Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Feb 16, 2021
    Simple enough to draw you in, yet complex enough to keep you interested for the long haul. Skull: The Hero Slayer expertly balances risk-and-reward elements with player skill to make a wholly engaging action platformer.
  2. Feb 5, 2021
    This story of a tiny hero is charming and disarming… figuratively and, occasionally, literally. While he is small in stature, Skul proves that sometimes even the smallest among us may achieve the greatest things. Against all odds, Skul may just be the key to fulfilling the dreams of Carleon's First Hero AND the machinations of the Demon King.
  3. Feb 4, 2021
    As endearing as it is challenging, Skul takes the rogue-lite mechanics you know and adds some flair of its own and a unique take on the fantasy narrative. If you’re looking for a game to scratch your rogue-lite itch with a few fun twists, Skul is a fantastic choice.
  4. Jan 19, 2021
    While it can be a little difficult to get into due to an obtuse early period, everything that follows is a great experience and one that will captivate players through its mixture of charming play and engaging narrative. Those looking for deceptively simple games with surprising depth will find a lot to love in Skul: The Hero Slayer.
  5. Jan 25, 2021
    SouthPAW have done a great job of making a really solid roguelike with interesting mechanics, a surprising amount of depth and a ton of visual charm. The balance still needs a little work and the text could use a little more proof-reading, but with plenty more updates planned well into 2021, this is certainly a game to keep an eye on.
  6. Jan 25, 2021
    If I had to compare it to any other title, I would say Dead Cells. Not just because of the similar 2D action platformer gameplay, but also because Dead Cell’s protagonist, the Prisoner, is available as one of the most fun and powerful skulls in the game. So if you’ve been sleeping on Skul: The Hero Slayer while waiting for the development to finish, then it’s high time to walk up and smell the Ents, because this game is one you’ll want to check out.
  7. Feb 11, 2021
    Skul: The Hero Slayer is another example of an indie video game that has been lovingly created and they have managed to launch a roguelite with a lot of potential.
  8. Feb 4, 2021
    The more time I spend with the title, the more my opinion changes of this game. I started off thinking this game is unnecessarily punishing (A multi-phase boss on the first level…really?) to this it is only hard if I’m not playing methodically. As I got into the upgrade system, the more I find myself hoping the random drops go a certain way (I do enjoy a Skul that can do passive damage or equipping projectile based skulls vs melee based builds). If you want a challenging rogue-like to start 2021, Skul: The Hero Slayer is definitely a viable option, if the Greek Pantheon isn’t your cup of tea.
  9. Jan 28, 2021
    More than just a competent roguelike fresh out of early access, Skul: The Hero Slayer delivers power-swapping action and a mostly satisfying loop that should sufficiently satisfy your Dead Cells or Hades cravings.
  10. 82
    Skul: The Hero Slayer has a roguelike concept but it almost feels like a beat 'em up given the amount of enemies we’ll have to face and the amount of characters available, each one with its own personality and moveset. The huge amount of available builds makes each run a unique experience. Fast and fun, with pretty charismatic enemies, colorful and fairly challenging. Absolutely recommended if you love action games with an RPG flavour, and also suitable for hardcore gamers aiming to beat it in as few runs as possible.
  11. Feb 3, 2021
    A brilliant roguelite, made really special by its curious class system and amazing variety. It's obviously not the most balanced game out there, but it's still great fun, and full of heart.
  12. Jan 25, 2021
    A great new take in the roguelite world. Skul: The Hero Slayer is a must-have for all roguelite lovers, with so many balanced builds and combinations. Suffers from an high difficulty spike in the first hours and a not so great level design, but it's surely worth a try.
  13. Mar 9, 2021
    The horrors of the last year have given me a new appreciation for the type of entertainment that allows me to fall into a predictable routine, and roguelikes are the perfect venue. In the past, too many developers have assumed that the simple inclusion of procedurally-generated levels is enough to keep run-based games interesting, but the increased regularity of quality titles like Skul leaves me confident that studios are learning, and that the roguelike renaissance isn’t going away anytime soon.
  14. Feb 8, 2021
    It isn’t without its rough edges, but Skul is a really compelling experience, and definitely scratches the itch left by the button-mashing brawling of Hades and Dead Cells. If you’ve played those games to completion, or if you want a game with decadent pixel art and a wealth of characterful play options, then it’s an easy recommendation - just don’t lose your head during those challenging final stages.
