Now also Linux & Mac! A top-down-shooter with a film-noir singleplayer campaign, challenging fights against all kinds of monsters, gory splatter effects and destructible level environments. Real cool characters with quests, boss fights, upgradeable weapons, cutscenes, actions sequences, secret collectibles and an arcade survival mode.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (166 reviews) - 86% of the 166 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 4, 2014

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January 26

New bugfixing update released

A new update to Splatter has been released. The main change is again a redesigned and reworked input system which now mimics the OS behaviour and unites input from all mice and all keyboards until the player specifically configures controls to use multiple keyboards and mice. Which most of you won't, I'd guess.

This update also brings the OSX port up to date, incorporating all the fixes and improvements of the last five or so updates.

Again I'm hoping that this is the final update, and this time I officially declare this to be the end of maintenance. I'll still keep an eye out for trouble in the future, but I won't hunt exotic failures anymore. Apart from glaring errors, that is. The game runs fine on 99,99% of all computers fulfilling the hardware requirements, but I will never reach 100%. This is impossible even for large teams but even more so for One Man Shows like mine.

I still hope you enjoy the game, and I'll keep an eye on the forums. Other than that: I hope to see you all again at my next game :-)

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January 13

New Update fixes stuff

Hello again,

here, have some more fixes. Last time I said I won't maintain this game anymore, but then I realized there are still some ugly issues hidden inside which passed my One-Man-Testing-Team unnoticed. So here it is - another bugfix release. Again only Windows and Linux, MaxOSX is in the works.

- fixed Arcade Mode hiscores submitting correctly again
- fixed possible stuck keys on exotic controllers blocking the game
- disabled automatic switch to gamepad controls
- Alt+Enter now switches between Windowed and Fullscreen at any time
- renamed config variables for resolution to make fiddling with them easier
- updated GLFW to 3.1.2 which claims to bring a lot more workarounds for buggy window managers on Linux
- repaired concurrent operations which makes Savegames super-smooth again, for example.

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Reviews

“Everyone who likes Topdown-Shooter with good graphics and search new challenges, had made a hot deal with Splatter.”
GAMES-MAG

“Well-made Indie-debut of Dreamworlds from Dresden”
4Players

About This Game

Splatter is a top-down-shooter with a film-noir-singleplayer-campaign, challenging fights against all kinds of monsters, gory splatter effects and destructible level environments. Meet real cool characters with quests, engage boss fights and upgrade your weapons. You also get stylish cutscenes, actions sequences, secret collectibles and an arcade survival modus with worldwide leaderboards to compete with your friends.

Use light to create breathing space in battles and to expose hidden weaknesses of your enemies. Explore the surroundings to find new weapons, resources and secret areas. Spend the money you got to upgrade your guns and unlock new weapon features and discover the best tactics against the variety of monsters.

Find out what happend to Max in the story mode, spanning 16 levels, quests, fully voiced NPCs and dialogs and animated cutscenes. You’re standing alone amongst the inhabitants of a modern city which suddenly took a turn for the apocalypse. Humanity isn’t exactly worth saving, but you might end up doing it anyways.

Try to beat the Highscores in the Survival Mode or gather up to 4 friends in front of your computer to co-op against the horde.

Key Features

  • Topdown shooter with challenging fights against all kinds of zombies and monsters
  • Film-noire-singleplayer-campaign with fully voiced dialogs, cutscenes, bosses, vehicles and side missions
  • Lights and Shadows add a tactical layer to the battles
  • A destructible environment to shatter, with occasional resources hidden inside
  • Upgradeable weapons gain new qualities and features with each level
  • Arcade game modes with online leaderboards pit you against your friends' scores
  • Local multiplayer for upto 4 players with controllers, mice, keyboards... whatever you got there, you can use it
  • And lots of action, of course

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2x 2GHz with SSE2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM3.0 GPU with 768MB memory, mobile/integrated GPUs might not work!
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2x 3GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce GTX 470 or AMD Radeon HD 4850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: DualCore with SSE2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM3.0 GPU with at least 768MB memory, mobile/integrated GPUs might not work!
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: 2x 3GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce GTX 470 or AMD Radeon HD 4850
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: ErmYeah2.0 or better
    • Processor: 2x 2GHz with SSE2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM3.0 GPU with 768MB memory, mobile/integrated GPUs might not work!
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: NewAndShiny
    • Processor: 2x 3GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce GTX 470 or AMD Radeon HD 4850
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (166 reviews)
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genkipro
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
OVERVIEW
Splatter - Blood Red Edition is a film-noir-influenced top-down zombie shooter with a crazy sense of humour.

