Death's Gambit

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7 / 10
Dec 16, 2019

Death's Gambit is a substantial entry into the souls-like genre, even if it is very derivative. Some of the ways it was "inspired" by Dark Souls feel a bit dangerously too close at times. It does enough to make itself unique, and it does bring some new ideas to the table that will absolutely tickle fans of this genre. Don't expect Hollow Knight levels of polish or content; this is more closer to Salt and Sanctuary in terms of quality, but with a more refined art style.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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65 / 100
Sep 28, 2018

Death's Gambit makes a literal and blatant use of a multitude of mechanics, concepts and aesthetic aspects directly imported from Hidetaka Miyazaki's work, but, despite its ups and downs, it manages to differentiate itself enough to have its own personality.

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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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