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Sang: The Desert Blade is a Souls-like Action RPG currently in development. Demo is keyboard and mouse only for now.

Kickstarter Pre-launch Page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fisk/sang-the-desert-blade

Explore, fight and defeat terrifying bosses in the unforgiving world of  Sang: The Desert Blade



  • RPG system - Use Essence, collected from slain enemies, to level up and increase your attributes
  • Upgrade your weapons, making them more powerful
  • Explore a unique world - Find useful items such as the 'masks of the dead' that unlock new talents
  • Die and learn from your mistakes
  • 4 directional combat that encourages thoughtful positioning and good timing


  • Use a unique spellcasting system that allows you to cast any spell you've learned at any time by quickly inputting the spells pattern



Follow the story of Sang as she's looking for her kin. Her visions warn about world ending events and her own deaths. The gods have grown silent... and it's up to you to find out what happened.

The game is work in progress, important features are missing.

If you like this game, make sure to follow me on twitter or join my Discord server! Don't forget to rate and comment!

The game might perform badly on integrated gpus. If you're on laptop, make sure your dedicated gpu is forced in drivers.


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SangTheDesertBlade v0.20c 64bit YYC.zip 93 MB
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great game,honestly speaking i was shocked by the first boss that was soooo coooool! anyways i think theres something wrong with the game. The crates are somehow problematic and so do the iventory. When i press c it just dont show out. also sometimes i cant open a crate when pressing e as following the instructions, hope u guys fix this, cant wait the new update. also i hope to add a save and load system, cause each time when i quit the game, i need to start from the beginning. great game

Hi thanks for trying out the game. Not being able to open inventory or chests is a new one, I don't think that happened to anyone. Are you playing on ENG keyboard layout? If you have french or any other non eng layout it could mess stuff up. 

i think im using a english keyboard layout

Question, will this be on Consoles or Mobile? I don't usually use my computer.

It will be ported to consoles.

Nice, can't wait to try it in the future. 

It seems like a great game in the making, plus there's not many furry Themed Games on Consoles sadly so can't wait.

The pixel art is really beautiful, there are many wonderful details and great gameplay. Amazing game, congrats.

Thank you!! 

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Dude this is AMAZING, do you think there might be multiplayer sometime in the future

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Thanks! The game is designed for singleplayer, multiplayer would be incredibly difficult to implement.

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What kinda PC do you have? It sounds like it's ancient.

If your gpu is like is somewhet recent like 2010+ try installing, reinstaling your gpu drivers. Can't really help you if I don't know what your gpu is.

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thank you very much, it was just my gpu driver. 

Is the game on xbox?

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No but the finished game will be

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Alright, the demo was really fun. I cant wait for the full release, keep up the good work fam :) 

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amazing game, I was blown away by every aspect of it.

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Thank you for playing!

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Thank YOU for making

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CAN'T WAIT TO GET A FULL VERSION!!!! I love the game a lot<3

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Absolutely stellar demo for what looks to be a promising as heck game, super excited to see where it goes!

Thank you so much <3

Android version is planned or impossible because of the controls (too much buttons)? 

I tested it on android with gamepad and it works fine but no plans for it. I might make an apk for people that wish to play it that way but there's lots of buts and I can't guarantee it would work properly on all devices.

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loved it! cant wait for the full release!

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Thank youuu <3

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i think is a game with big potential, but i cant play becouse while i am walking i cant move my cursor :( its a shame i cant play only with my keyboard , i will be happy to play if you fix that. any ways good job,  i wish to be notice if you fix that pls (i dont know if i write well , i am learning english)

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Hi! Thanks for downloading the game. I think you're playing on a laptop without mouse right. I've noticed that problem too on laptops that the touchpad is disabled if you're using a keyboard.

This is a laptop feature and you gonna have to google up how to disable it in windows so you can use both keyboard and touchpad at the same time.

aaaah yes, i have a mouse too,  if is fixed notice me . Good Look.

Works fine with mouse!

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Pretty poggers UwU

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This game is amazing. For a demo this is the most polished 2d souls-like game I have ever played. The atmosphere was really mysterious and a little spoopy and the gameplay although simple really captures the jank combat of the souls games. The enemies were neither difficult nor easy. The demo boss was truly amazing. In my video it actually took me 5 tries because I had to remember that dodge roll exists. Even after defeating the boss it really gave me that sense of accomplishment. I cannot find any faults in this game and I can't wait to see the full game! Good luck on completing it :D!!

