Meltdown is a tactical arcade shooter featuring both singleplayer and intense online multiplayer. Become the most skilled soldier, choose your weapons, get the best upgrades, buckle up and start your mission. Be careful, each enemy has it’s own combat style, special AI and gear. Adapt to them to survive!
User reviews: Very Positive (217 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 5, 2014
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"Meltdown is an absolutely fantastic isometric shooter that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a bit of arcade action."
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June 11

Meltdown is now available on Steam with a major update

Since June 5, Meltdown is officially available after three months of Early Access period. This time has been used by the developers to improve as many things as possible through a major update that brought the following elements:

Gameplay:
- Added long awaitied Armor System that features 34 different upgradable body parts with unique perks
- Players are now invulnerable while in the Level-up zoom-In Slow-Mo effect
- Tweaked some skills/perks

Multiplayer:
- You asked for it, you got it: added password protected game hosting option
- Connection bug fixes

Graphics:
- Improved in-game graphics mode switching

Other:
- Improved memory & resource management

This version is not backwards online-compatible with previous versions, you cannot play with people on version lower than 1.5

We hope you'll like it. We keep working to improve the game. Free content will keep coming. Thank you for your support!

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About This Game

Meltdown is a tactical arcade shooter featuring both singleplayer and intense online multiplayer.

Set against a captivating sci-fi backdrop, the action game invites players to follow its main character, Zed, as he tries to shoot his way out of the remote space station that he has been trapped on as a result of a system malfunction.

During the course of the adventure, players can collect loot and level-up their character as they make their way through randomly generated levels. They can choose to play single player or co-op multiplayer, while experiencing an engaging gameplay, matching their gaming skills and style.

Clear all the missions and run the prestige mode !

Key Features:

  • Online Cross-Platform Co-Op Up to 4 Players
  • 30 Random Generated Levels
  • 3 Specializations (Specialist/Soldier/Medic)
  • 3 Big Boss Battles
  • Wave-Attack arena challenges

System Requirements

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Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics (256MB)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 3.0GHz i5 Dual Core or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Radeon HD 3600 (1GB)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Mountain Lion
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics (256MB)
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Mavericks
    • Processor: 3.0GHz i5 Dual Core or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Radeon HD 3600 (1GB)
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or Equivalent
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics (256MB)
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or Equivalent
    • Processor: 3.0GHz i5 Dual Core or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Radeon HD 3600 (1GB)
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Personal Rating: Boring on the long run
Classic Rating: 6.5/10

Ok, this game is not too bad but i wouldn't recommend buying it other than on a bundle, here's why:

in spite of a nice look and feel (which doesn't hurts), gameplay is quite boring because you have to play the same missions several times if you want to buy items and skills - needed to advance, unlocking the next level. Gameplay is also boring because Meltdown is really a repetitive game with the same setting in each and every level (so far): there are just too few modifications that it's almost impossible to distinguish a level from the other...
On the other side, one good point in its favor is the complete support for controllers, so i can play it with my old gamepad and X360CE (XBOX 360 Emulator) without any issue.
Posted: October 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
No rating
Overiview: Isometric shooter

The Good:

+ Kill lots of enemies and upgrade you character and weapons

+ Plenty of weapons/armor/accessories to fit your play style, each piece of equipment is upgradable

+Wave attack mode is the funniest mode the game offers.

+ Good controls

+ The music is phenomenal and is probably the highlight of the game

The Bad:

-The game is built around grinding, if you want to get any of the achievements you will be grinding areas over and over again. What if you don't care about achievements? Then the game will offer no more than 30 minutes to an hour of enjoyment because there really isn't a whole lot to do in the game

-You have to replay areas over and over again because in order to upgrade and unlock weapons you need coins, something that takes a while to collect. There are accessories to help collect coins faster but that still doesn't make up for the fact that it takes a while to collect enough coins to buy upgrades and buy the weapons you want. It seems like such an artificial hurdle to pad the game length for no reason.

- As you kill enemies you gain xp to upgrade your character. You have a total of 55 levels and it becomes incredibly easy to upgrade your character, One online wave attack mode with a few people and you can easily level up 10-15 times depending on how far you get or how many people are playing. Because you can max out every skill, you don't have to make any difficult choices on how you develop your character.

-The game offers 30 levels and they all look and play the same. Every level is linear and you simply kill enemies until you reach the end. Rinse and Repeat. As I said earlier, wave attack mode is the only fun thing in the game.

-The game froze on me one too many times.

