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  • Summary: Set in a far corner of space, Valfaris is a heavy metal infused 2D action-platformer and the next game from the team behind Unity Awards finalist, Slain: Back From Hell. Brutal combat. Deadly enemies. Stunning pixel art. Savage soundtrack. Get ready to rip the galaxy a new wormhole.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 11, 2019
    100
    If you are willing to brave the chaotic difficulty and dystopian grittiness, Valfaris is absolutely worth every moment!
  2. Oct 14, 2019
    95
    I can’t stress how much I adored the entirety of Valfaris, and finding a title so brimming with such confidence in itself is rare. This game knows it’s awesome, and as the bosses got harder and harder, I was never once frustrated because I knew I had the tools I needed to conquer its mountain, leading to one of the most satisfying gameplay experiences I’ve had in years. Valfaris is a supremely designed action-platformer made by incredibly talented people, and it headbanged straight into my heart. Play it immediately.
  3. Oct 9, 2019
    92
    Destruction, gore and desolation. Take up the mantle of Therion, an alter-Metabaron/Space Marine-combined and spread the word of heavy metal amongst the corpses. How much heavy metal do you ask? Enriched uranium heavy!
  4. Oct 9, 2019
    88
    Valfaris is a masterful game, a wild ride that inherits the spirit of the great shooters of the past and offers it to the glorious gods of metal.
  5. Nov 5, 2019
    80
    Valfaris is an excellent and challenging action platformer with a wonderfully designed combat system. The balancing of close combat, laser action, and the shared resource for shield and subweapons mean that most encounters require a careful and skilful approach. The result in a standout title that shows how far Steel Mantis have come from the flawed Slain: Back From Hell.
  6. Oct 31, 2019
    80
    Valfaris is a really cool pixel-art action-paced adventure, one that is challenging and well-balanced. A great die & retry, with a dark atmosphere.
  7. Nov 7, 2019
    70
    A rapid action game in heavy metal rhythm which will make you remember all those legendary platformers from the 90s. It’s frantic, easy to understand - but its difficulty can be, at times, terrifying.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Oct 14, 2019
    10
    actually i play it slain before and i enjoy it and i trust big sugar films they can learned form mistakes and make super bad ass game likeactually i play it slain before and i enjoy it and i trust big sugar films they can learned form mistakes and make super bad ass game like VALFARIS this game is crazy madness bloody sci fi as hell Expand
  2. Oct 22, 2019
    10
    Игра обалденная как и предыдущее творение данной студии, только в разы лучше:) прошел демку 2 раза и очень очень ждал релиза. Купил неИгра обалденная как и предыдущее творение данной студии, только в разы лучше:) прошел демку 2 раза и очень очень ждал релиза. Купил не задумываясь Expand
  3. Oct 22, 2019
    10
    Очень крутой платформер с потрясающим саундреком!
  4. Nov 30, 2019
    9
    Respect to Steel Mantis for making a proper retro game. This plays like something that could have been on SNES, but unlike most pixel graphicRespect to Steel Mantis for making a proper retro game. This plays like something that could have been on SNES, but unlike most pixel graphic titles they've gone above and beyond with the colors and detail. Visually every screen feels handcrafted, so that even while the game is linear, the environment tells the story of the world of Valfaris. Likewise the gameplay feels handcrafted as well, it's carefully balanced so that adjusting your position by a couple pixels can make the difference.

    You will die often in this game, I had 300 deaths in my 8-hour playthrough. It uses a checkpoint system where you find items that let you activate checkpoints. You get extra ones by finding secret rooms, and by skipping checkpoints intentionally to make the game more difficult. You can then convert the checkpoint items for weapon upgrades at certain points, if you have extra.

    The only thing bad I can say is that it's one of those games where you wish they had a huge budget. You can tell they wanted to put all kinds of stuff in, like a section where you ride a giant insect, and just didn't have the resources. A fully-fledged metroidvania (which this game is not) Valfaris with twice the playtime of this one would be an *astounding* game. But that would've been a huge ask for this dev, considering how much care and detail they put into what is present in the game.
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  5. Oct 27, 2019
    8
    Играешь за очень похожего на космодесантника персонажа, уничтожаешь врагов, все максимально брутально, и в духе хеви-метал текстов и обложек.Играешь за очень похожего на космодесантника персонажа, уничтожаешь врагов, все максимально брутально, и в духе хеви-метал текстов и обложек. До этого была Slain, она была хороша визуально, но чудовищна в плане баланса - я в начале игры трех огненных собак так и не смог пройти, и она была в фентези тематике. А здесь тематика похожа на Вархаммер 40000. И баланс нормальный, не надо быть лютым задротом, чтоб пройти ее. В своем жанре - очень хороша, советую Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2020
    7
    Its a good Contra like game. Theres a lot of weapons and combat feels amazing. But the level design is sometimes not that good and some bossesIts a good Contra like game. Theres a lot of weapons and combat feels amazing. But the level design is sometimes not that good and some bosses are weak as well. Expand
  7. Nov 20, 2020
    1
    wtf this game very bad and bored. terrible section design and bad colours used.

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