You play Max, a hard-bitten guy interrupted in his house one night by his ringing doorbell. He answers the door, only to see a crazed zombie being gunned down by a soldier in the hallway. At the soldier's insistence, Max leaves the house and follows the soldier out onto the street, where he sees chaos has taken over the city. Picking up a pistol from a nearby dead body, Max proceeds to shoot his way through hordes of zombies in his escape from the city and onwards.

Graphics
Splatter has great graphics. Everything is played from an overhead view and characters and enemies look quite small, but everything is nicely detailed and reasonably animated. The graphics remind me of a cross between early Grand Theft Autos (GTA 1 or 2) and the fantastic 90s adventure game from Empire, Dream Web.

Interspersed between the game levels are atmospheric graphic-novel-style cut scenes with completely over-the-top voice acting reading a typical film noir script. It's like an indie version of the first Max Payne, and it's alternately appalling and hilarious, or sometimes both at once.

Graphics options are fairly numerous and on my aging gaming laptop (first-gen i7 with 485m graphics) the game mostly runs well at full HD with everything at Max (except for shadows, which are 'nice' -- the highest setting caused weird flashing on my laptop), with only an occasional pause or slowdown in sections. In typical film noir style, it's almost always dark and raining, and it looks good.

Sound
Sound is mostly pretty good, although the standard pistol sounds decidedly unimpressive. There are appropriate groans and growls from the zombies and other creatures, and suitably squishy sounds when you shoot them.

The game has full voice acting that is very appropriate to the style. Some of it is awful and some of it is good, but it's all over the top and is mostly great fun. I laughed out loud in a few places at the absurdity of the script and the actors hamming it up. Assuming that it's what they were going for, it's very well done.

Gameplay
Splatter plays like most other top-down shooters: WASD moves your character, while mouse aims his weapon around him, and LMB fires your chosen weapon. RMB is used for tossing magnesium flares, which scare the zombies away, allowing you to break their charges and more easily pick them off. Weapons are easily changed to once collected just by scrolling the mouse wheel.

Enemies are very numerous and range from normal zombies, to overgrown super-zombies, weird crawly maggot things, annoying leaping creatures that like the shadows, and various other evil flesh eaters. A nice addition over other zombie shooters is that the zombie hordes charge at you when they notice you, reminding me of the infected from 28 Days Later; these are no shambling corpses!

The environment is mostly destructible, allowing you to use cars and other explodey things as booby traps for the unsuspecting hordes. Your pistol must be super powered, though, as one shot is usually enough to detonate even the strongest-looking vehicle parked on the side of the road.

The game keeps you playing with upgrades, which you can purchase at set points through the story by using cash collected from killing zombies. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it works well at keeping the player interested, even if it does feel a little grindy. Weapon upgrades are definitely worthwhile, though, with the top-of-the-line pistol upgrade giving you bursts of magnesium-infused bullets that have a chance of causing your targets to flee for a short time.

PROS AND CONS

Pros:
+ Great graphics
+ Silly script and humorously overdone voice acting
+ Good range of weapons and upgrades
+ Trading cards
+ Achievements, most of which are actually pretty satisfying to get
+ Great sense of humour ("It must be Art" Wtf!? This one made me laugh!)
+ Shooting up the scenery is fun, if a little unrealistic at times

Cons:
- Some grammar errors in the writing
- Some mispronunciations and not-so-great voice acting as well
- Some of the enemies really annoy me (but I suspect they're meant to, so it's not really a con)


CONCLUSION

Splatter - Blood Red Edition is a fun top-down zombie-and-weird-creature shooter with film-noir influences. It has a great sense of humour and doesn't take itself too seriously. Recommended for good fun and (mostly) mindless violence.

