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.
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.
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.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
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.
Ritual: Crown of Horns offers fast-paced action that fans of difficulty will adore. People looking for a casual experience or those who want a story and controls that make sense will probably be left looking for more.
Ritual: Crown of Horns is a punchy shooter that’s satisfying to play. It’s got a great story for those who want to experience it, and it’s a real looker. As I mentioned at the start of this review, you will emerge from the game as something completely different to when you started it.
A promising top-down shooter with imaginative features and a western-horror atmosphere was ruined by a truly unbalanced difficulty and stereotype.
Review in Slovak | Read full review
Ritual: Crown of Horns is an enjoyable twin-stick shooter, with not much variety, but plenty of challenge - something that may or may not annoy some, due to how it's all executed. Moreover, while the occult gets mixed with a Wild West setting in here, in terms of presentation and atmosphere, Draw Distance's creation is underwhelming at best.
Although it features a very cool premise, Ritual: Crown of Horns is held back by its generally basic and tired gameplay.
A twin-stick shooter that calls for metered shots and temperament. A wild west much wilder than in our wildest dreams, an ocean of adrenaline and huge amounts of diazepam to calm the nerves of each countdown. Feardemic have got a game that leaves a mark.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Ritual: Crown of Horns is an exciting game, especially as the slaughter of zombies and monsters is accompanied by exciting music. But the game eventually falls victim to various restrictions. Perhaps if the developers could spend more time and budget on their game, the end product would be more acceptable than it is now.
Review in Persian | Read full review
Ritual Crown of Horns is a title where direct action is your main base, undertake this adventure of revenge in the Wild West, use all your arsenal of weapons and spells to finish off the enemy.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
There is some fun to be had here but the increasingly brutal difficulty makes this game hard to recommend to anyone other than someone dead set on trying every twin stick shooter out there.
This twin-stick shooter beats players over the head with its difficulty but lacks the chops to make that challenge entertaining or fulfilling.
There's a core here of interesting mechanics and conceits that needed more time in development and an extra layer of polish.
I love a good western game and one with creatures and monsters is even better. I knew little going into Ritual: Crown of Thorns and was probably better off because of it. The name doesn’t exactly resonate well with the theme and I wouldn’t be surprised if people had no idea this was a western game to begin with. Overall, if players are looking for a fun, challenging time, with a great theme, Rituals will be the game to play. It feels a bit more old school in some ways but there is nothing wrong with that. So if a challenging, arcade like, top down shooter sounds enticing, give this undead six shooter a chance.