Chaos Domain is a game about shooting bad people in the face. Apart from that, it is also a run and gun platformer, powered by Unreal Engine. The game is highly influenced by games from 8-bit and 16-bit era, including Contra/Probotector series, as well as titles like Abuse and Doom Troopers.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (380 reviews)
Release Date: May 1, 2014
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Chaos Domain is a game about shooting bad people in the face.

Apart from that, it is also a run and gun platformer, powered by Unreal Engine. The game is highly influenced by games from 8-bit and 16-bit era, including Contra/Probotector series, as well as titles like Abuse and Doom Troopers.

The game is set on a huge spaceship occupied by chaos cultists, where the main character (who clearly looks like a hi-tech version of the god Anubis) must kill everyone in sight. The game is obviously not story-driven, it’s all about action.

Players can upgrade weapons and purchase special items that can boost their performance. Local co-op for 2 players is available.


FEATURES
• Classic gameplay.
• 10 levels split into sub-areas, which gives us about 30 stages.
• Upgradable weapons and a range of special abilities to choose from.
• Pure hardcore run and gun action.
• Traditional 2 Player local co-op.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel CORE i3 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 5570 1GB/Nvidia GT 450
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel CORE i5 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 6770/Nvidia GTX 550 Ti
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
96 of 117 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
This is a broken game and you should not waste your time on it, when I originally bought it, the game worked about 50% of the time and then you reach a certain point and the game completey stops, never to work again. The developers offer no support on the matter, so you should not risk spending your money on something that most likely will not work.

In the event the game does work, it is still a pretty poor game, and not nearly as good as the original contra, which is sad, given that Contra is about 30 years old. Your main character is Anubis, althoug there is no story as to why or how that ties into Egyptian mythology, and you just run through the levels, which all look the same and fight the same looking enemies over and over again. It is very repetitive and the placement and attack patterns of the enemies do not induce that heart pounding tension that these types of games are supposed to produce.

There is an upgrade system in place, where you can buy useless temporary upgrades and upgrade your terrible gun into a slightly less terrible gun, also power ups are few and far between, which means you will spend most levels armed with oonly your basic pea shooter, which further adds to the monotony of this game.
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75 of 98 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
I just got this game today for free.
Great looking screenshots made me think 'Hey, its like Contra'. .. No its not..
Its bleak, empty, and feels loosly put together. Hardly any polish.
No thought has gone in to making the levels (the first 3 i tried anyway).
If this was an ongoing project then I would have hope, but if they are calling this the finished game then im done with it.
--Avoid--
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49 of 60 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Unreliable platforming, sloppy controls, and a truly annoying soundtrack. I got this game for free and I want a refund.
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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Length of Time Played: 7 Hours
Distance Played: Beat The Game

Opinion of Each Aspect (Sorted By Importance)

Gameplay: Poor
Stability: Horrendous
Controls: Acceptable
Difficulty: Acceptable
Sounds: Poor
Graphics: Acceptable
Music: Acceptable
Story: Horrendous

Other Notes:
Ease of 100% Achievements: Impossible - Half of the achievements are broken and will not unlock. Grinding is required.
Replay Value: None - There are plenty of better Contra Style Shooters out there.
Crashes: Level 2-2 tends to crash on occasion. It's been 7 months and still no fix.

Personal Grade: D
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41 of 62 people (66%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Chaos Domain is a bland, uninspring platformer in which you jump around and shoot the bad guys. The controls are slippery and there are some performance issues. The game gets very boring very quickly, as there is no story whatsoever and the gameplay gets repetitive. There are some upgrades for your character, but they don't seem to do all that much. I got the game for free, but I'll probably never play through it.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
character moves too slow for pace of the game
enemies spawn so you have to die to get thru the game
couldn't get thru first world without game crashing on me
conveyor belts
funny ragdoll physics

your friends will say don't play it
you'll say you can't stop me
they're right, they can't
but the game will

gg overall 10/10
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46 of 81 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
The first negative review I've written and certainly not something I take much pleasure in.

Chaos Domain as has been mentioned by many reviewers is a return to the age old Contra formula, static 8 directional shooting (much like the sort a classic D-pad was meant for) with awkward platforming, enemies that can shoot you through platforms that are supposed to be solid objects and ridiculously slippy controls without all the fluidity of Contras double jumping, this game is best left on the wayside.

For those of you like me, who don't own a 360 controller and don't necessarily see it as a requirement for games on a PC- don't get me started, the control scheme is a nightmare. I'm left handed and the standard controls are made with a right handed user in mind so you'll need to go through the borish task of arranging them to better suit you. The keyboard controls are poorly responsive and in a twitch shooting game where dozens of enemies might be shooting at you at once this is unacceptable.