7/10
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Deeb Gargantua
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
This game is a laggy unplesant mess. It teased me with hopes of smooth good gameplay and ruined me instead.
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Hu$tl3r
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
Very nice SHMUP - you shoot zombies and other creatures and follow a (film noir like) story.
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Trapped in Bubbaville, Send Help
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 23
I bought this game because the Something Awful reviewer said it was absolutely precious. They're right. The main character in this game is a generic noir detective in a zombie apocalypse but for one thing: he's an absolute tool to everybody around him at all times. Like, he's aggressively the worst, and lets you know it through a bunch of voice acted monologues.

The game is a generic twin-stick shooter. It's not great, it's kinda silly. It's good for killing some time. If you liked Alien Shooter or Alien Shooter 2 or any of those other games, you should BUY IT for like a dollar on sale.
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Murphy's Lawyer
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 3
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Splatter - Blood Red Edition
  • Original Release: 2014
  • Genre Tags: Action; Top-Down Shooter; Noir; Mindless Fun; Local-Coop
  • My Overall Grade: B+
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 3-8 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: Auxiliary (Local)
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Casual gamers; Arcade gamers

REVIEW
Splatter - Blood Red Edition is a simplistic and entertaining top-down shooter with a graphic-noir theme. There isn’t much depth to the gameplay or storyline, but it is pleasantly addictive and has an engaging pace of progress that will suck you in. It is a great game to consider if you are a fan of the genre and are looking for some easily digestible gameplay.

The narrative is decent; but really nothing spectacular. But the dark theme and setting of the game is well done and enjoyable. The artwork and cutscenes are pleasantly sculpted in classic graphic-noir style. The atmosphere definitely elevates an otherwise adequate, but lackluster narrative; and together they generate a solid presentation.

The gameplay is quite simple. You use one hand to control your character and the other to point and shoot; you can use a controller or a keyboard + mouse. As you progress you will find new weapons and can apply upgrades to make your arsenal stronger. There are also several enemy types, boss encounters, and unique gameplay segments which all help prevent the gameplay from growing stale as you beat the campaign.

Besides the campaign, there is also some auxiliary content. This comes in the form of local multiplayer; both PvP and co-op horde mode. If you happen to have any real life friends, you can maybe have a bit of fun with those for a few hours. If you don't have friends, you also can play the horde mode solo and compete on leaderboards.

Splatter - Blood Red Edition mostly will appeal to anyone who likes the genre, and is looking for a simple and fun game that is easy to experience. It is the perfect type of game to play if you want to take a break between playing those forty-hours-to-beat, open world epics.

Follow my curation page to see more of my recommendations!
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Alex
( 34.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 3
Extremely fun and addictive. Worth every cent.

The story goes around your typical zombie infestation, starred by a cynical yet handy guy. Nothing special about him, except for the interesting interactions and ocasional collaborations with other AIs. The story is good and makes sense. Overall is a very good fast-paced game. Fast, fluid and fun to stress out for a while. Repeatable, specially the arcade modes, to get high scores.

The easy mode is piece of cake, but funny if you want to cause maximum damage. The most difficult mode is exasperating and even passing the first final boss will take you out of your nerves.
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pundewhee
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
A few hours of fun in the story mode. The story is pretty dumb, but in a fun way, keeps the satisfying action nicely together.

The simple controls work great, graphics are lovely and gory, music fits the game. Voice acting is a bit... all over the place, but it's still kind of charming, and the main character is voiced fittingly. Reminds me of Max Payne, as does some other aspects of the game's atmosphere.

Solid indie title for its price, 8/10 if you enjoy the genre.
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Agrajag
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
DOES NOT WORK ON MAC.

And what does the developer have to say about that?

"Hm. Sorry to hear that. Unfortunately I don't have a Mac anymore, so I can't fix that bug. This will probably change in the future, but I guess you don't want to hold your breath until then. So please use the Steam Refund function, and please accept my apologies."

That's from October. It's January now. The game is still on the store for Mac and Linux. You can open the menu, but you can't click on any options. When asked to take the Mac version down from the store (since it is unplayable), the developer has this to say:

"I understand your gripes, but I'm pretty sure I'm already delivering a way better support than most large studios and publishers do. So please let's not make a mountain out of a molehill. Most OSX users can play the game just fine, and for those who can't I'll come up with a solution, but just not now. So for the moment I suggest using the refund function, and maybe leave an angry review. But stopping sale alltogether seems like overkill to me."

