Thousands of aliens, giant spiders, mutant lizards, and more are on the attack - can you survive the onslaught? Crimsonland is a top-down shooter with a touch of RPG. Unlock over 30 weapons and over 50 perks from quirky to brutal. Complete the quest and show your skills in five survival modes.
User reviews: Very Positive (388 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 11, 2014

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"It may not hit as hard as the original version did back in 2003, but this revamped Crimsonland is still a tough and exciting top-down shooter."
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September 22

Crimsonland for OS X Now Available

Crimsonland is now available on OS X! Normal Steam features like leaderboards and achievements are naturally supported. The game also supports at least PS4 and PS3 controllers on OS X at the moment. In addition several other brands of modern controllers should work too.

In other news we're also working on the Linux version. We don't have a release date yet since we have Linux controller support to implement and one Linux sound engine to write still but we're getting there!

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September 9

Crimsonland OS X Available in "update_beta" Branch

Great news for OS X gamers: Crimsonland for OS X is now available in the beta branch. To try it, activate the update_beta beta. There's some awesome stuff there like support for Retina Displays and support for game controllers. We've mainly used PS4 controllers as they work out of the box on the OS X. Some controllers might require additional software depending on the model. So, give it a try and give us feedback! Once we've weeded out any bugs in this beta version, we'll go public with the release.

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Reviews

“I really like Crimsonland. It's unpretentious and straight-forward in its delivery, and yet, underneath its façade rests an addictive top-down shooter with solid mechanics and a hardcore slant.”
7.5 / 10 – IGN

“Crimsonland is a quality twin-stick shooter.”
7 / 10 – Game Informer

“If you like shooting infinite hordes of monsters from a top-down perspective, Crimsonland is one of the best options you have.”
4 / 5 – Hardcore Gamer Magazine

About This Game



Thousands of aliens, zombies, giant spiders, mutant lizards, and more are on the attack - can you survive the onslaught? In Crimsonland you will unlock new weapons and perks constantly improving your abilities and arsenal. Your screen will be filled with literally hundreds of monsters and thousands of giblets. Grab your gun and prepare for endless hours of intense top-down shooter fun!

The original Crimsonland was released in 2003. After the game was greenlit at the end of 2013, 10tons decided to give the game a complete tune-up. The brand new 2014 version introduces countless gameplay fixes, a new chapter with new enemies, new perks, and new weapons. On top of that we've done a complete art overhaul!



What are perks? Perks are like talents in an RPG game. You earn XP by killing monsters and with XP you earn levels. After leveling up you get to choose a perk. For example, a perk called Fastloader enables you to reload extremely fast. During a session perks will stack up a and every game will be a bit different. You'll unlock perks during the quest mode after which they become available in the survival game modes.



We've created a huge arsenal of 30 unique weapons ranging from the humble pistol to the mysterious Shrinkifier 5k. The weapons are unlocked by playing the quest mode and they become available in survival game modes as well. The better your arsenal - the better chances you have at scoring higher outside the quest mode.



Crimsonland features up to four player local co-op. All game modes including the quest can be played in co-op mode. There are also separate leaderboards for co-op games so gather your friends and show the internet who wields the gauss shotgun like a pro!



  • Quest mode with six chapters
  • FIVE survival modes: Survival, Rush, Blitz, Weapon Picker, and Nukefism
  • 30 unique weapons
  • 55 awesome perks
  • Steam leaderboards: global and friends
  • Leaderboards for co-op: Gang up on them!
  • Steam achievements & stats
  • Full controller support
  • Up to four player local co-op

Old Customers


If you have proof of purchase of the old Crimsonland you can apply for a Steam key for the new version. To do this you need to send the proof of purchase (the whole e-mail receipt you received after the purchase) including the original e-mail address used to make that purchase to crimsonland(dot)classic(at)10tons.com. Please note that since this process is manual it will take some time. During June most of us here are on vacation so expect a delay of 5 to 10 business days. In August the response time will be quicker again.

Things of Future


  • Fix any bugs which we didn't catch before release.
  • Linux version (late 2014, mainly Ubuntu)
  • Steam controller support (if we get one somewhere)

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepads must support XInput
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6+
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Tested gamepads include PS4 and PS3 controllers. Other modern gamepads work probably too.
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
About as basic as top-down twin stick shooters can get. Predictable weapons, no maps (just one big empty field), mostly identical monsters. Perks are similarly dry - +damage, +defense, etc.

Though this was a pioneer of the genre, its best days are far behind it. Not even nostalgia could make me play this for more than a half hour.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I was fan of the original. And this is just as good: lovely range of perks,guns, modes, variety of gameplay of the quests.
Only drawback is the graphics could have been a bit better for a revamp. But still it's excellent. Worth getting on sale,and if this had online coop it'd be godly.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Frustratingly unbalanced. Goes nintendo hard on some levels which are then outright unbeatable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
This is a lazy bland and overpriced rehash of the original. Even the greenlight was gave the impression that the author wished to cop-out with this game with only the addition of local co-op.

