Screencheat is a chaotic split-screen multiplayer shooter that forces players to rethink the way they approach conventional multiplayer games. In the Screencheat arena, fast reaction times aren’t enough to keep you alive. When everyone is invisible, players will have to master the art of taking a not-so sneaky look at their opponent’s screens and working out where they are based on uniquely coloured areas of the map and distinctive landmarks.
Screencheat pays homage to iconic competitive first-person shooters such as Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and Halo, by blending the elements everyone loves about those games and shaking it up with its own unique take on the genre. When everyone’s used to playing by the rules, can you adapt to unconventional gaming quick enough to get the upper hand?
Eight unique weapons – You won’t find any iron sights here, just weapons of chaos like the Blunderbuss, grenade launcher and the Chefolet pulse cannon.
Five colourful maps – Each map in Screencheat has been handcrafted to feature distinctive areas and landmarks to help you hunt down your opponents.
Four player split-screen local multiplayer, or four player split-screen online multiplayer
Steam achievements + Trading Cards
May or may not be Lance Armstrong’s favourite game
©2014 Surprise Attack Pty Ltd
This game is ridiculous, and also pretty difficult. It can play up to 8 players, but anything more than 4 is pretty much impossible to play. There are a number of different game modes, but the traditional deathmatch mode advertised in the game trailer is certainly the best. Other modes will have you perform tasks while also trying to kill each other, and that just adds a layer of complexion that this game really can't accommodate. It's surprisingly difficult having to look at 3 other screens to figure out where everyone else is in relation to you, and so having to also look at your own screen to perform various actions is just a bit too much. This game is best played with humans. The bots cheat since they don't even need to look at your screen to know where you are. Best way to play is 4 players local (or online with voicechat) and just scream at each other when you kill your friends. However, even in this best of scenarios, the appeal rapidly wears off. I have several other similar games that 1) feasibly play way more players, and 2) are still fun many game sessions later. Screencheat is a fad that will get old after an hour.
I won't re-review the game here but just point out that considering you need to play this on a local setup to be able to screencheat there does not seem much point buying copies for your mates. A brilliant game but I don't need more than one copy.
Remember when you used to, well, cheat at old school shooting games during multiplayer, looking at your friends’ corner of the screen to see where they are in order to get an unfair advantage over them? Remember how they yelled at you for doing it? Well, forget that last part, because you need to look at their screen in order to win, because everybody is invisible, and the only way to know where your enemies are is by looking at their screens. In Screencheat, the only way to win is by cheating, and it is impossible to cheat the cheating. In Screencheat, everybody is invisible, and the only way to know where anybody else is is to look at their corner of the screen. But they also will do the same, because they have to. This is admittedly a novel concept, that you need to cheat in order to win, but that is about all that this game does that is new. The rest is just good old classic multiplayer shooter fun: no 32+ player matches, not huge levels, no killstreaks, nothing but just four players running around trying to kill the other players with whatever weapons they have. You will need this 4-pack, because who else but your three closest friends will tolerate you for cheating in order to win? After all, you are tolerating their cheating as well.
This is a very much fun multiplayer FPS game. The game's graphics, while not so advanced, are colourful, and vibrant. They are pleasing to the eye. The sound is fitting and music is well made. The gameplay has a unique twist in that you are allowed to and should look at the other players' screens. Since all players can do this it doesn't give anyone any unfair advantage. The game is stupid and hilarious fun with friends, and this 4-pack allows you to have fun with your friends till your sides hurt. The game is stable, but there are the occasional glitches, but nothing game-breaking. Must-try for fans of multiplayer shooters or those looking to have a good, fun time with friends. 9/10.
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