No, gnarf. You are not delivering "way better support". You're not providing *any* support. So here's your angry review, and now it's time to refund the game. We aren't "making a mountain out of a molehill". You are selling an unplayable game. That's kind of a big deal. Sucks too, cause this game looks like a lot of fun. And yes, I know I could just dual-boot, play in Windows. But you promised that it worked on Mac and Linux. It does not. It's the principle of the thing.
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Ironicus
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
A fun little top down shooter with nice graphics and smooth controls. An utterly generic zombie story but you don't play this kind of games for the rich narrative but for the fun, and there's plenty of that in Splatter.
A refreshing if a bit short break after a few hours of more complex games.
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that's what she said
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 15, 2015
Noir Crimsonland with proper campaign and upgradable guns. That's it.
Diverse, balanced, beautiful game. Also there is surival mode and local multiplayer consisting of deathmatch and coop surival. The only downsides are sometimes uneven difficulty and occasional glitches - nothing game-breaking or impactful.

So I guess the game is a lot more attractive than Crimsonland itself (also cheaper). Well worth the money.
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.MAR.
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: October 29, 2015
pretty good indie top-down shooter with zombies/monsters.
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Audish
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 12, 2015
You guys, this game is adorable.

Splatter is a twin-stick zombie shooter in the vein of... hell, pick something. Your character embarks on an epic, rain-soaked journey from his living room to a mysterious government lab in search of the source of the mutant undead plague that has torn your city apart. On your quest you find a wide assortment of weapons, along with cash to upgrade them. The upgrade system is a particularly good one, allowing you multiple upgrades on a single weapon to turn it into an absurd all-in-one death-dealer.

There's a surprising amount of content in each of the game's lengthy levels. Several have NPCs you can interact with, as well as optional sidequests for additional weapons and ammo. Some are centered around clever setpieces like a subway ride or a thresher driving sequence. Then there are additional secrets to find like armor upgrades and golden gun parts that I'm not clear on the purpose of, but by now it should be clear that there's plenty to do in the game's dozen or so open levels. Worth mentioning also that, aside from the gory action, there are some genuinely tense sections thanks to the lighting and encounter design in some of the darkened buildings and narrow corridors.

What makes this game adorable is the presentation. Your "hero" is a fedora-wearing trenchcoat-clad iconoclast who can't help but be a condescending ♥♥♥♥ to everyone he meets. I can't overstate this... in the cutscene where you arrive at the shopping mall, he monologues about how the place once attracted a different mindless herd of consumers. You're essentially playing the EUPHORIC guy unironically and it makes the game like ten times funnier than it should be. I honestly can't tell if it's a giant parody or if you're supposed to be taking his gravelly fussing seriously, but either way it elevates the game from bargain-basement shooter to something special. Coupled with the solid gameplay, graphics, and level design, Splatter proved to be an unexpected gem.
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ProtagorasEmber
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 11, 2015
Nothing really horrible about it, but it's just another top down 360 shooter that doesn't really do anything spectacular. My play time might show more than 30 minutes but that was only to earn the trading cards. I lost interest in it pretty quickly. It's not the worst game I've ever gotten as part of a bundle, but it certainly is not worth ten dollars and the current 89% positive reviews on Steam makes this game look like it might be something special and it just couldn't keep my attention for long. Oh and the targeting reticle is way too small to see. If I had a constructive criticism that would be it. Make the reticle adjustable in size and transparency.
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londiste
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: August 31, 2015
formulaic topdown zombie shooter

why is it remarkable? it works.
- gameplay, game and control mechanics are solid,
- story is not bad at all.
- technically it is not flawless - alt+tab does not work - but that is the only complaint.

i only wish it had real coop or online multiplayer mode.
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Surge
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: August 29, 2015
Smash T.V (or was it TAOTAL Carnage?) that I played like 20 years ago is more fun, and just plain better than this game in every way imaginable.
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roman2
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 20, 2015
The game is just bad, don't buy it. They somehow try to mix zombie apocalypse with film noir in a classical 2-stick shooter. Saddly the combat is bad, the story is loudicrous and the main character as stereotypical and unbelievable as he can be.
And on top of that, I've encountered several bugs in a 30 minute playsession...
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kingniko
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: August 17, 2015
very max payne, fun top-down shooter that will instill a bit of nestalgia for old gamers.
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Grímsdóttir
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 7, 2015
I think it's safe for me to say that it IS a toned down version of hatred, It's not exactly what I expected challenge wise, but after a couple of stages, the difficulty has risen and the challenging levels have grown to be actually time based attacks, and planning towards not being stuck in a corner.


