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Daggerhood is the latest game that Ratalaika Games are bringing to the Switch. Its an action/platformer and its pretty hard. I have been playing it for review and I have some thoughts on it.

Daggerhood is an insanely hard game.

In Daggerhood, you play a thief who is out to steal all of the king’s gold. He only has a dagger to get him through all of the insane traps and enemies that he’ll find on his journey.

Fortunately, the dagger lets Daggerhood teleport from one space to another. First, the player throws the dagger and then they press the same button again to teleport the character. Timing is key with this trick. If you press the teleport button at the wrong time, you could see the bad end of a spike.

I haven’t gotten very far into Daggerhood yet. I’ll be honest: I’m not sure I will. The tricky teleport system and all those spikes are insane and the game is tough. Theres no ablity to turn down the difficulty and there doesn’t seem to be any way to skip a level you are having trouble with. The worst part is that if you hit a spike or enemy once, you die. The game has a one-hit kill system, instead of a heart or point based system. I can’t say I’m a fan of one-hit and you’re dead systems.

As for Daggerhood’s graphics, they are really good. The game has a very retro, 8-bit style. I dig it. And Daggerhood’s controls seem fine, though I wish the telporting skill was easier to manage.

If you like a challenge, Daggerhood might be for you. I want to do a review of this game, but I’m not sure when or even if I will. I know, based on videos of the game, there is more to Daggerhood than just its teleport mechanic. I’d like to see its other challenges. I’m not sure I will.

Daggerhood is out now for the Nintendo Switch eshop.


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Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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