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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked ScourgeBringer 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 months ago.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world you navigate and battle through ancient machines. The action is fast, frantic and a little overwhelming at first. But as you progress and acclimatise to the pace (and use the great accessibility options if you like) an unusual and compelling experience can be found.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Dead Cells and Celeste, play involves jumping around each single-screen area to take on enemies with slashing and shooting weapons. It's a lot to take in at first, but as you improve the game creates a real sense of flow and free motion.
As with other roguelike platform games, the difficulty is intentional. Half the fun is attempting the big challenge getting as far as you can and then (inevitably) dying. This takes you back to the start but with a slightly progressed character and more experience for your next run. Like Doom, your best form of defence here is attack -- and often getting close to enemies. Add to this the sheer variety of enemies, pin-point precision of the dodging and shooting and you have an exciting and engaging experience.
As you progress and explore during each of your runs through the game, you discover unspeakable enemies, giant bosses and new secret powers. You can upgrade in the shop between goes, and gain enhancements for your current run by finding these hidden items.
ScourgeBringer doubles down on this difficulty by forcing you to focus on offence rather than caution. The movement and fast enemies require you to learn the controls well enough to let your instincts guide you. If you manage that it can become fluid and almost balletic experience.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence, Mild Coarse Language.
9+ 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. Younger players need to have fast reactions and be able to quickly decide how to take on enemies in each screen. You need to rapidly move around the level, working with momentum and flow. Working with your various attacks helps, but you also need to be able to cope with suddenly dying.
Release Date: 06/02/2020, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Accessibility: 32 features
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
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