However, if the price drops for the holidays or you pick this up on a Humble Bundle, definitely pick it up, play through the boring quests as quickly as possible as the survival mode is still entertaining. Unfortunately though, the old classic game played fair better and was a lot more fun and ultimately I wish the author copped out completely and just reserved us the old title.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I used to play this game almost non-stop when I was younger, but this remake is like knowing that Danereys Targaryen was 13 when she was married off to Khal Drogo - it's wrong.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
It's not balanced well, you just can't beat some imba levels. Not worth the money.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I first got this game in 2003, and it is the same timeless classic it was then, as it is now. Top-down shooting action, with a highly addictive atmosphere and gameplay style; very reminiscent of Smash TV and Gauntlet.

If you enjoyed either of those games from those eras, you'll enjoy this. It's everything Smash TV always wanted to be and more.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
It's a game you can jump right into and spend a few minutes playing or waste a few hours. Simple, bloody and brutal.

If you're here because it you played the older version, this one is just as good. Some people brought up 'no perks in quest mode', but that can be changed by typing G-R-I-M in the Esc menu to bring up the option to turn it on,

Good stuff..
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I have been playing this game since 2003, it is AWESOME. It's simple, but very fast paced. It is a good "Trainer" for many other games. If you can pass this game on the highest levels, you can be good at any other game. It forces you to strategize, think on your feet, split second decisions which can be the difference between a good time and a fast death. I honestly do not understand the negative reviews, this is a must get game. Maybe not at the 15$ CAD price, because it is much over a decade old, but when it's on sale, yes. GET IT.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Perks off on Quest? More Challenge, perhaps? No matter!
UI bland than the older one? No matter!
What matters is... YOU KILL. ALL. THOSE. CREEPS. KILL.
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Crimsonland.

Its old.
Its classic.
Its updated.


I remember as i played Crimsonland YEAAAAARRRSSSS ago but anyhow, this "version" doesnt play like the ones i played or remember. So its kind of a "UPDATED" version.

Still Crimsonland is a hardcore Arenashooter you can (now) play with 3 friends at one PC. It makes a lot of fun and the Difficult is also very nice, not unfair.

A must-have title for people who like hardcore gaming and even more for people who like arenashooter....or just for some childhood memories~
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
- Addictive gameplay.
- Lots of levels, weapons and game modes.
- Lots of Perks and powerups.
- Nice Top-down 2D graphics.
- Unique sounds and nice metal soundtracks.
- Up to 4 Player Local Coop.
- Runs without a single lag on my laptop which has a first generation integrated (Intel HD Graphics).
- Easy to play, hard to master.

It would have been better if there was an online Co-op option to connect anyone across the net, a base defense game mode would have been great too, and some extra maps to choose before we begin the survival game mode, but overall Crimsonland is a good and fun game.

I recommend this game to anyone who likes survival and top-down shooters.
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This game is tons of fun. If you liked Dawn of War Last Stand mode and arcade shooters, this game is for you!
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8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I grew up on the old Crimsonland and it showed me how good top-down shooters can be.
The improved graphics and updated UI make a much more clean and modern look for the old classic.
Removing perks in quests made them a little harder but I feel I accomplished more and improved my general skills without them.

Crimsonland is more about survival mode anyway, enjoying the well-crafted mechanics of the game and shooting up lots of monsters, painting the land crimson.
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123 of 146 people (84%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Positives:
- Very addictive gameplay.
- Lots of levels and game modes.
- Many weapons and powerups.
- 4 Player Local Coop.
- Nice graphics.

What changed from original:
- Few new weapons and powerups.
- Few new game modes.
- Perks can't be used in the main game now and are only available in Survival.
- Interface feels less powerful and more like a mobile game. (I was told this is to keep the game looking consistent across all platforms).
- New flame weapon is a lot more useful than the original two.

Issues:
- I had an odd bug where the game refused to start when I installed it. A simple restart of my computer fixed the issue.
- You won't use a quarter of the weapons in the game due to them being underpowered compared to some of the bigger beasts.

Overall:
I've enjoyed the beta and had next to no issues with performance. I somewhat dislike the interface and the lack of perks in the main game but I can understand.

Edit: A couple of things I noticed in the new update include:
- New Crimsonland theme tunes (unless I just forgot the old ones)
- Ion Cannon now explodes in various directions.
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38 of 43 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Original Crimsonland (2004) is one of my most favourite games ever. But the Steam version is a serious step backwards. New graphics and not as pretty, new UI is bland and forgettable, and the worst crime of all - the Perks are gone from the quest mode. That's right, they only exist in Survival, which I know some people don't even play.

