Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  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. Jun 4, 2019
    90
    Slay the Spire is a hugely enjoyable single-player deck-builder that feels genuinely unique in its genre.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
User Score
4.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. 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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  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.