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Games Like Slay the Spire That Scratch The Same Itch

Games Like Slay the Spire

Slay the Spire players know that there’s absolutely nothing out there that compares to this game. I mean, a 10/10 rating on Steam? Which game gets that?! It’s no doubt that many people love this game, much like you and me, but having played it for the past four years (6 if you’ve been here since early access), it’s about time for something fresh!

No matter how good a game is, sometimes you really just need a fresh perspective, and we’ve rounded up 13 alternatives that will offer you just that while still retaining the magic of Slay the Spire. So, let’s get our list started off with:

1. Banners of Ruin

Banners of Ruin

Banners of Ruin is the kind of game that makes me want to stand up on my chair and shout, “Yeehaw, let’s go!” Okay, maybe not exactly that, but it really gets me excited! It’s kinda like going on a card-game adventure through a dark and gritty world filled with furry critters, all while strategizing your way through tough battles using just your trusty deck of cards.

When I was comparing this game with Slay the Spire, it felt a bit like having to choose a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins – I NEED ALL OF THEM! My indecisiveness aside, you’ll find that these two games definitely do offer the same flavor of card game, and they both do it really well. From what I’ve experienced, Banners of Ruin has a deeper combat system, multiple lanes, and unique card interactions that definitely give even Slay The Spire a run for its money!

Now, your mileage may vary, but all this is to say that you have an excellent alternative to your favorite deck-building game in Banners of Ruin. So, if you’re ready for a thrilling adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the game for you! You can find it on PC and Switch.

2. Card Quest

Card Quest

Card Quest gives you a metaphorical pair of fantasy boots and lets you step into a fantastical world where the only thing standing between you and victory is your wits and, of course, your deck of cards! In this deck-building roguelike game, you embark on an epic adventure filled with danger, treasure, and unique magical cards to do your bidding.

The most obvious similarities this game has with Slay the Spire are the shared core mechanics of building and managing a deck of cards to take on tough enemies and bosses. That’s standard for the genre, but where Card Quest really shines is in its diverse selection of character classes, each with their unique abilities and playstyles.

Couple this with a variety of challenging enemies and bosses, as well as procedurally generated levels that keep the game fresh and exciting; you’ve got your new unhealthy addiction right here! (Seriously though, be careful with your digital well-being).

As a fan of Slay the Spire looking for a new challenge, Card Quest is definitely worth checking out! With its engaging gameplay, charming visuals, and endless replayability, you’ll be hooked for as long as you could want. To try the game out, you’ll need a PC or an Android phone (they support macOS, but not iOS, weird…).

3. One Step from Eden

One Step from Eden

One little-known fact about this gem of a game is that it was developed entirely by just one person. Yup, Thomas Moon Kang is the man, the myth, and the legend that’s given us a shining example of what one person can accomplish with talent, passion, and like any gamer, lots of caffeine!

First off, when comparing One Step from Eden with Slay the Spire, you’ll note a fair bit of similarities in terms of their deck-building and roguelike gameplay right away. In my opinion, though, One Step from Eden takes things to a whole new level with its real-time battles, lightning-fast pace, and intense action that’s almost unheard of in roguelike games.

That’s not even all – the game offers a wide range of characters with unique abilities and playstyles, as well as a plethora of spells and artifacts to choose from. Oh, and Thomas didn’t forget about a good storyline either, which features branching and multiple endings that provide hours of replayability and excitement!

If you’re ready to be impressed at every single turn of a game (seriously, how are some people so talented?), One Step from Eden is an indie game you absolutely have to try. You can buy and play it on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and the Nintendo Switch.

4. Guild of Dungeoneering

Guild of Dungeoneering

I absolutely love games like Guild of Dungeoneering. It’s one of those games that’ll have you laughing and smiling more than you’d ever expect to while gaming! The game’s charming art style and hilarious writing transported me to a world of dungeons and dragons like nothing else, where you get to build your own guild of adventurers and send them on exciting quests filled with monsters, treasure, and danger.

