Crack Dot Com's Abuse is an action packed 2D platformer where assume the role of Nick Vrenna, a one-man-army, who has escaped captivity during a prison riot. You must find Alan Blake, a mad scientist who has discovered the secret behind human aggression, and intends to use it. The people that have received the gene have turned into organic aliens. You know what you must do: kill the monsters and stop Blake.
The game takes place in the dark, secret, massive underground prison. There are many levels to tackle before you reach the command center and put an end to Blake's wrongdoing. On each level, you must find the teleporter that takes you to the next level while you face many monsters and robots. Monsters range from prisoners turned mutant, to mechanical baddies such as the Juggers and Fliers. Thankfully, you will not have to take them down with your bare hands. Abuse supplies a massive weapons arsenal to chose from, such as, the heat seeking rocket launcher, napalm rifle, and a death saber. Some weapons have no effect on certain enemies, while some shred them apart. It is up to you to discover monster weaknesses and immunities. Certain weapons can also be used to blast through walls, and special abilities, such as, anti-gravity boots, give Vrenna the ability to fly. The visuals in Abuse are adequate. The 2D sprite based graphics are very dark, eerie, and sometimes just plain scary. Good light sourcing has also been included, which helps with the DARK rooms. The sound is also well done. The ambient music makes for a scarier gameplay experience, as does the monster sounds, which can be a tad too startling and scary at times. Controlling Abuse is a dream. Used your mouse to aim your weapons and the keyboard to move or change weapons. Gameplay feels a little more realistic with this setting, and gives the player an overall better feel for the game.
Crack Dot Com has also added a few neat little features, such as map editing, and networking. With the map editor, you can create the level of your dreams, a simple process. Just click and drag the textures onto the work screen. You can also take your skills on the Internet and battle people worldwide.
Abuse is a great game. While it is a bit difficult at times, it is an amazing amount of fun that features top notch gameplay. Anyone looking for an all out slaughter fest with some puzzle solving, could not go wrong picking up a copy.
Graphics: The 2D graphics are dark and eerie, although not very advanced, but characters and enemies are well animated, and light sourcing adds more realism.
Sound: The ambient music adds an extra layer of darkness, with monster sound effects that will scare and startle.
Enjoyment: At times, the game may seem unbalanced due to the amazing amount of enemies. Some puzzles are vague and hard to figure out.
Replay Value: The game is an amazing amount of fun with multiplayer and level designer features keeping you coming back for more.
It is the unimaginably distant year 2009. You are Nick Vrenna, falsely locked inside a high security prison. The genetic experiments conducted in the prison, combined with a full-scale riot that took place recently, caused all guards and inmates to be transformed into insane, aggressive mutants. Your job is to escape while stopping the genetic plague from transforming the whole world.
Abuse is a side-scrolling platformer with a lot of shooting. It's a nonlinear game, as the levels often have a few exits that lead to different areas. Your character is a cyborg equipped with various weapons; initially, you only have a weak laser rifle with unlimited ammo, but you can find more powerful guns later on, such as grenade launchers, flamethrowers or lightsabers. You move through a building complex, fighting any enemies you might encounter on the way. The enemies are mostly the mutants, but also the defense systems (such as stationary missile launchers).
While you move with the keyboard, you can aim with your mouse, so you can shoot at any angle no matter what direction you are running. On your way, you'll find elevators, teleporters, cracked walls that can be destroyed and more.
Apart from ammo and health, you can also find upgrades which have a number of beneficial effect - increasing your running speed, for example.
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