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Review: Boss Rush Mythology


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Retro consoles delivered a simpler way of gaming. Instead of convoluted stories and vast worlds, you enjoyed a straightforward and often linear experience. Now, modern gamers may scoff at this restrictive approach, but older players adored the recurring gameplay loops and stripped-back core mechanics. Boss Rush Mythology transports us back to a bygone era thanks to its rudimentary graphics, haunting audio, and refined ideas.

Developed by Alexey Suslin and published by Sometimes You, this is a 2D fighting title. What’s more, it has a hardcore edge thanks to its Souls-like combat. This arena-based game tests you in a way that many others won’t. You’ll have to study your opponents’ traits, plan everything you do, and purchase new equipment to overcome 20 of the toughest bosses you’ve ever witnessed.

Protect yourself from each boss.
Don’t let its size fool you.

Boss Rush Mythology is cruel!

I can take or leave a brutal game. Moreover, I have to be in the mood to tackle anything with the words Soulsborne or Souls-like in the description. Consequently, Boss Rush Mythology required some mental preparation before I jumped on in. This sadistic title pushes you from the opening gambit. With nothing but monstrous bosses to defeat, you are tested immediately.

With no plot to talk of, or any sort of meaningful ideas, you focus on the excellent combat, and seemingly never-ending lineup of harsh overlords. You control a mysterious fighter that pits themselves against mythological beasts. You’ll come head to head with creatures from Greek, Scandinavian, Egyptian, and Slavic mythology. The aim of the game is simple: defeat each monster and move on to the next. However, unsurprisingly, there is more to it than first appears, and you’ll get hooked on a testing and trying experience.

Why so challenging?

The words “Why so challenging?” rattled around my brain repeatedly. No matter how much I tried, this hardcore and often brutal title kicked my ass over and over again. Yet, I couldn’t put it down as its sadomasochistic concept is oddly addictive. As such, every layer of every battle is considered your “cup final”. Subsequently, you have to put in a perfect shift if you wish to defeat each creature you face.

The setup is unbelievably simple. Your hero starts with a sword and a healing spell. Furthermore, he can only attack, block/parry, and heal himself. However, this strange hero is agile and can leap like a gazelle and roll like a gymnast. Additionally, you may string together commands as you are executing any action. Therefore, you can slash, leap, and roll in one slick move. This mechanic is essential if you wish to succeed. What’s more, understanding every trait of your opponent is the key to your success. 

Fighting with a giant cat will only end in tears.
Here kitty-kitty!

Stars and portals. 

20 unique bosses stand between you and being crowned a champion. But achieving this momentous goal is no mean feat. Thanks to their individual talents, you’ll have to master and overcome each monster. Furthermore, each overload has special attacks that must be avoided. However, you’ll use your wits, agility, and defence to stun your foe and complete each stage. 

Every battle is rewarded with a maximum of 5 stars. What’s more, every successful bout awards you gold to buy new weapons and equipment. Earning each of the stars is easier said than done as you must move quickly, parry projectiles, or avoid being hit. Accordingly, getting through each of your foes is tough and will test your skills and resolve. 

Between the portals is a central hub. This is a safe area where you may refresh your health and purchase new weapons and items. Alongside this, there is a training area to polish your skills. You’ll spend limited time in this location as you flit from arena to arena, trying to complete your task of becoming a champion.

Boss Rush Mythology epitomises old-school gaming. 

Though Boss Rush Mythology is polished, it is distinctly old-school. Thanks to the basic sprites and simple level design, you are reminded of a Sega Mega Drive title. What’s more, the garish colours, rudimentary animation, and refined backgrounds enhance the retro vibes. On top of this, I adored the unique backdrops and every boss’s individual traits. 

The audio continues the dated approach. With an aggressive but simple soundtrack and shrill sound effects, it’ll transport you to the 90s. I loved how every battle was complemented by an upbeat and cruel song. What’s more, you won’t tire of the rudimentary sound effects as you slice, dice, and roll your way to victory.

The hero tackles an enormous bow-wielding boss.
I think you have an unfair height advantage.

Excellent controls. 

I was surprised by how great the controls were. Thanks to the stringed commands and responsive inputs, you can move like a ninja. Additionally, once you understand your opponents’ traits, you’ll block, roll, and parry like a pro. 

If you struggle with challenging titles, Boss Rush Mythology isn’t for you. However, if you enjoy something that tests you repeatedly, then you’ll adore every moment. Yes, it is cruel and unkind, but the action is addictive and rewarding. Subsequently, there is plenty of replay value if you can stomach the tough ideas. 

Boss Rush Mythology is brilliantly dated and unbelievably cruel. 

Boss Rush Mythology pushed me to my limits. No matter how much I tried, it kicked my ass throughout. Yet, it is this cruel touch that makes you want to play it repeatedly. Furthermore, its tough nature is rewarding. Accordingly, I enjoyed it and I recommend that you buy it here! Can you defeat every mythological beast? Learn the basics, master your skills, and kill everything in sight. 


Boss Rush Mythology is a tough arena-based Souls-like fighting game. With nothing but bosses to fight, you have to be on top of your game to succeed. Furthermore, you must study every strength and weakness as you tackle each cruel mythological overlord.

+ Brilliant old-school graphics.
+ Aggressive audio.
+ Excellent controls.
+ An unusual concept.

- It is occasionally too tough.
- Completing each objective is harsh and time-consuming.
- It can become repetitive.

(Rating: PEGI 16 Strong Violence Release date: 10/05/2023 Price: £8.39)

(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, Android, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 )

Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email:

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<p class="has-text-align-justify" style="font-size:14px"><em>Boss Rush Mythology</em> is a tough arena-based Souls-like fighting game. With nothing but bosses to fight, you have to be on top of your game to succeed. Furthermore, you must study every strength and weakness as you tackle each cruel mythological overlord.</p><br/> + Brilliant old-school graphics.<br/> + Aggressive audio.<br/> + Excellent controls.<br/> + An unusual concept.<br/> <br/> - It is occasionally too tough.<br/> - Completing each objective is harsh and time-consuming.<br/> - It can become repetitive.<br/> <br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(<b>Rating:</b> PEGI 16 Strong Violence <b>Release date:</b> 10/05/2023 <b>Price:</b> £8.39)</p><br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, Android, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 )</p><br/>Review: Boss Rush Mythology