Slay the Spire Review

Slay the Spire Review


– [Tom] Slay The
Spire is one of those games where I found myself
sitting alone at my desk, just giggling as I played. Not because it’s exceptionally funny, though its well-written
encounters can be that, but because some combo of cards that had chanced its way into my hand would just go off, and the
result was an absolute thrill. I couldn’t help but laugh, because win or lose, that
combo may never show up again. Boy, was it a blast in the moment. (intense orchestral music) Here’s a genre mix you
probably haven’t seen before. Slay The Spire is a deck building, Rogue-like dungeon crawler. Don’t mistake it for deck building game like Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering. Instead, you pick one of three varied, but equally exciting characters with unique card pools, and
start with a super basic deck. As you work your way up the spire, you’ll fight increasingly
difficult monsters, to acquire new cards that slowly build your
deck into something better. Being a Rogue-like, making
it all the way to the top only takes about an hour,
giving Slay The Spire an addictive loop of picking cards, figuring out how good they are, dying frequently, and then, taking that hard-earned knowledge
with you to the next run. Apart from unlocking a few new cards and collectible relics as you play, you never actually get stronger
from one run to another, you just get smarter and better at quickly deciding what
will or won’t be useful. Choosing when to play an attack card instead of a defense card is important, and my confidence actually
grew with every failed run. Playing cards is also satisfyingly snappy and fast, if you want, but Slay The Spire doesn’t
rush you with a timer, if you prefer to take it slow. Possibilities feel close to limitless, because there’s rarely a right
choice when making decisions. And, each character
has multiple playstyles you can try to build your deck around. The Silent is a rogue-ish
character, who can be built to stack a poison effect
on foes, or alternatively, to buff a ton of cheap,
weak attacks, instead. It feels fantastic when you pick a route and find all the combo
pieces you were hoping to. But, the interesting and
ever-changing challenge of Slay The Spire is how
you adapt your strategy based on what it is actually
offered to you along the way. A perk of short runs means that if you don’t find what you
want, it’s not too hard to brush off an unlucky
loss and try again. Each of Slay The Spire’s enemies has a variety of unique
attacks and abilities, making them challenging puzzles
to solve in their own right. Because you can almost always see what an enemy will do next,
you’ll have the opportunity to strategically time your
moves to counter their plans. The enemies get harder and more
varied as you get deeper in, and are randomly distributed along the simple, but amusing dungeon map. It didn’t take long before I started recognizing most of them, which does eventually start to make runs feel a bit too similar,
but on the other hand, I liked being able to learn how to counter what I knew was coming, and the not-to-be-underestimated challenge those enemies pose was enough to keep things feeling
fresh for a long time. Thankfully, Slay The Spire
also shakes things up with a Daily Climb mode
with a leaderboard, adding wacky modifiers
to a set run each day, as well as 20 escalating
Ascension difficulty levels. You can even make custom games with any number of those modifiers, and the Steam modding
community on PC is thriving with custom characters, new
enemies, and loads more. Slay The Spire takes
some of the best parts of deck-building games,
Rogue-likes, and dungeon crawlers, and mixes them into a wholly new and extremely satisfying package. It encourages experimentation, gives you time to make mistakes, and will challenge you immensely as you navigate your way
through floor after floor of entertaining puzzle-like fights. It’s an idea so good that’s
inspired a dozen games like it before it even left early
access, but is executed so well that none of them even
come close to matching it. For more card games and Rogue-likes, check out our reviews of
Artifact or Hades, respectively. And, for everything else,
keep it right here on IGN.

67 thoughts on “Slay the Spire Review

  • January 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    first

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    go subscribe to pewdiepie

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    go subscribe to pewdiepie

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    Slay me daddy

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:36 pm
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    First

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:36 pm
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    6th

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    I just wish it was on ps4 ;-;

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    Fantastic game, been playing it for a year and it's still great fun.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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    Ew you are not playing in fast mode

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    Wow ima play this

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    One like one happy person

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    As if any IGN review carries any weight, but this one is a 9.0 for the lazy.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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    Omg😱😱 11 million subscribers I hope one day I gonna get 11 million but I never gonna get 🙁😔

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    Hope you finished it this time

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:49 pm
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    I doubt IGN even play this game.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:53 pm
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    9.0

    There.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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    ZA WARUDO

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  • January 25, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    I just want a mobile version

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  • January 25, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    Paper Mario Sticker Star have done this

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  • January 25, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    This looks like dios stand ze world oooo!!!

