Heavy Bullets is a randomized FPS dungeon crawler where players make their way through a colorful maze, while protecting themselves from aggressive creatures and malfunctioning security devices. The goal lies at the end of the 8th level, where they must reset the security mainframe to restore order and reap the rewards.
User reviews: Very Positive (527 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 18, 2014

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"A permadeath FPS where bullets are scarce but retrievable. A surprisingly nerve-wracking experience with distinct art direction and methodical shooting."
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“...a refreshing, bizarre spin on a genre that could use this sort of makeover more often.”
Boston Globe (Preview)

“"Heavy Bullets is one of the most elegant games released in years."”
8/10 – Dealspwn

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Armed with a simple yet stylish revolver and six devastatingly plump bullets, you must reset the security mainframe to restore order and reap the rewards of a job well done. To succeed in the game, players will need to move carefully and make smart use of their bullets, items, and the environment as rushing into new areas is the fastest way to get killed in the untamed wild of the neon corridors.



Limited Ammunition - Begin each attempt to reach the mainframe with just six bullets for your revolver that must be picked back up after each shot and manually reloaded one by one - make them count.



A Plethora of Items - Discover items and perks to aid you on your way to the mainframe. From homing bombs and coin magnets to a teleporter and high heels, each item will change up your approach. Choose wisely as you can only carry one item unless, of course, you find a backpack.



Shopping and Banking - While death is permanent, money in the bank can live on for future attempts at reaching the mainframe. Make a deposit or withdrawal from one of many conveniently placed automatic banking machine throughout the facility. Or just blow your cash on a shopping spree - up to you.



Life Decisions - Invest in items like Life Insurance or a Last Will that, if carried during the time of your unexpected death, will save your money, bullets, bombs, and keycards for your next attempt.



Aggressive Creatures + Malfunctioning Security - Face down dozens of nasty creatures lurking around the colorful hallways and the now malfunctioning security drones meant to defend against those same creatures.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 - Nvidia / ATI / Integrated
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Quick Summary
A rouge-like indie FPS set in a 3D digitized environment.

Purchase Verdict: Yes (as a side note, was gifted to me by a friend, but I still reccomend buying this)

Points of Interest
-Amazing randomly generated environments and levels.

-Addicting rouge-like gameplay with many different mechanics.

-Good balance between challenging and fun
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
This game tries alot of new concepts that work surprisingly well, such as the recycling of bullets and the banking system. I like to think of it as Binding of Isaac meets Hotline Miami meets Quake. If you like any of these 3 games, you won't regret buying this.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
With the dearth of First Person Shooters available on the market Heavy Bullets provides a fresh example that you don't need overly complex systems in place to be fun. In a move completely opposite to Borderlands billions of guns, Heavy Bullets has one, your trusty 6 shot revolver. Each time you fire a shot, you must then recover that bullet in order to be able to reload it and fire it again unless you are carrying more than just the 6 bullets your start each run with. This creates some interesting situations where you'll be aiming across the room and weighing up whether you're confident of hitting your target; missing may mean having to run across the room with no way of attacking enemies.

Heavy Bullets features an ever familiar roguelike formula of randomized dungeons as you work your way through 8 levels with increasing varied enemies; at the end of levels 4 and 8 you will fight a fixed boss. Each enemy requires a different strategy in order to tackle them effectively but all drop when hit with one bullet to their weak spot (The only exceptions being the bosses and one enemy). Enemies are varied enough but if you take a methodical pace you can deal with them fairly easily, as long as you're accurate with your shots. I would personally recommend using keyboard and mouse for this game, I tried using a wired Xbox 360 controller but could never find a setting I was truly happy with.

In addition to your gun there are a number of items in the world to help (or sometimes hinder) your progress. Each play through I'd race for a backpack which allows you to store an additional item as well as the one you have equipped, The only thing that is persistent between playthroughs is a bank balance which you can use to save money for purchasing items and upgrades, the bank can also be used to store an item for future playthroughs and purchasing discounts, life insurance and a last will. If you die with the last will in your possession all money on your person is deposited to the bank.

The duration of a playthrough will depend a lot on your play style; I tended to edge around corners slowly picking off enemies one by one and found playthroughs to be between 40 minutes and an hour but it is possible to complete a run in less than 10 minutes (according to the leaderboards!). The reward for dispatching the final boss is a fresh $5000 in your bank, Whilst I mention the bosses, I felt the final boss was a bit two easy once you figure out how to take him out and would clear the room of other enemies before finishing it off. The level 4 boss was a bit more tricky, but eventually you develop the skill to take it out with relatively little damage received.

Overall, Heavy Bullets feels like a fresh take on a huge genre and felt very different to what one would expect of a FPS. It's psychedelic colour scheme and upbeat music make it feel like a strange trip and aside from minor disappointment with the boss encounters its up there in terms of a single player FPS/roguelike experience.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
I have a bit of a weak spot for Roguelikes, so when I saw this on sale, I had to check it out. Overall, I'm quite content with my decision to buy this game, although there's still a few things that really prevent me from fully enjoying it.

The pros:

1. One thing I really like about this game is that each enemy is unique and challenging in their own way. No one enemy feels too easy or hard too fight by themselves.

2. A problem that you sometimes see with games that have randomly generated levels is that they occassionally throw something nigh-unbeatable at you if you're unlucky. This game never does that. It gets harder as you go, but every death you have feels like its because of a mistake on your part, not on the game's part.

3. There is a small way that you can make future playthroughs easier. By storing money in the bank, you can have a large stockpile of cash to use in different playthroughs to make things easier. If you have a lot of trouble with this game, or if you run across some items that you want to buy but don't have enough money for, the bank has you covered. This really helps to take the edge off of this game's difficulty.

The cons:

Now that I've gotten the praise out of the way, let me address the one thing that "prevents me from fully enjoying this" as I said. During the beginning of the game, I noticed that it had the occasional stutter. By this, I mean that the game had a rare lag spike, in which everything would freeze for a second, before it would unfreeze, with me in a different spot. This was tolerable at first, but as the game progresses, it just gets worse.

Now, I should probably hedge this by saying that my computer is relatively low-end, but there aren't any options in the settings menu that make the game run any smoother for me. It should be said that Heavy Bullets is the kind of game that you do NOT want to have this kind of glitch in. By the seventh or eighth level, the stutter is so frequent that enemies that really should not be a problem become a nightmare.

Oh yeah, and it makes it nearly impossible to beat the final boss, so have fun with that.

However, maybe this is just a problem that stems from my pc's general mediocrity, and if you have a better computer, it might work. Alledgedly, the dev is working on fixing this problem, but untill then, it really mars this game's performance.

With all this said, I still feel that it is overall an enjoyable experience. 7/10. I'll be willing to give it an 8.5/10 when and if the glitch is fixed.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Only played 30 minutes but want to let people know while game is in sale at a great price.
I only bought this game to get the 100+ game owner badge and was surprised how good the game is.
Very addivtive would recommend to a friend.
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