You play David, an awfully small abstracted chosen hero tossed into a blissfully simple world overrun by giant culminations of evil physics-beasts. As David, you are given a slingshot-esque gift that you will have to use to conquer your colossus foes. Be there AND be square.
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Mixed (17 reviews) - 58% of the 17 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (620 reviews) - 80% of the 620 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 14, 2014

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March 4

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Cheers, friends. Our new game Neighborhorde got greenlit, and the Coming Soon page is live on Steam. Check it out, here:

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Reviews

“Long story short: it's really awesome.”
4/5 – TouchArcade

“If Shadow of the Colossus had been made by Ikea, it might look like this.”
8/10 – EuroGamer

“The bottom line: David presents an abstract, dangerous world that’s as tough as it is beautiful and surprisingly emotive.”
4.5/5 – Mac|Life

About This Game

Summary


David is a game. A game about physics and enemies. A game about struggles and life. A game about David.

This game is designed to be difficult. I poured myself into developing this game for nights and nights and nights. It's almost tough to share. I hope it feels strangely personal.

Description

You play David, an awfully small abstracted chosen hero tossed into a blissfully simple world overrun by giant culminations of evil physics-beasts. As David, you are given a slingshot-esque gift that you will have to use to conquer your colossus foes. Hold, aim, and fling to attack (Angry Birds™ style!).

Features

a 9-level Campaign, 3 Additional Levels, a Survival/Arena/RPG mode, a Secret Basket-ball-pit Minigame, and hats!

Soundtrack

A six song EP soundtrack is included with purchase "...that feels like FEZ and is similarly wonderful!" - Laser Dog


System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.2+ GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with at least 512Mb
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 20 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.3
    • Processor: 1.2+ GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible, 512Mb Memory
    • Storage: 20 MB available space
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Mixed (17 reviews)
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Greznox
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Has a bit of a learning curve where your left scratching head going "wtf" ...but is totally worth the effort with a massive payoff of tight controls and unique scenarios.
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Traxadel
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I bought this game only because my name is David but it sucks. Even Indian movie David is better than this garbage.
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Stikas
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Nice art style but the game play is dull and finicky.
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Soni
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
gr8 game but just need to have more content
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Grrowlyfox
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
This game is okay. It won't break any orginality awards for art style, and the music is forgettable. There are a few things that disappointed me. You should never let the player be killed by things off-screen. That isn't "a difficult game" it's just bad design and lazy. The square handles like an amputee in wet cement, and isn't consistent. Having to click on the square itself to charge up the weapon seemed like a slap-dash way to make the game more difficult. I didn't enjoy playing the game, and it won't go down as a favourite for me. I feel I got my money's worth for eighty cents though.
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Gambit
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
I hate to heavily criticize a harmless little indie game from a one man team, but I can't recommend this. For your $2 all you'll really get is bored and irritated.

The combat mechanics feel deceptively deep at first, but it very quickly gives way to level design that's either spiteful or just idiotic, in that only emphasises the weakness in the controls, throws coun tless unavoidable deaths at you and makes victories feel arbitrary. It also forces you to play each level without getting hit to unlock the terrible final boss, just to pad out the miniscule amount of shallow content. It's all topped off with an obnoxiously pretentious presentation driven home with #deep level titles and the hip meme-riddled achievement descriptions. Reads almost like a satire on indulgent indie games.

Rating: 2/5
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Viperinex.
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
♥♥♥♥.
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Lambnbacon
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
AMAZING. The enemies are tough (except greed) the moar section is good, and arena is superfun. MUST. PLAY. THIS. GAME.
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Assistbot
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Foremost: David. is fun. You play a square with a rubber band gun of sorts, trying to best a series of boss rooms. That being said, David. has many problems and it's not the thin, but easily ignored storyline. Rather, it's the game's abitrary difficulty.

The game starts off very easy, most players should have no problem beating the first levels within their first couple of attempts. Even on "Very" difficulty, the game's hardest setting, which changes little but reduce the number of hits you can take to zero.

