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8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12

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  1. Jun 11, 2018
    9
    Much hurt, much fun!!! And I just can't stop running backwards, ffs!!!!!

    IF you love streaming, then this is the game for you. Watched some streams and Twitch integration is sick with watchers spamming enemies for streamers.Co-Op is also fun af since you can play with people online via Parsec. Some streamers even played Twitch mode with Parsec with no visible lag or problems. Very
    Much hurt, much fun!!! And I just can't stop running backwards, ffs!!!!!

    IF you love streaming, then this is the game for you. Watched some streams and Twitch integration is sick with watchers spamming enemies for streamers.Co-Op is also fun af since you can play with people online via Parsec. Some streamers even played Twitch mode with Parsec with no visible lag or problems.

    Very fun game with some of iconic Serious Sam enemies and also iconic characters from other games like Lo Wang from Shadow Warrior! You no mess with Lo Wang!!!

    Highly recommended for casual players (baby mode), hardcore players but also streamers! Kudos to dev team for improving the game further, with regular updates and balance tweaks suggested by players.
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  2. Jun 11, 2018
    10
    I had some issues with this game at first, but they kept updating it, listening to feedback and implementing new features. Baby Mode let's me enjoy the game while learning new bosses, much needed balance tweaks improved the gameplay experience. As for the game itself, it's shmup with a twist so it should be called shmdown, lol. Enemies are coming from the bottom and you're runningI had some issues with this game at first, but they kept updating it, listening to feedback and implementing new features. Baby Mode let's me enjoy the game while learning new bosses, much needed balance tweaks improved the gameplay experience. As for the game itself, it's shmup with a twist so it should be called shmdown, lol. Enemies are coming from the bottom and you're running backwards (I Hate Running Backwards is Serious Sam quote) trying to survive and learn something each time you die. It also has a really fun Twitch mode which gives watchers the opportunity to spawn enemies on streamer and try to kill him. Hilarious!
    This is a game you can play alone, with a friend, against others in Daily mode, trying to get to top of the leaderboard, in Twitch mode... One thing the game missed on release were tutorials. I didn't know how to fight, and how powerful the hammer is, but they published not only tutorial now, but you also have tons of guides available on Steam (walkthroughs, boss tactics, achievement tips, character unlocks). Get it and have fun!!!
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  3. Jun 11, 2018
    10
    First time I heard about Serious Sam was almost 25 years ago, if I remember correctly. Having so many enemies running towards you was scary, amazing and fun! It was a mindless shooter, to be honest, but it was fun and action packed. Now I tried this small game that has music similar to Serious Sam, it has Serious Sam character and it has iconic enemies like Gnaars and Kamikaze. It also hasFirst time I heard about Serious Sam was almost 25 years ago, if I remember correctly. Having so many enemies running towards you was scary, amazing and fun! It was a mindless shooter, to be honest, but it was fun and action packed. Now I tried this small game that has music similar to Serious Sam, it has Serious Sam character and it has iconic enemies like Gnaars and Kamikaze. It also has some famous characters from other games like Richard from Hotline Miami, Crystal from Nuclear Throne, Bullet from Enter the Gungeon, Lo Wang from Shadow Warrior, you name it! Each character has it's own unique set of abilities and weapons so it adds replayability.

    Top down view shooter with fantastic music (both normal and hardcore soundtracks) that can frustrate you when you fail but also keeps you coming back for more. Thumbs up!
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Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 29, 2018
    80
    I Hate Running Backwards is a fairly good game, but I can also understand people’s mixed feelings about it. The game is basically a thirty minute top-down shooter (if you can survive that long), but the further you progress, the more difficult you can make it if you wish. Add in a dozen characters to choose from across Digital Devolver’s games and there are plenty of ways to have fun taking down Mental’s minions.
  2. 80
    I Hate Running Backwards doesn’t pretend to be more than it is: a fantastic, engaging arcade shooter. Its replay value is massive, and it can be enjoyed by gamers of all ages.
  3. May 24, 2018
    80
    The game is really quite brutal, but individual runs quite short. It’s a perfect palate-cleaner game – quick to load, easy to switch to from other applications, and over pretty fast. Unless you’re good at it, which, you know… I’m pretty much not. But it’s also just wonderfully silly fun. Bright, chaotic in the all the best ways, and always surprising.