I would grab it if it is on sale, but I wouldn't go out of my way to pay 9.95 for it.


6/10
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Mlembrant
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 6, 2015
How could you not want a game called Splatter? It's what it is, simple story, lots of splattin'.. oh and if you shoot a car with one bullet, it will explode. I think that's hilarious.. There are some elements of RPG, but.. naah.. who cares, let's SPLAT STUFF ! I'm giving it 10/10 roadkills.
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Burger Bandito
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 6, 2015
Pretty good top-down shooter.
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80 of 81 people (99%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Splatter - Blood Red Edition
  • Original Release: 2014
  • Genre Tags: Action; Top-Down Shooter; Noir; Mindless Fun; Local-Coop
  • My Overall Grade: B+
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 3-8 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: Auxiliary (Local)
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Casual gamers; Arcade gamers

REVIEW
Splatter - Blood Red Edition is a simplistic and entertaining top-down shooter with a graphic-noir theme. There isn’t much depth to the gameplay or storyline, but it is pleasantly addictive and has an engaging pace of progress that will suck you in. It is a great game to consider if you are a fan of the genre and are looking for some easily digestible gameplay.

The narrative is decent; but really nothing spectacular. But the dark theme and setting of the game is well done and enjoyable. The artwork and cutscenes are pleasantly sculpted in classic graphic-noir style. The atmosphere definitely elevates an otherwise adequate, but lackluster narrative; and together they generate a solid presentation.

The gameplay is quite simple. You use one hand to control your character and the other to point and shoot; you can use a controller or a keyboard + mouse. As you progress you will find new weapons and can apply upgrades to make your arsenal stronger. There are also several enemy types, boss encounters, and unique gameplay segments which all help prevent the gameplay from growing stale as you beat the campaign.

Besides the campaign, there is also some auxiliary content. This comes in the form of local multiplayer; both PvP and co-op horde mode. If you happen to have any real life friends, you can maybe have a bit of fun with those for a few hours. If you don't have friends, you also can play the horde mode solo and compete on leaderboards.

Splatter - Blood Red Edition mostly will appeal to anyone who likes the genre, and is looking for a simple and fun game that is easy to experience. It is the perfect type of game to play if you want to take a break between playing those forty-hours-to-beat, open world epics.

Follow my curation page to see more of my recommendations!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Extremely fun and addictive. Worth every cent.

The story goes around your typical zombie infestation, starred by a cynical yet handy guy. Nothing special about him, except for the interesting interactions and ocasional collaborations with other AIs. The story is good and makes sense. Overall is a very good fast-paced game. Fast, fluid and fun to stress out for a while. Repeatable, specially the arcade modes, to get high scores.

The easy mode is piece of cake, but funny if you want to cause maximum damage. The most difficult mode is exasperating and even passing the first final boss will take you out of your nerves.
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33 of 40 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
It's not as much survival like "Teleglitch", nor is it a hell of fun like "Loaded" (PS1). *

But it's a solid Top-Down Shooter nonetheless with many critters to kill and funny punch lines.


