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Odallus: The Dark Call (2015) is a running, jumping, and fighting game where you race to save your son from a strange plague that turns humans into monsters. Play involves exploring the levels, finding secret upgrades and hidden pathways, and fighting enemies. Inspired by old series like Metroid and Castlevania, it combines tough fights and complex traversal with quality-of-life features like teleportation and powerups you keep even after you die.

You play Haggis, a veteran fighter who returns one morning to find his village in ruins, his son missing, and humans turning into grotesque and deadly monsters. You set out on a mission to save his son and the world. You explore eight vast, labyrinthine levels, killing monsters and avoiding deadly traps to find secrets and upgrades that increase your strength to defeat the rising evil.

Play involves running and jumping through the levels, avoiding pitfalls and other hazards, and defeating monsters using an array of weapons. Close study and exploration of each location reveal secret passageways, shortcuts, items and upgrades. Fights are intentionally tough and require expert timing of dodges, jumps and attacks in order to overcome, and formulating ambitious strategies and experimenting with different weapons is crucial.

The result is a unique blend of classic and modern platforming staples that combine to create a game that offers a deep, skill-based challenge yet still offers surprising depth to its combat and exploration.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Odallus: The Dark Call 16 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Platform game with Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 4 and a half hours and 9 hours to complete. You can go back to previous areas with new abilities to find hidden secrets and new areas, and depending on how much of this you do, the time to beat will vary.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence. Violence consists of your faceless human hero using a variety of bladed and throwing weapons to repeatedly hit any human-like or fantasy foes they encounter. Physical responses to these attacks are minimal, both the hero and their enemies flash on contact, with the enemies disappearing in a puff of blood and the hero respawning at the last checkpoint when defeated. Injuries are not depicted.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence, Scary Scenes, and Mild Coarse Language.
Rated 12 by the BBFC.

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to precisely time your jumps and attacks and have quick reactions. There are several difficult sections, so players should be able to cope with frustration as well.


Odallus: The Dark Call usually costs £8.50.

Odallus: The Dark Call

Steam Store PC £8.50
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/07/2015, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Platform (Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 15 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Joy Masher (@JoyMasher)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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