Percentile Rank

Slay The Spire is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 43 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

89

Top Critic Average

98%

Critics Recommend

Based on 43 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 23, 2019

A drug I don’t want to quit. A miracle of design? Yeah, go on.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jan 29, 2019

Genres combine with beautiful precision in a game that offers simple pleasures and terrifying depths.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 12, 2019

Roguelites teach their lessons in often devastating ways, and Slay the Spire is no different. Each new run can feel punishing and, at times, unfair. It wasn’t until I learned how to trim the fat and come up with counterintuitive deck ideas that I really started falling in love with the game.

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Scored Reviews

Screen Rant
Jan 25, 2019

RPG/roguelike/deck-building card game Slay the Spire finally comes out of early access on Steam, ready and able to consume all of your free time.

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PlayStation Universe
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
May 20, 2019

A sublime, impeccably crafted roguelike card-battler that is absolutely without peer, Slay the Spire cements its place as one of the best games of this console generation. This. Is. Essential.

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SquareXO
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 25, 2019

I love games that are different every time I play, games like Binding of Isaac and Rogue Legacy, games where you never know what going to happen. Slay the Spire fits into this category too but is much different to the aforementioned titles. The way this game handles its stats, it’s UI and enemy attacks really open up the strategy and tactical nuances of the combat system. It’s easy to learn but has a massive amount of depth if you wish to pursue it.

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TechRaptor
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2019

Slay the Spire is a vertiginously challenging and infinitely replayable roguelike deckbuilder set in a highly original dark fantasy universe.

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Areajugones
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

“Slay the Spire blends roguelike and deck building to offer an experience that is accessible, challenging and fun as hell from the very beginning. One of the best recent inide games!”

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GideonsGaming
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2019

The amount of content between cards, relics, potions, events, and enemies is staggering and the replay value is through the roof. I believe Slay the Spire has some of the tightest mechanics of any game I’ve played, where everything just works and pieces of its design fit together perfectly. I can’t recommend the game enough for card game or roguelike fans.

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Nintendo Times
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2019

EXCELLENT - Slay the Spire combines deck building with turn-based combat in a roguelike form like none other. Satisfying gameplay with so many player-driven actions makes for a completely fulfilling experience every run you take at the Spire – even when you perish. This is the type of game that will stay on my Switch for years to come.

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2019

An incredibly well-crafted dungeon delve with hundreds of hours of crawling chaos

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Electric Bento
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2019

Slay the Spire is a roguelike deck-building game that will hook you once you get your hands on it.

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PC Gamer
92 / 100
92 / 100
Jan 24, 2019

A strategically deep deckbuilder that, with any luck, has spawned a brilliant new subgenre.

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The Game is a Lie
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2019

Slay the Spire is one of the most fun and refined games released this year, be it in its game mechanics, its strategy elements, its choice possibilities or its soundtrack. That's why its lacklustre art direction surprises me so much.

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viewport
9 / 10
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Frostilyte
9 / 10
Jan 28, 2019

It almost feels redundant to write it here, but Slay the Spire comes highly recommended. All of its mechanics work together to prevent repetition through encouraging the player to take calculated risks and forcing them to think strategically about how to utilize their available card selection. The variety is also delivered to the player as they continue to play the game, so as to prevent overwhelming with the sheer volume of what's available. The additional game modes in the daily climb, custom game modes, and mods help to fully round out a game which already has an immense amount of diversity. While I wasn't a fan of the art style, that is only a minor gripe against Slay the Spire. It is one of the most well-designed rogue-likes I've played and a decidedly engaging deck building game.

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Everyeye.it
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2019

Slay the Spire is the definitive deckbuilding game: stimulating and relaxing at the same time, it combines a playful structure truly cared for with the variety and brevity of roguelike.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
Tom Marks

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2019

Slay the Spire takes some of the best parts of deckbuilding games, roguelikes, and dungeon crawlers, and mixes them into a wholly new and extremely satisfying package.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 4, 2019

Slay the Spire takes the best parts of roguelites, dungeon crawlers, and card games, and mixes them together into an unholy, but absurdly enjoyable game. It's the kind of game that gets under your skin and uses it like a tent, just camping out and reminding you that you aren't playing it. It's the kind of game that you can jump in for one quick run and suddenly realise that you've been playing for five hours and should really be asleep. It's the kind of game that is easy to play, hard to master, and impossible to put down. What more could you want?

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SomHráč.sk
90%
90%
Jan 24, 2019

Slay the Spire is an absolute must-play for roguelike and card game fans. At the same time, it manages to be a casual game to fill an hour of free time and a complex challenge that won't loosen its grip over you.

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Fintendo
Jun 16, 2019

"Invite Death to play."

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Game Revolution
Jan 29, 2019

Slay the Spire has spent all its energy in order to firmly sink its claws into me, and I can’t envisage putting this game down for a long time.

