Coins are bad? Spikes are good! Looks can be deceiving in Default Dan, an indie platformer that flips the genre upside down.
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Positive (29 reviews) - 86% of the 29 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 15, 2015

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About This Game

Coins make you explode? Spikes make you bounce!
All of this is normal in the world of Default Dan, a new indie platformer that flips the genre upside-down! Everything in the game does the opposite of what it appears. By using your own instincts against you, Default Dan aims to provide a humorous, mind-bending experience that anyone can enjoy.

In this world, looks can be deceiving. Dan’s dimwitted best friend has been abducted by a mean-spirited little princess. In order to rescue his friend, Dan must defeat the princess and her army of cute minions.

Everything is backwards: Coins, power-ups and hearts are deadly, while hazards and enemies help you out. It might sound simple, but you will have to retrain your brain and think backwards to survive!

Over 20 stages of pure mayhem await across 4 different environments - new mechanics are introduced along the way to keep you on your toes.

Compete with others for the fastest time. Every stage in Default Dan supports time-ranked leaderboards.

Collect all 27 Steam Achievements by completing unique feats throughout the game!

Original Sound Track by "brentalfloss": Brent "brentalfloss" Black lends his musical talents to the game!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.4 gHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000, Nvidia GeForce 8000, ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Overall:
Positive (29 reviews)
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SoFloBigNose
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
This game contributed to my alcoholism.
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Glutted_Batoxideck
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
This game is a joke! Don't bother playing this game...
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hu...
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
this game is ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥ you can not run and jump at the same time what is ♥♥♥♥ when the game has the most stupit boss fights,♥♥♥♥ enemies,ear bleeding music and the most broken way of attacking i can not get passed the first ♥♥♥♥ing boss because evey time i hit its ♥♥♥ and i mean its ♥♥♥ (also thats how you kill things in this game by hitting its ♥♥♥) it kills me and i know you do it this way because i have seen and read a buch of walkthrough on this game 2/10 only thing i liked was the cutscenes and the consept what i think is pritty cool eveything else was ♥♥♥♥.
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[AVA] DJ Star Prism (Griff)
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
This game is super hard, it pokes at every last old school Mario gaming habbit and punishes you for them. That being said it's alot of fun and i recommend it.
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Gumball Watterson
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
This game made me realize that becoming a Completionist is a lost cause.
WhyAreYouDoingThisToMe/10
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8-Bit Txchniques
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
I got this game free off of a website........

I regret my decisions.
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Lord Dake Kai
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 24, 2015
Who is Dan? I don't know. I do know I like him.
Dan lives in a very different world than ours.
His world is, well, opposite of what you think.
Things you would do normally in these kind of games you do the opposite here.
Falling through the floor...safe
Jumping on spikes...safe
Lighting yourself on fire...was never safe anyway
Collecting coins...unsafe
Collecting hearts...unsafe. I think you get the picture now.

All in all, this game is fun but will make you rage quit alot. I just did right before I wrote this review.
Good graphics. Good playability. Good sound effects and good music that fits the gameplay.
Give Dan a try. He's anything but 'default'. lol
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Casual Teas
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 23, 2015
This game made me regret living. 10/10 would suicide again.
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Proto-Vile
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 26, 2015
THIS IS YOUR PUNISHMENT FOR KNOWING TOO MUCH ABOUT GAMING

NOW EAT A COOKIE

4/5
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HumpbackSloth
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 14, 2015
This is such a smart game. They did a very nice job making it feel like Mario. Challenging levels that are still fun! I would recomend.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
43 of 55 people (78%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2015
>launches game
>jumps into coin pile
>explodes
>coins are bad
>oh ok
>that's a long drop, here, use this platform
>jumps on platform
>explodes
>platforms are bad
>oh ok
>i feel bad for tricking you, here, have a cupcake
>eats cupcake
>explodes

hold on while i put my fingers through a meat grinder
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
Like Super Mario Bros had a baby with Super Meat Boy, and the baby was raised by an abusive uncle who only spoke backwards.
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37 of 49 people (76%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2015
Becoming jealous of Dan's bromance with his best friend Bowser Dino, the evil princess turns to dinonapping in a desperate bid to get Dan outside and away from his man cave. After a lifetime of rescuing princesses, collecting coins, avoiding spikes and watching out for pitfalls, it's time to do the complete opposite.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1_nl2GYgSg
Playing through 20+ levels over 4 distinct worlds, you will slowly retrain your brain in the ways of the platformer. Starting with ignoring all road signs since they usually point straight toward death. Each level has hidden collectables which after further progress gives you the ability to unlock toadstools sidequests. Timed leaderboards were also available for speedrunners. Would suggesting using a gamepad but controls were manageable with a kb+mouse.

Outside of the constant tongue in cheek humour the visuals are where the game really stands out. Rendered beautifully in 2.5D and standing somewhere between old classics like Super Mario World and the modern era of platformers. Couple that with a wonderful soundtrack by brentalfloss of DKC, SMW, Megaman (and more!) fame, which only added to the nostalgia.

While 20 levels may not seem like a lot of content, Default Dan will make you rage and keep coming back just to perfect runs. For it's decent price point and the bizarrely backwards trip down memory lane it gets my recommendation. Cheers. :)
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2015
Very fun, but frustrating game.
Default Dan really makes you focus on the exact opposite of what all of us know about video games and have known for a very long time. The fact that I kept messing up and hitting coins over and over again is an example of just how much this thing messes with your mind.
Again, great game! But just keep in mind - EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG!
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2015
This game is AWESOME!

Fun music. Tight controls. A complete mind F&ck for all platform players out there. I would definitely recommend this game to everyone out there!

Check it out before you buy it by viewing my "Indie Intros" video for the game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZNLSvzzoOw
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
THIS IS YOUR PUNISHMENT FOR KNOWING TOO MUCH ABOUT GAMING

NOW EAT A COOKIE

4/5
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
I'm really loving this game so far. The 'backwards' concept is new and refreshing. The graphics are great and I am a sucker for any game with leaderboards as I LOVE to compete. The $5.99 price tag is perfect.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2015
I love this game- I got the Beta for this game and actually got to suggest things that went into it. This game really makes you flustered with the new ideas but it is also done flawlessly. I love this game and can't wait to finish it for a 2nd time- Default Dan is also a great game for speedrunning- we already have 4 people at the top every time- refreshing to see :)
9/10 game (only because 10/10 aint real!)

Truly,
TwR
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
This game contributed to my alcoholism.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2015
Great action and stage see enemies is good friend vs. bad item, coin and floor difference Default Dan smart!

Default Dan similar New Super Mario Bros. Wii from Nintendo and Donkey Kong Country both graphic from Rare developement music.
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