But the difficulty ramps up quickly, mainly due to the minimal overview the game gives you over each level and its challenge(s) at each level's start. The camera is centered on the main foe in the beginning, trying to give you an idea of what you're facing, but often doesn't show your character. Later levels require you to react quickly from the start to stand a chance. The way each level is introduced disorientates the player, forcing him to make his first move blindly to trigger the camera to snap back to him, all the while the challenge has already started. A good example is the "Anxt" level, where you have to quickly leave a small labyrinth to be able to get to the main boss and not be killed by ghost-like enemies on the way. They start chasing you before you even know you are in a labyrinth.

Worse is that victory or defeat often feel arbitrary. Enemies are either too dumb (e.g. the "Wolf" level, where you fight two enemies in a pit, but can easily sit at the top and stop their every attempt to reach you) or too intelligent (basically everything that shoots you). This is part of a another problem David. has, that is controls.

To shoot you need to click on your character. However, survival requires you to jump around so much and so quickly, that skill is not needed to aim at your enemy but to click on yourself. Especially situations with many enemies become frustrating and feel unfair quickly as surviving often is a matter of getting off a shot or not to clear the way. Aiming on enemies, luckily, is very easy as the game goes into a sort of slow motion when you charge your shot. However it feels like the slow motion slows you down more than it does those around you. For example, enemies bound to charge over your head can correct their trajectory much more quickly in slow motion. It's as if they're given time to think.

  • Enemies usually consist of many polygons that splatter away when you shoot them. Not rarely it happens that the surviving polygons splatter in your direction, hitting or killing you in the process. That takes away from the feeling of accomplishment.
  • There is no recovery or invulnerability time when you get hit. If you're rammed by an enemy you're likely to get pushed and hit several times.That is unforgiving.
  • Movement is like the gun: rubber-band-ish. It feels uncontrollable.

David. is fun. Mostly, because it's challenging. Unfortunately it is for the wrong reasons.
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Haystack Caldoon
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
It's not just Okay... it's Very! <3

This is a pretty nice l'il physics-based shooter with some odd but fun physics, including time manipulation. It's definitely worth full price. Some folks will enjoy trying to get onto the "Very" leaderboards and racking up Arena points (Arena is basically a survival game, and pretty fun in itself).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Yet another game that makes me wish there were some middle ground when it comes to reviewing. I will recommend David., but it's a soft yes.

This game is challenging, but for the wrong reasons. The controls are the biggest problem. David's maneuverability is tricky and can be sluggish. In a game where every second counts, this often means a quick end to the run. On top of frustrating controls, enemy AI is very strong. The easy Okay Mode is fine and is a light, healthy challenge on its own, but the more difficult Very Mode throws you into levels with smart, aggressive enemies and only one hit on your health. I don't mind enemies that put up a good fight, but when you're so handicapped by poor controls and instant death, the game gets old fast.

Overall I do like the game and the concept, it looks nice, the levels are unique and creative, and the arena, separate from the story/progression, is by far the most enjoyable aspect. (The final boss is also pretty sweet, and satisfying to unlock.) If the controls were better I'd give this game a solid recommendation. As it is, if you're up for a challenge and don't mind the kind of game where there's no hand-holding and the runs are short because you're dying quickly and frequently, I'd say go ahead and grab this if you catch it on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Nice art style but the game play is dull and finicky.
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198 of 226 people (88%) found this review helpful
282 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,375.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2015
If your name is David, do not buy or play this game. Literally everyone on your friends list will say "Stop playing with yourself". My name is David, and boy do I know the feeling.

*EDIT* Turns out I love playing with myself.
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111 of 137 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 2015
David is a square and fights with evil. It's a piece of clever design that somehow makes epic battles out of pure simplicity.
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2015
I've always been a fan of the clean lines and strict geometry that comes with minimalist games. The game sort of snuck up on me, it was only about halfway through that I realized that I had gotten much better at the game and got a very Shadow of the Colossus feel while fighting through the very unique levels. The constant introduction of new mechanics, tight controls, and high difficulty (if you want) more than make up for its admittedly short lifetime. Definitely recommend, especially while it's cheap!
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2015
David. is a game that includes a period as part of its title. We're going to pretend David. knows better and it's actually called David. Argh! That period there was to end the sentence not describe the title. Moving on. Let's discuss David.

