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The Bug Butcher

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The Bug Butcher is an action-packed 2D side scrolling shoot em up game where peril comes from above.
So in a nutshell, pest control with machine guns in space.
The core mechanics hold old ties from the classic arcade shooter “Super Pang” where you shoot vertically, but with modern day twists. You are Harry, a brash and tenacious exterminator who has a knack for decimating bugs.

Harry’s current assignment takes him to the infested futuristic research facility on planet Zoit. The surviving and dwindling number of scientists employed him for his slaughtering skills. Harry’s mission: survive until the decontamination of the building is complete, hoard coins like his life depended on it, and protect the scientists at all costs. Watch out for the spiders they have a particular fondness for rubber encased science/scientist. After landing, you will move from room to room through the facility blasting rockets, lasers, and wielding the power of lighting upwards at anything not human.

Ravenous swarms and ferocious waves of bugs of every size will attempt to kill you, but luckily there will be weapon and health pick-ups to aid Harry on his quest. Fierce reflexes are mandatory for survival, but Harry’s brutal power-ups will let the guts fly and make the larva cry! If you love games with humor, perfect platforming, grotesquely cute art, nightmarish bosses, and real personality then The Bug Butcher will suit your fancy.
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Noodlecake Studios
Triangle Studios
Awfully Nice Studios
Noodlecake Studios, 2Awesome Studio, Triangle Studios, Awfully Nice Studios
Age rating
Not rated

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System requirements for PlayStation 4

System requirements for Nintendo Switch

System requirements for Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu
  • Processor: Any processor with 2 cores
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows Vista or Later
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo or faster
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0 compliant video card
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Standard Sound Card
  • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

System requirements for Android

5.0 and up

System requirements for iOS

iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OS 10.6+
  • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Standard Sound Card
  • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Last Modified: May 9, 2023

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The Bug Butcher reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from French
This game could be super fun if it could be a little simpler, especially at the beginning. There is no progression of level, especially in Coop where the difficulty is really extreme from the start, which really prevents to warm up, too much enemis and especially not easy to beat in one shot.
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Microsoft from French
The game looked rather nice so I said to myself ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ * * I take it except that once the game bought and install no way to make it work the game no key matched and no way to settle CA so maybe it comes only from me and it's dumb but I not recommend the game for its up may be at least the next update
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Microsoft from French
A good little games typer shooth'em up Arcade, with a graphics animate very cute and beautiful, I buy it in promo to €2 and I have fun on it, a games that caters as much to the casual gamer as to the hardcore gamer, the difficulty and very well dose with easy mode or h (even in easy it gets tough sometimes), and as any shmup there is scoring, I recommend games for any fan of Arcade typer games:)
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Product received for free. The Bug Butcher-5/10 • Have been given this Game! I love Co-op Online PvP Games. Originally posted by SimsToni: Story (0 •): There is no story here, but why a PvP Game. Graphic (7 •): The Graphics look nice and have contributed to my Fun. Control (7 •): The Control is simple, is explained and you can also use a Gamepad. Lust (7 •): €8am is a little too much (Wait For Steamsale). Online, this Game bucks up mega! PRO Online Local Co-op GamepadSupport Steam Collectible Cards Nette Graphic CONTRA 8€ A little too expensive
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Microsoft from Swedish
It's a great game! Challenging and fun, easy to play for longer times or when you only have a couple of minutes to spare. Has great re-play value since the levels are short timed and you can level up and also switch between different equipment.
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Microsoft from Italian
I have an iPhone 5 (good connection) and how come the hard game sometimes lagga? Resolve senn impossible to play competitive ... levels so cos for the high price there should be many more ... game all in all nice and cool but solve problems :)
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Microsoft from Spain
+ Pros: The game is gorgeous on a graphic level. The difficulty is well graduated and as you advance levels it costs more to pass the screen. - Cons: I miss editable movement controls. They are very "close" and sometimes I want to move to the left and go to the right and vice versa. I think it's a game to play on bigger screens than the one I have (iphone6). Something repetitive is done. They should implement something "more plataformero" with more horizontal movement to put something different ... but it seems that you are always doing the same on the same "screen". I do not finish hooking, but I have to give more time.
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