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Death's Gambit Review
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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Death's Gambit is a running, jumping and fighting game where you defeat enemies, collect weapons and progress through levels. Drawing on the platforming of games like the Castlevania and Metroid games, it adds difficult and precise combat akin to that found in Dark Souls and Demon's Souls or Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, creating a unique blend of exploration, combat and narrative. The game was updated in 2021 with a free expansion, Afterlife, which expands the story, refines the combat system, and adds more levels, bosses and weapons.

You play as Sorun Galbraith, who is sent to the realm of Aldwynn on a quest to uncover the source of eternal life and find your long-lost mother, but on the way, you and your comrades are killed. When Death arrives to collect your souls, he resurrects you, allowing you to continue your quest, albeit in eternal service to him. On your mission, you must find and kill all other immortal beings, in order to become immortal yourself.

Gameplay involves exploring the maze-like levels and fighting enemies to progress. Each of the 20+ levels has a boss fight, in which you'll need to use precise button presses, skill and tactical play to overcome their immense strength. As you go, you unlock new abilities and items that will allow you to get to previously unreachable areas from earlier in the game, in a non-linear progression structure.

It's the way that it combines difficult and detailed combat systems with the non-linear, exploration-focused platforming elements that makes it a unique game to play, which rewards skill and perseverance.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 14/08/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Kei Kube (@KeiKube)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete. Similarly to other games in the genre, you may have to backtrack to find areas you missed or bosses you need to fight. This can substantially increase the time to beat the game from the average time of around 16 hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Moderate Violence. Dependent upon which weapon is used the amount of blood splattering may be small or large. Characters disappear after being killed.

Rated for younger players in the US where it is ESRB TEEN, ESRB state: Enemies emit splashes of blood when struck, and a handful of enemies burst into pieces when defeated. Cutscenes and backgrounds sometimes depict battlefields with corpses laying in pools of blood or dead soldiers impaled on spears. During the course of the game, players can obtain a brew item, which is depicted as a frothy mug in players' inventory; a rat can also be seen hiccupping and swaying while holding a bottle. The word “sh*te” appears in the game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Death's Gambit Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:
There are no difficulty settings as the game is designed to be very difficult, and many sections require extremely precise inputs and rapid pressing to perform combos or dodge attacks.

As the game is played on a 2D plane and is less labyrinthine than other Castlevania-inspired platformers, it is relatively straightforward to navigate through. On occasion though, you need to backtrack to different areas, and this isn't said, instead leaving you to figure it out.

The text is overlaid directly over gameplay, so it can sometimes be hard to read.

The game is often dark and of low contrast, making it hard to distinguish between different objects and characters, some of which are quite small.

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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