The Final Specimen is a comedic sci-fi adventure game in the style of the classic 2D platformers of the '90s. Packed with whimsical mayhem and eccentric characters, this challenging journey glows with the splendor of old-school gaming and cartoon humor.
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Positive (19) - 89% of the 19 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 2, 2017

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August 13

Patch 2.2 notes

Glory to the horseshoe!

  • We fixed the player involuntarily sliding off of a checkpoint in level 8
  • Tractors and buses now have better GPS
  • Cops shall no longer be struck imperfectly by horseshoe damage
  • The rooster's force field now more accurately absorbs bombs
  • Level 8 damage to player has been untangled
  • We corrected anomalous visual behavior when dying to spikes
  • Owls now die as they should
  • We tidied up building shadows
  • Ropes will clip no more
  • Animation freezing in the final level has been fixed
  • Pizzas shall no longer be collectively killed by the horseshoe
  • The crushed animation now properly displays
  • Cutscene alignment has been enhanced
  • Cars will no longer clip at the edge of a cliff
  • Spikes now hurt as they should
  • We fixed not being able to throw the horseshoe diagonally with the d-pad
  • Glitch tossing horseshoes while hanging from a ledge has been banished
  • We improved animations with the Construction Worker boss
  • The horseshoe should now stop properly at all walls
  • Subtitles have been rightly nudged
  • The rooster repair cutscene now glows like the stars
  • Exorcised a bug from the Rooster Cockadoodledoo achievement

What is this animal? And he began to neigh!
  • The horse inside us all represents eternity
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July 27

Bring forth the horse!


If you have been enjoying the new free expansion, please consider writing us a review! We would very much appreciate the contribution.

Let the clouds rain hoof after hoof of wild madness! Luxuriant psychedelic glory! The horse has his own passport to outer space.

Thank you,
Horse HQ
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“The Final Specimen Arrival actually comes across as one of the funniest games I've seen this year by far. I mean heck, if you watch the trailer, it looks like the beginning of a Monty Python sketch mixed up with a platformer.”
Indie Retro News

“The Final Specimen is a strange game that fills a highly specific niche. I did play lots of games of this sort in the nineties, and I appreciate the throwback, but the game does stand on its own merits. Give it a shot.”
Lee Laughead's Video Game Success

About This Game


The Final Horse is a free psychedelic expansion for The Final Specimen that will absolutely challenge your grip on reality.

It's an equine extravaganza ready to melt your brain with new boss battles, new cutscenes, new artwork, new music, new weaponry, new difficulty settings, and new secrets.

Play as a man with a handsome horse head in search of barnyard justice. Harness the power of a magical horseshoe to beat your enemies senseless. Experience the joy of peacefully interacting with other friendly creatures. Attempt to wrangle an evil rooster while madness creeps in through the walls.

Marvel at the wonder and the majesty. Behold the haystacks that would make Claude Monet proud! Behold the power and marvel at the glory!

Experience the greatest story ever told. You are THE FINAL HORSE.


The Final Specimen is a comedic sci-fi adventure game in the style of the classic 2D platformers of the '90s. Packed with whimsical settings and eccentric characters, this energetic, challenging title brings an exciting take to old-school gaming.

The story begins when our hero, a young earthling, is transported to a distant planet. After facing sudden assault from the world's inhabitants, he soon finds out that his arrival is no coincidence. He is the only one who can prevent a nefarious alien foe from unleashing a terrible plot to rain destruction upon their home.

The game's environments range from interstellar highways and sprawling cities to overgrown catacombs and creepy basements filled with enemies who want your head. From rope swings to disappearing platforms, there is never a shortage of new obstacles to navigate. And if the ability to punch your enemies' lights out isn't enough, you can always collect ammunition: your personal stash of bombs and more bombs.

You are the culmination of years of alien experimentation. You are the only human who stands a chance. You are THE FINAL SPECIMEN.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: On-board sound
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: On-board sound

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