Van Hellswing is a fast paced wave-based shooter where you blast vampires in the remains of a ruined castle floating within a dark abyss.
The gameplay in Van Hellswing is a little like Devil Daggers but with much more verticality, a grappling hook and momentum-based parkour movement. Your aim is to earn as many points as possible, which you do by blasting the hordes of flying vampires and special crystals that appear throughout the castle (and also heal you when destroyed).
You only have one weapon – a magical shotgun. It doesn’t have a very fast fire-rate or much range, but it’s very satisfying to use and can be charged up for some devastating power-shots. Meanwhile the grappling hook and the momentum-focused movement system makes getting around the castle a delight.
It’s a very fast paced and challenging game, which requires real skill to last longer than five minutes. The environmental design is remarkably detailed and the movement system is particularly impressive, making for a very addictive game that keeps you coming back for more. Highly recommended.