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Dead or School

Zombies conquered the land of Tokyo. Without hope, in underground shelters, people lived quietly. Hisako, a girl who grew up underground, heard the word “school” from her grandmother. School is where children play and learn. It is a paradise for young people. The best place to spend their youth. Hisako dreamed of this “school”, and one day, she was on an underground train heading above ground. What awaits her? Despair... Defeat enemies, grow your own character. Collect items, create your own most powerful weapons! Hack and Slash X Girl's action
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

The game is great, you do not get used to the controls immediately, but it's a matter of time.

Review from Steam

This game has everything you need...
-Cool story to fill your curiosity
-cute characters to fill your desire
-Character progression to fill your time
-Much different weapons to fill your wishes
if you're into 2D Hack and slash games, this game is a Masterpiece!

Review from Steam

Absobloodylutely I would recommend this :) If you enjoy run'n'gun shooters, with tons of near weapons and upgrades, and a metric boatload of action and combat? You'll have a blast with this! I did! Some hilariously out of place "suggestive" poses and clothes for some characters but hey, I love me some anime cuties so what's not to like?
Seriously though, there's nothing lewd or hentai in this, and the English translation/script is more than a little rough, but on the whole it's a genuine blast to play and I enjoyed it immensely.

Review from Steam

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Review from Steam

Actually a really solid game, once you get used to the controls, which can be finicky at times and lead to some cheap deaths.
Nice music and good choice of weapons though, but the upgrade and modification system could use small tweaks like rerolling for more parts for higher chances of better effects and not having to re-upgrade your weapons of choice every new station because of the new available tier of equipment.
All in all worth a shot if you like Metroidvania style games.

Review from Steam

tl;dr This is a solid indie. It's not perfect, but it's fun, and if you pick it up on sale it can be well worth the price. Dead or School is a Japanese indie metrovania made by a very small development team, who I have to give props to for putting out what they have.
STORY
Nothing to write home about. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo where mankind has been forced underground by zombies. The main character, Hisako, wishes to reclaim the surface so that she can fulfill her naive but wholesome dream of attending a Japanese high school and enjoying school life. There's a couple twists in the story but it is by no means the game's strongest point. 5/10.
GAMEPLAY
Solid sidescrolling action gameplay with some platforming. On harder difficulties can be legitimately demanding, and grinding doesn't substitute for skill. Players will have to time dodges, stay moving, and switch between three weapon types on the fly. The player can build their character by choosing skills from three skill trees, each aligned along one of the weapon types, namely sword, gun, and rocket launcher. They'll also have to improve their gear as they go along. There are multiple sidequests which are often connected to unique mini-challenges, most of which are platforming challenges. However, there are some minor problems. For example, in some screens of the game there's so much on the screen, or the screen is so zoomed-out, that it can be difficult to locate your character (the green arrow above your character that the developers put in doesn't help much unfortunately). Some of the physics are a little jank, such as on giant rotating gears that the player has to navigate at some point. If you fall off a cliff, you respawn on the cliff edge and if you don't act quickly Hisako's get-up animation might cause her to flip right off the cliff again. Whenever you perform a perfect dodge the enemy health bar gets really hard to see because the screen goes greyscale. However, barring these and other minor QOL problems the bulk of the gameplay is great. 8/10.
LOOKS
The game has an anime aesthetic combined with honestly not great quality 3D backgrounds and enemies. The higher the resolution your screen is, the more noticeable some artifacts will be, such as every time the game zooms in on the subway map. However the handdrawn images, such as the conversation sprites for characters, the CGs, and a really impressive set of in-universe manga pages are quality. 6/10
VALUE
The game costs $25 normally on Steam which is just a bit on the pricey side in my opinion. If you pick up this game on sale, however, I'd consider it a worthy expense. Otherwise, the game doesn't really have much replay value beyond testing your own skills. There's no NG+ and you can fight any of the bosses again whenever you want through the Combat Simulator. If you're just here for achievements, there's none attached to difficulty. 6/10.
OTHER NOTABLES
Some of the CGs are risque for the weebs. The music is OK. But I'm pretty sure the development team was like 3 people, so honestly this was an incredible effort.
VERDICT
25/40, 6.25/10. It's solid. I had fun with it. There are probably better games out there of the same kind. You could be playing Metroid Dread right now. But it's not a bad game. It's a bit rough around the edges, but it has heart.

Review from Steam

A very charming hack-n-slash style side scroller. Although it doesn't particularly excel in any single category, the mechanics and controls are tight enough to be enjoyable. The skill tree is pretty decent to add a little spice of progression and leveling. The translation to English is clearly not perfect, but it actually added extra charm and humor that kept me looking forward to the next bit of dialogue. Bottom line: I wouldn't nominate it for any awards, but as someone who is generally disinterested in these style games it was good enough that I felt satisfied after finishing it.