Waiting for Slay The Spire Mobile? Here's the 5 best games to play while you wait.
Bad news, fans of brilliant roguelike card battlers. The iOS and Android versions of Slay the Spire have been delayed until 2020.
Developer Mega Crit Games recently released a progress report on the mobile port of this Game of the Year contender.
It starts with some good news: "We've hit a playable version of the game and it's looking great, you'll be able to play the full Slay the Spire experience on your phone very soon". Joy!
Then it piles on the misery/mild disappointment: "We had hoped to get mobile out by the end of the year but development with a custom engine can be a tricky thing. We are close, and will have another status update for you in early 2020". Blast.
If you had your heart set on curling up with the game this Christmas, we feel your pain. But there are some great Slay The Spire alternatives on mobile. Here are some of them.
We should note that none of these games is a precise match for Slay the Spire. We've steered clear of the clones, and instead opted to bring you a varied selection of top notch card-based dungeon crawlers that share a certain spiritual affinity.
If you still want the full Slay the Spire experience, well, you shouldn't have too long to wait.
Think of Void Tyrant as Slay the Spire simplified and switched to a first person perspective, with a little Blackjack/21 stirred through it. Armor Games has created a highly accessible roguelike card battler with a battle system that asks you to keep drawing until you get a sufficiently meaty attack score - or else go 'bust' and take a pounding.
Pick from a selection of adventurers, each with their own distinct starter deck, and set off on a tabletop quest filled with tense swipey-Tinder battles and fateful decisions. Meteorfall does away with the fantasy visualisation element of Slay the Spire, relying wholly on the brilliant Cartoon Network art style of its cards to convey the action.
Knights of the Card Table
Another wonderfully bright and cartoony take on roguelike card battling. Each battle in Knights of the Card Table plays out like a conveyor belt of random cards - enemies, special attacks, buffs - and it's up to you to pick out the right sequence (while hoping for favourable dice rolls) to get you through the fight in good shape. It's simple, but hugely appealing stuff.
One of the granddaddies of the whole solo mobile card game scene, Card Crawl continues to hold it own among younger, prettier rivals. That's thanks to a timelessly brilliant battle system that sees you equipping weapon and shield cards, and employing special attack cards as they're dealt to you. This is all while judging precisely how much damage to deal and take from a succession of gruesomely drawn enemies.
A brilliantly balanced solo card game that sees you trawling through dungeons and laying the smack down with a judiciously placed deck of cards. The '80s home computer' art style won't be to everyone's taste, but Card Quest does tactical card-base combat better than most of the rest.