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En Garde!

Fireplace Games
Aug 16, 2023 - PC
Strong

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

74%

Critics Recommend

PC Gamer
71 / 100
Eurogamer
4 / 5
TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
IGN Spain
8 / 10
GamingTrend
85 / 100
The Games Machine
8 / 10
PCGamesN
8 / 10
CGMagazine
6 / 10
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En Garde! Release date announcement

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En Garde! Music - Combat Theme

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En Garde! Music - Adalia's Theme


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Critic Reviews for En Garde!

En Garde! flares brightly with its slick, slapstick combat, for a while at least.

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Arkham-esque combat and lovely platforming combine in this joyous and colourful game.

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With a swish of the sword and a bit of improvisation, En Garde! is a fantastically fun action-packed adventure with a distinctive flair. Sure, it's a little bit short, but that doesn't make it any less sweet.

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En Garde! is the perfect example of a game that does not seek to be perfect, but still comes very close. With some minor flaws and a setting as pleasant as its combat, it is the perfect game to have a good time without worries.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

En Garde! is a playable cartoon, with a charming heroine, hilarious gags, and colorful visuals. The combat and platforming are simple yet fun, with the former being quick yet deadly. While it is very short, it has enough replayability to keep you coming back for more.

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En Garde! It focuses the entire experience on the charismatic protagonist and the spectacle of the fights, which are truly reminiscent of the swashbuckling movies that were so popular in the last century. It therefore offers a lot, but at the same time offers only this: a hack and slash that in the end is little more than a beat'em up. Definitely a welcome surprise for those who love action-packed games with a light and fun story in the background, but those looking for depth in gameplay, exploration or character growth will find this game too simple. In any case, I am sure we will still hear the name of Adalia de Volador.

Review in Italian | Read full review

En Garde is a tantalizing first outing from new studio Fireplace Games, thanks to its slick combat and wonderful sense of humor. It's in some ways so strong that it leaves you wondering what this team could do with more time and money behind them.

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En Garde! has plenty of style and looks and controls well enough, but the extremely tedious gameplay focusing more on tricks than swordplay quickly starts to wear thin.

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