Sharpen your axe, string your bow, brew your potions! Ancaria needs heroes like you. Grab your friends to join the resistance! The once peaceful land of Ancaria is in grave danger. The evil Ashen empire has enslaved its population and is using the orc-like Grimmoc to wipe out the Seraphim, who swore to protect it.
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Release Date: 16 Apr, 2013

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Sharpen your axe, string your bow, brew your potions! Ancaria needs heroes like you. Grab your friends to join the resistance!

The once peaceful land of Ancaria is in grave danger. The evil Ashen empire has enslaved its population and is using the orc-like Grimmoc to wipe out the Seraphim, who swore to protect it. In order to defeat the empire you will have to prove yourself as a warrior by riding terrifying mounts, acquiring earth shattering skills and looting powerful weapons and valuable treasures. Grab your friends and join the resistance!

Key Features:

  • Battle it out with up to 3 player co-op
  • Take charge of 1 of 4 unique playable character classes with their own set of skills
  • Explore the vast world of Ancaria
  • Ride thumping mounts and use devastating war-machines
  • Tons of loot!
  • Define your own fighting style with different weapon combinations

System Requirements

    • OS:Vista/Win7
    • Processor:2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia GeForce 8600 or better, ATI Radeon HD 2600 or better
    • DirectX:9.0c
    • Additional:GPU Memory: 256MB
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105 of 126 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: 28 December, 2013
Not Very Exciting

I played this with my girlfriend (who likes classic beat-em-ups such as Streets of Rage 2) and after Act 1's boss we said, "Ok let's keep playing!"

But as we played, our enthusiasm kept dropping slowly. There wasn't really much to the game. There are only 4 acts and our characters became so over-powered by the end of the game that we just wanted to get it over with. We didn't even use the special, power enhancing crystals once.

- Graphics are nice but sometimes I lost my character in some chaotic battles. The Act 1 boss was the only unique fight in the entire game (except MAYBE the last boss, but that's pushing it).
- Music was fine (some of it sounding like Golden Axe at times)
- Sound needed more "umph" to make me feel like my hits were doing any damage. The sound could have helped make the game more exciting if they put more effort into it.
- Controls were easy but the game can be beaten with one simple attack combo for the entire time and then the "special move" saved for boss fights.

As of this writing the game sells for $15 (before sale discounts) and I'd have to say I'd pay at most half that price for Sacred Citadel if you have run out of beat=em-ups to play.
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83 of 110 people (75%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: 3 May, 2015
Here's exactly why this game got low critic scores. The game is from start to finish: mash X to attack. That's it. Every so often you press X-X-X-Y for a combo to knock enemies down to give yourself breathing room. That's all you do in this game. Had it not been a pure hand breaker of a game and nothing more than pressing one button from beginning to end, it would be great because the graphics are awesome. I want to thumbs it up but I can't even lift my thumb now.

5/10 missed opportunity
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58 of 77 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: 16 August, 2014
Okay so where should I start..
Let's start with the negative stuff cause that's usually what people look at anyway.
The game has a few flaws that I cannot get over:
-Depth Perception Issues. Not only is it often so, that you're being attacked by enemies that you cannot attack because you're not in the same depth, but it's also hard to tell which depth they're in at all, leading to some frustration from time to time. Also some items might sometimes drop in a depth that you cannot even reach.
-It's not hard. Now you might say this is very relative, but for me, these kinds of games is about growing in power, since you level and acquire new gear, so that you may overcome harder challenges. This point is especially important since your experience & gold is saved, even if you die, so you can just keep doing the same thing til' you get past it. Sure, you might die here there once or twice, but we beat every level in the first try and overall found the game to be too easy. Even on the last boss we made it without grinding a single level twice and we didn't even dodge most of his attacks.
-The game is very short. A little over 5 hours of gameplay was enough to beat the entire game with one class, and that's taking into account idling in the menu probably about 30 minutes and restarting it due to bugs like being unable to move or even just crashes.
-Tanky monsters. When I'm saying that I'm not talking about the bosses, the bosses are fine. But this is something I see very often in games. Instead of making the monsters challenging enough, you make them very tanky, so that it'll still take time to take them down. It's not fun, it's just repetitive and tedious.
-Constant knockback. You're constantly being knockbacked, there's really nothing to explain here, you'll spend at least about 30% of your time in combat lying on the ground.

Those are the main points for me that are bad. But here's the good ones.
-Story. It's definitely not that great of a story, but it's somewhat humorous and you want to find out what happens, so I have no complaints, the story did what it was supposed to do, it made me want to play on.
-Gear, I felt the excitement for getting a better weapon/armor. That's at least more than what many other games do.
-Pretty fun multiplayer. Since you're constantly getting knockbacked, mashing buttons, filling up the screen with you power attacks or getting thrown around and ending up in bad positions, it's pretty fun to play co-op in it. As always it's more fun to play with friends.
-Music. The music was not that kind of music that got stuck in your head or something you'll sing/dig along to, but it was decent, and I have no complaints about it either.
-Graphics. The graphic design is nice and overall I enjoyed going through the world, especially paying attention to the background scenery at times.

