Crowsworn is a Stylish, High Action Metroidvania that Celebrated Its 1-Year Kickstarter Anniversary

Crowsworn is a Stylish, High Action Metroidvania that Celebrated Its 1-Year Kickstarter Anniversary

Crowsworn is yet another Kickstarter success story. The game is a Bloodbourne-inspired Metroidvania.

Crowsworn is a Stylish, High Action Metroidvania that Celebrated Its 1-Year Kickstarter Anniversary

  • Genre: Metroidvania, Action, side-scroller
  • Developed by: Mongoose Rodeo
  • Published by: Mongoose Rodeo
  • Release date: TBD (Tentative Kickstarter Date: December 2023)
  • Price: TBD (Kickstarter price for a digital copy started at CA$20)
  • Platforms: Windows (Steam)

On the eve of July 11, 2021, the small development team of Mongoose Rodeo launched their Kickstarter campaign. Their goal? A small sum of CA$125,000 to help fund their little passion project, Crowsworn.

Who would’ve thought that Crowsworn would get fully funded in less than 3 hours of clicking “Launch Campaign”? Even further, who would’ve guessed they’d get total pledges upwards of CA$1,250,000. That’s literally ten times the amount they expected. But what is Crowsworn? For those who haven’t heard of it, let’s listen to Mongoose Rodeo’s tale.

The First Crowsbourne Game

Crowsworn is a Metroidvania with its dark, gothic, beating heart. The game has a hand-drawn aesthetic that isn’t too far off from the likes of its obvious inspiration, Hollow Knight. In fact, the team at Mongoose Rodeo cites the popular Metroidvania as one of its inspirations. The team also took notes from other popular media such as Bloodborne and Devil May Cry’s stylish action combat.

Here Comes the Crow!

Here Comes the Crow!

Personally, I also get some serious Hellsing anime vibes from Crowsworn’s main character. The way the little unnamed crow slashes, dashes, and guns down his enemies deeply resembles the likes of Alucard. No complaints there.

Crowsworn’s Story So Far

Players will follow the journey of an unnamed warrior crow that suddenly wakes up alone in a coffin. Our crow will journey out and discover that they are in a region called Fearanndal, and a village called Angsthel.

Welcome to Fearanndal

Welcome to Fearanndal

Since you are without your memories and no obvious goals in the world, the crow decides to assist the village. Crowsworn’s world is one of despair and darkness. Apparently, the entire region has been plunged into eternal turmoil by some dark beings. Everyone is being punished for the sins of their ancestors. It has been so long that nobody seems to remember the main reason.

The Tortured Souls of Angsthel

The Tortured Souls of Angsthel

The crow thus descends into the lower reaches of the world, eager to uncover the truth behind the evil forces that lurk in the shadows.

S-s-s-tylish!!

Players in Crowsworn will have multiple ways to lay waste to their foes. Though the Crow has no memories, he still knows how to fight. The primary death bringers available to the player will be the Scythe, the Pistols, and the Crow’s own Corvian Magic.

Crowsworn's Scythe

Crowsworn’s Scythe

The Scythe will operate much like any melee weapon. It will be used for quick, brutal up-close attacks. It will be stylish, fun, and visceral to use. Much like Hollow Knight’s Nail weapon, the Scythe will also be used for various environmental puzzles, like pogo hopping on hazards. Unlike the Nail, the Scythe can be thrown at enemies, only to boomerang back towards the Crow. This gives him an unexpected ranged attack, in addition to the Pistols.

Hop on Hazards

Hop on Hazards

Speaking of, the Pistols are the Crow’s primary ranged weapon. Like the Scythe, these are extremely quick-firing attacks but are limited by ammunition. The Crow will only have a fixed number of shots that can be fired before he needs to reload. Unfortunately, due to the quick nature of combat, care must be made in reloading, as it will leave the Crow vulnerable.

Crowsworn's Pistol Shots

Pistol Shots

Lastly is the Crow’s Corvian Magic. These will be Crowsworn’s most devastating attacks, laying waste and ruin in your wake. Some examples shown off were powerful area-of-effect attacks such as poison clouds, shadow hands to pull enemies close (and probably pull you towards larger foes), and more.

Ever Wanted to Hit Foes With a Magical Bloody Crow?

Ever Wanted to Hit Foes With a Magical Bloody Crow?

While Corvian Magic is extremely potent, it is even more limited when compared to Pistol Ammunition. These types of skills make use of Malic, a resource that you gain when hitting enemies with melee attacks. This encourages the player to take the offensive, much like Bloodborne’s Rally system.

Devil May Crow

Mongoose Rodeo is also ensuring that combat, being the highlight of the game, is extremely fun and responsive. “Our philosophy is that when a player pushes a button, they should always get the result they expect”, according to their Kickstarter Page.

Mix Might and Magic

Mix Might and Magic

With that, players will also be able to perform some extremely visually satisfying combos. This isn’t surprising as they want the game to feel like a sidescrolling Devil May Cry. Players can mix and match hits, shots, and magic in any way they wish.

One cool example is that the Crow can hurl his Scythe at his enemies. When it reaches the impetus and starts coming back to the thrower, the Crow can then shoot the Scythe back toward enemies, prolonging the time the weapon remains in the air, cleaving foes that dare pass.

Crowsworn Combat

Crowsworn Combat

Players should be able to express their utmost creativity when it comes to dispatching foes. We’re glad that Mongoose Rodeo is promoting such carnage.

A Murder of Crows

It wouldn’t be a Metroidvania without a large, interconnected world filled with secrets that require a bit of backtracking. Good thing that Crowsworn has that in spades. The Crow will be able to navigate the realm of Fearanndal with your usual arsenal of platforming: jumps, sprints, dashes, and hops.

Metroidvania Exploration. Better Come Back Later!

Metroidvania Exploration. Better Come Back Later!

The Crow will even gain runes that can help modify his abilities in various ways. One example is giving your attacks elemental properties or having them evolve into an explosive area of effect blast. There will be plenty of upgrades to discover and experiment with.

Crowsworn to Service

Crowsworn doesn’t have a definite release date at the moment, unfortunately. They did celebrate their 1-year Kickstarter Anniversary just recently, so that’s good. It will be initially available only on PC via Steam. However, they intend to port the game to consoles later down the line.


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