* It's not survival with infinite ammo for your main gun and it's not fun when you constantly run out of ammo for the cool guns.
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33 of 41 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
One of the best topdown shooters I've played in ages totally worth the price. The story is pretty good compared to most of the games in this genre and I found myself laughing a lot at some of the dialogue between characters, game difficulty is also challenging (I've completed it on normal so far) and plan to go back in on the higher settings. Keep in mind the story is 4-6 hours long but the quality of the content alone is more than worth it!.
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37 of 49 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2014
"Here i find myself in the midst of chaos,but everything breaks if exposed to enough pressure" listening to that and watching the static cinema that came with it i thought i was in a "MAX PAYNE" game,but no i was in the rather enjoyable and action packed shooter that is "SPLATTER : BLOOD RED EDITION".
Ok when you start to play you wake up in your house and after some rambling to yourself wander of outside,*BANG* bullets everywhere and the army telling you to get of the street you follow them and then you get to find your first weapon the obligatory hand gun (which has infinite ammo,of course it does DUH).
As the game progressess you gain acess to more powerfull and impressive weapons (shotgun,rocket launcher ECT) and trust me when i tell you,you are going to need them as some of the boss battles and even some of the normal battles (you do get over run at times) get quite hard and the enemy can overwhelm you if you use the wrong weapon.
Now the most easiest and best way to help from getting overcome is to throw a flare,see the dark abomination's you face have a fear and total dislike of the light ("wonder where we have seen this game play element before" "i dont know ALAN,WAKE up") which can give you time to re-gather your thoughts and blow them away whilst they scuttle away from the bright and painfull light that encompasses them.This game play mechanic is one that you will use to your advantage on numerous occasions and will save your neck more than once.
As the game plays on you will encounter some puzzles but they are usually of the push button variety and are allways easy to overcome and you will never feel lost as to what to do next and this is a good thing as the action should (and does) take a front seat to all else in game.
The graphics in game do a good job and for this sort of game handle really well with no lag no matter how many enemies are on screen (shouldent be in this sort of game),the music in game is good but at times you do find that the spoken dialogue is overshadowed by the music or the gunfire happening in game (minor quibble but i did miss out on some conversations due to this).
The story and script are both good and at times you do feel like you are in a different game (MAX PAYNE anyone),but at times it does feel all a little B-MOVIE but actually this is not a bad thing and does suit this game right down to the ground.
Will you play this game and would you want to even buy it,well enjoy a game that is all bang for its buck and want something that will itch those trigger finger blues then i would say yes,if that doesnt sound like you and you want more from your game than gun blasting action then i would say look elswhere.
In my humble opinion this is one enjoyable blast and i would fully reccomend it just dont expect it to be one of the best games you have ever played just one of the best blasters you have ever played and enjoy it for what it is "ONE HELL OF A BLASTING GOOD TIME"
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2015
For reasons unknown to anyone, my final moments with Splatter saw me facing off against Cthulhu and his many rocket launching ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ as I danced around acid pits trying to chop off his alarmingly phallic artillery.

I suppose then it goes without saying that Splatter is incredibly, impossibly dumb. It goes far beyond the point of reason with its violence and scenarios, giving you access to an outrageous arsenal and filling the screen with hundreds of enemies at a time, and yet remains entirely blank faced the whole way through. It even tries its hand at juvenile social commentary, which is almost cute in its earnestness. Anytime our gritty, social outcast of a protagonist would open his mouth to growl through a few lines I couldn’t help but burst into laughter, amazed at how all the worst elements of video game narratives had come together in front of me to put on a delightfully awful show.

Splatter makes a good case for ironically enjoying media, but underneath the pitiful writing it’s also one of the best twin stick shooters I’ve played in ages. Each weapon feels uniquely powerful and fun to use against the torrents of enemies assaulting you at any given time. There is no greater complexity here than aiming in whichever direction the most enemies are coming from, but it’s a satisfying simplicity that is switched up enough through boss fights and different level designs to stay engaging for the three or so hours the campaign lasts. The impressive lighting effects definitely help, with the splashes of gunshots and explosions completely distracting from the more rudimentary texture work which gives good cause to have most levels take place at night when they are most eye catching.

I hadn’t initially intended to play through all of Splatter, and yet I’m more glad to have finished it than even many games I’d consider better. It’s an excellent shooter, and there really isn’t anything quite as hysterical as watching our gruff lead clutch at his fedora and make meaningless asides on the dangers of science and industry. It’s one of the few games I can say I enjoyed both ironically and genuinely, for very different but equally entertaining reasons.

You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
Splatter – Blood Red Edition is a top down twin-stick shooter set right at the outbreak of a zombie invasion. The game begins as you, Max, wakes up in his apartment with the sound of gunfire and havoc outside...

