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  • Summary: Slain: Back from Hell. A heavy metal inspired arcade combat with puzzle elements and gore galore. Stunning visuals and true old school gameplay accompanied by the most metal soundtrack you've ever heard.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. 75
    Slain: Back from Hell is not a game that everyone will enjoy. It’s difficult and requires a lot of patience to see it through to the end. It’s also not a very long game. My first playthrough clocked in at around seven hours, though better players could certainly finish it more quickly. There’s also nothing new to do once you’ve slain Vroll. But if you have a thing for the difficult platformers of yore, Slain: Back from Hell is a satisfying blend of what made those games great.
  2. Dec 21, 2017
    50
    Despite the very pleasing sound and visuals, Slain is just too unforgiving to be as fun as it should be. I'm glad I've finished it, because those damned flying enemies swooping down on me are giving me nightmares.
  3. Dec 6, 2017
    40
    Like the inside of Ozzy Osborne's head, Slain is simultaneously gorgeous, intense, chaotic and deeply, deeply frustrating. The presentation is excellent, with every part of the game exhibiting stunning 2D animation that really brings its hellish underworld to life. Where it all falls apart is the gameplay; Slain is simply no fun to play thanks to its painful difficulty level which chokes the tantalizing potential of its combat system. While it has been compared to the Castlevania series – and its combo mechanics call to mind the underrated Mirror of Fate – Slain isn't really worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Konami's legendary gothic franchise.
  4. Jan 2, 2018
    40
    Visuals-wise, Slain: Back from Hell for Nintendo Switch is one of the most '80s Metal videogames in existence. Unfortunately, the actual gameplay just doesn't cut it, as the controls often feel unresponsive and the level of challenge unfair. Want to play a Heavy Metal-powered Castlevania? Just play a Castlevania title with Iron Maiden on the headphones.
  5. Dec 10, 2017
    25
    I hope to never return to this game and I wouldn’t want anyone to waste their time and money on the endeavor. Whether that is harsh or not, Slain on the Switch is not the version you should buy. If you want to have any hope of enjoying the game, get any of the other versions available (all of which run at 60 FPS and offer customizable controls).
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  1. Dec 14, 2017
    Slain: Back from Hell is not worth buying in its current state on the Switch. Get it on PS4 or PC if you have to because it just isn’t fun playing a game that slows down and can’t maintain a locked frame rate. If these issues are addressed in upcoming patches, it will be worth it.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. May 21, 2018
    10
    Slain is a game that goes straight to the point: kill or be killed.
    though is not super dinamic, and the moves are simple, the art is awesome
    Slain is a game that goes straight to the point: kill or be killed.
    though is not super dinamic, and the moves are simple, the art is awesome and it a good platform game, to have fun while you wait for Castlevania.
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  2. Jan 28, 2018
    9
    all these critic reviews need fixing, the game was released with 30fps which sucks but since then its been updated to 60fps so should beall these critic reviews need fixing, the game was released with 30fps which sucks but since then its been updated to 60fps so should be getting the same scores as other versions if not higher since its portable on switch too... not really the game for me either way but im adding a 9/10 score to balance out the bad critic reviews to some degree. Expand
  3. Sep 22, 2021
    8
    It's difficult, it's metal. I love the art and soundtrack direction. Not for everyone, but it's one I loved.
  4. Jun 30, 2018
    7
    Well, I'm not going to say that is a remarkable game, but a 4.7 is too harsh ... The game is fun, I'm like at 33% of the game and I'm enjoyingWell, I'm not going to say that is a remarkable game, but a 4.7 is too harsh ... The game is fun, I'm like at 33% of the game and I'm enjoying it right now ... I bought it at a sale and think it worth the money, maybe not full price but overall is a nice game Expand
  5. May 10, 2020
    4
    The music and art style are cool if a bit repetitive. The combat is hard and the controls suck so it's pretty much a recipe for frustration.The music and art style are cool if a bit repetitive. The combat is hard and the controls suck so it's pretty much a recipe for frustration. But it least it's short so I was able to power through to the end. There is some good here, but headbanging to celebrate victory is the best part of the game. I got it on sale in a double pack with Valfaris so here's hoping they improved on the gameplay for that. Expand
  6. Apr 10, 2021
    3
    This review is for the Switch version only, and scoring low for the terrible framerate which, despite a supposed patch (1.02) is still anThis review is for the Switch version only, and scoring low for the terrible framerate which, despite a supposed patch (1.02) is still an unwatchable 30fps (possibly lower) for the foreground scrolling. And with everything else (some sprites and the 3D background layers) running at 60fps, the contrast is even more off-putting. This is especially the case when playing docked on a large screen.

    It’s a real shame because, unlike most reviewers, I don’t think this is a particularly difficult game. Like Valfaris and Blasphemous, it’s just a question of being a bit more patient than you would be in a Castlevania game and learning to block at the right time to return with a power strike... or to swat enemy projectiles back at them.

    The pixel art is absolutely gorgeous and the soundtrack (if you like metal) is atmospheric if a little repetitive.

    Given Valparis from the same developer runs so smoothly on Switch, I’m not sure why they can’t get this game to run the same.
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  7. May 7, 2021
    0
    Easily the worst designed and awful controlling game I've ever had the misfortune of playing. The art looks cool, but everything about theEasily the worst designed and awful controlling game I've ever had the misfortune of playing. The art looks cool, but everything about the gameplay is broken and truly abysmal. Expand

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