And while Guild of Dungeoneering may share some similarities with Slay the Spire in terms of its card-based gameplay, it’s got its unique features that make it a fantastic alternative. For one, instead of building a deck of cards, you get to build the dungeon itself, using tiles to create paths and obstacles for your adventurer to navigate.

Plus, Guild of Dungeoneering features everything you’d expect from a roguelike – a range of character classes, each with their unique abilities and equipment, as well as a variety of monsters and bosses to battle. Also, no game is complete without a good soundtrack, and Guild of Dungeoneering will have you humming along like you’re listening to your favorite tune! The game can be played on PC and Android phones.

5. Ring of Pain

Ring of Pain

If you’re a fan of Slay the Spire, Ring of Pain will be like finding a hidden treasure trove full of epic loot and monsters just waiting for you to conquer! Comparing it to Slay the Spire, I like to think of it as STS and Dark Souls having a baby that grew up to be a dungeon-crawling masterpiece. Weird, but it kinda makes sense… right?

When I played this game, it was like wandering through a dark, eerie dungeon, with nothing but my last brain cell and my trusty Ring of Pain to guide me through it. It was at this point that I came across a group of monsters, but fear not! With my quick reflexes and my strategic mind, I was able to take them down with ease like a proper pro gamer and earned myself some sweet loot! I could never get too comfortable, though, because the deeper I went, the tougher the challenges became, and that’s part of what keeps things fun here.

If you’re in the mood for a rollercoaster ride of excitement, danger, and victory, all rolled into one epic deck-building adventure; you can find Ring of Pain on your nearest PC, Xbox, or Switch.

6. Dicey Dungeons

Dicey Dungeons

Okay, where do I even begin with Dicey Dungeons?! This game is one of the best combinations of strategy, luck, and sheer whimsy that will have you hooked from the very first roll of the dice! If you’re like me and have always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons but without all the complicated rules and the need for a dungeon master, this is what you’ve been looking for.

In Dicey Dungeons, you play as one of several quirky characters, each with their own unique set of dice-based attacks and abilities. You’ll navigate your way through various dungeons, battling monsters, collecting loot, and leveling up your character as you go. But! Here’s the twist – every action you take is determined by a roll of the dice! The strategy comes in here, as you’ll be making the most out of what fate hands you.

And as for comparing Dicey Dungeons to Slay the Spire – there’s a lot to love for long-time fans of STS! Both games offer that addictive mix of strategy and luck, with the added bonus of being able to customize your deck (in Slay the Spire) or your dice (in Dicey Dungeons). Plus, both games have that same “just one more run” feeling that will keep you playing for hours on end.

So, if you’re a fan of Slay the Spire or just looking for a fun, quirky, and addictive game to play, then Dicey Dungeons is definitely worth rolling the dice for! You can try it out on PlayStation, Switch, Mobile, and more.

7. Monster Train

Monster Train

The gameplay of Monster Train is like a wild, demonic ride through hell and back. I mean it! You’re dropped in playing as the actual last hope for the pyre – a magical artifact that must be defended at all costs. How will you defend it? By summoning an army of monsters, spells, and artifacts, of course! You’ll be leading this army into battle against waves of enemies that seek to extinguish the pyre’s flame – rude, to be honest, but some people are just like that, you know?

What sets Monster Train apart from other deck-building games for me is its unique three-lane system. You’ll strategically place your units and spells across three different levels of your train, with each lane having its own strengths and weaknesses. I found that this mechanic adds a whole new layer of complexity to the game, as you’ll need to carefully consider the positioning of your units and how they interact with one another.

If you’re wondering whether this game has the same magical experience as Slay the Spire – well, that’s a matter of personal opinion. And as for my opinion, I think it definitely does! Apart from the similarities that come with the genre, Monster Train has certainly earned a place among the best deck-building games out there, with its addictive gameplay, gorgeous artwork, and thrilling battles, and that’s why it’s such a good pick for me.

