Skul: The Hero Slayer

Rating Summary

Based on 28 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

93%

Critics Recommend

Based on 28 critic reviews
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The Partisan Spy
3 Step Game Review
Buy
Feb 27, 2020

As most roguelike games, Skul: The Hero Slayer (Skul) was designed to be HARD. The objective is simple, beat all game levels without dying. Yes, you can beat the game in your first try, but you won't. YOU WILL DIE and start again from the beginning, not just once, but several times. RNG has a HUGE influence on the game. There is a big difference between items and skulls performance, so to beat the game you will need luck and skills. To have fun playing Skul, you need to accept the gameplay challenge and don't consider a reason for frustrations. Last but not least, controllers plays much better than keyboards.

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7 / 10.0
Jan 19, 2021
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8 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2021

Skul: The Hero Slayer is a great roguelike adventure that ties fast action with a charming narrative. The game understands what makes this genre addicting but doesn’t rely too heavily on influences, which allows it to stand out prominently. If you are hungry for a roguelike, this is a great way to satisfy your cravings.

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8 / 10
Jan 26, 2021

Skul: The Hero Slayer is an excellent rogue-lite platformer with beautiful pixel graphics. While its story is a tad generic, its ruthless rogue-lite mechanics are where Skul: The Hero Slayer truly shines. Combined with its unique mechanics on the battlefield, Skul: The Hero Slayer easily raises the stakes without making the gameplay feel overly complicated. The result is a fast-paced hack-and-slash experience that will have you on the edge of your seat for hours. If you’re a fan of indie titles like Spelunky, ScourgeBringer, and Celeste, Skul: The Hero Slayer will surely have something to offer you.

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Jan 19, 2021

Help a little skeleton save the demon king.

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4 / 5.0
Jan 27, 2021

Skul: The Hero Slayer is a fun little title whose cute graphics belie the tough challenges and grinds that lie within. Dying is all part of the appeal, and never once is it frustrating or unfair. You’ll want to keep returning again and again in order to get just a little bit further, or to perhaps secure a new type of outfit or skill. It deserves a place on your playlist if you have any sort of affection for old 16-bit RPG-brawlers.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2021

Skul: The Hero Slayer is yet another example of a game using its Early Access period to craft a great game with the help of player feedback and some seriously development magic. Though I’d still love more narrative to carry me through the tough times, the variety in combat and stellar design left me way too thrilled. I’m looking forward to slaying many more heroes to come.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Skul: The Hero Slayer isn’t perfect, but it’s getting dangerously close. The cynics among us could nitpick at the repetitive level design or the supposed imbalance found in the power-ups, but these criticisms would both be severe reaches. In truth, the game is a rare gem that sets a high bar for other Indie titles to aspire to. It’s the perfect blend of innocent and quirky. The combat system is fluid and responsive. Oddly enough, you just feel comfortable playing Skul: The Hero Slayer. It’s the type of game you could sink days into and not even notice. It’s truly effective.

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Feb 3, 2021

Skul: The Hero Slayer has a lot going for it, but it is also muddled with design issues. For all of its creative skull designs, interesting build options, and cool and flashy attacks, I found the experience as a whole to be draining. It’s a case where the core gameplay loop is hindered by its overbearing rogue elements. A genre reliant on repetition has to accommodate for it by offsetting the recursive elements of the game, no matter how good the combat is. Skul: The Hero Slayer is certainly enjoyable on occasion, but its roguelite ingredients ultimately harm the title as a whole.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2021

Skul: The Hero Slayer is a very interesting action game. While the head changing system offers good variety, area patterns are strongly repetitive. The experience, however, is quite positive and I am sure that fans of roguelike games will be able to appreciate it, especially if they do not play it in Brazilian Portuguese.

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