KRUNCH is a quick-reflex game about escaping, survival and the fear of being closed-in. Escape more than 100 claustrophobic levels spread across 4 zones, survive 3 challenging boss chases, conquer one frantic race to freedom!
User reviews: Mixed (22 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 21, 2012
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April 17

KRUNCH in the Humble Weekly, Trading Cards and Bug Fixes!

KRUNCH is part of this week's Humble Weekly
Thanks to our pals over at Devolver Digital, KRUNCH is part of the "Oh Man, You Should Totally Check That Game Out!" Humble Weekly Bundle!

Pay what you want. Support charity. Totally get seven sweet games:
Humble Bundle

Trading Cards are now available for KRUNCH!
We teamed up once again with the supremely talented Two Bit Art and she delivered 6 awesome renditions of our Krons to grace the cards. Go grab yours and please spread the word.

Build 111: Bug Fixes + Improvements
  • All Kreb Collection Achievements unlock properly now.
  • Leaderboard are now accessible from the Title Screen.
  • Level Select Leaderboards are now tracked in milliseconds:
    • All Level Select Leaderboards have been flushed
    • NO WORRIES: your best times will be uploaded the next time you play that level :)
  • A weird bug that would prevent the game from launching on OSX is now fixed.
  • Pressing K now self-destructs properly.
  • A few behind the scenes bugs have been squashed.

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Reviews

“KRUNCH: death is but the next great adventure!”
8/10 – Destructoid

“If you're looking for a new game to make you throw your controller to the ground in frustration, á la Super Meat Boy and classic Mega Man games, be sure to keep an eye out for KRUNCH.”
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Digital Collector's Edition - Special Features

Soundtrack by Disasterpeace + DirkRugged and Digital Comic Book illustrated by Two Bit Art

About This Game

KRUNCH is a quick-reflex game about escaping, survival and the fear of being closed-in where you play as one of six Krons (mechanical orb-like entities) trapped in a seemingly abandoned fortress. Escape more than 100 claustrophobic levels spread across 4 zones, survive 3 challenging boss chases, conquer one frantic race to freedom! KRUNCH demands concentration, delivers fast gameplay and will test fans of games such as Mega Man, Super Meat Boy and VVVVVV.

IN A NUTSHELL: Frantic gameplay, deviously challenging levels, spot-on difficulty curve, exhilarating boss chases, now with SELF-DESTRUCT!

  • SUPERB SOUNDTRACK – Electronic, chiptune, metal masterpiece delivered by Disasterpeace, the incomparable composer behind Fez’s critically-acclaimed soundtrack and DirkRugged, Bruce Dickinson’s biggest fan.
  • NATIVE CONTROLLER SUPPORT – Experience KRUNCH as it was always meant to be experienced: through the finely-crafted precision of your Xbox 360 Controller.
  • SELF-DESTRUCT – Couldn't pull-off that impossible maneuver on the first try? Don't have the patience to wait for the walls to pulverize you? This is for you.
  • CLOUD SAVE – Romp through KRUNCH no matter where you are, synchronize your saved games on all your Steam-enabled systems.
  • LEADERBOARDS – Race to the top of the global leaderboards or challenge your friends for supremacy. Who will collect the most Krebs? Who will conquer KRUNCH the quickest?
  • ACHIEVEMENTS – Conquer over 50 challenging achievements ranging from Quests of Speed to Tests of Patience to almost-impossible Feats of Skill.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or Equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any with Hardware 3d Acceleration
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On Board
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or Above
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 7000 Series or Above
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On Board
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6.8 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or Equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any with Hardware 3d Acceleration
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On Board
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.6.8 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or Above
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 7000 Series or Above
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On Board
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Honestly, Its not a hardcore game, it does not live up to the name of super meat boy, its a fun game to a point, but the floaty controls, without the precision i expect from a intense game, I want to be able to blame myself for dying, not bouncing off a wall or making that one pixel game in a time limit when I just float by it and bounce off the wall dying, fun game, but overall not what I expected
Posted: April 20
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Controls like balls and character bumps off of everything constantly. Not to mention that the hitbox is nowhere near accurate. Stupid gimmick to artificially lengthen gameplay ruins the pacing of the game. Great soundtrack and is aesthetically pleasing to look at despite the horrible controls.
Posted: April 18
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
horrible, frustrating, repetitive, irritating, and overall just a painful exercise in tedium.

did you love all those oldschool platform games on your console with the boss fights and then the scene where you had to run to escape the exploding level as fast as you could dodging falling walls and crushing traps before your character died?

how about an entire game where all you do is rush through the level racing against time as walls close in and gears and spikes get in your way?

yeah.. it's like someone decided to make a whole game out of 1 single aspect of platform games.

avoid if you have any interest in storylines or interesting gameplay mechanics.
Posted: April 19
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Fun game, but can be really frustrating, so best played in short bursts. The SURVIVED (i.e. You Win) screen tells me I played for 114 minutes and died 433 times, but it honestly felt a lot longer than that.

This is one of those twitch/punishment platformers, though it's not exactly a platformer since you control a floating ball that can move about freely without worrying about gravity. The goal is to make your way to the end of each of the levels without dying. There are no checkpoints, and but the levels is pretty short. Unlike other twitch platformers, you have a healthbar and most hazards will not kill you in one hit - being squished between moving walls/ is the common exception. Your health also decreases over time, so it serves as an implicit time limit even in the relatively few levels which don't have a huge moving wall (or Boss) chasing you. Boosting (i.e. "running") makes the health decrease much faster, so it's best used only when needed.

Each level has collectible "krebs", and getting all of these greatly increases the challenge, but they are only useful for high scores and achievements. After the first few levels, I stopped even trying collecting them all and focused instead on just surviving.

The game is HARD, and controls take a lot of getting used to. The keyboard offers the most precise controls, but unfortunately a bug keeps you from being able to boost (speed up) while moving diagonally up-left, which makes a few levels impossible. So yeah, that's definitely a minus. But the rest of the game makes up for it in my opinion. The gameplay, though frustrating, is still fun, I found the retro graphics quite nice, and the soundtrack is great. After finishing it, I spent some time going back to a few levels to unlock some achievements, and see myself coming back over time to unlock more.
Posted: September 3
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Man what an amazing thrill i had with this game, from an artistic proportion mixed with a retro feeling.

This game is a call back to the old gaming eras back when games used to be hard and rewarding.

I was compelled to continue playing, this game may punish your mistakes just like Super meat boy but it is very forgiving and it is easy to learn and perfect.

Overall this game was intense to the very end, i had more fun than i had problem, my only gripe with this game would be that it felt abit short so i hoped for a Expansion or sequel because this game does deserve one. Big props for the creators.

Highly recomend this game!
Posted: April 19
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53 of 73 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
I originally recommended this game, but after the achievements not working, and then seeing the disgusting way the dev was treating their fans in the community discussion boards, I've decided I want nothing to do with this game or company.

http://steamcommunity.com/app/280500/discussions/0/558750985883896525/#p2

Note that link will not work because the devs deleted the entire thread and banned me from the forums in the process, just for saying they were being rude. Thanks for proving me right.
Posted: March 26
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