marks.”
PC Gamer

“It’s a thing of beauty and manages to capture the planning and satisfying execution of more complex strategy games, as well as the gung-ho and the popping-off of growly man in military shooters. (...) It’s probably the best man-shootery game I’ve played in years.”
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About This Game

Door Kickers is an innovative realtime strategy game that puts you in charge of a SWAT team and lets you command them during a tactical intervention.

Analyze the situation, plan team routes, choose equipment and breach points and coordinate multiple troopers to reach the hostage room before the bad guys get to press that trigger.

It may sound daunting, and like real world CQB combat, it sure is. But most levels can be completed in minutes and on the fly improvisation works. Achieving the perfect planning, getting the mission done with no false steps, that’s a skill harder to master.

Quick Points:

  • 2D, Top Down for optimal tactical analysis
  • Real Time With Free Pause
  • No turns, no hexes, no action points or awkward interfaces
  • Realistic but action packed
  • Non-linear levels, freeform gameplay
  • Mission editor and modability
  • Unlimited gameplay via mission generator and level editor
  • Single Player (but MP might come later)

Read more about the game at http://www.doorkickersgame.com

System Requirements

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Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.6 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: An OpenGL 2.0 graphics adapter. NOT SUPPORTED: Radeon X1950 or older, Intel GMA, Intel HD Graphics (1) or older.
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1366x768 minimum display resolution
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 9xxx / AMD Radeon HD / IntelHD 3000 series or better
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: A resolution of 1920x1080
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.6 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: An OpenGL 2.0 graphics adapter. NOT SUPPORTED: Radeon X1950, Intel GMA, Intel HD Graphics (1) or older.
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1366x768 minimum display resolution
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 9xxx / AMD Radeon HD / IntelHD 3000 series or better
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: A resolution of 1920x1080
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.6 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: An OpenGL 2.0 graphics adapter. NOT SUPPORTED: Radeon X1950, Intel GMA, Intel HD Graphics (1) or older.
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1366x768 minimum display resolution
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 9xxx / AMD Radeon HD / IntelHD 3000 series or better
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: A resolution of 1920x1080
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Pros
+solid gameplay
+passable sound effects
+good level design, and distinguishable terrain. You won't get confused as to what's what. Very useful for this type of game
+Ability to plan out the execution of an entire mission, and watch your men methodically carry it out in seconds.
+Ai works well at following said plan
+Customization: Lots of gear to choose from and unlock.
+Level designer/randomizer: Unlimited replayability


Cons
- A little bit pricey for my taste. I prefer $10-15 at most for an indie game of this quality
- Still a few bugs to iron out
- Can get hard to plan moves for your last member on your team, as the order lines stack up


Techical issues
-Can't seem to plan my men to swap their weapons twice during the planning phase. I can tell my men at a certain point to pull out their secondaries, but I'm unable to tell them to swap back. I have to wait till they actually change weapons to order them swap back at a later time. Can be annoying when trying to unlock achievements for each level.

-Unable to hide other units command lines during planning phase. When you have commands issued for a large amount of soldiers, it looks like pasta all over the place. Can make it very hard to issue orders to the last soldier on your squad.

-Sometimes I want to order a certain swat member to throw a flash bang through a door, but a nearby teamate stacked on the door recieves the order instead. The game needs a toggle function for ordering stacked teamates to do something instead of the default choice.

-When cancelling a command, it sometimes does not dissapear, making you have to backtrack your soldiers moves a good bit to fix it, or restart them completely.

Rating: 8.5/10
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Gameplay: 9/10
Graphics: 7/10
Sound effects: 7/10
Ai: 9/10
Replayability: 10/10



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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Really just to affirm that the other positive reviewers are right;

It is a very well composed game and provides a great deal of fun with probably 100 hours of 'true' replayability, and then countless more with the map generator and very active _free_ modding community.

Probably the key enjoyment is you can execute your plan 10+ times until its perfect and win the 'level' in sub 60seconds :D Then you can do the plan again with different loadouts and explosives etc :D

..
So yes it is worth the ~$20, but if you get it for less than that its a bargin, truely/genuinely/tbh.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
A genre that has been growing in popularity since Frozen Synapse and others, this plan-and-breach type SWAT game probably leads the pack. While far less abstract than Frozen Synapse and less chess-like, this is a fun thinking-man's game on how quickly and how efficiently you can clear a building with your plans. Best played only with plans, and not like an RTS.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
It's a shame I didn't reviewed this game earlier, cause Door Kickers definitely should be recommended :)

About year ago(30.Sep.2013) I got Door Kickers as Early Access game and then I wrote:
"Even for Alpha/Early Access Door Kickers looks so promising and fun.
What game lacks for now(from my point of view) - non-lethal weapons, handcuffing and negotiating, by "negotiating" I mean - trying to force suspects to surrender and if something goes wrong you're free to shoot.
In SWAT-2 before entry you have to negotiate with suspects by "throwing phone" or calling to the building directly - this gave you time to plan your entry or even trade out hostages.
After that you could go dynamic or stealth according to situation, but all time from start to the end you advancing - slow or fast.
But the main feature was that all time you was trying to take all suspects alive, save hostages and try to avoid losing officers.
If you will add this-like flavor(no need to copy, just give it flavor as you see it), damn I promise that I'll buy second copy @ Steam :D"

After a year of development, Dev Team added all these features, except "negotiating", - but that's ok for me.
Without this feature Door Kickers plays like R6 and that's not bad at all.