Now on to the basics, I played one mission- that's three sections of a map that are broken up to create a single mission- so three 'check points' as it were. The beginning of the game as you might expect has you running to the right- but not able to return to the left (!) to collect missed pick ups or kill enemies and has you repeat this process three times, all while being shot by enemies through floors and walls, ceilings and anything else they seem to teleport their bullets through, which would be forgivable if you didn't get three lives (and one continue on the easier difficulty per check point) and died when you were hit once.

At the end of the first mission I was faced with a boss that is clearly a rip off of the loader from Aliens and other titles in the same franchise where it might well crop up. You are on a conveyor being dragged towards it while it fires either on a platform above it, or down the conveyor you are travelling on. You MUST hit it in the cockpit, meaning you need to be on the upper platform- not an issue, if not for the respawning guy on the platform above, lobbing grenades down at you that have an AOE far larger than is indicated by the explosion shown on screen.

It was at this point I turned the game off, and cursed myself for even bothering to pick it up.

I'm not going to list pros and cons for this, as I can't be bothered to do so. I'll simply offer my honest advice, keep your money, don't waste your time and don't waste a friends time- unless he/she and you are equally brain dead, by forking cash over for this half baked attempt at a classic and realized concept. Your friendship will swiftly end, your irritation will reach maximum levels in record time and your relatives will swiftly disown you if they learn you have this in your library.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
No, don’t even think about this game. Chaos Domain is absolutely terrible. I could barely stand 10 minutes of it. No story, just puts you into the game. No explanations of controls, had to switch to controller just to play it and even then the controls were awkward and terrible. So hard to aim and cannot aim down. Enemies can shoot through platforms while you cannot. Everything kills you. Going near an enemy kills you. And the boss fights are more frustrating than Dark Souls! This is just terrible.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Imagine that it's E3 for the year 2050. Some random guy steps onto the stage and starts introducing a new game genre:

"This year, we are bringing side-scrollers to the next level. Behold, the next generation of side-scrollers ..."

*crowd anticipation*

"... Forward Scrollers!"

*crowd applaud in confusion*

"Forward scrollers are basically the same as side-scrollers with only one difference. You can only go right."

*crowd started to talk*

"The main purpose for this evolution is to increase the difficulty of the game. Imagine, you can only venture forth, and not back. If you missed an item, you will miss it forever unless you replay the whole level..."

At this point, if you still feel that there is absolutely nothing wrong with what you have just read, please do not hestitate to make a purchase of advanced and futuristic piece of "forward-scrolling" game known as Chaos Domain. If you find something wrong with what was just said, congratulations, because you belong to this era.

To be fair, this genre of "forward-scrolling" is nothing new. There are many games from more than a decade ago that offers "forward-scrolling" mechanism. There are also many games which offers no tutorial, such as Super Mario and Chaos Domain. There are also many scrollers that allows you to shoot and jump through the ground, like Chaos Domain. There are also many scrolling shooters which allows you to shoot at only 8 directions, or have only 3 1-hit-kill lives, like Chaos Domain.

Seriously, to be fair, the design of this game is more than a decade old, and launching a "forward-scrolling" game in 2014 with only a somewhat 3D graphics (which has glitches to begin with) is not something we should see in the market. We are not in the year 2050, and imagine that Half-Life came out 17 years before this horrendous craft ...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Got it for free.

Felt bad about it.

Not the worst game that exist.

Could be worse.

Sill not recommended.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Ever since I saw the thumbnail, it managed to get my attention. Constantly. Even moreso once I saw the screenshots. Then I got it for free in a giveaway.

In 20 minutes, I've played up until the first boss fight.

It does indeed keeps the spirit of old arcade run 'n gun like Contra and Metal Slug, to a degree: One hit kills, 6-directional non-mouse aiming, run left or right, jump, shoot, repeat.

Make no mistake, however: This game is exactly as bad as they say it is.

Level design is bland, not because of the art style (although it's nothing new either), but because of the extremely simple layout (even moreso than the first Contra).
You die if you touch enemies. Bullets to the face may also present a threat.
Boss fight can be tricky, but it's just a matter of getting used to it.
Same goes for controls.
OST is not exactly annoying, but after a while you'll want to play without it because it's composed of short loops.
Haven't got past the boss yet, as I'm short on time as of this review, so I can't confirm the crash on 2-2. Supposedly it is triggered by a flying robot that carries a medkit, and can be bypassed randomly by just playing it over and over.
Enemies are also 6-directional on their attacks. This may be tricky.
You can buy upgrades, but I don't know how to open the upgrade menu so I didn't get jackshit yet.
You can also pick up weapons.
Graphics are nice. (thank you based Unreal Engine)
You can't backtrack most of the time (camera only moves left, so if you miss an item you dun goofed)

10/10 Goes beyond bad if you look further into it, but it's so bad that it's somehow good.
I actually like it, and intend to finish it.
Then again, maybe I am just the rare weird individual who plays awful things and likes it. Perhaps I'm an alien.