Overall I must say this is a pretty mediocre game from a game design perspective, but it was decent entertainment for the 5 hours I played it. Do I consider it to be worth 10 euros though? No.
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: 9 January, 2014
I picked this game up as a bonus as part of a humble bundle, it's a updated Golden Axe clone at heart. It's pretty short, I blasted through it in about 3-4 hours, it's challenging at the start before you get some better moves and gear - and the last boss is pretty challenging - but otherwise it wasn't particularly hard. The keyboard controls are pretty awful, without a XBox controller I'd steer well clear of this.

One bug to mention, if you do want to play with a controller - don't touch your keyboard before you press a button on the controller - otherwise you won't be able to use the controller.
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36 of 50 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: 19 June, 2015
I love side scrollers, i grew up playing games like sunset riders, streets of rage, the punisher, cadilacs and dinossaurs but i can't play this game, is very boring...
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: 8 August, 2014
Sacred Citadel trys to pluck every single mechanics from the classic side-scrolling fighters that may have played and loved: Golden Axe, Double Dragon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and tries to intertwines these mechanics with fun and exciting RPG elements in a simple yet elegant visual style more suitable to modern day. On the side note im not going to blabber your head off for this indie game review and I'll just list some cons n pros.

Simple, Elegant, Stylish Interface and Aesthetic
Solid Pacing to Levels
Overall Challenge
Challenging Boss Fights Minus the DLC
Interesting RPG elements
Great visual effects
Basic Button-Combo System

Online Co-Op Needs Work
Was only able to play with my friends not entirely sure if it was because nobody plays this anymore
Dull Orc Enemies
Combat may get stale after you learn the stun combo

Would i reccommend the game YES, BUT not at this price..maybe 5$ or so based on how much content was put into it.
IF you like easy achievments % then by all means this is the game for you if you dont mind spending some dinero for the DLC to reach max level.
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28 of 41 people (68%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: 19 March, 2014
This is a long review, so if you just want a small scope of information I would recommend skipping to the Result section and reading from there.

Southend Interactive develops Sacred Citadel, a rather riveting game that can best be described as a side scroller beat’em up action adventure. This essentially falls in the same category as Castle Crashers; although, Sacred Citadel loses on the comedy it picks up on the graphics.

The Game:
Sacred Citadel is about the far away land of Ancaria, which is under attack by the evil Ashen Empire. You play a random soldier (Warrior, Ranger, Mage, or Shaman) with each class uses different techniques in order to defeat the many enemies ahead. Mama Grimmoc, the evil orc mother, is attacking the civilizations which you have become accustomed to. As such you decide to take up your weapon to stop her. You eventually realize Mama Grimmoc is working for a mysterious man, The Merchant, who requires her to retrieve him two artifacts. Upon realizing their value you decide to take it upon yourself to obtain one of the artifacts in order to gain the huge reward The Merchant has promised you for them. The campaign involves fighting off hordes of orcs, bandits, soldiers, monsters and more. As your adventure goes on you must fight your way through four acts totaling twenty levels. Each act contains four levels and a boss fight. You must fight your way through each boss in order to progress to the next act each of the bosses require you to use different strategies. The bosses are Mossback, Mama Grimmoc, Queen Digestya, and Gatebreaker.

The There are only forty levels, which mean you cannot max a character out in every single attribute, but instead must divide them up appropriately. Luckily as you’ll quickly realize, you don’t need to put any points in defense in order to complete the campaign. The game itself is relatively easy and I believe I only died twice through the entire campaign, one time because I forgot to use my potion and the other time because I couldn’t figure out how to defeat the Gatebreaker. The game doesn’t get more difficult as you progress. The game just gets easier because you figure out how to play better. You don’t need to spend any of the games money; in fact I beat the entire game without spending a single coin. But if you don’t mind playing easy games and just want to hack ‘n slash then this is a really good choice.

Most of the negative reviews focus on the server instability and glitches associated with the multiplayer. Well I never played the multiplayer, so I cannot tell you how that goes. If the other reviews are correct then I would highly recommend avoiding this game if you are looking for a multiplayer co-op experience. On the other hand, if you just want to play a fun little campaign that doesn’t pose much of a challenge then this is a great choice.

Jungle Hunt (DLC):
Act Five is added to the campaign and finally you can defeat the monsters that began the whole war. Mother Grimmoc has run the jungle and you must go in to retrieve the artifact she stole at the end of the original campaign. The campaign adds an additional five levels which push you to the metal as you fight off new, but similar enemies. They are all essentially stronger versions of past enemies, and in fact one boss is just a larger version of one of the orcs you fight. The game is intense and adds new weapons, but sadly doesn’t add a new village. This means you have to earn the weapons by playing the levels rather than just purchasing them.

