Skul: The Hero Slayer Reviews

Skul: The Hero Slayer is ranked in the 89th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Jan 19, 2021

Help a little skeleton save the demon king.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2021

This story of a tiny hero is charming and disarming… figuratively and, occasionally, literally. While he is small in stature, Skul proves that sometimes even the smallest among us may achieve the greatest things. Against all odds, Skul may just be the key to fulfilling the dreams of Carleon's First Hero AND the machinations of the Demon King.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2021
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9 / 10 stars
Feb 4, 2021

As endearing as it is challenging, Skul takes the rogue-lite mechanics you know and adds some flair of its own and a unique take on the fantasy narrative

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GameGrin
Jamie Davies
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2021

Simple enough to draw you in, yet complex enough to keep you interested for the long haul. Skull: The Hero Slayer expertly balances risk-and-reward elements with player skill to make a wholly engaging action platformer.

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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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8.7 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2021

The humans are coming, the humans are coming! Join Skul, a diminutive skeleton in the Demon King’s army, and help drive off the armies of humans laying waste to your land. Don’t lose your head - or at least keep a spare handy just in case.

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85 / 100
Jan 24, 2021

If I had to compare it to any other title, I would say Dead Cells. Not just because of the similar 2D action platformer gameplay, but also because Dead Cell’s protagonist, the Prisoner, is available as one of the most fun and powerful skulls in the game. So if you’ve been sleeping on Skul: The Hero Slayer while waiting for the development to finish, then it’s high time to walk up and smell the Ents, because this game is one you’ll want to check out.

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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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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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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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8.3 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2019

More than just a competent roguelike fresh out of early access, Skul: The Hero Slayer delivers power-swapping action and a mostly satisfying loop that should sufficiently satisfy your Dead Cells or Hades cravings.

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8.2 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2021

A great new take in the roguelite world. Skul: The Hero Slayer is a must-have for all roguelite lovers, with so many balanced builds and combinations. Suffers from an high difficulty spike in the first hours and a not so great level design, but it's surely worth a try.

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8.2 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2021

Skul: The Hero Slayer has a roguelike concept but it almost feels like a beat 'em up given the amount of enemies we'll have to face and the amount of characters available, each one with its own personality and moveset. The huge amount of available builds makes each run a unique experience. Fast and fun, with pretty charismatic enemies, colorful and fairly challenging. Absolutely recommended if you love action games with an RPG flavour, and also suitable for hardcore gamers aiming to beat it in as few runs as possible.

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Travis Northup
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Skul: The Hero Slayer puts skull-swapping and fast combat front and center in this bone-afide retro rogue-lite.

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8 / 10
Feb 8, 2021

It isn't without its rough edges, but Skul is a really compelling experience, and definitely scratches the itch left by the button-mashing brawling of Hades and Dead Cells. If you've played those games to completion, or if you want a game with decadent pixel art and a wealth of characterful play options, then it's an easy recommendation - just don't lose your head during those challenging final stages...

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8 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2021

Despite the minor problems, Skul is an immensely enjoyable, constantly surprising and great looking roguelike adventure that comes well recommended.

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8 / 10
Jan 20, 2021

Skul: The Hero Slayer is lovely, action-packed, and full of excellent choices. Repetition can set in rather quickly due to tedious bosses, and a single crash can ruin an entire run, but it's one of the better action rogue-lites I've had the pleasure to dump some time into.

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Oct 31, 2021

It is lacking a thorough tutorial at the start of the game which can leave players frustratingly dying a lot really early on. But Skul: The Hero Slayer is a captivating indie game that offers a really challenging experience with plenty of replay value.

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