The Culling Of The Cows is a side-scrolling shooter / tower defence game. You will take the role of Sammy, a soliloquizing schizophrenic farmer with a self prophesied mission to lay waste to the disease spreading over his farm.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,431 reviews)
Release Date: May 9, 2014

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"This isn't your regular farming simulator experience."
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“A challenging arcade shooter that requires some strategic thinking as well”
8/10 – GAMERamble

“Hilarious in its purest essence”
NerdMaldito

About This Game

The Culling Of The Cows is a side-scrolling shooter / tower defence game. You will take the role of Sammy, a soliloquizing schizophrenic farmer with a self prophesied mission to lay waste to the disease spreading over his farm.

With his dusty old 12 gauge at his side and god at his back, Sammy isn’t going to be taking too kindly to the infectious chaos of the big city’s leaking its way out into wild country. When all the lunacy started Sammy consulted God on what he should do, and the response was. KILL THEM! KILL THEM ALL!!!!

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Features:

  • Full Controller support.
  • Steam Achievements.
  • Fast paced action mixed with strategic gameplay.
  • 40 levels of critters that need a good butchering.
  • Cheat Console.
  • Plough your way through herds of shamblers and ravenous cattle.
  • Easy to pick up and play, but gets quite challenging.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista
    • Processor: Quad core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
McDonald's simulator
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Fun game in short doses at least in the early going. I see the potential for it to get tedious as the levels progress but at a sale price it's worth a try if you like shooter/TD hybirds.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
The Culling of the Cows is an absurdist gag game that, while it may provide you with all the rampant bovine slaughter you could ever dream of, is as of now not at all worth the price paid for it.

As a lone farmer stranded in rural 'Murica, you must overcome the armies of mutant cows, deranged hippies and obese gothic women that a Nazi UFO sends your way. By reading the previous sentence, it should be quite clear that this game is not taking itself too seriously. However, there is a clear difference between random humor with a purpose and random just for random's sake; this game strictly falls into the latter. Culling is basing its appeal entirely on the fact that the player gets to shoot cows...a lot. All of the other plot points mentioned in the beginning of this paragraph receive no explanation besides a single introduction screen per plot point, and are otherwise meant to serve as comedic masks for generic enemy types.

The game's fundamentals are disappointingly lacking. Gameplay is divided into levels that contain encounters in either standard "Waves" format, a variation of Waves that is only one large wave, or a last-stand turret mode called "Onslaught". The majority of the game's levels occur in the Waves format, with varying numbers and types of enemies and waves for each level. This variety does little to put off the repetition that sets in after a few rounds of slaughtering the same few animals and zombies over and over. The Waves format does allow for some character customization in weapon upgrades, but after a certain amount of experimentation I discovered an order of upgrades that, with moderate skill, could win all the levels. Some incentive in the level design to switch up gameplay styles would have gone a long way. The other gameplay mode, Onslaught, produces some of the most frustrating levels in the game due to sketchy hit detection, though it often provides a refreshing and enjoyable break from the Waves levels as well.

Various other parts of the game fail to stand out. The soundtrack isn't memorable and the art style has this feel to it that so many indie games seem to have, which at worst could be descibed as "one step above MS Paint". Largely, the game isn't bad-looking; it just has a habit of piling hundreds of multicolored cow corpses on the screen at once, which grates on the senses and leaves a lasting impact after seeing it over and over. Some parts of the game seem to be implemented strangely: controller support, despite being labelled as both "partial" and "full", relegates movement solely to the D-Pad, which is an odd choice. Culling's achievements are also strange: there are only five, four can be attained by the third level (two are bugged to only work with the keyboard) and the fifth is for beating the game. More achievements could help boost replayability, a facet which is important in this game considering it can be finished in just over three hours. Though most levels contain medals to earn for winning under certain conditions, the game doesn't offer rewards for earning the medals, which makes them largely meaningless. Perhaps tying some customization unlocks to medals would solve this issue?

Though this game faces significant issues, I must give praise to the spirit of the developers. They've implemented some features like an internal cheat console, the achievements and trading cards by popular demand. Additionally, their desire to not make this game be simply a joke shows throughout the game. The farmer's voiceover has some genuinely unique and funny lines interspersed throughout the game, which work because the lines are not beaten to death in every level. As long as the developers stand by the good-hearted cow hate that is the root of this game, there's hope that this could turn into an indie cult classic in the future.

