A ridiculous live-action B-movie adventure you will never forget! You wake up to find your town in chaos. Everyone has gone crazy and is just attacking each other! A cryptic message is the secret to survival-- Press X to not die!
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Release Date: Oct 9, 2015

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Why Early Access?

“The game comprises over 200 video clips with many branch points and a Dynamic Dialogue system resulting in a vast variety of possibilities for any given playthrough. Early Access allows us to gather feedback from a large number of players to ensure every possible path through the game meets our high quality standards.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Six to eight weeks.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version is planned to include the following additional features:
  • 6 more minutes of footage!
  • More Steam Achievements
  • Subtitles
  • Behind the scenes special features
  • and much more!

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version is a port of the Xbox 360 version, with the addition of keyboard & mouse support, and is playable from start to finish.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The Early Access version is priced 20% lower.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Maintaining immersion is key in Press X to Not Die. We want feedback on anything and everything that seems jarring or out of place to players. We also want feedback on the various difficulty levels and welcome any suggestions anyone may have on anything.”
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June 17

FREE for a limited time - Press X to Not Die: The Soundtrack!

As a thank you to our thousands of Early Access players, our new Press X to Not Die soundtrack is absolutely FREE for a limited time! Five days to be exact. You should grab it right now.

Relive your fight through the streets in Street Danger! The final battle in Hitman (Final Battle)! And of course the unforgettable passion of There is Romance (Shower Scene)!

In other news, Press X to Not Die is now available in German and Italian, in addition to our existing translations in Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. Achtung! Or… something. Carry on.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/491410/

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February 5

Press X to Not Die: On Sale and in Simplified Chinese and Russian!

Just in time for the Lunar New Year, Press X to Not Die now features Simplified Chinese and Russian subtitles!

Buy it now at our biggest discount ever and before our price goes up when we exit Early Access!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/402330/

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Reviews

“a terrific throwback to interactive movies that captures the comedy for which we loved them for, and multiplies it tenfold.”
Brash Games

“by far one of my most favorite indie games to come out this year”
Fragged Nation

“This is the best thing ever.”
Daz Games

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About This Game



You wake up to find your town in chaos. Everyone has gone crazy and is just attacking each other! A cryptic message is the secret to survival-- Press X to not die!

Survive the streets, find your girlfriend, find out what happened, and get the hell out of town in this ridiculous live-action interactive movie adventure!

Key Features
  • Press buttons like your life depends on it! Because it does!
  • Over 35 minutes of HD footage!
  • Graphics so amazing, they look like real life!
  • 25 unique ways to die!
  • Uncover the secrets behind the madness in a branching storyline that reflects your choices!
  • A Dynamic Dialogue system that constructs key spoken sentences on the fly to reflect your actions and performance, providing for an unprecedentedly dynamic experience in an interactive movie.
  • “1994 Mode” re-renders the game as it would have looked during the golden age of interactive movies!
  • Steam Leaderboards to share your high score and the choices you made, with the world!
  • Fight a clown!


Links:
http://www.facebook.com/pressxtonotdie1
http://www.twitter.com/pressxtonotdie1
http://www.pressxtonotdie.com

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 800x600 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard & Mouse or Xbox 360 Gamepad
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1920x1080
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard & Mouse or Xbox 360 Gamepad
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dayvan cowboy
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
Interesting "game" if I can say that. Really really short (30 mins) and the story is not so good. I mean nothing is explained, that's the problem. At least the gameplay was unique.
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Fitfit
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
- Short game (30 min)
- Forced/weird acting
- Low budget scenarios and scenes
- The camera shakes way too much

Not my kind of game at all.
I lost 30 min of my life.
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iddqd666
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
Recommend
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Purpleater
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
The gameplay is like a short Telltale game but with real footage. The story is absurd, cheesy and campy. The acting is bad. But it's kind of fun. I got it for $0.59 on sale.

You can complete it in about 30min. It has some replay value if you want to see all the content/acting. You can select specific scenes to replay, which helps for getting some of the achievements.
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Egoi$ta CSGOEgg.com
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
Wow... Its really great to see a small indie games turned out to be cool and interesting. Great concept, good gameplay, Button smasher's heaven!


P.S. It supports 360 controller only, i have a generic controller and couldnt play, and its bit difficult to mash on keyboard.. PLS FIX
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Mykwon
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Best FMV game ever!
Paid 0.83$ for this game with soundtrack. UNBEATABLE!

