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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Artistic but exceptionally violent, bloody 2-D beat-'em-up.

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Shank is bloody, outrageous, and thoroughly unbelievable. It also can be a lot of fun for mature players, especially if they have a friend with whom to play the separate local co-op campaign. The art is excellent. Animations are so smooth that it's almost like controlling a cartoon character, and the occasionally interactive environments (streets, rooftops, cellars, clubs) are a treat. Twilight sequences wherein the player's character appears and fights as a silhouette are particularly memorable.

The action isn't particularly innovative, but combat is fun, fluid, and often spectacular. Just remember it's pretty grisly, too, and frustratingly tough in a few spots. Shank has much of the polish and visual sparkle of a boxed game but comes at the affordable price of an indie downloadable, making it an easy recommendation for older gamers interested in over-the-top cartoon combat.

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