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BO: The Secret of Steel

rated 4.42 / 5 stars
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Jun 5, 2009 | 3:58 PM EDT
  • Daily 3rd Place June 6, 2009

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Author Comments

-Small update added (2010-01-21), adding a few bug fixes and gameplay tweaks. For instance, you can now drop enemies that you have picked up by pressing the down key.
-If you fall through the level and die after clearing a stage, you could try lowering the quality and/or turning off the camera effects in the options menu.
-It appears we should point out that ALL THE BOSSES ARE IN FACT BEATABLE. Each has a certain pattern that needs to discovered, that's all. If it doesn't always make perfect sense, sue us :)
-Finishing all 19 levels unlocks the Barbarian Stronghold survival level, where you must hold off the hordes for as long as you can.
-Again, thanks for the great reviews, frontpage and collection!

A young barbarian sets out on a quest to find the legendary Secret of Steel...

This sequel took nearly a year(!) to finish and contains more enemies, 19 levels, boss fights, complex combat and physics engines, geographical puzzle solving, an epic musical score and an intriguing storyline.

To all the fans who supported this game, big thanks! We really got a kick out of the reception the demo got. And many thanks to hzlancer for his masterpiece of a soundtrack.



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

good game, but....

it was a good game, tho i never knew what i was going to do since all the actions are stuck on the could have put different actions on different keys.. also the 3rd boss is ridiculously hard. ive tried 10 times and all failed at the last chunk i need to whack off. seriously need to be aboe to guard....


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Good game but

Well its a good game but:
Its realy boring to use only the space bar
Its realy annoying when you stand in your enemy YOU cant hit him HE can.
(thats realy the problem at the boss zoggot)
For the rest its a good game

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Mindless hack and slash...

No upgrades, no weapons, no armor and no skills?
Mindless hack and slash. It was fun until you realize you cannot beat a boss, and it would take somewhat of a miracle to get you past it. You try and try and try, but to no avail. Graphics are sufficient, sounds are cool and the game-play is 'decent'. If I wasn't reviewing based on genre, I would have blammed this and you would have to suffice with a 2.
- Decent graphics +2
- Decent sound +2
- 'Decent' game-play +2
- Mindless hack and slash -
- Boring story -

"Harsh but necessary"

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Satisfyingly bloody...but boring


The graphics of BO: The Secret of steel were my favorite part of it not because they were spectacularly realistic or boasted the quality of something you would see in NVISION, as they did neither of these. In fact, not many reviewing the game carefully would say much of these humble animations. However, I loved their homemade quality, simple design and modest colors. Graphics get a 10/10.

Game Play

The simple game play of this game is certainly much more simplistic than it is made to look in the complex "encyclopedia" that serves as the instructions for The Secret of Steel. In theory, contests, finishing moves, and combinations of space bar pressing should make for a rich and strategic combat system, but when your experience actual battle you find button mashing encouraged. The other controls are fine. Game play gets a 6/10.


The story is much to simplistic--a longer intro would be appreciated. (When I play a mindless hack 'n' slash game I at least like to know WHY I'm hacking 'n' slashing!) I did like the names of the sites on the map and bosses ("Ossum the Destroyer") and the little things like being able to hack up birds and so forth. I loved the dramatic animations on finishing moves (this also contributes to graphics and game play). Flavor gets a 7/10.


There was one glitch I need to report--when fighting Zoggot (the Bloody Swamp boss) his tentacles suddenly disappeared and his head was unattackable. Please fix it.


I actually liked the bosses because they were the only part of the game requiring any strategy or planning. For instance, it was enjoyable to avoid the Dam Keeper's giant club and then let it propel me towards his face. However, after a few minutes, even the bosses became routine. (For those of you who complain they're unbeatable, stop whining! Maybe you're just not a winner! But really, go to YouTube and type in Boss Guide: Barbarian Onslaught - The Secret of Steel.)


Butchering the enemies gave me satisfaction at first, but after a while it became monotonous and boring. Please shake it up if a sequel is made. Overall gets a 7/10.

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

lol funny how in one of the levels you put upgrades in the pit lmao i fell like twice.