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Slay the Spire

Developer / Publisher: Mega Crit Games
23 January 2019
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Addicting Challenge
I adore card games and Slay The Spire is one of the best of the best. The game is very addicting. There is a constant part of your brain telling you, "Just one more run." The game is fun but also incredibly challenging. Which can be annoying but makes those good runs all the more satisfying. I have nearly 200 hours in this game and I have not fully completed it and still find myself constantly playing it. I love this game. If you enjoy card games, play it. If you enjoy rogue games, play it. If you enjoy both then you have to play Slay The Spire.
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Beating the final boss of this game is some of the highest highs I have ever had from playing a game.
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The Best Of Its Kind
Slay The Spire is the best deck-building game. I have never played a game that is so captivating based solely on how well balanced the game is. At first, it feels difficult and maybe even random. But as you get to know the enemies and how the game actually works, you realize that the fate of every run rests entirely on your decisions and you will rarely lose to raw luck (even at the highest difficulties).

I come from a background of playing Magic: The Gathering (especially limited formats like draft and cube), so I definitely had some experience with deck-building and card selection philosophy, but Slay The Spire teaches you lessons that will carry over into many many games. I have become drastically better at strategy games from my experience with Slay the Spire. As I climbed the ascensions (the levels of difficulty in STS, going up to Ascension 20) with each character, I would often become stuck in certain places, struggling to get winning runs. But every time, I would start to think through why I was losing (with some help from watching the occasional Jorbs video), and I would come to realizations that felt like eye-opening experiences, and then I would continue to progress.

All in all, this is a masterfully designed game. The entire focus is on decisions and yet it feels fresh almost every run
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Slay The Spire is a card game. Well, you have a deck of cards and attack/defend with it, but your opponents have simple rules: attack/defend/status/buff. You know what they are going to do on their next turn, so can plan your strategy accordingly.

On the map screen, there are branching paths and you can see what each room contains. There can be regular battles, an elite battle, an event, resting spot, shop, or random.

You can acquire coins, cards and relics which you use to get stronger. You definitely need to make sure you are making good progress, because at the end of each Act is a strong boss and the difficulty ramps up in the next Act.

You start with 10 cards in your deck, and for each enemy you defeat you get to add one card in your deck. Relics can be found for permanent bonuses and these really help out along with potions. Relics can give you large benefits, but since they are often randomly given, they sometimes don't work that well with your deck. Adding cards isn't always a good idea because it reduces the chance you will draw any other card. Certain cards work well with each other, so you need the right cards in your deck, and a quantity that works for your strategy.

There aren't many opportunities to heal, so you have to make sure you are minimising damage taken each battle. Once you complete an Act, then you are fully healed. You can recover a percentage at the rest spots, but I think it's vital to use the smithing option instead where you can choose to upgrade a card. Upgraded cards are a stronger version of the card, so will have a stronger effect, or lower energy cost.

You usually have 3 energy per turn, and each card has a cost, usually 0-3. Once played, they go into the discard pile. When your deck is empty, then the discard pile is reshuffled into your deck. There is a separate “exhaust” pile which some cards go into which is only returned at the end of the battle.

The events you come across give you multiple choice options which can be a range of positives, or a range of negatives. You can gain many relics here, or restore health or coins, but you can also lose health or coins. You can also pick up some useless/harmful cards so it's always a gamble going down a path with these events. It's obviously risk vs reward. To get rid of the cards, you visit the shop but you can only get rid of 1 card per time, and it's pretty costly, and increases in cost as you use the service.

In battle, taking advantage of statuses and powers is vital for certain enemies, especially the bosses. status decrease their counter each turn, so “1 weak” means it will last one turn. Stacking the same statuses just increases the turn length rather than multiplying their effect. Powers stay for that battle, so boosting your strength by 1 remains each turn. The statuses are “Weak” – reduces attack, “vulnerable” – increases damage, and “frail” – reduces block.

