Smear ‘Em Up: Battlepaint

If there’s one arena-shooter you should play this morning, I’d say it should be Battlepaint. It’s not an original concept – you shoot bads and they pop into paint splatters – but the implementation is great fun, and I love the various additional effects, such as your shooter-craft smearing the paint as you whizz about in the arena. It supports one or two players, and it’s worth a look.


  1. SpinalJack says:

    Photoshop needs a shooter Easter egg

  2. Devrey says:

    Olbigatory mentioning of mono (link to

  3. McDan says:

    Would this be a Smep then? Rather than a Shmup?

  4. itsallcrap says:

    Yeah, ‘salright.

    Scored 28,223.

  5. Kieron Gillen says:

    Fun and worth playing once, but far too easy. I only died when my controls get stuck. Getting to level 48 with only any periodic real challenge just makes me never want to play it again. Go through all that to get to the better stuff? Fuck that for a game of soldiers.


  6. Berzee says:

    Level 52! I forgot to check my score though.

  7. Tizoc says:

    Well that was fun, makes me wish enemies in the Dragon Age 2 demo had multi-coloured blood….
    It would be soooo much better that way!
    edit : scored 56k or something (around level 60)

  8. Berzee says:

    Has anyone tried 2player yet? It seems that’s where the fun would be more fun.

  9. MikoSquiz says:

    I bet the higher “tiers” don’t even exist. Why go to all the bother of making them if nobody and their dog is going to get there? It’s all incredibly visually chaotic, and once the enemy spawn areas start spraying wildly all over the map it’s impossible not to die of running into a spawning enemy.

  10. pragmatick says:

    The programmer clearly didn’t think of left handed people. Controlling movement with my left hand feels really weird, I cannot play this game.

    • Berzee says:

      I am a lefthanded person and I did juuust fine. Clearly I am a higher tier of lefthanded person. (Or would this mean you are MORE powerfully lefthanded and therefore more susceptible to suffering from righthanded control schemes? Is that what it means? Maybe?)

    • Graham says:

      Check out southpaw mode if you’re a lefty. :)

  11. Madlukelcm says:

    Not a bad game for a little bit of fun. Got a score of 49,179 and level 58.

  12. luckystriker says:

    It’s only alright…controls aren’t tight at all.