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  • Summary: Create the myth of Baba Yaga by living out the origins of this classic Slavic folk story in BLACKTAIL, the first-person action-adventure from THE PARASIGHT. Experience a one-of-a-kind blend of intense archery combat and dark storytelling set in a vibrant fairy tale world. Choose your path toCreate the myth of Baba Yaga by living out the origins of this classic Slavic folk story in BLACKTAIL, the first-person action-adventure from THE PARASIGHT. Experience a one-of-a-kind blend of intense archery combat and dark storytelling set in a vibrant fairy tale world. Choose your path to become either the guardian of the woods or the terror nightmares are made of.

    You play as Yaga, a 16-year-old girl accused of witchcraft and expelled from an early medieval Slavic settlement. When living memories of her past return as foul, walking spirits, Yaga is faced with no other option than to hunt them down in hopes of unravelling her own mystery.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Dec 15, 2022
    98
    A beautiful, touching piece of work that’s bound to stick with you long after you finish it, Blacktail is a world worth getting lost in.
  2. Dec 15, 2022
    87
    Blacktail offers so much with a strong tone throughout. While some areas could have had more polish, what we get is still fantastic.
  3. Jan 24, 2023
    85
    BLACKTAIL is an RPG full of exploration, crafting, and magic. Based on Slavic Folklore, this isn’t your typical happy story; this is a dark tale full of difficult choices. It may take some time to learn how to use your bow well, but once you figure out the proper timing and technique, you will be more successful in battle.
  4. Dec 15, 2022
    80
    Blacktail may not put every foot right, but it's still an enjoyable, compelling romp through a dark and beautiful fairytale world.
  5. Dec 16, 2022
    80
    Blacktail is a welcome surprise for the end of the year. Combat can come off as cruel due to the limited number of arrows and the limited dodge mechanic, but the actual firing of arrows is excellent. Boss fights feel very satisfying once you finally get a read on what they're doing, but the variable difficulty that can be utilized during boss battles can provide some relief if players are more interested in the story than gameplay. The world is the real star thanks to the grimy yet alluring presentation and the cast of characters. The side-scrolling sections after every boss fight act as neat breathers before you return to your adventure. Blacktail is intriguing overall and well worth seeking out if you love adventure games.
  6. Dec 15, 2022
    80
    Originality is a rare quality in games, and Blacktail has this in spades – the Slavic folklore, the surrealist narrative, the unusual plot structure, the craggy yet dreamlike artstyle, the archery-based gameplay. Sure, some of the systems could be simplified and streamlined, but at least they aim to test the boundaries and seek a different point of view. Blacktail may not be a graphical marvel or a masterstroke in action gameplay, but this indie title has a fascinating magic all its own that’s difficult to define and even harder to find in games today.
  7. Dec 15, 2022
    60
    The Parasight's first game impresses from the start, with a fairy-tale atmosphere and a few interesting mechanics. After a while, however, various shortcomings come to light, such as repetitive gameplay and technical issues. There's a lot to enjoy here, but Blacktail won't be a revelation to finish off the year.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 23, 2023
    9
    Great story and really solid game play. its quite short but that's why its a lower price. Finally a developer who doesn't over reach. TheyGreat story and really solid game play. its quite short but that's why its a lower price. Finally a developer who doesn't over reach. They decided kept it within their capabilities and nailed the core game! Well done!! Expand
  2. Dec 28, 2022
    6
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    only worth 20 dollar
    ========= - 10 - 20 hours long. - very repetitive gameplay, little enemies type, stupid ai, only one weapon
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    only worth 20 dollar
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    - 10 - 20 hours long.

    - very repetitive gameplay, little enemies type, stupid ai, only one weapon with 3 type arrow, choices dont matter, long boring 2d sections.

    -good atmosphere, Slavic folklore, mashrooms, black cat, good soundtrack, great optimized didnt get any glitch.
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  3. Dec 23, 2022
    5
    Not a bad story about the "Slavic" Baba Yaga with bad gameplay. I don't support Russia but I have doubts about the developer. During the timeNot a bad story about the "Slavic" Baba Yaga with bad gameplay. I don't support Russia but I have doubts about the developer. During the time when Russia invaded the territory of Ukraine in this game you can hear a song with Russian words and "Slavic" culture. In any social network of developers, I did not find a word about the support of Ukraine, although they are from Poland. If the story about the game is interesting, the main character is written well, the voice actor played perfectly, these are all the pluses of the game. Of the minuses - the map is huge, but empty, there is no point and interest in fully exploring it. Enemies can block you and kill you without giving you a chance. In mini-games, I found several bugs because of which I had to start from the beginning. I don't like the souls like genre, but the game handled it well in terms of story and some of the battles. If you want a game with an interesting story, a huge map, and most often difficult opponents of the soul genre, then you can try it. We need to stop Russian culture in the world! Slava Ukraini! #standwithukraine Expand