Extreme Paintbrawl

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Extreme Paintbrawl
Developer(s) Creative Carnage
Publisher(s) Head Games
Designer(s) Carlos Cuello, Andre Lowe, Joe Wilcox
Engine Build
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA October 20, 1998
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM

Extreme Paintbrawl is a paintball video game released for Microsoft Windows/DOS on October 20, 1998. The game uses a modified version of the Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition v1.5 executable. This game has been considered one of the worst video games ever made. The title was developed in two weeks, with soundtrack by musician Todd Duane, who sent Head Games his demo tracks. The game was eventually followed by Extreme Paintbrawl 2, Ultimate Paintbrawl 3, and Extreme Paintbrawl 4.


In Extreme Paintbrawl, there are three game modes available to the player: Season Mode, Single Game, and Practice. Season Mode allows one to manage a team of 8 recruits through an entire season. The player is able to hire and fire recruits, buy markers, and compete against other teams for the championship in compliance with a fixed schedule. There were several flaws in this mode such as the inability to swap markers between recruits. Single Game allows the player to play a single paintball match. The objective is to score by either capturing your opponent's flag or marking an opponent. Practice mode leaves the player all alone on the field of his/her choice with no specific targets to shoot.


Extreme Paintbrawl received extremely negative reviews and is widely considered one of the worst video games ever made. In addition to its outdated Build engine graphics, it shipped with abysmal AI which often performed bizarre behaviors, such as running towards the nearest wall and appearing to do the moonwalk. Enemies also have seemingly perfect aim, because nearly every shot fired in the player's direction scores a hit. Also, although the game only installs and launches under Windows 95 and higher, the actual game is a DOS program. This often caused compatibility problems, especially with newer computers.

GameSpot gave the game a 1.7/10.[1] IGN gave it a 0.7/10;[2] it is the second game in the website's history to receive a score lower than one (the first is Olympic Hockey Nagano '98, which earned a 0.0). PC Gamer gave it a 6/100.


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