Venture into the darkness of the Dream Forest and discover why it's now called "Cursed". Meet interesting characters in a psychological adventure, solve puzzles and learn all about the story of Red; a fire goblin that is now looking to find his master...
User reviews:
Overall:
Mixed (15 reviews) - 53% of the 15 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 15, 2015

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Reviews

“The art style of the game including the characters are just lovely, with a pretty impressive classical soundtrack that would sound good on any device”
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“Red Goblin: Cursed Forest could very well be a winner, a tough-as-nails platform adventure – Metroidvania.”
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“If you enjoy a bit of masochism in your spare time, the brutal and unforgiving 2D platforming of Red Goblin: Cursed Forest looks to challenge and reward you in equal measure”
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About This Game

Venture into the darkness of the Dream Forest and discover why it's now called "Cursed". Meet interesting characters in a psychological adventure, solve puzzles and learn all about the story of Artuo, the knight who wants to be a wizard; Red, a fire goblin that was summoned by Artuo; Melchior, the wizard of dreams and his companions.

Red Goblin takes inspiration from a host of old school retro platformers. With that in mind, you will die, a lot, and when you think you have mastered the game you will die again. However don't let that turn you off! Cause this game is not only beatable but offers secret powers that make the game experience a lot easier!

Features:


  • Explore 3 worlds; the Ice Caverns of Magi, the Cursed Forest, and the Nightmare Factory
  • Different endings
  • Eerie musical soundtrack
  • Secret Areas and abilities
  • Challenging gameplay
  • Magical pixel art world hand placed (No procedural worlds. Everything was placed by a human being)
  • NEW* Elemental powers to unlock; Fire and Thunder
  • NEW* Completely redone code and graphics system
  • NEW* Boss Sprites and boss AI

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Video Card supporting vertex shader 3
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or Later
    • Processor: Inter Core i3
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video Card supporting vertex shader 3
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Overall:
Mixed (15 reviews)
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Wismark
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 23, 2015
What is good:
-I like the soundtrack in this game, it is just beautiful and relaxing.

What isn't good:
-This game has been made in 2015 guys, I mean for real those graphics are for 2003-2004.
-Controls are so wierd....jump-s, movement-arrow keys and interaction-d.

The conclusion: It isn't a good game at all and the only good thing in this game is that soundtrack.
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anunezp
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 13, 2015
Game is great, the controls a little bit tricky, but it is not impossible to complete, it is a good challenge. Game is also entertaining, and the art is great.
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Suff [ʜʀᴛ]
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: October 12, 2015
Great game if you're looking for a reason to kill yourself.
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TsuyoiRaionGames
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: September 30, 2015
While the game seems unforgiving at first it's actually a great game with lots of old school mechanics, sonic and games of that sort were built and thrived off of this sort of gameplay, memorize the levels, perfect your movements and progress in the game. I would definitely recommend this game to people who like a challenge.

One thing I would love to see for this game is controller support.
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Jelogisa
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 22, 2015
It's hard for all the wrong reasons
- when you change screen, you often fall in a trap (that you couldn't foresee) : insta death.
- when you jump somewhere, there is often an (invisible) trap: insta death.
The only way to pass a level is by memorizing it. And not by skill. You've got to die a few times to know where are the traps and then you can go through the level.

Then the game got even more difficult (for more unfair reasons) and I abandoned it.
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SimKim
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 3, 2015
Spike Simulator 2005
10/10 Would die again (and again, and again, and again)
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SlipSlot
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30, 2015
Only played a little bit so far and although it's hard as nails, there is that satisfaction of getting to the next screen that you've been trying for 10 minutes to do. Fitting music and cute art make it less frustrating when things go wrong. I imagine things will be less painful when I start unlocking some of the specials.

Will update this review after I've played a little more, so far it's a worthy purchase.
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Xindaris
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19, 2015
Came looking for a good or at least DECENT metroidvania, instead found:

-No health: You die in one hit
-Bad jump controls: You rocket jump straight upwards the exact same height whenever you push the jump button, no matter how briefly, and especially when you don't want to go that high, except that sometimes you don't for no apparent reason.
-Fundamentally broken level design: In the first FOUR SCREENS of the game there are no less than four arbitrary spike traps that kill the player upon trying to step onto a certain area of ground, with absolutely NO warning whatsoever, no graphical hint or clue that there even MIGHT be anything than normal ground there. Other spikes are placed in such a way that moving from one screen into another that the player has NEVER been to before can get the player killed because they didn't enter from the right side or decided to jump.

