Take a father’s journey to hell in order to save the souls of his wife and child. Insanity's Blade: The Chronicles of Thurstan is the first in a series of games based around the journey of a sword possessed by a father's powerful grief and hatred. This is the tale of the sword's creation.
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Release Date: Dec 5, 2014

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January 29

Insanity's Blade V1.21 Update!

Hello All!

We have uploaded a minor patch today for the standard edition of Insanity's Blade which addresses some issues we were informed of by forum users:

  • Fixed occasional glitch in ARCADE mode where defeating a boss did not always go to the score summary screen.
  • Fixed a camera bug causing jitter on the edges of a level

Thanks again to all of you for playing Insanity's Blade and reporting any bugs or glitches to us, we always appreciate the feedback!

-Chris and Daven
Causal Bit Games

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January 8

Insanity's Blade V1.20 Update!

Hey everyone!

We're very excited to release the 1.20 patch! This one is huge!

We've taken into consideration all of the feed back we've received over the past year and picked out the things we thought would make the Insanity's Blade experience even better along with the things we already planned on doing to improve the game!

Here is the giant list of changes:

  • All new smooth single player camera
  • Thurstan can now attack from ladders, vines, poles etc.
  • Thurstan has faster attack speeds
  • Attacks from the wall are much easier to pull off
  • Speed through intro and outro text with punch/jump or just skip it with start!
  • Fixed graphics on several levels (Church Stage platforms are now completed!)
  • Icon for store daggers updated to show proper number (game originally had 6 but was cut to 5 and the icon wasn't changed :O)
  • No more back tracking! When you go to receive a quest the game will automatically go to the stage you need to go to and skip the hidden wall sections completely
  • Added the Plague Doctor enemy back into the Plague City stage
  • Several enemy AI bugs fixed
  • Grab issues for some enemies fixed (note that tree men are not meant to be picked up - some things really are too heavy for Thurstan!)
  • Falling platforms in forest stage reprogrammed and are disabled for co-op
  • Special Weapon and Quest Item pick up is now automatic when you walk over them
  • Tighter analog stick response
  • Grab animation plays when holding weapon now - grab distance increased as well
  • Many other little things have changed here and there, like map font colors, the selection cursor for the map screen and the dialog box graphics

*Please note that it is only the two of us play testing the game at this point, so if we've missed something in our playthroughs we apologize and will correct any reported bugs as soon as possible!

We hope you enjoy the improvements!!

-Chris and Daven
Causal Bit Games

**Also! The WGN edition is still on v1.19 right now while we finish some testing for it, v1.20 is expected within the following days ahead!

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“Pretty damn fun slice of retro inspired arcade action.”
Pixel Populi

“It looks good, it plays good, it sounds good”
Tech Raptor

“Holy crap this game is good. Games like this make the retro renaissance worth it.”

About This Game

Take a father’s journey to hell in order to save the souls of his wife and child.

The ultimate old school trip to hell!!
The Chronicles of Thurstan is the first in a series of games based around the journey of a sword possessed by a father's powerful grief and hatred. This first game is the tale of the swords creation.

Rewarding game play features!
  • A blend of action, platforming and RPG elements with a classic retro arcade style
  • Battle through over 16 stages filled with unique enemies, environments and side quests
  • Scale buildings and caves with Thurstan’s wall climbing and jumping ablilites
  • Collect powerful weapons in your inventory and upgrade abilities at the store
  • Play local co-op with your friends! The second player takes control of multiple supporting characters throughout the story!
  • STORY mode filled with cutscenes, intros and outros between levels to tell the story of Insanity's Blade
  • Play the streamlined ARCADE mode for non-stop carnage!
  • Multiple difficulty levels to satisfy both the casual and hardcore cravings!
  • Powerful OPTIONS menu including classic 4:3 or modern 16:9 screen resolution, custom control binding and 16bit or 8bit soundtracks!
  • After beating the STORY mode revisit your save file for unlimited stage replay and completing missed sidequests!

Killer 8-bit and 16-bit soundtracks
A fully original soundtrack with 8-bit and 16-bit versions of each track!

What The Web Says

Some Awesome YouTube Let's Players!

