Between our world and the world beyond lie the Titan Souls, the spiritual source and sum of all living things. Now scattered amongst the ruins and guarded by the idle titans charged with their care, a solitary hero armed with but a single arrow is once again assembling shards of the Titan Soul in a quest for truth and power.
User reviews: Very Positive (502 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 14, 2015

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"One singular great idea is the foundation for a smart and occasionally thrilling action puzzler."
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“...Titan Souls succeeds so fantastically, creating vivid, memorable experiences that stick with you long after you’ve put down the controller. It's a boss worth fighting.”
9/10 – Yahoo Games

“Titan Souls' creative fights and fluid controls maker for intensely satisfying and rewarding one-hit-kill combat.”
8/10 – IGN

“One singular great idea is the foundation for a smart and occasionally thrilling action puzzler.”
8.7/10 – PC Gamer

Prototype Redux Demo



Titan Souls started as a game jam project between Mark Foster, David Fenn, and Andrew Gleeson for Ludum Dare 28 under the prompt “you only get one” leading the single shot, single hit point the game has become known for during development. That original prototype is the basis for the new Titan Souls demo, remade with the final visual style, soundtrack, sound design, and gameplay updates found in the full game.

Titan Souls | Digital Special Edition

The Titan Souls Digital Special Edition includes a digital artbook, world map, full original soundtrack and desktop backgrounds. All files can be found in the game's folder on your hard drive.

About This Game

Between our world and the world beyond lie the Titan Souls, the spiritual source and sum of all living things. Now scattered amongst the ruins and guarded by the idle titans charged with their care, a solitary hero armed with but a single arrow is once again assembling shards of the Titan Soul in a quest for truth and power.

Colossal Titans: Explore the ancient ruins of your forefathers and uncover extraordinary and unique titans, each with their own savage attacks and hidden weakness. Find and exploit their faults to slay the beasts and consume the primeval power that lies within them.

Simple Combat: Loose your solitary arrow at the monstrous titans and summon it back to your hand to unleash another forceful strike. Dash and run from the titan’s attacks but do not fear death, as it is both inevitable and plentiful in Titan Souls.

Arcane Secrets: This realm is not without its secrets. Long forgotten titans are hidden in the shadows and prowling through the furthest corners of the land – find them, destroy them, and take their souls for your own to discover the true extent of the power that resides here.

Titan Souls | Digital Special Edition

The Titan Souls Digital Special Edition includes a digital artbook, world map, full original soundtrack and desktop backgrounds. All files can be found in the game's folder on your hard drive.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz i5 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: PlayStation 4 or Xbox 360 Gamepad Recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS 10.9+
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz i5 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Video RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad Recommended
Helpful customer reviews
131 of 205 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Game was short, this game's world is small and empty, the bosses all rely on the same principle of timing your shot to hit a small spot and there are plenty of small changes that could be made to make this game feel better. Buy this game when its $5 or less otherwise its not worth the purchase. The soundtrack was very good though and the game looks pretty good.
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32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Dying has never been so much fun and challenging!...
Or well it has but never in such a gorgeous Art Style!
If you happen to be a Masochist: Buy it!

Developer: Acid Nerve
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release Date: 14 April, 2015


Can I just say this?
I’m in love!
With the game that is.

This game … let me tell you this. It’s beautiful. It’s in itself a work of Art. Gorgeous, challenging, rewarding and unforgiving. It’s overall a fairly short game but I caught myself more than once just slowly walking around enjoying the scenery or swimming around whenever I got the chance just so my sore Body doesn’t hurt as much after dying numerous times, over and over and over and … over again…

I loved every second of it. Every death was my own fault and that’s the beauty of the game. It’s all about how you act and where you choose to or at what time you’re gonna shoot your arrow.

Also this game feels like a pixelated version of Shadow of the Colossus. Exploring alone is so much fun it's hard to describe but enough of that.

Now let’s get to it folks!

Story
It might not look like it but yes this game does have indeed a story.
Taken from the games website:

Between Earth and the world beyond lie the Titan Souls, the spiritual source and sum of all living things. Now scattered amongst the ruins and guarded by the idle titans charged with their care, a solitary hero armed with but a single arrow is once again assembling shards of the Titan Soul in a quest for truth and power.

