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Illance, it is a land ruled by a wise and brave Queen where two factions, the Aristocrats and the Knights, have vied for power for generations. Tonight is the fateful night where Lucrezia Viscounti, the top student of the Aristocrat's Besier academy and the protagonist of this story, will undergo through the ritual of "the Adjuvant Trial". It is a ritual held since the founding of the country that will decide which faction will hold military and political authority, as well as protecting the Queen. Of course, she will not undergo this trial alone; representing the Knights is top student of the Scelta academy and her former friend, Francesca Stralo.

Cröixleur is an arcade-styled Hack and Slash game by the doujin circle of souvenir circ. where you will test your strength against waves upon waves of enemies. The gameplay is very reminiscent to the Bloody Palace found in the later entries of the Devil May Cry series as you must slay your enemies quickly as possible and take various routes to fight the next set of enemies. Lucrezia can take with her to four different swords before each game, each with their own strengths and unique special attacks to help her chain effective combos. There's also a Score Attack mode to test how much points you can rack up in three minutes, and an Endless Mode where you fight an endless wave of enemies 'til you drop.

Originally released in Japan for Windows PC during Comiket 78, Cröixleur was later released overseas by Nyu Media on January 24th, 2013 on DESURA and GamersGate. The English release also features new HD filters and widescreen support, in-game Achievements, and personal rankings. After being greenlit on Steam, an Updated Re-release titled Cröixleur Sigma was released on April 30th, 2014. Sigma includes new features not seen in the original such as Steam-integrated features (Steam Achievements, online leaderboards, trading cards, etc.), a new story, new weapons, extra game modes, fully-voiced cut-scenes, and the ability to play as Francesca; this version was also brought to DESURA without the Steam-integrated features. The overseas PC release however was delisted for a time from digital distribution on June 1, 2019.


An enhanced port was later released on PlayStation 4 and Play Station Vita in 2016, and the Nintendo Switch in 2019, this time published by Active Gaming Media. This version features even more extra content, such as two more characters (Katerina, the sister of the Queen, and Sara-Annika, a foreign exchange student) in an alternate story that sees them investigating a recent surge in monster attacks, customization options, new game modes, gameplay adjustments, alternate outfits, and the option to chat with the characters in the game in VR. This version was later ported back to PC via Steam and the PLAYISM Store as Cröixleur Sigma - Deluxe Edition on November 20th, 2019, effectively replacing the previous version of Sigma and the original.


This game features trope examples of:

