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Release Date: Jan 1, 1996

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“Accolade has created an exciting blend of arcade-style aaction with the intensity of Doom. It's eradical!”
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“Inventive and entertaining. Eradicator is a blast!”
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“Eradicator was among the big surprises at E3!”
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About This Game

Explode into action!

Disable an automated fortress that has been mysteriously reactivated. It's up to you to eradicate the hordes of destructive, cunning enemies.

A massive citadel sprawls upon an alien planet, the wealth of the galaxy field hostage beneath it's guns. You alone must enter the fortress and eliminate the hordes of destructive enemies and safeguard the future of mankind.

Take on the role of three different characters armed to the teeth with over 20 weapons and blast your way through the 25 puzzle filled levels. Also includes 8 player network feature.

  • Choose 1st- or 3rd-person player perspective allows you to view enemies that sneak up from behind and lets you better control your character's movement.
  • 3 distinct characters let you triple the hours of gameplay and make net-play more challenging.
  • TWIC£ as many weapons as other games, including deadly ones like the agile spider bomb.
  • Enhance gameplay with unique picture-in-picture views that let you switch your views, control your weapons and enemies, and see two areas at once.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
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100 of 109 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This game is awesome. I think it would have been much more popular if it had not been released the same year as Duke Nukem 3D. I had a lot of fun on Duke 3D, don't get me wrong, but I always thought this one was just as good. Duke had a better atmosphere (looks a bit nicer, feels "bigger," has interactive pool table, etc.), but this one has better gameplay, especially later in the game (personal opinion).

The good:

-Tried in 2014 with Steam's built-in emulator. <----edit: game has DOSBOX, apparently, which amounts to the same thing. Thank you, kindly stranger. The game works.
-The game is still fun. Mind you, it is a nostalgic kind of fun. If you didn't grow up playing games in the 90s, you will probably find the game to be terrible. There are some quality-of-life differences that games have now that just didn't exist then. If you like Duke 3D though, you'll probably like this.
-Interesting weapons and items. This is what I liked better than Duke. Duke has the atmosphere, this game has the better weapons, IMO.
-Different playable characters. This is the first FPS I recall ever having different characters. The different characters have a few different weapons. It's pretty neat and adds to the replayability. You also get another character that is a bit of a mix of the other characters by beating the game! Pretty fancy.
-It might bother some, but to me this game is set up to change between first person and 3rd person view. If just feels better switching views in this game than it does in most other games.

The bad:
-Brain-hurting resolution. The game was made in '96 to run on DOS, and looks every bit of it.
-Sometimes the aiming is off, especially when shooting guns on the celing. To get around that just change position (for the guns on the celing you might have to just get closer).

Things to get you started:
-You need to reset your controls before you play. You can configure buttons and whatnot before you play. Also, change the mouse controls to always on (this is mouse look), and also, the game says "invert axis?" or something like that, and for some reason the default is inverted, so if you change it to inverted, it puts it to normal. To get normal FPS controls, W = forward, S = back, A = strafe left, D = strafe right, Space = jump. I also recommend setting E to "use" and Q to "change character view," or maybe it was just called change view. You don't need to worry about "look up" and "look down" buttons. If the right mouse setting is used, the mouse does that for you. I think there is a button for cycling between fast/slower moving too, I just set it to LShift and have not really messed with it. Also, it's a 90s game so no reloading/reload button, so don't have to worry about that.
-Caves are kinda hard to see. If you think you are stuck at the beginning of the game, just walk along the walls. Once you get in the cave you'll be like "Oh, derp." Pretty easy after you find it the first time.
-I played the cat chick and was like "Damnit, I can't jump on the platform. Gahh, curse you 90s platformers!" Well, it turns out that you just have to wait until later in the game, then teleport back to the beginning and it opens the lasers blocking the platforms you need to get on. Lesson learned: if you can't get to it, maybe there's a button to open it later in the level, especially if it's blocked by lasers.

