Shank demo pits chainsaw against guns

Tom Senior



Shank is a bonkers 2D brawler in which you play as tough guy Shank, shanking up your enemies with shanks to save your girlfriend from the clutches of obese wrestler, the Butcher. The whole thing is beautifully drawn and animated, and if you like killing things with shanks, or chainsaws, or shotguns, then this might be just the game you're looking for. There's a demo out on Steam now.

It's not all about the shanking, you've also got a chainsaw, and a couple of pistols. Each one maps neatly to the face of a control pad, and can be used together to create devastating combinations. Grapple attacks, diving shank attacks and grenades round out your armoury as you take on the endless stream of thugs determined to stop you making any more progress rightwards. The full game also has a separate co-op campaign mode too for some old fashioned Streets of Rage-style action.

The demo is available right now on, check it out on Steam . If you're still not sure it's worth a download, there's some footage below of the madness in motion.

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Tom Senior

Tom stopped being a productive human being when he realised that the beige box under his desk could play Alpha Centauri. After Deus Ex and Diablo 2 he realised he was cursed to play amazing PC games forever. He started writing about them for PC Gamer about six years ago, and is now UK web ed.

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