SCREENCHEAT REVIEW – Never Has Cheating Been So Much Fun…

Screencheat was pretty flipping impressive in its beta stage, full of hilarious antics. But now it’s been completed and I can play the full game I’ve gotta say: holy cow, this went from good to flipping amazing. Screencheat is a blisteringly fast paced shooter that never lets up. The game modes are unique and interesting and, overall, Screencheat is a game that delivers what it promises.

In Screencheat everyone is invisible. Weird, huh? Surely being invisible would be a huge problem. What it means is that you have o watch your opponent’s screen to know where they are, while you control yourself.

If you’re a fan of the old-school FPS games like Perfect Dark / Goldeneye and any other shooter that Rare made before they went down the crapper, then you’re going to love Screencheat. The screen is split for each player and the controls are familiar and intuitive.

There are a total of five game modes, each of which takes the basic gameplay in a new direction. Three are familiar—deathmatch, King of the Hill, and One Shot—and the other two are more unique—Capture The Fun and Murder Mystery.

Murder Mystery gives you three cards, one that dictates your weapon, the other shows the room the target is in, and the third shows how many points you’ll get for killing the target. The cards are hidden unless you intentionally bring them into view. This means you can be kinda sneaky, not allowing other players to know who you’re after.

Capture the Fun is Capture the Flag but with a piñata for the flag. What makes it different is the fact that the piñata sheds paper that you can follow in order to track it down—so it’s a it like hunting along a trail. I love having the piñata. You’re on edge as everyone is tracking you down. You can also use it for melee attacks, which is a nice touch.

Of course the fact that everyone is invisible makes for quite a challenge. Screencheat gives you hints about where the enemies are. Levels are split into quadrants that contain objects you can use to track the opponent. The levels are vertical which I personally find a little irritating—it’s quite tricky to traverse them, but thankfully you don’t take damage for falling.

As well as hints you can determine the opponent’s position through specific weapons, like a bear that you can throw, which will show you where the target is. Little mechanics like this show how creative Samurai Punk have been with their premise. There’s a million ways in which the developer has created neat little ideas that make for unique gameplay.

All in all, Screencheat is a highly original shooter that has a fantastic basic idea and capitalises on it. I can’t help but remember all those awesome weekends I’d spend with mates laying Goldeneye back in the day. Screencheat takes you back to those glory days. For that, I can’t help but love it.

Overall: Unique, creative, and a heck of a lot of fun. Highly recommended.

Paul Harrison

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