After beating the game (or before, if you're inclined) if you want to have some fun you can press \ <---that's the default button anyway, and then type in the codes for the game. Codes are:

FMK = All health is restored
ARMS = All weapons
RAGMUFFIN = Invincibilty
DIG = No clipping
GIFT = Gives you usable items (by default, use [ or ] to select item, and enter to use item).
OVERDRIVE = Recieve a chip-powerup
SPUTNIK = Reveals the whole map
BLOAD = Warp to the next level

You don't need any of these to beat the game. You can save at any point, so it's easy to pass anything if you want to. These are just for fun, and IMO they do make the game more fun. I don't recommend using invincibility unless you want to just walk through the game (not as fun), just weapons and items, but that's up to you. Also, when you use the GIFT code, after entering it once you can just keep pressing \ and it will load up your inventory with items. You don't have to keep typing "gift" to get more.

I hope you like the game!

Tried changing the "screen size" to get a better resolution. It doesn't help, but it does take your ammo count and other stuff off of the screen; at least for me it did. It also didn't improve the resolution at all. It just took off the ammo count. Would not recommend altering screen size, but if you do and notice your ammo count/health display/etc is missing, you get it back by lowering the "screen size" a few marks. I think the default is 2 ticks back from max. Max will remove your ammo/health from view.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Like carrying 15 different weapons at the same time?
Want 3 cool characters each with their own abilities?
(Plus a hidden one you can unlock i bet most of you don’t know)
Do you like FPS(First-person shooter) and TPS(third-person shooter)?
Well you can choose it now!

Do you want to control your own walking mine !?
Or a flying mine !?
Or just plant that M’nF’n mine !?
And detonate them trough a double view on your screen!
Like controlling enemy forces and make them kill each other?
Like code breaking?
Puzzle solving
Secret finding
Easter Eggs
Combination solving
Boss fighting?
NCP’s who actually know to hide and scare the sh-bleep out of you XD
Global GPS that you can zoom in and out of
Hidden cameras
Cute droids that follow and fight for you
Time missions
Deadly lava
Platform jumping
Missile Launch’n
Grenade throw’n
A-ss kicking?
Mind f-bleepkin
any cool thing you can possibly imagine

Before you play, you want to fix the settings a bit, even though I like playing FPS games, I play this in TPS, cause it gets kinda dizzy in the FPS, if you play the fast character Eleena, she’s fast, and thats why.
Make sure you fix the brightness of the game too, if every thing is dark then you just didn’t set things right.
Make sure to change the mouse axis thing, and the controls to WASD.

It has 4 levels of difficulty, recommend to start with the easy for beginners, some things could be confusing at first.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been with this game since a kid, the graphics still seem ok to me.
(even after L4D2, CSGO, TF2 , Sanctum 2 , graphics don’t seem to bother me)

Love this game so much, brings back a lot of memories, defiantly a No.1 fan of Eradicator

————Now below—— spoilers ——
This game has cheat codes to it
That let you see the whole map
Or GPS the enemies
Disable them
Kill yourself
Walk trough walls
Full ammo
Full health
End level
Choose level
And then some system things
Use the “\” key to start the command and then just type out the cheat, here’s one “ \ragamuffin “ this should be enough for you to enjoy the game but not spoil it too much, since you still have puzzle solving to do! You can get the rest online, it shouldn’t be hard to search for.

Cheats are definitely fun, but try playing it on your own first, if you really get stuck, then you can use them.
Save a current version before you use any cheats, because once you use it, it will say “ cheater “ at the end of each level, and you will be unable to unlock the character at the end.

One more thing, be sure to save often, after each room, a special save for each level too.
Just in case you did something wrong.
Mostly no bugs in this game, just once a door will get stuck in later levels, so be sure to save, not sure if thats a trap or a bug.

