Banana Manshoot: Offensive Combat Now In Open Beta

Offensive Combat is a quite a silly thing. Where other shooters clamber aboard Call of Duty’s coattails and ride cheerily into the gaping, graybrown maw of thematic singularity, it whips out banana people, eyeball people, and… basically a lot of things that shouldn’t be people, but are anyway. That said, its pop-culture-laden zaniness doesn’t always hit the mark. Case in point: “Pwn”-ing people is a game mechanic. Still, though, gaming’s broswertopia tomorrowland frontier doesn’t have much in the way of quality shooters, and Offensive Combat’s taking the next step in gunning for that throne with an open beta.

From the sound of things, the open beta’s a pretty substantial leap up from closed, too – with new features trundling in by the bananaload. So said developer U4iA:

“The updated version, available to players starting today, has more than twice as much playable content as the closed beta version of the game, plus a robust new skill tree and a revamped weapon customization system. Six maps are available now, including Hydropwnic, Ghetto Blaster, Disasteroids, Dry Run, Shortest Yard, and Painhouse. Players can also mix and match elements from 29 characters, including modern soldiers, future soldiers, robots, geckos, and pirates, plus new additions Steampunk, Limecat, and the oversized former captain of everyone’s favorite starship, among many others.”

Apparently, there are also new post-kill Pwn animations like “Tea-Bo Bagginz” and Armpit Fart. Thank goodness for that. Offensive Combat’s a solid (if somewhat standard – beyond the goofiness) shooter, though, and there’s certainly an allure to simply popping open a browser and having that option waiting for you. Does that sound up your alley? Will you be giving it a go? If so, simply head over here to register and get started. If not – for instance, because you had a traumatic experience set to the tune of “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” – at least feel safe in the knowledge that you probably won’t encounter anything quite like this anywhere else.


  1. SouperSteve0 says:


  2. Dowr says:

    It looks like another Gothan City Imposters – great, crazy concept; but mediocre gameplay.

  3. broklynite says:

    I played it and enjoyed it. The mechanics work well, lots of craziness. One thing I really liked is that while you have to save up a lot of in-game currency to buy more advanced weaponry, you can pay a small amount to rent the more advanced weapons for a day or two. It lets you try out the more powerful stuff before deciding that you want permanent access to it. And considering it’s just played in the browser, it looks pretty darned good.

  4. Monchberter says:

    Serious Sam can do funny.

    Team Fortress 2 can do funny.

    This can only do ‘Kerazy’!

    Which isn’t funny.

    • maicus says:

      There’s nothing more funny than wacky shenanigans as defined by committee

  5. SuperNashwanPower says:

    I want to beat people with my ham

  6. DickSocrates says:

    I haven’t seen anyone use ‘own’ or ‘pwn’ at all for about 2-3 years and unironically longer ago than that. It might be funny to toss one in now and again on a forum with a nice 10 month gap between deployments to recover, but to name a mechanic after it shows a surprising lack of awareness.

    But whatever. I don’t enjoy pissing on indie developers.

    • Bungle says:

      Valve is doing it with Dota 2 right now. Every time a player dies, the obituary says “So and So just PWND So and So’s face for XXX Gold!”

      It’s pretty hard to stomach.

  7. phelix says:

    It looks a little like Killing Floor with less dosh.

  8. konrad_ha says:

    Thanks, but I think I’ll pass.

  9. alundra says:

    Manshoot?? I find the remark pretty damn sexist, not every man out there likes violence, furthermore, the word seems to imply MAN=SHOOT.

    RPS deems itself to be a pretty smart site, but when it’s double moral rears it’s ugly head, it can be nauseating.

    • Velko says:

      Got next week’s headline right there!

    • SonicTitan says:

      Really? This has got to be a brilliant, Orwellian troll of some sort.

    • Cryogenian says:

      If MAN=SHOOT, they might as well say MANMAN, oder SHOOTMAN, no?

      • Lanfranc says:


        If you shoot a man, you no longer have a man. So logically, “MAN=SHOOT” is the equivalent of “MAN=not-MAN”.


  10. elhreno says:

    The only problem I see now is that there are LOTS of players. I mean, just as I spawn behind someone, someone else spawning right behind me and so on. It’s… quite crazy and uber-dynamic. My average lifetime was about 4 seconds and I was able to PWN people in that time.

  11. ArtyFishal says:

    Tried it. It’s just COD with a wacky veneer. Movement is not as fun as Gotham City Impostors, and the maps lack personality. Playing in browser is nice though.

    I wish we could return to the time of UT and Q3 when maps, and movement trumped customizability.

    • Bungle says:

      This game charges for extra content though – that is how it makes its money. You never want to charge for maps, as that segments the community.

  12. Jahkaivah says:

    It’s Time To [Password] Split?

    (Password’s “banana”)

  13. The Random One says:

    I don’t know, I think I’ve seen that concept before: link to

    Let me add some lines here so spambots don’t STEAL MY WORDS

  14. Lord Ivan says:


  15. lijenstina says:

    That screenshot is a nice depiction of the war on drugs.