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The Lair

rated 3.83 / 5 stars
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Action - Fighting - Brawler

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Aug 15, 2016 | 7:20 PM EDT

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Knice! 5 Points Beat the first stage.
Good Knight 10 Points Complete the game!
Sword Lord 10 Points Get an 8x combo.
Aight Knight 25 Points Rank A or better at end of game on normal or harder.
Hard Day's Knight 25 Points Complete game on Hard.
Shield Fiend 25 Points Get through a level without losing any health.
Knigh Perfect 50 Points Rank S at end of game on normal or harder.
Knightmare 50 Points Complete game on Nightmare.
A Cold Knight in Hell 100 Points Complete game on Hell.

Author Comments

Stab, dash and charge attack your way through all three levels of this fast-paced fantasy beat’em up, and show the Dark Lord who’s boss!

Arrow keys – for moving around, Z – for stabbing things and menus, X – for blocking things that try to stab you, hold Z – for a super-charged attack, double tap direction – for dashing to safety
You can also use C+V in place of Z+X if you have a keyboard layout that makes that more convenient.
Gamepads also supported! (provided they work in your browser)

This game was created for the PICO-8, a virtual console with 32kb cartridges, 16-color display and 8-bit beep and boop audio - and this is the absolute most I managed to squeeze out of that :).

If controls stop responding, just click the game window :).



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

TAS 2.5/5

+ Cool Retro Design, Simple Controls
- Repetitive, High Difficulty on Lower Levels, Short, Cliche Enemies


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Quite a hard game even on normal difficulty. Definitely has a feel similar to, for example, Golden Axe. Nicely done.


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Would be a good game if it was possible to change the controls..

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

This game is fucking amazing. There absolutely needs to be more of this. Every enemy feels like a real threat which you have to prioritize at times, specifically the leeches and alien looking spitters that'll tear you the hell apart if you don't deal with them quickly. Yet, no enemy feels like it takes too long to take care of and with your dash attack you can move around fast enough past the skeletal enemies or avoid the little buggers in order to attack properly. I can bet money that people who are the type to ignore the block button in any game entirely are going to be a little turned off by this game at first, even I was when I had just started off, but don't listen to them at all. I am in desperate need for a sequel to this that is larger by tons. This is the kind of game that, with enough content of course, I would gladly spend hours on end in and honestly be willing to keep going even if no save system was put in and I lost said hours of progress because I got careless.

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

good mix of fighting games and adventure games

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