So now you know. You and your trusty Arrow are on a Quest for Truth and Power. No fame. No treasure. You seek power and truth. An honest quest. I certainly like it.

Will you be able to use your trusty arrow and defeat the titan to gain the Titan Souls?
Only one way to find out …

Gameplay
I usually don’t do stuff like this but let me quote Eminem real quick:

You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

It certainly fits the gameplay ... yo.
All you have is one arrow. Once you shot it you have to retrieve it before you can try to hit your target again. But your best friend is movement. You have to move around, dodge and roll in the right moments to avoid getting crushed or blown to pieces. You have to find the perfect angle for your shot and you only have a tiny window in which you can actually defeat the titans.
I do have some good and bad news though.
The bad news: You die in one hit
The good news: Titans as well
So you see it’s an even matchup. Whether or not you’re the one who will survive or not depends solely on your skill and a tad of luck. Just a tad though.

Visual
Honest opinion?
I’m blown away. I haven’t seen any screens prior to buying the game and boy I’m seriously blown away. I caught myself just wandering around and enjoying the scenery.
You’ll walk through and enjoy different biomes. There’s a snowy one which is my personal favorite by far. I’ve taken so many screens and just … alright I admit it … I just found myself rolling through the snow going Weeeeeee!. Feel free to judge me but I enjoyed it. Very much to be honest.
There’s just so much open space in the game and I really had the urge just to roll around and explore everything. I was swimming around numerous times since my body was so sore after being beaten to death for like the 57th time.
In one of the other Biomes, in the Wood one to be specific, there’s a place which instantly reminded me of the Lost Woods in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. What really made me smile when I found out that I’m also greeted by a maze-like area.
Overall the Pixel Art is stunning. I really love the look of the game and it’s just gorgeous.
There are so many small details placed all over the game .. Perfect.

Sound
Every track on the OST is beautiful but one caught me a bit off guard I’d say.
The track Souls reaches something deep inside me … It’s beautiful. Gorgeous. Peaceful. At the same time it does sound like something is about to happen. It’s not a carefree track … It’s more like the Calm before the Storm. It’s … I can’t put it really into words to be quite honest but I really, really like this track.
Overall I’m really happy with the whole OST and I can only recommend it.

What else can I say?
Do you love challenging games? Do you love Pixel Art?
Are you a Masochist?
If you said yes to all three of those you’ll really enjoy Titan Souls.
The masochist part is important. You will die. A lot. It’s part of the game. Enjoy every death. Embrace it. At the same time the game’s really rewarding. Your reward is not only one more dead titan on your agenda but discovering new biomes and the associated soundtrack and just … enjoying every second of the game.
Let me quote the Developer for the end:

Dash and run from the titan’s attacks but do not fear death, as it is both inevitable and plentiful in Titan Souls.


That being said enjoy it. The game is really fun, challenging but rewarding at the same time.

Note: If you die over and over again to the same titan feel free to cry. It's actually adviced to cry whenever you feel like the game's mean to you. Come back to it later and just try again. And again. And again 'till you succed ... or cry again.
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118 of 206 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
TL;DR This isn't a game—it's a chore.

I've followed this game since I first saw it in Gameinformer, and I was pretty excited to play it. When the demo came out, I downloaded it immediately. And I had fun! It was really great, learning how to defeat each of the bosses in a unique way. I preordered the full game (something I almost never do, especially not on Steam—even if refunds are allowed now) and eagerly awaited the day I could play it.

Eventually the day came, and I installed the full game. After defeating the few bosses I had already seen, I was set free into the world of Titan Souls. And what a world it was! The atmosphere was lovely; the music was peaceful, and the environments were beautiful. I enjoyed walking around to find each new area, even if there were some long walks between the action. It felt like a smaller, pixelated version of Journey during these moments.

Here's the gameplay in a nutshell: you are a lone wanderer, and for whatever reason, you are hunting and defeating these massive beasts known as the Titans in an attempt to acquire the Titan Souls. You have a bow and a single arrow that can be called back to you by holding down a single button. Each Titan only requires one or two hits to defeat, and since you have no armor, it only takes one hit to kill you. The game is about finding the perfect shot and the right timing, and for a while, it works. The controls are simple, but if you're going to put yourself through this, I recommend a gamepad. I can't imagine playing this on a keyboard.