Either way, I suggest that you try it ouy anyways, but only if you get it for free so you can avoid potential pain.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
The game is full of a lot of bugs and glitches that the developers neglect and not fix these apparent issues. Only half of the achievements are unlockable and the game can crash many times due to a "fatal error." After beating the boss, the credits roll and finish then the game will give you one of these errors. Therefore it is almost impossible to get 100% completion unless you get lucky and avoid one of these errors. Behind the game, it is poorly coded and costs a lot of performance/resources. I run it at about 20 frames on a 4th generation Intel Core i7.

The game released in May and the developers asked for feedback and provided support for only a month or so and then they all completely vanished. From what I have read, they fail to respond to emails which shows that even the developers acknowledge the lost cause of this game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
You may think "Oh, this game looks like Contra or Metal Slug! Yes, it's going to be awesome!"
Haha, good luck mate. This game makes Contra and Metal Slug the best games on earth. Seriously, the game is a major failure. I got this game for free (THANKFULLY) because if I paid for this, I'd be crying. The game's controls are super awful! In such a game, control is what you need. At first, I had trouble and questioned whether it was my fault that I died or I made a careless move. Nope, the controls are being a ♥♥♥♥. If you are a well seasoned player in Contra or Metal Slug, you'd be crying on how bad the game's control is! The game is kinda laggy for me too, WHICH IS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN ON SUCH A GAME! Come on man! Even my other games that require more power can do better than this junk! Oh, and the stages. The stages were as if made as if we are toddlers in gaming. Seriously, the first stage itself made me go "Really?" and when I reached the boss, IT'S NEAR IMPOSSIBLE! Come on, the controls suck, it's lagging and the mission was tough, what can you expect? Screw this game, I've got better games to play! Don't play this game, especially if you are a Contra or a Metal Slug fan. You'd go insane playing this!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
This is first what im gonna say (so you wont need to read the rest if your not intrested).
if you every think of buying the game Plz dont the price is just Money stealing even on sale it's money stealing.
this game should be free-to-play (even then you might think why is this on free-to-play when its awful).

this review is for 0.4 min (maybe gonna be updated ) the game try to remind me of contra (but it dint realy work) .

the controls are realy out of shape , they respond some times realy werid when i need to do a fast situation .

music is bad (at beginning was good but after 1 - 2 min gets annoying ) .

I like the guns (were simple).

graphics were ok (even tought i like more 2D style side scroller game than a 3D)

Rifle enemys in the first mission and couple more are just .... DUMB even there shooting is easy to dodge.
Grenade laucher enemys were annoying cause radius of explosion is barley visible so i never know if its gonna hit me or not.
and than there are some kamikaze dude who rush towards you with there guns (that they dont shoot with) and spawn fast,and jump realy f@#!ed up way.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
This game makes me sad in my tummy-hole, because it looks like it should be Contra but tastes like fail. If it were an early access game, it would make more sense, because it shows all the hope of an unpolished tech demo. The graphics are nice in a technical way, albeit one lacking in art direction.

However, the levels seem all but unfinished, with the bizarre inclusion of the NES can't-walk-left restriction on certain parts. If retro feel was the intended effect, why then is it absent throughtout the rest of the title? No, wait, there are some very retro aspects to the controls, which are sluggish and prone to causing jumps off platforms just as you land, but the retro games it makes me think of are 90s Shareware, best left in the past and forgotten by sane men.

Maybe it's fun co-op? There's the tempting hint that F2 will bring a friend in on the action, and we could laugh at it as one might enjoy a bad movie. Only I'm scared my friend might think I was actually enjoying the game, and end up buying me more like it. Which I'm okay without, thanks.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Bad game. The controls suck, it's unstable, and it's just not fun...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Meh... and don't have native controller support

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
It's a quite fun 3D platform-shooter game. I hate the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ed controls, though.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I got it for free so I can't complain. But since it is one of the worst pieces of entertainment I have ever seen, I will. The default configuration is wasd/move and space/jump, and fire is the K key... you cannot rebind it to mouse 1, this game is keyboard control only. There is no gamepad support which is inexcusable. I could probably program gamepad support myself into a game, yet it eludes the capabilities of these people. Nobody wants to play a sidescrolling platforming game with keyboard only, or any game for that matter. Even if I could use my gamepad, I wouldn't want to. Everything else sucks too but it is not worth my time to elaborate on details, that is how bad it is. It feels like someone's first raw attempt at making a game with some game maker program you can buy on steam. One thing I will say is that it had horrible screen tearing, which is especially noticeable in side scrollers, because vsync is off by default and there is no option to enable it. I could have forced it with Nvidia control panel but again, the game is not worth the time.

If the next time I am at a fair and I pop a balloon with a dart and I can pick either this game or to drink after a homeless guy with mouth herpes, I would choose the latter.
This game has NOTHING on Tiger wrist watch games and I sincerely mean that from the bottom of my heart. This game belongs in the gutter, lying next to the homeless guy as he pisses himself while drinking cheap booze.

1/10. I gave it one point because it functions.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
What a pice of ♥♥♥♥...
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