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 (531 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

About This Game


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
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Heavy Bullets stands out like a neon buoy in a sea of generic rogue-likes. The garish art style may seem gimmicky, but in fact perfectly complements the vivid, nightmarish tension of hunting in The Highlands. In fact, the bizarre color palette and unusual enemy shapes serve an important purpose - to reset your perception and your ability to discern friend from foe. An experienced FPS player may welcome this departure from artisic norms as a means to retrain their reflexes, and those who love fast-paced FPS combat will find Heavy Bullets' frenzied bursts of action to be quite satisfying. The reusable ammo system adds a layer of skill and strategic depth while avoiding RNG-based ammo generation issues. Even sound is a critical element in the game, as different SFX help you predict enemy movements.

Sadly, Heavy Bullets suffers from highly repetitive level generation. At least half of the items in the game are fairly useless, and the same can be said for many of the upgrades and extra weaponry. Although not inherently bad, the player's bullets are not projectiles in the traditional sense - should your reticle center on an enemy's weak point, they will die the moment you squeeze the trigger, regardless of distance or movement. Additionally, enemy aggro relies heavily on line-of-sight, making it easy to pick off enemies one-by-one in most rooms. These atypical mechanics add to the quirkiness of the game, and feel very appropriate amongst the other design choices.

Heavy Bullets is best-suited for roguelike fans, who will love the tension and atmosphere that it offers; however, it is possible that those who pick this game up for other reasons may find its permadeath and repetition a bit more of a grind than they can bear.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Special indle game that has unique gaming experience outside 3A titles, careful movement, corner-peeking, fast reaction with precise shot. Learn by playing, tons of death for sure, but you will go farther and farther, finally beat the game. Excellent Balance between random and person-skill, it makes gaming experience has variety but not luck-dependent. Although the way it colored is kinda weird and has micro-stuttering issue, it is still a good game.

8/10
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