You would be much better suited by playing the original version 1.9.8.
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
I never played the original Crimsonland. Well actually that's not true; I tried the demo once and the game didn't really seem like anything special. After reading some great impressions from a friend, I decided to check out this new and improved Crimsonland and I'm very glad I did. It's addictive, bloody, intense, and just one hell of a fun satisfying shooter.

In terms of story and gameplay, Crimsonland is as simple as can be. You and hordes of hundreds and hundreds of creatures on the battlefield, kill them all. But while the actual mechanics are not complex, Crimsonland adds a layer of strategy underneath the run and gun gameplay, turning a game that might seem shallow from the screenshots into a compelling thrilling experience. Every moment consists of countless decisions. Which gun is best for the current situation? Should I rush for that power-up but risk having to run through a horde to reach it? Which order should I use power-ups? Which perks should I choose?

I think the most interesting aspect is how the varied enemies require you to totally change your tactics and influences the weapons and perks you'd want to use. It's not like some shooters where you can just get the most powerful weapon and kill everything. If you're facing fast spiders that replicate when they die, then you're going to want a weapon that's accurate and precise but that fires and reloads fast enough that they won't close the gap, and power-ups that focus on crowd control and defense. Hordes of zombies? You'll want to go for the spray and pray type weapons or explosives and all-out offensive power-ups. Thankfully your arsenal is just as varied as the enemies you face. Weapons range from a simple pistol and shotgun to all manner of flamethrowers, plasma cannons, automatic weapons, and even more exotic weapons. Power-ups slow time, shield you from damage, restore health, imbue your weapon with devastating plasma energy. The RPG-esque perk system offers diverse ways to customize your playstyle. Sacrifice health for damage, move faster, have more ammo, poison enemies, gain a melee attack, and many more perks make each survival attempt feel fresh and exciting

Crimsonland is a must play for top-down shooter fans. Besides the 60-mission campaign (and three difficulty levels), you can test your skills across several survival modes, all of which adds its own twist of the core gameplay. The visuals and effects are stylish, the gameplay is deeper than you'd might expect, and seeing the screen literally turn red with blood and gore as you mow down hundreds of creatures is very satisfying.
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Let's start with the most important thing. This ISN'T Crimsonland.

You may have distant, fond memories of a little gem of a game called Crimsonland, bearing a striking resemblance to this one, but don't be fooled. That Crimsonland was beautifully designed, with a perfect difficulty curve, perks that allowed you a miniature progression tree through each level, and well balanced stages.

This Crimsonland is not that game. This Crimsonland has NO perks in quest mode, ensuring that each quest is a bland survival exercise. Oddly, they've not rebalanced the levels to account for this, so you'll find that certain levels are just BROKEN. This Crimsonland has been redesigned for controllers, which seems like it ought to be a good move, but the way it's been implemented is hamfisted and poorly thought out.


This Crimsonland isn't the game I loved. That makes me sad.
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76 of 117 people (65%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
So let me just go ahead and start off saying this little bit: I'm going to be incredibly biased... I remember the day Crimsonland came out and remember quite well begging my mom to purchase it off 10ton's website. Violent as hell and they didn't try to hide it almost became my downfall until my mom realized she wasn't going to win.

Sitting down and playing Crimsonland today makes me feel like I'm a kid again. It's prettier, more functional, and full of some damn fine content that would make any arcade lover melt. Honestly if you don't pick up this game I pity you. You're going to be missing out on one of my favorite childhood games and that's horrible!

Do you like explosions?

Do you like blood?

Do you enjoy being a sickly green color and poisoning everything that touches you?

If you said yes to any of the questions above YOU BETTER BUY THIS GAME!
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38 of 54 people (70%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Crimsonland is a fairly simple concept of top-down shooting and tonnes of mayhem - imagine Serious Sam from a top-down perspective. The three things I can guarantee you with Crimsonland: hoards of mobs, lashings of blood and a colossal arsenal at your disposal.

Overall it is an incredibly enjoyable experience that I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone looking for a challenge and trip down memory lane. It won’t appeal to everyone due to its difficulty level and outdated design, but the gameplay is satisfying overall. I personally couldn’t play too many lengthened sessions as it does become repetitive after some time, however the variety in weapons and mobs, not to mention the addition of the various survival modes helps to keep things fresh.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfYQDnDvBAc

Summary:
+ Gunplay is incredibly fun and satisfying.
+ Large amount of weapons with huge variety.
+ Lots of enemy types.
+ Great game mode types.
- Many enemies appearances are re-skins.
- Gameplay can become repetitive after some time.
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