Here's a bit of advice: if you're going to write a review that hinges on you spending two and a half hours to climb to the top of a leaderboard, best make sure the game will update your score and said leaderboard when you quit out manually rather than waiting for a game over. Now, this statement should tell you three things. One: this game is engrossing enough to keep playing for two and a half hours. Two: while David is good fun, it is lacking some technical touches that can be frustrating. And three: yes, I am petty enough to gloat about temporarily being the best David! My name's not even David!

So, David is an interesting little shooter/platformer that invokes the vector graphics of ancient arcade games like Asteroids. I'm not going to try and sell you on that. I think you either know if that's a deal breaker, a nostalgia trip, or just a valid aesthetic choice you can live with. What makes David interesting is its primary mechanic. The game is frantically paced and the platforming is very loose and floaty. However, you have the ability to charge up a shot of rainbow colored orbs and while charging the game will slow down, allowing you to get your bearings, aim, and dodge. You'll often have to choose between spamming the charge to keep time slow or returning to heart attack pace to allow your orbs to return to you for another shot. It works nicely and after a few tries, you'll no doubt find it simple and elegant.

The bulk of the game is the "story" mode. The story being: you are a square (of course you are, you are playing a vector based shooter in the 21st century). Evil rhomboids are invading, but you've got the rainbow balls to stop them! This plays out over a handful of levels that are basically boss fights with a dash of puzzle. Each of these can be quite tricky, though I dove in on hard where getting hit instantly ends your existence as a regular quadrilateral. I'd actually recommend picking the hard mode right off the bat since it gives this short game a bit more weight and satisfaction. That said, it's nice the option is there for a more casual experience. One way or another, the reload time is fairly quick, so if you do die, you won't spend too much time waiting to get back into the action.

David also includes an arena mode where you can find an endless number of baddies. I definitely recommend giving it a try since it adds some fun new mechanics, including a power-up and the ability to upgrade David with more projectiles and some new abilities. The difficulty curve is a bit peculiar, however, since you upgrade David by spending points from your high score and, though the enemies are endless and do increase in volume for a time, the challenge does reach a plateau. This creates a situation where getting a high score is more a matter of patience and attrition than skill as the more you win, the better a David you can build, so the more you win. I guess that takes some of the glow out of being the best David, since even a schmuck like me can claw his way to the top.

In fact, in this mode, it could be argued the real enemies are your bodily functions (you cannot pause to pee) and boredom once you settle into a routine. And perhaps your computer's memory. Despite the extreme minimalist graphics, I had slowdown to almost unplayability once I'd been playing arena for long enough. I suspect dead enemies weren't being properly recycled. Of course, all of these issues will only be found by mad men, not anyone just casually playing the game.

Update

This was the part of the review where I complained about things - lots of things because I'm difficult like that. But I'm difficult for you, the reader who is maybe about to spend money on this pile of numbers in the shape of a game I'm writing about.

Thing is, there's a lot less to complain about now. David's dev has been a real class act, lowering the price to a much more reasonable deal for the content, adding more content for free, and sanding down some of the rough edges. You can rebind keys and alt + tab works right! Joy!

That kind of attention alone makes me want to say emphatically: get this game! It's earned it.

Yes, it's still missing volume sliders, resolution options, and a pause button. Ah to have a pause button.

Sure the levels are short, but my bits still start to itch when I'm about to win, no?

That and I'm now only the third best David in the world. Still, I can hardly blame David with a period for that. That blame is squarely on the other two dudes who had lots of time to misspend. And by blame I mean congratulations! Probably. I don't know, I'm still petty enough to mention this sort of thing in my review. I'll get back to you.