Adapted from the Insanity’s Blade graphic novel written by Chris Obritsch and as featured on the now-defunct WTFmag.ca

Note: This software is not compatible with video streaming or screen capture software. Decreased performance will be experienced.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8ghz or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb DirectX-compliant
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c - compliant sound card
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i5 Sandy Bridge
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB DirectX-compliant
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c - compliant sound card
    • Additional Notes: XInput Controller. This software is not compatible with video streaming or screen capture software, decreased performance will be experienced.
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Mostly Positive (122 reviews)
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][.nG.][ Ngelo Querro
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Short and Straight.

Good story, fast action, side quests, shop with upgrades.

Totaly worth of playing, the only minus of this game is that its too short.
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( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Insanity's Blade is not an awful game, and it may entertain you for a couple of hours if you need a dose of old-school sidescrollers.

The problem is the general pacing and level design (not to mention the story, which, coupled with the pacing, makes it a very disorientating game... for me, anyway).
The game is very unbalanced, in a similar way to Jets N' Guns: the difficulty peaks at the second or third level, but once you get past that point, you snowball out of control. Now, Jets N' Guns kept being interesting (somewhat) by its huge selection of guns and the joy of trying all the different combinations, which is something not present here. While there are weapons, they're all the same (maybe with a different damage stat? it was never relevant).

The levels seemed like an excuse to throw enemies at you, with irregular terrain to give an illusion of change. But, since most of the enemies don't do much aside from walking straight into you, it quickly becomes a matter of pressing forward while continuously attacking.

The bosses follow a similar pattern -- while the first couple of bosses were cool, and you actually had to predict what he was going to do -- most of them will die by spamming attack, once the snowball effect sets in.

Not much more to say about it. The levels didn't really have a rhythm to them, or a reason. You simply choose the next stage and blast your way through 15 times. It's unfortunate that there isn't more to it...

The music was cool, and the visuals had some strengths as well. It was enjoyable for a bit! But, overall, I don't see this as worth a purchase, if you're looking for a good game. If you just want to pass the time, why not?, give it a go.

P.S.: The second level, despite being much harder than the others, in my opinion, was by far my favourite. It wasn't a stellar level, but it did seem to have a more careful design. My problem with it was due to having 0 lives, and thus a miss-step would end up with me repeating the whole level (a level with instant spike deaths and a bossfight, etc. etc.)... Despite all that, it had some simple platforming sections, and had you fighting enemies in a corridor where you did have to do some manoeuvering to succeed in.
Not perfect, but certainly where I would point to, if I needed to explain the presence/lack of level design.
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( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
It's just so mindless. I was playing this thing in a daze it felt like. 3 hours later, it's done and you're like, "uhh, ok. sure whatever". on with your day.. never to think of it again.
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( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
A good arcade game.

Normal mode is quite easy, but thats what hell mode is for. The levels are ok and its heavily inspired by the 80's castlevania arcade game.

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( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
First of all, my rating:

Gameplay: 7/10
Graphics: 8/10
Story: 7.5/10
Value: 9.5/10

Total: 8/10


Get together with a friend and have some cheap fun if you can afford $3 each. The graphics were very nicely done and the storyline isn't too bad either.


- IMPRESSIVE DEV support, was able and willing to help immediately with my issue
- Very nice retro graphics especially the scenery/backgrounds throughout the levels
- Can play local co-op with a friend (was very fun until the bug mentioned below) *SOLVED*
- Able to upgrade weapons with money you collect as you go along


- One level 77% of the way through the game might have a bug (can't use the throw attack or the quest item doesn't appear) - After talking with the DEV I was able to figure this out * SOLVED*

- Bosses are much easier than the actual levels
- IF playing 2-player, the second players weapon seems OP