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Thank youu <3. Good job defeating the boss!

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Just uploaded my playthrough of the demo on my youtube channel! This demo is awesome, really interested to see what the full game is like! Here is the video: 

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Thank you for playing!

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I love this so much! I can't wait to see how evolves when the full game is released! I hope you charge money for it, cause I'll gladly crack my wallet open for this. 

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Who knows, maybe a kickstarter campaing is coming soonish hehe

duuuuuuude do it! I would give some money!

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(p.p.s. i just realized that the review was supposed to go together with the rating. uh, it won't hurt to have it here too would it?)

I just finished playing the demo and it looks like it has a lot of cool things going for it! the spellcasting is very interesting and I like the way parrying and dodging works. however, I will say that there are some things I'm not fully fond of.

firstly, the hitbox of the strong attack is a bit too unforgiving I feel. I've been right in front of an enemy and still miss the strong attack. I can see that the sword was going to miss them by an inch, but I feel it can be a little more forgiving, since it's very hard to actually make use of the strong attack at all as is since sang can't attack diagonally, the strong attack ends up missing by a hard over half of the time.

the hyper armor/super armor/poise of the big enemies makes sense, but I feel it could be indicated. it'd cause little harm to the game since it seems to be content with showing health bars and stamina bars very clearly. I don't see why a white outline around a character with poise would hurt. though I could just be an idiot forgetting that they have super armor

Of course, there's also the fact that different weapons don't have different models/movesets. This may be a demo thing, but in case it isn't i really feel at least a slightly altered model could be nice or even a different moveset for some weapons like the way dark souls handles straight swords and curved swords. I didn't find any of the other weapon classes, so I only have the standard swords for reference. still, I hope this isn't too much of an issue. maybe I'll edit this if I end up looking for and finding the other weapon classes

Again, this can be taken with a grain of salt. I'm not experienced in game design, but I hope my feedback can still help even a little. the game looks very promising and I'll be watching with lots of intrigue.

p.s. was this the right place to give my feedback on the game?

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Hello there and thank you for trying out the game!

Game's combat is more deliberat, positioning yourself correctly is part of the game. The sword's strong attack is more of a gap closer so you should stand a little bit away from enemies when using it. Some weapons like spears will only hit where your spear's tip is, but yeah, not spamming your attacks and making sure they hit is part of the game. 

Big guys have super armor yes and that's what they usually gonna have. That's the kinda stuff you'll figure out and learn as you play. 

Game is still in a very early development, different weapons , skins and movesets will be in game.  This is very barebones to see how people like it and get feedback early.

Thanks again for playing and trying out the game!

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The game's great so far! Excellent job on all audiovisual departments.

The game does fall short  on the some of the design choices however. Like being unable to dodge through foes but then having to dodge through an enemy (body part) during the boss battle. Also, the lack of explanation on somethings like the casting system is baffling, I had to check it on the pause menu (aka break the flow of my game) to see how it was done. Also the font choice is the oddest thing; it's a cool font, but I had difficulty reading at many points (especially in the heat of the moment). The cost of stamina for things like sprinting and dodging is also concerning; but I understand such balancing issues are part of the process.

Overall, it's good game with potential, but needs some anti-frustration techniques in its design.

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Thanks a lot for playing!

You can dodge through attacks which the hand swipes, during the boss fight, are. This is the kinda video game logic that I think is usually accepted as fine. Dodging through enemies would remove too much of the difficulty.

Casting is explained when you pick up the Light spell. I made the design choice that tutorial stuff is very non intrusive and you can ignore it, so you must have missed it.

Font will change.

You can level up your endurance which increases your stamina (This is an RPG so your character will get stronger).

Thanks again for playing and for the feedback! 

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:D

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It looks interesting, this game will be available in Steam?

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Yep. I'm also gonna be patching up this demo based on feedback, working on a big update right now that fixes lots of stuff.

Thanks for playing!

Nice, thanks for the answear :D

cant wait this game release on steam

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Very nice, I can tell a lot of work has gone into this, wrote a review with my feedback.

Completed the demo and overall, I’m liking the game so far.

Excited to see how the game develops!

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Thanks a lot for the feedback!