Anyways, love this game so much, love Accolade for making this, steam for selling it, Retroism, Night Dive Studios for publishing.
So finally after all these years, I can make eradicator walkthroughs for a purpose.
If you ever get stuck, feel free to go to my profile, I’ve been uploading commentary walkthrough videos for eradicator lately, WITH ALL THE SECRETS, and stuff you need to know~ Welcome to watch, instead of relying on cheats. ^_^
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2015
Pretty fun and somewhat unique FPS. Multiple playable characters a la ROTT, craploads of unique and fun weapons (seriously - you'll have like 10+ different pieces before you are finished with first episode), various power-ups that go from more regular ones (like increased firepower or movement speed) to some unique pieces, some pretty neat features like remotely controlled drones that are used for exploration, puzzle solving or combat. Another cool feature is ability to play from third person perspective, which is surprisingly fun during combat and extremely useful during platforming sections. Visuals are decent and polished, maps are cleanly detailed with cool SF aesthetics and lots of destructible environment pieces.
Steam release is satisfactory, game runs perfectly so there is no need for Dosbox tinkering or additional downloads. Mouse controls are also pretty good, and with adjustment of key bindings game can be controlled pretty much like a modern shooter.
Highly recommended to anyone who likes shooters with actual gameplay!
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2015
This was one of the better looking and unique underrated FPS' in the 90's, however it got overshadowed by Duke Nukem 3D and Quake, since they were all released in the same year, definitly a must-have for 90's FPS lovers.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
This is one of my favourite but sadly underrated shooters from the 90's. Having played a demo of it at a young age I always longed to play the full version and bought the big box of it a couple of years ago. Now it seems the game is finally on Steam and so you might want to know a thing or two about it.

Eradicator is an oldschool shooter in the veins of Doom and Duke Nukem 3D, to which it shares most of its similarities though it is rather unique for its time. For one, it features multiple characters, each with their own personality. The weapons are also all rather interesting and serve different purposes. Another groundbreaking feature for this game was the ability to use RC cars and other remote controlled devices thanks to something called PIP (picture-in-picture) view. Another enjoyable thing about the game is the ability to switch between third person and first person perspectives at will (or automatically if you so choose) which helps immensely with the platforming sections, of which there are plentiful. The graphics are also really good for their time and give the game a gritty and dirty sci-fi atmosphere I enjoy a lot.

My only gripe with the game is the level design which does show its age. It is confusing and relies heavily on hunting down switches to push and it's not always obvious where to go. The maze-like design also makes it difficult to navigate the levels and using the map is something you will get used to quickly. The music also doesn't really do much and stays in the background most of the time, adding to the ambience of the game. I'd much rather turn it off and turn on some good old 90's rock.

But all in all this is one of the more underrated shooters from the 90's and fell under the shadow of Quake and other more successfull games. It's nice to see it on Steam and back in action for those who missed it and those who love it. If you're a fan of shooters like Doom, Duke 3D, Blood etc. I highly recommend picking it up.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Words can barely describe the joy I felt upon seeing this added to Steam. A great old game that seems to have been forgotten. I think this is one of the first games I've ever played as a kid back in the 90s, before even DooM.

If you're a fan of shooters like DooM, Duke Nukem, Blood, etc, this is a must!

You may mistake its engine for the Build engine used in Duke Nukem 3D, but I don't think it is. It just feels packed full of cool features.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
Beat game, suddenly I am staring at my desktop. Most abrupt ending ever. Videos on DOS must have been expensive to make.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
One of my absolute childhood favorites. I was thrilled to see this on steam. Adjust the controls a bit and this runs as smooth as a hell spawned behemoth riding darkly through hell on a flaming motorcycle!!! Better than snakes made out of money!
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2015
Lets you play as a VOLUPTUOUS CAT GIRL!


But not in SVGA :(

And no mod to make it happen.

In fact, no mods at all for this game :(

Gameplay is good though. Some puzzle solving involved.

Best to enjoy with some 90's music. Like Monster Magnet.
From your CD player if you still have one.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
Very old-school shooter like duke nukem. Thankfully no colored key cards, but there are switches to access further doors. The level design is pretty terrible. Levels are big, with a bunch of random doors, and a ton of backtracking. Half the time you don't know where to go, as some random thing you shot open a door 10 min back that you should somehow know from looking around and backtracking for 15 min to find it. Also like duke nukem sometimes you can't move forward because you missed a tiny switch on the back of a pillar, etc. Many times you have no instructions, or any indicationw where to go next or what to do. The map sucks and isnt helpful. It is nice how you have 15 weapons at once, as well a pick-up objects, and an inventory of use-able objects. There are also tons of levels, although they all look and play pretty damn similar. Also cool how you can play first or 3rd person, and there are 3 different playable characters, each with an extra different level associated with them. The story has terrible low budget cutscenes and there basically is no story. Has some good 90's vibes but bad level design and lack of direction or focus. 6.5/10.
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7.9 hrs
Posted: July 17
This is not a great game. In fact, it's really barely a mediocre game. There are some problems with the AI, a lot of the weapons are situational at best, and fairly useless at worst, ammo is too limited, and there's a lot of hunting for buttons to press to advance.

