Paint the Town Red is a chaotic first person melee combat game set in different locations and time periods. The voxel-based enemies can be punched, bashed, kicked, stabbed and sliced completely dynamically using almost anything that isn't nailed down.
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Release Date:
Oct 13, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“With Paint the Town Red we're developing a number of unique systems that haven't been seen before in other games. The fully destructible, voxel based characters and the melee combat system with a multitude of weapon types present numerous gameplay opportunities. We decided the best way to develop the game would be to watch and work with the community as they played the game through development so we could have more data with which to design the levels and experience. It also allows us to have a stable, optimised and simply better version of the game for final release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're aiming to leave Early Access in the first half of 2017.”

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

“The Early Access version will continue to be updated to the point where it is ready for full release.

The final version will also feature the final Achievements and Trading Cards that can't be added until the game is complete.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version features a number of Scenario levels, the first few Arena Challenges, Co-op multiplayer and a level editor/Steam Workshop support. Besides more improvements and content, the remaining major feature is the rogue-like mode Beneath.”

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

“We will raise the price slightly on release and later in the early access process once some of the larger features are implemented and working correctly. We've priced the game lower for now because we don't believe people should be charged full price before most features are available in the game. Any future price adjustments will be minor.”

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

“We plan on being very involved with the community throughout development as this is the whole point of Early Access to us.

  • We'll be involved in discussions on the game with the community.
  • We'll have frequent development updates on our web site, Steam Community, Twitter, etc
  • We have a number of detailed development diaries breaking down the development process of the game planned
  • We'd also like to live stream development of the game
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October 14

October Beneath Progress Update

As we approach the completion of the Beneath mode it's getting harder to find things we want to show and talk about. Maintaining mystery so you can discover how to progress through the game while playing it is very important. Unfortunately since the time spent developing it has been very (very) long, it has meant we haven't been providing a lot of updates on progress and information about it. In this post we'll cover some of the elements of Beneath you'll encounter quite often, give some information on the back story and setting of Beneath and talk about our plans for release.

Challenge Rooms

As you make your way through earlier areas of Beneath, you'll sometimes come across gated rooms that will seal you in once you enter them. They will not release you until you either succeed or fail the task they set out. If you complete a room you'll gain a significant amount of Gold, Energy and a selection of some of the more powerful weapons, but you'll risk taking damage or dying.

There are a few different types of Challenge Rooms, such as the one that requires you to kill all the enemies in the room without taking any damage.

Shard Lords

For the most part the story of Beneath and of Paint the Town Red overall will be told implicitly through environmental details. When you start playing Beneath it is many years since the conflict you're in began. Your goal is to defeat the Elder Gods that rule the dimensions beneath the surface. A lesser one of these gods that came to the surface has already been killed before you begin. The heart an Elder God shatters into powerful shards when they are killed.

The humans use a shard to mutate the soldiers that get sent Beneath to give them powers. These are the characters you will play as and each 'run' you will be able to choose from a a selection of classes each with different powers. There are also many monsters that found shards and used them to become powerful beings known as Shard Lords. Defeating these elite enemies will allow you to amass these Shards of a Fallen God to spend on permanent upgrades that will increase your ability to progress through Beneath. These upgrades are separate from the other permanent upgrades you'll acquire using the Energy gained by defeating regular enemies.


As we've talked about previously, with the exception of some later areas there will be a shop in each level. These shops will sell weapons in exchange for Gold. Sometimes they might also contain a special item. Some shops will also contain a creature selling permanent upgrades in exchange for Energy. These permanent upgrade shops will also be available in the transition zones between areas.

Shops are shielded so that monsters cannot enter, giving you a temporary reprieve. Don't spend too long browsing though, as that will give you less time to avoid the Pursuer.


Pursuers are immortal entities created to cleanse the world beneath of invaders from above. After the surface war humans sent large forces underground, a front-line that slowly progressed towards the nearest Elder God. The creation of the Pursuers stopped this effort as they sucked the life from all human forces. In the earlier levels of Beneath you'll see the remains of this assault. Now only a single human (or up to 4 in co-op) can remain undetected beneath for a short length of time.

If you spend too long in one level you'll be warned the Pursuer has arrived. They are not corporeal, will move through walls and cannot be killed. If one arrives it is time to find an exit, especially if you're one of the slower classes.

Road to Release

We have all features in and working for Beneath, just some have placeholder art and sound effects. All levels of the mode are complete, as well as all weapons, enemies, upgrades and powers. 2 of the 4 bosses in the game still need to be finished as well as various UI elements, sound effects and music. We're also working on tweaking balance and progression. Recognizing we're in Early Access, some of this doesn't need to be 100% complete for an initial release of the mode. Once Beneath is fully completable with no major missing elements we'll release it. Within a month after that update we should have added the co-op multiplayer and finished anything that was incomplete.

There are obviously many improvements still to make to other areas of the game, especially bug fixes and multiplayer and performance improvements, and these will be coming after Beneath is released. There will be more Arena challenges featuring enemies and weapons from Beneath and another main Scenario. That will take us to 1.0 at which point the game will leave Early Access. We will continue to add more to the game after 1.0 with more Scenarios and content for the Level Editor planned.