Can't complain much, the game is super cheap and a lot of fun whilst being visually pleasing =).
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-=LCS=- Arab_Guy
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
Altered Beast and Golden Axe went away for a weekend, this is their illegitimate love child.
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( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
I've never been more conflicted about a game. On the one hand it's got perfect graphics, great atomspheric sound and music, but those controls....I don't know. Overall, controls and everything counted in it's barely a 6/10, but if you can ignor that, if you can handle screaming at the screen because the game has screwed you over yet again because it has inferior controller support, then it's easily an 8.5/10. I truly want to love this game, but I just can't handle the stress of the protagonist changing directions randomly or falling through the floor anymore. I love it too much to put up with it's flaws.
Overall: We need more games like this, but we ust need a little more effort in controller support for them.
Such a wasted potential.
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Unspoken Airplane Words
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
This game is fantastic. If Super Ghost's 'n' Goblins, Mega Man X, Castlevania, and Powerblade planted their seed into a 16-bit machine, this game would be their lovechild. Not only are the controls comfortable, but the gameplay itself is incredibly engaging. And don't even get me started on the artwork. If you were tell me that you picked this game up for the SNES at a yard sale, I'd believe you. It's that good. Also, for any retro-gaming purists, plug in a SNES or Genesis controller and prepare to be thrown back. I can't wait to go through my next playthrough.
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19
First off! WORK FOR WIN7 32-BIT AMD Phenom X4 955 3.2Gz and Radeon HD 5770 series.

I love it! Rips off the limbs of zambos and beat em to death, throw em into Undeads, or Undead Knights and much more,

Get upgrades like the broadsword that increases blades thrown damage, but die and you'll need to repurchase it,a although blade upgrades (projectiles) are permanent.
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( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
This game is SOOO much fun! I really can't stress enough how fun it is. It has become, perhaps my second favorite 2D platformer ever, (Actraiser II) still holds the number 1 spot. This over-the-top fantasy themed platformer has you taking on the role of Thurstan, a Conan like barbarian with spiky blue punk hair, who must avenge his family by fighting hordes of undead lead by a giant monster from the underworld. What else needs to be said? The story is super cheesy, the pixilated gore is fantastically over done, the action is extreme and relentless, the controls are flawless, and the atmosphere, level design, and enemy variety is spectacular. The closest game I can think to compare this to is the old arcade classic, "The Magic Sword," with some "Ghosts and Goblins" thrown in. I am very happy with this purchase and the ending promised a sequel that I look forward to if it happens. Be warned, the very last level is by far the most difficult level in the game and can get irritating, so play it in moderation. The platforming element eventually gets easier with practice. Thank you for reading my review of this great game!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Short and Straight.

Good story, fast action, side quests, shop with upgrades.

Totaly worth of playing, the only minus of this game is that its too short.
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61 of 65 people (94%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
If you make a game in which it is possible to tear off a monster's arm and then beat him with it until he explodes into red paste, you had better include the ability to kill skeletons with wrestling finishers. Luckily the developers adhered to this rule so the game is good.

It really captures an early 90's arcade feel, and if you are into that sort of thing, this is a splendid specimen.

Bonus points for the Black Tiger reference, right down to the breakable wall's position.
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44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Good arcade-action that is a bit rough around the edges.

Follow our barbarian hero and his dwarven friend on a revenge saga through plaque-ridden, undead-infested lands hacking away at thousands of zombies, hideous monsters and terrifiying demons in classic sidescrolling jump & slay gameplay.

If I had to compare Insanity's Blade to older games I would say it feels like a late 80ies / early 90ies arcade action game, in fact the game makes it quite obvious that CAPCOMs "Black Tiger" was a huge inspiration. This means lots of fighting ever spawning enemies, some simplistic platforming and some very shallow puzzles (mostly fetch quests, really).

Insanity's Blade deviates from it's inspiration by offering an overworld and a level-up system. Both feel kind of tacked on. The overworld rarely gives you any real choice in playing different stages (most of the time only one or two stages are available to you, not counting the "one room quest-textbox"-places.). And the level-up system just holds you back for no apparent reason and makes the first few stages unnecessarily slow - since you barely do any damage to enemies that can take a lot of punishment. This solves itself with extended playtime as you gain in power with each levelup and can easily destroy many a foe in 1-2 strikes.

Those moments, when you are destroying a whole bunch of enemies in a short peroid of time and see many souls crying out in pain as blood splatters all over the screen are really amazing and pack that classic arcade-punch that games nowadays miss. These moments make Insanity's Blade absolutely worth it.

