If you are hooked on the combo-based gameplay of Slay the Spire, you are not alone. Combining different card and item effects to overcome ever-stronger enemies can be intoxicatingly fun, and thankfully developers have been working overtime to develop new twists on the genre. New roguelike deckbuilders come out all the time, deviating from the formula in original and interesting ways. Here are seven games inspired by Slay the Spire that should definitely be on your radar.
Phantom Rose is a dark roguelike deckbuilder with a unique anime aesthetic. It is very different from everything else on this list in that your cards are permanently lost after using them – so the term “deckbuilder” is a bit of a misnomer in this case. If you can wrap your head around it, this resource-management twist adds a new dimension of strategy to the gameplay, and quite a bit of tension as well.
Night of Full Moon
Also available on mobile, Night of Full Moon is a fantasy deckbuilder which offers solid gameplay wrapped in a charming fairy tale package. Don’t let the cutesy art underplay the depth of the game – Night of Full Moon has lots of characters, cards, mechanics and content to play through.
With its Munchkin-style art and abundant fantasy tropes, Monster Slayers is the most no-frills and accessible game on this list. It offers little over the core formula of Slay the Spire, and it’s simply a fun little game to kill time with. Its main quality is how cheap it usually is on Steam.
What Blood Card lacks in polish or original assets, it delivers in unique mechanics. In this dark yet derpy fantasy deckbuilder, your deck acts as your life points. Taking damage discards cards from your draw pile, and if you run out it’s game over. Using healing abilities pulls discarded cards back to your draw pile to keep you going. This is only one of the things this game does differently from others on this list.
If you enjoy Blood Card, you can also take it on the go — a mobile version is available for Android devices. Note that save files are stored locally, so you cannot resume from your Steam profile, nor can you restore your progress if you delete the game from your device.
Monster Train has a lot going on. Unlike other deckbuilders, in this game you are tasked with building a team of creatures to defend multiple floors from invading monsters. Monster Train is actively supported, getting new cards and content regularly to expand its already robust gameplay and meta. It even features competitive multiplayer, which is rare for the genre.
One of our favorite games on this list, Fate Hunters is a dark fantasy deckbuilder that has a strong RPG feel to it. Players must choose a character, outfit them with items – a welcome opportunity to customize your starting deck, which most games on this list lack – and climb a foreboding tower packed with monsters to try to scavenge as much loot and treasure as possible.
Players are free to leave after each level of the tower has been cleared, getting away with the treasure they have collected, which can then be used to unlock new cards for future runs. If they feel like pushing their luck, players can instead keep climbing for a chance to find even more treasure – risking that they fall prey to a stronger monster, and lose everything.
Draft of Darkness
Draft of Darkness is not out yet but it already deserves a spot on this list. Scheduled for an early 2021 release, this game brings Slay the Spire’s gameplay to a new setting: a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested city. Players will assemble a team of survivors and scavenge through abandoned locales for supplies, fighting back an onslaught of mutated monstrosities. Draft of Darkness is the only survival horror deckbuilder we know of, and it already shows a lot of promise in its mechanics and atmosphere.