  • Achievement System: The game featured an in-game achievement system since it's original release under the Gallery. Achievements includes "Clear the Story Mode on X Difficulty" and "Defeat 1,000 enemies mid-air" among others. The later re-releases would also incorporate these as Steam Achievements and Trophies for the PlayStation 4 and Vita versions.
  • Airborne Mook: The flying eye-bat enemies, who flies above the ground and can dive down and ram into the player.
  • After-Combat Recovery: During the Story Mode for Katerina and Sara-Annika, players recover a small portion of lost HP in between floors.
  • All There in the Manual: There is an expanded lore behind the queendom of Illance, the Nobles, the Knights, the Nito Tower, and the characters in the Deluxe Edition, but is rarely mentioned in the character's respective Story Modes.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: In the Deluxe Edition, you can spend the gold and silver coins you collected from defeated enemies between playthroughs to unlock various costume items and accessories for the girls to wear.
  • Animated Armor: The living armor enemies, who are towering suits of armor armed with a sword and shield that very slow but make up for it with sheer durability and strength.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: "Cröixleur" looks like a French word, but is meaningless.
  • Auto-Revive: The unlockable Tabi the Cat accessory may revive the player from defeat once.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The Deluxe Edition unfortunately suffers from this with the mid-game subtitles feature with sentences lacking spaces.
  • Boss Warning Siren: When you enter a boss room.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Francesca, who has short blonde hair. Lucrezia mentions that Fran used to have long hair like her in Francesca's ending of Story Mode.
  • Combo Breaker: Your Chain counter for collecting coins in the later versions of the game will go to zero if you get hit.
  • Combos: Players can chain together their basic attacks and link them with the special attacks from the weapons they chosen.
  • Cool Sword: How about ten of 'em at your disposal? Sigma and Deluxe Edition later added even more of them between characters.
  • Cooperative Multiplayer: Cröixleur Sigma introduces the ability to play some of its modes with a second player. This also carries onto the PlayStation 4/Vita and Switch re-releases but was taken out for unknown reasons in the PC version of Deluxe Edition.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Lucrezia has red eyes that matches with her hair.
  • Degraded Boss: Bosses that you fought in an earlier floor sometimes return as reoccurring enemies or become a Boss in Mook Clothing.
  • Difficulty Levels: These games feature a Normal and Easy difficulty level under its Options menu.
  • Downloadable Content: The PlayStation 4 and Vita versions of the game has cross-promotional costumes and accessories from other doujin games, such as Astebreed, Ace of Seafood, REVOLVER 360 RE:ACTOR, and The House in Fata Morgana. These DLCs are included for free with the PC version.
  • Elite Mooks: The later variants of certain enemy types or higher level enemies, which are more aggressive and can deal higher damage to the player.
  • Endless Game: The Endless and Survival Modes.
  • Every 10,000 Points: Once you collect a certain amount of coins, you gain another Spin Attack stock, and the threshold for the next stock increases.
  • Essence Drop: Defeating enemies causes them to drop coins which can level-up your character.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: The original Japanese release of Cröixleur has issues with using its built-in FSAA functions that causes the game to display as a black screen, which was removed from the overseas release. Sigma also has a similar problem when attempting to use its Graphical Filter option on certain windowed/fullscreen and resolution settings.
  • Geo Effects: Some modes of the Deluxe Edtion feature stages that will have a specific effect based Fire, Ice, Lightning.
    • Fire: Increases damage output of enemies and player(s).
    • Ice: Frozen terrain that becomes difficult to walk on.
    • Lightning: Lightning storm that strikes down the player(s).
  • Girlish Pigtails: Lucrezia, who has long twin-tails.
  • The Goomba: The goblin enemies, who are very weak and not to keen on attacking the player until their higher-level variants.
  • Fake Difficulty: If the player were to lose fighting against the game's True Final Boss in the Deluxe Edition, it's automatic Game Over, regardless if they had continues leftover.
  • Fighting Your Friend: If you were quick enough to beat the second-to-last final boss, you fight the rivaling character at the top of the tower.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Downplayed. You can obtain ten different weapons for each character, but you only carry four with you.
  • Item Get!: Whenever you acquire a new weapon, and you also get a description of it and it's abilities.
  • "Just Frame" Bonus: If you time a strike or dash just before an enemy hits, you can deflect/graze through the attack unharmed.
  • Lag Cancel: Your attacks can be canceled by dashing or using special attacks, though they will consume MP.
  • Life Meter: The HP meter.
  • Limit Break: The Deluxe Edition changes the spin attack from the previous versions to a traditional limit break attack that various by character. You can build up a maximum stock of 5 at a given time.
  • Lucky Charms Title: The updated re-release, Cröixleur Σ.
  • Mana Meter: The MP meter.
  • Meta Multiplayer: The Steam version of the Deluxe Edition features online leaderboards.
