Hellbreaker, a vertical roguelike platformer with heavy-metal music and the visuals to match developed by Tahoe Games and published by Toge Productions, will be releasing for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS in the first quarter of 2018 according to a press release from the publisher.

Gamers will take on the role of Arok, a sinner with the ability to kill demons. You’ll fight your way through the demonic horde of Belial as you climb through vertically-oriented levels, all set to riveting metal music. As you progress through the game, you’ll unlock new levels, new skills, and new characters to help you along in your journey colored by blood and unholy entrails. The publisher released a gameplay trailer alongside this announcement:


The game emphasizes racking up big combos through use of the game’s melee mechanics, although a limited option for ranged combat exists through the use of ammo. Of course, like many Metroidvania games, players can use their various combat moves to get up to the next platform as well as falcon punch hellspawn in their ugly little mugs. Arok’s demonic arm is just a hint at his full form; players will be able to fully transform into a more powerful form through some method that isn’t evident as of yet.

Although the game’s screen is vertically oriented, players will be able to move sideways on levels as well; the screen shape is likely a compromise to accommodate the mobile versions and keep the framing of the game’s action the same across all platforms. No price for this upcoming game from Tahou Games has been announced as of yet. Hellbreaker will release for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS in the first quarter of 2018.

What do you think of Hellbreaker? Does the particular aesthetic of this game appeal to you? What do you think about the vertical orientation of the game? Let us know in the comments below!

Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!