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Acid Knife is a running, jumping and fighting game where you carefully time attacks to defeat monsters in a dark, psychedelic world. All of your abilities, such as attacking and dodging, are tied to the items you hold which can be knocked from your hand at a moment's notice. The balance of intentionally targeting enemys' weak spots and the need for improvisation when things go awry makes for a uniquely challenging game.

You play a small creature in a hellish, dark landscape that seems to shift and writhe as you move, and must face hideous, horrific monsters, like rotting, undead spiders and flying, bony, serpentine apparitions. To kill them, you hit them in their weak spots, highlighted by glowing red areas, with arrows and knives while simultaneously dodging and avoiding their attacks.

As you progress you learn that each of your actions, such as blocking, dodging, eating and attacking, are governed by items you hold: axes, knives, potions or even instruments. These can be knocked out of your hand by your opponents which forces you to improvise and think up a new strategy on the fly as you try to recover your item.

The result is a unique blend of careful movement and attacks with quick thinking and flexibility as you continually adapt to each new situation you find yourself in, creating a novel and engaging game.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Acid Knife a year ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting game with Platform and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

Your character has a skeleton head and you fight grotesque monsters. This is all depicted with limited colours and pixels so doesn't look life-like.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be quick and precise as you fight the ever-moving monsters. You need to be decisive and improvise when you find yourself in unexpected circumstances.


Acid Knife

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting (Platform and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Powerhoof (@Powerhoof)

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