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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (453 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 16, 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Worth about $5

Old/Mid school Style Beat-em Up. Kind of a Capcom Dungeon and Dragons arcade game mashed up with Golden Axe and some Final Fight sprinkled on top, with a great art style.

There are 4 diffrent classes, about 5 diffrent combos/moves to unlock per class, juggle, gound and pound, knockbacks, behind the back attack, elemental weapons, armors, mounts to ride, lots of baddies, and some epic bosses.

It can be a bit botton mashy (like all early to mid 90's beat-em ups) and to make yer class a badass you will have to grind some, it's a fun grind tho. They give you diffrent tasks to complete: no dieing, time limit, and score when you replay levels.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This game is about mashing buttons and killing stuff, great fun, but I am not sure if it is worth the price-tag.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Great 2.5D Hack'n'Slash beat'em up game with beautiful visuals and RPG element pretty much reminds me of the "Golden Axe" series.

Positives:
+ Fun arcadey game
+ Solid frames and beautiful visuals
+ Nice selection and unique characters
+ RPG element feels great

Negatives:
- Playing alone is boring so find someone to play with
- Leveling can be tedious
- The story is nothing blowing ( typical hero story )

Thought:
The game is great if you ever felt bored and want to play something fun well this is what you are looking for but i highly suggest that you look for someone to play with and this game online match making is great so you will not be bored.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
If you like the good old beat 'em up games, go for it. This game is perfect for a good alone time listening to music or to play with your friends. Simple and fun.

Se você gosta dos antigos jogos beat 'em up, vai sem medo. Esse jogo é perfeito para jogar sozinho escutando música e também para jogar com os amigos. Simples e divertido.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
10 x
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Meh...
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
not bad
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
it's ok
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Bad game. Not worth any money.
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16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
If you are a fan of Golden Axe like games then come and get this one! Really enjoyable in coop mode.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
A sidewise beat-em-up game is rarely seen today at least with polished execution like this. Unfortunately the multiplayer component did not work correctly for me with one side showing that the opposite player was no longer playing etc. The game itself has quite a bit of charm and reminds me of castle crashers - unfortunately not the most exciting game in single player. I could go back and revisit this game one day if I feel up for it so I would recommend it to fans of the genre
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9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
this game awesome.
just want this game have some dlc longer verison :(
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Its ok but it gets boring. I would get it in a bundle or if its on sale for like fifty cents.
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4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I have been so sceptical to purchase this game even for 1E, but this game is absolutelly fun to play it. For this price its 1 of the best games I have ever played on Steam!
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
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.

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

Cons:
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

Sumary:
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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
A nice arcade hack-n-slash.
Feels like a well-done arcade game I would play when I was a kid at the mall.

Pros:
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1) Responsive controls, fluid animations and satisfying hack-n-slash action.

2) Story is supposedly tied to Sacred/Sacred 2 story line, but make no mistake, this is not an RPG.
It's an arcade, side scrolling hack-n-slash, no more, no less.

3) You do have some small improvement choices.
Between levels you can enter a town and purchase new weapons (Better weapons seem to drop in levels than what I find in the stores), new armor and potions to increase your health, rage and powers.

4) You can choose between four different classes that are standard fare for most RPG's.
Warrior, Ranger, Wizard and Shaman are the only choices I believe.
However, there is very lite character development included in the form of distributing two points per increase to one of four attributes, you can also add limited-time crystals which give you higher stats for about 10 minutes.
One unique feature is while in town you can place a bet with an NPC as to how well you will do on your next mission.
For example, I can bet 100 coins that next level I won't die, or will finish the level in record time.

5) Some multi-player/coop features included if you care about such.

Gripes:
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1) Nowhere to sell loot.
After a while, I had 20 something swords way below my level and no way to sell them or even get rid of them other than swapping one out for another.
Granted, I have not progressed too far into the game, but it seems like if the feature to sell items was there I would have already found it in town.
If I discover otherwise I'll modify my review.

2) Pointless powers and attribute bonuses.
After leveling my character, I am hard pressed to see any difference in my abilities.
The temp restriction of the crystals and potions make working with them a pain and a money sink that really doesn't help.
Learning how to play skillfully and investing in better gear will go a long way to being better at this game, rather than relying on buffs.

3) By default the game could not go higher than 1600x900 resolution.
This was easily fixed by changing the resolution line in renderconfig.txt in the My Documents/Sacred Citadel folder.
I felt this simple fix should have been caught by the developer, and if not, fixed easily enough through a small patch.
People who are not comfortable modifying game files might feel hesitant to fix this themselves.

4) Very general, bland story without much emotion or drive to make you care about the story or the characters.
I assume if you play the Sacred series there might be some useful canon here, but I don't think it would be much.
But I honestly didn't really know why I was killing the trolls/orcs and so on until I made myself read/listen to the small amount of back-story.

5) Other than choosing your class, there is no character customization as far as appearances go.
You get what you get and you do not alter it as you go.
My level 10 ranger looks just like my level 1 did, only with some better weapons.

Thoughts
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I give this a general 6 out of 10.
A touch above-average but not by much.
If it's cheap and you would like a mindless hack/slash game that will hold you for 30 minutes to an hour at a time,
then I say go for it, just don't go expecting a decent story, choices or mind blowing loot.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
This is a fun little game that feels like an arcade game, but with better graphics and controls. Don't expect there to be a complicated skill tree, just action that involves attacking, blocking, and combos.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
A really great beat 'em up with pretty smooth graphics. The gameplay feels good-ok, artwork and music are beautiful.

The only thing that could've been better, is that the equipment as it is mostly 2 or 3 drops (one of each type -mace,axe,etc...-) that fit the character per 2-3 levels, which feels like there aren't many options to choose from. In addition I didn't really understand why you can't have 2 same 1h weapons equiped both at a time.

Combat mechanics are enjoyable and also is the idea of having potions, which can really make a differense.

I totally recommend this game, and even more if you are going to play it in co-op mode.
Have fun.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Sacred Citadel is a fun litte side-scrolling adventure game brought to you by the same guys that made Dead Island. It has a hgh replayability. The story is that you take on the role as one of four different classes in a mercenary group. Eacgh class has different fighting combos and you unlock new combos as you level up. To add to it you can earn different levels of medals as well as take on various challenges to raise the stakes. You can buy on a DLC which gives you a 5th act which is nice but not really necessary unless you want to complete all achievements (which I do though). If you like classic side-scrolling games you'll probably enjoy this one as well.
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