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PCGamesN
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 23, 2019

An intricate and highly replayable game that shines across both of its genres, MegaCrit's debut combines a simple premise with near-flawless mechanical execution.Ali Jones

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We Got This Covered
May 25, 2019

Slay The Spire is an ingenious and addicting blend of card game strategy and rogue-like mechanics. It's a potent mix that will keep you coming back for more, even if death often awaits you.

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Slant Magazine
Jan 23, 2019

There are few greater thrills than discovering a new, powerful combo in Slay the Spire.

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Game Rant
Jun 1, 2019

Slay the Spire is one of the best deck-building games we've played, featuring addicting, strategic combat blended with a satisfying roguelike gameplay loop.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2019

Mick Fraser: "Slay the Spire is a hugely enjoyable single-player deck-builder that feels genuinely unique in its genre."

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 30, 2019

On the surface, Mega Crit's weird blend of rogue-like and card game might seem like a simple dungeon-crawler with some deck-building mechanics thrown in. But, as you dive deeper beneath the surface, and really start to flesh out the complexities tied into each deck, you’ll find an entirely new world of mechanics to learn and master as you try your best to survive each encounter and eventually slay the Spire.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2019

Slay the Spire is a nearly endlessly replayable Indie delight from Mega Crit. It came out on the PC and PS4 already, but Switch owners owe it to themselves to pick this one up as it's nice to have a such a stellar and casually playable game on the go. Some of the best strategic RPG fights in the industry, with a steep difficulty curve, means you'll be trying to best this game for weeks or months before you tire of it.

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USgamer
Jun 5, 2019

Slay the Spire cleverly mixes the roguelite and card game genres, bringing with it a deep and satisfying strategy layer that encourages you to experiment over the course of a multitude of runs to the top of the tower. I can only hope that it continues to see regular updates, because it's already one of my favorite games of 2019.

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Daily Dot
Jun 5, 2019

I stare at the game’s start menu, telling myself, “one more run.” Of course, this more than likely means one more death—but who can say what might come from the run after that?

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 6, 2019

Slay the Spire is an endlessly addictive roguelike card-battler that’s a perfect fit for the Switch; a beautifully balanced game that’s arrived on Nintendo’s system with all the benefits of an extended period of Early Access on PC.

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IGN Spain
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2019

A surprising new twist on a crowded genre. Slay the Spyre may not be the prettiest game out there, but it's one of the most interesting experiences on 2019 so far.

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Cerealkillerz
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2019

Slay the Spire belongs in the hands of every card game and rogue like fan out there. The game works perfectly on the go with the Nintendo Switch and delivers some innovative gameplay mechanics and a lot of variety in every playthrough. The biggest setback is still the unexciting character/world design.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2019

With the growing library of roguelikes and card-based strategy games accumulating in the eShop, new entrants continuously need to find new ways to stand out from the crowd. Slay the Spire succeeds in this regard by foregoing a traditional story or narrative and allowing the player to become completely immersed in strategic thinking. It may not be the prettiest or flashiest roguelike out there, but it certainly has my attention.

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Niche Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 7, 2019

There will be many runs where you won’t really have much of a chance, and if that might turn you off. However, Slay the Spire still offers a nice variety of content, an addicting card-based combat system, and a compelling gameplay loop that will keep you coming back for more punishment.

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GameCrate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2019

If you've enjoyed playing deck-building card games and roguelikes in the past, you owe it to yourself to give Slay the Spire a try. It might take a bit to fully wrap your head around the game's concept, but once it click, it's addicting. Now's also a great time to get in on the action, since Slay the Spire will only continue to grow in the future.

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Spaziogames
8.4 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8.4 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2019

Although the mods are not supported as in the PC scene, the Switch version of Slay the Spire is pure bliss, a dangerously addictive roguelike card game like you've never seen before on Nintendo's console.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

A loving homage to a niche sub-genre of days gone past, Slay the Spire uses procedurally-generated challenges to keep its deck-building gameplay fresh.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 23, 2019

An excellent mix of turn-based dungeon crawler, roguelike, and card game whose perfectly balanced combat will have you constantly coming back for more.

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Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Derek Thompson
8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2019

For deckbuilding and video game mashups, this is as good as it gets.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 29, 2019

Slay the Spire brings to the Switch a neat blend of combat and card elements mixed with the addictive nature of roguelite designs.

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SwitchRPG
Jun 10, 2019

The continuous growth and increasing variety in both card collection and available relics- as well as a friendly whale (serpent) creature who gifts you with a random additional buff at the start of each new run means that Slay the Spire is a deliciously addictive experience. If you’re only casually interested in trading card games, this can also be an extremely valuable tutorial for deck stacking and various optimization techniques for more serious play, as well. Just don’t get too salty about losses, and you’ll find plenty to love as you journey onwards and upwards.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 24, 2019

Slay the Spire may have an unorthodox formula but it does it correctly: this intersection between card-based and roguelike games, Slay the Spire delivers an addictive, enjoyable and unpredictable, long-lasting experience which makes for yet another very welcome entry in the Nintendo Switch catalogue.

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