Told as a “Wuxia” story, which literally means "martial hero", Mirage captures the essence of a broad genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists. Shrouded in secrecy, an organization of assassins wreak havoc on the local populace.
User reviews: Very Positive (55 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 11, 2013
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Told as a “Wuxia” story, which literally means "martial hero", Mirage captures the essence of a broad genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists.

Shrouded in secrecy, an organization of assassins wreak havoc on the local populace. Two assassins Soul and Shang, find a window of opportunity to strike while all their enemies can be found in one place. Their mission is simple: take down all their enemies or die in the attempt. They will face many challenges and discover lost secrets as they embark on a perilous journey against terrible odds.

Take control of Soul and Shang and wield two separate martial arts styles to defeat their foes.

Soul is an orphan born with the temperament of a master. His skills are self-taught and so lack refinement, but his potential is undeniable. He favors Dark Wound, a short bladed weapon given to him by his adoptive father, rumored to be one of the Night Masters..

Shang Zuo is a calm, unflappable fighter of average skill, but who possesses a centered view of all things powerful enough to influence physical objects. This “Sword Temper” skill allows him to destroy objects without moving a muscle and to knock arrows out of the sky with but a single thought. Together they will face the unknown and harness new skills as they face down a terrible conspiracy.

Mirage Features

  • 2 against the world– Tag team in and out as either protagonist at any time.
  • or play together for local multiplayer experience
  • Gear up – Discover new weapons, abilities, and unique items to bloody your foes.
  • 8 distinct levels – Fight your way through an army of minions and face a true challenge by encountering a unique Boss at every Stage.
  • Learn the truth – Secrets abound and the full story of Mirage may be discovered by a collection of books, letters, and drawings strewn about the martial world. Players may unravel the full tale by discovering these items and rewards.
  • Over 100 Achievements to earn and discover

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Pentium3, AMD Athlon Series
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1800, Nvidia GeForce 6800
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Engrish translation? Check.
Pretty nice soundtrack? Check.
Fancy slashing combo system with diversity of two characters? Check.
If you want a game with fun combat and unnecessarily hard platforming, this might be a game for you.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
The game, while it may lack some polish, is fluid and the combat is fun.

The translation is not very good, but I can look over it because the setting is different from what you normally see.

If you are interested in hack and slash games, this does a superb job in scratching that itch. I would not reccomend playing the game without a controller, however.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Rain Blood Chronicles: Mirage is best described as a 2D Devil May Cry with co-op capabilities (although its kind of wasted). It features a very solid combat system and some good ways for stylish play. The two characters play like Dante and Vergil with unique movesets and combo capabilities and can be switched between, ammounting to something akin to "styles". For a company that never did an action game before Rain Blood is a really solid game and better than any other recent offering in this genre

Unfortunately it has issues and is held back by some little annoyances like wonky hit-/hurtboxes and physics that can make you drop combos sometimes. Additionally being able to "merge" your sprite with the enemy (the players sprite occupying the same space as the enemy) creates problems in positioning, especially in the air where the enemy can just float through your barrage of attacks that start their hitbox far in front of the player.

The style meter has also this anoying tendency to be weighted towards parries, ultras and air combos and not towards actual variety of moves. It compounds the problem of upgrading your characters abilities and items since the rewards for defeating enemies are proportionally based on the style meter. Once you hit S rank (which is hard in of itself without hitting an ultra or parry) every hit you land is converted into gold currency which can be used to buy upgrade items. However sustaining or reaching S rank is hard without constant air combos, no matter how cool you think your ground combo-streak actually is or was.

After you beat the game's story on normal or hard your characters will potentially not even have all their skills unlocked. The unlocked Endless Tower mode helps to grind out the currency to upgrade but its kind of a waste that the player is potentially not allowed to use all their moves in Story Mode.