Right then, if you’re ready to be transported to a dark and twisted world, then hop aboard the Monster Train and get ready for a ride you won’t soon forget! It’s available for purchase on PC and Xbox.

8. Loop Hero

Loop Hero

Loop Hero is a game that absolutely surprised and delighted me like I would’ve never expected! While it’s not exactly like Slay the Spire, it does share some similarities in terms of its addictive gameplay and strategic depth, which is why I think it deserves a spot on this list. Let’s get more into the gameplay:

In Loop Hero, you play as a hero who must navigate through an endless loop, battling monsters and collecting loot along the way. But it’s not that simple, of course – you don’t control the hero directly! Instead, you strategically place different cards on the game board, each of which can impact the hero’s stats, the monsters that appear, and the environment they’re in.

I found that the beauty of this game is in its simplicity and elegance. The gameplay is easy to learn, but the strategic possibilities are endless! You’ll find yourself constantly tinkering with your deck of cards, trying out different combinations and seeing what works best for your playstyle, which is the best part of roguelike games and is at the heart of Loop Hero.

So, while Loop Hero isn’t exactly like Slay the Spire, I think it does offer that same addictive feeling of fun that will keep you playing for hours on end! And with its gorgeous pixel art and atmospheric soundtrack, it’s a game that’s sure to capture not just your heart, but your imagination, too. Loop Hero can be played on PC and the Nintendo Switch.

9. Into The Breach

Into The Breach

I need to tell you right away, if you’re a fan of Slay the Spire, then you’re going to love what this game has to offer! With Into the Breach, you play as a commander tasked with defending humanity from an invasion of giant monsters with a catch – you’re outnumbered and outgunned, and every move you make could have catastrophic consequences. So, you’ll need to carefully plan out your actions, anticipating the enemy’s moves and making the most of your limited resources, else you’re moot! Nothing gets me going like some high-stakes gaming action.

Into The Breach does all the right things that every turn-based strategy game should do, but what sets it apart is its focus on environmental destruction and manipulation. You’ll use the terrain to your advantage, pushing enemies into buildings and off cliffs and using your own attacks to create devastating chain reactions. Kinda like if Battlefield was a roguelike!

Apart from the turn-based gameplay, Into The Breach and Slay The Spire both share a focus on strategic depth and replayability. Into the Breach also features customizable squads of units, each with their own unique abilities and strengths, which is similar to the character builds we spend hours making in Slay the Spire.

If this sounds like the destination of your next deck-building adventure, you can try the game out on PC, Switch, and Phone.

10. Gordian Quest

Gordian Quest

Ah, Gordian Quest – a game that’s flown under the radar for far too long, in my opinion, but is definitely worth your attention if you’re a fan of Slay the Spire. And as your trusty gaming information assistant, I can give you some insider info that’ll make you want to dive right in!

The gameplay in Gordian Quest puts you in the role of a hero on a quest to save the world from a dark force that threatens to consume everything in its path, and you’re not alone in your endeavors! You get to assemble a team of adventurers, each with their own unique abilities and personalities, and set out to explore a sprawling, procedurally-generated world the way you please.

Compared to Slay the Spire, you’ll love the familiar feeling of tactical combat and resource management. In combat, you’ll need to make sure you’re carefully balancing your party’s abilities and equipment, choosing the right cards for each situation, and making the most of your limited resources.

But personally, I think where Gordian Quest really shines is in its immersive world-building and storytelling. The game features a rich, branching narrative that’s full of surprises and twists, and every decision you make can have lasting consequences, so you better think them through! I think I’ve put more thought into decisions in Gordian Quest than I have in my actual real life… mildly concerning.

If you’re wondering where you can play it, Gordian Quest is available for purchase on PC via Steam and GOG.

11. Across the Obelisk

Across the Obelisk

Across the Obelisk has actually been gaining a lot of attention lately, and for good reason! While it shares some similarities with Slay the Spire, it also has its own unique gameplay mechanics and features that make it a worthy representative of the genre on its own, and I’m here to tell you why.