  15. 80
    It’s definitely on the harder end of the roguelike genre, but that only makes it all the more satisfying whenever you succeed. It helps that it’s absolutely beautiful too, because you’ll be seeing a lot of it if it sinks its hooks into you.
  16. Jan 27, 2021
    Skul: The Hero Slayer is a fun little title whose cute graphics belie the tough challenges and grinds that lie within. Dying is all part of the appeal, and never once is it frustrating or unfair. You’ll want to keep returning again and again in order to get just a little bit further, or to perhaps secure a new type of outfit or skill. It deserves a place on your playlist if you have any sort of affection for old 16-bit RPG-brawlers.
  17. Jan 26, 2021
    Skul: The Hero Slayer is an original take on a well-established genre, using its novel head-swapping mechanic to put a plethora of unique playable characters front and center. Though both its story and boss variety leave something to be desired, the quirky characters and satisfying, fast-paced combat had me eager to bone up on my skeletal skills even after the credits rolled.
  18. Jan 24, 2021
    Skul: The Hero Slayer is a great roguelike adventure that ties fast action with a charming narrative. The game understands what makes this genre addicting but doesn’t rely too heavily on influences, which allows it to stand out prominently. If you are hungry for a roguelike, this is a great way to satisfy your cravings.
  19. Jan 20, 2021
    Skul: The Hero Slayer is lovely, action-packed, and full of excellent choices. Repetition can set in rather quickly due to tedious bosses, and a single crash can ruin an entire run, but it's one of the better action rogue-lites I've had the pleasure to dump some time into.
  20. Feb 3, 2021
    Skul: The Hero Slayer has a lot going for it, but it is also muddled with design issues. For all of its creative skull designs, interesting build options, and cool and flashy attacks, I found the experience as a whole to be draining. It’s a case where the core gameplay loop is hindered by its overbearing rogue elements. A genre reliant on repetition has to accommodate for it by offsetting the recursive elements of the game, no matter how good the combat is. Skul: The Hero Slayer is certainly enjoyable on occasion, but its roguelite ingredients ultimately harm the title as a whole.
  21. Jan 20, 2021
    While offering nothing truly groundbreaking, Skul: The Hero Slayer is a fun, colorful, and fast-paced rogue-lite, a good baptism of fire for newbies to the genre and a pleasant pastime for those who have consumed their fingertips on titles like The Binding of Isaac and Hades.
  22. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 12, 2021
    Fast and original, sometimes complicated. The retro action with a skeleton in the lead role has its own opinion on the roguelike genre. [Issue#309]
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  1. Mar 9, 2020
    Skul: The Hero Slayer is a procedurally generated rogue-lite that revolves around the use of different skulls to change gameplay stiles. In this early access phase, though, it lacks balance. [Early access score = 77]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 41
  2. Negative: 11 out of 41
  1. Jan 23, 2021
    This is really fun, great game with excellent controls and beautiful pixel art! Recommended!
  2. Feb 4, 2021
    Голимая хуйня. Кривое управление. Вся надежда только на невнятный рандом. Отсутствие восстановление здоровья после сражения с боссами. ВообщеГолимая хуйня. Кривое управление. Вся надежда только на невнятный рандом. Отсутствие восстановление здоровья после сражения с боссами. Вообще заебись!!! Full Review »
  3. Jun 20, 2021
    The screenshots looked interesting and the first couple of hours were fun to play. But the more you play, the more disappointed and bored youThe screenshots looked interesting and the first couple of hours were fun to play. But the more you play, the more disappointed and bored you become. There are some very silly things about game design. For example, you cannot save when you exit the game. Thus, if the computer or game crashes, you have to start a new run, so stupid. In Hades or DeadCells, you always continue from where you left off last time. One more thing: all run are quite the same, because the maps almost don't change. Thus you play over and over with the same maps and the same enemies. Also, there are only a couple of repetitive dialogues with NPCs, which makes the world seem empty. Don't waste time playing this game, there are tons of the better roguelikes to play: Hades, DeadCells, Children of Morta, Moonlighter and so on. Perhaps in the future the developers will fix these problems and add some content, but the game is mediocre right now. Full Review »