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.
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Release Date: May 9, 2014
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“A challenging arcade shooter that requires some strategic thinking as well”
8/10 – GAMERamble

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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
186 of 244 people (76%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
I hope this game is banned in India.
6/10
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39 of 48 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
"Zombi Cow Hunter"

The Culling Of The Cows is a 2D Sidescroll Shooter in the weird world of zombi farming. You are a farmer with a shotgun in your hand and must protect your barn from incoming waves of zombi cows. In each wave another type of obscure zombi creature joins the hordes. There are a bunch of cliches dealing of a typical redneck life and leading towards the grand finale: Fight against a Nazi UFO.

The gameplay is quite challing, yes, but it turns out in higher levels even more repetitive and boring. Although there is a mass of funny elements to discover, nothing remains as necessary remindable. Like a chopper support, nukes or a barn sentry. Wow how interesting.
The biggest lack are the uncomfortable controls like reloading each shell for one key hit or to aim precisely in the isometric playfield. Also some bugs are still included in this game.

So I can just recommend it to players of brute and unstrategical shooters.
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64 of 93 people (69%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
As an Indian coming from a religious background (duh!), this game is really offensive pretty ♥♥♥♥ing badass. The game definetly has its flaws but hey, its fun to kill some time *cough* cows *cough* .

6/10

Would not recommend to my brown people. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
The Culling Of The Cows is a 2D Shooter with a Side Scrolling Combat, As an old farmer, you must protect your barn from Zombie Cows and whatever that tries to pass through you. as your partner you've got a badass gun that you can upgrade the power over time, some awesome special supports also a Supply pack to give you a hand to defeat those Zombies Cows and a badass Nazi Ufo.

Pros:

+Very Fun and addictive game
+Nice visual graphic
+Simple Controls
+Nice Combat System
+Challenging Game
+Enjoyable

Cons:

- HitBox is kinda messed up I'd say
- The game is kinda short
- only few achievements, (Would be fantastic if this game had some more achievements, just to increase the challenge)
- No Co-op (A Multi-Player mode would make it really Fun to play with friends )
- High Price (I'd recommend buy this game with +85% OFF)

I had this game for free and i really appreciate it and i would recommend buy this one in a steam sale when you can get a +85% OFF it would be a fair enough price !!!
I wouldn't recommend for my indian friends, that could be offensive or something :(
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80 of 131 people (61%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Still better than Dota 2
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Is it worth 11€? No. Why? Let's look at pros and cons
Pros:
  • Trading cards I guess
Cons:
  • Terrible hitbox for enemies and also player character
  • Annoying and bad voicing
  • Boring
  • Bad music

Don't waste your money and time on this game! There are better flash games on internet which are free.
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33 of 49 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
It's basically a flash game with slightly upgraded graphics. Very simple gameplay, pretty bad story. This game isn't worth $5, let alone $13.

I got it free, still not worth playing :(
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Funny humor. Slide scroller combat. Make sure you get it on sale, cause the price isn't quite justified. Though I do love the developer, it's just not their best product.
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29 of 43 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Clumsy controls, annoying voice acting, boring, way too expensive. There are way better games to find out there...
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I bought this in a bundle, for what amounts to about 40c ... I enjoyed the other Decaying Logic (DL) titles (Pixel Puzzles) so I was interested to try. I knew it was short, and I think DL realizes that and doesnt let this game take itself too seriously as a result. about 3 hours in, I am at the last level and I had to stop and take a break. Too frustrating.

Again DL to the rescue for people interested in playing different ways, as they offer the console codes here on steam and apparently that wont affect your achievement progress.

Default mode is really tough, and if you try for three badges each level it is even harder. These challenges are broken up by a handful of carnage levels that you basically spray the undead for a bit... Like their zombie pixel puzzler almost, but doesnt require 90 minutes at a sitting...

I got my 40 cents worth, and more. I'd pay a couple of dollars for it. Don't recommend it at retail or much of 1.99. Find a bundle and get a good value.

6/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
This was zombie cow massacre.
You play as an old man who has a farm.
Your farm is being invaded by zombie disease/virus so you have to protect your farm with your trusty rifle.
You're not alone in this game, you got a protection from "above".

Even though this game is repetitive, it's still fun for me to play it casually.
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12 of 16 people (75%) 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
A horrible flash game with poor joystick support. Just awful.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Do you feel like there aren't enough games out there about shooting cows?
If you answered "F$%& YEAH!!! COWS HAVE HAD IT FAR TOO GOOD FOR FAR TOO LONG!!!"
Then this game, my friend, is definitely for you.

Simply put, this game is a silly time waster. If you are reading this review...BUY THE GAME.
You will get 3 hours of silly gaming and a shiny "Perfect Game."
This game only has 5 achievements as of Sept. 24, 2014 and you can get them all in under 3 hours.
Time waster. Silly fun. Easy achievements. Easy Perfect Game. Easy easy easy.
Plus, you get to shoot cows.
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7 of 8 people (88%) 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
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Save your money.... The only good thing about this game is that it had cards
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Very cute and adorable little game I enjoyed playing it! Also achievements are not hard. Completely positive note from my side!
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Luckily I got the game as a gift
If I have to spend 12.99 $ on it that was a mistake of my life!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
The Culling of the Cows stands between Plants Versus Zombies (Or old farmer vs zombie cows -- and possibly nazi aliens) and a sidescrolling shooter.
This is made by Decaying Logic, the same developers that brought us Radical Roach, which I reviewed a while ago (and was not impressed at all).

While I believe this is definitely an improvement over Radical Roach, many of the same flaws and design choices are present in this game, just to a lesser extent.