Anyway, David: I had fun and if it looks like your kind of thing, I'd say it's now a pretty good deal for what's offered.
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49 of 63 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2015
EDIT: Game has been announced that the pricing will change to $2, which for a few hours of fun is worth it, the games controls are still wonky though. Pick it up if you've got some money hangin around in your Steam Wallet.

I've never felt more mixed about a game than i have with David. The game has charming graphics, an enjoyable soundtrack, and is a decently challenging game. The issue i have with it is where the challenege comes from which is the controls.

The controls in this game hold you back so much with the jump being unecessary. With A being jump it adds an uneeded level of difficulty than if it was just a fly up button, constantly I died because either didnt hold A long enough, or I didnt tap it enough.

The other issue is with the shooting and the slowing of time. You need to click yourself in order to shoot. Which doesnt really sound that bad until you're in a high speed situation (which is often) and you constantly need click back on yourself to slow down time and dodge projectiles as well as shoot your enemies. This causes the game to become unecessarily frustrating when instead you could just click to ready the shot/slow down time.

Aside from the issues with the controls the game is quite enjoyable, and fun for $1. But probably not for $5. (I got about 1.5 hours until i finished the levels on the hard difficulty and 40ish kills in the arena)
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34 of 43 people (79%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2015
Dave (I think I've earned the right to call him that) is a good chap, square as a equilateral with right angles and equal sides can be, but good nonetheless.

Help him defeat evil, I did.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2015
I bought this game because it was $1 and it had trading cards. I expected some crappy Thomas Was Alone clone, but what I got was a very well executed platformer / arena shooter hybrid. This may well be the best $1 game I've ever bought (not counting Humble Bundles).

The basic idea of the game is that you are a square who can move around rather quickly, has infinite jumps, and can shoot orbs of light at pointy geometric enemies who want to murder you. Oh and you can slow down time. Each level is a puzzle, obstacle course, and/or boss battle. For example, there's a level where you have to navigate a maze while a square shoots flashing squares at you and you have to defend yourself while navigate within range of the boss square to take it down.

While the platforming parts were kind of meh, the combat is where the game shines. To attack, you click near David (the protagonist square) to charge him up, and then release it to shoot the light orbs around you like a rainbow shotgun blast. The trick is that when you are charging time is slowed down. This means that attacking and defending are tied to the same mechanic and it works amazingly well. Furthermore, the light orbs are actually floating around you and are attracted to you via a gravitational field, and only those near you will be shot when you release your charge. This means that if you move or change directions too fast, your orbs won't catch up and your attack power is diminished. But you can also use this to your advantage: let some of your orbs catch up, fire a shot in one direction, and then immediately fire the rest in another once they catch up.

The bosses are either in the "charge mindlessly at you" or the "stand still and rain bullets on you" variety. However, the terrain and rules of each stage makes each fight very different. For example, there is a level where the bottom half is covered in a liquid that your orbs cannot go into and there are three solid islands that you can stand on or push aside. There are only 10 stages, and a final boss fight that I haven't unlocked yet. There is some replayability in those stages in that there are two difficulties to them and there's an infinite arena mode. The hard modes (or VERY, using the game's language) are hard, with you only having 1 hit point and the enemies moving faster. However, I found that all my deaths have been fair. I never felt like the game used a cheap trick to kill me, and that is a good thing.

Like other indie minimalist games, this one has a plot. However, it's not important and not very well written. So don't expect clever or deep stories. But do expect awesome fast paced boss fights. Overall, I'm very happy with this game and am very glad that it popped up for me on the front page of Steam.
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49 of 74 people (66%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
David. is by far one one the worst games I ever played. It actually surprises me a lot how the community seems to like it. The camera dosnt allow you to see even the enemy that can be a second a way from you (in that case you will be probably dead instantly), the commands do not seem to respond well in most cases even when you start having a feeling for the game.
If you think that the jumping system will be like the game " Thomas was alone "you are completely wrong, here will be like jumping with a truck.

I bought it to enjoy a short and not too difficult platform game but Im having anything but a fun time playing it. IF you like replaying the same really short levels 50 times then this is the game for you, otherwise pick something else.
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