Abuse – 2D sidescrolling action game

I played the game for the first time in 1996 and liked it on the spot. And what do you know: today I developed a fan page for it. I got the idea while surfing the net one day. Having nothing to look for, I remembered I haven’t played ABUSE for a long time. I searched for “Abuse” on some search engines and found a couple of pages dedicated to it. next I found a dir on ftp.cdrom.com which had some interesting stuff in it about ABUSE.

And I said to myself: I’m 20 years old, it’s summer and I have time to kill. Why not make a page about ABUSE ?! So…you’re looking at it. I intend to maintain this page, adding new levels, articles and links to it every two weeks. If you have suggestions, I’d be glad to listen to them. Just e-mail me.

ABUSE is a great game. There are few games I like…ABUSE is among the first three. I always had a crush on older games like Wolf3D, Hocus Pocus, C. Keen, Tankwars, Heretic. You just don’t get the same feeling while playing Quake on the hardest level in comparison with ABUSE or Wolfenstein 3D.

What I like in ABUSE ? Well, almost everything: the graphics, first of all; then the 360 degree shooting area, the monsters, the main character, the weapons, the way you can edit levels, tiles, sounds, the structure of the game itself and last, but not least, the feeling…The fact that it doesn’t require a Pentium III and 3 gigs of space to run. The fact that you have to play with both mouse and keyboard. I also like the fact that there are no built-in cheats. You can’t cheat in ABUSE (unless you do some editing, or in edit mode). In my opinion, if you start playing a game, finish it fairly or else don’t play. Once you put in a cheat, the magic of the game, all the excitement disappear, and you’ll get bored of it pretty soon.


“You are Nick Vrenna. It is the year 2009. You have been falsely incarcerated inside a high security underground prison where illegal genetic experiments are taking place. Alan Blake, the head research scientist, has isolated the specific gene which causes violence and agression in humans. This genetic sequence, called “Abuse”, is highly infectious, causing horrific transformations and grotesque side-effects. You are the only person to show immunity to it.

A prison riot erupts, and in the confusion all the cell doors ar opened. Soon everyone, guards and convicts alike, become infected and transform into a horde of mutants which take over the building. Your only chance for escape is to don battle armor and reach the Control Room situated in the structure’s deepest level. You must first stop the prison’s Abuse-infected water supply from contaminating the outside world. Freedom and the fate of the world now depend on you.”

This is how the game begins… Pretty short, huh? So this is the story. The game is great: one of the first things you’ll have to know about it is that you’ll have to play it with both mouse and keyboard. You move with the help of the cursor keys: left, right and jump [up arrow].With the down arrow you open doors, switches or teleport yourself. With the left button of your mouse you’ll fire your weapons and with the right one you can use the special powers you will pick up on your way to the final level. There are eight different weapons in the game, and you can switch between them with Control [Ctrl] or Insert [Ins].

The Ants are the most common enemies you’ll encounter. There are also flyers, robots, concs (a sort of mines), and many other menaces you’ll have to fight to get to the 21th level.

Editing Levels In ABUSE

To edit levels, start the game with [abuse -edit] (omit the brackets).You’ll get a menu at the bottom of the screen. On the last toolbar you can select tiles (background/foreground) or objects. Place the foreground tile with the left button of your mouse and the background tiles with the right one. More about level editing in the EDITING area.

Editing Tiles In ABUSE

To edit tiles you’ll have to get “Satan Paint” (look in the DOWNLOAD section to download it). Satan Paint was used in creating ABUSE. It’s a “devilish” program; you’ll have to mess around with it a lot to learn how to use it.

With the help of this program you can edit foreground and background tiles, objects and characters for ABUSE. Try it !


ABUSE can be played in multiplayer through an IPX or TCP/IP network. I have two computers connected trough an IPX cable and enjoyed playing ABUSE in multiplayer. There are 12 levels in the NETLEVEL folder of ABUSE. Up to 8 players can join the game choosing a small, medium or large level to play. You can set how many frags you need to win the game. I use the default – 25. The levels are full of weapons and special powers, and you can use the map during the game.

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