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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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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  • Boss tuning improved.
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  • 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
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: 24 October, 2014
This game... It's just amazing!
I love how you can just strangle your enemies with chains to kill them ;)
It has a lot of gore and it is really entertaining to watch..
THOUGH SOME SCENES WERE CUT OUT OF THE GAME !! >:/
Also it's just a 4 hour game even if you play slowly! D:
But still everyone has to atleast try this game!
10/10 I would recommend it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: 16 February
Shank is a pretty mindless 2D side-scrolling combat game, where all you do is beat up some enemies and move from area to area. The story is pretty short, it took me less than 3 hours to beat. There is no replayability and the PC controls are terrible, the game even tells you to use a controller. I would only play this game if you have nothing else to play, otherwise there are much better 2D side-scrolling games out there.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: 26 October, 2014
Good beat 'em up that's perfect for the new generation, not overly hard like the old genre used to be. Great art, good control, and good soundtrack. The story and dialogue is rather silly, but you won't find a good story in a beat 'em up game anyway.

7/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: 8 November, 2014
Best beat-em-up I've played in long time, but I recommend you get a gamepad before you buy. There's a TON of inputs, and I couldn't make it work with my keyboard.

But if you DO have a gamepad, this game is awesome. It looks and feels GREAT. There's plenty of depth, so if you get good, you can do all kinds of sweet tech that'll make you feel like a badass. There's also a satisfying difficulty curve.

It's Kiei, so you KNOW it looks great all the way through, with plenty of cool moments like sillohetted fights that don't get in the way of the gameplay.

And what's more, this game does bosses much better than the genre usually does. They're satisfying, difficult, cool-looking, and have uniqueness without breaking all the rest of the game's rules.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: 29 December, 2014
This is as close to "Kill Bill The Game" as I have seen so far. I love it. It has great graphic novel visual style and music, brutal and dynamic gameplay and cheesy B-movie plot that will make you grin and cringe at the same time. It is not very long, however, so if $10 for 4 hours of entertainment is too much for you, get it at a discount.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: 19 January
Pre-Release Review
Awesome graphics and awesome gameplay... with a story. Great beat'em up with fun combos, crazy bosses and lots of shanking. Gotta love those shivs! The story telling with the cutscenes keep you wanting more. For a fun beat'em up with smooth gameplay you'll definitely want to sharpen your knives and get ready to SHANK!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: 5 December, 2014
Shank is a very good game in my opinion although they do use some of the same map layout through out the game. I found a few bugs one of them being when you pounce and attack you can get stuck the only way to get rid of this is to restart at the last checkpoint or get damage from another near by enemy and this happened many times. The controls are quite confusing i myself re keyed everything so it wouldn't be a mess to play and control your character. The controller recommendaion is a bit stupid because the controls reset themselves so i just went with keyboard controls. It has a very short story around 3-4 hours depending on how good you are. There is parts where you climb up walls with your knife and i found this very clever. The user interface is quite good but i found myself having trouble when changing the sound volume and resolution. The save system in this game isn't the best there is no manual option to save the game does it for you i played for a couple of hours then when i re opened the game some of my progress was lost.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: 23 November, 2014
Kinda short but otherwise really fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: 9 February
Take everything I say about Shank with a big ol’ spoonful of salt; I don’t like platformers, I generally don’t like 2D side scrolling, and I hate brawlers and fighting games. So what is Shank? It is a 2D side scrolling brawler with comic book aesthetics and short elements of reactionary platforming.
Needless to say I started off the first level with a sour taste in my mouth and my judgments pre-rendered. After all of that, I’m not going to make a 180 and say Shank is great, but I got WAY more enjoyment out of it than I ever expected. The fighting felt to me like a run-and-gun adaptation of the combat found in Mark of the Ninja (a game I actually am quite fond of). While the platforming certainly picked at my nerves, the sections were short enough that I was able to push through them and keep playing. Helping matters was that Shank is an absolutely gorgeous game from an aesthetic standpoint. The animations are clear and well fleshed out, the cut-scenes are very rich and capture that comic book vibe, and the colors - while a bit muted for my tastes - are varied from level to level.
In the end, Shank is still a brawler. I don’t like memorizing combos and I don’t like how any fighting games handle. But I think in the end, that just says a lot for the quality that this game brings to the table. I’m not about to hand out my game of the year award, but Shank is pretty alright.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: 21 December, 2014
Very stabby.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: 31 October, 2014
Oh my days... it is like Streets of Rage in HD, but for grown-ups!!
This game is excellent!

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: 10 November, 2014
Short but sweet. The combat is so amazingly fluid and it is fun to play.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: 3 January
Rating 6.5/10
OVerview: 2d Action

The Good:

+ Great graphics and animation.

+ A good combat system, you have light and heavy attacks, ranged attacks, grapple and leap attacks. You mix this all together to create fun and fast combat mechanics.

+ A variety of weapons to fit your playstyle

The Average:

The boss battles are mostly the same. Each boss has similar attack patterns making each encounter feel more like a chore rather than a challenge

The Bad:

- Its main failing is that the game is very very repetitive. There is very little variety in the level design, thus every level has you beating up enemies, moving on to the next screen and doing it all over again. The game is short clocking in at roughly 2-3 hours on normal and by the time you reach the end you pretty much had enough anyways.

Conclusion
It is a good first effort from Klei Entertainment, they have a unique artsytle and animation to their games which make them stand out but this game is a bit on the shallow side.
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12 of 23 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: 3 December, 2014
Shank rhymes with wank
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: 6 November, 2014
Single player good. Co-op not so good.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: 5 January
Dogshit game design at it's finest...

Forced LOCAL multiplayer co-op to get the FULL effect of the "story", if your partner dies then you die as well... dumbest thing I've ever seen... what happened to LIVES?

Terrible voice acting not to mention mismatched. There seems to be a lot of European characters and Spanish characters but everyone sounds super white and lame, they have no flair and every character sounds identical other than the main.

Insanely obnoxious HARD mode with zero checkpoints, so if you fall in a pit you'll have to fight through 100 enemies again using boring overused combos to get back to the jump that killed you, most likely only to die again and quit the game out of sheer frustration.

By the 10 minute mark I was already sick of the combo system and bored with the animations. You aren't missing out if you skip this game.
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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