The story while not particularly original, science goes wrong and the result is zombies, is told very well through a series of old school Max Payne like panels and all characters are fully voiced. The VO is decent and the English translation could use some work, but there is an awful lot of style here in the story-telling. The best part of the story is there is no Mr/Ms Exposition to be found, all the characters you meet along the way are in as bad a situation as you, knowing very little of what is going on, they are just trying to survive. The game takes place across more than a dozen levels with optional sub quests and boss fights mixed in.

As said, the view is top down and the graphics are very good for the price. Light plays a huge part in the game-play and is translated very well here, how is bends round corners and through doorways. Very early on in the game you find yourself overwhelmed and here the primary mechanic comes into play, using light to scare off the zombies via either from ambient sources, or from thrown flares. Charging head long into a darkened area full of zombies ensures a quick death. Vehicles also play a part in the game, from riding shotgun on the back of a truck with a machine gun to mowing down the zombies in a combine harvester.

There are many guns to pick up, from the initial pistol with unlimited ammo, to grenade launchers, Laser guns, shotguns, flame throwers and more. All the weapons can be upgraded up to 4 times and the extra damage and abilities will become vital to your survival. Upgrades come through purchasing them at work benches with cash you collect that is lying around the levels, or inside destructibles. You can also collect pieces of a golden pistol that eventually provides an extremely powerful upgrade to the pistol. Since the pistol is the only weapon with unlimited ammo and you can't purchase ammo, only pick it up, the pistol will quickly become your best friend.

Things can get very hectic at higher levels and will provide a very good challenge to even the best players. All in all this is very good example of the genre at the lower price scale and the story will keep you interested to the end.

7.5/10
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
I figured this would be a little, generic Crimsonland-like top-down shooter. MAN was I surprised. It is a clever, funny, brutal, bloody tactical action shooter with RPG-esque bits (leveling your weapons), boss fights, and a story. If you like this type of game, buy this. It is a highly playable, entertaining game with an interesting-enough story to keep you moving ahead for just a bit longer. Max is a hard-bitten, sarcastic mook in a violent zombie-ridden world... so he fits right in. Enjoy!
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
One of the best top down zombie game i have played. Simple and nice graphic. Great music and physical. Easy to control and easy to play. if it is on sale or bundle, buy it. i trade this game with 15 cheap card and i think it is cheap for one great game :D
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Didn't know what to expect when I got this, actually, that's a lie. I expected a solid top-down shooter.
Turns out, that's pretty much exactly what this is... and not much else.

The story is so utterly forgettable, maybe with the exception of the final area/boss, that it's almost an accomplishment. Especially the protagonist, who I'm sure is called Max Blanderson, has 0 character traits beyond the fact that he feels the need to narrate everything as if this was a Film Noir crime novel... except he only ever saw Sin City.

All in all there's nothing wrong with this game. It's a fun little romp that clocks in at ~3 hours.
There's a decent weapon variety that can be upgraded using cash found around the levels to increase their effectiveness and there's some side quests and collectibles strewn about to make your life easier.
Pick it up if you feel like having some simple fun.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
7/10
"1000 clicks per min & splatters everywhere."

Splatter is a bloody 2.5D top-down shooter set in the apocalypse.
(Don't expect HotlineMiami, and you'll be fine...)

Pros:
+ great splatters
+ good atmosphere
+ good gameplay
+ good ost & sounds
+ good controls
+ nice graphics
+ nice story
+ nice voice acting
+ destruction
+ a lot of zombie splatter action
+ leaderboards

Cons:
- collecting $$$ to BUY?! weapons in the apocalypse
- massively clicking
- no online/offline coop campaign

TopDownShooterFans, who aren't sick of the zombie apocalypse, can definately go for it.
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
Great top-down shooter, great quality, good story, you could have some fun killing some zombies and other creatures. I loved the detail that when you are low in health the colors turns black and white. The story is short, I guess it took me like 4 hours to finish it.

It has a couple of cons:

- You can only replay the full story so you can't choose a specific chapter
- Your finger will die of clicking so many times when using the revolver :p

Also had a bug in the final boss battle that the autosave was made in the instant I was killed so it entered in a loop, but luckily I had another autosave from a bit before.

I really didn't expect much of it, great surprise.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2015
You guys, this game is adorable.