Besides, they have added lot of new features:
New modes like "Drug busting", "Hostage Rescue" and etc.
Tons of maps.
Scenario Editor.
Video Export.
Three amazing campaigns.
Lot of toys for your Good Guys Team.
Sniper Assist
Workshop intergration
And many, many more... :)

Anyway, would definetly recommend Door Kickers for anyone who played and liked Rainbow 6(R6: Rogue Spear and R6: Raven Shield) and/or SWAT 2, 3 & 4.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Very solid little game. Harder than it looks. Decent progression system now. Anyone who like Rainbow 6 -esque games should give it a try.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
If you liked the SWAT and Rainbow Six games, then you should definitely get this game!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Awesome top-down SWAT game that features tons of maps, guns and challenges that'll keep you on your toes!
I most certainly recommend this game!

By the way, did i mention all the user-created content? Yeah...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
In a world where there probably will not be a Swat 5, this is your substitute. Do not look at any others, as this currently IS it. And even for a top down shooter experience, this thing ain't a bad substitute either. You get that same sort of pull your hair out "BUT THE ♥♥♥♥ER WAS RIGHT THERE" experience that you do in Swat 4, and of course the much more fun sigh of relief when you actually DO experience everything perfectly.

Plus, the shorter levels and plethora of mods make this an excellent reimagning on the genre, and alleviate some of the more rage quittingly high levels of difficulty that Swat 4 became equally famous for...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This game is awesome! I love the details taken into perks, weapons, and armor selection. The tactical applcation of room clearing per individual members of the team is perfect. Being able to see the current angle on one unit compared to the others is a HUGE tactical advantage of understanding angles and perspective shooting. I will play this game for hours on end.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Topdown tactics. Tweakable plans. Scenarios, campaigns, unit promotions, unlockable gear, mission-generator, level editor, mission-replays, exportable videos, moddable. The AI will punish your mistakes and you will fail a lot. But when you conceive the perfect plan & watch your team execute it -- that's sweet!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaCJeghaA3g&list=PLTj9drPC92M2iXZVy0bCpf02SUE8zLaKG

Door Kickers is a top down tactical, turn based SWAT-style game. The game also
allows for mods, and they provide the tools for player to generate new levels,
adding to the already large amount of content the game contains and encouraging
replay-ability. Each level includes stars to encourage proficient play, as well
as challenges for the missions, which also encourages players to replay levels
to try for better scores.

The UI is basic click and drag, as you position your SWAT team members in each
mission to try to immobilize the enemy. You cannot plan too far ahead, however,
as the enemies randomize their patrol routes and pathing. The game
also utilizes
the restart function well, so that you can learn from mistakes and correct them.

Weapons have a skill set, and individual players have skill sets as well, which
gives the players a chance to customize the game to their preference. The
different player abilities as well as the variety of weapons and their customi-
zation are very well balanced.

The abundance of variety in this game take away from any linear feel, as well as
the randomization of the enemies. The game is very just, and at no time did I
feel like my time was wasted. This game does everything that it set out to very
well. I enjoyed my time playing this game, and can easily recommend it.


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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This is a simple game thats full of fun and strategy. Content is huge and developers are really active in the community, which means it will only get better and better. GUI is simple and all the game modes make it endless, with even an editor to make your own maps and scenarios to share with others. Beats the hell out of solitaire or minesweep when you have a few minutes to kill. 9/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
46.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Brilliant game good mechanics and it doesn't get old quickly
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
First Impressions:

Challenging, but plenty of content to keep me busy via a map editor (includes Steam workshop) and level generator. I also like the fact that my troops can be customized and level up assuming you can keep them alive...reminds me a bit of XCOM in that regard. Overall, a great first impression and I'm looking forward to spending more time with this game. It might be a bit much for some casual gamers as you will have to micromanage a bit, but it's easy to jump into given enough time.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Early Access Review
the best top down real time tactical game currently available on steam. it reminds me of the commando series and swat. they're also working on a multiplayer feature. highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
If you liked the old SWAT games, or tactical squad-based stuff, you'll like this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Highly recommend this. A fun top-down tactics game that requires a lot of thought and experience to play well.

Very stable, no serious bugs, smooth gameplay, intelligent controls, good AI, it's a solid game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This is a great game that I would really suggest buying if you are into these types of games. Takes a little to get the hang of it but I love all the different classes and customization in the game. You really can get into the game and can be very challenging in the later levels.

CONS: The only thing that I'm not a big fan of is that it does get repetitive a little and there is no story line to the campaign.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Top down Rainbow Six. Perfect.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Great indie tactical action game from top perspective with lots of challenging missions, various equipment to use and few character classes to choose from and to gradually level up.
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