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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Bleak Sword DX 3 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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.
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood and Violence.
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.
Release Date: 13/09/2019, updated in 2023
Out Now: Apple TV, PC, Switch, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Accessibility: 29 features
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
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