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  • Summary: Infernax is the adventures of a great knight who returns to his homeland only to find it plagued with unholy magic. Uncover the mysteries of the curse and face the consequences of your actions.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. Feb 28, 2022
    90
    Infernax is everything I want from a retro-inspired 8-bit platformer. It looks fantastic, offers challenging gameplay, glorious bosses, and banging tunes. If that’s your bag, don’t waste any time diving in here. It’s a beauty.
  2. 90
    As sure as the sun rises and sets (and wait until you see that in game), the Switch eShop will receive more and more titles hoping to cash in on NES-fueled nostalgia; don’t let that stop you from picking up the immensely satisfying throwback that is Infernax. Even though my mace and armor are dripping with demonic ichor, I’m still ready to charge back in.
  3. Feb 16, 2022
    90
    Infernax just feels good to play. The mechanics are solid, and the fundamentals are done properly. You don’t have a massive array of moves and attacks to choose from, but what you have in your toolbox works well for handling the enemies you’ll be facing. Exploring the countryside took me back to my younger years wandering the mysterious world of Simon’s Quest, especially with the day-night element in play here. Those who enjoy exploratory 2D platformers and aren’t afraid of taking on one with a little bite should definitely play Infernax as soon as possible.
  4. Feb 16, 2022
    80
    Infernax is a fantastic throwback to 8-bit gaming, and while it may not be fully faithful to the era thanks to its color palette, number of sprites on screen, and unbroken English, it gets the rest right where it counts. The grim-dark story of Alcedor’s fight against the invading darkness is broken up with moments of humor, several of which pay direct tribute to Castlevania in ways that Alcedor will immediately regret. Not to mention entering the Konami cheat code on the title screen starting up a new save in straight-up Contra mode. The story also comes with several choices along the way, allowing you to have Alcedor try to walk the righteous path or turn evil, and sometimes the law of unintended consequences makes what seems like the right choice lead to the bad outcome. It’s a dark, violent, bloody world that feels great to smash your way through, and while it might take some repetition to clear the harder areas Infernax is always worth the payoff.
  5. Mar 15, 2022
    80
    There's some very good old school gameplay in Infernax, something that doesn't want to just pander us with nostalgia, but to entertain and engage with challenges and simple yet well-thought game design.
  6. Feb 18, 2022
    80
    From the moment you step onto these demon-infested lands to the moment you deal the killing blow to the game’s final boss, you’ll experience plenty of surprises – the Konami Code does something really cool, for example. Infernax’s retro soundtrack that rips from start to finish, beautiful art, challenging gameplay, and a fun Castlevania-inspired design, make it worth the price of admission.
  7. Feb 11, 2022
    75
    Infernax is a great mix of pixel-art nostalgia and modern narrative design that never fails to entertain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jun 19, 2022
    10
    This game is an amazing homage to the 8-bit era with alot of bloody awesome combat/platforming, Really good chip tune style music that'sThis game is an amazing homage to the 8-bit era with alot of bloody awesome combat/platforming, Really good chip tune style music that's nostalgic, and a fun world to explore full of side quests & multiple choices that affect your morality for the story. Bosses & Enemies are designed very well and all are mostly awesome. This game is really good and a high recommend. Expand
  2. Feb 27, 2022
    10
    Infernax is a love letter to fans of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and TLoZ Link's adventure. It takes the concept of the games and bringsInfernax is a love letter to fans of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and TLoZ Link's adventure. It takes the concept of the games and brings them to the present age in all a good way. Advances in plataforming controls, pixel sprites, OST, a true morality system with tons of alternatives and a good Bad ending which most games shy away from. If you like retro games but hoped they could be done in a modern way, Infernax is for you. Expand
  3. Jun 9, 2022
    9
    This game is absolutely incredible.

    Music: 10/10 Gameplay 10/10 Atmosphere 10/10 Story 10/10 The music is truly amazing. An homage to
    This game is absolutely incredible.

    Music: 10/10
    Gameplay 10/10
    Atmosphere 10/10
    Story 10/10

    The music is truly amazing. An homage to the late 80s early 90s, but with a modern twist. Gameplay is tight, with perfect controls. Difficulty is spot on.

    Atmosphere is really good. it somehow balances humour with dark narrative. It is perfectly aware of what it is.

    If you have ANY love for platformers, or are a gamer over 30, this is an absolute must buy
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  4. Feb 18, 2022
    7
    Pixel art and music is tops. Humorous gore and Easter eggs. One complaint: Parkour fails should result in life loss and resetting at point ofPixel art and music is tops. Humorous gore and Easter eggs. One complaint: Parkour fails should result in life loss and resetting at point of failure. My patience is gone for all the easy parkour fails/traps in this game because the consequence is a full restart of the castle (unless you want to switch to casual mode, which requires you to lose all of your hard earned lives before enabling). If a parkour fail resulted in a loss of life and resetting at the point of failure to retry, this would be A+. As it is, parkour fails just feel needlessly frustrating and punitive. The enemy difficulty is great with some fun boss patterns and design, but the parkour fails hurt my enjoyment of this game. Not sure I’ll finish it. I’m fully leveled up and on my 4th castle. It’s enough. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2022
    3
    Very average game. Some very bad designed levels makes it frustrating to play.