Some bosses seem to require a certain strategy. So some may increase their strength per turn, so you need to go more offensive to take them down early. If you have built a defensive deck, then you don't have much of a chance. I felt it suddenly became unfair with some Act 2 bosses (such as The Collector) or all of the Act 3 bosses. Some of these bosses will attack you with one or more status effects then the next turn perform a powerful attack. When they have halved your armour, then attack you for half your health; it is extremely unfair. If you do have loads of armour cards in your hand, playing them all can still mean you take massive damage.

The different characters all have a different set of cards. So “Ironclad” is about attack. “The Silent” character is about poison and defence. The robot “Defect” is about creating orbs which attack or defend at the end of your turn.

When you are defeated, you are awarded experience which unlocks new cards and relics. This encourages you to keep replaying and can encounter new items.

There's a Daily Challenge mode which gives you set rules. The Ascension mode allows you to set your own rules.

I had a lot of fun with Slay The Spire. Each character felt different, and the cards seemed balanced well. The game felt tough, but rewarding to defeat the standard enemies. Many of the bosses felt unfair, and they often had too much health and insane attacks. This was a massive negative for me, because you end up playing for around an hour, only to have your efforts thrown away unfairly in one battle.
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I first played Slay the Spire near the end of its Early Access period, I did 1 run with the Ironclad character and completed it in the first run. It's not that I didn't enjoy my time there, but I dropped the game after that thinking I had gotten what I could out of the game and that I was just very good at card games to complete it on the first try. I've recently revisited the game to give it a proper chance and it's much more challenging than I first try. The 2nd and 3rd characters are much harder to complete which I haven't managed to, there's much strategy when it comes to them.

Slay the Spire's concept is pretty simple, a roguelike card game. You start with 10 cards in your deck, and for each enemy you defeat you get to add one card in your deck. Relics can be found for permanent bonuses and these really help out along with potions. As your deck gets stronger, your enemies also get stronger too. The goal is to complete the 3 acts without dying, and if you do die you have to start all over again. In true roguelite fashion some new cards get unlocked when you achieve a certain amount of points to make your runs a little easier as you play more. Once you complete it with 1 character, you can unlock the ascension mode to add extra challenges (but the game is already challenging as it).

While I've played Hearthstone for 500+ hours (I don't know exactly how much, but way too much), the solo player content was always my least favorite part of the game... this is kind of the same as that, playing against AI with predictability which for me doesn't match the experience of defeating real players and playing the mind tricks with them. Still Slay the Spire is pretty fun, and will get you thinking plenty of times at which cards to choose or which road to take to make it to the finish line. As you play more runs, you get a good feel of what deck style you prefer with each character and it's worth noting that the 3 characters have a completely different style giving the game a lots of variability.

On the whole I do find Slay the Spire to be a slightly overrated game, it's not exactly a game of the decade candidate like many are claiming it is, but it's still overall a pretty fun experience and it does the job pretty well. Definitely looking forward to playing a run here and there, and also for future new content with a 4th character in the works. It seems to be spawning several clones and I do think that one day a new game will eventually come and outdo the original.
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This is all about deck-building... And not much about playing, unfortunately.
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  • deadass 2021-10-29 08:22:22.869774+00
    crack
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  • deadass 2021-11-05 00:16:33.222948+00
    needs like double the amount of bosses and enemies that are in the game but otherwise it’s really fucking good
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    • Bengals 2021-12-31 03:58:36.417488+00
      Yeah it'd really benefit from more content. Makes me more hyped for a sequel
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  • Bengals 2021-12-31 03:57:52.720576+00
    Here to add another crack: the game comment
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  • grapesinacake 2022-03-15 02:23:22.944808+00
    I didn't even like this that much at first and thought it was mostly RNG, but I learned how to play and the strategy is so deep and replayable. It's slowly becoming one of the best turn-based games for me.
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  • TricksyZerg 2022-06-16 23:16:35.864478+00
    This has some great mods too. The replayability is almost infinite
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  • Chnapik 2022-07-01 09:43:58.393716+00
    stg this is the only game i play actively at this point, everytime i feel down or something i just open it up and it never fails to brighten up my mood:)
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