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.
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Release Date: 25 Oct, 2010

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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

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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

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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
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Sloopz
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 23 July
Best 2 hours spent on a game. Just the right dose to keep it all interesting.
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limelight1210
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: 21 July
Play it for the story. It's actually quite good.

On the other hand though, it is a bit of a button masher.

Having said that, the game only takes about 3 hours to finish.

Looking forward to playing the sequel.
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Vagabond251
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 18 July
Shank is a 2D side scrolling action game from Klei Studios. This is the first in a series of two games and while the second game is a far more refined experience, the original is still fun in it's own way, even if it is a pretty simple game.

I have to confess I played Shank 2 before the original so I am slightly more negatively biased towards the game as the first is missing a lot of improvements added in the sequel. This doesn't mean the game isn't fun, it just means it's relatively simple and superficial when it comes to mechanics. In Shank 2 you were almost required to have the proper load out to complete certain levels. In the first game, you have the option to switch weapons on the fly, but you probably won't need to as the two starting weapons (chainsaw and double pistols) can get you through the entire game pretty easily (hard mode included). Additionally there are only three enemy types (medium, large, dog) with a few variants. Once you know how to take down one variant, you can take down all of them with relative ease.

I don't mean to say that Shank is a bad game, just one that needed to be fleshed out a little more. In terms of content it's a very short game and I was able to get all the achievements under 10 hours. There is a co-op campaign but it's local only which is very unfortunate because I found it to be pretty fun to double up with a friend and run through some missions. I actually prefer Shank's co-op to Shank 2's co-op (which is a really difficult survival mode). Shank's co-op (although local only) actually fleshes out the story a little more. There is an achievement for completing local co-op so make sure you've got a buddy and an extra controller if you plan on getting all the achievements.

Overall Shank is a great looking 2D beat 'em up/shoot 'em up with a great soundtrack and fun bosses. The game may be relatively easy and simple and could use a little more content but it's still a blast to play.

6.5/10
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I Falafel
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: 18 July
You play Shank, a mercenary who has been wronged by his previous employer in this viscerally violent 2D side scrolling brawler with tight controls. Fast paced action, memorable boss battles (though often with obvious solutions), and wonderful art direction make this a blast to play. However, the game is very short, the campaign is around 4 hours long on Normal difficulty. There is Co-op, but I never played. It is recommended to use a controller.

Pros:
-Art direction is beautiful
-Kill Bill-esque over the top story
-Tight controls

Cons:
-Short campaign
-Bosses fights can be anti-climatic

I played this on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
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Shinjuku
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 10 July
Awesome and fun game. I enjoyed the whole experience at first it was a bit hard to get used to the control but it was a matter of time to get them right. It worth playing if you are looking for something to have fun and you can play with frinds the backstory ;) Now time for the Shank 2!
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Zebra
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: 10 July
Dude killed you and your wife. You didn't die. You kill them all. Much deep story.

Ps.: An amazing 2D Sytle game, with a lot of Gore. Besides that, simple combo system, no difficulty and repetiteve bosses. Hard-mode and CoOp is a huge plus since they make the game a lot more interesting and hard. Really short game, about 3 hours, but gain an extra 6-8 hours do to CoOp and HardMode.
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Technobreaker
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 5 July
Shank is a great game, feels like watching a cartoon series with more violence and sexual content. Animation is the most beautiful thing that this game has brought to us.

PROS:

+ Smooth gameplay.
+ Decent story.
+ GREAT animations!
+ AMAZING soundtracks!

CONS:

- No online co-op.
- Althought Steam says you own the soundtracks as a DLC, they're not there.
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Captain Fapton
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 3 July
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Andreilg
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 June
This is a hard game to review because it has so many issues and yet isn't horrible and I'd recommend it if you're a very big fan of this genre (only from a sale though).

