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Shank is the cult-classic revival of the sidescrolling beat-em-up. Play as Shank in an over-the-top grindhouse game, packed to the rim with enemies, bosses, combos, and more by the award-winning team at Klei Entertainment.
Release Date: 25 Oct 2010
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...Shank is the freshest, most unequivocally rewarding beat-em-up game to come along in almost a decade.

Wildly addictive action and smooth controls complemented by a pulpy grind house style, make Shank a must-play for fans of the classic genre.
5 out of 5

Shank is a lot of fun because it lets you murder a lot of different people in a lot of different ways, and I think you should buy it.
4.5 out of 5

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  • Boss tuning improved.
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  • Many other bug fixes and improvements.

About the Game

Shank is the cult-classic revival of the sidescrolling beat-em-up. Play as Shank in an over-the-top grindhouse game, packed to the rim with enemies, bosses, combos, and more by the award-winning team at Klei Entertainment. The 2D sidescroller beat-em-up is finally on Steamplay, now with improved controls and tuning updates based on popular feedback! Shank will have you shooting and slashing your way through hordes of enemies in a stylized slaughter fest. Embark on a brutal path of blood soaked revenge as Shank battles his way through the criminal underground in his quest for retribution. Boasting fast-paced bloody action, silky smooth controls and a signature pulpy grindhouse art style, Shank is a must-play for action fans.

Key Features:

  • Violent graphic novel art style:
    Beautiful and fluid graphic novel art and animation styled by veteran director Jeff Agala.
  • Weapon-based combo system:
    String together endless combos of mayhem and destruction on the fly and pummel your opponents to the ground using an exhaustive arsenal of weapons.
  • Gorgeous, fully animated story cinematics:
    Watch Shanks brutal story unfold through beautiful fully animated cut scenes.
  • Brutal Boss Battles:
    Over 8 different massive and unique bloody boss battles.
  • Two-Player Local Co-Op:
    Murder with a friend. Play in a separate backstory in the two-player co-op mode and face a legion of well-armed enemies in the prequel to the single player experience.

PC System Requirements


    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Pentium 4 running at 1.7 GHz or Greater; Athlon 64 running at 1.7GHz or greater with support for SSE2 instructions
    • Memory:1 GB of ram, 1.5 GB (Vista and Windows 7) GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon X1800 GTO 256MB and the Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra 256MB cards
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space

Mac System Requirements


    • OS:OS X 10.6.6 or later
    • Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space

Linux System Requirements


    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 running at 1.7 GHz or Greater; Athlon 64 running at 1.7GHz or greater with support for SSE2 instructions
    • Memory: 1.5 GB or more
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1800 GTO 256MB and the Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra 256MB cards, or better
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
701 products in account
15 reviews
5.8 hrs on record
This game is basically El Gringo, Machete and Kill Bill distilled into perfect videogame form. it's fun, it's funny, the music is very Ennio Morricone-ey (awesome), and Shank's forearms are freakishly big.

Just whatever you do, for the love of god DON'T PRESS DELETE SAVE in the options, that deletes all your unlocks and stuff, and not your keybinds.

Happy trails.
Posted: 27 December 2013
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
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8 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
KNIFE to meet you! - Annoymous

Shank controls nicely on the gamepad (Which is what the devs want you to play this on) and feel better than the PC controls, although Shank is a spam fest either way. Button-mashing is inevitable and gameplay is repetative as the same enemies will attack you in the same ways. I never said that it wasn't fun though, as Shank pulls it off with such style that I really cannot find the gameplay boring. Sure the enemies will take a long time to kill and you will take some damage in the process but it's fair and will drop you health and extra weapons for your troubles.

Graphically I cannot find fault with Shank's aesthetic. The character animations are smooth, the character models are functional, the backgrounds (Silhouettes) do thier job and the scenery looks pleasing at the very least. Shank seems to break up the fighting from time to time by adding in puzzle sections which flows nicely and gives players hands a rest from the constant button-mashing. Mechanics of Shank are fairly simple with not too much getting in the way of redecorating the walls with enemies intestines, and on the topic of intestines it feels like the devolpers wanted this to be more violent in parts. I expected some gruesome deaths from enemies once I got a high enough combo which makes you feel that this game is censored. We'll get to that later.