If you're looking for what I was looking for, do not buy this game. If you are looking for anything resembling a GOOD high-difficulty game, do not buy this game. I want to un-buy this game. The fact that I can say all of this with so little playtime behind me and COMPLETE confidence should tell you everything you need to know.
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ManlyTheStanley
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18, 2015
very dull unforgiving game that is simply frustrating. to many GOTCHA traps and to many area where you simply get stuck and have to reload the game. requires very very precise jumps otherwise instant death from traps.
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~Senpaige~ Daddyhughes111
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18, 2015
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via enemy
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
31 of 47 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2015
very dull unforgiving game that is simply frustrating. to many GOTCHA traps and to many area where you simply get stuck and have to reload the game. requires very very precise jumps otherwise instant death from traps.
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
A fantastic throwback surprise. A modern work in authentic NES style game design. Simplistic, stylistic, atmospheric. At times peaceful and relaxing, at times frustrating and intense. Fight your own logic as much as the featured slope jump mechanics as you work your way through a world that speaks very little and lets you embrace a childhood sense of imagination, fervor, and challenge. It's charming, with a top notch, catchy, addictive soundtrack. First playthrough was a little over 5 hrs to completion. Short? Perhaps it's not that the game is too short, but rather that I really wanted more once I finished. I would like to see more diverse enemies in a future expansion or sequel. 5 dollars well spent.

Steam player synopsis:
Fell far.
Lived.
Threw fireballs.
Blobs died.
Jumped high.
Spinning death trap.
Walked in grass.
Falling spike trap.
Walked in more grass.
Appearing spike trap.
Double jumped across a chasm.
Floated like a tanooki suited Mario.
Missed ledge.
Fell in Spikes...wasn't a trap.
Just spikes.
Died to many Spikes.
Enjoyed it.
Alot.

Retro review: Would jump into spikes again.
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28 of 44 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
Came looking for a good or at least DECENT metroidvania, instead found:

-No health: You die in one hit
-Bad jump controls: You rocket jump straight upwards the exact same height whenever you push the jump button, no matter how briefly, and especially when you don't want to go that high, except that sometimes you don't for no apparent reason.
-Fundamentally broken level design: In the first FOUR SCREENS of the game there are no less than four arbitrary spike traps that kill the player upon trying to step onto a certain area of ground, with absolutely NO warning whatsoever, no graphical hint or clue that there even MIGHT be anything than normal ground there. Other spikes are placed in such a way that moving from one screen into another that the player has NEVER been to before can get the player killed because they didn't enter from the right side or decided to jump.

If you're looking for what I was looking for, do not buy this game. If you are looking for anything resembling a GOOD high-difficulty game, do not buy this game. I want to un-buy this game. The fact that I can say all of this with so little playtime behind me and COMPLETE confidence should tell you everything you need to know.
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34 of 56 people (61%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2015
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via enemy
-Got killed via spikes
-Got killed via spikes
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
It's hard for all the wrong reasons
- when you change screen, you often fall in a trap (that you couldn't foresee) : insta death.
- when you jump somewhere, there is often an (invisible) trap: insta death.
The only way to pass a level is by memorizing it. And not by skill. You've got to die a few times to know where are the traps and then you can go through the level.

Then the game got even more difficult (for more unfair reasons) and I abandoned it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
While the game seems unforgiving at first it's actually a great game with lots of old school mechanics, sonic and games of that sort were built and thrived off of this sort of gameplay, memorize the levels, perfect your movements and progress in the game. I would definitely recommend this game to people who like a challenge.

One thing I would love to see for this game is controller support.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
Game is great, the controls a little bit tricky, but it is not impossible to complete, it is a good challenge. Game is also entertaining, and the art is great.
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10 of 21 people (48%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
Only played a little bit so far and although it's hard as nails, there is that satisfaction of getting to the next screen that you've been trying for 10 minutes to do. Fitting music and cute art make it less frustrating when things go wrong. I imagine things will be less painful when I start unlocking some of the specials.

Will update this review after I've played a little more, so far it's a worthy purchase.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2015
OK, after installing windows 7 I've given this game another chance and I'm sorry but no, this game is just absolutely terrible. I honestly feel like AVGN while playing this... in fact I think AVGN needs to review this. Here are the problems:
- Serious performance issues on most modern CPUs (WTF?)
- Horribly designed levels
- Bad/laggy jump controls
- "gotcha!" traps everywhere, basically like eryi's action but in a non-fun way. Yes, it is mentioned in the game description that this is one of those kind of games but this is just.. wow

Honestly, I would have refunded it, but I discovered steam refund 15 days after I bought this game, one day too late, sigh. this money could have gone to charity.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2015
Great game if you're looking for a reason to kill yourself.
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