There was something I was more excited for yesterday than any of the newly released games, and that was the impending arrival of the version 2.0 update to Slayin [$0.99]. I even stayed up until midnight hoping it would come out, but sadly it didn't. However, when I got up today, it was there waiting for me in the App Store, like a tiny Christmas morning present under the tree.

If you haven't been following along, Slayin version 2.0 was announced in early December and adds three brand new playable heroes to the game. Each of Slayin's original three heroes played quite differently from one another, each offering up a unique experience with their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Getting three new characters is practically like doubling the original size of the game. For hardcore Slayin fans, it's a very exciting prospect. The three new characters include the Archer, the Tamer and the Ninja, all of which you can see in the trailer below.

Now, if you really haven't been following along and aren't sure what Slayin even is, I'd suggest reading our original review from last year when the game was released. In a nutshell, Slayin is an action-platformer-RPG. Your chosen hero runs back and forth automatically in the single-screen play area, and you'll need to jump and/or attack to avoid the increasingly difficult waves of enemies that are coming after you. Your character also levels up quite rapidly while playing, meaning that during the course of the game you'll be able to upgrade your weapons and abilities to take on greater and greater threats. This all happens during a single run, and should you die, it's back to the beginning for you, similar to a roguelike.

Slayin has deep hooks, as it's that perfect blend of simplicity and depth that keeps you wanting to come back over and over again. With three brand new characters to play around with, my afternoon's productivity is basically shot. Head on over to the App Store and grab Slayin version 2.0 now.

  • Amenbrother

    I'm in!

  • C. Stubb

    Surprise! You'll need over 40,000 of the "Fame Points" to unlock all of the new characters. Better start grinding...

  • FledgeFish

    I literally just logged on to check if it was coming soon. AWESOME!

  • C. Stubb

    I've already unlocked the archer character, and he's pretty cool. The button activates a "dash attack" (similar to the mage's attack but with a speed boost), and pressing the button again will fire an arrow. In the shop, weapon upgrades affect the arrow flight path and damage, while armor upgrades increase the number of enemies the arrow can pierce.

    I've found the archer to be particularly useful for taking down bosses, but when facing hordes of enemies, the dash attack often leaves me stranded in the middle of a swarm. Also, unlike the mage's fireball attack which is useful from the start, the arrow takes quite a bit of upgrading before it starts to become useful outside of boss battles.

  • felipe

    Still without icloud sync save.. Thats sux!

    • Paul Graham

      You're right, this game needs it bad. I don't find it to be very playable on an iPad but I'm sure it would be dandy on a Mini.

    • Michael Wootton

      Yuuup, I recently upgraded my iPhone and iPad and everything I had unlocked is gone... Not too happy. Also wish they would implement a 0.99 IAP for a fame point doubler, I do not feel like grinding just to get what I already had, plus the new stuff... Ugh...

      • felipe

        Ifunbox can be used to transfer saved between devices.. But its a pain in the ass to do it multiple times.

      • Amenbrother

        Thats why they are hoping you buy IAP lol

  • ste86uk

    I love the Mage most at the minute and it'll be a while before I have those new classes but at least it's something to aim for. Interested in trying the tamer.

  • Jesse7277

    Never ever heard of this game. I just bought it on a whim. I hope it's as good as people say.

  • Zerol3onheart

    I wish they would have fixed the one issue that drives me nuts: enemies that constantly run to the corners, leaving the middle of the screen empty. Drives me insane.

  • Raider_-z

    Ohh yea we get a blue Robin Hood a ninja and an old man that jockeys monsters like he was playing left for dead my dream has come true

  • WhereTheGoodGamesAt

    Addictive game I remember hearing about this back in the day and thought it looked lame, glad I picked it up. But damn do I suck with the wizard and the archer.

  • iTester

    No doubt game is addictive but they they should give some fame points with new update.

    • Korbinian@fdg

      Actually we give away 500 free fame points the first time you start the app after installing the update : )

  • OneBagTravel

    Love this game.