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Is Ravenlok on Steam Deck?
Ravenlok isn’t available on Steam as it’s an Epic Games Store exclusive, but don’t let that stop you from playing. It’s very playable through Heroic Games Launcher in the same way Dead Island 2 is. If you follow my guide to playing Dead Island 2 on Steam Deck, you’ll be able to get Ravenlok up and running in no time.
Ravenlok on Steam Deck Performance Review
Performance on Steam Deck is solid across the board, despite Ravenlok being an Epic Games Store exclusive. Simply download the game through the Heroic Games Launcher, set the Proton version to Proton 8.0 (or if it’s been updated since this article went live, the latest Proton version), and it’ll run with minimal issues.
During my time with Ravenlok, I averaged between 45 and 60 frames. The majority of the game will run at 60 frames, but there are areas where the framerate will drop to 45. It is slightly noticeable, but it’s honestly not an issue. The game still feels snappy and I believe most wouldn’t notice the drop. It’s only because I play my review games with the stats overlay turned on that I was able to notice.
What’s important is the game still feels snappy and reacts even when there are frame drops. I never felt like I lost a battle or got hit by an enemy because of the drops because – somehow – the game keeps up.
Visually, Ravenlok looks great on the Steam Deck’s screen and fills the entire screen. I’d argue the main character looks less sharp than their surroundings, but it’s not enough of an issue to be a problem.
Ravenlok on Steam Deck Best Settings
Ravenlok doesn’t have much in the way of settings. In fact, there are only really three to take note of in-game!
What you should be looking at, however, is the Steam Deck Quick Access Menu (the “…” button). You can get by on a TDP of just eight and this will save you some battery juice. Even at eight TDP Ravenlok will still perform brilliantly.
Heat is something to keep an eye on. At 71 degrees, the Steam Deck gets pretty hot. I’ve played through the entire game and didn’t suffer any heat warnings or shutdowns, though.
|Ravenlok (In-game Settings)|
|Steam Deck Settings (Quick Access Menu)|
|TDP: 8||Estimated Battery Life: 2 Hours|
|Docked Mode Resolution: 1280×720||FSR: On (Docked Mode)|
|GPU Usage: 99%||Temperature: 71 degrees|
|Battery Drain: 17w||Tearing: On|
|Fills the Entire Steam Deck Screen||Yes|
|Valve Grading||Unavailable on Steam|
|Performance Rating: 4/5|
Bugs and Issues
Outside of the minor frame drops, there isn’t anything that stands out in terms of bugs and issues. Ravenlok can be played from start to finish without any major problems.
Ravenlok wears its inspirations on its sleeve. There’s a bit of Howl’s Moving Castle, some Zelda, and it’s all wrapped in a slice of Alice: Madness Returns. And best of all, it’s only around six hours long. It’s the perfect weekend game in that respect.
I’m surprised by how taken I was by Ravenlok. It’s a smaller game for sure, but the mix of life-like and 3D pixel art gives it a unique and almost whimsical feel. Its inspirations may be clear, but it carves out its own little adventure that compels with cuteness.
If you’re after something that redefines the genre, you won’t find it in Ravenlok. But if you’re after something you’ll want to come back to whenever you turn it off, Ravenlok’s heart is sure to keep you coming back for more.
All screenshots captured on Steam Deck. Review code provided by Epic Games.