  • Multiple Endings: In the Story Mode, depending on your performance in the game.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: Parodied with the Berserga, which its description mentions its a replica of the famous dragon-slaying sword made for single-hand use.
  • One-Word Title: The original game. It's later re-releases added more to its title.
  • Palette Swap:
    • The enemies in the game often come in three different color palettes of increasing strength.
    • In Deluxe Edition, the two new characters, Katerina and Sara-Annika, carry weapons that are palette swaps of Lucrezia's and Francesca's. And there's a reason for this.
  • Photo Mode: The Communication Mode in the Deluxe Edition is functionally this, which allows players to take photos of the chosen pair of girls in various outfits and accessories while giving them the ability to have them talk to the player. The Japanese PlayStation 4 version goes even further by allowing players to use the PlayStation VR headset to interact with them.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Lucrezia tears pantyhose along with her skirt.
  • Rainbow Pimp Gear: The accessories you can purchase for the girls ranges from crowns, swirly glasses, a mask designed after Astebreed, cat paws, a jet pack, and more, and these accessories grants them various boosts and effects, from increased I-frames for dashing, improved Mana Burst duration, MP recovery from slain enemies, among other effects. Some effects however only work on certain modes. The visibility of these items, however, can be toggled so they become hidden from view.
  • Real-Time Weapon Change: To switch weapons, you perform a weapon's special attack to switch to the desired weapon.
  • Regional Bonus: The original game received widescreen support and some visual improvements for its overseas release.
  • RPG Elements: As you beat up enemies, you get experience points to level up your character's and raise her stats although your stats do not carry over between playthrough. Your weapons also level up as you use them, becoming more and more powerful as you use them.
  • Roguelike: The Dungeon Mode and the Story Mode for Katerina and Sara-Annika features elements of roguelikes minus perma-death of your A.I. partner in that you ascend various floors with random effects, your weapons can break after being worn from use, and you only gain back weapons after clearing a floor. It is more forgiving than traditional roguelikes at first, but should you reach the true final boss of the Story Mode, regardless of any spare credits on-hand, its automatic Game Over if you lost the game's true final boss.
  • Shout-Out: Some of the weapons you can collect other famous weapons from other series.
    • The Babelista bares a resemblance to the Master Sword.
    • The Berserga is a not-so-subtle parody of the Dragon Slayer.
    • Lucrezia carries the title of "The Moonlight Sword Princess". In Sigma, Francesca has this title instead.
  • Scoring Points: A scoring system was added in Sigma where players can score points as they deal damage and defeat enemies as well as collecting coins. In addition to gaining points from fighting and collecting coins, each enemy they defeat build a Rate multiplier that increases the value of points gained, however it quickly diminishes if the player is not fighting.
  • Smash Mook: The club-wielding giant enemies, whose primary attacks consist of swinging their club and charging into the player.
  • Spin Attack: In the form a Smart Bomb attack where Lucrezia attacks surrounding enemies in the original game and Sigma. This was however replaced with a Limit Break in Deluxe Edition.
  • Super Move Portrait Attack: In Cröixleur Sigma and its Deluxe Edition version, performing your expandable spin attack or limit break will show a portrait of your character.
  • Timed Mission: The Story Mode is on a time limit of 15 minutes for Lucrezia's and Francesca's campaign or 30 minutes for Katerina's and Sara-Annika's campaign. Time Attack mode gives you 3 minutes to score as much points as possible.
  • Title Scream: "Cröixleur" / "Cröixleur Sigma"
  • True Final Boss: If you perform well enough in the later re-release versions' Story Mode, there's an extra boss awaiting after your character's initial trial has been cleared.
  • Updated Re-release: The game has been seen three updated versions since it's initial release.
    • The original game received widescreen support for up to 720p and additional shader effects when it was initially localized overseas by Nyu Media.
    • Cröixleur Sigma is this to the original, which bumped up to 1080p in the visuals department, added more weapons, an unlockable Challenge Mode, promoted Francesca to playable once unlocked, and a fully-voiced Story Mode. It also features a new soundtrack and a new voice cast.
    • The 2016 console and handheld ports of Cröixleur Sigma by PLAYISM adds in more stuff along with another visual revamp, such as two extra characters, more weapons, customization options, extra costumes, an option to interact with the characters. This version was ported back to PC as the Deluxe Edition, replacing the previous version.
  • Video Game Dashing: You can dash around the arenas as if you were Dante using his Trickster style from Devil May Cry 3 as long as you have the MP for it. It's also possible to dash around in mid-air.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: One of the main draws of the Deluxe Edition version of the game is the ability to dress up the girls in various outfits and accessories. It is possible, however, to toggle the visibility of the accessories.