Like Slay the Spire? Then You’ll Like These Games
If you’ve played Slay the Spire, you’ll know how intoxicatingly addictive its gameplay can be.
A roguelike combat game, Slay the Spire is all about collecting cards and using them to attack and defend against opponents. But it’s far from the only roguelike deckbuilder game out there. It wasn’t the first, and it certainly won’t be the last, but Slay the Spire might be one of the most popular games of the type.
But if you’re looking for something similar, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up a list of the best games like Slay the Spire right here. So if you want more roguelike action, or more card-based action, read on.
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Roguebook is far from a carbon copy of Slay the Spire, but it has more than a few things in common. Its combat will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s played Slay the Spire before; each card has a cost, and ultimately will either attack the opponent or defend you from their incoming attack. Here, though, you have two characters, each with their own attack styles and each with cards that are unique to them.
The main thing that sets Roguebook apart is how you explore the world. You don’t simply move from battle to battle; you’ll instead explore a tiled world. By collecting ink and using it, you’ll reveal more tiles, allowing you to uncover more treasure, more cards and, ultimately, more battles.
Roguebook is currently available on PC, though console versions are set to release later this year.
Throw dice into the mix and what do you have? Dicey Dungeons takes the deckbuilding formula of Slay the Spire, and adds a sprinkling of luck, random generation, and a couple of dice. Like Slay the Spire, you can choose a character to play as, each with their own skills and abilities. The Warrior has powerful weapons, while the Robot is more luck-based, with a casino game it plays each round.
Its beautiful art style, with bold colours and wonderful animations make Dicey Dungeons stand out from the crowd. But its card-based combat means anyone looking for a game like Slay the Spire will find themselves right at home here. Be warned, though; it’s just as addictive – if not even more so.
Dicey Dungeons is available on PC and Switch.
If you want the gameplay of Slay the Spire with the atmosphere of Darkest Dungeon, Deepest Chamber is for you. It’s currently in Early Access, but while the current build doesn’t include all of the areas, enemies, quests and trinkets that the full game will feature, it still packs enough content in that it’s a worthwhile experience.
As you descend deeper into the chamber, you’ll encounter tougher and tougher enemies, so you better hope that the deck you’ve been collecting is up to the challenge. And, unlike Slay the Spire, the cards you pick up aren’t restricted to the character class you’re playing as. You can access all cards, regardless of your class, which allows for some deeper than ever strategy.
There’s even a story to uncover here, too, which sees you explore the underbelly of a ruined city.
Deepest Chamber is available on PC via Early Access.
More like Roguebook than Slay the Spire, Nowhere Prophet tasks its players by travelling across a map. Each map you’ll come across in the game is randomly generated, so you’ll never play the same game twice.
In the game, you take on the role of a leader, leading a group of outcasts and refugees across a dangerous wasteland. Naturally, there are many battles to be fought on your way, and that’s where your cards come in. As you play, you’ll collect cards which can be used in battle, dealing damage to enemies and protecting yourself from their incoming attacks. You’ll fight more units at once than other games in the genre, making strategy more important than ever.
If you’re looking for one of the best games like Slay the Spire, but something with a slightly different twist, you can’t go wrong with Nowhere Prophet.
Nowhere Prophet is available on PS4, Xbox, Switch and PC.
Ring of Pain
Ring of Pain feels more stripped-back than other card-based battlers. Indeed, its core mechanics are different from Slay the Spire; rather than collect cards, you simply move through them; each card you come across is its own encounter, be it an enemy to kill or an item to collect. Like the name suggests, each level of Ring of Pain is a literal ring of pain; cards are arranged in a circle, and players must work their way through them, attacking and surviving long enough to make it one step further.
It’s simple to pick up but hard to master – and that’s the joy of Ring of Pain. You’ll keep on playing, each time hopefully getting a little further. And when you inevitably reach a messy end, you’ll jump straight back in, eager to do better next time. As far as card-based roguelikes go, Ring of Pain is up there with the best of them. And if you like Slay the Spire, we’d wager you’ll get a kick out of this too, even if it is rather different in its mechanics.