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. This is Splatter.
User reviews: Very Positive (93 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 4, 2014
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"Splatter is a topdown-survival-shooter with masses of zombies.It features a suspenseful storyline with athmospheric and voiced film-noir-style cutscenes"

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October 30

Splatter The Pumpkins!

...because the ground turns orange for a change, instead of the usual red.

Splatter got a little Halloween update which spices up the slaughter with some surprises. Try the arcade or multiplayer modes and see for yourself. Plus again a lot of stuff is changing under the hood, but you shouldn't notice that just yet.

Have fun!

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July 9


The new Splatter update changes a lot under the hood in preparation for the Mac&Linux release. But you shouldn't notice that at all if it works as intended :-)

What you should notice:
- ability to delete save games
- some zombies now aim ahead of you when attacking
- final boss, third phase, moves around more dynamically
- final boss, third phase, does not take damage from its own mines anymore. Kill that guy like you're supposed to do :-)
- fixed that dialogue long gone would start playing again after loading a savegame
- always enabled "Apply settings" in the graphics options, maybe it helps against the lost settings some of you experienced
- rebalanced some ammo and flare placements
- lots of details and small fixes

Please leave us a message in the forum if something doesn't work as announced. Other than that: have fun!

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“Best Topdown-Shooter for a long time”

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

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

Splatter - Blood Red Edition (Steam Version)

  • Completely reworked single player campaign with new highscore lists
  • 2 new story levels to enhance central points of the story
  • All monsters rebalanced to make the fights more dynamic and challenging
  • New hidden collectibles which unlocks permanent bonuses
  • New Splatter effects and improved lighting
  • All characters voiced
  • Steam Leaderboards to compete with your friends
  • Steam Achievements & Trading Cards
  • New & updated Survival & Local-Coop Maps

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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

    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2x 2GHz with SSE2
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: SM3.0 GPU with 512MB memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2x 3GHz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce GTX 470 or AMD Radeon HD 4850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
A nifty top-down shooter that is both challenging and enjoyable. The balance is right with the progession of weapons and enemies. It's better than the Alien Shooter series and on a par with the Shadowlands games. That's a compliment. Survivial mode is also worth a run. I am genuinely surprised this genre isn't more utilized.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This is probably the best indie title of the genre for years to come. Splatter is an incredible dense and atmospheric top-down zombie shooter with a unique Max Payne noir style. Everything in this game has so much artistic detail put into it. The latest version is fully voiced, the voice acting is decent and supports the atmosphere.

Animation, lighting and effects (especially the splatter) are great, the noir-storytelling is awesome and the gameplay offers despite its linearity a lot of variety that keeps you motivated. Besides ammo and health you collect money to invest in upgrades for different weapons (genre typical pistol, shotgun, AR, flamer, RPG, ...).

Be warned though, the medium difficulty already gives you a taste of survival in a zombie apocalypse:
You run blindly into the streets, you'll die.
You rush into a room without checking your six, you'll die.
You let yourself get surrounded or cornered, you'll die.
You rush into a corridor without thinking of a emergency exit, ... guess what... you'll die.

There are a few things you have to set up in the options though:
First, turn down music and effect volume and turn up the voice volume.
Second, set the control style to 'cardinal direction' or you'll be moving like Jill in the first Resident Evil game.
I prefer to play with the xbox controller, but mouse controls work great as well.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Early impression: A decent top-down zombie shooter with secret areas and Max Payne-like storytelling.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
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 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
good classic shooter, worth it to buy if you see in a bundle
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Disgusting! Even Greenpeace would've fired guns in there! :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
This game is alot of fun. plenty of action and lots of splatter. gameplay is a blast. I love the max payne noire type narration. lots of little suprises. really feel the pressure in alot of place when you get swarmed. Fells like you set off achievements like constantly..

has some bugs for me.. may be my rig but I dont have these problems in other games.. mainly every once in awile it kicks to desktop for some reason..although its nice enough to pause for me.. then i have to click on the game in taskbar to continue.. sometimes this doesnt happen for a long time.. other times like every 5 min.. usually its not a big deal.. but sometimes I get back in game and my char either keeps shooting and wont stop or walks in one direction regardless what I try to do.. reloading from last save fix's it but its a bit annoying.

despite the slightly aggravating bugs, Im having a blast so I recommend. fun game. better then expected.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
The main menu is awesome and so far it seems like a good game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
It is an exact copy of an older game called Larva Mortus, just with new music, sound effects and a actual story and new main guy.

