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Thread Fred Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Thread Fred

Thread Fred-Side-Scroller Shooter, under your control is a flying man.
User rating: 11 (69%) 5 (31%) 1 comment

Thread Fred was available as a giveaway on March 30, 2023!

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Experience romantic Regency England in this sumptuous solitaire game.

Fred worked in a garment factory until an explosion occurred and he was thrown into the air. Flying past sharp rocks, strange creatures and watching beautiful views, Fred fights off enemies with balls of thread, and collects pieces of bread thrown to pigeons and dreams of a speedy and safe landing.

Thread Fred-Side-Scroller Shooter, under your control is a flying man, you Dodge obstacles from above and below, maneuver between lightning strikes, destroy tangles of threads of evil vegetables and collect bonuses in the form of bread crusts.

Features of the game:
- Nice visual style
- Dynamic music
- The complexity

System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows; Processor: Intel Celeron 1800 MHz; Memory: 512 MB RAM; Graphics: Intel HD Graphics; Storage: 14 MB available space; Sound Card: DirectSound Compatible; Additional Notes: Keyboard


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File Size:

101 MB



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Thread Fred is a decent looking arcade side scrolling Shoot 'Em Up; a homage to those played in the arcades that is normally ideal for those 15 - 20 minute coffee breaks or as a break from more intensive AAA games. It was released on Steam on Jan 16, 2021 and has never been given away before here. Controls are W and S to move up and down and spacebar to shoot (unremappable in game). There are no options for some reason so must be played windowed rather than full screen, and no way in game to turn off music or sounds as usual.

Shoot 'em ups, a video game genre that's unfortunately also known as "shmups," is a category which has been part of the gaming industry over decades and includes both side scrolling (horizontal) and vertical scrolling games. Like beat 'em ups, shoot 'em ups were arcade staples that have found new life on home video game consoles and computers when machines began vanishing from laundromats, pizza joints, and arcades.

This is a very basic version of these games; The shooting sound effect is reminiscent of space invaders but gameplay consists of repetitively flying between two trees or rocks, shooting an enemy, and collecting a piece of bread if possible over 3 levels - which has no real purpose such as for healing except for a steam achievement we cant get in this version. There is also a lightning strike to avoid.

The flaw in the game however is not really the basic gameplay but that when you get hit, the screen flips around and is heavily flashing. Its actually still playable although makes it harder since controls are reversed as well, but really doesnt add to the experience and lessens my wanting to try out the game otherwise too much. Perhaps this is more of a learning experience for this developer and should keep that in mind.

Rating: D

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