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Slain! is a gothic action platformer that looks like a heavy metal album cover


When Nick told me that I needed to check out the gameplay trailer for Slain!, just for a moment I thought that the absurdly violent 2000AD character, Sláine, was getting a game. That would have been just wonderful. He’s not, lamentably, but Slain! doesn’t look half bad, and has just as much monster-slaying and cartoon violence. 

It’s an action puzzle platformer with hints of Castlevania and Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts and a mad, over the top style that looks inspired by heavy metal album covers. Appropriately, it’s also blessed with a metal soundtrack. Take a look at the trailer below.

Here’s the deal: you play Bathoryn, a hero tasked with climbing seven towers and defeating the overlords that are hanging around inside them. Expect puzzles, traps that turn you into a red smear and ghoulish monsters.

The soundtrack’s being put together by Curt Victor Bryant , the bassist from Swiss metal band Celtic Frost back in the late ‘80s.

Slain! is due out this autumn.