A fast paced action shooter inspired by the arcade classic Super Pang! Use a wide selection of weapons and powerups to tear through increasingly challenging levels.
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Mostly Positive (18 reviews) - 72% of the 18 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (688 reviews) - 94% of the 688 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 19, 2016

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August 9

Banned in Australia

[/img] Guess what.... Australia didn't like our naming for "Speed Injection" and for that they banned us. So we were forced to change the name of speed injection to "Boot Juice". WAYYYYYYYY better now. ;)
Guess what.... Australia didn't like our naming for "Speed Injection" and for that they banned us.
So we were forced to change the name of speed injection to "Boot Juice". WAYYYYYYYY better now. ;)

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July 3

Fixed survivor achievement and stuck animation in hard mode



Image courtesy goes to "axsf". But i thought i post it here as it is more of a funny bug. ;)
Kinda sad that this bug is gone now and also the Survivor achievement should be harder to get now.

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About This Game

The Bug Butcher is an action-packed 2D side scrolling shoot em up game where peril comes from above.
So in a nutshell, pest control with machine guns in space.
The core mechanics hold old ties from the classic arcade shooter “Super Pang” where you shoot vertically, but with modern day twists. You are Harry, a brash and tenacious exterminator who has a knack for decimating bugs.



Harry’s current assignment takes him to the infested futuristic research facility on planet Zoit. The surviving and dwindling number of scientists employed him for his slaughtering skills. Harry’s mission: survive until the decontamination of the building is complete, hoard coins like his life depended on it, and protect the scientists at all costs. Watch out for the spiders they have a particular fondness for rubber encased science/scientist. After landing, you will move from room to room through the facility blasting rockets, lasers, and wielding the power of lighting upwards at anything not human.
Ravenous swarms and ferocious waves of bugs of every size will attempt to kill you, but luckily there will be weapon and health pick-ups to aid Harry on his quest. Fierce reflexes are mandatory for survival, but Harry’s brutal power-ups will let the guts fly and make the larva cry! If you love games with humor, perfect platforming, grotesquely cute art, nightmarish bosses, and real personality then The Bug Butcher will suit your fancy.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or Later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo or faster
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0 compliant video card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS 10.6+
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Any processor with 2 cores
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
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Jacana jacana
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 16
game itself controls fine but the menus are really dirty if you are a low down controller user like myself
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oddacious
7.8 hrs
Posted: August 13
This game is so so good. It's super balanced, the mobs are cute, the mechanics are excellent. You play with just a couple of buttons, and it's not super freak-out twitchy or impossible to play (on medium; I'm sure hard mode is really tough). You can keep replaying the easy levels to get/grind gold/upgrades, too. Super smooth game and a TON of fun.
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Bonus
8.5 hrs
Posted: August 9
I could go on and on talking about how much I liked this game. Awfully Nice took a game I always hated, such as Pang, and turned into a game that makes me want more and more. Bug Butcher is a frantic shooter with great character control, making it super fun to play alone or with a friend.
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Pod
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 8
Can't change the resolution, which means everything is aliased and unreadable on my laptop.
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david / BNET: OceansAbove#1601
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 7
Let me first make it clear that despite the NOT RECOMMENDED vote, the game is actually pretty good. It's just a fire and forget game that you won't launch more than 2-3 times because they just use up all the fireworks right at the start and you can know for sure what you've seen so far is what will repeat in the next hours / dozen hours / whatever you spend with it.

And I tend to look back at these purchases with regret. If I'd have the Bug Butcher on my phone, I would likely play it for weeks every day, because the animation and drawing style are really good (reminds me Carbot Animations and their Blizzard games related animated series which are excellent and being compared to that is a huge compliment), the gameplay is fun and fluid, but after not even 2 hours I feel like this isn't a game I want to spend precious workdays free time with while weekends are usually saved for larger scope games. Any way I look at it, I just don't want to play this game anymore, and after 95 minutes through 3 sessions, that's... I just can't honestly recommend it.
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boyband6666
9.2 hrs
Posted: August 1
Very fun game, which is't too bad to complete, but really drives you to want to get the mighty 3 stars.

There isn't a huge multiplayer mode, and not tons of replayability - but that doesn't matter - it is excellently executed for the game it is (unlikeso many small budget titles). I have no regrets in buying it, and suggest others do too.

Bonus points for the cute/amusing aimation and sound
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AlwaysTired
0.8 hrs
Posted: July 31
Severe control issues.

I bought this game via one of those deal websites. The graphics seem nice and I like the simplicity of it all, but the game is still buggy to the degree of total unplayability for me on Win10 x64 !

