About a half a year after releasing their clever tower defense/idle clicker hybrid Tap Quest: Gate Keeper [Free], developer Nanoo is back with their next release, a side-scrolling hack 'n slash RPG called Dark Sword. Right off the bad Dark Sword reminds me of the similarly titled Dark Lands [Free] from a few years ago, but Dark Sword appears to be a free-roaming hack 'n slash game whereas Dark Lands was more of an auto-runner with light combat elements. I also get a heavy Shadow Fight 2 [Free] vibe here due to the excellent animation and seemingly complex combat system. Check out the teaser and decide for yourself.

Dark Sword will be free to play and as you can see in the video there's even an auto combat setting, so you can expect this will be the kind of game where you'll do all sorts of grinding. But hey, that can be okay. Nanoo promises a "Farming and strengthening system for different weapons, Over 100 stages and monsters, and a Hardcore mode for the fearless." What's more concerning than grinding is if there will be any sort of energy timers or other factors that might limit play, which is always a bummer. We'll know soon enough as Nanoo expect Dark Sword to launch in early February and you can catch more info on the game in the forums.

  • Imagine2JL

    Very very interesting!!!

  • Tito Piccolo

    what's new????

    • nicoper

      The game is new.

  • redicius

    Why did they cover half of the screen with nontransparent controls?

    • ImJPaul

      Was just wondering the same thing. This screams premium and easy gesture controls yet has neither. Hopefully, if this is good then they'll address this.

  • xxAcesHighxx

    Wow, quite a few virtual controls there! Hoping for MFi support :0)

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/rrvirus redribbon

    "auto play" 🙁

  • Brendan Charles

    While I know in Limbo it was an artistic choice... I feel like all the 'silhouette' games are just taking the easy way out and not texturing any of their assets.

    • http://www.wavelightgames.com/ WaveLightGames

      Agreed ... there's no real reason for it any more. Phones and Tablets can easily render nice graphics now so it's not due to a limitation of hardware. I don't really see what silhouette's add to the theme of this game from the trailer.

      • Brendan Charles

        It doesn't add anything and doesnt even match the theme, It's just easier to make the characters all black and call it a style choice then to actually do the art for them.

  • mindseyes

    Just like badlands meets limbo

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

    Those things that you use with your eyes to help see people places and things far away