However, there are still quite a few glitches and oddities in the game and the general quality of the presentation is a bit of a mixed bag. Some examples include: randomly despawning enemies, despawning items that can still be picked up even when they are not visible anymore, some "holes" in the levelmaps and a collision detection that is a bit wonky at times, too. Visuals are either very beautiful (plaqued city or swamps) or kind of meh - same goes for the sprites, some quite good - others not so much. This somewhat wide margin in quality doesn't kill the fun, but it adds to an overall feeling of inconsistency that makes the game seem more amateurish than it needs to be (also: it would benefit from a proper scanlines filter).

Overall it is a fun little game that tells a nice sword & sorcery-story, has a fair selection of difficulty modes so people of all skill-levels can get a challenge out of it, offers local CO-OP and can provide a strong "feel good about myself"-quality as you murder dozens of nasties and the whole screen explodes in blood and coins. If you need to take a break from Volgarr the Viking and are okay with a game that doesn't offer such perfectly laid out maps and well designed learning curve / skill ceiling you will find something to like about Insanity's Blade. Good stuff!
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2015
A NES-talgic tribute to the golden age of console gaming.
This is a retro-indie game that, aside from a few modern amenities, I am almost sure I played at a friends house late some Friday night in the 80's. A mix of Rastan, Black Tiger and Castlevania, it is the Conan game I wanted on the NES.
It is cheap and if you fondly remember gaming on an NES, you should pick this up.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Insanity's Blade is an old school platformer that borrows elements from the best fantasy action platformers - Ghosts N' Goblins, Black Tiger and Rastan - and brings them together for a fantastic experience that fans won't forget. The game plays and feels great, my only complaint being the inability to customize controls (which I was told would be included in a future patch) and some slowdown, which may be my system. Otherwise, I would recommend this to all those who love the platformers of old. This is an underrated gem that needs to receive the attention it deserves.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
So having given the game a play and a thorough run through!

I must say it has a lot of fun and positive benefits, but a few flaws as well, course no game can ever be a flawless diamond.

The story Is definitely one to be told, like the good old days of Conan, Willow, and more. Its simple, it gives our hero a reason to go beyond humanity to save the world.

Gameplay is simple, like any arcade sidescroller akin to those of Castlevania, or Rastan. You move, swing your weapon, or grab opposing enemies and chuck em, break em, or use their body parts as a weapon.

I feel the use of weapons looses its creative edge once you earn the final blade. You don't get a chance to swap weapons, and I feel that the idea of the power of the blade should have been more akin to the character themselves imbuing any weapon they hold with the power, as I did have fun using the flail!

Yet as it is, the gameplay isn't harmed by this.

It certainly does have difficulty, mostly in parts of the mission where you must scale walls. They do make it difficult to control ones jump and attack. As well it would be nicer to be able to attack on the move, rather than suddenly stop.

Is this game worth the 6.99?

Yes, even more so as I would feel in the arcades, you'd be spending plenty more, even then because of the co-op capabilties, though I do hope next story, they offer more to Flinn, as he has plenty of potentail in the story!

Check it out, no harm with the price, and enjoy a great game with wonderful music!
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2015
This game. THIS. ♥♥♥♥ING. GAME. I've got NO bad things to say about this game. Let's see what you can do in this game:

-Grab the arm of an enemy AND USE IT AS A MOTHER♥♥♥♥ING WEAPON.
-Toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooons of enemies to fight against.
-Boss fights!!! (most of them are not that hard, but they have cool designs)
Want to grab something awesome, epic and with a grrrrrrrrrrrrreat soundtrack? BUY THIS ♥♥♥♥ING GAME RIGHT ♥♥♥♥ING NOW. ♥♥♥♥.

Score: I think I won't be able to get rid of this erectionTHERE IS A WEAPON CALLED ♥♥♥♥ PUNCHER SWEET BANANA I'M A BELMONT WITH STEROIDS/10
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
Lots of fun. The gameplay and controls feel real good, the soundtrack is great, and the overall gamefeel is really satisfying. Just be prepared from NES style ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t difficulty on some parts. Other than that, great game.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2015
Awesome game made in retro-style with great music and interesting gameplay that looks like classic "Altered Beast" or "Castlevania".
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
This is the most authentic 16bit retro game I have ever played.

Not quite as good as Cave Story or Shovel Knight, but it's a hell of a lot more true to games from that era.
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