One thing I personally loved about Across the Obelisk is its emphasis on cooperative gameplay. Unlike Slay the Spire, which is a solo experience, Across the Obelisk allows you to team up with up to three other players and take on the game’s challenges together, so it’s an adventure with friends for the whole day in Discord! This also adds an element of collaboration, as you’ll need to coordinate your decks and abilities to take down tough bosses and survive increasingly difficult encounters.

Another thing I think you’ll love about Across the Obelisk is its rich, immersive world-building. The game features a detailed, hand-drawn art style and a deep lore that’s full of secrets and mysteries – you’ll uncover new areas, meet interesting characters, and unravel the game’s complex storyline as you progress.

But of course, no game is without its flaws. At times, my friends and I found the game to be overly punishing at times, with a steep difficulty curve that can be frustrating for new players, too. Others have criticized the game’s lack of variety in terms of card and character options, which can make the gameplay feel repetitive after a while.

That being said, if you’re a fan of Slay the Spire and you’re looking for a new challenge with a cooperative twist, then Across the Obelisk is definitely worth checking out! As a veteran of STS, you’ll find it a lot easier to overlook the negatives since you know what to expect and will love the good parts. To play, you can buy Across the Obelisk on PC through Steam.

12. The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac is a mildly sad and gritty game about a young boy named Isaac who must fight his way through a maze of twisted dungeons filled with all sorts of grotesque monsters and deadly obstacles. Oh, and here’s the kicker – Isaac’s own mother is the one who wants to sacrifice him to a higher power, and he must escape her clutches! Talk about helicopter parents.

Now, if you’re a fan of roguelike games, then this game will be right up your alley for a good number of reasons. First, you’ll note that each playthrough is different, with randomly generated rooms, enemies, and power-ups. In the playthroughs, your goal is to collect items and upgrades to improve your chances of survival as you battle your way through each level!

As you progress through the Binding of Isaac, you’ll find that it has a ton of crazy bosses and mini-bosses, each with their own unique attacks and patterns. And with multiple endings to discover, you may or may not find yourself playing this game over and over… and over.

Now, how does the Binding of Isaac compare to Slay the Spire? Well, while both games are roguelikes with randomly generated levels, Slay the Spire is a bit more strategic in nature. Instead of a card game where you build a deck and battle your way through various enemies and bosses, this is a top-down shooter featuring crazy and zany roguelike gameplay!

To play The Binding of Isaac, you’ll need a PC with macOS, Windows, or Linux, so pretty much anything.

13. Legends of Runeterra

Legends of Runeterra

There’s a reason my fellow Slay the Spire fans just can’t get enough of Legends of Runeterra, and I’m here to spill the beans! First of all, if you’ve tried League of Legends, you’ll know that both games are set in the same epic universe of Runeterra, so you may already be totally invested in the world and its characters. But it’s more likely that you’re a Slay the Spire enjoyer, so what’s in it for you? I’m glad you asked:

Legends of Runeterra (LoR) is a collectible card game that features many of the same champions and abilities as League. That means players can use their knowledge of the champs to strategize and build decks that are totally customized to their own playstyle. Each hero is entirely unique and has its own abilities that make for combinations as fun and unique as snowflakes in winter’s first snow day!

Legends of Runeterra has often been praised for its strategic depth, engaging gameplay, and top-notch art and sound design, and it’s easy to tell why as soon as you play the game. It offers a different kind of gaming experience than Slay the Spire, which was honestly a breath of fresh air for me after all the hours I’d spent in STS.

That being said, though, Legends of Runeterra and Slay the Spire are different and unique in their own ways. While they’re both card games and share similarities of the genre, Slay the Spire is all about climbing a tower and fighting baddies, while LoR is a multiplayer game that pits you against other players in strategic battles. Convinced yet? Try it for yourself! The game is made for PC, Android, and iOS.

Alright, there you have it, 13 games that have the same magic and gameplay that Slay the Spire does but with their own special twists and touches added to them. Do any of them seem enticing enough to try? Let us know what you think, and until next time, remember to have fun and always hydrate!

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