Another flaw are a few relatively boring bosses with very predictable move-sets with annoying stun-locks thatbreak the flow of a battle if you get caught. Especially the first boss you encounter Sword Addict has some annoying launcher move that goes on for at least 15 seconds. It doesnt do much damage, even on Hard or Very Hard, its just a very long and boring animation to watch.
The game also has a few problems in that regard on higher difficulties and higher floors of Endless Tower where you fight multiple boss-type enemies at the same time. The coding does not take into account that depending on RNG attack patterns even the basic enemies can infinitely stunlock you without recourse (until you unlock an expensive accessory which makes switched characters invulnerable for a very brief moment).

Other bad design decision are buff-enemies that produce an invulnerability-shield after a certain amount of damage has been done to them, probably to prevent the player from ending a fight too quickly. This makes for boring encounters where the player is forced into a cycle of waiting and attacking instead of being stylish and skillful.

I would wager that the only "proper" and interesting boss in the entire game is the endboss which has three separate phases and a very large variety of moves that requires you to pay close attention to positioning and timing.
Unfortunately I did not encounter this boss once in Endless Tower, even after Floor 30.

On another note Endless Tower does not let you save your progress even if you do not get killed on a floor, making reaching higher floors very time-consuming and exhausting as you always start at Floor 1. Or if there are Floor checkpoints I did not find them even after 30+ floors which took close to an hour.

In conclusion Rain Blood Chronicles is highly recomended for fans of the cuhrayze even if it is flawed in some regards. I hope the company will make a sequel (as the game does end on a cliffhanger) and continues to improve on the concept.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
For $10 i'm so glad I picked this game up. This game is an awesome hack and slash especially if you're into chineese fiction.
Story is actually somewhat interesting. You play 2 different characters, both have pretty distinct movesets as well as unlockable skills.
The combat itself most people will probably think it's just "okay". But after learning the characters you can do some neat combos and tricks.

The enemies aren't too difficult really, (at least on normal difficulty) but they do throw quite a bit of mini bosses into the levels that keep it interesting.
The boss fights are definetly where most of the game shines, they all are pretty unique and have different layouts from what I can tell.

One thing that is unfortunate is the amount of typos in the dialogue, but it's easy to figure out what the characters are saying. The voices are actually in chineese which is very cool in my opinion.

Also the achievments seemed to be bugged :(

Need to play it for yourself! Check it out!
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28.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
As already said, it's 2d Devil May Cry. Or something close to it.
Despite some minor flaws in gameplay and mistakes in translation it's surprisingly entertaining. Well, not surprisingly - after some IRL troubles there is no better cure, than rip apart some digital monsters, especially in stylish game.
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6.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Soul is my husbando
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75 of 77 people (97%) found this review helpful
164.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2013
Basically it's a side-scrolling Devil May Cry. It features 2 characters with 2 distinct combat styles (think of Dante and Vergil; in fact, Shang could be Vergil’s distant cousin from China — his Kee swords bear great resemblance to Summoned Swords), style-based combat system, and great visuals. Sadly, translation is atrocious, there are many typos and in some instances English text doesn't even remotely correspond to Chinese audio. Also, story is somewhat basic and clichéd. But the gameplay is great, combat is satisfying, so if you're a fan of hack and slash games (like me), Mirage is a must have. If you're not, well, at least give it a try.
P.S. Oh, and don't be fooled by “Local co-op” label on Steam — Mirage has only “Duel” mode available from the start. In order to unlock “Boss Rush” and “Tower” (Bloody Palace) modes you have to finish the story first. There's no co-op for story mode…
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2013
Nice graphic, nice action combos and effects. As a chinese, I think the voicecasts are not good, and the english translation is also not as good as I expected.
It's a good game anyway.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
Wow. If you can get past the bad translation in the early parts of the game, you are in for one hell of a fun action game. The gameplay is mad crazy once you hit your stride in the higher difficulties.

Evade-counters that can kill enemies in one hit? Check.
Two playable characters that can be swapped in and out a la Marvel vs Capcom? Check.
One of them is a teleporting ninja and the other is a psychic swordsman, both with vastly different playstyles? Check.
The harder the game becomes, the more badass it is, and it punishes button-mashing hardcore? Who needs more convincing?

