Valfaris

Rating Summary

Based on 41 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 41 critic reviews
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nov 15, 2019

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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8.8 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2019

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

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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.

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