Summary: Charlie Murder is a game that aims incredibly high. In addition to presenting an truly unique and fluid art style, it adds a compelling soundtrack to the mix, as well as a whole host of gameplay mechanics, on top of an RPG-like stat and inventory system. Not everything works out exactly how Ska Studios hoped it would, but beneath all of the questionable design decisions lies an incredibly interesting beat 'em up that makes quite an effort to break the mold.
Excerpt: Indie developer Ska Studios has put out a bunch of great titles over the years, with The Dishwasher and its sequel being superb beat-em-up titles and I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!!1 being one of the most successful Xbox Live Indie titles to-date. Now, for their fourth Xbox Live release and second appearance as part of the Summer of Arcade, Ska Studios keeps the side-scrolling action going with Charlie Murder , a fully co-op RPG brawler hybrid infused with a totally...
Excerpt: Charlie Murder is the newest release from developer Ska Studios--the same company that brought the world The Dishwasher video game series. Charlie Murder takes noticeable inspirations from its predecessors but features an all new storyline based around a punk rock band and their battles against undead hordes of enemies and a rival band. The game features a unique art design and combo filled combat that works together well with a campaign full of heavy metal inspirations.
Conclusion: Charlie Murder is a competently made and often funny brawler that has fun with a wide range of inspirations. But when you're not battling evil IT engineers or grotesquely illustrated zombies it can descend into a repetitive slog of mashing the X button, particularly when played solo. Dull minigames don’t do the Charile crew any favors, but the RPG elements give us something to fight for.
Charlie Murder Xbox 360 Review: This summer's loudest and proudest XBLA game
Windows Phone Central
19 August 2013
Excerpt: Back in the happier times when Microsoft actively supported Xbox games on Windows Phone, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ska Studios , the two person team behind Zombies on the Phone . While Ska worked on Zombies (which came out at the beginning of 2012 ), they also plugged away at an Xbox Live Arcade game called Charlie Murder . It would be their most expansive game to date.
Excerpt: Punk rock is dead. Xbox Live Arcade's annual Summer of Arcade celebration has given gamers some of the best downloadable titles you'll ever play, but it's also played host to mediocrity. Let's not think of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD , the last Xbox Summer release to cater to wearers of wallet chains. The GameRevolution offices used to be located on Gilman street in Berkeley where lots of "punks" liked to hang out.