My bug hunting character just runs and/or gets stuck on the right side of the screen in the very first level.
I have no idea why this happens and why I can't seem to get out of that state. It's not an issue of a stuck button on my keyboard, rather this is something that only happens in this jump & run game, not in any other.

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Magnetto Man
19.3 hrs
Posted: July 27
WOW WOW WOWesome! This is definitively a recommend!

Do you miss Pang Buster Brothers? Buy it right now!
You have no idea of what these are? Welcome to one of the good old forgotten genres revived :-)

In sum: move around in a fixed 2D platform , shooting round bugs ( or "roundish" ) that split into smaller bugs until you finally kill the smallest ones. Throw weapons and character boosters and upgrades into that . plus a good variety of enemies and nice graphs, and the result is a great product with a more than fair price for what it delivers.

And make sure you play it loud and in a good sound system so you can enjoy the music and FX experience which "includes but is not limited to hearing huge bugs fart small ones".
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Bitchcakes
1.1 hrs
Posted: July 27
This game is fun, adorable graphics, addicting, definitely worth it at full price. On sale? Definitely get it.
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Rheinmacht
2.8 hrs
Posted: July 26
Funny nice game.... best with xbox controller
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
WOW WOW WOWesome! This is definitively a recommend!

Do you miss Pang Buster Brothers? Buy it right now!
You have no idea of what these are? Welcome to one of the good old forgotten genres revived :-)

In sum: move around in a fixed 2D platform , shooting round bugs ( or "roundish" ) that split into smaller bugs until you finally kill the smallest ones. Throw weapons and character boosters and upgrades into that . plus a good variety of enemies and nice graphs, and the result is a great product with a more than fair price for what it delivers.

And make sure you play it loud and in a good sound system so you can enjoy the music and FX experience which "includes but is not limited to hearing huge bugs fart small ones".
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Very fun game, which is't too bad to complete, but really drives you to want to get the mighty 3 stars.

There isn't a huge multiplayer mode, and not tons of replayability - but that doesn't matter - it is excellently executed for the game it is (unlikeso many small budget titles). I have no regrets in buying it, and suggest others do too.

Bonus points for the cute/amusing aimation and sound
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
game itself controls fine but the menus are really dirty if you are a low down controller user like myself
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Can't change the resolution, which means everything is aliased and unreadable on my laptop.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Let me first make it clear that despite the NOT RECOMMENDED vote, the game is actually pretty good. It's just a fire and forget game that you won't launch more than 2-3 times because they just use up all the fireworks right at the start and you can know for sure what you've seen so far is what will repeat in the next hours / dozen hours / whatever you spend with it.

And I tend to look back at these purchases with regret. If I'd have the Bug Butcher on my phone, I would likely play it for weeks every day, because the animation and drawing style are really good (reminds me Carbot Animations and their Blizzard games related animated series which are excellent and being compared to that is a huge compliment), the gameplay is fun and fluid, but after not even 2 hours I feel like this isn't a game I want to spend precious workdays free time with while weekends are usually saved for larger scope games. Any way I look at it, I just don't want to play this game anymore, and after 95 minutes through 3 sessions, that's... I just can't honestly recommend it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Summary:
Even in this time of indie games reviving game genres of old, the Pang genre hasn't exactly gotten a plethora of games. The Bug Butcher however does the genre proud, with its twitch gameplay doing its best to bring out the strengths of the genre. Great visuals complement action that forces you to keep shooting and killing, but being smart about it and not being reckless. While the game could use a little bit more variety for the long haul, what's there is extremely polished. Great performance plus loading times that are practically non-existent help in getting you right back in the action and keeping you there. It's a genre that gets to the basics, and The Bug Butcher is no exception to that. But small smart decisions regarding the gameplay helps make a game that kept me entertained throughout me playing it, and well worth the price point in question. Definitely a worthy successor in the genre, updated for the new age.

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-8_5-Suh28

Lists:
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  • Tight twitch gameplay that keeps the action going. Takes me back to the old arcade days.
  • Solid controls that give you the right amount of control, and can allow you to be reckless and deal damage to yourself. That may sound weird to say, but part of the appeal of these games is the twitch gameplay, and consequences.
  • Strong aesthetic that complements gameplay. Great use of color choice to make action clear for the player.
  • Great performance, and minimal load times. How an arcade game should play.
  • Like the gravity mechanics with enemies and hitting them with your gun. It increases the skill ceiling especially with the combo multiplier.
  • Honestly, the game is probably under priced, even at it's full price. Feel like for the experience, you get your money's worth and then some.

