Charlie Murder, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile hit PC

Salt and Sanctuary creators Ska Studios have finally brought two of their earlier games to PC, the stabby platformer The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile [official site] and beat ’em up Charlie Murder [official site]. In the traditional Ska way, they’ve got sketchy art, co-op, buckets of moodiness, and shedloads of blood. Vampire Smile hit Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade in 2011 then Charlie Murder followed in 2013, and the two have been slowly heading to PC pretty much ever since. Now they’re here, costing £7 a pop.

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is a hack ‘n’ slash platformer, with the violence and intensity of your Ninja Gaidens and whatnot squeezed into 2D hand-drawn art. It’s a follow-up to 2009’s The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, which isn’t on PC but don’t let that get in the way – you stab things real good and they bleed real hard. It has local and online co-op too.

If you fancy a crack, it’s £6.99/9,99€/$9.99 on Steam. Dishwasher kinda came to PC in 2013, when some scamp pirate-o-ported it; this is the real deal. Here’s a video from the XBLA release:

As for Charlie Murder, that’s about the members of the eponymous punk band beating their way through a death metal band Gore Quaffer and their fans. It’s got four-player co-op as well as PvP play. It too costs £6.99/9,99€/$9.99. Another XBLA trailer:


  1. Veav says:

    Still waiting on my Survival Crisis sequel. And a pitch I SWEAR I didn’t hallucinate about muscle cars driving in space.

    • Richeh says:

      If you were a fan of Survival Crisis Zero, I’d recommend you check out Streets of Rogue on the new Humble Bundle. I can’t quite put my finger on why but I think they tickle the same part of my brain.

  2. Syrion says:

    I have very fond memories of playing Zombie Smashers X2 by the same developers, an extremely grindy but really satisfying River City Ransom-like or so. They don’t even mention it on their page anymore. Must have been 7 games before The Dishwasher or so?
    I know I was really disappointed by their developing exclusively for Xbox, so it’s cool they are releasing it on Steam now. But, I don’t know how big my interest in such a game is nowadays. Then again I had great fun with Shank 1 and 2 just last year…

  3. April March says:

    I have them on the ‘box. These are good smack-em-ups to play with a mate or three.

    • Snowskeeper says:

      Dishwasher: Vampire Smile only has two-player co-op; perhaps don’t bring three friends to that show.