Percentile Rank

Death's Gambit is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 49 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

27%

Critics Recommend

Based on 49 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

The Jimquisition
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 17, 2018
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GameOctane
A-
A-
Sep 18, 2018

Death's Gambit does a good job of blending a beautiful pixel world with the challenge of a souls-like game while still managing to be easy for newcomers. Minor gripes keep it from being a solid A.

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Scored Reviews

Geeks Under Grace
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

Despite its shortcomings, Death's Gambit is a strong game and has enough quality to be a possible contender for Indie of the Year. Highly recommended for Dark Souls fans and RPG gamers alike.

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Video Chums
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

Death's Gambit has all the makings of a fantastic 2D Souls-like experience.

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Hobby Consolas
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jul 12, 2019

It may be different to what was initially promised, but Death's Gambit is nevertheless a great game, especially if you are into Dark Souls, Castlevania and Shadow of the Colossus, all mixed and presented in a beautiful 2D art style.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2019

Death's Gambit saw the opportunity to take two genres and tweak them enough to make a new game out of it — and it worked. The core mechanics, while markedly unoriginal, are genuinely fun to play, and the stunning sound and visuals make it a treat to experience. This game is far from perfect, though, with a lacking story and unfortunately glitchy points, but is still worth the time and money to check out. While I wouldn't say that Death's Gambit is an improvement upon either Metroidvania or Souls-like games, it's a great addition to both genres.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 17, 2018

Death's Gambit is an outstanding and challenging 2D action RPG Metroidvania that has finally been released on PlayStation 4. It's been over three years since the game was announced as a PS4 release, and I'm happy to say that the wait has been worth it. This is a very addictive game that will grab you from the start and won't let go. Dying only fuels your drive to go back and do it all over again, as you learn from your mistakes and try to recover the last feather (or two) you lost in the process.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2018

Death's Gambit wholly embraces the Dark Souls way of giving players just enough leeway to barely survive against unrelenting adversity, for good and ill. A compelling story, smooth and frantic melee combat, and a robustly grim 2D world come together to form a game that's wholly unafraid to embrace the Souls-like moniker.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

8 / 10
Aug 19, 2018

Death's Gambit provides an interesting 2D challenge with its dark world filled with fierce enemies. While I can't recommend it for everyone, anyone who likes challenging 2D action-adventure games will enjoy this title.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2019

Death's Gambit takes a slightly less punishing approach to progress than other games in it's sub-genre and is all the better for it. While the vast majority of world building and gameplay concepts are a loving pastiche of Dark Souls, Death's Gambit's balanced challenge, sense of humour and unique visuals allow it to stand on it's own feet and earn a rightful place in the game collections of those souls who are drawn to the fire of the first flame and others who simply enjoy a challenging adventure, laden with mystery.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 1, 2018

Death's Gambit is a good attempt to make a 2D version of Souls with an interesting game mechanics and a large and well-designed world. The game captivates and makes you come back to it again and again, even despite kinda bland bosses.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

Though it's not the best platformer, the story and environment alone make it a must play for Dark Souls fans and retro Metroidvania junkies alike. There's plenty here to enjoy, with plenty of replay value for those it hooks.

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Pardis Game
8 / 10.0
Pardis Game
Mohammad Kiani

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2018

Overall, Death's Gambit seems truly beautiful though the creators have surly hasted in the creation. The story, the gameplay, it's graphics and music, they all seem proper and the whole experience will be worth your time, but be aware that this isn't a flawless experience either and it requires the player adjust themself with the game's core mechanics.

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Gamersky
7.9 / 10.0
Gamersky

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2018

Death's Gambit is a decent soul-like 2D ARPG, and it has a strong art style, interesting story, and various gameplay.

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Wccftech
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2018

With its enjoyable story, melancholic atmosphere, competent gameplay and outstanding soundtrack, Death's Gambit is an enjoyable take on the Dark Souls series formula. Some flaws, such as floaty movement, weird hitboxes on select weapon types, and some mediocre bosses, however, prevent the game from being a masterpiece.

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The Games Machine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2019

White Rabbit has done an excellent job with Death's Gambit, managing to create a good balance between soulslike and pixel art. Even if we are not in front of a perfect product, Death's Gambit is strongly recommended to all lovers of this kind of games.

