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Thy Sword is a hack n' slash platformer with roguelike elements. It draws inspiration from Conan the Barbarian and great games like Barbarian, Golden Axe and Moonstone. Procedural levels and lots of sword & sorcery action. Unlockable content, Bosses, Loot and much more!

Play the game in single player or co-op mode, or engage in player vs. player combat.

The Story

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"This is the land of Nhaastans.

You, bold adventurer, must break the tyranny of the Dark Overlord.

Your quest will be to obtain the ancient crystals of power

with which to overcome the Dark Overlord's rule.

Can you be that hero?

Can you fulfil the destiny of greatness and bring deliverance

to these shadowed lands? The answer lies in your heart

...and Thy Sword!"

-An action rpg platformer

-Single player or co-op mode

-Player vs. player combat

-Procedurally generated levels

-Environments like forests, mountains and caves

-Different weapons and items, spells and enchantments

-Many types of challenging enemies and bosses

-Steam achievements and unlockable content

-Beautiful pixel art & animation

-Chip music created using the legendary SID (Commodore 64)


You can choose your player character. You will be able to unlock more characters in the game.




In the lands of Nhaastans you will encounter characters that will aid you in your quest.

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THE WANDERER bestows upon you rumours, advice and lore of the land.

"Many travellers seek gold and fortunes. Let me ask you, hero, what would you spend your gold on if you found

riches beyond your dreams?"

THE CLERIC deals in magic potions and arcane wisdom?"

"For a mere sum of 20 gold, I can heal you of your wounds. Do you wish this favour?"

THE MERCHANT offers useful equipment and weaponry.

"Hello adventurer! Do any of these fine items interest you?"

THE GAMBLERS. A visit to their camp can double your gold or empty your purse.

"Greetings mysterious one, do you wish to try your luck in the card game Hazard"

Showcased at:

Vaasa Game Days in Vaasa, Finland

White Nights in Helsinki, Finland

Gamedev Days 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia

Thy Sword Devlog



About the developers

We are a three-man operation and are all passionate about retro gaming, specifically 8-bit and 16-bit systems.

Follow us on

Twitter @gamephasenet


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Hello swordslingers! Time for an update on Thy Sword - Hack n' Slash platformer with Roguelike elements. Procedural levels, gameplay features, character choices and more...let's unlock further!


1 Crystal get!

Here are the awesome features again. Hold on, think we need a banner for that...

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- Sword and Bow combat
- Single player or local co-op mode
- Player vs. player combat
- Full controller support
- Procedurally generated levels
- Choose your hero and unlock new ones as you progress
- Equip your hero with weapons and items
- Fast paced yet strategic combat
- Challenging enemies and bosses
- Steam achievements and unlockable content
- Beautiful pixel art & animation
- Chip music created using the legendary SID (Commodore 64)
- Loot! Shops! Gambling!

Let's talk about real retro influences. The games that star in this romantic drama are:
Barbarian (C64), Golden Axe (Amiga), Moonstone (Amiga).


Barbarian - C64 (Palace Software - 1987), Golden Axe - Amiga (Sega/Probe 1990)


Moonstone - Amiga (Mindscape 1991)

Also, Bubble Bobble! This may be a stretch, but it's the purity and effectiveness of the one-screen levels that somehow adds a clear objective in the game.

Bubble Bobble (C64 - Firebird 1987)

Bubble Bobble - C64 (Firebird 1987)

Those games had it all (almost). World maps that shows your progress and your route to glory. But let's face it: they also could be a bit jerky in controls or execution here and there. Our goal is to include the old (gold) aestethics and make the game play really well and be as responsive as possible. Then we have the roguelike element, obviously done really well in Spelunky and similar titles. Done REALLY well in the old gem Nethack.

We did our own level generator. Hah! Simple, we thought at first. Turned out to be rather tricky. platforms need to have proper distance, height, connectivity and lot of other features. Got it done! It's so satisfying to never see the exact same level twice.


Level layout, done with the procedural generator.

You choose your hero character and a variety of weapons and items can be bought to further increase the fighting capabilities. To a certain degree you can choose your playing style. Some heroes start with just a sword, others with sword plus a bow and some arrows. What you focus on and how you upgrade is up to you, the player. On top of this there are unlockable characters that can be found thoughout the mysterious lands of Nhaastans.


We set another goal pretty early in the design process. No inventory management. trading/selling can be cool, but we wanted to do a game where it's handled in a more casual manner. A platform game seems good for this anyway.

Example: when the player finds a health potion, and HP is already topped up, the potions value gets translated into gold. (which can be used for shopping and gambling in the village)

In Thy Sword, you'll find a challenging game. That doesn't mean unbeatable. Hard games are fun, but we've tried to broaden the concept to where it's easy enough to pick up and play (if you have some fingers and a brain) but offers some long lasting challenges.


If you want the ultimate challenge, the Heroic mode let's you play in permadeath glory! If you want a few chances despite biting the dust now & again, the adventurer mode is for you! (Plus you get to see this cool credits HUD display animation)

Credits - Got a quarter?

C64 loading screen tribute! Because those influences again. The mighty SID sound chip! Accept no substitutes. Here's the setup where that stuff happens.




Thank you for reading, until next time!


Thy Sword - Another Day another Hero

Thy Sword - Another Day another Hero

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New content in new teaser trailer. Sword & Sorcery. New areas and enemies. Bosses! Items! Gambling!

Blood, Bosses and Beheadings

Blood, Bosses and Beheadings


Thy Sword gets a crunch-a-tron...Plus a new short teaser showing off some new areas, graphics and all that good stuff. Areas, levels, graphics, bosses...

Thank You to all supporters

Thank You to all supporters


Wow! It's been nice seeing your support for Thy Sword. We're soon on the last day of voting for Indie of the Year. We were surprised when the game rolled...

Co-op mode, pvp tournament

Co-op mode, pvp tournament


Working on Tournament mode for Thy Sword! Face your friends (or foes) in two player tournament mode or join sword in a proper local and couch-friendly...


With coop? Sounds awesome!

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awesome work done guys! hope you continue to work on this game looks just amazing!

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Bahototh Creator

Thank You DonBre. We have our sights on Early/Mid 2017!

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Bahototh Creator

Wow. Thank You so much for the support and votes.
This means a lot to a small Indie developer.
Let's make it great!

"Valour pleases you Crom!"
(Conan the Barbarian 1982)

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Bahototh Creator

Thank You so much @wrthofnino!

Still so much more to come. We have such sights to show you.

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This game is SO satisfying - so responsive and fun to play, plus a ton of nostalgia. Love the artwork, the retro feel, and the developers' sense of humor. Fun game to play solo, or add a friend and slash and hack through goblins and ogres together. Played through the demo and looking forward to MUCH more!

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