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Titan Souls is 2015 action-adventure developed by Acid Nerve. Its gameplay is a mixture of The Legend of Zelda and Shadow of the Colossus. The player controls a lone adventurer armed with bow and a single arrow that has to be retrieved after every shot. The goal of the game is to kill 19 Titans who require only one hit to kill, however finding their weak spot is extremely hard.

The game uses a pixel art style with 3D elements for some of the titans. It plays as a top-down action-adventure with very simple controls: there is one button to shoot (or pull the arrow back to the player after shooting) and one button for rolling/running.

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  • An Ice Person: Stratus and Yeti.
  • Archer Archetype: The player character is one, only armed with a bow and arrow and nothing else.
  • Armor Is Useless: Played with for Elhanan. Oh, sure, that fancy armor protects him just fine while he's wearing it, but hit his big arrow ONCE, and it disappears, leaving him immobile and defenseless for a few seconds. Granted, grabbing your own arrow and firing it again in that time is challenging, but it makes you wonder what he'd do against someone who thought to bring two arrows.
  • Asteroids Monster: Sludgeheart, one of the first titans in the game, splits into two whenever it's struck, with one half carrying its weak point. In Hard Mode, it and its parts split into three on hit.
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  • Attack Its Weak Point: Shoot any of the titans in their weak spot and they're killed in one hit. The trouble is finding when they're vulnerable.
  • Attack the Tail: Onyxia's weakspot is on the tip of its tail.
  • Blob Monster: Sludgeheart and Mol-Qayin. Mol-Qayin stretches the definition slightly, being a blob of magma.
  • Bonus Boss: If you look hard enough, you'll find an additional titan called "The Elder". Not only is he the only titan who actually talks, he provides a bit backstory in the game and is the only one who actually gives any dialogue in the game at all. However, he doesn't actually fight you.
  • Boomerang Comeback: Holding down the shoot button after you've fired draws the arrow back towards the protagonist. With enough momentum the arrow can damage enemies this way — perfect for striking weak points positioned on their backs.
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  • Chest Monster: Avarice is a giant mimic chest that often teleports and spews out coins to attack.
  • Chest Blaster: Gol-Set can fire a powerful beam from its exposed weak point located on the chest. The weak point will then be sealed off after use.
  • Deadly Gas: Vinethesis pumps out purple toxic fumes that will follow you around.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: After death, the player character instantly re-spawns at the last checkpoint. There are no penalties whatsoever (apart from an increasing death counter).
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The protagonist, apparently. Either way, they're barefoot the entire game.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Truth.
  • Electrified Bathtub: Onyxia can electrify the entire pool which will fry you if you don't get on the floating ice platforms in time.
  • Epic Flail: Gol-Qayin uses its two flails to move and attack.
  • Eye Beams:
    • Eyecube fires optic blasts from its eye and the beams are powerful enough to launch it in the air when it shoots the ground.
    • Gol-Set can shoot out lasers from both of its eyes.
    • Truth starts to fire a laser from its eye in the final phase
  • Freeze Ray: Stratus can summon a tower that fires a beam that creates shards of ice along its path. It can be baited to hit Stratus' teeth, exposing his weak spot in the process.
  • Frictionless Ice: Brainfreeze moves by sliding when its brain is encased in a block of ice.
  • Go for the Eye: The Elder, Eyecube, Obello and Rol-Qayin all have their only eye as weak spots.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: Both Gol-Iath and Gol-Set will try to crush you with their hands.
  • Helpful Hallucination: Obello's weak spot will only be revealed in Hard difficulty when you enter a drugged state by touching the trail left by its spore bullets.
  • He Who Fights Monsters:
    • Knight Elhanan is said to be a legendary titan slayer, yet, by the time you meet him, he's a titan himself.
    • The ending from defeating the True Final Boss implies that the protagonist becomes the next Truth.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Several titans can only be hurt by turning one of their attacks against them, though you always have to hit them afterward.
