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Generally favorable reviews- based on 115 Ratings

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  • Summary: We fused card games and roguelikes together to make the best single player deckbuilder we could. Craft a unique deck, encounter bizarre creatures, discover relics of immense power, and Slay the Spire!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jan 27, 2019
    100
    More than any other deck-builder game available, this is thee one, this is the must-play which may very well break the players who’ve otherwise bounced off of all the rest.
  2. Jan 23, 2019
    95
    A fantastically gripping experience, Slay the Spire grabs you in with its ever-changing deck-building mechanics and presents you with a complex challenge to solve. Its core dynamic gameplay loop begs for experimentation and discovery, leading to thousands of possibilities to achieve victory and promising hundreds of hours of awesome, thrilling gameplay.
  3. Jan 24, 2019
    92
    A strategically deep deckbuilder that, with any luck, has spawned a brilliant new subgenre.
  4. 90
    All in all, Slay the Spire is just a brilliant game. It opens its arms to you and holds you close to begin with, then pushes you away and practices throwing cards at you once you have found your footing. It really is a marvel of a genre mash-up and it is thoroughly deserving of your time. Just be prepared to start over and over again – it is a roguelike, after all.
  5. Jan 25, 2019
    90
    Slay the Spire takes some of the best parts of deckbuilding games, roguelikes, and dungeon crawlers, and mixes them into a wholly new and extremely satisfying package.
  6. Feb 15, 2019
    89
    A surprising new twist on a crowded genre. Slay the Spyre may not be the prettiest game out there, but it's one of the most interesting experiences of 2019 so far.
  7. Feb 7, 2019
    81
    Elegant game design paired with a smart interface and lots of replay value turn Slay the Spire into a fast, almost addictive experience, even though the game can be too punishing at times.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Jan 23, 2019
    10
    I've never liked rouge-like games, but I can't put down slay the spire. Fantastic game play combined with clever card design, makes it aI've never liked rouge-like games, but I can't put down slay the spire. Fantastic game play combined with clever card design, makes it a perfect pick up and play game, but also hard to put away! Expand
  2. Feb 1, 2019
    10
    I had never played a deck builder or even had interest in playing a deck builder until I tried Slay the Spire. 400 hours later, it's safe toI had never played a deck builder or even had interest in playing a deck builder until I tried Slay the Spire. 400 hours later, it's safe to say this is one of the best games of the past few years. If you don't see the replayability value, watch some streamers that have 1000+ hours. Each run is unique and requires and takes careful planning. Expand
  3. Feb 12, 2019
    10
    It's a very good roguelite card game. Plenty to unlock and nothing ever feels the same.

    My only issue is it supports controllers but it is
    It's a very good roguelite card game. Plenty to unlock and nothing ever feels the same.

    My only issue is it supports controllers but it is super awkward playing with one.
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  4. Jan 26, 2019
    9
    Great game. I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did. I wound up playing it for longer and longer and just began to love it. The art styleGreat game. I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did. I wound up playing it for longer and longer and just began to love it. The art style is my only complaint. Otherwise, its just a really good draft game. Expand
  5. Jan 26, 2019
    9
    Highly addictive, well designed, entertaining, challenging, maybe a little bit unfair. I really like this game and would give it a 10 for whatHighly addictive, well designed, entertaining, challenging, maybe a little bit unfair. I really like this game and would give it a 10 for what it is, however there's a flaw found in many rogue-likes: it requires a non-negligible amount of luck in order to do well in a run, so given you have the perfect strategy you might still need several runs in order to finish it so I had to substract 1 point from my score. Expand
  6. Jan 28, 2019
    8
    Slay the spire is an access-able card based/turn based roguelite. Think 'Darkest Dungeon' but your abilities are randomised every round as youSlay the spire is an access-able card based/turn based roguelite. Think 'Darkest Dungeon' but your abilities are randomised every round as you draw a new set of cards.Game runs play out over several hours as you climb the spire while building your deck, allowing you to build up synergies to overcome the increasing difficulty.

    The game always makes it clear what is going to happen, unlike the RNG of other turn-based games the only random element is your card draw and the dungeon encounters.. For example - it can leave you with no defense cards while your about to take a huge hit from a single big monster, but if you built your deck to draw out so many 0 cost attack cards in 1 turn you can end the battle right there... strategies only get more complex from there as you head through semi-directable paths to battles/treasures/rest spots/random events much like FTL's map screen if it were a little linear.
    Replay value is added much in the way of other roguelites in that you unlock better cards instead of items to improve your runs over time.. as well as 2 other characters with different sets of cards and play-styles.

    Breakdown.

    Gameplay: 10/10 - A unique compelling strategical card game experience.
    Sound: 7/10 Serviceable.. the music is alright but nothing memorable like factorio's OST
    Graphics:6/10 My biggest gripe with the game... looks like it was drawn by someone who just finished learning to draw. It ends up having this kind of child-like but still creepy artstyle that's got nothing on the presentation of Darkest Dungeon. The UI still functions perfectly. I hope they update it in future so the graphics match the polish of the gameplay.
    Value: $36AUD - 6/10 - There is alot of replay value here.. but your paying double when Binding of Issac. Enter the gungeon and Dead cells exist for almost half the price that also offer replay value plus better art styles respectively.

    Conclusion: If you like computer card games like hearthstone and particularly enjoy the dungeon and monster hunt runs I think you'll find alot to like here as its basically a much deeper version of that. The gameplay is near flawless but the presentation is only serviceable. I would wait for a sale as I think it is a little overpriced.
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  7. Jan 26, 2019
    4
    It's only January and this is already the most overrated game of the year.

    There are very few heroes, few enemies, few bosses, etc. Once
    It's only January and this is already the most overrated game of the year.

    There are very few heroes, few enemies, few bosses, etc. Once you've played for a couple hours, you've seen all the game has to offer. All that's left is to go through the same thing over again with a crappy deck again. Custom modes help slightly, but they're not nearly enough.

    As someone else put it: "the rogue-like elements destroy the deck building elements". It's true, and unfortunate.
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