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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 Storaro.
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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.

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Another re-release however has since been released on PlayStation 4, Play Station Vita, and Nintendo Switch, this time published by Active Gaming Media. This version features more extras than the PC version 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 modes, gameplay adjustments, alternate outfits, and the option to chat with the characters in the game. 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.

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  • 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, which 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 enough in between floors.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: In the Deluxe Edition, you spend the gold and silver coins you've collecting between playthroughs to unlock various costume items and accessories for the girls to wear.
  • Animated Armor: The living armor enemies, which are towering suits of armor armed with a sword and shield that very slow but make up for it with sheer durability and strength.
  • Boss Warning Siren: When you enter a boss room.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Francesca, who has short blonde hair.
  • Cool Sword: How about ten of 'em at your disposal? Sigma and Deluxe Edition later added even more of them between characters.
  • Combos: Players can chain together their basic attacks and link them with the special attacks from the weapons they chosen.
  • Combo Breaker: Your Chain counter for collecting coins in the later versions of the game will go to zero if you get hit.
  • 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.
  • 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: Endless / Survival Mode.
  • 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, which are very weak and not to keen on attacking the player until their higher-level variants.
  • 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.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Lucrezia tears pantyhose along with her skirt.
  • Panty Shot: In the Deluxe Edition version, it's possible to catch a glimpse of a heroine's panties on certain angles, often if they dashing or mid-air.
  • Rainbow Pimp Gear: The accessories you can purchase for the girls 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.
  • Real-Time Weapon Change: To switch weapons, you perform a weapon's special attack to switch to the desired weapon.
  • RPG Elements: As you beat up enemies, you get experience points to level up Lucrezia and raise her stats although your stats. Your weapons also level up as you use them, becoming more and more powerful as you play the game.
  • Regional Bonus: The original game received widescreen support and some visual improvements for its overseas release.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 and Francesca's campaign and 30 minutes for Katerina 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 original game received widescreen support for up to 720p and additional shader effects when it was localized overseas.
    • Cröixleur Sigma has been 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 console version 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.

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