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Dead End Job

Hector Plasm. In this catch-a-ghost twin-stick shooter called Dead End Job, you are Hector Plasm, a wacky ghostbuster on his mission to catch all of the ghosts in a procedurally generated dungeon crawler, similar to The Binding of Isaac. 1̸͎͒ẕ̷̐ṗ̶̲k̷̡̐q̶͚̓Ụ̴͒%̴͇͒)̴̪͊5̶̹͐Ẁ̴̡D̵̬͂U̴̗͐%̷͉̚0̷͚͐i̸͍͛X̶̦́6̸̥̕4̵͓̆q̴͙͐x̵̩͛%̴̦̎3̴͈̔b̷̩͑#̶́ͅị̴̿)̴̬̽H̷̜̋J̵͔̓X̷̟̂¨̶̲͑Q̸̣̕J̶͈͒T̷͚̀T̷̲̎ẗ̴̹́D̸̛̖J̷͎͠/̶͖̌%̸̴̬̺͗̽í̶̝6̷̠̒¨̸͈͝K̶̩͝j̴̠̀Ã̵̞C̷̢͂g̷̷̻̣̋̕K̴͎͒ Developed by Ant Workshop, headed up by the former lead level designer on Red Dead Redemption, and published by Headup Games, your day to day job is to catch ghosts inhabiting levels you endure.

The game straps a vacuum to your back and puts a plasma gun in your hand on your way through procedurally generated rooms, where your job is to vanquish all ghosts in a given scenario. On your way through the levels grab as much money as possible, as you will need it to make progress. One floor per work day, you are on your way to reach your goal of accumulating at least 50,000 Pounds, which will unlock a new area for you to fight in. Your life is scarce, having only three hearts, which get deducted each time a ghost (or an explosion) hits you. You exorcise, or better put – ghost-bust, restaurants, offices and other buildings with the use of a plasma blaster which makes the ghosts dizzy, then you suck them in with your trusty vacuum pack. x̴̰͒&̶͕͛C̵̱͛Ģ̷̂0̷̼͝&̴͓̋?̸́͜s̷͎̀≠̰͐a̸͍͑6̴̫͠d̶̰͝A̴̢̔9̸̧̎S̷͈̄a̵͍̕B̷̡͛ś̸̫¨̴͙̍V̶͓͂5̵̪͒Ṯ̶̕o̴̙̅B̴͕͂6̶̤͝G̶̰̃K̵̭̒¨̴̺͒4̵͇̀D̸̹̓8̶̦͠¨̸͍̉ẗ̷͓l̷̐͜o̵̯̒Ṣ̷̊B̴̬̔Ḍ̶͋k̵̆͜=̴̟͛l̷̟͐V̶͈̆Z̶̳̍(̸̘̊8̷̮͠ĝ̴̥L̴̮̄h̴̼͑#̸͙̏ḇ̶̊W̵̟͝$̷̰͝k̶̤͝w̸̧͑q̴͍̅P̸̴̙̺̈́͝H̵̥̒p̵̱̅q̵̼̏v̵͔̆(̷̱͋e̷̫̓Y̵̻͝J̷͚͠9̶̻̀?̵͕̈́Z̴̦̓M̷̲̋Ṇ̵͂w̴͎̽V̶̱̓Ỉ̵̥O̴̞͗C̴̺̒s̸̟͋U̷͖͘?̷̮̐/̷̗͐=̶̪̽s̷̩̑Y̶͚̎e̶͓͘?̵̹̀ẏ̴̳K̶̮̾(̸̧͗t̸̡̏r̸̙̎Ğ̷͖s̵̪̾S̵̹̈#̷͍̓)̸̣͒Ź̴̮Ǵ̶̼7̸̸̗͖̍͆x̶̫̍C̶̡̈́ There are several business districts, restaurants and parks full of ghosts and you are the one who is going to fight them all. Enemies range from simple to defeat, to some more difficult where you need to spend more attention to not get hit. Besides collecting money, you will find hundred items to use, though you will not know what something does until you have tested it on pesky ghosts. To successfully complete a job, you will also need to free all people who have been slimed and stuck in an area. Dead End Job also offers a drop in/drop out 2P couch co-op where your mentor lends a hand. If you are not good with twin-stick shooters, the game also offers an adaptive aim assist to make things easier for you.

Visuals are comprised with colourful and vibrant graphics and stunning cartoon-quality artworks, inspired by Ren & Stimpy, an American animated television series. c̴̻̓I̸̡͛i̷͈̚u̵͕͂l̴̨̓%̶͓̍b̶̺́Ŭ̸̻j̶̢́$̸̧͒h̴̯̏r̵͇͊?̶̿ͅY̷̮͝l̴͔͑f̵̞̀i̷̻͛ý̴̻V̷͙͂b̷̬͝i̸̢͊q̵̣͒#̵͇̾!̴̦̌1̵̹̄N̴͙̈́#̶͉̐i̸͙͂ų̶̓%̷̧́Ṡ̷͈D̸̦͊W̶̧͆C̶̙͒2̵̠̏Ẍ̶̹ẓ̵͑5̷̨̎ë̴̩́f̸̲͌t̶̺͂Ḍ̸̕H̴̲͝Ỷ̶͚F̴̩͋v̶̬̀N̶̜̈́B̵͙̐Ǧ̴͇9̶͓͒ ̴̺̇The gameplay is addictive with the “just one more day” formula and fluid without any glitches or game breaking bugs, while the game also features original music by Will Morton (of Grand Theft Auto fame). And for the streamers, it has integrated interactivity for Twitch and Mixer, which allows your viewers to help with your ghost bustin’.

I recommend Dead End Job to both fans of the genre and newcomers with no experience with twin-stick shooters. The game is fun, versatile and simply, yet beautifully designed to keep you in front of the screen for hours.