Local multiplayer! Play your friends. Crush their dreams. Smell their fear. Destroy them with a thousand pigeons.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (88 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 5, 2013
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December 12, 2014

Gentlemen! Update

Hi everyone,

I'm the Marketing Manager here at Blazing Griffin - we've just acquired Gentlemen! and The Nightmare Cooperative from Lucky Frame Ltd and I just wanted to drop by and give you all an update on what's going on.

For those not familiar with Blazing Griffin, we're an indie studio based in Edinburgh. Our other titles include:

The Ship
http://store.steampowered.com/app/2400

Distant Star: Revenant Fleet (Early Access)
http://store.steampowered.com/app/335830

As we move into 2015, we will be planning out what we're doing with each of our titles and having read through the reviews for Gentlemen!, looking at a online multiplayer option is high on the agenda for that.

Right now we're forming plans and working out what's possible, so if you'd like to provide any feedback for that process, then leave a comment here or on the forums.

You can read the announcement for this acquisition here and there's a couple of links on that page with more information.

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Reviews

“...skilfully combines the arcade immediacy of Super Crate Box with the weaponised chaos of Super Smash Bros, and VVVVVV’s instant gravity-switching...”
Edge

“When playing Gentlemen!, we couldn’t let the competitive spirit slip and we’re laughing ourselves giddy as complete chaos ensued on the screen. There were even funnier times when we were both tussling on either side of a single platform and trying to get the slip on each other. It’s just very fast and competitive fun that you should definitely try out...”
IndieStatik

“Few games offer single-screen action with friends as intense and fun as Lucky Frame’s Gentlemen!”
The Verge

About This Game

Gentlemen! is a frantic local multiplayer Victorian-themed deathmatch game for 2-4 players. Full controller support!

Local multiplayer! Play your friends. Crush their dreams. Smell their fear. Destroy them with a thousand pigeons. You'll need to hone a delicate balance of technique, knowledge, cunning, and blind panic (just like a real duel!).

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon x850 or comparable
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
I felt the need to review this game, because I bought this in a bundle, read the (strongly negative) reviews, and played it anyways.

I had two friends over and fired this up with me on the laptop, a logitech controller, and a wireless keyboard for our mixed controllers. And you know what?

We had a lot of fun.

No online multiplayer and no bots- these are two very common complaints. Having played the game, though, I realize that neither is a good fit for the game. It's too quick and frantic for bots, and being killed by bots would be infuriating. It would be like playing Mario Party with bots- not really fun, just annoying no matter what level they're on. Online multiplayer could work, but it's more of that "party game" feel, where yelling at your friends and swearing is a huge part of the fun.

The only other complaints I've heard are these:

Not a lot of variety- True. It doesn't have the variety of gameplay that Super Smash Brothers might, but it's also much less expensive. You won't clock in as many hours here, but you'll get a couple.

No Quit Button- legitimate complaint, but is fixed now.

Conclusion- I got this in a bundle, and it easily was the best game of the bunch. If you like local multiplayer and frantic gameplay, this one's worth buying on a sale or in a bundle, and even full price, I doubt you'll be disappointed. Get some USB controllers and a couple friends that you don't mind swearing like a sailor with.
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22 of 42 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Play your friends. Crush their dreams. Smell their fear. Destroy them with a thousand pigeons. You'll need to hone a delicate balance of technique, knowledge, cunning, and blind panic.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
I enjoy this game immensely. The main issues people seem to be having with this game are the lack of single player and online multiplayer modes. The whole idea is for this to be a social game, for there to be actual interaction with your friends (or strangers). Half the fun of this game is screaming like a banshee at someone as you try to knife them... Or as you will your pigeon to its final destination.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Nifty, but requires odd people hanging around your apartment. I do not have this odd physical DLC this game requires to be properly fun.
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63 of 87 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
Right out of the gate Gentlemen boxes itself in a corner. A local multiplayer only brawler, it requires a group (preferably of four) to crowd around the computer to even be able to play the game, which obviously alienates a good chunk of potential players. Assuming you can round up some friends however it's hard to imagine spending much time with these dapper little maniacs, as the amount of content is nowhere near enough to sustain more than a handful of minutes of play, and with the work some will likely have to do to get enough players I couldn't recommend it over any one of the many more compelling options available.

Gameplay falls somewhere between Super Smash Bros. and VVVVV, as you flip your way around the arenas collection weapons and trying to rack up the requisite number of kills first. That's really all there is to the game, as options are barebones and the different modes do little to switch up the experience (most do nothing but change which weapons are available to use). All of the gentlemen and ladies play the same and are just cosmetically different to be distinguishable from one another amid the chaos of everyone jumping and shooting at once.

Truth be told I did actually have some fun do to the inherent insanity that breeds a certain level of comedy when no one understands what happened, but it was very short lived and considering both the price and prerequisite of gathering and keeping entertained several other people to play, I cannot advise others pick it up. Were the price significantly lower it would be a harder call, but at $10 with only about a dozen arenas, simply drawn and repetitive artwork (one character is barely more than a color swap), and gameplay that looses its charm after you learn how to play, I can't see anyone getting their moneys worth out of Gentlemen!

Nine out of ten suave tea drinking gents agree it's not worth it.
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28 of 39 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
I can only play this game with friends. I have friends. Well, I think I do.
But my friends want to play with me from the comfort of their own home, and unfortunately this game does not support online multiplayer.

ONLY RECOMMENDED IF...

You live with your friends, or have family members that enjoy playing videogames featuring characters with facial hair.
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37 of 60 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2014
no online mode, no bot, no exit button.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
Solid local multiplayer fun. Better in large groups, entertaining with good company. Not complex in the slightest, easy to pick up and great for filling in time with friends.

