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Death's Door Review
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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Death's Door is a noir adventure game where you play a crow whose job it is to reap the souls of the dead. When one goes missing you must fight, run and jump through a fantasy world to get it back. It's a simple combat game at heart, but the unusual setting and absence of natural death create a unique story of social responsibility in a world totally separate to ours.

You play as a crow working in a mundane office job, whose life is turned upside down one day when one of the souls you've been assigned to reap goes on the run, launching you into a world full of weird and wonderful creatures, some long past their expiry date. You travel across the realm, from ice-capped peaks to forest glades, battling enemies and interacting with locals in your quest to find the missing soul.

Play is exploration and combat, focused on quick, intense clashes which are quick to punish mistakes. Alongside these, are longer form boss battles where you'll need to plan ahead and learn your enemies patterns.

While exploring, you'll cross unstable platforms and treacherous gorges, which you'll have to avoid by running, jumping and grappling before you fall to your death. You'll also encounter the denizens of the world, who you'll bring hope to through your brave and valiant actions.

It's a unique blend of role-playing, fighting and platforming, and offers a fresh perspective on our world through its unique storytelling and setting, that challenges you to think about mortality and life in a new light.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Acid Nerve (@AcidNerve)

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Death's Door usually costs £16.74.
 

Death's Door Xbox

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The game does not allow you to save your progress in a level and if you die you need to restart from your last checkpoint. Often these checkpoints are the beginning of the level. Most enemies will respawn but other changes you have made (switches you've activated, gates you've lifted, etc) will persist, making it easier to return to where you last were.

There is no map available and the levels tend to loop back around, so navigation can be a challenge. There are occasional signs, be careful not to hit them with your sword before reading!

Screen shake can be set at a rating of 0-5, and there are separate options to turn off flashes for full screen effects and enemy hits. Blood can also be turned off.
 
Our Death's Door Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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