This is a pretty good top-down shooter that came out in June 2014 but I am just finding out about it now during the halloween sale. I wish I would've known when it first came out. I paid around $3.50 for it and it is worth every penny. The graphics are dark and dreary (in a good way) with good lighting and the game has really cool effects, especially when you kill something and it splatters, hence the game's name. The noir cut scenes are cool and the gameplay is smooth and so are the controls. Apparantly at one point the game did not have autofire but the devs fixed it so that holding down right trigger autofires now, otherwise I would be giving this a 0/10 and wouldn't be playing it as to not have a broken hand. Games like Hammerwatch should take a hard lesson from this game and have a proper autofire. I highly recommend using a xbox 360 controller which is a must for a twin-stick shooter type like this.

The only real complaint I have is that sometimes during gameplay and especially during a lot of the cut scenes, the characters voices are way too low and without the subtitles you wouldn't even be able to hear them over the sound effects going on during the cut scenes.

Other than that, to cut things short, highly recommended. Oh and it's about 5 hours long or less. Probably 4 or less considering I spent some time sitting at the menu one day while I was downstairs.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
+ Good animations and graphics
+ Excellent, dark atmosphere
+ Some nice additions to the twin-stick shooter genre like having multiple objectives and making moral choices
+ Feels better/deeper than most of the other games in this genre

(+/- Encountered a gamebreaking bug that also carried over to a different savegame; I had to load an earlier savegame (5-10 minutes earlier to be more specific) in order to progress. Other than that, it feels really polished)

- Voice acting is kinda meh
- Sometimes you can't clearly see if you're looking at an enemy or the environment resulting in injuries or death
- Boss fights are more tedious than challenging and/or fun

[Rating: 75/100]
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
A Must Own!
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Still buggy, the game crashes every time I kill the bug boss, can't complete it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
It is really rare to find a good quality top-down zombie shooter...but Splatter goes into this category.
Good visual and audio elements, thousands of all kinds of zombies to exterminate, different (upgradeable) weapons...
Story is average, but cutscenes " à la Max Payne" with noir elements are really great.
Overall, you should really try this game. :)
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I played it, i tried to like it, but i couldn't manage to handle the problems and bugs i encountered during my play.

First, as a personal note, i didn't liked the story: a cynical character, always wearing a fedora and a black jacket, scornful towards humans and spiders, but at the same time trying to help the survivors of the first race to survive against the zombie pandemic. But we won't know from our protagonist why he is doing so; as for this, many cutscenes may leave us without important pieces of history, expecially when the story progresses after the introduction of our "hero". And also, what do we have as the final boss, the villain that is the cause of the pandemic in this story? Cthulu... I'm sick to death of these myths already, thank you plot.
Nothing new or different that you can find from a tale for babies.

The second biggest and worse problem involves it's gameplay, where you already find out how the game becomes bugged at some point: the harvester "boss" was it's first sign, where i struggled to let the fight progress, as to defeat this boss it's needed to move him first, but most of the times it just standed in it's place, or instead of charging me, it flinched. Yes, instead of charging to me, it just moved away from me.
The Worm boss was another fight of this kind, where it stucked at some place while it was moving around the place of the fight, covering it's only weakspot.

The last problem, but not the least, that annoyed me alot and accompanied me most of the time of the gameplay, was the low health screen warning; as i were pretty experienced in top-down-shooter games, i tried to start the game at the biggest level of difficulty available, and still now i regret that choice, not for the difficulty itself, that wasn't anyway that hard, but for the change of the screen's colors to a very bright white and a low black when your health reaches around the 30%.
It was a damn pain in the eyes, curable with the few medikits scarred around the levels, which weren't easy to find in these bad colors in a top-down visual. They could've at least allow an option to disable this "feature", but they didn't.

My experience were painful and tedious, and so is my opinion of this game: Bad and Tedious.
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
"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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