Splatter is a twin-stick zombie shooter in the vein of... hell, pick something. Your character embarks on an epic, rain-soaked journey from his living room to a mysterious government lab in search of the source of the mutant undead plague that has torn your city apart. On your quest you find a wide assortment of weapons, along with cash to upgrade them. The upgrade system is a particularly good one, allowing you multiple upgrades on a single weapon to turn it into an absurd all-in-one death-dealer.

There's a surprising amount of content in each of the game's lengthy levels. Several have NPCs you can interact with, as well as optional sidequests for additional weapons and ammo. Some are centered around clever setpieces like a subway ride or a thresher driving sequence. Then there are additional secrets to find like armor upgrades and golden gun parts that I'm not clear on the purpose of, but by now it should be clear that there's plenty to do in the game's dozen or so open levels. Worth mentioning also that, aside from the gory action, there are some genuinely tense sections thanks to the lighting and encounter design in some of the darkened buildings and narrow corridors.

What makes this game adorable is the presentation. Your "hero" is a fedora-wearing trenchcoat-clad iconoclast who can't help but be a condescending ♥♥♥♥ to everyone he meets. I can't overstate this... in the cutscene where you arrive at the shopping mall, he monologues about how the place once attracted a different mindless herd of consumers. You're essentially playing the EUPHORIC guy unironically and it makes the game like ten times funnier than it should be. I honestly can't tell if it's a giant parody or if you're supposed to be taking his gravelly fussing seriously, but either way it elevates the game from bargain-basement shooter to something special. Coupled with the solid gameplay, graphics, and level design, Splatter proved to be an unexpected gem.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
I love FPS games - I'm awful at them, but I still love them. What's not to love about shooting and blowing things up??

With that said, I love this game! It's in black and white (except for the blood) resembling a 1930's or 1940's film. And you can shoot and blow up just about everything. Fire a gun at a car and it blows up, hopefully taking a lot of zombies with it. Shoot boxes and you might find money (used to upgrade your weapons), shells, or other goodies. As a matter of fact, you have to blow up everything you can to find hidden switches to get into hidden areas. There are secret areas that can be accessed if you can find the switch that lets you in.

Both controller and keyboard are supported. I like using the mouse for aiming and shooting (I'm a complete spaz with the controller on shooting), so I have to live with the keyboard for movement (total spaz there, too!).

An excellent feature (and a way to know that you're just about ready to die!) is the auto save. The game will auto save just before a big battle where you could (and I generally did until I figured out the right strategy) die. That's the other thing I love about this game - there is strategy involved. If you use your resources wisely, you can get through even boss battles.

If you like shooters, blowing things up, or zombies, you'll love this game. Recommended for beginers as well as more experienced players.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
formulaic topdown zombie shooter

why is it remarkable? it works.
- gameplay, game and control mechanics are solid,
- story is not bad at all.
- technically it is not flawless - alt+tab does not work - but that is the only complaint.

i only wish it had real coop or online multiplayer mode.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2014
A very pleasant surprise in what on the surface looks like a run of the mill top-down shooter, ends up being a very solid and fun 10 hour experience.
Gameplay is familiar to anyone who's played a top-down shooter, controls handle well and the guns feel as powerful as they should. Exploration is rewarded in the way of upgrades and cash which is always nice and the weapon upgrade system feels rewarding. Many upgrades are quite significant and go beyond the basic "+damage".
The story is basic but still enough to keep you engaged, and the film-noir take on the zombie apocalypse is pretty interesting.
Overall, well worth your time if you like this kind of game or if you're just looking for a change of pace from FPS/TPS shooters.


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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
good little Top-Down Shooter

- not too complex but also not flat
- a bunch of guns which definitely play different
- several different enemies
- cool noire style small cutscenes
- complete voice over, excellent voices
- good story for that kind of game

Definite recommendation!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2015
This game is so addictive. I started it just because of steam cards (purchased in some cheap dollar bundle) and now i cant stop playing.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
This game is badass, beat it on Normal mode in 6 hours. Very challenging at times and raged a bit but i stay composed and beat it! Worth every penny cause i had a blast today and plan to keep playing it so i can level up my guns if i can do that? not sure on that yet... :) Anyways i am a streamer and my viewers liked this so i hope i helped you guys out with a couple of sales or whatever. Peace
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Early impression: A decent top-down zombie shooter with secret areas and Max Payne-like storytelling.
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