Damsel

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7 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2018

Damsel is an intense, occasionally frustrating title, for those who have quick reactions, an eye for planning, and a patience for repetitive death. Those who like their games challenging, twitchy, and demanding of player improvement should consider joining Damsel on her wild ride into the night. But those expecting story, adventure, or even mercy will likely find themselves thirsty for more.

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Ken McKown

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6.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2019

Damsel is a solid, if not forgettable title that really stands on its visual presentation and tight game play. I had fun with my time, but never felt the need to boot it back up after a few hours. Still at the low price it is worth checking out if the genre interests you. I certainly had plenty of fun digging into it.

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8.5 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

Damsel is a fun arcade-style platformer/shooter/speedrunner/whatever genre you want to call it.  The comic-style motif is a nice concept that I haven't seen for a long time and the gameplay is pretty fluid.  The darkness of the stages and the similarities between the three game modes kind of bring the game down a little, but it's still an enjoyable outing for the Nintendo Switch.

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Oct 19, 2018

Damsel misses the mark in many ways, but really isn't all that bad. It's more of a glaring missed opportunity than anything else.

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6 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2019

Generally, vampires aren't given the satisfaction they deserve, and Damsel on Nintendo Switch further proves that. Despite providing an interesting premise, the game is held back by its art style & baitful gameplay.

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5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2018

Damsel's gameplay never comes together, and it's too repetitive to be particularly fun.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2018

Damsel is an engaging, challenging platformer that has a little something for everyone. It may get too hard too early for some people, but mastering the mechanics is incredibly rewarding.

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The Digital Fix
James Eckhoff

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6 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2019

While not a bad game by any means, Damsel seems to lack polish and direction. With a mediocre story and overly cluttered environments, it struggles to find its footing as either a story-rich game or speedrunning twitch fest. If one direction was chosen, the potential seen here could certainly be reached.

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68 / 100
Dec 4, 2018

Damsel manages to be a competent action platformer that speedrun enthusiasts and leaderboard junkies should get a kick out of, but it achieves little beyond this. The constant dashing around while shooting vampires proves fun in short bursts, but doesn't have a ton of longevity.

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6 / 10.0
Aug 12, 2019

Damsel is far from being a bad game. It looks nice, controls well, and has a decent soundtrack. But its moment-to-moment action grows tiresome when played for a considerable length of time. It’s a game best enjoyed here and there – a handful of levels at a time – otherwise it just gets overly repetitive and your interest starts to wane.

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