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Ritual: Crown of Horns

Rating Summary

Based on 16 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

60

Top Critic Average

19%

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Based on 16 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCNov 7, 2019
Nintendo SwitchNov 7, 2019

Developer: Draw Distance

Publisher: Plug In Digital

Genres: Arcade, Action

RITUAL: CROWN OF HORNS IS: HORDE MODE GAME based on GUT INSTINCT TACTICS FAST PACED – 3D TOP-DOWN – WITCH DEFENSE SHOOTER WEIRD WESTERN AESTHETIC – ARCADE GAMEPLAY – SKILL BASED Ritual: Crown of Horns is a slaughterhouse: a fast-paced action game set in an alternate Wild West, a demonic version of a hellish frontier. This arcade-inspired title unravels a tale about an unlikely duo: a bounty hunter who comes back from beyond the grave, yearning to exact revenge on his killers and a witch who aids him with a series of powerful rituals to further her own agenda. Push back hordes of enemies, while the witch performs her ritual. Use a whole arsenal to your advantage: mindfully swapping between weapons and spells. Unlock new tools and powerful items boosting your character. Travel throughout the Weird West picking your missions and planning future unlocks to finally exact your revenge! Ritual: Crown of Horns is a skill based game, where split-second decisions and planning on the go are more powerful than button mashing and throwing yourself mindlessly at enemies WE HAVE A unique auto-aiming system that distinctly sets itself apart from your average twin-stick shooters: instead of spraying and praying, you are an elite gunslinger who makes every shot count. A satisfying arsenal: shotguns, six-shooters, rifles, crossbows, and a few surprises that are a little less era-appropriate. Outrageous enemies: brainwashed cultists, supernatural legendary creatures, bizarre murderous contraptions – you name it. Gear: mysterious capes, hoods and amulets that you can customize and get powerful buffs for your character. Creative spells and power-ups that can violently alter the way you approach each combat encounter. Plenty of insane levels for you to master, each complete with unique challenges tailored to push the combat system to its limits. A unique gothic-horror-meets-weird-western artstyle. IT'S 18XX You were a lawman on a mission to track down a dangerous witch. Upon reaching your goal, you found yourself in a fatal ambush prepared by horned beast-like men. Your death was probably just collateral damage, quickly brushed under the carpet. Now, brought back from beyond the grave by the dark magic of the witch you were supposed to take out, you find yourself in a forced alliance against a common enemy. Understand the powers responsible for your misery and get rid of them once and for all. Make friends and enemies along the way. Traverse the entire United States of America to exorcise its demons. Ritual: Crown of Horns is a game about wrecking havoc on history, seeing through false narratives and embracing your inner monster.

Ritual: Crown of Horns Reviews

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Ritual: Crown of Horns is an enjoyable experience, but one that seems determined to frustrate through its unforgiving difficulty and repetitive nature. Its soul is saved, though, by an grimly pretty art style and satisfying, punchy gunplay.

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While interesting and certainly unique, Ritual: Crown of Thorns wears down the player with relentlessly punishing difficulty. While the concept and story are a hoot, in the end the gameplay can't sustain interest. Instead of feeling rewarded by advancing to new levels, players must often backtrack and play previous difficulty levels repeatedly. Frankly, there are just too many other ways that I would rather be spending my time.

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Ritual: Crown of Horns is a challenging yet hugely rewarding western-horror themed action game which will go down well with veterans of the 'horde' genre. The difficulty bar may be set a tad too high for casual play, and some people will never get used to the mechanics, but everybody else will have a gun-slinging blast with this one.

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Ritual: Crown of Horns proposes a mix of frantic, demanding action with a loony plot and a decent gameplay mechanic. While the game's visual environment could be more appealing to the eye, there is enough action here to satisfy fans of twin stick shoot'em ups. The game won't make inroads beyond that audience, though - its exaggerated difficulty level and somewhat repetitive nature will put off those who don't tend to gravitate towards such games.

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