Slain: Back from Hell. A heavy metal inspired arcade combat with puzzle elements and gore galore. Stunning visuals and true old school gameplay accompanied by the most metal soundtrack you've ever heard.
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Very Positive (15 reviews) - 80% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (485 reviews) - 69% of the 485 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 24, 2016

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October 6

Slain: Back from Hell nominated for Best 2D Visual Experience

Slain: Back from Hell has been nominated in the Best 2D Visual Experience category at the 2016 Unity Awards along with a bunch of other sweet looking titles!

All the art was done by Andrew and Andrew alone! So well done to him! Obviously he is incredibly happy to receive this nomination.

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September 20

Slain: Back from Hell out on PS4 now

Due to all the support from the PC community we managed to rescue Slain, turn it into what you now know to be Slain: Back from Hell, port it and ship it on PS4 today (in the US, EU tomorrow).

Obviously this is a PC community but we just wanted to say another massive thanks to everyone, customers old and new, for the feedback and support and for sticking through the more 'difficult' parts of post launch and helping us get to here, we could not have done it without all the incredible help from you guys. Word to the Great Horned Metal God

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Vita and XB1 versions are on the way (and sorry if a console post on here upsets anyone! :) )

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“The landscapes are beautifully drawn, as are the monstrous inhabitants of this forsaken land; but it’s the animation of Slain that is truly amazing”
9/10 – GameSpew

“The best Castlevania game in years...Slain is a fun retro platformer with a slick combat system, great visuals, and a killer soundtrack.”
8/10 – Gaming Trend

“Slain: Back from Hell is an addictive platform game forged in heavy metal culture.”
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About This Game

Slain: Back from Hell

You control the fate of Bathoryn, a doomed hero in a Gothic world, who seeks to liberate six cursed realms from six deadly overlords.

He must battle his way through this blighted land, packed with gruesome pixel art foes before ascending (or sometimes descending) into a stronghold, all the while defeating fiendish traps and vile monsters alike.

At the heart of every domain Bathoryn will confront a mighty foe - defeat it and his quest continues to its ultimate destiny. Fail, and you’ll die gruesomely – mauled by werewolves, disintegrated by floating monstrosities, squashed by great weights or torn apart by hidden blades. And you will fail…

There are 3 key areas to be mastered in order to vanquish Slain: Back from Hell.

- Learn to wield 3 deadly elemental weapons, each one exploiting weaknesses in different enemy types. Each has a different combo, timing and use. Mastering quick switching between weapons is the path to victory!
- Glean the placement and timings of enemies and booby traps.
- Generate, conserve and unleash your Mana wisely.

Accompanied by the heavy metal visuals is an even heavier metal soundtrack recorded by Curt Victor Bryant (formally of Celtic Frost).

  • Challenging ‘elemental’- based melee and magical combat
  • 6 hours of bone-crushing, metal-fueled mayhem & gore
  • Choose from 3 unique weapons in your fight against the demon hordes.
  • Full soundtrack recorded by Curt Victor Bryant formally of Celtic Frost. \m/
  • Cunningly concealed secrets (shhh).
  • Boss fights, mini-boss fights, sub-mini- boss fights & macro-sub- mini-boss fights.
  • No laborious levelling, no tedious grinding, no wimpy crafting!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7+
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ Compatible Card
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10+
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ Compatible Card
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
I never got to play the original Slain, but my experience with Slain: back from hell has been fantastic, OST is metal as ♥♥♥♥ and the art is absolutely gorgeous in a grim kinda way, very difficult game but lots of fun for those who have the patience to die a ton of times to finally make some progress. They only thing i didnt like was the ending, not because it was bad or anything, but its just esoteric and i didnt understand it at all.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Slain is freaking metal

Ultimately if youre going to buy this you should understand that this game doesnt do anything special mechanically
However, Thematically this game pulls no punches.

If you like heavy metal music and imagery, then Slain shouldnt disappoint.
This game is best compared to the older Shadow of the Beast games.

I guess you could call it a platformer, because there are platforms, but the emphasis is mostly placed on combat.
Your job is to go from left to right and kill things more or less.

If youre into this kind of stuff, you will definitely get your money's worth.
I certainly enjoyed it.

