Door Kickers brings top-down tactical tango takedowns

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Door Kickers

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Door Kickers (opens in new tab) isn't about kicking down members of the popular 1960s rock band The Doors. No, the top-down project from indie studio KillHouse Games takes the movement and positional strategies of Frozen Synapse and Rainbow Six and combines them with the real-time adapt-or-die framework of Hotline Miami.

The game has you directing and controlling a team of SWAT members in several non-linear locales filled with hostages, tasty tangos, and indeed plenty of doors to kick down. As with other tactical games, it seems barging forward with your team won't end well, so you need to take advantage of vision sightlines, flashbangs, and flanking to stay alive. It's strictly single-player for now, but KillHouse might consider multiplayer later on as an impressive-looking alternative to Synapse's competitive strategery.

Here's a gameplay trailer of the alpha version, and the official website (opens in new tab) offers several ways for your wallet to add some extra dollars to KillHouse's development efforts, if you're so inclined.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?