Abuse Reviews (DOS)

ESRB Rating
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A forgotten cult classic that deserves to be revisited Angry Hammerite (75) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Let's deliver some abuse inside a prison *Katakis* (38325) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
Pure fun, in small doses WWWWolf (421) unrated
A brain sucking thrill El-ad Amir (109) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Nicely atmospheric, great side-scrolling action... but not much else. George Shannon (100) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
A wonderful piece of software. Tomer Gabel (4351) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Stunningly mediocre James Hague (17) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall User Score (68 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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GameHippo.com (Sep 01, 2001)
Abuse is a detailed shooting game. Although it is commercial software freeware versions were created from the public domain source code and graphics of the game. As the only person immune to the abuse gene, you must fight your way through mutants so that you can save the world and escape to freedom.
PC Gamer (Jan, 1996)
Great design, lots of hidden goodies and built-in level editor. The interface takes some getting used to, so you won't be hooked right at first. One of the most enjoybale shooters of the year.
Pelit (May, 1996)
Abuse on PC:n toimintapelien kärkeä, ei siinä mitään. Valitettavasti näin suurina annoksina Abuse alkaa nopsasti toistaa trikkejään, toimintapelin pitäisi kuitenkin koukuttaa pelaajaa tarjoamalla aina jotain uutta. Lisäksi sinne tänne on pläjäytelty ylivaikeita pelinpysäyttäjiä. Toki ne voi hermoston kosahtaessa kiertää mukana tulevalla editorilla, mutta se ei ole miehen ratkaisu.
GameSpot (May 01, 1996)
As side-scrolling shooter games go, there hasn't been much innovation since, say, the old coin-op game Elevator Action. Sure, there've been a few crazy characters with quirky attributes like Mario, Sonic, and Earthworm Jim. And maybe there've been some minor additions: upgradeable weapons, hidden one-ups, incredibly mean bosses, and bonus levels. Then there's the technological advances such as parallax scrolling (if I had a dime for every time I've heard the phrase, "Our game has more layers of scrolling backgrounds than …" I'd be a very rich man). But in terms of actual play, not much has changed in the side-scrolling, jumping and bumping, shooting and ducking, horizontal platform-game genre. Until now.
This is the premise of Abuse. With that in mind, you, dressed in battle armor that you just happen to have found, are off to save humanity from infection by Abuse. Your mission is to get to the Control Room at the center of the prison complex and make sure that the prison's infected water supply doesn't leak out into the outside world.
The DOS Spirit (Apr 26, 2008)
For å være både revolusjonerende og "rett i" kjernen på hva action-, og plattform-sjangeren handler om, var det vanskelig å ikke måpe første gang man startet opp Abuse. Selv om vanskelighetsgraden og tempoet er nokså høyt, og spillet er designet slik at du må prøve og feile veldig mange ganger, kan man ikke komme utenom at dette er solide saker fra ende til annen. Liker du Alien-setting med de tilhørende mørke ankerpunktene og et passende arsenal til, vil du garantert finne mye underholdning her. Øvrigheten bør heller ikke gå glipp av denne juvelen, selv om den dystre stemningen og skremmefaktorene til tider kan virke avskrekkende. Vi syns dette er står tilbake som en presentasjon og milepæl for hvordan nyskapning i en kjent og kjær sjanger ikke bare kan fornyes, men videreføres til noe bedre og spennende i en forpakning som tar skarve 2 MB! - selv om firmaet ditt heter noe så elendig som Crack dot Com. Slikt fortjener vår "Golden DOS Spirit"-utmerkelse.
Score (Feb, 1996)
Pokud si chcete levně zastřílet, zařádit si s alieny, rozbít klávesnici v extázi akce a připodělat se strachy k tomu, neexistuje na PC lepší volba než Abuse.
FreeHry.cz (Nov 24, 2001)
Nejste-li nějakým nováčkem v oblasti pc her, jistě si pamatujete na postarší shareware hru z roku 1995 s názvem Abuse, která si získala srdce nejednoho hráče her.
If you're easily addicted, stay away. Otherwise, it's a must have. At it's simplest, Abuse is all about destruction. Haunting, beautifully crafted carnage, but carnage nonetheless. Its great graphics and sound effects and its infinite customizablity add up to make Abuse one of the best action games ever.
Abuse is a great game. While it is a bit difficult at times, it is an amazing amount of fun that features top notch gameplay. Anyone looking for an all out slaughter fest with some puzzle solving, could not go wrong picking up a copy.
Abuse wirkt anfangs nur mäßig faszinierend, aber man spielt sich richtiggehend rein. Weder das Büffeln von dicken Anleitungen noch ein High-End-Pentium sind Spielspaß-Voraussetzungen. Ein dynamisches Jump-and-Shoot, das erklärte 3D-Puristen aber kaum hinterm Kanonenrohr hervorlocken wird.
PC Joker (Apr, 1996)
Summa summarum ist Abuse also einen kleinen Mißbrauch wert: Bei knackigem Ballersound warten überzeugendes Leveldesign, ein unterhaltsamer Multiplayer-Modus und vor allem jede Menge Action.
PC Games (Germany) (May, 1996)
Da kommen Erinnerungen an längst vergessene Schlachten auf! Abuse knüpft direkt an Klassiker wie "Hero", "Turrican" und "Shadow of the Beast" an. Eine altbekannte Spielidee also, doch was soll's, wenn das Rezept noch immer gefragt und das Endprodukt gut gemacht ist? Abuse absolvierte den PC-Games-TÜV ohne Tadel. Der Wertungsdaumen zeigt nach oben.
Power Play (May, 1996)
Seine Shareware-Herkunft kann “Abuse“ nicht leugnen: Eine künstlich aufgebauschte Anzahl an Gegnertypen — der Großteil basiert auf dem Giger-inspirierten Mutantensprite in verschiedenen Farbvariationen und mit jeweils anderer Bewaffnung, dann noch gleichförmig düstere Hintergrundgrafiken und so gut wie keine Obermotze: Das klingt nicht so üppig für ein EA-Produkt. Auf der Habenseite gibt es die für 2D-Spiele ungewöhnlichen Lichteffekte, ein durchdachtes Leveldesign und sehr viel gradlinige Action zu verbuchen. Das Beste ist allerdings das simple aber effektive Maus/Tastatur-Interface, das Euch beim selbst in der ‘Easy“-Einstellung happigen Schwierigkeitsgrad noch eine gute Überlebenschance einräumt. Die richtige Wahl für den “Turrican“-entwöhnten Ballerfan, der neuzeitlichen Errungenschaften wie dem Netzwerkmodus und dem erstklassigen Leveleditor nicht abgeneigt ist.
On the up-side, there are a few cool things in ABUSE. The digital effects are wonderful and ominous. There are lots of nifty powerups and a slew of weapons to snatch up. And you can play with up to 8 other players in a network game. In net play, some of the weaknesses of the single-player game fall away, but going mano-a-mano in ABUSE: falls far short of the first-person Deathmatch experience. If you like side-scrollers, you're better off dusting off your old Genesis, because Crack Dot Com's ABUSE falls far short of even the status quo.
High Score (Jun, 1996)
Det finns så mycket högoktaniga actionlir att jag inte kan rekommendera Abuse, som egentligen inte är dåligt. Det har bara svårt att höja sig över mängden.