Crimson Earth (PC) Review

By Ofisil 05.08.2018

Review for Crimson Earth on PC

Like zombies? Great! There are plenty of Z-themed videogames to let you blow off some steam, as well as some semi-decomposed heads while at it - just be careful to avoid Crimson Earth, as it's, without any exaggeration, one of the worst zombie games ever made - or, to be more specific, half-made, as it looks as if it's still in its pre-Alpha stage of development, although it's supposed to be a full release… and for some time now.

Crimson Earth is so cheap that it can almost be viewed as free, and it's the creation of a very small indie team. Does that excuse it for being in such a sorry state? Of course not! As a game, it has a pretty simple concept: you select a stage, and then start shooting zombies by the dozen. Bring along two weapons (more can be bought later on), have a bunch of grenades, and also have a couple of one-time abilities that range from temporary perks, to aerial assaults.

So far, nothing good, nothing bad - just an average shooter with lots of zombies, right? Not really. For starters the hit detection does whatever it wants to, with bullets sometimes going where they are supposed to, while other times they just hit something else. Apart from making the player feel like a fool, this leads to lots of wasted ammo, which is not a good thing given the fact that this is quite stingy with ammunition, forcing those in control to make each shot count.

Screenshot for Crimson Earth on PC

Still, even after these problems, this basically remains a mediocre shooter, and not an atrocious one. Oh, sure, it doesn't exactly look good, and the generic punk rock OST would fit much better on a skateboarding title, but it's easy to cut it some slack - it's an extremely cheap piece of software, after all. Here's the thing, though: Crimson Earth's main issue seems to be that it's not a finished piece of software.

Buildings hover above the ground; invisible walls stop the protagonist from moving on; the interior of certain structures is stuck in pre-Alpha limbo; and levels are many times gargantuan in size, but otherwise completely empty - and that's not all. Bugs run rampant, with the player frequently appearing right under the level, and watching the unfortunate avatar falling endlessly, sound effects glitch out or loop endlessly, and many more. TLDR? Crimson Earth = shovelware.

Screenshot for Crimson Earth on PC

Cubed3 Rating

1/10
Rated 1 out of 10

Awful

Zombie-shooter Crimson Earth might not be a part of the worst videogames ever made (that honour belongs to the thousands of sex-themed Steam titles), but it's definitely scraping the bottom of the barrel to find its place amongst them, mainly because its developer didn't even bother to complete it.

Developer

EHTechnology

Publisher

EHTechnology

Genre

Action

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  1/10

Reader Score

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