Valfaris: A Heavy Metal 2D Platform Shooter

Valfaris is so Metal!

I’ve always loved games and gaming, but what I enjoy more, is cleverly created indie games. Games from the Indie space, always feel like what games for me should be: about the fun, and not about the money.

Though, if I had to pay for an indie game, I would, they need it more than EA for example.

Recently, I found myself behind the wheel of a new one: Valfaris.


What is Valfaris?

I found Valfaris, well, I’m not sure exactly, but I did, and I don’t regret it.

The game is essentially a mix of old school shooting side-scrollers, with a splash of DOOM and some injections of the most metal music video ever, maybe something from Disturbed or Mastodon. (play some music now while reading this, it’ll all feel more on colour).

You take control of Therion, who’s a mix of the God Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K, and the bassist from the metal band you like. The Developer: Steel Mantis, describes Therion as: “a fearless and proud son of Valfaris, returns to his home to uncover the truth of its doomed fate and to challenge the arcane evil at its very heart.”

He’s joined by his attractive green AI companion, who also kinda looks like a ghost queen (her name escapes me). They both work through this highly detailed and metallic pixel art styled game world. A world filled with monster cyber dogs, cyborgs and techno-spiders!

Here are some epic screenshots from the game’s expose at E3 2019:

Playing Through Valfaris: a pre-emptive review:

Having finally completed the full playthrough of the pre-alpha demo version of the game, I have some thoughts:

  • This is one of my new favourite indie games of all time. Based on its art style, weird and yet nostalgic narrative, and challenging gameplay wrapped up in a heavy metal album, this is everything I’ve ever wanted in a game.
  • Unlike modern games, this title offers you some challenges unique to its keyboard-centric play-style. You will die, and you will swear. I don’t know if you get infinite lives, but I tried to keep it under three deaths a section.
  • There is so much more here than just a demo, you have options to upgrade your guns, one shoots fire skulls like a machine gun, oh, and you have a sword: “Therion’s Own”. How sick!
  • Mini-boss fights break up the scroll a bit and keep you on your tactical toes. There’s a way to beat each one, and it can be running in guns blazing, or holding back, and shooting from afar.
  • I was sad when the demo ended. I need more Valfaris, and I want this to be a series.

If you haven’t played Valfaris, and it sounds like your kind of game, please give the demo a run through, it works on Nintendo Switch, Playstation, Xbox and Steam.

Until we wade through the metallic necrotic world of Valfaris again, game on! 

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Written by Brett Magill


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