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  • Do wish there was a little bit more variety in the long run. A couple more weapons, levels, and enemy types would have done wonders.
  • Feel like the upgrade system doesn't really do much other then add a bulletpoint feature to the game. Very basic.
  • I really can't put my finger on it, but something feels missing with the sound design. I didn't see a real difference in gameplay when turning the sound off, which is unusual for games like this. But I can't say WHAT is missing.
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
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Score
✰80%✰

Pros
~Well-animated characters
~Balanced, satisfying and sometimes chaotic gameplay
~High replay value
~Free demo
~Cheap

Cons
~Lack of any advanced challenges
~Lack of game modes
~No online multiplayer
~Menu navigation is a pain

First, I would like to address the elephant in the room. Yes, this game is essentially a 90's arcade darling "Pang" with a fresh coat of paint. I used to love going out with my parents for dinner, because most pub restaurants around at the time had arcade machines. Pang was one of my favourites, because it was obvious just from looking at the screen what you had to do, so you needn't fear wasting your cherished pocket money just to learn the ropes.

The Bug Butcher takes the simplistic and enjoyable core gameplay of Pang and shakes it up just enough so that you wouldn't call it a clone, but you can tell from first glance that it is clearly paying homage. Actually, that isn't giving it enough credit, I would personally say that The Bug Butcher is superior in every way. It's faster paced, rarely feels unfair and has a much better aesthetic.

Rather than "harpooning balls", you play the roll of Harry, a badass bug exterminator, called into a laboratory that has become totally infested with giant mutant creepy crawlies. As Harry, you can only shoot directly upwards, which works out just fine because this is where the majority of critters come into his crosshairs. Most bugs either bounce off the floor over the top of you or fly around. Some will fire projectiles at you, while others will crawl along the roof and try to eat your scientist friends by snagging them on their long tongues. A lot of the chunkier bugs will split into smaller bugs after you've given them a good zapping, adding to the chaos.

Fortunately you rarely find yourself overwhelmed thanks to the wide range of weapons and power-ups available. These range from a high-speed rail gun to a freeze bomb that turns all bugs to ice for a few seconds. No matter what method you use to butcher bugs, each different weapon and power-up feels extremely satisfying, each packing a lot of power compared to your standard blaster which is itself still extremely punchy and enjoyable to use. This is probably down to a combination of audio-visual thump and some precise, responsive controls.

Every bug killed drops more coins for you to spend on passive bonuses that stay permanent throughout the 30 level main arcade campaign. These can increase your damage, power-up duration and increase your combo time. Personally, I always went with the 30% speed boost. The combo system allows you to rack up major points by slaughtering bugs in quick succession, the combo meter itself gets reset every time you take damage or don't land a kill after a couple of seconds. If you're aiming for a perfect rank on each level, you're going to have to get a perfect string of combos throughout the whole level. This becomes much easier when you play the levels again later after having invested coins into more firepower, but can be a source of frustration for the perfectionists when their combo breaks toward the end of the level.

There are two modes included with the game. The first is the Arcade mode, which puts you through 30 levels of increasing difficulty with a new environmental hazard introduced every 5 levels. These include things like floating platforms, laser walls, and a giant hammer that periodically smashes everything underneath. Completing a level will give you a score and a rank out of four stars. Three of these are awarded for reaching a certain score, while the fourth is awarded for a specific number of combos made. Unfortunately, these 30 levels will be over before you know it and leave you wanting more. There are also no boss bugs, despite what the trailer for the game claims. Although the difficulty curve seems to be highly polished, likely from player feedback while the game was in Early Access, I felt it didn't go far enough with the challenge.

The other game mode is called Panic, which will simply throw waves and waves of monsters at you until you are overwhelmed or run out of time. Time can be boosted in this mode, as bugs you've destroyed will frequently drop items that add more time to the counter. So far I've never come close to running out of time. I've found myself totally bombarded with bugs long before that happens. You can also buy power-ups and weapons in this mode from the pause menu, but they only last for the game you're currently in. There is also a two-player co-op version of Panic mode, where if one player dies the other player can revive them, but if just one of you perishes, then it's game over for you both. The multiplayer aspect shows a lot of promise, but it would be a lot better if there were perhaps larger maps for up to four players. It's also local co-op only, there's no online play here. Panic mode might seem like the answer to the lack of challenge on the Arcade mode, but you have to suffer through a lot of repetitive easy waves before the challenge starts to ramp up.

The graphics are sharp and colourful. Each type of bug has a truly unique design and are animated well. They also squish and burst in a way that feels immensely satisfying but doesn't gross you out. Add to that the sound effects which all feel base-like and appropriate for what's happening, from the sound of your gun, to the sticky squish noises of the bugs bouncing. Harry himself stands out well from the backgrounds and all the other objects flying around the stages. I never had an issue with knowing where I was or what dangerous thing was coming towards me. A combination of the camera tracking and Harry's character design, and his eccentric movement all helped. The game shows you in advance where bugs are going to appear from, giving you time to get out of the way if you're standing on a trap door where an insect eruption is imminent.

