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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Mostly Positive (134 reviews) - 76% of the 134 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 5, 2014

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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.”
RPGnet

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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Overall:
Mostly Positive (134 reviews)
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BodyPolitic
9.2 hrs
Posted: August 19
Gotta give the reccomend. Side Scrolling hack n slash done in 8 bit pixel art, but with alot of modern touches. The action is simple but satisfying, your charecter sports a button for attacking/launching projectiles and a second one for grapple moves. add in a jump button and that's essentially it. They help to keep combat interesting though by having a series items and weapons you can find which can offer better range or power. There are also upgrades for throwing axes, including launching several axes at once or launching axes on fire for better damage.

Success in play is all about timing, knowing when to launch in for a melee strike, or throwing an enemy. Also the enviroments offer plenty of traps that can lead to instadeath, so tread carefuly.
All in all, the game channels the hack and slash classics from old like golden axe or dungeons and dragons. Would highly reccomend if you like similar old style games.
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Jer
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 19
Music... really? -_-
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ShireBaggins
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 11
Reminiscent of a TurboGraphx-16 platformer, Legendary Axe. Good game.
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entomberr
3.2 hrs
Posted: July 30
Brutal and barbaric. Hell gameplay and amazing music.
Nacked hero with mysterious story and drunked dwarf from Golden Axe I walking around pretty cool made locations and smashing all well designed corpses and other evil with countless knives and axes.
Recommended!
10 barfing corpse-sleds from 10
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txaviprivado
2.8 hrs
Posted: July 29
I cannot recommend this game even at the low price tag. The problem I have with it is that it is incredibly easy once you level up, and basically you just walk onwards killing everything in your way, with no strategy whatsoever. I like what they were trying to do with the graphics, and I can appreciate the influence of classics like Rastan or Black Tiger. In those old classics, however, there was some depth to the gameplay, simple as it was (especially in Rastan). That depth is nowhere to be found here.

Among the positive aspects are the nice graphic design, catchy soundtrack and good controls. A good opportunity wasted. Grab mame and Rastan or Volgarr instead, for a more meaningful use of your time.
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Trickster
3.5 hrs
Posted: July 15
I wanted to luv this game but sadly I did not. Throughout the whole game I just spammed the A button throwing daggers at the enemies. The bosses were slightly interesting to fight but with the infinate dagger throwing, it ruined the fun. Some permament weapons to wield for the extra damage but most of them felt no different then the other except for one having more range and the other giving off more coins with each enemy you kill. The game had potential and everyone who played it can agree on that but the way it plays is not something I or anyone would enjoy.

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H8Monster0
4.4 hrs
Posted: July 7
I bought Insanity's Blade thinking it was an arcade-style retro brawler.

It is a little more than that.

With excellent pacing, weapon upgrades and a forgiving checkpoint system this game is really fun.

Highly Reccomended.

Would tobbogan bileous zombie down a hill again.
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][.nG.][ Ngelo Querro
3.3 hrs
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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Maxmetpt
4.3 hrs
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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Mongler
3.0 hrs
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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Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Brutal and barbaric. Hell gameplay and amazing music.
Nacked hero with mysterious story and drunked dwarf from Golden Axe I walking around pretty cool made locations and smashing all well designed corpses and other evil with countless knives and axes.
Recommended!
10 barfing corpse-sleds from 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Gotta give the reccomend. Side Scrolling hack n slash done in 8 bit pixel art, but with alot of modern touches. The action is simple but satisfying, your charecter sports a button for attacking/launching projectiles and a second one for grapple moves. add in a jump button and that's essentially it. They help to keep combat interesting though by having a series items and weapons you can find which can offer better range or power. There are also upgrades for throwing axes, including launching several axes at once or launching axes on fire for better damage.

Success in play is all about timing, knowing when to launch in for a melee strike, or throwing an enemy. Also the enviroments offer plenty of traps that can lead to instadeath, so tread carefuly.
All in all, the game channels the hack and slash classics from old like golden axe or dungeons and dragons. Would highly reccomend if you like similar old style games.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Reminiscent of a TurboGraphx-16 platformer, Legendary Axe. Good game.
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62 of 66 people (94%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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45 of 51 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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.

+Plus+
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-
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.

BUT
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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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