Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jan 19, 2023
    So addictive. So fun. It seems simple but underneath is an unbelievably complex and robust roguelike odyssey. A true piece of indie jewelry.
  2. Dec 13, 2022
    Vampire Survivors is one of the most addictive games I’ve played since Tetris! Apologies to my partner, who has hardly seen me for a few months now. Just one more game, I promise…
  3. Nov 22, 2022
    My only hesitation in recommending it to Xbox players is the unwelcome presence of launch bugs that impede stage and achievement unlocks for some and other strange odds and ends. Patching has helped so far, and I hope it gets to be as relatively issue-free as the PC versions soon. Despite these early console setbacks, Vampire Survivors has quickly become one of my favorite games of all time. Consider this me grabbing the sides of your head and shouting, "Play Vampire Survivors, you fool!"
  4. Oct 28, 2022
    Vampire Survivors combines simplicity with depth. Its roguelite component gives it excitement and a constant sense of novelty. One of the best games of the year.
  5. Jan 3, 2023
    Vampire Survivors is a surprising and well-packaged title, supported by a formula capable of kidnapping the user to drag him into a continuous succession of high-intensity pyrotechnic battles. By putting a simple but effective gameplay loop at the center of the proposal, Poncle has built an experience full of reward mechanics, expertly administered to push the user into a tunnel made of addiction and fun. Son of a talent for game design that we hope will continue to amaze us in the years to come, Vampire Survivors is therefore a title that is absolutely worth trying, especially considering the negligible cost of Luca Galante's work.
  6. Nov 16, 2022
    An addictive well-oiled machine, Vampire Survivor is an engaging box filled with secrets and surprises so easily played with infinite replayability. A worthy Early Access graduate.
  7. Nov 9, 2022
    An infinitely replayable and ridiculously addictive indie phenomenon with wagons of content that only costs like 5 bucks sounds like almost too good to be true, and to be fair the game does have a few shortcomings. For starters, the initial impression may not be the best, with the first stage being dull-looking and the sprite artwork not being anything special. It’s when the game is at its slowest and least exciting too, but it’s not long before the true “bullet heaven” begins. Some of the endgame challenges and unlocks are a bit convoluted too, and figuring out what to do without a guide can be complicated, but we’re talking about stuff so late in the game that I barely consider this a minus. And as a plus, since I tested the PC version, I mostly played on keyboard but the controller works exceptionally well too as an input method.
  8. Nov 7, 2022
    Despite its exceptionally simple gameplay, Vampire Survivors can compete with the biggest releases of 2022. Everybody has to experience this unique blend of bullet hell, roguelike and Castlevania.
  9. Nov 3, 2022
    If you haven’t gotten Vampire Survivors yet, it is easily one of the best PC-only games you can buy in 2022. Having played more than 50 hours of it over the last few months, it really feels like a steal at even its newly increased price point of $4.99. It has remained in the most-played games on Steam Deck for months now, and Valve should just pay to have it pre-installed on every Steam Deck at this point. It is that good. If you do end up getting it, don’t blame me if you spend hours on it daily like I did when I got addicted to it. The soundtrack is absolutely worth grabbing as well. I’ve not grown remotely tired of it after all these dozens of hours with the game.
  10. Oct 31, 2022
    We need small games as much as we need big games and I personally don't remember playing such a solid small game for a long time.
  11. Oct 28, 2022
    Vampire Survivors is simple in so many ways. The graphics are basic, with many of the earlier versions’ assets taken straight from other games and asset packs, but they have a look that reminds players of a beloved series and simply work. Gameplay is literally just moving a character around with some planning along the way. Yet somehow, it’s one of the most addicting games of 2022, the one I most consistently come back to, and one of my favorites of the year. If you have a spare thirty minutes now and then, absolutely check it out.
  12. Oct 27, 2022
    Don’t judge a book by its cover: Vampire Survivors has a simple gameplay loop, but strong enough to keep you coming back, and wanting more. Thirty minutes is the perfect length to make you think “maybe I can squeeze in another run”, and before you’ve realized it the game has burned through the hours as if they were matchsticks.
  13. Oct 25, 2022
    Vampire Survivors is a small and addictive game. Try it.
  14. 90
    Vampire Survivors is an incredible rogue-lite title that uses old-school imagery. Its simple concept will lull you into a false sense of security, and you won't be able to put it down. Word of warning, once you start, you won't be able to stop.
  15. Oct 27, 2022
    Vampire Survivors has been an early access sensation, and its full release would be well-worth your time even if it wasn't the price of a large latte.
  16. Oct 31, 2022
    This curious mix of a roguelike and a reversed bullet hell shooter will either discourage you quickly or – if you give it a chance – amaze you with gameplay intensity and quite complex mechanics revealed gradually. You’ll either love Vampire Survivors or hate it – I don’t see a middle ground here.
  17. Oct 29, 2022
    The most charming indie hype of recent years is finished. The perfect diversion between the blockbusters.
