Skul: The Hero Slayer Reviews

Skul: The Hero Slayer is ranked in the 89th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2021

Coll rogue-lite 2D platformer. Use heads of fallen heroes to gain new skills and be ready to die and start from beginning again and again.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2021
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Oct 27, 2021

Not everyone will appreciate Skul: The Hero Slayer's high degree of challenge but I absolutely loved learning the ins and outs of its world.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2022

Skul: The Hero Slayer has been a pleasant surprise for me. It’s charming, plays great, and has real legs. The devs understand what makes roguelites so popular. That “one more run” mentality where those runs aren’t too long, feature a lot of variety that you can control, and they feel good to play. As this is finally on Game Pass it’s an easy recommendation no matter where you can play.

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Liked-a-lot
Oct 27, 2021

For me Skul: The Hero Slayer was a highly entertaining action rogue-lite experience. With multiple skulls of widely varying playstyles to discover, it’s hard not to make another attempt at the difficult gauntlet ahead. The challenge is very high and the grind may seem like a lot for some gamers. But in a strange way I found some inspiration in this I don’t often feel in gaming. Skul is a fragile skeleton that fails more than he succeeds. But it’s in his attempt to try and win the day that makes him quite likeable. I guess in life some of us will lose more than we win. But we get up everyday and keep going because sooner or later life will throw us a bone. I guess what I’m trying to say is Skul is pretty darn great. Whether you take life lessons from it or not, this is a colourful pixelated rogue-lite that is far from bare bones.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2021

Overall, Skul: The Hero Slayer is a great roguelike where we play a very funny antihero trying to save his masters from actual heroes who have come to flex how powerful humans are.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2021

Rougelite/like is one of the most overused genre so trying to provide a truly new experience in this space that actually stands out in the crowd is really hard, fortunately Skul: The Hero Slayer has managed to put its own spin on this tired formula to become a title well-worth trying.

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80 / 100
Jan 20, 2021

This game has a highly concentrated amount of all trendy genres such as Rogue-like, Platformer, Action and most importantly, Pixel-art style. Definitely an action packed platformer with smooth controls and for a typical Pixel-art style look, it has decent overall quality of visual effects. Most of the fun comes from how you level up your main character, Skul. Due to its mixed nature of genres, it lacks to say what's so unique about the game but you won't be dissapointed for what you'd expect as a fan of this said genre.

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75%
Mar 2, 2021

Despite a few minor issues and not being the best roguelike out there, Skul: The Hero Slayer is, without any doubts, very fun to play.

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7 / 10.0
Jan 19, 2021

There's a good base of a game in Skul: The Hero Slayer, and fans of the genre will definitely find a few hours of rewarding gameplay offered. The game does work, and well, with only the occasional small graphical glitch that ultimately affected nothing. Running through the game endlessly will grow tiresome quickly for many that play, but for the persistent that find the rare powerful skull, you'll be treated with a very fun time. At $19.99 on Steam, it won't break the bank to pick up Skul: The Hero Slayer, but for all but the hardcore rogue-lite crowd, waiting for a sale or inclusion in some online bundle may be a worthwhile exercise in patience.

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8 / 100
Feb 5, 2021

It took me about 20 hours to play through Skul: The Hero Slayer for the first time. That's unusual for a roguelike title, but it was all the more satisfying when I got to see the credits roll. The little skeleton captivated me more than I thought it would. Even if the story is only secondary, the concept with the different classes was convincing. Since the gameplay is always different, there is no boredom. However, once you've reached the point where you've explored the most, the urge to explore naturally subsides. On the whole, however, the game offers enough to provide many hours of fun and motivation. If you're looking for a roguelike title with cool new features, Skul: The Hero Slayer will certainly not disappoint.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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7 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2021
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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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