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Bleak Sword DX (2019) is a stripped-down retro fighting game where you take on vicious monsters in precise combat. Each small stage challenges you to use your sword to kill and loot monsters in a mission to end the king's 200-year reign of terror. It looks unusual with a cave-painted look but really stands out for how you must be purposeful and exact with your limited array of attacks.

When the old king is slain by his youngest son Rhael, whose mind has been poisoned by the evil Bleak Sword, the Second Age comes to a close and the Red Age begins, ushering in a period of evil and suffering. You set out on a mission to destroy the Bleak Sword and save the world, by working through the labyrinth of stages, using your sword and shield to defeat monsters.

Unlike other games, your moves are extremely limited. You can swing your sword, block with your shield, and roll out of the way. If you block just as an enemy attacks you, you can temporarily stun them, creating an opening you can use to deal lots of damage. You must defeat all the enemies in each stage, gathering the loot they drop and using it to boost your health, defence, and attack power.

The result is a game about succeeding against the odds by the skin of your teeth. This comes to a head with the huge boss battles that make your character seem even smaller. Perhaps most impressive is that this plays as well on a touch screen as it does on a gamepad. Either way, it's a game that invites learning and experimenting to kill each type of enemy and use the different loot bonuses to discover the best way to progress.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Bleak Sword DX 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Fighting game with Adventure and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood and Violence.

Skill Level

14+ 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. The game is very difficult and requires precise timing and quick reactions. Players should be able to cope with losing multiple times.


Bleak Sword DX usually costs £8.50.

Bleak Sword DX

Steam Store PC £8.50
App Store Apple TV Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store iOS Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store iPhone, iPad Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

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

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/09/2019, updated in 2023

Out Now: Apple TV, PC, Switch, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Fighting (Adventure and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: More 8 Bit (@More8Bit)

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