Review: Thy Sword (PlayStation 4)

Thy Sword is a hack n’ slash platformer with procedural levels and roguelike elements. A world of Sword & Sorcery awaits!


  • 8 Bit graphics.
  • 95.01mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Cross-buy with Playstation Vita.
  • Stackable Platinum trophy.
  • Rebind controls.
  • Two players local co-op.
  • Graphic effects-none/pixel grid/CRT emulation.
  • Two playable characters-the barbarian and the Valkyrie.
  • Tutorial area.
  • 3 difficulties-apprentice/adventurer/hero.
  • World map level select.
  • Action platform gameplay.
  • The game takes place on one screen with a series of platforms, kill enough enemies to open the gate.
  • Breakable objects for loot.
  • A level has a handful of stages.
  • In between levels you can visit a shop, get advice and play a gambling mini-game.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Decent combat and has a really good block and counter system.
  • Night-time levels that only illuminate with the lightening.
  • Buy items for buffs.
  • Play how you want as you can choose where to go on the map.
  • Coins and health drop from enemies.
  • Each area has unique features.


  • Basic gameplay.
  • In the beginning, you have two doors but don’t say which does what.
  • Slight learning curve.
  • Difficulty spikes especially with the bosses.
  • Some dodgy hit detections.
  • No replay value.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


Thy Sword is a game that evokes memories of games like Ghost n Goblins and games of that nature. You are on a screen full of platforms and enemies and must kill enough people to open the door. Each level has a handful of instances with an overall feature like lava falling or the light going out. Combat is basic hack and slash style but it does have a very solid and satisfying block and counter mechanic. Overall the game may not have a lot of variety and length but it is a lot of fun.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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