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Like Volgarr the Viking only more metal.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Great game. Animations are detailed. Awesome soundtrack. Very difficult but so satisfying when you reach the next check point. Then take a break and continue on.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Really enjoyed this, The metals be strong in this one.
Challenging and its quite a trail and error type of game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Okay I just got done beating this game and…man it was hard. Well I can’t really say it was hard the difficulty was a little bit of both hard and insanely easy. Now the only reason this game is easy is if you can be consistent with your counters. The counters make every boss and monster easy to fight; you just need to learn the timing of their attacks. I, however, got cocky every time I defeated a boss or hard section and then die 20 times. The game likes to show you who’s boss. Oh and yes Slain: Back from Hell is the boss of me. It would take me forever to clear a section that I would eventually rage quit and say “F*** this you win I’m moving on to something else”. This would not last long for I truly enjoyed the game.

Slain: Back from Hell is a platformer that made me feel like a kid again playing Castlevania for the first time. The art in the game was actually pretty good and ran very smoothly. The controls were responsive and very easy to learn either for the keyboard or controller (I mostly played with a controller). The soundtrack was great especially if you are a metal fan. However, about half way through the game I felt it wasn’t metal enough and chose to play my own music instead. Now the music is pretty immersive and fits the game perfectly this was just an excuse I was using for being bad at the game. While the game was short the difficulty made it feel like it lasted a lot longer.

If I were to give a con to the game it would be after the boss battles. Now this doesn’t spoil anything for the game. After every boss battle the main character pays tribute to the fallen enemy by head banging and giving the devil horns \m/. It’s not a big turn off it just seems to be a little out of place. I know it’s a metal themed game, yet it kind of seems forced in my opinion.

Honestly this game ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off so bad that I had to play a game that was relaxing and easy to play. So I bought Stardew Valley as a cooldown from Slain: Back from Hell. So if you are a metal fan, Castlevania fan, someone who just wants to be ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off at a game, or you need another reason to play Stardew Valley then I can suggest Slain: Back from Hell is a game for you.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Seriously don't get the hate this game gets. I bought right after Back From Hell came out, and loved it. Everything about it, art style, music and extremely challenging gameplay. There's just something about this game that brings back memories of good old slashers/platformers from both 8-bit and 16-bit era's.

Sure, combat system is not as deep, as, per say, Salt And Sanctuary, but no one said it's going to be soulslike game. But yeah, strongly advise you to play it on your gamepad. Playing on keyboard is technically possible, and I did that for like first three hours, but it's far more enjoyable if you just plug your controller in and start button-smashing.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
More METAL than a blacksmith! Inspired by many other older titles, and lives up to the hype. GG
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
I backed this game on kickstarter, and it's one of the reasons that I don't back video games anymore. The game looks great, but it controls like a slug in a blender. The music is great... until you die for the fourth or fifth time and then it just starts to get repetitive and annoying. I really wanted to like this game, but the instant kill traps, repetitive combat and sparse checkpoints just don't do it for me.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
The art is great and the engine is smooth, but I just don't like the controls, timing, or checkpoint system.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 22
Very average platformer. Looks like and plays like SNES platformer.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 20
I thought knock back in 2D platformers was a sin from the NES era. Not a game mechanic. You'll be stunlocked by enemys bumping into you at a constant rate during the games awful 'spawn in' eundurance enemy segments. The second attempt was nice, but with that enemy touch damage still in the game, its challanges come across as unfair right off the bat. Dieing feels like its almost never your fault.
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5.7 hrs
Posted: October 20
It's a good game. What you see is what you get. Worth the price
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1.2 hrs
Posted: October 17
Its awesome
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The Big Bad Wolfe
49.0 hrs
Posted: October 10
Just finished the game. If you're a fan of metroidvania games. this is a must have. The old side scrolling Castelvania games are some of my favorites and this game filled an empty void of not having a new one of those for quite a while. It's not extremely long, but it's super fun. The combat can get kind of reptitive, and sometimes the controls could feel iffy at times, and the level/enemy design got a little reptitive too. Some of the enemies could be quite tedious too, so this game will take some patience. Enough of the bad though. This game was just outright fun to play. It had a good challenge, and sometimes made me extremely frustrated, it rewarded you with a checkpoint not long after so you didn't feel like you had to go through a whole level perfectly, you just had to grind that one area out. The soundtrack is just absolutely awesome, definitely the most metal game I've ever played lol. You have different types of weapons for certain areas which is cool, and sometimes you have to figure out for yourself which to use. All in all, it's got some downfalls, but i absolutely loved this game, and any fan of 2D hack n slash games should get it.

10/10 would get slain again.
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