The term rougelike is often interpreted differently based on each individual person. A rougelike to my definition is a game in which each playthrough is entirely different and ends upon death. In each run you can acquire items to improve each one of your individual playthroughs, but everything that you acquire during the run is lost when the run is officially over. Slay the Spire took the rougelike genre, mixed in the deck building aspect and ever since Mega Crit Games released the game in 2017, they haven’t looked back.
There are not many deck building rougelike games out there on the market right now. Slowly we have seen some smaller developers try and replicate the formula, but none have come close to the success that Slay the Spire has come to have. As of writing this article, Slay the Spire has 82,972 reviews on Steam. Out of all those reviews, 97% of them are positive.
Despite initially releasing in 2017, Slay the Spire still continues to garner a lot of attention on Twitch. Top streamers are still streaming the game to thousands of people and seemingly no one ever gets bored of it. When you play Slay the Spire, it engulfs you for long periods of time because of how hard it is to put down.
What makes this game so exciting as that each one of the characters that you play as are likeable and unique in many different ways. There are also tons of choices that players have to make which always makes you think “what if I decided to take a different path?” There are truly so many different possibilities that it is impossible to have back to back runs that are the same. It’s a nice problem to have for a roguelike.
Slay the Spire has little competition, meaning it will stay atop the mountain for quite a long time as the best deckbuilding roguelike. It is going to take a lot of time and effort from future developers if they plan on dethroning Mega Crit Games’ massive success that they have created. If you have not gotten the chance to play Slay the Spire, I highly recommend giving the game a shot. You will not regret it.