  18. Nov 13, 2022
    With its dead-simple graphics and basic map and enemy design, Vampire Survivors seems like it has no business sticking with me as much as it does. And yet, I felt compelled to put over a hundred hours into experimenting with its many weapon and ability upgrade combinations, starting round after round trying to reach the end and unlock all of its characters, evolve all of its weapons, and unlock all of its secrets. The bewitching spell of its appeal can be broken by the duller stretches between when you find a great build or unlock a challenging new mode, but it probably won’t be long until you find a new way to challenge yourself to survive just a few seconds longer.
  19. Oct 30, 2022
    Vampire Survivors is this popular for a reason: its mechanics are almost perfect and even in its simplicity feels fantastic to play.
  20. Oct 21, 2022
    Vampire Survivors is one of the best games of the year, let down only by a weak soundtrack and some confusing art. Push through those and this is the perfect lunchtime game, offering short and sweet runs that will devour your entire life if you let it.
  21. Edge Magazine
    Nov 5, 2022
    With a wealth of weapons, unlockable characters, hidden relics and buff-providing cards, Galante has adopted the kitchen-sink approach to fleshing out his game. [Issue#378, p.121]
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  1. Oct 21, 2022
    Vampire Survivors has me seriously jonesing for a portable version; its pick-up-and-play simplicity seems tailor-made for on-the-go play. If you have a Steam Deck, the game is a perfect fit; it was the most-played title on the system in both August and September. I don’t, so I’ve taken to playing it on my laptop because I just can’t get enough.
  2. Oct 24, 2022
    I think about all this as I play. I think about what I'm going to unlock next, which evolution I'm aiming for, where the next treasure chest and coin boost is coming from. I think about garlic, my favourite attack, which creates a little circle of damage around you so you can just nudge yourself against enemies the way a cat nudges you with its head when it wants fuss. I think about popcorn, which is what Vampire Survivors sounds like, each monster death sounding like another bit of corn popping in the microwave until the whole thing reaches a buttery crescendo. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  3. Aug 8, 2022
    While Vampire Survivors isn't even technically out, the latest update has made this Early Access title so fun to play. [Early Access Score = 80]
  4. Oct 20, 2022
    Vampire Survivors is a long slow burn that never stops getting hotter, maybe not quite the first of the genre it ignited, but certainly the best. [Early Access Provisional Score = 90]
  5. Jan 28, 2022
    By its simple gameplay, Vampire Survivors is not a title that will revolutionize video games. However, its very addictive principle will captivate you for hours. [Early Access Score = 75]
  6. May 24, 2022
    Vampire Survivors might look like Steam Early Access shovelware, but its depth and satisfying gameplay loop will keep you coming back for more. [Early Access Score = 80]
  7. Feb 10, 2022
    Vampire Survivors is still in early access, of course, so one hopes that more depth and variety are on the way. The important stuff, though — that core blend of roguelike and bullet hell shoot-em-up — is already beyond solid. With a bit more meat on the bone, Vampire Survivors could be ready to take its place among Dead Cells, Hades and the other greats that preceded it.
  8. I was in it for the plinkety-plink rush of clattering into a huge pile of gems. I was in it for the five item chest boogie, the mindless yet mindful monster shepherding, the giant meteors and the rainbow scythes. Those are all still here, and you can push into further and deadlier territory than ever before, especially if you get far enough to unlock the endless mode, or the modifier that lets you keep upgrading weapons past their usual point. Vampire Survivors is a bigger, better playground now - albeit one with a bodyguard blocking the final set of swings.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 159 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 159
  1. Oct 25, 2022
    Very simple and very addictive little game. This game really did a great job perfecting the “just one more round” level of addiction, and theVery simple and very addictive little game. This game really did a great job perfecting the “just one more round” level of addiction, and the simplicity of game controls and mechanics where the only “button” is the movement of your character, whether that’s the arrow keys or a joystick. Graphics, sound, and complexity of gameplay are that of an old Flash game on Newgrounds. I mean all of this in the best way, this is a highly addictive game boiled down to its absolutely smallest components, which is somewhat of an art with how well it was executed. The issue I had with this game is after 6 hours, I just thought why am I still doing this? There isn’t much to it at all. There is a lot of fun that can be had in this game, I think at minimum you’ll get a few hours out of it, at most you’ll get tons of hours out of it, and with the very low price tag of $5, it’s absolutely worth it, but in the end I found that it’s simplicity was also the reason I stopped playing. Maybe its just me, but once I hit one REALLY good run, my interest completely dropped off. Glad I played it though. Full Review »
  2. Oct 28, 2022
    Super simple yet super addicting. It’s not visually impressive at all or even that exciting, even when you get overrun by hundreds ofSuper simple yet super addicting. It’s not visually impressive at all or even that exciting, even when you get overrun by hundreds of pseudo-animated sprites, but it’s the perfect kind of game to just mindlessly unwind with. Full Review »
  3. Feb 4, 2023
    I grab garlic I run right, I get dopamine. The fact this game is so cheap is insane, the dev deserves more.