11/10 Would definitely buy "Press X to Not Die 2"
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deepblue43
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
It is unique FMV game.I really liked it and played with pleasure.Only problem is that the period of the game is too short:I finished it under 30 min. but you can not expect more because it is too cheap!
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Byrnvif
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
"Press Z and E to watch your girlfriend shower" It was worth it...
Basically Harecore Henry with QTEs. Worth every moment.
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silversuriv
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Portable Description
Press X to Not Die is a short (~30 min) FMV game filled with cheap humor and predictable QTEs. With various death triggers, nut shots and game endings to experience, be prepared to stay on those fingertips.

Gameplay
Full Motion Video
In a world where a certain type of people are immune to some rage-inducing virus, you must get to your girlfriend and figure out how to survive. This FMV game is comprised of 7 chapters. It will take the player approximately half an hour to reach the end of a single play-through. This interactive movie parodies a lot of common tropes observed in a virus outbreak story; however, Press X is much more laid-back and comedic about it. It even breaks the fourth wall quite often to help develop a more direct interaction with the player, while making fun of itself at times.

Although this game is extremely amusing, many players may not enjoy the style of comedy or sense of humor Press X employs. The dialogue and script can be too cheesy at times, and the cast is a tad on the ordinary side. From a more technical standpoint, the video clips are often too discontinuous between decisions. A more seamless transition would be ideal.

Quick Time Events
The gameplay of Press X is all about the triggered QTEs, with sprinkles of multiple choice decisions mixed in. On a M&K setup, the game utilizes approximately 9 different keys/buttons to proceed through each QTE. Some will be “press _,” others will be “rapidly press _ and _,” all in an effort to: dodge, hit, swing, run, climb, choke, etc.

Most of the QTEs will be fairly predictable with regards to timing. If an obstacle, object, or human is suddenly in your path, a QTE will occur. There are very few abrupt QTEs, and upon death, the player will restart from a recent checkpoint (generally immediately before the failed QTE). The button prompts mostly vary, even if redoing a scene. Several QTEs will also need to be failed to achieve specific Steam achievements or discover unseen footage.

Conclusion
Advised Suggestions
There are a few suggestions that may improve gameplay listed below.

  • Allow the player to skip certain sequences (useful after dying for the 10th time).
  • Improve the transition of spliced clips between decisions – a little too jarring at times.
  • Implement dedicated save slots (similar to visual novels) or a “rewind to last decision” option.

Verdict
Press X to Not Die is essentially a QTE simulator with a “story”. Unfortunately, the editing, script and dialogue leave a desire for more; however, the lack of FMV games on Steam makes it hard to regret purchasing Press X, especially at such a deeply discounted price ($0.59). The game’s blatant disregard for the fourth wall and plentiful amount of death triggers earn it a recommendation for any non-hypercritical fan of FMV or QTE-heavy games.

Before You Buy – analyses of newly released indie games
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Sighman
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
The plot makes perfect sense
It's funny
It's SHORT (unlike the protagonist)
It has a shower scene

Do you like chocolate?
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 2
Product received for free
Introduction
Press X to Not Die is a quirky full motion video game filled with lots of humor and plenty of death. The game is a nice throwback to older games of this nature. Stuck in a world where everyone seems to have gone mad, you have to find away to not die through button mashing on your keyboard or controller. The game is a fun experience that can definitely raise your adrenaline, don’t blink or relax because you never know when you’ll have to press X!

Story
The game starts off like any normal day, that is until your friend rushes over stating that everyone is attacking each other and you have to press X to not die. From that point on you’re thrust into a world where your survival depends on your reaction time. But don’t worry, you’ll be dying a lot and actually this is the best part. All of the deaths are absurd as is the game itself. You have to rescue your girlfriend, find answers and get out of town in one piece all of this action packed fun is also helped with ridiculous dialogue which is funny and also meta. Don’t worry about the fourth wall, it’s been destroyed.

Gameplay
As the name of the game states, you have to press X to not die. The game works very well using a game controller, however you can also use your keyboard if you like. The game pretty much consists of button mashing action sequences and dialogue choices. Fear not, the game offers a challenge. You have four difficulty modes; easy, medium, hard and then super hard. The amount of buttons you have to press at the same time and the speed at which you have to press them changes with each difficulty.

Graphics/Audio
This game uses full motion video, meaning everything you see in the game is portrayed by real actors. Every crazy death is acted out and over the top but all done very well. The cheesy humor of the game fits well with the FMV format. The user interface is a bit on the simple side, however this isn’t a huge issue. The whole game is voiced as well so no need to worry there. There isn’t much music in the game but that’s fine, it’s mainly about the action. The game gives you a first person perspective, I however had a bit of an issue with this at first. The movement of camera made me feel uncomfortable but this subsided after some play time. There is also a very retro “1994 mode” which changes the quality of the graphics to what us old farts had to deal with.


