Assume the role of Wyatt in this Action/Exploration Platformer as you explore the ruins of a holy city that was lost many years ago. Battle various types of demons, angels, and a new threat known only as the “Ferals”, using swordsmanship, martial arts, and sorcery.
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Release Date: Sep 8, 2013

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Assume the role of Wyatt in this Action/Exploration Platformer as you explore the ruins of a holy city that was lost many years ago. Battle various types of demons, angels, and a new threat known only as the “Ferals”, using swordsmanship, martial arts, and sorcery. There are many customizable skills and equipment that will aid Wyatt on his journey.

STORY:

Over 40 years ago, the goddess Valdis was killed by her daughter, the dark goddess Myrgato. Since this event Myrgato has been at war with her twin sister, Alagath the goddess of light. This perpetual war is fueled by human souls that the gods use to create their warriors; Myrgato twisting souls into demons, and Alagath manipulating souls to create angels. Each day the remaining human population dwindles as they are forced to choose a side or die.

FEATURES:

  • Intense combat weaving sword and sorcery together seamlessly.
  • Find magic souls that aid in combat and traversing the ruins of the city.
  • Level up stats and a variety skills to customize your play style.
  • Upgrade Weapons and Armor.
  • Unique accessories that can give you the edge in combat, or get you killed!
  • Interconnected zones allow you to explore new areas or backtrack.
  • 2 playable characters on release and more to come!
  • Compelling original soundtrack spanning over 2 hours of music!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Processsor 1.7 Ghz or higher
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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daetante
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I clocked hours and hours on this game before it was on Steam. It is exceptional and deep platforming.
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Magooka
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Valdis Story has proved to be satisfyingly challenging: Combining RPG elements, 2D platforming and a hard-to-master combat system into an overall enjoyable experience. I hesitated before buying it, but I'm happy to say that it was a worthwhile purchase. If you're into these kinds of games, I definitely recommend that you give it a chance.
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tyfighter15
( 22.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Prolly the best metroidvania game I have played (obviously my opinion). Feelings aside this is a wonderful game that is exactly what I was looking for. If you loved Dust an Elysian Tail then you will enjoy this game. The combos are neat and how you can build the characters is entirely up to you. There is a great RPG element to combine with its amazing platforming. You can beat the game without having to grind on any difficulty so long as you're good at dodging and blocking. If you want to unlock everything for your character then you'll need to grind it out a little bit. As I said before I love this game and if you're a fan of metroidvania then buy this greatness
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SundownKid
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Very fun and addictive Metroidvania type game, with standout art direction. I definitely recommend the game to anyone searching for a good Metroidvania.
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PDL
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Not a review writer but the game rocks started out on god slayer mode it feels like you should play on this mode at least to me and when parts are too hard you grind a bit get a new skill and try to perform with it or learn the bosses patterns I feel like this game has just the right amount of everything I want in it. Just started and I gotta stop because of work tomorrow but damn I can't wait to get on after work its the only game thats been keeping me from overwatch!
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Puds
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I don't know if I'll ever finish it, but I like it.
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Peasant
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Expected a sale on this game hoping for something near Castlevania Symphony of the Night.
Brought and downloaded the game expecting some anime ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t boring and poorly made thing.
Got surprised by how it looks like SOTN in terms of gameplay, but with many improved things that i haven't ever thinked about. Never thought such things could be so well applied on a 2D game.
Sprites of enemies, character, map, etc. are not my jam, but the gameplay makes me want to keep playing.
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Tonywin
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Amazing game, and well crafted. Story was ok, it's not the greatest nor is it something that i would hate. But the true joy of the game is the action and platforming! Exactly what was I looking for in my purchase minus one thing. It has RPG mechanics so thus there is grinding involved, didn't want to do grinding really but it's not that bad most of the time. The positive aspect of the RPG mechanics is the loot and build customization that comes with it! Very enjoyable and engaging to be able to do that in an action platformer! There is a great combo system, however i feel the game is paced too fast to actually feel like you're doing combos rather than mashing frantically to connect your hits in time. Despite that, I'm sure it's possible to get used to it and do some sick combos outside of basic ones.

9/10 game well worth my cash cuz i got for 50% off!

Pros: great art, gameplay, and very fun and engaging. Multiple chars for multiple playthroughs as well.

Cons: Have to grind if you want your phat loot, backtracking for treasures due to new abilities acquired (i hate having to do this)
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Senator Samson Loveblast
( 21.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
a pretty decent metroidvania with a story that barely matters and progression elements that are so lopsided as to be laughable, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Play it for the enjoyable and fun combat, for the frenetic pace you can take in many areas, and for it being nearly the perfect length (it is just a TOUCH too long) Play it for the vibrant, colorful environments, for the challenge slowly builds through the game, and for the (mostly) rewarding bosses.