At first, it was fun. Testing the waters and tryin to discover each Titan's weakness was entertaining in itself, and if I managed to get one on the first or second try I felt great. But I stopped feeling good after the first few deaths. I felt like I was failing the game, like I wasn't good enough to play it. But I kept going, and I kept dying, and I kept trying not to break my controller in half. And it only got worse after I died ten times fighting the same enemy (ooking at you, Yeti). Most of the bosses are insanely difficult to defeat, forcing you to try multiple times to get that one perfect shot. Here's a hint: it won't happen. You won't get that shot, because the weak spot on each boss is so miniscule and requires such perfect aim that the chances of you hitting it are pretty damn close to zero.

Even if by some miracle I managed to defeat a Titan, I didn't feel any accomplishment. I just felt glad that it was over. I felt like I had just finished cleaning my entire house, and any relief I should have felt was replaced by the anger that I just spent so long cleaning something that's only going to get dirty again. If I'm going to put a lot of energy into a game, I'd like to feel a bit victorious after passing each milestone. Titan Souls instilled no such feeling. It only instilled feelings of extreme anger and sadness—failing each boss, and after finally defeating it, remembering that there are plenty more to fight...If you're going to play this game and get your money's worth, you're going to have to beat them all. It won't happen. Believe me. If you want to punish yourself, clean your entire house. At least that will produce a sense of accomplishment, if only temporarily.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
For people who'll TLDR, here's the verdict. This game is amazing but it's specifically aimed towards people who like a darn good challenge and don't care about dying a LOT. Not like in Super Meat Boy where it's fast paced but still holds a lot of the trial and error.

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I don't think the constant not recommended reviews said to be the most helpful give this game the right kind of justice. This game is very, very good. I had way too much fun playing it. It's really short however, and would have liked more bosses to fight.

Something important to mention: THIS GAME HAS A SPECIFIC DEMOGRAPHIC!

What do I mean?

It's simple.
If you don't like constantly dying a LOT in a game, traveling back to where you were despite it being a short distance, you will not like this game. You will get infuriated and lose any interest in playing. It wasn't that difficult for me. I died a lot but I kept trudging on because I liked the difficulty of this game. You also only have one type of attack and that's a single arrow. You fire it and then you can pull it back or run up and grab it. But it's all you'll have.

I liked the "One hit equals death" aspect of the game as it wasn't exclusive to you, the bosses die in one hit too. The one type of attack meshes with this very well. However unlike you, bosses can only be killed at a certain moment in a specifc area. I actually watched a friend play this a little and knew how to get through the first three bosses and knew to hit the tail of the electric eel, but the rest I was pretty much on my own. While some weaknesses are obvious, others take a little more thought. (Seriously, if I was not told about the tail weakness, I don't think I would have ever figured it out).

This game has some wonderful music as well. It's truly astounding. It makes every part of the game that much more lively. It's a shame the game is so short. When you beat it, you unlock new modes like Hard mode, Iron Mode (Die once and it's game over), and No Roll or Run mode (How the hell is this one possible? Please tell me!). There may be even more than that when you beat those modes, I'm unsure as of yet. I only just unlocked these modes after all.

Either way, the game was very fun. I beat it in the same run I started in as it was very enjoyable depsite constantly dying. The more you figure out trying to fight bosses repeatedly helps you figure out ways to make fighting them that much more easy though still remaining quite difficult. If you're a casual gamer, just stay away from this because you'll get infuriated. For all those hardcore gamers, get this. It's just a blast.

EDIT: I've just gone through a lot of hard mode and have also realized I missed about 6 titans as you don't have to kill them all to reach The Soul. Once killing all of the titans, I got to experience Truth. While I haven't made it in hard mode yet as I didn't know about these titans that existed, I've beaten truth in the normal game and that was a lot of fun. He's a great boss to finish things off with. Defeating all the titans in the game doesn't really increase the game's length by much but it sure does make the game feel more complete. That's all you really need anyway.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Fantastic game. Even though it is relatively short, it is challenging and a lot of fun. It also has a lot of replay value, especially watching friends try to beat the bosses :)
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