Percentile Rank

Valfaris is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 37 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

81%

Critics Recommend

Based on 37 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

The Digital Fix
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2019

If you are willing to brave the chaotic difficulty and dystopian grittiness, Valfaris is absolutely worth every moment!

Read full review

Boomstick Gaming
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2019
Valfaris – SCORED REVIEW | Into the Pantheon of Action Games! video thumbnail
Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 4, 2019

Valfaris is a near-perfect 2D action platformer with an excellent sense of style in every aspect. Its industrial sci-fi setting is like Doom on steroids, and its breakneck soundtrack does a great job of tying the whole experience together. While it is weakened somewhat by difficulty imbalances in some sections - particularly in later levels - it nevertheless stands apart in the tide of indie platformers by virtue of its rock-solid personality, beautiful world and graphics, and great mechanics.

Read full review

Video Chums
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2019

If you're a fan of 2D action games then you'd be a goof not to play it.

Read full review

FingerGuns
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 18, 2019

If you enjoyed the challenge that Cuphead, Sundered and all the others bring, then Valfaris is your next port of call. If you aren’t a fan of hard as nails throwbacks to older games, you may not like this. Or if you sit somewhere in between, you cannot go wrong with the heaviest, metal-est platform action game going.

Read full review

Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2019

Valfaris is a frenetic, violent homage to classic shooters and heavy metal, with satisfying gameplay and challenging boss encounters, it'll be appreciated by anybody looking for something fun to head-bang to

Read full review

Gamefa
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2019

Valfaris is an experience that anyone with an interest in gaming should try, specially every rock and metal fan and 2D platformer fans. The game is brutal, gory and violent as it should be and it includes some of the best music tracks for sure. The gameplay is smooth and cathartic and the variety of weapons is more than enough. Valfaris is a successful reminder of 80's. an amaznig experience.

Review in Persian | Read full review

The Games Machine
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2019

Fast, brutal and incredibly fun, Valfaris is as heavy metal as a game can be.

Review in Italian | Read full review

PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2019

A heavy metal steeped side-scrolling blaster that is awash in blood, gore and super solid platforming shooter beats, Valfaris is essential for anyone looking for a challenging affair that does ample justice to Konami's poorly treated Contra franchise.

Read full review

God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2020

Valfaris is a superb action-platformer filled with violence, a killer soundtrack, and some gorgeously grotesque pixel art.

Read full review

Spaziogames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2019

Valfaris is the worthy heir to the once beloved Contra and Turrican series. Despite his short leght, it truly represents the new avant-garde of the genre.

Review in Italian | Read full review

Niche Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2019

It nails the aesthetic and gameplay of Genesis era side scrollers, and looks like something that could have been released during that era and go down in history as a fondly remembered classic. Even if you’re sick of retro-inspired action-platformers, you should still consider giving Valfaris a shot.

Read full review

TrueGaming
8.5 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2019

Valfaris is a great game and we really loved it! gameplay is pure fun old school action, and pixel-art is some of the best we've ever seen.We didn't like how enemies kept respawning in some areas, but it wasn't enough to take from our enjoyment with this game. Valfaris is one of the better indie games to come this year with its smart design and balanced challenges, and it is highly recommended.

Review in Arabic | Read full review

Nintendo Times
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2019

GREAT - Retake your planet back from your wayward father in this action sci-fi epic filled to the brim with double bass kicks and guitar riffs. Just don’t head bang your Switch, okay?

Read full review

Everyeye.it
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2019

Valfaris is the perfect transposition in modern salsa by the run'n'gun that have cheered whole generations of fans.

Review in Italian | Read full review

Hobby Consolas
82 / 100
82 / 100
Oct 9, 2019

If you're still thirsty for classic run & gun Contra lookalike, the new game from Slain's developer it's just that: a pixelated heavy metal orgy full of shots, sword swinging and blood. A classic template, but with an enormous weapon selection, environments and lots of bosses. The experts on the genre may find it an intense, but short, ride.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

GBAtemp
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2019

Valfaris is a master class of action, platforming and pacing. Personally I'd love to see these guys use this formula in a Metroidvania.

Read full review

TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 5, 2019

Valfaris is an excellent and challenging action platformer with a wonderfully designed combat system. The balancing of close combat, laser action, and the shared resource for shield and subweapons mean that most encounters require a careful and skilful approach. The result in a standout title that shows how far Steel Mantis have come from the flawed Slain: Back From Hell.