Conclusion

The core of the game is solid, it controls really well and it has a lot of solid ideas, the problem is the developers didn't really build a game around those ideas. The upgrade/character development is horribly balanced and with some rebalancing and improvements I can see this game being a lot better. This game is an ios port and it shows and is a perfect example of what works well on one platform may not work well on others. As it stands, I cannot recommend this game, there just isn't enough content to justify a purchase.
Posted: October 24
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
meltdown looks like a fun fast-paced shooter but it's weirdly slow and insistent on forcing you to use waist-high cover littered everywhere as you'll die in seconds in the lategame if you don't. it's hugely disappointing, to be honest. it's an arcade game that's taken too much inspiration from the call of duty "if you stick your head out at the wrong time you'll get immediately killed." style

the economy is also pretty screwed up and feels almost f2p in origin—you can only get lives from randomly-dropping roulette items ("MYSTERY BOX") and everything costs so much that you're basically forced to grind. bad news

the soundtrack is good though.
Posted: October 14
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Excellent top down shooter that actually rewards skill play and not just grinding to get better gear and improvements for it though there is that as well. Having a lot of fun with this game and the way it can throw some really deadly combinations at you that basically can one hit kill you if you make a mistake or react to slow to the challenge at hand.

Check it out, it's well worth it's retail price if you are a genre fan. Even has online multiplayer for up to 4 players which I haven't even tried yet.
Posted: October 8
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2.6 hrs on record
Meltdown is definitely one of my favourite games to play on Steam, especially since it's cross-platform multiplayer AND it plays like a 3D Metal Slug/Beat-em-up - shoot-em-up hybrid! The graphics are charming, and the difficulty curve, although very deceptive at times, is rather fair in its assessment! All in all, definitely a game I worth recommending!!
Posted: September 25
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0.3 hrs on record
Fun isometric shooter with upgrades/RPG elements at the end of each level. Decent multiplayer support. Unfortunately, all levels are very repetitive.
Posted: September 27
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10.7 hrs on record
Just want a quick game? A quick round of tactics and run&gun? Well this game is worth it, but I got it for around 3$.
Pretty much worth the 3$! It's fun, but it's not a "Full" game, it's an arcade game like pacman. Where the story doesn't matter, but the gameplay does! Some money laying around? Let this game be "that" treat.
Posted: October 18
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2.8 hrs on record
Worst game i bought this year. Repettitive, boring, slow and then there are bosses that kill you with one shot.... While regenerating their health.... Do yourself a huge favour and save the money for something worth buying.
Posted: October 14
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5.5 hrs on record
Simple,but addictive game.
It has a nice character progression system and a great replay value.
You can have fun in both single and multi-player mode.
Posted: October 16
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13.8 hrs on record
I really like this game, it is so arcadey and addictive. I can't say anything different than wow and buy this game if you like arcade shooters that you can play in short burst. The only cons I maybe can think of are:

- that you sometimes feel a little overwhelmed

- and that it sometimes takes a little while to be able to buy a upgrade (a little too long)

but those are (in my opinion) only minor cons.

P.S. Sorry if my English isn't the best, it is not my native language (i'm from The Netherlands).
Posted: October 15
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1.8 hrs on record
Just another game where weapon fire does not work under Linux until I put LC_ALL=C %command% into Steams start option for Meltdown.
Posted: October 20
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22.8 hrs on record
What can i say about this game £1.74 in the sale but well worth the full price. There seem to be some complaints about every level being the same, whilst i must admit they do look similar there are a fair few different level designs, granted the theme is exactly the same on each level ( space station ) and it would have been nice to see some different terrain, jungle, city etc.

Graphically its a very nice game bright and clean looking. The soundtrack is fairly good but can grind a little after a few hours it does change a little through the levels. If you love grinding for armour / guns etc this game will really appeal to you and whilst the enemies aren't easy to defeat they never feel extremely overpowered.

The gameplay is excellent in fact more expensive titles have a lot to learn from this game, It's extremely smooth and responsive. The upgrades make a noticeable defference to your weapons which allows you to complete levels with that extra bit of XP to show for it.

All in all its been a game i have played over and over and will continue to do so i'm just hoping the developers add more and more to this great game.

Graphics 10/10
Gameplay 10/10
soundtrack 7/10
Value for money and overall 10/10 ( sorry it just really appeals to me personally )

Posted: October 15
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2.1 hrs on record
A Fun little 'Twin-Stick' title with a thumping electronic soundtrack, bright cartoony visuals and an interesting upgrade system to keep you hooked. Although Meltdown shows its roots as an IOS title (primarily in the simplistic Menu), Theres a lot of fun to be had here for the relatively small price-tag.

Content wise theres a great variety of Robotic bad-guys to blast, and an extensive armoury of unlockable guns, knifes and chainsaws with witch to blast them! It must be said however that the visual style (tileset) of each level seems to be identical throughout the game, which can get a little stale.

I'm generally not a fan of IOS games being Ported over to the PC, but I'm glad to say once you jump into the gameplay, Meltdown does not necessarily feel like game that was designed with a touch screen in mind.

With some emphasis on taking cover over running and gunning, you might find the pace of Meldown a little slow by comparison to other arcade twin-sticks (think Ultratron or Bullet Candy), but I would say theres enough going on here mechanically to keep most engaged for a few hours at least.