I wanted to explain a little why the game has instakill falling and "lag" at the end of some animations that you're talking about in your feedback.

If you press roll at the wrong time and in the wrong direction you have to live with that decision right and if you do it wrong you'll get punished, that's why the game is a souls-like but fair.

The game is supposed to be methodical where every button press fells important.

Some of this stuff will get better because it's an RPG and with more stats and talents it will get smoother.

Thanks again for playing!

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That said, I'm making some changes based on your feedback like increased movement/sprint speed, light lasting longer, faster and improved rolling and the stun you get after getting hit in exhausted state shorter.

Thanks again!

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COOL

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Souls-like that's only keyboard and mouse? Man you really want me to die a lot.

So far I really like what I see. The movement and animations are nice and smooth. The combat's decent. The range on the sword seemed very short and I kept misjudging whether I could hit an enemy or not. That and the fact that you can only attack in the cardinal direction your facing made combat a bit frustrating. But of course, like with any Souls game, part of the fun is the janky controls and the learning curve of how to work with it, so I can't fault the game too much for that.

The stamina management feels very tight throughout the game, with how you can only dodge and attack like 4 times before your stamina is empty. That isn't a negative though, since I like the slower and more methodical gameplay. Makes it hard to get out of a stick situation though.

The spells were, interesting. I'm not a big spell guy in these games, and the fact that you have to memorize a key combo to cast them made me not use them in combat much. But they worked well utility wise. The light for obvious reasons and the bolt for managing aggro. Also, as much as I liked the lighting mechanics in the second area, I feel the duration of the light spell is way too short. During multiple encounters I would cast it and it would run out before I killed everyone, which either forced me to fight blind or in a tiny area around a light source. Again, this could be intentional, but it sure as shit didn't make that encounter with the bow and two sword dudes any less of a pain in the ass. 

I'm not 100% with the level design. Part of the issue is that I got lost easily. See, Dark Souls doesn't need a map because every square inch of the game is unique (for the most part), so you can be placed randomly anywhere and know right away where your at. In a game like this though, where every room and corridor uses the same few textures and templates, it makes it very hard to know where you're going. The first area wasn't bad since it was open and relatively small, but I found it difficult to navigate the lower level because of how samey every corridor felt (the light mechanic didn't help much either). Adding more features and unique designs to areas would help, or you could just keep areas small, or you could try adding a map. (Or you can just ignore me. idk I just play a lot of games, not make them)

I like the weapon mechanics. The ability to switch out secondary effects effects on the fly, with the caveat that they have harsh penalties, is an interesting design choice. You could even have a shortcut for switching effects mid fights, but that might take out some of the planning and prep you would do before fighting difficult enemies. I like it though. There's also the obvious issue of only having two weapons, which are identical to each other outside of stats. It's a demo, so that's not really a complaint. 

The boss was meh. It looked cool, but I only died to it once, and that was from dodge rolling off of the edge. The sweep and projectile attacks were very easy to dodge while the slam attack was damn near impossible to time without spamming the dodge. Adding to that the ability to fully heal yourself five times and with plenty of downtime between attacks to heal, It just wasn't very exciting. Again, it's a demo, so I can't be too harsh. Just hope the bosses get a bit more spicier in the future.

Overall though, I enjoyed it. It's polished for a first showing and what's here just made me want more. I'm excited to see where it goes.

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Thanks a lot for playing and for the feedback!

There are more weapons but they don't have finished animations so I disabled them for the demo. Each weapon is also designed to have obvious weakness like for example the swords have short range but are quite fast with wide swings. Combat was also designed around 4 directional combat to make positioning something you have to think about.

The lower level was meant to be like a maze where you can get lost, there's an npc that tells you you should follow the pink trail. Game wont have map but yes I want to make the rooms more unique.

You also wouldn't believe me how many people told me I should make the lower level completely dark with more traps :D but people also on average died to the boss like 10 times too. It's possible that you upgraded your weapons few times and leveled up too, that won't be in tutorial which basicly this demo is.

So yeah this boss is just a tutorial boss teaching you to use your dodge and be patient, only harder and spicier bosses will come after this one.

Thanks a lot again!

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is the game already have end of the demo or is just open RPG game where can be played with no end?, it's just i want to make the gameplay footage

Hello there, it has ending. Demo ends with a nice boss fight and outro animation.