Read full review

PC Invasion
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 9, 2019

While its crushing difficulty and bare-bones story may turn off some casual players, those who triumph through Valfaris' 7 hours of gameplay and endless boss battles will leave feeling refreshed. This is a definite must-play for both Castlevania and heavy metal fans alike.

Read full review

GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 4, 2019

The developers of Valfaris have successfully adapted the mechanics of Conta, adding their own elements and ideas to the popular formula. The game is addictive and does not let go due to the high difficulty interesting weapons, RPG elements and a variety of game situations. All fans of horizontal scrolling shooters and high-quality pixel games are encouraged to pay attention.

Review in Russian | Read full review

Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 10, 2019

Valfaris doesn’t do anything noteworthily new, but the hectic, intense, satisfying experience it offers shouldn’t pass you by.

Read full review

Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 10, 2019

Valfaris is a dark, mean sci-fi trek through a corrupted landscape that can only be cleansed through fire.

Read full review

Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2019

Whether you like heavy metal or not, Valfaris presents a package that's worth your attention. From start to finish Valfaris doesn't stop to take a breath, and the game's quick load times keep you coming back for more after every death.

Read full review

GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2019

If you like challenging games that are full of action and are dripping with atmosphere, Valfaris comes highly recommended. And if you happen to like metal music, it’s even better. Steel Mantis has struck silver with this metal-infused shooter. It isn’t perfect but it’s bloody good. That’s better than the bronze or even maybe copper it struck with Slain: Back from Hell. Maybe next time it’ll strike gold. I’m looking forward to that.

Read full review

GameSkinny
Oct 11, 2019

Valfairs is as metal as they come. It's tough, gory, and a lot of fun with an amazing soundtrack. It's just a shame it doesn't tread much new ground.

Read full review

Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Valfaris is solid. The pacing is great, and with the exception of the back half, the difficulty curve isn't too bad. The juggling of weapons in relation to their balance is well done, and the constant boss fights are a fulfilling challenge once you overcome each foe. Provided you enjoy the Nintendo-hard games of the past, Valfaris is well worth checking out.

Read full review

Fintendo
Oct 18, 2019

"Call of the metal."

Review in Finnish | Read full review

Windows Central
Nov 15, 2019

While Valfaris is in many ways an excellent game, it's held back by some significant design flaws and technical problems.

Read full review

FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 19, 2019

Valfaris is an action-packed platformer rich in absurd moments but with a very high difficulty level that will make players frantically hit their controllers in order to advance. Although not the most fluid of experiences, its exquisite visual environment, metal-laden soundtrack and variety of weapons and attacks make Valfaris a fun, violent and chaotic game that is nothing but enjoyable by heavy metal, sci-fi and action fans.

Review in Portuguese | Read full review

Digital Chumps
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2019

Valfaris is a collection of conventional run 'n gun elements amplified by one of the gnarliest and most committed heavy metal aesthetics ever pledged to pixels. Ideas that belong to Valfaris may not be as well tuned as the Greatest Hits it so liberally samples, but it's easy to overlook in light of the vibrant carnage. Valfaris, in the parlance of its god, shreds.

Read full review

cublikefoot
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2019
Valfaris (ACTUAL Game Review) video thumbnail
VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 22, 2019

An ideal fit for those who want a little Judas Priest with their run-and-gun action.

Read full review

Star News
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Nov 5, 2019

Valfaris commits wholeheartedly to the heavy metal aesthetic and that yields some really wild boss fights and a soundtrack you won’t forget any time soon.

Read full review

Darkstation
Nov 4, 2019

If the game features a trophy for dying 50 games, you will know that it won’t be a walk in the park. Especially when you’re most likely to score it early on and there are even no difficulty levels, putting everyone to face the same ordeal. It’s an entirely different matter whether the challenge is fair or unfair, though. After all, the line between the two is notoriously thin.

Read full review

ZTGD
6.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2019

This is something Valfaris lacks, and I wish more indie developers understood when making these games that I very much want to play, I just lose interest in far too soon.

Read full review

Nintendo Life
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 9, 2019

Overall, Valfaris is a much better game than its predecessor, introducing new systems and ideas to help keep its action-platformer formula engaging and interesting.

Read full review

Jump Dash Roll
6 / 10
Jump Dash Roll

Top Critic

6 / 10
Oct 28, 2019

Razor-sharp aesthetics and wanton gore surely make Valfaris stand out from the side-scrolling crowd, but the tedious gameplay will grind down even the most patient gamer.

Read full review