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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Release Date:
Mar 24, 2016

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February 2

Valfaris post: Making the Bringer of Mayhem – progress on our replica weapon

Got some more work-in-progress images of the Bringer of Mayhem replica weapon to share. Work on the model has been continuing apace since the last update, with the top and front sections being the focus of attention. Here’s how it’s coming along…

Above: Updated from the previous, lower poly render (seen in the previous post), this newer 3D render has more texture and detail and gives a much better idea of how the finished model will look

Above: It took several hours to print, but here it is – the gun’s front section in its raw form. When completed, smoke will emit from the ‘mouth’ and a light will be positioned inside for maximum authenticity (and theatrical effect, of course)

Above: This top-down view reveals the intricate detailing of the gun’s upper section, which is more organic/alien and less immediately recognisable as a weapon than the more conventionally familiar shape of the Bringer of Mayhem’s bottom/main section

Above: And here’s the mould for the top section. When all the parts are ready – the model consists of four ‘main’ sections – they will be assembled to ensure everything fits snugly together before work starts on the final, finishing stage

Should have pics of the Bringer of Mayhem replica in a more complete state to share pretty soon.

Until next time, keep it metal.

Matt | Digital Uppercut

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January 26

Valfaris post: GIFs of metal

For your viewing pleasure, here's a triple whammy of GIFs, courtesy of Valfaris creator/dev/artist Andrew Gilmour...

Above: Therion lights up a shady area of the Eco Chambers using the rapid-fire Destroyer-class 'Hellwraith' and eponymous rail-pistol 'Therion's Own'

Above: Who doesn't love a good elevator section where you can let loose and blast the absolute bejesus out of anything and everything while simultaneously being transported from one place to another. I know I do

Above: With a sun looming behind him, Therion idles while armed with the formidable 'Bringer of Mayhem' beam weapon, which can be seen in action in the previous GIF

Until next time, keep it metal. (and, if you haven't done so already, be sure to download the free demo from the Valfaris page)

Matt | Digital Uppercut

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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.”
8/10 –


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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