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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.