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 (203) - 74% of the 203 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 5, 2014

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December 19, 2018

From the Developer of Insanity’s Blade Comes a True Generational Leap - Battle Princess Madelyn!

Hey everyone,

There’s been a recent surge in Insanity’s Blade players, and we wanted to take the time to thank you for giving the game a go. Whether you have recently purchased the game, or received it as a reward from our recent Kickstarter campaign, we hope you’re enjoying your time with Insanity's Blade: The Chronicles of Thurstan and look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments either in the forums, or on our Discord server.

Talking of Kickstarter campaigns, if you follow Causal Bit Games on social media, you will have likely seen by now that Battle Princess Madelyn is finally out for Windows PC on Steam.



If you haven’t already checked it out, here’s what you need to know.

Classic retro gameplay for a whole new era!
  • With the retro of feel Ghouls ‘n Ghosts and Wonder Boy 3, this will conjure up memories of the arcade era with its Unity driven hand-drawn pixel art
  • 10 levels with five stages each, they're replayable with no starting over (that is unless you want to)
  • Two modes including story (by a professional children's author) and arcade (for the experts)
  • Hidden collectibles with extra rewards, weapons are upgradeable depending on your armour, which you can find through the blacksmith in story mode
  • Fritzy has special powers to help you and assists you in your quest
  • Weapons are specific to certain areas, providing access to secret locations
  • Travel across the world using special portals to get from place to place


Oh the sights you will see and the sounds you will hear!
  • Slipping between classic arcade FM/PCM and modern orchestrated, you can tailor the music score from Gryzor87 (of Maldita Castilla fame) to help set the scene
  • Lovingly crafted by veteran artist Christopher Obritsch, the game features distinctive pixel art, from the cut-scenes, to the gameplay, with depth provided through dynamic lighting

We’ve been thrilled with the reception Battle Princess Madelyn has been getting from mainstream media, Twitch, YouTube and social media influencers. Here’s just a couple of our favourite quotes:

"I waited a long time for Battle Princess Madelyn, and I’m proud to say that Casual Bit Games has delivered beautifully. If you’ve always loved Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, but never have been able to get past its rock solid difficulty, this might be your time to shine! Aside from it being such a gracious mirror to the classic, Battle Princess Madelyn has plenty of twists and turns in the gameplay that will really keep you engrossed from start to finish!" - Entertainment Focus

"The thing about Battle Princess Madelyn is that the audio and the visuals are so well done that it feels incredible to play just for the novelty of looking at it; especially if you’re a huge fan of the classics. Controls also feel great, with keyboard controls feeling like you’re playing an actual emulator of sorts" - DualShockers

Can’t make up your mind? Come and chat with our community here on Discord!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/603930/Battle_Princess_Madelyn
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Reviews

“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, INTEL GPUs not supported
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c - compliant sound card
    • Additional Notes: Mobile chipsets may work but not supported.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i5 Sandy Bridge
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB DirectX-compliant, INTEL GPUs not supported
    • 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. Mobile chipsets may work but not supported.

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