As usual, I'll start with presentation.
Not unlike their previous game, the Artstyle is probably one of the defining points. While it feels like flash, the animations are pretty good, although a bit too limited (there is only one animation for each enemy, it seems, as well as the carcass sprite, which makes the field end up looking a bit too monotonous).
The interface templates don't really seem to fit the theme, but it's not too bad. Other visuals effects are also subpar, against the cartoony style they were mostly going for.
There are a few different areas that slightly change the look of the map, but don't be fooled, as the map doesn't change at all, except for the visuals.
One problem I've had with it, is that the dead bodies cover up the screen by the end of the levels, to the point that you can't see new enemies arrive very clearly. That should definitely be changed. Other than that, it's fine.

The Music is also very similar to Radical Roach. It's not awful, and it has some good moments, but it's very repetitive, and doesn't loop very well, which is unfortunate. It's upbeat, and a mixture between some rock/metal and electronic music which goes for the more arcade vibe than atmosphere. There are some old sci-fi melodies though, which is a nice addition.
One improvement that I want to stress is that the music no longer restarts whenever you fail a level! It's a weird aspect to consider, but I think it's very important. It didn't happen in RR, and it was really annoying to listen the song start over and over again. Now, it doesn't happen, and it's a subtle but important improvement, in my opinion!



So, let's talk about the Mechanics.
As I said, it's has a bit of PvZ in it. Essentially, you have a large lane to defend agains the zombies. There are no specific lanes as in PvZ, you can freely walk around, and so can the enemies. You have a shotgun, different ammo types, upgrades, and assists. You'll also, periodically, be able to call for a crate with a random power-up.
Your job is to stop zombies from entering the barn, and also avoid being killed by them (if they hit you). Pretty straightforward.

You have a world map with the levels spread around (unlocking more as you go) with a couple of spreading paths, somewhat like One Finger Death Punch, only much smaller. These levels include a few different modes. There's Waves, in which, well, you fight waves of enemies, and there's a limit number of zombies that can enter the barn; Kill 'Em All, in which there's only one long wave and you can't let any zombie pass; Onslaught, in which
some zombies can go through, but you have a machine gun (or a bazooka in one level) and shoot from the top of the barn, not worrying about dodging. And then, there's a couple of Boss levels.
The first two play essentially the same, with the exception that you can a few seconds to "rest" between waves. It had very, very little to the overall experience, but hey.

There's a significant number of different enemies, although a bunch of them are just faster or healthier versions of the previous. Still, it keeps the game interesting when starting out, since you need to change up your play a bit. Later on, new enemies stop coming, and every level becomes waay too similar (which is a feat in a 3 hour game).
There are also 3 badges to unlock in most levels -- these make the game harder, but they're barely there to reward you. There are some not to let any zombies pass, or not to miss any shot, but the others are simply about not upgrading your weapon, not using assists, etc. These do NOT make the game more fun at all. On the contrary, you're just shooting yourselves on the foot by limiting variety. It would certainly add challenge, but it's not very interesting challenge, in my opinion. But they're all optional, so it's fine. If you're into that, it exists. Overall, I'd say rethink your design on that.

Weapon upgrades are only on a level to level basis, and not persistent. You can increase the number of bullets, the number of bullets you reload at a time, add a laser to increase accuracy, or do something else that I'm not entirely sure of. I assumed it's reload speed.
Regarding ammo, you have Spread Shot, Explosive Shot, and Penetrating Shot. These do not stack, much to my disappointment. It could be really fun to have Spread Explosive Shots and just explode everything! But no... there are no synergies. If you purchase both, they'll alternate between them, from what I could tell.
Assists go from a chainsaw in the barn entrance to an AirStrike, or an Auto Machine Gun, for a few seconds. There are more to these, and they have a cooldown associated. I didn't use any of them, most of the time, because they weren't needed, nor particularly fun to use. You just press the button, and have the game made easier... But it's good that it's there, there's certainly room for different playstyles! Maybe you'd prefer not to upgrade your weapon as much, and focus on "traps", that's totally fine!

Ammo and Upgrades in-game cost money. And here's the big issue I have with it: You start each level with a certain amount. Then, by calling the random power-up, there's a chance you'll get a bit more, but it's generally not significant. So, you'll mostly upgrade your weapon at the start of the level, and then play with that. It's not dynamic at all, as every level played out pretty much the same to me. Sure, I could have forced myself to use different "loadouts", but the one I had worked for me, and the enemies didn't really require different tactics to be beaten. It would have been better to gain money over time, having waves get progressively more difficult, scaling with the upgrades you were able to buy!
Pacing is pretty much unexistant, unfortunately.

Well, maybe I'm being a bit too negative. The fact of the matter is that the game didn't do anything interesting to me. However, it was still somewhat fun for a bit. The kind of mindless fun you need to just pass time. You'll fight dozens of enemies per level, making each field become just a bunch of bloody cows on the ground. It's dumb, but it's somewhat enjoyable. Just not very interesting... Take One Finger Death Punch, for instance. That game is totally mindless fun! But it's far more interesting. First, it's very rhythmical, and you need to be in the "zone" to identify which enemies require which clicks to perfectly complete a level. And there are many different weapon that actually *feel* different, and make you look like a badass, cutting everyone up. I realize that these are two different games, but they both go for a similar feeling, that's why I'm bringing it up.

One aspect I enjoyed quite a lot was the last Boss. That was a pretty fun fight. Even though it had no upgrades or anything, the 3 phases complemented each other pretty well, and while challenging, it didn't feel frustrating to me. It should have had a few more boss fights, would definitely make the game more interesting.

That's enough rambling. For the price, I can't recommend it at all. But if this seems appealing to you, give it a shot if the price drops. While I've beaten it in 3 hours, you can get a bit more out of it, if you go for the badges. And the developers seem to update the game from time to time, so it may get better.
Overall, not awful, but not particularly good either.
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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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