Developer: Steve Gal
PublisherRed Art Games
Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 11/02/2022
Price£8.99/$9.99
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

Every now and then I love nothing more than stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something random. Here we have Skautfold: Shrouded in Sanity, this is where your Sanity goes to die. 

Skautfold: Shrouded in Sanity is set in an alternative setting of 1897 in the Empire of Britanna. You have been resurrected and have signed a contract that you will free the Berelai Manor from the insanity of the fog. If you succeed, you gain your freedom and a new life.

Entering the Manor, you know something is wrong, with violent staff members trying to kill you on site. And the comics horrors that now inhabit the halls. To destroy the fog, you first need to understand it. Nothing is as it seems. 

The only certainty is that your sanity will be tested. 

Skautfold Shrouded In Sanity gameplay

Everyone Is Crazy

Skautfold: Shrouded in Sanity is a 2D Bloodborne inspired action RPG, with a Lovecraft inspired world. 

Skautfold: Shrouded in Sanity has everything you would expect from a soul-like action game. Melee attack, distance attack, dodge, parry/block, stamina and HP that drops quicker than that one drunk uncle at a party. A word of warning with the control mapping. It is a little weird but luckily you can remap them (believe me you will want to). 

Once in the game, everything is covered in a fog or darkness that has driven everyone crazy. It is up to you to take down everyone on your why, four Knights and the source of the madness. There are some simple puzzle elements with plenty of slaying along the way. 

After you kill an enemy, you will need to draw out the blood of the Fallen and use that to level up while collecting cosmic stones to unlock new abilities. 

When you die over and over again, the game gets harder and harder with eventually more enemies spawning, even enemies spawn in rooms that were once empty, making the game harder. Until you eventually lose all sanity.

It’s Creepy

The one thing that the game does is make atmosphere. Everything in the game to add something to the game’s feeling. From dripping candles to dead bodies. Not to mention the lack of visual field of view because of the dense fog and perpetual darkness, that your lamp is near useless.

Once Completed More Death

Skautfold: Shrouded in Sanity has more than one ending allowing for more play throughs. There is always new game+ to increase the difficulty. Or if you want something different, you can even play as the bosses to cause mayhem and distinction. 

Overall Skautfold: Shrouded in Sanity takes the Bloodborne style and gives it a 2D pixel skin. That has enough difference to make this one standout. It feels amazing to play and has enough of a challenge to keep even the hardest souls like player entertained. 

Skautfold: Shrouded in Sanity is definitely worthy to stand next to the big souls games even with its budget price.

8-10
GREAT

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