This game is horrendously designed. It was clearly made by amateur indie developers and the only thing remotely polished about it is the artstyle, which is fairly polarizing as it is. The game is essentially a tasteless grindhouse that involves as much gore and blood as possible, but I suppose that's apart of the genre that it's trying to be in so I can't fault it for that. However, what I can fault it for is it's terribly unresponsive controls, repetitive gameplay that's only real progress is gained from achieving arbitrary weapons at times that most of the time are worse than the first few weapons you unlock anyway. The enemies are created to essentially annoy you and juggle you, which in a beat em' up is essentially to be expected but this goes in this game where you've got guys shooting you while guys from off screen tackle you while dogs jump on you and guys hit you with machetes from a much longer range than makes any sense. This would be alright if enemies weren't damage sponges and couldn't attack you when they're barely on screen but it seems to just devolve into button mashing and luck, especially if you're playing on hard mode which means you only have one life. To add to this, the game is artifically created exponentially harder than it needs to be in hard mode because of the horrible platforming in the game that only serves to irritate you further. The developers seem to think irritation is good game design.

On top of all of this they censored the game and removed a ton of cutscenes which thus made the story make even less sense than it already did and gives you little motivation to be invested in the game unless you really just like mass murder. There is a steam guide that explains how to put the censorship back in but I just find it amazing that one implied ♥♥♥♥ scene was considered innapropriate in a game where the player commits brutal mass murder to countless people. Doesn't sound like the developers have their priorities right.

With that being said, there is some charm to the game that kept me playing and is the reason I am recommending it if you don't have better games to play. Also because I don't like beat em' ups to begin with or grindhouse I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.
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Horrible Andy
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 June
EA edited some violence out of it recently for some reason but all you need to do to play the original uncut version is:

right click the title in your library and go to propertues then click the beta tab and choose classic from the dropdown menu. The game will redownload and that's it, you have the uncut original Shank. But don't mix the saves from the classic game with the new version it will cause it to crash.

Anyway, great game. 9/10 Enjoy.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: 26 June
EA edited some violence out of it recently for some reason but all you need to do to play the original uncut version is:

right click the title in your library and go to propertues then click the beta tab and choose classic from the dropdown menu. The game will redownload and that's it, you have the uncut original Shank. But don't mix the saves from the classic game with the new version it will cause it to crash.

Anyway, great game. 9/10 Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: 18 July
Shank is a 2D side scrolling action game from Klei Studios. This is the first in a series of two games and while the second game is a far more refined experience, the original is still fun in it's own way, even if it is a pretty simple game.

I have to confess I played Shank 2 before the original so I am slightly more negatively biased towards the game as the first is missing a lot of improvements added in the sequel. This doesn't mean the game isn't fun, it just means it's relatively simple and superficial when it comes to mechanics. In Shank 2 you were almost required to have the proper load out to complete certain levels. In the first game, you have the option to switch weapons on the fly, but you probably won't need to as the two starting weapons (chainsaw and double pistols) can get you through the entire game pretty easily (hard mode included). Additionally there are only three enemy types (medium, large, dog) with a few variants. Once you know how to take down one variant, you can take down all of them with relative ease.

I don't mean to say that Shank is a bad game, just one that needed to be fleshed out a little more. In terms of content it's a very short game and I was able to get all the achievements under 10 hours. There is a co-op campaign but it's local only which is very unfortunate because I found it to be pretty fun to double up with a friend and run through some missions. I actually prefer Shank's co-op to Shank 2's co-op (which is a really difficult survival mode). Shank's co-op (although local only) actually fleshes out the story a little more. There is an achievement for completing local co-op so make sure you've got a buddy and an extra controller if you plan on getting all the achievements.

Overall Shank is a great looking 2D beat 'em up/shoot 'em up with a great soundtrack and fun bosses. The game may be relatively easy and simple and could use a little more content but it's still a blast to play.

6.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: 5 July
Shank is a great game, feels like watching a cartoon series with more violence and sexual content. Animation is the most beautiful thing that this game has brought to us.

PROS:

+ Smooth gameplay.
+ Decent story.
+ GREAT animations!
+ AMAZING soundtracks!

CONS:

- No online co-op.
- Althought Steam says you own the soundtracks as a DLC, they're not there.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: 21 July
Play it for the story. It's actually quite good.

On the other hand though, it is a bit of a button masher.

Having said that, the game only takes about 3 hours to finish.

