Brittany Vincent of Spawn Kill writes:
"If there's anything I love to see combined, it's flashy animation and gratuitous violence. Happy Tree Friends makes me giggle like a schoolgirl. There's nothing quite like the juxtaposition of kid-friendly caricatures rife with color and oozing style, wacky personalities, and copious amounts of blood. Entrails do an animated character good. The upcoming 2D side-scrolling Xbox Live Arcade/PSN/PC title Shank, brought to us by the good fellows at Klei Entertainment, delivers all of this and more in full force. If Quentin Tarantino, Penny Arcade, and slasher film junkies had a meeting of the minds, they'd likely submit this game for our gaming pleasure. Forget the delicate worlds of Braid or P.B. Winterbottom. Shank is hardcore. And if you don't believe it, he's got a Head-On chainsaw - to be applied directly to your forehead."