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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: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 9, 2019
    91
    I’ve really had a blast with Valfaris. It looks and performs really well on Switch, and I’d imagine that’ll be the case for the other platforms it’s available on too. The metal soundtrack is fantastic, and the overall visual design is unlike anything I’ve played this year. With the recent announcement that Doom Eternal is delayed into next year, I think Valfaris will easily be the most metal game you’ll play this year. It’s absolutely worth checking out when it launches on Switch and PC on October 10th.
  2. Oct 21, 2019
    90
    Valfaris is a frenetic, violent homage to classic shooters and heavy metal, with satisfying gameplay and challenging boss encounters, it’ll be appreciated by anybody looking for something fun to head-bang to.
  3. Oct 15, 2019
    85
    Valfaris is the perfect transposition in modern sauce of the run’n'gun that have cheered entire generations of enthusiasts.
  4. Oct 11, 2019
    80
    I really liked how Valfaris has turned out. Its old school roots of arcade run-and-gun feel nurtured and cared for in a way that freshens the genre up with some great ideas, a balanced difficulty curve, wonderful level design, tight controls and a wide variety of enemies to plow through. It never tries to be anything more than it needs to be, including the time it takes to beat it. It’s the developer’s second chance at a first impression that deserves to make as much noise as the pluck shredding the strings of the electric guitar that used to compose the game’s soundtrack. With a promised Full Metal Mode in the works to ramp up the challenge, I can really see myself venturing back into the intergalactic undergrowth of the dangerous planet known as Valfaris.
  5. Mar 9, 2020
    80
    In terms of pixelated platformers on Nintendo Switch, Valfaris is a punk-powered riot, introducing enough weapons, enemies and bosses to always keep things fresh and rocking. A dodge function would have helped this to even greater heights.
  6. Nov 7, 2019
    80
    Whether you like heavy metal or not, Valfaris presents a package that’s worth your attention. From start to finish Valfaris doesn’t stop to take a breath, and the game’s quick load times keep you coming back for more after every death.
  7. 60
    Valfaris will likely drive gamers to distraction and frustration with its series of brutal and difficult bosses and villains, crazy chase sequences, and general sadist design. Yet, the game’s pristine devotion to emulating a classic 16-bit side-scrolling shooter has a distinct charm. The weapons and enemies are diverse and fun, the world is twisted, and the sheer over-the-top action and storyline prove entertaining enough to work through the pain and still end up having fun. Mostly. When the game isn’t making you want to twist your controller in half.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Oct 10, 2019
    10
    Its turrican for this generation.
    Its contra for this generation
    Its got elements of team 17's old amiga classic 'assassins' Its for gaming
    Its turrican for this generation.
    Its contra for this generation
    Its got elements of team 17's old amiga classic 'assassins'
    Its for gaming metalheads.
    Its tough as old leathery boots.
    Its vicious pounding and electrifying levels.
    Its old school bosses.
    Its got awesome weapons.
    Its got a stellar soundtrack
    It got no microtransactions
    But it does have headbanging.
    Why are you reading this ? go get it!
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  2. Feb 23, 2020
    10
    Dead Cells is one of my favorite recent games and this has some elements of that game but fused with rock. It also has a nice linear storyDead Cells is one of my favorite recent games and this has some elements of that game but fused with rock. It also has a nice linear story line that is fun. Loved the weapons and the enemies especially all the bosses and mini bosses Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2019
    10
    Amazing game !
    The art design and atmosphere are phenomenal if you like that sort of "far future" sci-fi style like 40k for example.
    The
    Amazing game !
    The art design and atmosphere are phenomenal if you like that sort of "far future" sci-fi style like 40k for example.
    The gameplay is equally amazing, game runs great on Switch (Bloodstained buyers rejoice) and is a lot of fun to play with tight controls, cool weapons and well thought out level design..
    With that you get no penalties for dying and plenty of checkpoints, which makes the relative toughness of the game more comfortable to handle without getting too easy.

    Special mention for those gorgeous 2d sprites which look like your Super Nintendo was on cocaine.
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  4. Oct 22, 2019
    9
    You will get value for your money 234 SEK. Game structure, graphics, sound and music make it a clear indie favorite that won't go unnoticed.You will get value for your money 234 SEK. Game structure, graphics, sound and music make it a clear indie favorite that won't go unnoticed. This requires skill and patience. The game contains a lot of violence, so it is recommended for those over 16 (eShop).

    Given that there are short lanes and boss after boss, the game feels more like a boss rush race. Therefore, it does not receive top grade but still a strong 9 out of 10.
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  5. Apr 10, 2021
    9
    It’s the kind of game you wish were possible on the Mega Drive or SNES. Gorgeous pixel art graphics, great animation, great heavy metalIt’s the kind of game you wish were possible on the Mega Drive or SNES. Gorgeous pixel art graphics, great animation, great heavy metal music, full screen scaling (but that effect is not over-used). Frequent save points so it never becomes too frustrating and, once you work out your shield can trap incoming projectiles (requires a bit of timing) and fire them back at enemies, the whole thing plays very smoothly indeed. Having mastered Blasphemous too, I can safely say this is a lot easier than that.

    Of course, if you only have the patience to mash away at the buttons, then you’re unlikely to enjoy this.

    On the Switch, this is in every respect an upgrade from Slaine Back From Hell, which had terrible performance issues that were (sadly) never fully resolved despite patches. The music is far less repetitive and of higher quality, the graphics are smooth throughout and the gameplay more interesting.
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  6. Apr 2, 2021
    8
    A challenging game yet very fun, I love the pixel art graphics and gore, weapons are punchy and killing enemies was so satisfying I wish itA challenging game yet very fun, I love the pixel art graphics and gore, weapons are punchy and killing enemies was so satisfying I wish it has HD rumble. Highly recommend. Expand
  7. Feb 8, 2020
    4
    Very overrated. Wait for a deep, deep sale. I regretted spending more than $5 bucks on this garbage. It's not fun, the weapons are lame, theVery overrated. Wait for a deep, deep sale. I regretted spending more than $5 bucks on this garbage. It's not fun, the weapons are lame, the visuals are muddy and messy. All these positive reviews are based off pure hype. There are MUCH BETTER 2D platformers out there. Expand

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