Would I reccomend? - Yes!
Posted: October 5
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55 of 84 people (65%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
If there's such a thing as a video game dictionary, you'd find a picture of Meltdown listed under "repetitive design". The mechanics are solid, the graphics decent, and the music almost catchy, but it never changes even a slight bit from the very first level in the game. It's almost as if the developers created a single level and felt that was enough to sustain the entire game, repeating it to incessant amounts to pad the experience which might as well begin and end in the few minutes it takes you to complete the tutorial.

Meltdown is an isometric shooter that favors simplicity for complex mechanics or enemies. Enemy AI is mostly nonexistent, weapons are self explanatory, and the leveling system generous enough that you'll never need to choose between upgrades as you have more than enough points to level them all with more to spare. And if I'm being completely honest, the basic design is actually enjoyable to an extent (at least in coop), but its design is so stagnant, so painfully repetitive that it was literally on the verge of putting me to sleep as I struggled to retain interest while playing through what felt like the exact same level I'd played a dozen times before. Enemies, encounter designs, environments and level layouts; they're all exactly the same from each level to level, leaving on to wonder what exactly the point of continuing is.

Rending progression even more useless, is how you are restricted from so much until you prestige your character (which first requires you level up every skill tree), which then completely erases all progress you've made (including unlocked missions) and expects you to play it all again with nothing more to show for it but a new color on your username. It's incredibly poor design decisions like this that make Meltdown feel as if the developers didn't bother to think how the player would take this forced repetition past that which you experience by default going through the game, as if they expected them not only to endure the grind but actually enjoy it.

To be entirely fair, there are actually a few interesting ideas presented with Meltdown (such as the automatic cover system), but they are so entirely useless that there really is no need for them to be in the game at all. So many elements seem out of place or pointless, making an even bigger case for the game being less than finished or thought out.

Meltdown at its core is a solid, if largely unremarkable, coop focused isometric shooter, but the amount of content it contains wouldn't fill the average demo. It's one of the worst offenders at artificially padding a game's length by reusing the same content I've ever seen, and isn't worth bothering with for anymore than a mindless time waster. Even as that it fails to entertain, with the most enjoyment to be found in the numerous moments the game decides to break and glitch you and enemies onto objects.

Who knew getting stuck on a wall could be so much fun.
Posted: June 30
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.5 hrs on record
Out of Early Access & with it, it has gotten a new feature of customizing one's character with armour/helmet/shoulder pads/face masks!

Pros:
+ One of the best, most fluent co-op games I've played so far (and I've tried out plenty!)
+ Character customization
+ Easy interface, movement & gameplay
+ Able to switch & upgrade gear between missions
+ No silly puzzles
+ Getting up 'n close with melee weapons gives more experience
+ Prestige (upgrading your character's HP/shield/weapons slightly, also shown to other players as a "rank" of sorts)

Cons:
- Each time a level is beaten, it throws everyone back into the "lobby" (as in unable to have a continuous play, but good for those who are chain smokers...)
- Easy bosses, especially after grinding
- GRINDING LOTS for new gear
- Skills are great, but after you've gotten them all, there's an empty hole in your heart wanting to improve them further or having more *sniffle*
- At least one armour doesn't work as it's supposed to yet, as far as I know (the most expensive one!)
- No possibility to type/talk in-game without 3rd party applications

Overally, one hell of a blast (and I mean that literally)
Posted: June 21
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
This game is fantastic, is it nearly at the end of development and more content to come, it gets insanely challenging and if you have a few mates, you can hook up and do some coop modes. Very good weapons system, skill points and weapon skill points, armour. 10/10
Posted: June 21
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Now I don't always aim to fully complete games... But for this game how could I say now?... I first purchased this back in the time of Early Access... After trying to get used to the controls with my keypad I taught there was some issues... This game reminds me a lot like LOADED from PS ONE ... As it runs on Linux I decided to try boot it up and try the controller again, after a while I finally realised how stupid I was and mapped the controls... Having not played much during the Early Access I started playing, and playing and playing... Although it is a repetitive game it still is awesome... This is one game (the other being South Park) which I will aim to 100% get the achievments, even though usually I don't care to much about that on PC but I am enjoying this game so much I think I may as well go for it... I rarely play any games on the computer anymore and with this game I just want to keep playing and levelling up... If you don't own this game right now and like games such as LOADED and top down shooters I highly recomment picking this one up... Even the pricetag is cheap, I just hope some DLC is added also... Score - 8.5/10
Posted: July 31
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is real jewel. So fun to play, sound, music, graphics are very good. I am enjoying every minute playing. Co op is very good, so sad that there is little number of players. To keep things short i recommend this game from every bit of my heart. Keep up!!
Posted: May 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Awesome game! Cool soundtrack! Just needs MORE CONTENT and this game would be perfect! As is 7/10 , with more content id score this 8.5/10!
Posted: June 27
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Small and simple maps is the only downside to this awesome game.
Lots of guns, armors, skills to enhance.
Brings back fond memories of the games Expendable and Alien Swarm.
Posted: July 1
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