Looking forward to playing the sequel.
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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: 6 August, 2014
"FORGIVE ME FATHER FOR I WILL SIN" and lets carry on by saying that "SHANK" is one of the toughest S.O.B's i have ever seen in gaming,i mean come on to rip a guy clean in half with your shanks is just one hell of a feat of strength (NOT TO MENTION ONE EASY WAY TO GET COVERED IN YOUR ENEMIES INNARDS YUCK)
Now i know this games been out for ages but i have never got round to finishing it until now and i must say it is one game that is no walk in the park,some of the "BOSS" fights border on the "AAARRRGGGHHH GOD DO I HAVE TO TRY AND BEAT THIS (CENSORED FOR THE CHILDREN AND PREGNANT MOTHERS OUT THERE) AGAIN,FOR PETES SAKE (NO IDEA WHO PETE IS EITHER)" but thats the whole point as you get to the "BOSS" and you win a little and you loose a little until you learn their attack pattern and how to deal with them.
The graphics in game look like they have been animated by a top team and it all plays out like a saturday morning cartoon (YEAH-if you like them full of action and eviscerated enemies) and the sound and spoken dialogue in game are all of the highest quality and the gameplay just flows from one act to the next,with you hacking down enemies and then moving onto the next wave.
My only gripe is,is that is all you actually do whilst playing the game-but trust me when i say you will be having to much fun to realise this and it will not enter your mind until you either stop for a break and think about it to much or finish the game and look back over what you have done and then say to yourself "GOD I KILLED A LOT OF FOES IN THIS GAME,BUT WHAT ELSE" (thats how it happened to me anyway).
Now whilst i was playing the one thing that came to mind the most was a modern grind house classic (well it was a classic to me anyway) "MACHETTE",from the action to the sense of humour this game shares a lot in common with this bloody modern day "B" movie,now "SHANK" was released in 2010 and "MACHETTE" was released in 2010 also so which takes influence from which you decide,but i will tell you this watch one and then play the other (or vice versa) and you to will see what i am talking about.
Now this game was a commercial success, selling tens of thousands of copies and remaining in the top 20 Xbox Live Arcade games during September 2010. It was followed by a sequel, Shank 2, released in 2012 for the same gaming platforms as the first game and to be honest you can see why they did the sequel (profit yes i know thats what your thinking-and YES that may be the main reason OK) as the orriginal is just such fun and a total blast to play through (i still need to get to the CO-OP though and play through thet yet).
Will you play this if you havent allready,well if you like an action game that kicks ♥♥♥ and takes no prisoners at all then yes and if not then why not as its one of the best side scrolling beat,chop,kick,main,muttilate,eviscerate and blow the crap out of games that this reveiwer has ever played.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: 14 November, 2014
Shank on the trailers showing beautiful cartoon graphics combined with a high degree of brutality. The problem is that games which look professionally on the trailers do not always make the same impression when they fall into the hands - fortunately, not something that applies to this title. The best kind of bloodbath.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: 14 July, 2015
Shank is a cheesy 2D platformer & beat'em up game 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 ...
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: 29 March, 2015
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.
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: 2 August, 2015
I´ll start by saying that I think that the best game ever has been Street Fighter 2 Arcade.
I spent at arcades hundreds of dollars. I fought any challeger who took hold of the second stick, and won.
Final Fight Arcade was also great, and Golden Axe 2 the Revenge of Death Adder sublime.

Now Arcades are gone, died out about year 2000, killed by PSX, the greatest console ever.
Maybe you are too young to care about this fact, but that was history.

Shank and Shank 2 are for guys like me, who spent their money coin by coin fighting for prevalence.

p.s. I finished the campaign in hard difficulty. Very tough
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: 5 January
I am genuinely impressed with Shank - a great old school action brawler with a story straight out of the Kill Bill movies. The action is very clean and fluid. It offers some basic combo moves, fitting weapons, and a few other pleasant surprises. On the downside, it only takes about 2-3 hours to complete the game on normal difficulty. Although it is an enjoyable 2-3 hours of non-stop action. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=591742492 http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=591631294 Unlocked all achievements!
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