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GamingTrend
75 / 100
75 / 100
Aug 28, 2018

Death's Gambit is buggy, unpolished, frustrating, and derivative. At the same time, it features some interesting bosses and unexpected storytelling tricks. It's sure to be a divisive game, but you may be won over by the atmosphere its fantastic art, music, and voice acting create, if you can overlook its flaws.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Aug 21, 2018

While Death's Gambit as a whole falls a bit short of expectations, the game itself is a solid action-RPG.

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GaminGuardian
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2018

In Death's Gambit we find a "I want but I can't". It will like to the fans of the "soulslike", but they will stay with a bittersweet taste for its mistakes and lack of personality.

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GameSkinny
Aug 20, 2018

Death's Gambit isn't perfect, but it is damn good, and it meshes together two different genres with a lot of style and charm.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 27, 2018

For all of its striking visuals and sophisticated animation work, Death's Gambit suffers a bit of an identity crisis among fundamental control flaws.

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GameSpew
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2018

Whether you're a masochist or a hardcore masochist, Death's Gambit might have something for you. At the very least, you can see an amazing take on the character of Death wearing an apron.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 22, 2018

Death's Gambit is 40 per cent trial and error, 40 per cent reliant on upgrades, and 20 per cent luck. Racing to the next level only to be stopped abruptly in your path by an opposing foe issues an element of surprise and delightful unpredictability, and exploring its pixelated medieval world feels both refreshing and nostalgic. Though the inclusion of a fully voiced cast and more platforming elements wouldn't go amiss, its difficult boss battle encounters are enough to keep you motivated, providing you have a great deal of patience, and are willing to put in some time upgrading your character and skill set. Just don't get mad if you die, like, a lot.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 16, 2018

For Souls fans, there's a lot to love about Death's Gambit. There's a multitude of secrets to be found, shortcuts to be unlocked, and lore to be read from the cryptic item descriptions. When the game isn't being held back by the weird boss and level designs or technical issues, it can be charming and sincere in its own right.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2018

The gameplay is solid and the combat is weighty, with some decent platforming physics to boot. I enjoyed its sumptuous visuals and the inventive design of some of its creatures and characters.

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GameSpace
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2018

Despite its flaws, I appreciate Death's Gambit and what it has accomplished. It offers a challenging, story-driven platforming experience that will reward the patient and methodical. Wrapped in a beautiful pixel art veneer and topped with a wonderful soundtrack, Death's Gambit is a treat for those willing to spend the time to master its combat and enemies. Will it appeal to everyone, absolutely no! However, much like games like Dark Souls, I don't really think that's the point.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2018

These kinds of games are essentially love-letters to the OGs of the genre, and that sense of affection and praise is evident in the care that went into crafting Death's Gambit, and I would love to see this game become as polished as it deserves to be.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
DualShockers
Eoghan Murphy

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2018

Death's Gambit is a fantastically crafted game; the controls are tight, the bosses are memorable, and the graphics are great. However, the unrelenting difficulty makes it a tedious and sometimes painful affair. It's brutal challenge often feels like it's more of a test of the player's endurance and perseverance limits than it does supply an enjoyable experience. Each sitting is a grueling endeavor which can, unfortunately, be offputting all in all. It excels in a lot of situations and would undoubtedly appeal to fans of the Dark Souls series, but for everything that Death's Gambit does well it's unforgiving nature can take away from the game as a whole.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2018

A great way to enjoy a great cocktail between the Souls saga and a metroidvania. Lots of time to die and an interactive death system are his main features.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2018

Despite lagging behind in certain key areas and roughly developing others, Death's Gambit is a relatively enjoyable romp for fans of 2D Souls-like hack and slash. Siradon won't beckon you like Lothric or Yharnam anytime soon but presents some enjoyable sights and sounds otherwise.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 2, 2018

That makes Death's Gambit worth seeing past through its more frustrating moments. It may not quite have the finesse of its inspirations, but it delivers a world that's no less fascinating to explore and bleak (though also hopeful, somehow) story that deserves to be uncovered.

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SelectButton
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 23, 2018

Death's Gambit aimed to transition the Souls style of gameplay into an unforgiven 2D adventure, and for the most part, it has succeeded. I do feel that the controls aren't as smooth or fluid as they need to be. Ranged foes seem to have an unfair advantage, being able to instantly lock on to your direction in a heartbeat, which isn't fair. I also felt like I was fighting the controls every step of the way, making the experience that much harder, but I did appreciate the unique take on the genre. Dying doesn't mean the end of the world, and being able to watch new sequences and listen to additional dialogue after dying was a treat.

