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.
User reviews: Very Positive (842 reviews)
Release Date: 25 Oct, 2010

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Shank

 

Reviews

1Up

...Shank is the freshest, most unequivocally rewarding beat-em-up game to come along in almost a decade.

http://www.1up.com/reviews/shank-review

A


G4/X-Play

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

http://www.g4tv.com/games/xbox-360/62766/shank/review/

5 out of 5


Joystiq

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.

http://www.joystiq.com/2010/08/24/shank-review/

4.5 out of 5

Just Updated

  • More responsive controls, based on player feedback.
  • Boss tuning improved.
  • Shoot directly upward!
  • Many other bug fixes and improvements.

About This 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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X 10.6.6 or later
    • Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • 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
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: 29 March
The real magic of going through your gaming backlog is stumbling across those little gems you didn't know you had.

Such was the case with Shank. I'm not sure when I purchased it, but there it was sitting in my library covered in e-dust. I watched the trailer, and it gave me a feint reminder of Mark of the Ninja. I was intrigued.

So I sat down to play it, and a short weekend later I was done. I laid witness to great storytelling, a beautiful aesthetic, and gameplay that, while just a beat-em-up, was deep enough to leave me feeling completely satisfied.

The one thing that stood above the rest would definitely be the music. It goes to great lengths to set a moody atmosphere that feels ripped right out of a Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez movie. In fact, if you've seen El Mariachi or Pulp Fiction you'll know roughly what you're getting in to.

If you're bored and looking for something to do, puchase and play this game. You won't regret it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: 14 July
Shank is a cheesy 2D platformer that plays in Mexico. It has it's own graphic style. There's a little bit gore and brutal scenes especially on the boss kills. You start with 3 different weapon classes, melee = chainsaw (yeah!) double pistols (akimbo style, you can fly during shooting in the air because of recoil wtf?) and 2 daggers to pounce on enemies. Somehow the movements and controls are a little bit clunky. I even experienced some lags with over 300 FPS.

The big plus is the strange atmosphere. The background music supports it much and feels like a neverending Quentin Tarantino soundtrack. The big minus are the controls and fights. Enemies are able to block gunshots and can dogde around you in the background. Mostly the gameplay is like in Double Dragon. (you can also finish a just local co-op campaign). Enemies with ridiculous names appear from both sides and you have fight them down to proceed. You can pickup some powerups (grenades, health) or special weapons (grenade launcher, flamethrower) but it's just rarely.

The hard mode is really very hard. Even if you manage to kill properly all enemies on the map. There remain these annoying jump sequences. Once you fall down you have to repeat the whole level (in hard mode there are no savepoints). Or you just get hit by a grenade on the slackline or accidently change sides on a climbing pole. Sometimes windows don't break if you try to jump through ...
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: 5 May
Well, it's decent game and very short one. If you got it in one of indie bundles or on sale then I say it's worth your money.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: 18 February
When your boss orders the death of your waifu, what lengths will you go to avenge her while fighting off soldiers of the Mexican army and murdering wrestlers with a chainsaw? A very deep and thoughtful look into the heart of one lone otaku who has lost the very thing he stood for as a human being. Though a box office failure, Shank has received major widespread critical acclaim for exploring such themes that are usually left untouched by many other stories.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: 13 July
SO MUCH FUN. The game feels almost too short for what it brings. However, shank 2 is straight up upgrade in everything from weapons, to combos, to graphics, to enemy diversity.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny