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KINGDOM of the DEAD

HOOK, DIRIGO GAMES
Feb 10, 2022 - PC
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

48%

Critics Recommend

TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
TechRaptor
6 / 10
DarkZero
7 / 10
GamingBolt
7 / 10
Cubed3
5 / 10
SECTOR.sk
6 / 10
Softpedia
8.5 / 10
Checkpoint Gaming
7 / 10
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Critic Reviews for KINGDOM of the DEAD

TheSixthAxis

Steve C
6 / 10
TheSixthAxis

As things stand, Kingdom of the Dead is a great proof of concept that is still an enjoyable retro FPS but doesn't quite live up to the aesthetics. I'm keen to see what the developer produces next though as they clearly have a real flair for design and a love of old school FPS games.

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Kingdom of the Dead has solid combat and good level design, but it's let down by an absence of challenge and some severe performance issues.

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Kingdom of the Dead is a solid retro-inspired first-person shooter created by Dirigo Games who understandably love the 90s approach to level design and gameplay.

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GamingBolt

Usaid
7 / 10.0
GamingBolt

Kingdom of the Dead might not always stick the landing, but it might be worth experiencing for fans of games like Wolfenstein and Quake.

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Cubed3

Athanasios
5 / 10
Cubed3

KINGDOM of the DEAD is nice. Sadly, that's all there is to say about it. Putting the neat "ink & paper" art style and unique synth OST aside, what's left is a way too simplistic love letter to mid '90s FPS games that just doesn't manage to impress in any way. Fun, but it's the one evening kind of fun.

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KINGDOM of the DEAD has some potential to be a good oldschool FPS game, but bugs, strange design decisions, poor variability of weapons or enemies and uninteresting bossfights pull it down.

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Kingdom of the Dead is the work of a developer who understands what makes classic first-person shooters so fun and captivating. The game is unafraid to be a little unfair. It takes skill to chain headshots, it is hard to deal with big groups of mixed enemies, especially on the higher difficulties. But it feels very good when you ace a boss fight with just a bit of health left over.

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KINGDOM of the DEAD is a pretty damned good horror FPS with enough compelling ideas to stand on its own. The monochrome, hand-drawn visuals really sell the game’s Lovecraftian-noir tone, without interfering with gameplay. Plus, its varied additional mission objectives make its difficulty settings feel more multi-layered. Still, with its short play-time, minimal plot, and lack of unlockable content, it won’t be engaging for everyone. However, for those looking for some retro FPS fun, KINGDOM of the DEAD is a unique enough experience to be worth the recommendation.

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