It's later. The story is absolutely terrible and it seems that the main character, appropriately named Shank is just out to kill the Big Bad because he doesn't lke him. I played the Steam version through to the second boss fight and then downloaded the Humble Bundle 4 version (Which I got a while ago) and noticed that the cutscenes had been changed to the point where the story makes no sense. I cannot understand why Steam would censor an M rated game, but I'm not complaining. The only other real issue is the fact that this game was made for the gamepad. It says so on the intro screen and shows it by having the default controls worse than my home country's rating system. These are two seemingly petty gripes but they really ruin the experince.

Do you see how I've recommended this game? I've recommended it on two conditions. These follow:
1- You own a gamepad as the default and customizable controls are terrible
2- You don't care about the story/you watch the cutscenes through YouTube to grasp the story/you'll played this game on console and know the story
These are the only conditions I would recommend Shank and that's a real shame because I like Shank, I possibly even love Shank, but if I'm being honest then that's my recommendation to you.

-Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for it's crazy, fun, spam fest attitude
-Mark Of The Ninja for the unique and eye-catching style

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Posted: 4 January 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
204 products in account
29 reviews
8.8 hrs on record
7/10 - A short, enjoyable side-scrolling beat 'em up with fun co-op. Weapons vary from chains, katanas, machetes, uzis, pistols, miniguns, shotguns (especially shotguns!) with a bunch of costumes to collect and animated cutscenes reminiscent to that of Kill Bill.
Posted: 21 January 2014
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
475 products in account
79 reviews
4.8 hrs on record
I would love to love this game. It has a fantastic presentation with a Mexican desert flavor, great animation, big boss fights, a plethora of different looking enemies and it is a 2D beat em up published EA (but people think its indie). Its just not fun. In an era full of Metroidvanias beat em ups such as Guacamelee, you will find Shank is more of a basic left to right sidescroller with very few ups and downs. There are no secret areas or even breakable walls with meat in them. If the original Castlevania had secrets, why not Shank?

The game has great controls, a quick melee button, strong melee button, a gun attack, a pounce button, grapple button, grenade button, block button and even a jump. It has everything that you'd ever want in a 2D beat em up. With all of that being said, it feels so monotonous. Your attacks feel very weak and each enemy takes an exorbitant amount of hits. The enemies are pretty smart, they'll block and roll through you to sandwich you between enemies. If they have enough distance, they'll pull a gun out and shoot. While there are a lot of different looking enemies, they all pretty much fall into a few categories. Standard foot soldiers, big brawlers, weapon users and dogs.

The game is very forgiving on normal mode. There are no lives, you just respawn pretty close to where you died. It is a welcome decision to do so. Of course, there is a hard mode too.

The problem with the game is that it gets dull really quick especially when you have the same attacks from start to finish. You gain no new abilities to keep things fresh. There are a few extra guns and strong melee weapons that you can use, but nothing feels like an upgrade, just a sidegrade. The bosses boil down to finding a weakness to exploit, pouncing on them and stabbing them.

There are light traversals to break up combat for a mere two seconds, such as climbing a brief fall, briefly hanging from a pipe or jumping platform to platform, but it just needed more of a break from the monotony of combat. It is so odd that there can be so much diversity in combat, and yet you can still just button mash your way to victory. Also what does it say about Shank's combat when the next game the creators made after Shank 2 was a stealth game? Another issue with the game is the blah music.

There is co-op to improve the experience, but having a friend around can improve any experience. I'm from an era of Nintendo and Super Nintendo beat em ups that have less combat options, but more enemy diversity. I just couldn't get into Shank.

Finally, there will be plenty of sales if not game bundles with Shank 1 and 2. Just wait for the combo pack sales with $5 for both.
Posted: 26 February 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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109 reviews
2.4 hrs on record
First off, its a short game.

It was more challenging than I first thought it was going to be, but it was satisfying to pull off these crazy combos.

I love the artwork, the music was ok.

The enemies and situations were all repeated in different scenery but still fun anyways since the game wasn't very long.

Overall I had a fun time playing this. The story was ok.
Posted: 13 March 2014
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