Pros
+ Great FMV retro feel with good acting.
+ Story is over the top and pretty funny.
+ Four levels of difficulty.
+ Good controls.
+ Steam cards and achievements.

Cons
- The language in this game can be rather coarse at times so beware of cursing.
- Thumbs might get tired from all the button mashing.

Final Thoughts
As I write this review the game is currently in the Early Access stage, however, I do feel that it’s pretty good as-is and look forward to whatever features get added when it has its full release. If you’re a fan of FMV interactive games then I highly recommend Press X to Not Die, it’s very affordable but also very short. Most of the replay value likes in collecting achievements and unlocking all of the death scenes. While this game may not be for everyone, I really enjoyed it.


Rating: 9/10

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Portable Description
Press X to Not Die is a short (~30 min) FMV game filled with cheap humor and predictable QTEs. With various death triggers, nut shots and game endings to experience, be prepared to stay on those fingertips.

Gameplay
Full Motion Video
In a world where a certain type of people are immune to some rage-inducing virus, you must get to your girlfriend and figure out how to survive. This FMV game is comprised of 7 chapters. It will take the player approximately half an hour to reach the end of a single play-through. This interactive movie parodies a lot of common tropes observed in a virus outbreak story; however, Press X is much more laid-back and comedic about it. It even breaks the fourth wall quite often to help develop a more direct interaction with the player, while making fun of itself at times.

Although this game is extremely amusing, many players may not enjoy the style of comedy or sense of humor Press X employs. The dialogue and script can be too cheesy at times, and the cast is a tad on the ordinary side. From a more technical standpoint, the video clips are often too discontinuous between decisions. A more seamless transition would be ideal.

Quick Time Events
The gameplay of Press X is all about the triggered QTEs, with sprinkles of multiple choice decisions mixed in. On a M&K setup, the game utilizes approximately 9 different keys/buttons to proceed through each QTE. Some will be “press _,” others will be “rapidly press _ and _,” all in an effort to: dodge, hit, swing, run, climb, choke, etc.

Most of the QTEs will be fairly predictable with regards to timing. If an obstacle, object, or human is suddenly in your path, a QTE will occur. There are very few abrupt QTEs, and upon death, the player will restart from a recent checkpoint (generally immediately before the failed QTE). The button prompts mostly vary, even if redoing a scene. Several QTEs will also need to be failed to achieve specific Steam achievements or discover unseen footage.

Conclusion
Advised Suggestions
There are a few suggestions that may improve gameplay listed below.

  • Allow the player to skip certain sequences (useful after dying for the 10th time).
  • Improve the transition of spliced clips between decisions – a little too jarring at times.
  • Implement dedicated save slots (similar to visual novels) or a “rewind to last decision” option.

Verdict
Press X to Not Die is essentially a QTE simulator with a “story”. Unfortunately, the editing, script and dialogue leave a desire for more; however, the lack of FMV games on Steam makes it hard to regret purchasing Press X, especially at such a deeply discounted price ($0.59). The game’s blatant disregard for the fourth wall and plentiful amount of death triggers earn it a recommendation for any non-hypercritical fan of FMV or QTE-heavy games.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23
The most realistic graphics ive ever saw in a game what if i press all the buttons to not die lets just say it did not end well its so random its hard not to laugh at it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
"Press Z and E to watch your girlfriend shower" It was worth it...
Basically Harecore Henry with QTEs. Worth every moment.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
Wow... Its really great to see a small indie games turned out to be cool and interesting. Great concept, good gameplay, Button smasher's heaven!


P.S. It supports 360 controller only, i have a generic controller and couldnt play, and its bit difficult to mash on keyboard.. PLS FIX
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Best FMV game ever!
Paid 0.83$ for this game with soundtrack. UNBEATABLE!

11/10 Would definitely buy "Press X to Not Die 2"
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
The plot makes perfect sense
It's funny
It's SHORT (unlike the protagonist)
It has a shower scene

Do you like chocolate?
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 30, 2015
Remember all the things you loved (or perhaps, hated) about FMV games back in the 90's? Well, All Seeing Eye Games does and has packed "Press X to Not Die" full of them, along with a bit of self-referential humor and even some current industry tropes along the way.

Like the games from decades past that it undoubtedly draws upon, Press X to Not Die casts YOU as the protagonist in a world that has all of a sudden gone mad. In true "Interactive Movie" style, the video scenes that follow as the story progresses are shot from your perspective and characters in the game address you directly. At certain points, you will be presented with a situation that requires a button press (or combination thereof) within a specific time frame depending on the difficulty selected. At other times, the player selects from a dialog tree or similar to keep things moving. Though these interactions represent the entirety of the gameplay, the approach here is faithful to the FMV games of yore. Additionally, the developers have done a fine job of interjecting humor (self-deprecating and otherwise) into the proceedings.

