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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.

Customer reviews


Another great game from Klei

GeorgeStorm | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all GeorgeStorm's reviews »

2D scrolling games aren't normally my kind of thing, but since I really enjoy Don't Starve I thought I'd give this a go. It's a fast paced (to me) "beat'em up" cartoon game, with a nice vibrant art style, a range of weapons and combos to dispatch your foes with a loose story thrown in to tie it all together (one of revenge). I haven't tried the co-op mode yet but I can imagine it would be fantastic.

Not sure how it compares to other in a genre due to my lack of experience, but if you want a bloodthirsty 2D action game then you could do far worse than picking this up.


Fun Little arcade-like button masher

BlockAgent | Sept. 9, 2013 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »

This game is a fun brawler with great art design. It's challenging, fun and humorous. The action is non-stop and that makes me happy.


Great Hack and Slash 2d

iamkyo90 | Aug. 21, 2013 | See all iamkyo90's reviews »

I really liked the game, everyone says it has graphics of browser if those ignorant test the game on their computers secure them runs slow, the story is very classical, as most video games, about revenge, I liked that apart to kill enemies Quintin Tarantino style has to jump and hang from platforms, also two-player story mode this spectacular, this game is highly recommended to play in pairs.


Absolute champion...

Gojko | Aug. 21, 2013 | See all Gojko's reviews »

Independent "Indie" games are very popularized in recent years. One of those games is a Shank, by studio Klei Entertainment.

Shank must avenge his beloved, who died at the hands of the most dangerous killers criminal underworld. With his knowledge of gang fights and guns, must travel through the underworld to take revenge on those who made his life was in ruins.

Brutal, comic book style 2D beat 'em up game will tie you for your chair till the end of story. After that you can always play multi-player with your friend, or you can buy Shank 2 and continue story.



hellinperson | Aug. 19, 2013 | See all hellinperson's reviews »

Shank is a 2D beat 'em up game developed by Klei Entertainment. Shank is a fast paced game with enjoyable platforming and gameplay. The graphics are cartoony and really good. I enjoyed this game, but it is quite short.