Developer: SouthPAW Games
Publisher: Neowiz Games
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 21/10/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Rougelikes is one gaming genre that does not seem to go anywhere for the foreseeable. And why not there are so many ways to play them, make them. Skul: The Hero Slayer is one such game.
You take on the role of the wee hero Skul, who has taken it upon himself to rescue the Demon King. The Human Kingdom of Careleon kidnapped him. So let’s take down their greatest Heros along the way.
With the help of a witch that grants him the power to be resurrected after being killed. Skul goes on his one skeleton mission.
The story is nothing that will blow you away and all the plot twists are seen from the grave you just came from. It is still a good wee story.
The gameplay is rougelike 101. Skul will start off weak and collect in game currency and unlock new abilities, strengthening him each run. Thus, allowing progression through your one skeleton slaughter of the fleshies.
Skul: The Hero Slayer does not reinvent the wheel of rougelikes, it just added its own head popping twist. With each run with Skul, the levels are procedurally generated so no one run will be the same.
Where the levels do not differ is the seer amount of enemies that will try to smash you in to little bits. There will be little downtime to take a breather in a battle. Luckily, the enemies’ attack patterns are easy to learn. This will give you an edge.
A Real Head Turner
Skul has one big trick in the form of his and other’s skulls? Skul can swap his own head for another and gain all their abilities. For example, he can turn in to a Werewolf. This will give Skul the ability to jump longer and do a dash attack and a scratch. Or he can change in to a juggler, and can throw knifes and so on. This skull swapping mechanic is the only way to take down all the Heros.
Come across skulls you don’t like the look of? Destroy them, not like the body will miss it. However, this will give you bone fragments. These fragments will be used to upgrade the skulls you use.
The bosses are the Heros and by far the highlight of the games’ challenging levels. Each Hero will give Skul a new challenge. But be prepared to die at this annoying do-gooder. They are no push overs what so ever. However, it makes the eventual beating all the more sweater.
Overall, Skul: The Hero Slayer, is a great rougelike. With an inventive use of others’ dead skulls. It does not reinvent the wheel with the genera and it does not need to. It offers enough of a challenge and great boss fights. This is a must buy. I doubt you will regret it.