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En Garde (2023) is a swashbuckling fighting game where the focus is on the poise and grace of fencing. You use your foil to parry, riposte and lunge through a world of enemies. It stands out not only for the unusual sporting sword fights but for how you must use the environment and objects in the world to gain the upper hand.

From the forgotten pages of history, you help Adalia de Volador in her daring adventures in hand-painted locations. You take on an array of charismatic (and outspoken) characters who offer as much banter as battling. You use your blade in response to the tells of these opponents to parry, riposte and lunge at just the right time.

As you progress you learn to push your cunning and acrobatics to the limit. You learn each enemy's weaknesses to ensure you work them into a corner and gain the upper hand. Each location is a playground full of opportunities to surprise, stun, or evade enemies with a variety of objects, from rolling barrels to falling chandeliers.

The result is a game that has grown from an award-winning student project to an impressive rendering of the fundamentals of fencing.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked En Garde 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Fighting and Sequencing game with Battle, Simulation and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Unlock zany game-changing modifiers and new fight situations in the arena mode. Play and replay randomized scenarios to test your skill against waves of enemies.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

You use swords to slash, stab and push your enemies. Your character flinches when struck but there is no blood. Enemies collapse to the floor and remain there when they have been injured. Enemies can also be blown away by explosions, crushed under things, fall down stairs, or have things stuck on their heads. But it is always represented in a cartoony light-hearted way. There are these comical injuries but no one ever actually dies, not even the big bad guys.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to have a good sense of timing and respond to the on-screen tells quickly. Prioritising the different enemies when you are outnumbered is also an important skill.


En Garde usually costs £15.99.

En Garde

Steam Store PC £15.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/08/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Fighting, Sequencing (Battle, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Fireplace Games (@FireplaceGames)

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