Aside from the bugs that are supposed to be there, I didn't encounter many problems with the game at all. I did experience a very irritating glitch on the final level of Arcade mode where no bugs were spawning on the final wave, while the background was flashing and glitching up, until I eventually ran out of time and had to repeat it. The UI for the menus is also a mess, with some buttons being labelled and others not. It was clearly designed for a touch-screen or mouse, yet the game itself is best played with a controller. Even without a controller plugged in, it will give you button prompts based on the Xbox controller layout. There are also no options to adjust basic video settings like resolution and refresh rate. The game will run at whatever your desktop resolution is set to, though this should be fine for most people (high refresh-rate displays also work just fine).

The Bug Butcher is a fantastic, highly polished arcade game that unfortunately feels a little barebones, like the framework for a highly re-playable and addictive game is in place, but needs fleshing out to realise its full potential. However, it's well worth the $8 asking price, especially if you have a friend you can do some couch co-op with. Really, the only major gripe I have with this game is that I want more.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Excellent competitive based shooter.

+ Cell shaded, well animated and colorful.
+ Well thought out mechanics with diverse gun and character power-ups.
+ Requires strategic thinking with hard to achieve score and combo based goals.
+ Good enemy variety with imaginative behaviors.
+ Single player and local coop wave based survival.
+ Arcade mode spanning 30 stages across 5 environments.
+ Steam integrated leader-boards, achievements and cloud saving.
+ Responsive developers. Example; re-wrote the entire save system based on user feedback.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 2, 2015
The Bug Butcher is a cool spin on the classic Pang genre with new school upgrades and boss monsters.

The game is currently in early access where i finished it in around 5 hours but for a good player they could do it much quicker. Hopefully with the full release they add more content as it is a highly addictive game which i completed in just a few sittings but left wanting for more still worth the price of admission if you loved the classic games of the genre.

The content after you finish the 30 missions is just going back to set global high scores which could be quite addictive but very much for the perfectionist. Im just hoping they add another 20 or so missions to flesh the game out.

Im gonna leave this short review here until it goes to full release where i will update it with a full fleshed review.

Even for early access it is well worth owning and playing id give my big thumbs up
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 20, 2015
The Bug Butcher starts off as a tribute to 1989 bubble-dividing arcade game Pang, but quickly mutates into a turbo-charged, explosive twitch blaster.

On the surface it's simple - run horizontally, shoot vertically and blast everything before the time runs down. Shoot a large alien and it divides into two medium ones, shoot THEM and they divide again into two small ones. If you fail to mop up the smaller aliens, you become overwhelmed.

But as the game throws more types of alien at you, it becomes a game of tactics and timing. Can you dash under those five bouncing aliens to get to that crucial power-up? When do you set off the kill-everything homing missiles? Which alien is the priority kill?

Gameplay video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_sJdW4x58I

Soon enough the aliens require your every reaction to deal with. There's a roof-crawling ant thing that blasts down a vertical pole of lightning for several seconds at a time. There's a leaping facehugger that means instant death. And one plant-like thing slowly sucks up your NPC friend in the background and, if you don't kill the plant in time it'll fail you the level. And so on.

The cartoon art is excellent and funny. The alien pests are full of bug-eyed charm, explosions feel satisfying and your hero Harry gets all the best lines.

The levels are scored in a very Angry Birds three-star system. You can progress just for completing the level, but getting just one star does hurt and you'll want to try again. The key to high scores is keeping a chain of kills (ie combos) going without being hurt. Some levels you'll unlock new weapons and power-ups.

Every coin you collect on a completed level earns you coins that you can spend on permanently upgrading your character (weapon power, power-up strength, speed boost etc). Flipside, there's less incentive to keep plugging away for three-star ratings early on when you know your character can be much stronger after a few more levels.

The levels are split into groups of six, each group taking place in one location in the research facility. Six feels like a lot - by the fifth, it feels a bit "this room AGAIN?!". But then the final level suddenly throws you into a confined elevator level, a kind of boss-style encounter where flames shoot from the walls. Each set of levels is sufficiently different, adding temporary barriers, platforms or a, er, kind of stompy thing. More levels and bosses are planned.

The game never feels unfair, even on hard mode where any contact with an alien is instant death. It's heart-pounding at times, with twitch reactions needed. The only real problem is that the core mechanic doesn't lend itself to huge variations in gameplay, no matter how many alien types are throw at you. It's best played for shorter sessions of score attack than trying to just plough through to the end as soon as possible (which, on easy, won't take too long).

This review is of the pre-release beta of the early access Steam version, with 18 out of a planned 30 levels implemented. Multiplayer is coming soon and should provide twice the laughs.
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