On the standard difficulty, I was able to get through the entirety of the game in just about a half an hour on the first go through with minimal deaths. While I was a little surprised to have seen the ending that soon, the length of Press X to Not Die is commensurate with the price of admission. There also exists the possibility of replaying the game several times, whether it be at a higher difficulty or to intentionally not press the required buttons or make different choices to see how the alternate video scenes play out.

In all, Press X to Not Die succeeds as a throwback to a genre that left the spotlight as quickly as it entered it over 20 years ago. It also succeeds as a tongue in cheek reference regarding why those games had limited appeal and short shelf lives. Regardless of which one is more prevalent, Press X to Not Die succeeds and is worthy of a purchase.
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 2, 2015
There is actually a lot more to the game than just pressing X to not die! You'll also have to press A,B even Y! And don't get me started on the directional buttons!

I enjoyed the shower scene... 4 times. And was rewarded by being called a pervert :(

Hope Ariel made it out too.

Will get the sequel!
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48 of 73 people (66%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 12, 2015
Press X to Not Die is an indie comedy FMV game that is fun, but is weighted down with quite a few flaws.
If this review is too long for you, I suggest you to only read the first paragraph about the game's content and the final verdict at the end.

What is happening in the game:
A crazy person is trying to kill you! What should you do? Your friend tells you to press X and you get to live. He presses X too late and he dies. You soon find out that this was not an isolated case as the streets are full of people trying to kill the ones that are healthy. You have to use your reflexes to avoid dying, getting hit and other things.

Pros:
  • Comedy | I had to admit that I had quite a few laughs while playing this. Although the acting was not the best I've seen, I'm pretty sure it was intentional (at least to some degree) and it's able to make you laugh, if you're not too demanding.
  • The Gameplay | There are three things you can do in the game: you can choose what to say in a dialog, you have to use reflexes to dodge a punch or to hit someone and you have to mash buttons to run or climb fences. This is actually one of the best things in this game. There are also different difficulties, the higher the difficulty, the more buttons you have to press at the same time.
  • Production | There are a lot of short clips put together to form this game and whoever was in charge of coordination and planning did a wonderful job. There are multiple clips which are different every time you die and that really adds another level of quality to the story.
  • Gamepad and Keyboard Support | Although this game was meant to be played on a controller, the developers added a setting to play with your keyboard. The controls were ported well and you will find the gameplay enjoyable with any one of those two.
  • Chapter Selection | Another thing I really like is the menu in which you can choose between the unlocked chapters. This is great if you, for some reason, didn't complete the story in one sitting or if you just want to select some other text in the dialog answer selection.
  • Points System and Leaderboards | As you get points for beating the game, there is Steam Leaderboards support for this game. You also get achievements for beating the game at different difficulties.
  • Active Developer | They are releasing updates frequently and they are open to suggestions. They are also planning on adding more features, such as subtitles and even more footage.

Cons:
  • Length of the Game | I completed this game in 25 minutes. Yes, that's right. It is recommended, however, that you play the game on more difficulties to see how far can you push your reflexes. I didn't find the story boring at all even after multiple playthroughs.
  • Acting Quality | Imagine a woman saying this line: "Oh, it's you. You're just in time. My roommate is trying to kill me." Now imagine her saying that half-asleep and kind of bored -- that is one example of this game's voice acting. It's not very good, if you haven't guess yet. I have a feeling that it's intentionally bad, but sometimes it's just too bad.
  • Poor Steam Integration | You cannot use Steam Overlay and you can only see your newly gained achievements after you close the game. Clunky. This was fixed with the latest update. Good job, developers!
  • Instability | When I was playing it, this game crashed a few times and one of the results of this was a lost achievement. Not a big deal, though, as this seems to be occurring rarely.

The final verdict:
I had a hard time deciding how to grade this game, but I decided that all the positive sides outweigh the negative ones. It's true that the acting is bad and the whole game is short, but I really liked it and I can't wait for the next episode! I'm not sure whether the price is appropriate or not, but the game is going to be updated with more content, anyway. I hope that the next episode will be given to current owners for free and not as a DLC or a separate game, as this would really not please people who thought that this episode was too short (everyone).
I recommend this if you're looking for a quick laugh and are not too demanding when it comes to acting quality.

Greetings,
BirdCute

Note that my copy of this game was obtained for free for reviewing purposes. However, this did not affect the quality and objectivity of this review.

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