Side-Scrolling RPG Valdis Story Channels Bits Of Castlevania

By Eugene . November 22, 2013 . 4:00pm



Indie RPG Valdis Story: Abyssal City managed to get itself Greenlit on Steam’s indie platform, and it looks like it channels the best bits of Castlevania’s side-scrolling, baddie-beating action.


As Wyatt, you’re exploring the ruins of a rediscovered holy city and find while plumbing its depths that not only are things going horribly wrong, but there were somehow survivors. You’ll want to get to the bottom of this fast though – every day, more of mankind dies or is subsumed into one of the two warring Gods Myrgato and Alagath, forced to choose a side and become a demon or angel, or just die.




As you get stronger and level up, you’ll be able to backtrack as necessary in the free-form game to gain access to new zones and areas.



Combat is a mix of using weapons such as swords, martial arts and sorcery, with three different skill trees to invest in as Wyatt levels up in the course of his adventures. Standard shticks like double jumping and huge boss battles are included, as well as what looks to be a decently expansive item equipment service. It’s also pretty cool to note that how you defeat enemies matters too, with combos enhancing the amount of experience points you get. There’s also word that there’s another person you can play as and more to come in the future, alongside an all-original soundtrack with some two hours worth of music.


Valdis Story: Abyssal City is out now on Steam.

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  • Alex Sargeant

    It’s pretty great.

    I think it ends a bit abruptly, but for the most part it’s a really damn fine game. Definitely better than any of the Castlevania output from Konami since OOE.

    • PreyMantis

      It’s kinda sad when this game look more Castlevania than the actual Castlevania games after OOE.

  • Warboss Aohd

    dis……….lookz really good honestly.

  • MrRobbyM

    Visually, it looks like Maplestory’s and Castlevania’s lovechild.

    That said, I was sold before I even pressed play.

    I do hope for a PS4 version though.

  • Tiduas

    This just went into my wishlist on steam for further investigation!

    • Morricane

      I concur.

  • Göran Isacson

    Welll… THAT was some mighty impressive spritework. Definitely keeping my eye on this one.

    • Mar Mar

      I’ve seen many awkward 2D indie games but this one is just AWESOME!

      • colorblindnightmare

        I’ve been keeping my eye on ow boy, it looks yo impress aa well.

      • Göran Isacson

        True that, this is made by someone who’s REALLY good at sprite animation, way above the majority of sprite work you see in most indie games. Wonder if they’re an accomplished sprite artist elsewhere, or if they’re complete newbies who just dropped one hell of a first product?

        Gotta admit though, I find the protagonist eternal scowly face more amusing than intimidating.

  • RikuoAmero

    I don’t know how long ago this article was supposed to have been written, but as far as I know, there’s already a 2nd character available to use and 2 more are in the works and will be released in the future.

  • WyattEpp

    The main character has a pretty good name. :)

  • Curan_Altea

    If you like Castlevania styled games definitely worth checking out.
    Combat is really fun for a 2D platformer and the spell system is really cool.

  • Never thought I’d say this but… put it on Android (or Linux!!!) and I’ll buy it.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    “Valdis Story: Abyssal City is out now on Steam…”

    …and GOG!

    Anyway, it looks pretty interesting. I’ve noticed that there is a decent amount of Castlevania-inspired platformers coming out recently. Helps make up for the lack of actual Castlevania platformers nowadays, I guess.

    I’ll pick this one up at some point.

  • hazelnut1112

    Looks good, kinda like Dust but with more fluid looking combat.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Doesn’t look as fluid as Dust by a longshot. Does look great though.

  • colorblindnightmare

    Looks like a mix of Megaman X and Castlevania. That’s a great thing in my opinion! Time to open a steam acct!

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