Damsel Reviews

Damsel is ranked in the 34th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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
Top Critic
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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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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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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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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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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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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The Digital Fix
James Eckhoff
Top Critic
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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Gamefa
Top Critic
6 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2020

I certainly do not recommend Damsel to arcade fans because these people follow this genre and the weaknesses of the game are easily reflected in their experience. Those who do not experience arcade titles should also know that there are better experiences to enter this genre and Damsel can easily make you pessimistic about this category of games. At its core, Damsel clearly has good basic mechanics, but unfortunately in all directions it is one step away from "getting better". It is clear that the development team intended to develop a challenging game, but they do not do it in meaningful way. My final suggestion is to choose better titles if you want to get into the arcade style.

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6.5 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2019

or the average Joe Schmo, it may make you feel as if your life forces are slowly being drained away. (Check your necks, people!)

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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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8.5 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2019

The game lives up to this award, as one of the best independent developed games I’ve played, and so near and dear to my heart that it is from our homeland of Australia. It serves itself well as a casual title that appeals to a niche crowd that absolutely have no love lost for their platformers. Damsel is an intense experience, that will leave hardcore devotee’s for their love of platform shooters, coming back to this title for years to come.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2018

Damsel will seep hours from your timestream. If you're up for a fast action game like the days of old, Damsel has you covered

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6.5 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2019

Damsel is a mixed bag of emotions for me. I came into this really excited for another experience like Katana ZERO and games of a similar fashion, especially because that is still one of my favorite releases in 2019. While there are elements that I enjoy, I can’t get behind the game as much as I initially expected I would. The odd technical issues and way too repetitive missions holds this back into the good department, instead of thrusting it forward into the great department.

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6.9 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2019

There’s lots to love about Damsel and on Switch, it’s perfectly suited to playing on the train, tram or backseat of the car

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8 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2019

Damsel is a fast paced and stylish affair that keeps your heart racing with intense gameplay, despite some eventual repetitiveness.

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9.5 / 10.0
Aug 12, 2019

Overall, Damsel is a cute little game that anyone can get into.

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Oct 22, 2018

Slaying creatures of the night are something many of us gamers are quite familiar with. Whether we used swords, magic or guns, it always gives a bit of a rush and frankly quite fun.

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7.3 / 10.0
Aug 13, 2019

Damsel delivers a fairly solid experience with a narrative told through neat comic book style strips prior to levels.

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