    • This is turned around on you during the final boss battle. If you miss, the boss can suck in your arrow and fire it back at you. If you try to use your power to suck it back you will also suck in his arrow (which still kills you).
  • Meaningful Name: Knight Elhanan, accredited in some translations of the bible with killing Goliath, is referred to as 'Legendary Titan Slayer'. Also, Gol-Qayin and Gol-Hevel - the original Hebrew names of Cain and Abel - which gives a very strong hint how one was murdered and the other disgraced.
  • Mirror Match: Knight Elhanan and The Soul use attacks that are very similar to your own, but have much better defenses. Knight Elhanan is even implied to be a (possibly former) titan slayer like you.
  • Mushroom Samba: Obello, a giant mushroom, fires projectiles that explode into clouds which cause a brief Interface Screw if you are nearby (or kill you on a direct hit).
  • One-Hit Kill: The player character as well as all the titans die after one hit.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Besides the player, the bosses themselves are these, but only if they're hit in the weak spot.
  • One-Hit Polykill: Knight Elhanan's arrows instantly pierces through the pillars in Hard Mode.
  • Physical God: The Elder and Truth. The latter created the former, who created humanity.
  • Pinball Projectile:
    • Knight Elhanan's big arrow has the tendency to bounce around the environment.
    • Gol-Hevel's bullets ricochet off walls in Hard Mode.
  • Playing with Fire: Mol-Qayin, Rol-Qayin and Gol-Qayin.
  • Puzzle Boss: Many if not most of the titans are like this, since they can be killed instantly if you can expose their weakness without dying.
  • Rocket-Tag Gameplay: Every boss dies in one hit to their weak point (though many require one or two other shots to expose it). You also die in one hit. The focus is on dodging attacks and maneuvering to a situation where you can score that one shot.
  • Scenery Porn: Despite the pixel graphics, the entire world is rendered in lush detail, from the overgrown and collapsing ruins to the lush forests and a frozen mountaintop. Nearly every screen has at least one feature you won't see anywhere else.
  • Spin Attack: After it is forced to re-orient itself three times, Gol-Qayin goes berserk, spinning around the battlefield and pounding the ground. In Hard Mode, it does this every time it needs to re-orient itself.
  • Shock and Awe: Onyxia, Knight Elhanan and The Soul.
  • Shot in the Ass: The Yeti's weak point is his exposed butt, shooting him there will kill him.
  • Snowball Fight: The Yeti likes to chuck big snowballs at you. The snowballs are not lethal, and will only knock you around. Colliding with a wall from this knockback, however, kills you.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: Knight Elhanan, big time. Despite having plenty of normal arrows to shoot at you, he repeatedly uses his giant arrow, which is the only thing that can expose his weak point.
  • True Final Boss: Truth, found by killing all the titans as well as the normal final boss.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: One of the few actions the player character can take.
  • Vague Age: The player character. The official art makes him seem pretty young, but then again, it may be a case of Older Than They Look.
  • Wasted Song: Every titan has its own song, ranging from 1-3 minutes long. The game's nature ensure that every titan can be killed quickly if you know what your'e doing, but a few can easily be killed in under five seconds. Most pronounced is Rol-Qayin, whose song is three minutes long even though you can kill it by firing an arrow before it finishes its first attack.
  • Wingdinglish: Every titan has a title that pops up in an alphabet called "Titanese" (except for Knight Elhanan and The Soul, whose titles are in plain English), which is just a transliteration of English; if you know a titan's official name, you can start extrapolating a translation from there. Of course, beating the True Final Boss unlocks a game mode where all Titanese is translated for you.
  • White Void Room: Where you fight the True Final Boss. Literally inverted in Hard Mode, where the color palettes of nearly everything involved is inverted.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: The Elder, who speaks to you and then makes no effort to defend itself. It is, however, well-hidden.


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