Blasphemous is a platform action game developed by an independent studio The Game Kitchen – the creators of the well-received episodic adventure game The Last Door. The creation of Blasphemous was possible thanks to the successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
Blasphemous takes the player to the world of Orthodoxia – a fantasy, dark world consumed by a fanatical religion and superstitions. During the Age of Corruption, almost all its citizens were changed into deformed, bloodthirsty beasts. This was a punishment for their sins. The main protagonist of the game, The Penitent One, stands alone in facing the dark forces that are consuming the realm.
Similarly to games from the Souls series, the story isn’t told directly – new pieces of the plot are hidden, among other places, in level design. In order to reveal the mystery, the players must cautiously observe the surroundings and use the pieces of information to construct the whole story out of them.
In Blashpmemous, the action is presented from a side perspective. The gameplay is focused on the exploration of large, non-linear levels (they feature grim open areas, dark dungeons, and disturbing temples), on jumping between platforms, and on avoiding various traps.
Combat with enemies is important as well. The battles are fought in real time. In addition to regular enemies (among them, a burning Acolyte, a Weight of Her Burden that fights with a statue, and a Condemned that looks like the Death), the players must also face powerful bosses. Defeating the latter requires the player to discover their attack patterns. The players are using melee weapons and relics that improve their combat potential. By connecting attacks into powerful combos, the players can activate a state called Martyr’s Excommunication that makes the protagonist invulnerable for a limited time.
The game features some RPG traits. As the players progress through the game, their character becomes stronger, mostly by obtaining equipment that is more powerful.
Blasphemous features a few varied gameplay modes. The story campaign can be repeated in a New Game+ mode (this has a positive impact on the replayability of the game). In addition to that, the developers introduced an additional gameplay mode in which the players are facing various bosses, and special weekly challenges with unique quests and secrets.
The pixel-art graphics of Blasphemous can be liked thanks to the detailed animations, dark style, and modest colors. The game features a soundtrack composed by Carlos Violi.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5-750 2.66 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 650 / Radeon HD 5770 or better, Windows 10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 GHz / AMD Phenom II X2 550 3.1 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 896 MB GeForce GTX 260 / 1 GB Radeon HD 4850 or better, Windows 7 64-bit