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The Reap

Windows - 1997

Year 1997
Platform Windows
Released in France, Germany, United Kingdom
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, SHMUP, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Shooter
Publisher Take 2 Interactive Software Europe Limited
Developer Housemarque Ltd.
Perspectives Isometric, 2D scrolling, Bird's-eye view
5 / 5 - 2 votes

Description of The Reap

One of the best-looking shooters ever released, The Reap from Finnish developer Housemarque features stunning visual effects and huge 3D-modelled levels spanning 4 different worlds.

As the official blurb says, the game uses "...rendered graphics to represent Desert, Underwater City, Ice Caves and futuristic Metropol gaming environments, with each world playing host to superb full screen animations. Unique light sourcing creates an ambient background atmosphere and highlights an attention to background detail seldom seen in PC entertainment software."

But graphics, as countless examples have shown, cannot save a game if it is no fun to play. Fortunately, The Reap not only lives up to Housemarque's early reputation as maker of Stardust games, but also exceeds it with even better graphics, bigger worlds, and more furious action. Although four worlds may sound too few for a SHMUP game, each world is so large and so difficult that it will take expert gamers a few hours (and blistered thumbs) to get through it.

Dozens of special effects and a catchy soundtrack round off this highly-polished underdog that is a good example of how good-looking a PC game can be without sacrificing speed or playability - and that is no small feat given 1997 hardware. Highly recommended.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Not Sure 2022-08-07 0 point

Thanks, I had this game in my collection for a long time but was never able to play it properly.
Works well using DSOAL to get rid of those annoying poping sounds and probably use single thread affinity too.
Works with dgVoodoo2 and/or DxWnd.

ice 2021-03-03 0 point

Thanks for your 2 cents. That was indeed a nice song.
And for abandonware. Thanks for the reap ! i have the cd for ages but i couldnt play it anymore because its 16 bit and my pc is 64.

2 Cent 2019-12-15 1 point

Chicken in the Corn by Bushy One String is an awesome song everyone needs to know

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Game Extras

Various files to help you run The Reap, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

PatchProcessor Crash Patch English version 425 KB FixWin 7/8 fix
Extract, mount the ISO, do not install, launch with thereap.exe English version 28 MB
MiscOriginal Soundtrack English version 90 MB

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