Slay The Spire

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a game by Mega Crit Games
Platform: PC
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 4 votes
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Slay The Spire
Slay The Spire
Slay The Spire

Slay the Spire is a roguelike card game developed by indie studio Mega Crit, and one that is sure to eat up hours of your time. In this addictive strategy title, you're tasked with climbing the eponymous spire and defeating everything in your path to the top. The spire is composed of several floors, each a collection of branching rooms full of deadly creatures, valuable loot, and random events. Armed with your ever-growing deck of attack and defense cards you'll head into the spire time and time again, trekking further each time. A deceptively addictive gameplay loop and great trickle of new content makes Slay the Spire an irresistible experience for card-game aficionados, fans of the roguelike genre, and those who appreciate a good power trip.

The story in Slay the Spire is pretty light; you play as one of three characters attempting to ascend the dangerous spire on a never-ending quest for better loot. Each character has a unique bonus ability, as well as various cards that can only be found while playing as that character. There's “The Ironclad”, a soldier with demonic power, “The Silent”, a huntress who's proficient with poison, and “The Defect”, a sentient machine with an electric spark. While there's a strategy to be found with each character, those who are looking for quick progress will want to experiment with The Silent's poison cards.

Like other roguelike games, Slay the Spire is meant to be played over and over again, where losing is a necessity for progressing. Every time you start up the game and choose your character, you'll be presented with a randomly generated map and presented with the option to choose your starting location. Each floor always ends with a climactic boss battle, but the path you take to get there will be different every time. Based on the icons on the map you can plan out your path to the boss, making sure to stop by a few shops and healing bonfires along the way. Since each run of Slay the Spire is random in nature, you'll have to adapt on the fly and form new strategies as you play.

In fact, quick-thinking is one of the biggest aspects of Slay the Spire, as you don't spend a ton of time building your deck. For a card game, Slay the Spire is exceptionally fast paced, and the strategy comes from learning how to build synergy between cards and upgrades rather than painstakingly crafting a deck. The turn-based combat system is easy-to-learn and tons of fun to master, offering a refreshing card game that is surprisingly action packed. On each turn, you'll draw some cards and play them, only limited by the amount of energy it costs to play each card. After successfully defeating an enemy or encounter, you'll get to pick a new card to add to your deck. Your entire deck is reset every time you lose, so thinking on-the-fly and learning how cards work together is a huge part of the experience. Luckily, the cards and their effects are relatively simple, ensuring you'll never feel overwhelmed or confused.

Although Slay the Spire might seem confusing at first, you'll likely fall in love with it after a few quick plays. Very few games have managed to bridge the gap between fast-paced gameplay and and card-based mechanics, yet Slay the Spire manages to nearly perfect it. If you're a glutton for games with significant challenge that force you to think on your toes, you should definitely play Slay the Spire.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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