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  • January 25, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    Thumbnail looks like [ZA WORUDO]

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  • January 25, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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    Can't wait for the switch port.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 11:18 pm
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    I love Topple the Tower

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  • January 25, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    Who wrote this review for you ?

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  • January 25, 2019 at 11:46 pm
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    But does it make you feel like slaying the spire?

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  • January 26, 2019 at 12:04 am
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    absolutely brilliant game. amazing concept

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  • January 26, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    I played hundreds of hours on Slay The Spire. I absolutely love the game and I most definitely recommend it to anyone who consider getting STS.

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  • January 26, 2019 at 12:33 am
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    EGG DADDY SQUAD RISE UP

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  • January 26, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    amazing game

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  • January 26, 2019 at 12:39 am
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    Thank you IGN, very cool!

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  • January 26, 2019 at 12:56 am
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    Game is more addictive than coke ;p

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  • January 26, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    Check out Wandering Night by ZLOONG https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wandering-night/id1416415727?mt=8

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  • January 26, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    did anyone else think that Dio's The World was in the thumbnail

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  • January 26, 2019 at 1:43 am
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    You know someone's a noob when they aren't even playing in fast mode.

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  • January 26, 2019 at 2:07 am
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    This game is a 10/10. If you are considering buying it, buy it

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  • January 26, 2019 at 3:58 am
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    Been playing this one for way to many hours. Anyone have suggestions for games simular?

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  • January 26, 2019 at 3:59 am
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    Hearthstone isn't a deckbuilding game in the first place. Building a deck in the game doesn't make it a deckbuilding game. A deckbuilding game is a very specific genre.

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  • January 26, 2019 at 4:09 am
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    IGN: 9.0

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  • January 26, 2019 at 4:26 am
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    Man, Journalists really need to know what "deckbuilding" actually means.

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  • January 26, 2019 at 6:00 am
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    What's Za Warudo doing in the thumbnail?

    is this a Jojo Reference???

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  • January 26, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    so its hearthstone single player dungeon run – with worse graphics, riiight.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    Nut in the butt?

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  • January 28, 2019 at 12:02 am
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    Great review Tom

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  • January 28, 2019 at 2:37 am
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    If you like Arena/Dungeon Runs in Hearth Stone. You'll love this game.

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  • January 30, 2019 at 2:09 am
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    One of the best game of 2017, so addictive

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  • January 30, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    Such a great game. Solid review, Tom! 👏

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  • January 30, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    It quickly became one of my favorite games of all time. Absolutely worth getting, the base game + mods make it infinitely replayable.

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  • January 30, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    The gameplay feels so slow, I'm used to having fast mode on.

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  • January 30, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    I want it on Switch for the mobility, but PC has mods…. Gah.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 12:16 am
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    Best game to come out in the last decade don't @ me

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  • February 1, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    One of the only times I would say this looks better suited to the mobile market…..feels weird sayin it..

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  • February 1, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    Night of the full moon anyone?

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  • February 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm
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    0:57 did this man just take thunderclap??? lul that card so bad

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  • February 3, 2019 at 2:53 am
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    I still like Hearthstone's Dungeon Run more but I feel like I'm heavily in the minority. Still a fun game though for sure.

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  • February 9, 2019 at 4:54 pm
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    Reminds me of night of the fullmoon

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  • February 9, 2019 at 7:01 pm
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    I can’t wait to play this on switch I went to go buy it today but I guess it’s not up yet

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  • March 10, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    –> says one thing bad about it
    eh, 9.0

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  • March 26, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    When will this release on Switch?

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  • May 24, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    We are here again because it's coming to switch!!!

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  • June 12, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    Shitty review lul

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  • June 28, 2019 at 2:04 pm
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    I can see the appeal of combining deck build and rogue dungeon, but for me, the most fun aspect of deck building is getting rare cards and building stronger deck to go against opponents with equally stronger deck. The selling point of this game is the variety each run offers, which I vastly enjoy in other types of roguelikes, but not in card games.

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  • July 17, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    Definitely my best buy from the Steam Summer Sale.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    HS and MTG are not deck building games.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    Xbox game pass for the win!!

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  • August 1, 2019 at 10:44 am
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    why slay the spire when you can slay this bussy.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:23 am
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    So hyped for this on game pass 🙌🏼

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  • December 2, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    this game looks cool but whats up with the lack of character animations?
    also is it worth $19.99 on the nintendo switch?

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