Butcher is a 16-bit directional shooter from Transhuman Design. This fast paced side scrolling gorefest pays a strong tribute to the 90’s games of our youth, such as Quake, Wolfenstein and Doom.
As you play, you progress through five sets of stages, killing anything that moves, while avoiding the horrific booby traps along the way. Be sure to not die yourself, since that will net you a quick respawn at the beginning of the level. Your performance is rated at the end of each level.
Since the visual quality of this game leans heavily to the retro side of things, most enemies look the same. The only thing to tell them apart is their weapon which varies from person to person. For example, the sprites of the regular grunt versus the shock trooper are identical, except for the latter gun nozzle lights up white. These differences can be hard to spot in the heat of battle, though your gun, or the preferred chainsaw, will tend to mow through enemies before they have a chance to say anything.
The weapons available are pretty standard. Assault rifles and shotguns, as well as a flamethrower and the aforementioned chainsaw, make up most of your arsenal.
Speaking of hard, these devs know how to make a rage quit a worthy game. The first level is a breeze and even that had its moments. Butcher has multiple levels of difficulty, each tweaking the amount of health you have and the spawn rates of med kits and armor.
If anything this game isn’t long, each area only has four stages. If anything it adds to the replay value if you want to attempt harder difficulties.
Overall, Butcher is a simple game with a difficult objective. Taking notes from our favorite games, this is a fun, quick and painfully difficult walk through the park. Luckily, the firepower you wield will take the edge off a bit.