Ideally played when drunk.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
May seem weird at first, but trust me, this game is AMAZING. Turn on big picture, plug up to a TV, grab a friend or three, and prepare for some crazy f***ing arena action. Think hyper-speed 1-hit-kill Super Smash Bros. with gravity switching. Old-school local multiplayer at its best.

P.S. - Lots of people are ragging on the game for not having online multiplayer, but in my opinion the game wouldn't be nearly as fun without your friends/opponents physically present. If you're not into hanging out with your friends in person anymore, then this isn't the game for you. That doesn't make it a bad game, though. Far from it.

P.P.S. - Knives only mode is definitely the most fun.
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20 of 36 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2014
This is the biggest piece of ♥♥♥♥ game I own. Thankfully i got it in a bundle as an extra and didnt spend a dime on it.

There is NO online play
There is NO single player
There is no way I could see to exit the game besides task manager.


Unless you want to crowd 2-4 of your friends in front of your keyboad and play local co op or play against a motionless oponent this game is worthless.

I actually re installed this and let it run for two more minutes just to be able to post how ♥♥♥♥♥♥ this game is.
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2014
Id like to play the game, really I would, but with no online multiplayer its not going to happen. Local online multiplay only, really dev? you expect to get 4 sets of paws on one keyboard to play. Might be a fine console game but the PC master race is not amused.

Also, the external keybinding is rubbish and promptly ignored in game.

Toss some modern coding into this and you might have a nice fun little gem.
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46 of 89 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
There is no single-player ,so i have no idea if the game is good or bad because there is no one to play with ...
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
Fun frantic and fast. A great little game for local multiplayer, with a cast of knife/bomb/pigeon lobbing Victorian lads and lasses. We've only played a small amount so far, but we will be playing more!

goplaythat.com
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2014
Definitely worth it IF you have friends to play with.
High speed, plenty of weapons, short games, ... A good mix between Smash Bros and Bomberman.
The lack of single player mode or even online multiplayer can be a burden, but it shouldn't refrain you from buying it because it is really fun and addictive.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
This game is funny and highly addictive, and the idea itself is quite genius in its simplicity.
However, it sadly doesn't have a single player mode nor online multiplayer, meaning you can only play with friends sitting next to you. And I don't really have friends. Or as much as people I would let into my room. Not that many anyway to be able to play this game any time I want and I want to play this game quite a lot because IT'S AWESOME - but I can't and that's frustrating. You can't even play against the computer. Nope. Sad. Wish the makers would add multiplayer or singleplayer option.
Still though, if you have someone to play with – buy this game! It's really fun!
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2014
I'm not sure why the developer decided to charge $10 for a concept game. People who actually work for money in the games industry usually at least put in a single-player mode. Local co-op only is one of the worst ideas I've ever heard. And by local co-op I'm not talking LAN, which would be a little better, but same PC.

Maybe someone will play this if Steam ever revolutionizes how PC games are played on TV, but right now you're not going to get 4 people to crowd around a relatively small monitor to play a niche, fast paced, steampunk-lite brawler with gravity-terrain switching mechanics. Its so weird that they charge money for this. I got it in a pack of two games for $1, and even then I feel a little jaded XD
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
Fun little game, perfect for lan party with friends, and also it's very adictive!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2014
Being local multiplayer only I finally got 20 minutes in with some friends and it's actually quite fun. Very little content such as weapons and level designs is unfortunate. Considering it's a PC local MP game, you already have a problem with accessibility, you would think there would be plenty of levels/weapons/customization for the multiplayer. Oh well, it's fun, cheap multiplayer that is worth getting for a steep discount or in a bundle. Definitely not worth buying at the $9.99 retail though.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
think smash brothers and vvvvvv
put them together
you have this
a neat lil game thats pretty fun but only when you have real life people around
no online or cpu
i recommend it if you have people to play it with
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
'Gentlemen!' has a lot of potential, I presonally love brawler games. But there are multiple problems plaguing gentlemen's gameplay:
Firstly, many brawler games are enjoyed on consoles, but this one is solely designed for keyboard, now 4 people cramming there faces onto one screen ain't fun, and if you are lucky enough to own 4 individual keyboards and a USB Hub, you may enjoy this, but for me, 4 pairs of hands on one keyboard ain't fun.
Another problem is the lack of a Singleplayer ability, or atleast AI or the Computer to fill in the spot of missing players. I'm alone at home alot and I wanted to play this game, but my only choice is to play against myself, which isn't really fun.
If you're lucky enough to have 2-4 friends who like brawler games and atleast 2 keyboards, there's the problem with the gameplay.
Unlike other brawlers, this one has no health bars, it's one hit KO. There's no 'hit him alot and he'll rocketship into the void', infact there's no void at all, an enclosed area. Then without the health bars, the game gets really easy to gain the number of kills needed. Then there's the over-powered weapons, the Pigeon, once you get it, that's it, the opponents are done for. The Pigeon is a weapon that follows it's opponent around until it finally reaches it's target, at which time it explodes and kills the opponent. Think of that, but an infinite supply. Yeah.
I do aknowledge there are a variety of gamemodes, so that's a good thing.
Another thing is that this game is about gentlemen with facial hair, but the theme has no effect on the gameplay. It's just there. Hell, it could be butt-people and poo-men in crapland brawler and it would be the exact same game. The game should be unique, with special mustache abilities, or special attacks for each character and unlockables, but instead is a lousily finished brawler.

Unless you insist, try to stay away from that buy button, or buy it when there's a sale. Definitely not worth the money.

I will update this review as the game gets updated, but it seems the developers have thrown this aside as a side project.
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