If you enjoy hack and slack side scrollers then this is the game for you. I would recommend getting this game if you enjoy a single player campaign and don't really care to venture into multiplayer. In all honesty there seems no point to multiplayer as this campaign is so easy with one person adding three more would make the game a cakewalk. Although based on other reviews if you are looking for a four player co-op experience this may not be the game for you. Sacred Citadel offers fun combat, rather interesting enemies, and mixes hack 'n slash combat systems with platformer mechanics. The game is riviting to play by yourself and if you can get it for a good deal it's definitely worth the buy.

+Easy to master combat with few combinations to memorize
+Lots of loot and weapons that can easily be obtained throughout the story mode.
+Interesting item add-ons that allow you to boost the power of your character beyond your maximum attribute points
+Easy, but fun campaign that allows for a single person to enjoy the adventure.
+Missions challenges that add replay value for already completed missions
+Easy to use controls
+They have added DLC to the game.

-No mouse functionality (I set my mouse to preform keyboard functions so I could use my mouse and keyboard)
-Does not support 1080p resolution (I just played in windowed mode)
-Apparently the multiplayer did not function well (I have no experience on this)
-The campaign was relatively short
-There is no way to increase the difficulty
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31 of 47 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: 28 November, 2013
Beautiful old time platform game ! It is fun, nice animation and graphics and nice co-op.

Sadly, its a small game, easily finished within 3 hours !

I would recommend buying it, if you have someone to play with or at a good discount.
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33 of 51 people (65%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: 16 June, 2015
A boring uninspred side scroller

If you're into these check out castle crashers
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: 25 April, 2013
+ Beautiful graphics (limited to 1600x900, which is a big letdown)
+ Good controls
+ Cool boss fights
+ Loot

- Not much fun if you play it solo (haven't tried co-op as there were no games available)
- Enemy variety
- Repetitive
- Short (about 4-4,5 hours)

[Rating: 70/100]
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1.9 hrs
Posted: 17 October
says controller support but its a lie since neither me or my brothers controllers would work. could be a much more fun game if it was not keyboard only

*EDIT* simply hit your "start" button instead of hitting enter and the controller will work, silly oversight on my part, i know, but not something i would have expected since all other games i play with a controller simply work.... Im going to change my review to thumbs up since this makes the game much more playable. Co-op works fine.
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8.8 hrs
Posted: 16 October
Bit short, and lacks depth, but for 3 euros it was excellent.
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8.9 hrs
Posted: 8 September
would be bitten by piranhas again.

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1.5 hrs
Posted: 2 September
Deep silver
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0.2 hrs
Posted: 24 August
A nice game with a level up system, nice coop
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✪ F P
0.3 hrs
Posted: 11 August
Not my cup of tea
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0.1 hrs
Posted: 6 August
I thought yeah another sacred game ah hah... nope it was like a 2d stupid .asdfjlsdj ro[weiur iuwehr[0ouwe...
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Moon #SoonOnVacation
8.9 hrs
Posted: 30 July
Very cool to play together with a friend unfortently nobody plays this game anymore :'(
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0.7 hrs
Posted: 30 July
I dont know what the HECK is thge problem with these guys rating this game bad
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT throwback to the golden axe games
these guys know nothing because perhaps they are not born in my era
please TRY THIS if you were born arround 1980s
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3.1 hrs
Posted: 17 July
It's an easy fighting adventure with colorful graphics, bland storyline (do we save something?), and rather dumb gameplay mechanics. Any beat-em-up pro would call this fighting system laughable - your hits totally interrupt regular enemies' animations so they just stand and suffer while you push the main attack button repeatedly. Enemies also tend to come closer, they seem to deliberately gather up around you to get their asses kicked. The danger only arises when a miniboss comes to play with a bunch of minions, especially in a small room, some of them attacking from distance while the boss's attacks interrupt your movement, or when artificial limitations come in play like a beast which can only be killed from the distance. Then you start rolling around the screen trying to thin out the crowd before dealing with the beast. Still the game could be of some interest to the younger ones, achievement hunters and just casual gamers.

Простое приключение с драками, ярким оформлением, невнятным сюжетом (чего мы там спасаем?) и туповатой механикой. Любой специалист в жанре избивалок назвовет здешнюю систему смехотворной - ваши удары полностью прерывают анимацию простых врагов так, что они стоят и страдают пока вы жмете кнопку основной атаки. Враги также стремятся приблизиться к вам, такое впечатление, что специально собираются выхватывать люлей. Опасность возникает лишь в том случае, когда выкатывается небольшой босс с компанией спутников, особенно на небольшом пространстве, кто-то атакует с дистанции, а боссы прерывают ваши движения, либо когда вводятся искусственные ограничения, типа врагов, которых можно убить только дистанционно. Тогда вам приходится кататься по всему экрану, пытаясь проредить толпу, прежде чем взяться за зверюгу. Все же игра может быть интересна детям, охотникам за достижениями и просто случайным игрокам.
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