The soundtrack is also quite good
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commonwomble
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
All the makings of a promising metroidvania, let down by shoddy controls.
Input lag, wonky collision detection, and with an analogue stick, it feels like you are sliding around on ice, making platforming a chore. Such a pity, it looked so promising.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Amazing game, and well crafted. Story was ok, it's not the greatest nor is it something that i would hate. But the true joy of the game is the action and platforming! Exactly what was I looking for in my purchase minus one thing. It has RPG mechanics so thus there is grinding involved, didn't want to do grinding really but it's not that bad most of the time. The positive aspect of the RPG mechanics is the loot and build customization that comes with it! Very enjoyable and engaging to be able to do that in an action platformer! There is a great combo system, however i feel the game is paced too fast to actually feel like you're doing combos rather than mashing frantically to connect your hits in time. Despite that, I'm sure it's possible to get used to it and do some sick combos outside of basic ones.

9/10 game well worth my cash cuz i got for 50% off!

Pros: great art, gameplay, and very fun and engaging. Multiple chars for multiple playthroughs as well.

Cons: Have to grind if you want your phat loot, backtracking for treasures due to new abilities acquired (i hate having to do this)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Ths game is not easy but you'll love every second of it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
I don't know if I'll ever finish it, but I like it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I clocked hours and hours on this game before it was on Steam. It is exceptional and deep platforming.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Expected a sale on this game hoping for something near Castlevania Symphony of the Night.
Brought and downloaded the game expecting some anime ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t boring and poorly made thing.
Got surprised by how it looks like SOTN in terms of gameplay, but with many improved things that i haven't ever thinked about. Never thought such things could be so well applied on a 2D game.
Sprites of enemies, character, map, etc. are not my jam, but the gameplay makes me want to keep playing.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
348 of 393 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
434.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Valdis Story: Abyssal City is one of the best games i've played so far, i've been so hooked on to it that i have yet to become bored of doing the game over and over, it feels like each playthrough is a challenge and the hardest difficulty which is unlocked after your first playthrough really puts your skills to the test.

The storyline is quite a fun turn of events as neither hell or heaven is the good guy here!
You start off on a ship with your crew then some giant monster comes and crashes your ship and you all sink and end up in Abyssal City which is deep under the sea, it turns out that you have been caught up in the middle of a war between angels and demons and your only way out is to battle your way through hordes of angels and demons as you search for your missing crew!

Currently there are 2 playable characters out of 4 which will be available in an upcoming patch. The 2 currently available characters have very different playstyles, one of them is a monk which starts by using only fists while the other starts with a sword, both have their strengths and weaknesses which makes it really fun to play through the game a second time.
I started out playing the swords man in the hardest difficulty and finished the game and it was quite rewarding as i had to put some effort in to it, later i decided i was going to try out the monk and oh my did i get a surprise, it was like playing a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT GAME! i died a couple of times to bosses here and there which i had considered mastered, but because of the different playstyle and spells it really shook me up and made me have another blast through the game!

The game also features a leveling system and a talent tree system which is pretty rare for a sidescroller, it brings out allot of possibilities while leveling on what path you wish to take and what stats you require for your skill tree... Want to be a MONK MAGE?! no problem... Want to be a barehanded swordsman!? again no problem... the game is very well built to give you the different options of choosing what ever path suites you best!

The item system in the game is very pleasing, it's not to complex and not to simple, you will grind enemies along your travels and they will drop a variation of items for you, later in the game you will be able to use the items obtained to upgrade your weapons or armor as you see fit or even expand your mana or health pool.
This really brought out the good old RPG feeling in me and made me want to try to obtain all the items in the game in my first playthrough, i then realised that there are some items in the game that are only obtainable from chests and you will have to think wisely before you upgrade your weapons or armors as you may not be able to upgrade any other weapon or armor in your current playthrough!

While gliding through the game you will fight vicious bosses that will show you no mercy at all, you will struggle and enjoy the sensation of progressing them til you finally deliver the final blow! you will be required to try out various combinations of armors or spells in order to find out what the best possible way to kill the bosses are.
Every boss in the game has some sort of weakness and it's yours to figure out!

The game it self is well designed, the story is great, has beautiful graphics which are all hand drawn as well as amazing music that really puts you in the zone when fighting bosses or while you are exploring the world of Valdis Story!


Pros:

- Playable multiple times
- Very fun combat system
- Challenging boss fights
- Multiple characters to choose from
- Great leveling system with a unique leveling tree
- Difficulties made to please the average player to hardcore player
- Upgrading system

Cons:

- Map can be frustrating for beginners who have not played the game yet
- You will become hooked to the game and not want to leave your computer!


My Ratings:

Graphics: 94/100
Combat System: 91/100
Storyline: 89:100
Music: 95/100

Overall: 92/100


I highly recommend this game to everyone and if you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on twitch.tv/icyd3mon even if im not streaming, i'm usually in the chat channel!
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162 of 188 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
206.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Valdis Story is one of these rare Metroidvania-games that actually incorporates all the attributes of metroidvania-games which properly used and combined. Decent story? Well-developed and complex battle system? RPG elements? Exploration aspects and secrets? Beautiful 2D visuals and animations? All check.

It took almost 7 years for the game to crawl out of the concept cradle but it sure worth it. And the result? Unique combination of old-school gameplay core ideas with a modern approach.

