Slay the Spire lovers will be happy to know that these games are the closest to what they’re looking for.
Deck building roguelikes don’t get much better than Slay the Spire in terms of quality. However, for those who aren’t interested in the game’s extensive modding community or those who have no more card games to play in real life, there are a number of other games that may satisfy the same craving.. Some of the most popular ones are included here, and we’ll discuss why they can satisfy your want for more StS material.
According to a revision made by Jacob Buchalter on February 23, 2022, It’s time to revisit the roguelike deck builder sub-genre of games once more, as new titles are continuously being released. Slay the Spire’s concept has proven to be a popular one, and new games are continually being released that innovate and expand on the tried and tested components in novel ways. So, let’s have a look at and see if there are any other noteworthy games that are worth purchasing (or even playing for free) and discussing.
10 Across The Obelisk
One of our favorite games is probably Across the Obelisk, even though it’s perhaps the least-known one on this list. There has been a steady increase in the player base since it launched on April 8th, 2021, therefore it will likely get greater recognition in the next weeks. With addicting gameplay like this, it deserves to be popular.
AtO is a co-operative version of Slay the Spire. There are 11 characters to pick from, each with their own distinctive gimmicks, in a map-based roguelike deck builder that you and up to three people can play together.
From a werewolf knight to a pig-headed priest, these characters fall into many different categories. The developers have already shown their commitment to the game’s development, even if it is still in early access. Loremaster and Prophet will be introduced in a future episode.
9 Gordian Quest
Another Early Access deck-building game, Gordian Quest, is now available. There are some notable differences between Gordian Quest and other deck-building games. When it comes to specific “Trigger” cards in the game, character placement is extremely crucial, and positioning plays a significant role in the game. It’s also possible to control numerous characters at the same time, each with their own decks and levels.
The deck-building system, on the other hand, is vastly different, with a skill tree that lets you “draw” new cards from three different decks (one for each character), improve or master certain cards, or just boost stats in general..
Because of this structure, Gordian Quest’s characters can be customized to an even greater degree, and this complexity is heightened even further by the inclusion of equipment, runes, status effects, and stat modifiers. It’s yet another Early Access title, but the dev team has been extremely responsive to feedback thus far.
8 Monster Train
For those who just want more Slay the Spire or as near to it as they can get, this is the excellent supplement. Monster Train, on the other hand, focuses on horizontal movement, bringing the Pyre of Hell back to The Frozen Heart from Slay the Spire. You’ll be summoning a wide variety of Demons to fight against the Angels that are trying to stop you throughout your journey.
Monster Train shares a lot of similarities with Slay the Spire and isn’t afraid to admit it, but it also adds a lot of fresh ideas to the table. Separate Clan combinations provide variety, and the Pact Shard system featured in The Last Divinity DLC modifies the way you approach each run. The three different floors are a clever notion that works better in practice than you may expect. As the game progresses, you may find yourself confused by the overlapping effects of many buffs and debuffs as well as character attributes and spells, as well as the impacts of the bosses.
7 Into The Breach
Subset Games, the studio behind Faster Than Light and its sequel, Into The Breach, is behind the monster-fighting game Into The Breach. FTL was all about crossing the galaxy and building a crew and ship powerful enough to take on the Rebel Flagship and perhaps defeat it. Even though it’s a mech-fighting game, Into the Breach is more focused on puzzles than you may imagine.
Into The Breach’s aesthetic and gameplay may appear straightforward, yet the game is anything but. It’s extremely satisfying and tough to figure out where the opponent is going to attack, how you can stop them, and how to manage your mechs. If you’re hoping to complete the game in a single sitting, you’re in for a rude awakening.
6 Loop Hero
Loop Hero, one of the best games of the year, is a great example of the repetitive nature of roguelikes and deck builders. When this game appeared out of nowhere, it swept the industry. So much so that you all plowed through it in a flash and were hankering after additional games along those lines.
However, there aren’t many games that can match Loop Heor’s unique tone, gameplay, or aesthetic. In Loop Hero, there are “cards,” but the game is more like an auto-battler than a deck builder. The difficulty and replayability of the game make it a worthwhile purchase for fans of the series.
5 Ring Of Pain
Ring of Pain, unlike most of the other games on this list, is a smaller, more focused RPG or roguelike. It’s a visually appealing game, a bit frightening, that’s for sure, but it doesn’t have the background graphics of Across the Obelisk or the character designs of Gordian Quest.
RoP features a lot of mechanics concealed beneath its apparent simplicity, which will keep you going back for more time and time again. It’s easy to get sucked into a “just one more run” loop because the runs are often shorter than in most other games of this type.
4 Dicey Dungeons
Dicey Dungeons is a Deckbuilder disguised as a more indie game, but it’s still a Deckbuilder. You’ll use dice instead of “cards” to determine what actions, attacks, and damage you’ll inflict. However, in the end, it’s just like any other roguelike deck building game. Dicey Dungeons has a great “game show” feel to it, with the “playing characters” attempting to make it to the end and receive their greatest wish.
Before entering, a variety of characters are transformed into “living dice” and given “classes” based on their physical characteristics, psychological traits, and life experiences. Warrior, Thief and even an Inventor are among the many characters. This is where the beauty of DD really shines through, since each class has its own unique set of passives and options for how they “use” their dice. The Inventor and Witch characters can be played in completely different ways, which is an impressive feat for a game of this kind.
3 Guild of Dungeoneering
It’s true that this next one is older than the others, but it in no way diminishes its quality or relevance. Playing The Guild of Dungeoneering is like listening to some of the best menu music ever composed. With the return of card games, the Dungeoneers can construct their own dungeon to explore, instead than relying on spells and summoning monsters.
What comes to mind is a group of guys with armor and weapons descending into an elaborately portrayed dungeon, but in reality, the graphic style is a lot more…craftsy than one would imagine, and that completely works for it.
2 One Step From Eden
When a game like Slay the Spire becomes popular, it often leads to the release of more games in the same vein. One series, however, cried out for its own trend: the Megaman: Battle Network series. The fighting in those games was very unique, and until One Step From Eden, very few other games attempted to replicate it. One Step from Eden is Battle Network on a budget, coupled with some anime aesthetic and roguelike flair, going back to the craft-paper approach.
This is a difficult game that virtually demands that you memorize the iconography of the more than 200 spells you’ll encounter so that you can identify them instantly. Combos remind us a lot of Wizard of Legend or Magika, and they perform remarkably well in this style as well, in our opinion.
1 Card Quest
Card Quest, the final game on this list, is a dreadful substitute for StS in nearly every regard. A single step, rather than an entire flight of stairs, is fortunate. Compared to other deck-building games, Card Quest has a simpler aesthetic, fewer intricate algorithms, and fewer combinable cards, but it’s still a lot of fun.
In comparison to Slay the Spire, there are far more foes that can appear per battle, and weapon and armor selections are important because packs of cards are linked to these things and cannot be removed independently. Despite the fact that it isn’t typically at the top of any lists of suggested reading, there it is nonetheless.