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GearNuke
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2018

The visuals are pretty and the exploration is great, but the combat is unfortunately rather tepid, and hit detection can be disappointing with a slight delay to the attacks. Death's Gambit can also suffer from awkward difficulty spikes and there is a distinct lack of memorable boss fights, but it is overall an enjoyable product that is recommended for fans looking for a Souls-like experience.

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Spaziogames
6.9 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

6.9 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2019

like. He tries to be both original and traditionalist, by scenographic map design and a great attention into bossfights, sustained by a soft soundtrack and a deep character development (both on plot and gameplay). Its will to create a different mood from the normal "2010s dark fantasy" makes this game a good starting point for both developer and publisher, but they'll have to deal with inevitabile inexperience.

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Digiato
68 / 100
Digiato
Arash Parsapour

Top Critic

68 / 100
Aug 24, 2018

Death's Gambit tries its best to be a 2D Dark Souls and it somehow succeeds half way but it fails to transfer all those elements to a new realm which is due to nature of Dark Souls itself.

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IGN
6.7 / 10.0
Mike Epstein

Top Critic

6.7 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

Death's Gambit is a very blunt attempt to fuse two beloved games, Dark Souls and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, into one challenging 2D action-platformer. Developer White Rabbit shows a strong understanding of what made each of them great but glosses over fundamentals that all great games need, such as responsive controls and an understandable game world, and falls short of its promise.

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PC Gamer
67 / 100
67 / 100
Aug 22, 2018

Ambitious ideas and a twisting story are marred by bad design choices.

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ZTGD
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

It's worth a look because of its unique style, which really is a cut above the rest, and it is clear that White Rabbit have had a good crack at producing a game that tries to be creative with an established formula. However, be prepared for a journey that's a bit of a slog in more ways than one.

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TrueGaming
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2018

Death's Gambit is a fun game, it doesn't provide anything out of the ordinary and has some issues here and there. it's just an average experience after all.

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SECTOR.sk
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2018

Dark Souls mixed with 2D action platformer is a good idea. But there should be more weapons and more balanced gameplay.

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Destructoid
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2018

In the end, Death's Gambit resonates as a flawed gem, one I'm happy to have played. It's an uneven experience bogged down by technical woes and stilted combat, but if you can enjoy less-than-pristine games in spite of rough spots, it's worth taking a chance on. Just hold out for a few patches first.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 24, 2018

Death's Gambit is almost an above average 2D hardcore title, with challenging bosses and some solid environmental design. However the game lacks atmosphere and the story just doesn't quite take hold. The world is compact enough that repetition is unavoidable, and repeating the same steps can you wear down. Death's Gambit isn't a bad game but it simply doesn't have the spark that others in the genre do.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 26, 2018

This 2D action-platformer is a gorgeous but frustrating test of patience.

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cublikefoot
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2018
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PlayStation LifeStyle
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2018

Death's Gambit had such promise. At its core, it is the blueprint to properly take risks and make attempts to improve a game design that we all take for granted. But it's just surrounded with poor quality of life choices, while missing some things it should have absolutely nailed. Weird animations, strange pacing, counter-intuitive combat, and way too many bugs holds this game back from being something truly great.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 4, 2018

Death's Gambit never quite sheds its skin as simply a Dark Souls-inspired side scroller, and is done no favors by gutless, awkward combat. There's plenty to love in its visuals and designs, but ultimately it's a title that struggles to find footing in a saturated genre.

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GBAtemp
4.8 / 10.0
4.8 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2018

The game is simply not finished yet, and while I can definitely see those desperately hungry for this kind of game being able to look past a fair number of its faults, I would sooner recommend the myriad of other titles which scratch the same itch, without nearly as many caveats.

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Screen Rant
Aug 15, 2018

The new action-RPG Death's Gambit is an ambitious, initially attractive 2D souls-alike, but it frequently stumbles where it should soar.

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TechRaptor
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2018

Death's Gambit shows moments of potential, but they're undercut by bad storytelling, flat combat, and a nagging sense that it's all been done better elsewhere.

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