Personal score; 8.5/10
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99 of 114 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2013
I Kickstarted this one and it finally got Greenlit on Steam. This game is tough and I'm playing it on normal. It hearkens more to the mega man days where movement is very stop and go, and taking damage will completely destroy your momentum. The non-combat timed puzzles are brutal and require nothing less than perfection. I spent a lot of time repeating them over and over to get them right.

Combat is pretty complex, combining light and heavy attacks, along with a block, dodge (cancel), and parry system. It takes a bit to get used to, learning when to heavy attack to break a block, or block yourself. There's a lot of trial and error in discovering exactly which attacks can even be blocked or which ones you should use the "Cancel" dodge. But like the non-combat puzzles, every boss or enemy has a pattern, and this is one of those games that gives you warm fuzzies when you finally get the pattern and beat the boss after the tenth time. Until you figure it out, expect frustration and what will feel like cheap hits. Also, it keeps things fresh when you backtrack through previous areas because the enemies level with you and gain new abilities to attack you with as your progress through the game.

Along with that is a fairly deep magic system and your customization through both stat increases and a talent tree, that definitely changes the way you play your character in many places.

The graphics have a nice retro sprite feel, without reverting to the overdone 8-Bit style so prevalent, lately, falling somewhere between the quality of the PS1 and PS2. The soundtrack is superb, combining a lot of retro synth, metal guitars, and symphonic instruments and spans something like four hours.

This is one of those games that will challenge you, but reward you when you succeed and I'm really digging it. It really does feel more like the toughness of the original Super Metroid or Symphony of the Night to me than most games in the genre have presented lately. And I'm just playing it on the easiest of four modes... O_O
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61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
77.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
Having to wait for what felt an eternity for this update i yet again find myself replying this game all over again. This has been my best purchase to date on steam and i dont say that lightly. i feel there is a real art to the fighting system in which sometimes through my frantic button bashing at times i hear in my head a little voice telling me "what you just did there, was AWESOME". My only problem with the game is it leaves me wanting to know so much more about the lore, the history of this game as the story itself is great, but leaves me asking more questions then i got answers. Not really something major with issues but its the characters you meet along the game that look interesting and quirky that make me feel that way. im begging for a sequel or even a prequel.
Endless fluff if you do this for me i will get a tattoo of Wyatt in honour of this!
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64 of 71 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
'Go on warrior, your story shall be written in the corpses of your enemies.'
Moira Goibniu
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Introduction

'In a world where demons and angels fight each other it’s humanity that suffers as their souls get devoured by both sides to form their armies. There is no end for the war and only a small group of outcasts, renegades and cursed ones takes the adventure to stop this madness once and for all, not knowing what awaits them in heaven, hell and in between.'

The story is more than just solid and comes up with different twists, fantastic ideas and a cast of crazy-but-interesting characters and leads the (Anti-)Hero(es) through a lot of different environments and areas. Exploring is truly satisfying as the player can explore a huge map with lots of dead ends, hidden items, forgotten treasures and several optional bosses and areas to stumble upon.

The positive aspects go on with an exquisite design with a love for details, a great soundtrack and a surprisingly deep fighting system that allows the player to create some really badass battles. The level of difficulty is definitely quite high and even in 'Easy Mode' you will die a lot at first. Though as you progress you can see how you get stronger and better, creating long and devastating combos to annihilate hundreds of enemies in no time.

There are four different characters with slight changes in the story and unique weapons, skills and attacks available, an additional 'Arena Mode', the insane 'Goibniu Mode' for the mad players and a deep character system with skill trees and lots of equipment options, weapons and spells. Your first run will need approximately 8 up to 10 hours but all the different characters, hidden secrets, the difficulty levels, a ranking system, the leaderboards as well as some quite hard achievements can keep the fun up for a long time. Especially as there are several viable builds per character, e.g. a „Minion & Dark Magic“ Vladyn or a „Shot’em up“ version with focus on his Shotgun and Agility, or how about a „100 Demon Arm (Melee)“ build? Fight the enemies the way you prefer it.
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Cons

Certainly there is also some shadow among all this light, but from my point of view all the negative points can be listed quite shortly: the variety of enemies could have been bigger, the difficulty changes sometimes to a quite frustrating level and some platforming passages are annoyingly difficult and require perfect timing – but all this is complaining on a level that most games I’ve played have never achieved.
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Conclusion

From my point of view this game is a hidden gem that really shines brightly among so many average titles as it showed me how wrong several of the prejudices for Indie games (e.g. lack of polishing, mediocre gameplay elements, missing updates and abandonment from the devs…) can be: Some superb Metroidvania-mechanics with lots of areas and content get combined with an 'Easy to learn but hard to Master‘-fighting system, deep RPG elements and an interesting story with likeable characters. This is a fantastic overall package that entertained me for more than 60 hours, but there is still enough stuff left to do for several more runs in the future.

Definitely at least an 8.5 out of 10 - and in regard to the fact that all of this was created by only two persons and it brings honor to a genre long forgotten by the huge publishers I’ll happily add another bonus point (…Yes, I absolutely love this game!) and recommend it for everyone who likes some good 2D-Action-RPG full of fighting and exploring – just like in the good old times with lots of Metroidvanias.
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