But it's not a strictly bad game. Particularly compared to other 90's FPS games. The engine is comparable to Build (Duke Nukem, Shadow Warrior, Blood), or Jedi (Dark Forces), and there are some neat features, such as some picture-in-picture weapons that let you remote control them. The game does have inventory with some neat ideas in there. And, while there's only a few you will be trying to use most of the game, there's a pretty wide selection of weapons actually available.

Overall, the game is serviceable, if a bit short. The plot is threadbare. But there's plenty of things to shoot, and plenty of secrets to find, like any good 90's FPS should have. As a note, it has native mouse look, and it works fairly well, once you tweak the sensitivity enough.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: May 3
Enemies are uninspired to put it kindly, environments are a cluster♥♥♥♥ of "where do I go? what do I do?" and it seems like all the weapons you get are pointless since you can kill all the enemies in 2-3 shots anyways, and the ones that don't, aren't really that dangerous either. I went through a solid 4 levels without so much as being worried about dieing, until I just sighed and quit. And the weapons. They all look like hunks of random junk slapped together like they were lego bits and then animated. None of them feel or sound or look "iconic" or "memorable" in any way, just random junk, not to mention the pickups are artistically designed very poorly since I don't know what I'm picking up half the time.

I commend Nightdive for the effort of reintroducing this into the modern age, but jesus, did you really have to?
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0.5 hrs
Posted: April 1
Bought it on sale for less than a dollar. Was pleasently surprised! It's like if Duke Nukem 3d and Red Faction. It also has a flavor of an arcadey version of system shock. A good game, some classic fps platforming, puzzels and shooting :) It actually has a plot and mission objectives which help you get into the character you select to play as.... Nothing negative to say so far! For $0.79 it's totally worth it!
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0.1 hrs
Posted: January 17
Eyestrain Simulator 1996
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4.2 hrs
Posted: November 29, 2015
I played Eradicator to completion many times when it first came out back in 1996 (I was 10), and was struck with some really hard nostalgia playing it again after so many years.

Compared to the games of its time, here are the pros and cons.

  • Fantastic sound. Immersive music, enemy noises, gib sounds-- very impressive for its time.
  • Surprisingly responsive shooter, complete with actual projectiles and a reticle that changes size with distance to target.
  • Gotta love that old-school 90s gore / dismemberment. Very satisfying to blow up aliens.
  • The map is great-- you can still move your character with the map up. Not many games allow that.
  • Great variety in weapons. Ripper disks, remote controlled spider bombs, steerable rockets, etc.
  • You can remote control various types of enemies and weapons to do your bidding. I struggle to think of modern games that have implemented this so well.
  • Great variety in enemies, including plenty that take to the air.
  • This game has scared the ♥♥♥♥ out of me many, many times-- even recently.


  • Storyline is laughable. Pretty much the standard fare, aliens-have-taken-over trope that all games seemed to have then.
  • Maps can be a bit repetitive.
  • Some secrets can be really hard to find/access, with sorta "meh" payouts when found. Satisfying only for completionists.

I didn't expect much of the game when I picked it out of a used games shelf at Electronics Boutique back in '96, but I was pleasantly surprised then, and am still happy to play it today, even with other AAA titles in my library getting playtime. And honestly, it seems like many indie devs today are trying to emulate the very style that this game and its contemporaries pioneered.

Totally worth its <$10 cost.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 2, 2015
Good old classic game. I think it does not need any review.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: July 28, 2015
Yet another one of my childhood memories of mine that I missed. Thank you for bringing this to steam.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: July 20, 2015
Classic fps action at it's finest. Level design could have used some work, but overall this is a damn fine title to add to any collection.
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