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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Rich Adams.

OverviewOverview

Screencheat 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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 23/01/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Samurai Punk (@SamuraiPunk)

ListsLists

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

CostsCosts

Screencheat usually costs £10.79 to £11.99.
 

Screencheat

XBox Store Xbox One £11.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99

Screencheat: Unplugged

Switch Store Switch £10.79
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 because it contains violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures and violence against humans that is not shown but is implied. 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.

Skill Rating

10-14 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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