If you enjoy 2D action games at all, you need to buy this game. For $15 at most, you can't go wrong.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2013
This game tries to appeal to both the Devil May Cry and Muramasa: The Demon Blade fans. It fails to live up to either games; however, it has its own unique charm that'll keep you playing -- and, thankfully, not being a carbon-copy of a game is a good thing these days!

If you like action and hack n' slashes, give this a try when it's on sale.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Solid beatemup game. The very beginning is misleading with the seemingly low quality because the game is actually very well put together. Decently challenging, but heavily rewards skillful play. Missions are longer than they should be for the DMC-style ability unlock system, and achievements don't seem to be working correctly, but I fully recommend this super cool chinese game of killing mans.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
For fans of Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden, this is an absolute treat. The combat is fast paced and wicked. Plenty of things to do after the main campaign, like harder difficulties, boss rush, and tower modes. This game's a blast!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
A very deep combat system brings Mirage's old-school roots to the forefront. Beatiful 2D art and animation seal the deal, despite the terrible translation of a story that wan't that good to begin with. If you like a game that rewards mastery over button mashing, and enjoy some eastern art prettyness, this comes very highly recomended. Just don't expect a deep tale or compelling character development.

The Best:

-- Distinct character mechanics
-- Excellent combat system
-- Gorgeous 2D art

The Worst:

-- Horrible story
-- Terrible translation
-- Only partial controller support.

References: Muramasa: Demon Blade; Devil May Cry
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Watch my full review of the game here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR9wzK4nB1Q

+ Solid combo based combat
+ Beautiful visual design
+ Epic boss battles
+ Great soundtrack
+ Fun dialogue

- Technical issues
- Boring level design
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2013
If you like hack'n slash game, read no further and buy this game. The fast paced action is satisfying, the graphic is clean and stylish, the music fits well (though some cycles are a bit short), the animation is slick, and combos are easy to connect as input timing is very forgiving. It may take a bit of time to get the gaming mechanic, but once you do, it is a blast to play. There are also different difficulties, skills to unlock, boss rush/tower modes, local co-op to keep you busy after you finish the game. Rain Blood Chronicles: Mirage is well worth full retail at $15.

However, the below aspects really affect the gaming experience.
- Random frame/sound lag spikes and slow down. I am most bothered by this. Very annoying. Hopefully it'll be fixed soon.
- Glitches. Game Crashes 3 times during my first play through and occasionally both my character or enemies cannot be seen.
- Inconsistent sound effect. Some sound clips are not recorded well. I can hear sound crackling. Also, there is one enemy that is louder than the rest when killed, not sure if it's "Pyre Alchemist" or "Enhanced Machinist". One more thing, the voice setting only affects cutscenes, not during gameplay.

Rests don't hurt the gameplay, but still annoying.
- Bad Translation. Story is hard to follow due to translation, and some dialogues are insanely fast. I had to understand what was going on through google.
- Chinese sounds like it is dubbed in the 80s.
- Only partial cutscenes can be skipped. I wanted to skip all cutscenes on my second play through but can't.
- The ending. I understand the game want to end on a cliffhanger for the next game, but it feels sudden. Also, after the final stage, there is a very long black screen before the credit start rolling. I thought the game crashed.
- Foreground and boss health bar (when 2 bosses appear at the same time) block the action on occasion.
- Achievements still don't work a month after release.

I hope the team can get some of the issues fixed soon and I have high hopes for the next installment.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
If you love Muramasa: The Demon Blade, then you'll love Rain Blood Chronicles: Mirage.^_^
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2013
2D DMC or even easier, Dungeon Fighter Online. It's pretty intuitive and the controls are really responsive. If you like DMC/DFO type games then I'd say give it a shot.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Interesting game, and something different from the usual indie offerings. The controls can be a little awkward at first, but they aren't too bad (and fortunatly you can customize them). I find a game controler works better than a keyboard for this game. Gameplay wise, this is more or less a side scrolling beat'em up brawler.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2013
gg
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
This game is so addicted, once you try, you will keep sticking with your PC. Good art, nice combo but sound is not really good though.
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