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Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

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  • Summary: Door Kickers is a realtime strategy game that puts you in charge of a SWAT team and lets you command them during a tactical intervention.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 3, 2016
    90
    Simply put, Door Kickers is a wonderful exercise in bloody minded fun that brings out the inner SWAT leader in all of us.
  2. Nov 19, 2015
    90
    A very addictive and hugely enjoyable game with heaps of replayability thanks to the level generator and level builder.
  3. Nov 9, 2014
    89
    Door Kickers is the ultimate top-down tactical SWAT simulator. Challenging, packed with missions, never frustrating, it will keep you busy for many hours trying to perfect your execution.
  4. Dec 11, 2014
    84
    Door Kickers is a difficult, rewarding puzzler so obsessed with its tactical ideas that it rejects all else​—which is probably for the best anyway.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 3, 2014
    80
    Traditional top-down tactical action never bores. Thanks to the community the game would only grow better. Increased difficulty is another bonus. [Issue#247]
  6. PC PowerPlay
    Nov 30, 2014
    80
    A challenging game full of tactical puzzles and some really engaging mechanics. [Dec 2014, p.62]
  7. Dec 3, 2014
    70
    Excellent tactical game that suffers from occasional megalomania and also a lack of testing. Moments when everything works as it should are a true balm for every strategist's soul.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. May 10, 2015
    10
    great tactical game. there are just enough options for your SWAT member's movement and actions. it doesn't make you feel uncontrolable, norgreat tactical game. there are just enough options for your SWAT member's movement and actions. it doesn't make you feel uncontrolable, nor does it make you feel to complicated Expand
  2. Oct 22, 2014
    10
    Sets the new standard for tactical shooters. It can be fast paced action or careful planned tactics, you have a sizeable range of weapons toSets the new standard for tactical shooters. It can be fast paced action or careful planned tactics, you have a sizeable range of weapons to choose (some you need to unlock which represents the Police Dept's budgets). It's up to you to kick down doors to arrest parole violators, respond to a shootout at a shopping centre, rescue VIPs from embassies, defuse bombs, use stealth tactics and silenced weapons.... the list just goes on and on. The modding ability is extremely able to use, you can easily create a new mod, new maps, etc. in a few minutes. That is of course if the random mission generator is not enough for you.

    Highly recommended - giving 10/10 for Alpha and 10/10 for Release.
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  3. Oct 10, 2013
    9
    Still in the alpha stage, but o man, this game is promising! Getting back from all time favorites in the tac genre like SWAT4, DoorkickersStill in the alpha stage, but o man, this game is promising! Getting back from all time favorites in the tac genre like SWAT4, Doorkickers gives an unique possibility to control your own deadly SWAT team. But this time not from the ground, but from above. This means that macro-managing your operation will be very important, to have every body on the ground on the right spot at the right time. But at the same time, the AI is giving you a hard time killing them, so micro-managing every encounter is a must too. Varying from Close Quaters Combat with two guys covering eachother backs, to more open spaces with teams from 6, this game gives an all out experience from controlling your very own team. Future addition look amazing, so this game is one to keep in mind the coming months! Expand
  4. Oct 21, 2014
    9
    The really great game. Superb tactical simulation of CQB operations, various approach to every mission. many missions, and combination ofThe really great game. Superb tactical simulation of CQB operations, various approach to every mission. many missions, and combination of "tangos". Graphics is simply but accurate. Expand
  5. May 22, 2019
    7
    Door Kickers is tactical combat-focused RTS. Approachable, challenging and fun. Sometimes absolutely infuriating due to RNG, unreasonably hugeDoor Kickers is tactical combat-focused RTS. Approachable, challenging and fun. Sometimes absolutely infuriating due to RNG, unreasonably huge maps and controls, designed for a touchscreen. Expand
  6. Nov 18, 2014
    6
    FRUSTRATING CONTROLS. It had some short-lived fun at early levels, rewarded you with smooth awesome replays by your own tactical thinking. ButFRUSTRATING CONTROLS. It had some short-lived fun at early levels, rewarded you with smooth awesome replays by your own tactical thinking. But as difficulty rank up, you will soon realize the control interface is incapable of matching your mastermind. Units all stacked over one another in narrow corridor with queued plans all mixed up. Wait-for-command feature was cool at first glance but never timed nor properly executed (units will pop-up at different speed, charge in as flash bag thrown but yet exploded, cancel future commands accidentally). No overlay unit icons, easily lose track of units with different equipment. Cannot make fine adjustments with middle part of your plan. Inconsistent doors stealth opening or loud kicking despite being lock-picked. Clumsy floor changing movements... the list goes on. Why don't dev just borrow Frozen Synapse's UI? Expand
  7. Sep 27, 2016
    0
    No clear way to get "squad levels", I'm guessing you complete solo missions before the campaign to unlock?

    Bug on the first level, I could
    No clear way to get "squad levels", I'm guessing you complete solo missions before the campaign to unlock?

    Bug on the first level, I could not delete a "planning node" once set under arbitrary conditions; The issue would just show up every once in a while, no matter what skill I picked to use.

    Tactically boring: make a small move, look for "tangos" if found kill, if surprised, restart level, make new plan, repeat. More of an elaborate game of "Simon Says" than anything else.

    Also a little racist? All the "tangos" had darker skin tones, from what I could tell.
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