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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: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  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. Jun 19, 2019
    8
    A game which doesn't deserve the bad score that the so called critics gave it. C'mon.. a 4.7? That's usually for games such as Anthem. ItA game which doesn't deserve the bad score that the so called critics gave it. C'mon.. a 4.7? That's usually for games such as Anthem. It ain't a bad port. It has some of the best 2D animation that I have seen and an excellent soundtrack. The game was released in 30 fps.but has been updated to 60 since then. The story is nothing amazing but that doesn't take away from the experience. It is hard but very satisfying. A 8/10 is a worthy score for it Expand
  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. Aug 28, 2019
    4
    If you are a pixel art enthusiast like me, you probably stumbled upon this game in the Nintendo e-Shop.

    Pros: - visual pleasing pixel art
    If you are a pixel art enthusiast like me, you probably stumbled upon this game in the Nintendo e-Shop.

    Pros:
    - visual pleasing pixel art graphics = 8/10
    - mature setting (blood/gore) = 8/10
    - quite long play time (about 6h) = 8/10

    Cons:
    - bad controls (doesnt feel like a modern game) = 3/10
    - repetitive and not very atmospheric soundtrack compared to other pixel art action games = 2/10
    - fights just dont feel that action packed = 3/10
    - difficulty spikes are sometimes very annoying 3/10

    Verdict:
    Overall this is an very good looking pixel art action game that comes with a quite long playtime and a high difficulty.
    That being said, if you dont like playing certain parts of the game over and over again until you eventually manage to overcome them, the difficulty might be to hard for you sometimes.
    I got frustrated over and over again to be honest.
    I mean, usually I like high difficulty games, but only if I have the feeling that I can do better if I learn the game mechanics or boss mechanics better.
    Slain has a very different approach on difficulty.
    Some fights are just really unbalanced, I'm not talking about boss fights. As far as I can say they are challenging but completely fair. The problem are some rooms fillied with multiple hard enemies at once. I found myself stuck in a corner of a room without a gameplay mechanic that could get me out of there. So I died and tried again and again and again and again. That is not a fun mechanic its just a level of difficulty that is nonsense.
    So if you are in for a long and sometimes quite annoying hard ride, this game is something for you.
    That being said, it overall feels like an old game with bad controls, bad game mechanics and the fighting feels very boring. It isnt a dynamic or fun fighting game = 4/10
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