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Screencheat (2014) pits four players against each other in a shooting battle on one system but keeps the violence low by making the players invisible. You win by peeking at other players’ portion of the screen to figure out where they are as you hunt them down. This not only resolves the issue of being able to see other player's location in split-screen games but because there are no visible bodies, it's one of the least violent shooting games available.

There are a wide variety of weapons that make combat fast and frantic. Ranging from the dependable Blunderbuss to the heroic Hobby Horse to the completely crazy Chefolet; a car engine that fires ricocheting energy balls, all are designed to deliver deadly satisfaction. Each weapon comes with its own unique mechanics, encouraging wildly different play styles.

From traditional favourites such as Deathmatch, Capture the Fun where players compete to hold a pinata for the longest, to the completely unique Murder Mystery that challenges you to find and frag your specific target with a specific weapon.

In the spirit of the best arena shooters, you’ll spend time traversing 11 maps via air vents and trampolines until you’ve acquired your target and fragged them accordingly. Each map is designed with colour-coded areas as well as plentiful landmarks that allow you to quickly locate other players without being able to actually see them.

There are loads of ways to customise options so you can play the game however you want! Choose which weapons are allowed, adjust player attributes, victory conditions, penalties and more. To really mix it up stack on some Mutators such as hyper mode, low gravity, flappy jump or the iconic Australian Edition.

Our examiner, Rich Adams, first checked Screencheat 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 10 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting game with Action and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence. Only when you shoot an opponent will his body become visible, thus the violence is implied and not actually shown on screen. This body is subjected to the physics of the game and falls in a rag doll fashion to the ground. The characters you control are assigned randomly (and sometimes vary during one play session). They always have a humanoid appearance, but are not always human. Sometimes you’re playing as a man-chicken, a skeleton, fish head with legs, or a human with a big old diving helmet on. The characters aren’t textured and consist of one solid colour, making them even less ‘real’. The game features an extensive list of modifiers (options that alter the gameplay a bit). For instance, there is a low gravity setting, baby mode (small character), etc. One of these modifiers is called ‘show characters’. When this mode is selected, nobody is invisible anymore. Important fact; the characters can be seen, but aren’t animated! You see a floating gun with a rag-doll character attached to it. When shot, the character falls to the floor like during regular gameplay.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The concept of not being able to see the other players requires some skill to use effectively.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Screencheat usually costs £10.79 to £12.79.
 

Screencheat

XBox Store Xbox One £11.99
Switch Store Switch £10.79
Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/10/2014, updated in 2018

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (8 online)

Genres: Shooting (Action and Traversal)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Samurai Punk (@SamuraiPunk)


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