This game has set off on a mission: to spread the need to shoot cows whenever, wherever. It tries to achieve its goals through a game that has significant flaws. Should the developers focus on the problems that plague the core elements of the game, then this title will definitely deserve a second look. As of now, however, there is no way anyone would feel satisfied paying full price for this game. Save up for a sale, perhaps gift this to a friend in jest. Just...beware the cows. The Culling of the Cows gets a D.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
-TERRIBLE HITBOXES
Watch as your bullets pass straight through their legs.

-ABYSMAL IN GAME CHALLENGES
Can you imagine a game where our hero never got any upgrades? Imagine how boring megaman would've been if you never got a single upgrade. Some might disagree, but IMO why can't you have challenges that let you utilize the game's mechanics/upgrades. It's why time attack is such a popular challenge; Not "beat the level without using X"

-UI
No tooltip info when you click/hover over an available assist, upgrade, or enemy within a given level. That goes for in battle and on the world map.

-NO STORY ARCH
the game trailer does a better job of telling a story

-only 5 achievements
Great for people looking to add a perfect game to their steam collection. But from a consumer standpoint, it lowers overall replayability
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
It's a nice funny game. A little repetitive, but you'll enjoy it during the less than 4 hours you'll need to archieve the 5 archievements the game has.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
"Burn you critters of Satan!"

The Culling of the Cows is action-packed fun with a mighty farmer's shotgun and God in your midst as you take on a horde of demonic mutant cows, birds, bears, humans, and more in a 2D side-scrolling, tower-defense-styled, twitch-shooting kind of game. Just to hear ol' farmer Sammy belt out those lines is worth playing this game.


"Holy Hell, y'all."

"Get off my dang farm!"


"Give `em the finger, God."

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
The game is a shooter or tower defense game. It's a has a crazy plot that includes UFOs, Zombies, rednecks and offcourse Cows. It has several modes to exploit. The audio is irritating and game is too short. It will really test your patience. I bought it cheap so you get waht you pay for. All in all, is not a very bad game. Buy it while it is cheap.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
MEH!
I don't understand the game. We as the farmer must protect our base from zombie cows using shotguns. The reload system of gun is very hard, they just give us one bullet each time you do this (we have to upgrade the weapon each of level). Strange game.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
This game is not for vegetarian.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
This was a really fun side game. Reminds me of the flash games but i had fun. I got the game for free so im not complaining. If your an achievement hunter these are easy achievements for you. You also get a couple of hours of fun time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Ever wanted something different from your normal boring zombie shooters with lame ♥♥♥ zombies and stupid AI?
Search no more. THE CULLING OF THE COWS HAS IT ALL, ZOMBIE COWS, ZOMBIE COWS ON ROIDS, DRUNK ZOMBIE COWS, STUPID NORMAL ZOMBIES, RUNNING BASEBALL ROIDERS ZOMBIES, FAT GOTH ZOMBIES THAT GO FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT, ZOMBIE HONEY BADGERS THAT'LL ♥♥♥♥ YOU UP AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST A NAZI UFO WITH FREAKIN' LAZER BEAMS?!
This game has it all ladies and gents.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
So this game gives you an opportunity to blast of zombie cows brains...take that opportunity!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
a love story about oldman farmer and his possessive cows
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
good game killing zombies =p
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Have you ever tried milking a dead cow?
I have.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
nazis coming from space to ♥♥♥♥ ur cows and bears .. prepare to defense ur farm from nazis cows and bears..
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I'm offensive and I find this game Indian.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Pretty decent game but it really isnt worth 13$ for the content that it really doesnt give enough to be even the slightest worth. But i didnt pay for it so im not really complaining.

5/10 Overall
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
You get to kill Cows, IGN 11/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
The Culling of Cows is a rather amusing tower defense game that puts a bit more action into the genre. Moving the main character and personally putting down the undead makes the game stand out among the crowd. However, a poor presentation combined with an overall lack of content makes this a hard game to recommend.

Game: 5.5/10
Graphic: 6.5/10

100% Achievement : Easy | Medium | Hard | Very Hard
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