Thank you all very much for your patience in waiting for Beneath. We haven't been able to reduce the scope at all as that would have diminished the mode to where all the time and effort we've put into it would have been wasted, so it has taken a long time to get done. We'll post an update once we've finished enough of what's left to be able to give a firm release date for the update.
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June 18

Version 0.8.4 Changes

Patch Info

Update 0.8.4 is available now and adds support for Custom Music packs for use in Workshop levels as well as a lot of other improvements.

The Music Packs work very similarly to the Texture Packs and can be created from their own menu accessible in the Level Editor sub-menu options in the game's main menu. Packs can include up to 14 songs with a combined maximum size of 100MB and up to 4 packs you have subscribed to on the Workshop can be used in your levels. A new logic prop will allow you to change the music based on triggers in your levels.

A current limitation of the music files used in the packs is that they currently must be either .wav file or .ogg files. This is due to licensing and engine restrictions, but you can easily convert to .ogg files from .mp3 files or other using software like VLC or online converters. This is the site I used in testing to convert MP3 files to OGG files:

A full changelist is at the bottom of this post, but some of the new changes include:

Collision based damage to enemies
From minor damage...

... to major damage on extreme impacts

Shockwave affects props, bodies, etc

Sharp weapons can stick into the environment

... and some can pin enemies to walls

Bullets and liquid will create decals

Many of these new additions will continue to be improved upon in upcoming releases.

Due to the large number of changes in this update there may be some new bugs. Please let us know if you encounter any major new bugs on the Discord server or via email to

Version 0.8.4
  • Custom Music Packs can now be setup and added to the Workshop
  • Knocked down/out enemies are now damaged when colliding with the environment
  • Bullets now move unused weapons they hit
  • Bullets now break some weapons like bottles
  • Weak unused weapons can break when hit
  • Bullets now leave impact decals in the environment
  • Spilled liquid now leaves decals in the environment
  • Added some slight variation to blood decal colour
  • Arterial spray will no longer occur when hitting dead bodies
  • Enemies voxels now show some burn damage
  • Shockwave now moves weapons and props
  • Shockwave now moves dead and unconscious bodies
  • Sharp thrown weapons can now stick into static environment geometry
  • Spears and similar weapons can now temporarily pin enemies to walls
  • Changed block position of guns to actually look like they're blocking
  • Improved thrown weapon torque
  • Weapons can now break when thrown or hit into objects depending on weapon type and impact
  • Level Editor: Custom Music Packs can be used
  • Level Editor: Added invisible paint
  • Level Editor: Logic Zones can be set to kill enemies
  • Level Editor: Logic Zones can be set to kill players
  • Level Editor: Added optional fall damage for the player
  • Level Editor: Added new triggerable Logic prop to change Music
  • Level Editor: Added level setting to disable fall/collision damage for enemies
  • Level Editor: Added ability to duplicate rooms
  • Level Editor: Enemies will prioritise targets at the same height as them in multi-story areas
  • Level Editor: Added checkbox on upload to approve your level for use on other platforms
  • Level Editor: Fixed enemies that fall outside play area being reset to invalid position
  • Level Editor: Fixed prop position property being incorrect after creation
  • Level Editor: Fixed platforms not being included in calculation of navmesh extents
  • Fixed enemies recovering from KO while in the air
  • Fixed bullets being destroyed before completing their full damage potential
  • Fixed cigar box cigars being tethered to box
  • Fixed enemies recovering from ragdoll upside-down

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About This Game

Paint the Town Red is a chaotic first person melee combat game set in different locations and time periods. The voxel-based enemies can be punched, bashed, kicked, stabbed and sliced completely dynamically using almost anything that isn't nailed down.

You'll need to use your wits, speed and anything you can get your hands on in epic bar fights, disco brawls, old west saloon rumbles, college frat house beat-downs and a lot more.

We'll be adding more levels to the Early Access versions leading up to release and look forward to creating the best level ideas from the community. Please follow and add to your Wishlist to keep up to date on development and be notified on release.

Current Features

  • Completely destructible voxel-based enemies
  • Biker Bar, Disco, Prison and Pirate Cove scenarios with unique enemies, weapons, etc
  • Arena mode with new challenges added frequently
  • Online Co-op Multiplayer
  • Level Editor and Steam Workshop support with hundreds of user created levels
  • Leaderboards
  • Sandbox level to test features, weapons and mechanics
  • Vast array of level and period appropriate weaponry
  • Boss enemies that present unique challenges and rewards
  • Full controller support

Upcoming Features

  • A rogue-like mode with character progression and persistent unlockables
  • More scenario levels set in the past, present and future
  • An endless Arena mode for single player and co-op
  • Many more enemy and weapon types

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9c, Shader Model 3 GPU with 512MB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: If you are on or around the min spec then you may need to run with Low graphics options and at a lower resolution.
    • OS: Windows 7 or later, 64 Bit
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core i5 @ 2.5 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.9 or Higher
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2 GHz
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 512MB Video RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: If you are on or around the min spec then you may need to run with Low graphics options and at a lower resolution.
    • OS: 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04+/Equivalent or SteamOS
    • Processor: 2 GHz 64-bit CPU
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 512MB Video RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: If you are on or around the min spec then you may need to run with Low graphics options and at a lower resolution.

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