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Death’s Door Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Death's Door


  • Xbox One (Jul 20, 2021)
  • PC (Jul 20, 2021)
  • Xbox Series X/S (Jul 20, 2021)


Developer: Acid Nerve

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 89 average – 100% recommended – 26 reviews

Critic Reviews

Checkpoint GamingElliot Attard9 / 10

Death’s Door crashes onto the scene stylistically with an amazingly detailed, interconnected world full to the brim with personality and secrets. The game introduces great characters that bring with them charisma and humanity as it lovingly juggles both the morbid and the beautiful sides of its narrative. With simply phenomenal sound design that lovingly accompanies and amplifies the visuals and atmosphere, Death’s Door presents one door absolutely worth knocking on.

DASHGAMER.comMark IsaacsonEssential

Death’s Door is perfectly balanced to tell its story, thoughtful and humorous in all the right ways, backed by a thrilling musical score that elevates the action and often reminded me of a Studio Ghibli creation in its visual themes. For a two person team, backed by Devolver Digital, it’s a fantastic achievement that thoroughly deserves the hype surrounding its release. Death’s Door is a solid choice for Indie Game of the Year, if not Game of the Year itself.

Digital TrendsOtto Kratky4.5 / 5 stars

Death's Door is a must-play Metroidvania that pairs intense combat with bright, hilarious characters.

Digitally Downloaded – Harvard L. – 4.5 / 5 stars

Death’s Door is simply the tried and true fundamentals of game design, refined and polished to the ultimate degree.

Easy AlliesBrad Ellis

Death's Door is a charming adventure filled with delightful characters and engaging combat.

EntertainiumEduardo RebouçasUnscored

A grim reaper crow, many souls to collect and one hell of an adventure await you in Death’s Door.

FingerGunsToby Andersen8 / 10

An inventive isometric slasher, Death’s Door feels like all the best bits of Souls-like structure and none of the bad. Its Zelda-inspired combat and systems are firmly at the challenging end of the spectrum, but are also pretty addictive, and mix well with a bleak yet unique story.

Game InformerMarcus Stewart9 / 10

Death's Door presents a compelling world begging to be explored until every secret is found alongside satisfying combat and intriguing lore

GameBlastFarley SantosPortuguese9 / 10

Death's Door focuses on a few ideas to create an exceptional, well-balanced experience. The crow's adventure features lots of intense, precision-driven combat, and it's very rewarding to master the fighting mechanics to defeat the enemies. In addition, its elaborate world invites us to explore every corner with countless secrets and enigmas. The difficulty is constant, however the agility of the pace reduces the frustration of defeat. It is also notable the care in the construction of its dark fantasy universe, which approaches the theme of death with humour, softness and charismatic characters. Not only that, the ambiance is complemented with a beautiful look and remarkable soundtrack. The low complexity of some systems and the absence of unique ideas can be a nuisance, but flawless execution overrides these details. Furthermore, Death's Door is an immersive and unique adventure.

GameSpotAlessandro Barbosa8 / 10

Tight, challenging combat and a gorgeous world to explore makes the morbid act of reaping souls a delight in Death's Door.

Gamers Heroes – Johnny Hurricane – 90 / 100

For the most part, Death's Door hits it out of the park and is easily a contender for indie GOTY. Fans of top-down action RPGs shouldn't hesitate to pick this one up.

GamingTrendDavid Burdette90 / 100

Buy it. Play it. Enjoy it. It's as simple as the game feels, even if it challenges you more than you'd ever think it would. The more I've played it, the more I see every one of it's accomplishments, with fantastic gameplay and a great choice of art style and soundtrack jewels in its crown. Death's Door does nearly everything right for what it is, and even the shortcomings of the narrative is barely a blemish on a spectacular résumé.

God is a GeekChris White9 / 10

Death's Door is a beautiful game, both in the way it looks and the way it plays. Acid Nerve has hit the sweet spot when it comes to combat and exploration.

Lords Of Gaming Eugene Schaffmeir 8.6 / 10

Overall Death’s Door is a fantastic experience. One that will inevitably be a nice indie console exclusive score for Xbox. If you can get past two or three challenging parts, what’s there is an adorably comical game that will never hold your hand. If Xbox is your only platform of choice, you may not have a Breath of the Wild but, here is your Link's Awakening.

Press StartBrodie Gibbons9 / 10

This quaint story about a workaday crow discovering that death is a force of nature that without discrimination takes all, both good and bad, winds up being far more memorable and touching than I could have ever expected. With a world and characters full of Miyazaki-proportional charm, and combat and puzzles that offer up a real test, Death's Door is a beautiful sophomore effort from Acid Nerve and is certainly something to crow about.

Pure Xbox10 / 10

While Death's Door borrows a lot of elements from many other games, it mashes them all together and refines them into its own thing. Not one single element feels undercooked and the result is a mysterious world you'll instantly be lost within. Outside of the odd frame dip in certain situations, we absolutely loved Death's Door. It's a game filled with surprises, nods, humour, and moves at such a pace we could barely put the controller down. Games this well-crafted don't come along very often, but when they do, they're something to celebrate. Death's Door deserves all the attention it will most likely get, and is a contender for one of 2021's best games.

Seasoned GamingRyan Mcleod9 / 10

Death's Door is unquestionably an adventure that deserves attention.

ShacknewsDonovan Erskine9 / 10

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SoftpediaCosmin Vasile8.5 / 10

For me, the highlight of the game was the door-based battles, which had waves of enemies teleporting in more open space. Even when I died I wanted to get back to them quickly to try out new strategies (more doges are always a great idea). Death's Door offers a good mix of combat and exploration but needs a few more systems to keep gamers interested to make progress and find everything the game has to offer.

TechRaptor9.5 / 10

Acid Nerve has demonstrated an understanding of the Adventure RPG genre and has absolutely nailed its execution with Death's Door. Combat is fun and fast-paced, world exploration is rewarding, and the story while light-hearted hides some deeper meaning. Do yourself a favor and pick up Death's Door.

TwinfiniteChris Jecks4.5 / 5

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WellPlayedAsh Wayling9 / 10

Death's Door feels great to play, it's beautiful to look at, and the characters and world are beyond memorable – clock in and get your reap on.

Windows CentralJez Corden4.5 / 5 stars

Death's Door is a near-flawless isometric action-adventure full of heart, humor, and honest-to-goodness combat excellence.

Worth PlayingAndreas Salmen8.2 / 10

Overall, Death's Door is a success. It's a short but entertaining and combat-heavy Zelda-like action-adventure that is only limited by scope. It might not have the most memorable puzzles or dungeons, but it has enough heart and skill to make up for its few, minor missteps.

XboxEraJesse Norris9 / 10

I know on the Xbox platform at least there is always a “well I’ll wait for Game Pass” mentality for many, but this game deserves success. It is a remarkable achievement by a very small team, and I simply loved it.

cublikefootChase Ferrin

Death’s Door is not only a fun Zelda-like adventure game, but a very well-polished one on top of that. Fluid combat, tight controls, plenty of exploration – it has all the basics on lock.


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