Stained takes the player (who looks much like Death) through a seemingly abandoned castle and kingdom. As you work through the levels, the story unfolds, and you learn more about what brought ruin to the once-thriving fortress.
User reviews: Mixed (26 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 10, 2014
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“Stained delivers a nice combination of action and platforming, and I never found myself getting bored doing the same thing over and over again”
GameZone

“If you like dungeon crawling side-scrollers, enjoy tales about kings, queens, and all things medieval, or you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to play as the Grim Reaper in The Sims, you will love this game.”
IGM

“Stained is much more than a conventional side-scrolling game”
Do Gaming

About This Game

Stained is a side-scrolling, platforming and combat action game set in an ancient, mysterious castle featuring detailed 3D environments with a continually changing game world. Events in Stained are triggered by breaking objects placed in and around the castle, and outcomes are determined by the combination of glass pieces that litter the ground, leading to a variety of experiences. Novel ways to break objects have to be thought of at times, which will keep the player guessing what the next puzzle will be. In any fight in the game victory is usually temporary, as defeated foes may form again, or reassemble to form entirely new ones. The gameplay is fully interactive and physics based – each character’s uncanny abilities have to be kept in mind to think of innovative ways to proceed through the game!

Feature List

  • Explore Castle – Explore the world of sprawling castle, be aware of the hidious scourge ruling the castle and find your way to survive
  • Intense Action – Intense Action with color full stained glass creatures. Fight with plenty of Unique Stained Monsters and bosses at regular intervals.
  • Tangram Puzzles – stained offers variety of puzzles including in-game tangram puzzle editor.
  • Unique Weapons - Unique Weapons featuring different ways to shatter the glass. Hook your self to the walls and slide.
  • Random Experiences - Events are determined by the combination of glass pieces that litter the ground, leading to a variety of different stained monsters.
  • Temporary Victory - Victory is usually temporary, as defeated enemies can form again, or reassemble into entirely new enemies giving players a mentally stimulating game play.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Xp
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 processor or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 3.0
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
I first played this game on Desura and back then I called it horrible and a confusing mess of a game. Control for your character was terrible. Gamepad support was spotty. The game wanted the player to figure out what every thing did inside the game by trial and error I suppose. I gave it a 3 out of 10 back then.

So they have fixed some things about the game. The gamepad does work now. Although I still find jumping to be imprecise a lot of the time and akward. The game does now explain what you need to do to progress in the game. They do have a demo so you can try before you buy. However I still cannot recommend this game. Its a flawed game and its just not a lot of fun to play.

The animation for your guy is stiff looking. The levels are small and feel like it. The puzzles for extra goodies isnt fun to play at all. The game does look good in some spots however the gameplay is for me dull and boring. Jump on some pads fight some bad guys or a boss continue to the next room. The combat is still boring and stiff looking. There are some more boss fights that you need to use the pads as weapons but again its boring.

Now as you can see I have about 24minutes or so playing the game on steam. Thats because I played it on the Desura side first. I also have to wonder about those 3 reviews of the game. It almost sounds like they played something other then the game I played. Does it look good or very good. Yes however is it fun to play? My answer would be a no.

Not a lot of people have played this game. I can see why. Its not a fun game. Save your money and buy something else with it. Sorry developer I played it and I just didnt care for it back when it came out and I dont like it now.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
I recently bought this game on a half-price sale. I'd had my eye on it since it first crossed my sight some time. It looked interesting, like a 'Metroidvania' type platformer, but I hadn't had the money to throw at it before. Now that I did, I don't really regret buying it. The design of the game is rather charming, but it has some flaws to it.

First, the controls are a little unresponsive, making the first early boss ("Crystal Boss") a bit of a pain to time just right. Later on this dovetailed into some issues with platforming since the jump was a little "floaty" as it felt. However, the ability to just start a room over again if you die . . . infinitely, so it seems, makes it a little less annoying.

Secondly, there seems to be relatively few invincibility frames for you, so an enemy who spawns on top of you can easily kill you before you can kill it due to slow scythe swings. This becomes frustrating right about after the first boss.

Third, the voiceover in the beginning . . . there's something about the way it says some of the words, and how the sentences flow which feel off. It is minor, but I bring it up since it is the first thing which you hear and can grate a bit.

Lastly, there seems to be a few graphical glitches which occur now and then which necessitate reloading the game. It's another minor annoyance to stack onto the others.

I do recommend the game, especially with some of the issues with the release worked out. It's not a truly amazing game, but it is at least atmospheric.
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
Not recommended at all.
from the bad controls to the crashing most of the time you open your inventory menu, bad animations bad level design...etc.

waste of money
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
This game has overall a very unique aspect to it. The story, although quite interesting, was not really the main attention grabber. Most of the time I saw myself skipping text because it did not have much that really added to the story. It mostly just introduced where you were going to be playing, talking about the past more often than talking about what is going on. During the puzzle solving which I found to be quite enjoyable, the music was not enough to keep me satisfied. I just wished there were some kind of voice over during the gameplay so I could understand what i was fighting or what I was supposed to do, it also might have added character to the main protaganist that really had nothing about him that stood out.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
Breaking stained glass was the most satisfying experience in this game. The sound, look and effect were combined really well! The game looks decent and background tracks does their job pretty well to build up the scene. Controls felt little stiff in the beginning but got used to it in a little while. I faced a problem in the Tower level, had to restart it to get things right. But apparently that’s the level I enjoyed most in the game.

Tangram puzzles were challenging, and most of my time went into solving those puzzles. I wish they could have incorporated couple more levels with tangram puzzles.
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