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  • Summary: Slay the Spire is an energetic fusion of card games and roguelikes. Choose your cards wisely. Craft a unique deck, encounter bizarre creatures, discover relics of immense power, and make your way up the ever-changing Spire.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 100
    A sublime, impeccably crafted roguelike card-battler that is absolutely without peer, Slay the Spire cements its place as one of the best games of this console generation. This. Is. Essential.
  2. 90
    Slay the Spire is a very difficult but hugely rewarding roguelike built around deck building and card battling. Each failure is a learning experience and the desire to succeed will keep you playing for potentially hundreds of hours.
  3. 90
    Slay The Spire is an ingenious and addicting blend of card game strategy and rogue-like mechanics. It's a potent mix that will keep you coming back for more, even if death often awaits you.
  4. Jun 2, 2019
    90
    Slay the Spire may have some slight performance issues in the transition from PC to console, but the game is still one of the best deck-building games out there. It’s definitely one of the best titles published by Humble Bundle so far, and it deserves its spot among the top-rated games of 2019.
  5. Jun 4, 2019
    90
    Slay the Spire is a hugely enjoyable single-player deck-builder that feels genuinely unique in its genre.
  6. Jul 4, 2019
    90
    Slay the Spire takes the best parts of roguelites, dungeon crawlers, and card games, and mixes them together into an unholy, but absurdly enjoyable game. It’s the kind of game that gets under your skin and uses it like a tent, just camping out and reminding you that you aren’t playing it. It’s the kind of game that you can jump in for one quick run and suddenly realise that you've been playing for five hours and should really be asleep. It’s the kind of game that is easy to play, hard to master, and impossible to put down. What more could you want?
  7. May 23, 2019
    80
    An excellent mix of turn-based dungeon crawler, roguelike, and card game whose perfectly balanced combat will have you constantly coming back for more.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Jul 10, 2019
    10
    I wonder what this game did to draw the ire of the review bomb squad? Perhaps not being available to Xbox. Gamers sure can be big babies sometimes.
  2. May 31, 2019
    10
    If you are looking for a card game on console with a ton of hours in playability, look no further than Slay the Spire.
  3. May 24, 2019
    9
    Slay the spire is a refreshing turn based card game where you play as one of three different starting characters and "fight" your way throughSlay the spire is a refreshing turn based card game where you play as one of three different starting characters and "fight" your way through multiple areas. Each area consists of multiple paths you can follow that have individual events attached such as: enemy encounters, resting places, random encounters etc.

    In the course of your play you gain more cards that assist in your fighting, but you have to be careful not to get and accept every card or your deck will be less powerful and full of trash. The more you play the more you will learn about strats you can use with your cards and try out new ones. Special elite fights grant relics that are random and give you specific benefits such as healing, armor or more card power at the beginning of your turn. Cards can also be upgraded to enhance the individual strengths even more. Each battle swaps between you and the enemy choosing cards as long as you have enough points to use them. Some cards can be chained for powerful combos, some are one time usage and will be discarded until the next fight.

    At the end of each area you encounter and fight a boss. If you succeed you can choose a reward, will be healed and proceed onto the next stage. Between bosses you can only heal by resting on rare occasions or by using scarce potions which make decisions more and more difficult. Will you deal dmg and receive dmg? Or will you play defensive, draw out the battle and get possibly struck by a buffed enemy later on. The monsters have individual attack sets. Some are good in def, some do huge attacks but are fragile, some of them have minions that can be re-summoned, some swap between agressive and defensive rounds etc.

    There are different game modes, such as daily challenges or endless stages.

    After all Slay the Spire was already highly successful on PC and I m glad that I m finally able to play it now on my PS4 Pro. The game is not too fancy but the gameplay is very solid and highly addicting. The artstyle is cartoon-ish and well made. Testing each character, unlocking new cards and fiddling around with card sets is really entertaining.

    The price tag of 25 is kind of okay. I would suggest to buy it at around 15-20 because the game itself is fun but limited and gets repetitive at a certain point. It is still one of the best turn based strategic card games that I ve played in a long time. This is why it (in my opinion) deservers a rating around 8 to 9.
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  4. Aug 17, 2019
    3
    I play games to relax, de-stress, and have fun, while also providing a reasonable challenge. I don’t know why these days, but it seems indieI play games to relax, de-stress, and have fun, while also providing a reasonable challenge. I don’t know why these days, but it seems indie developers always publish the hardest games. It’s frustrating to waste hours studying and researching on this game only to be defeated again. There should be compensation for putting time in these games, like fate points.

    But to sum it up, too much RNG, too steep a learning curve, too complicated, you “try so hard but in the end, it doesn’t even matter”. Not for the general public, not even for gamers (I could spend up to 50+ hours a week), but for a select few.

    P.S: I do appreciate the time and effort making this game and the graphics, but please, remember your clientele.
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  5. Aug 10, 2019
    0
    Its all fake! Everything in this game is predetermined! I can prove it to you. At the start of a battle remember your cards. Force quit theIts all fake! Everything in this game is predetermined! I can prove it to you. At the start of a battle remember your cards. Force quit the game and reload it. The next draw will always be the same which could never occur if the cards were drawn randomly. So unfortunately its all fake!

    I expect a card game to be random. By that I mean that cards should be drawn randomly. Not in this game, you either get cards drawn preselected by the developers or their random card drawer is extremely bad implemented. I had a deck of 50 cards and one of the cards I had five times in the deck. Next draw I get 4 of those 5 cards onto my hand! Do you know how low the odds are for that to happen?! And this did not happen only once, it happens all the time. After this the game became unplayable for me.
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