Slay the Spire Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Slay the Spire RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Slay The Spire Makes Its Way to Android Devices, Out Now https://www.gameskinny.com/t8bjg/slay-the-spire-makes-its-way-to-android-devices-out-now https://www.gameskinny.com/t8bjg/slay-the-spire-makes-its-way-to-android-devices-out-now Thu, 04 Feb 2021 12:39:48 -0500 Dylan Webb

It’s been over three years since Slay the Spire first launched in Early Access on PC, and we’ve witnessed quite a journey for the game since. Getting a full release back in 2019, MegaCrit’s hit roguelite/card game hybrid has made its way to each major console too.

Last year it landed on iOS devices, leaving Android users in the dark. Until now, that is. Publishers Humble Games have just launched Slay the Spire via the Google Play Store, compatible with Android 5.1 and up.

If you aren’t familiar with Slay the Spire, Humble Games have outlined its key features below, which include: 

  • Dynamic Deck Building: Discover hundreds of cards to add to your deck with each attempt at climbing the Spire. Select cards that work together to efficiently dispatch foes and reach the top.
  • An Ever-changing Spire: Whenever you embark on a journey up the Spire, the layout differs each time. Choose a risky or safe path, face different enemies, choose different cards, discover different relics, and even fight different bosses!
  • Powerful Relics to Discover: Powerful items known as relics can be found throughout the Spire. The effects of these relics can greatly enhance your deck through powerful interactions. But beware, obtaining a relic may cost you more than just go


It’s a great time to dive into one of the most popular games in the genre. If you're just getting started, consider checking out our Slay the Spire guides, and stay tuned for more StP news as it develops. 

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Best Indie Games to Buy During the 2020 Steam Summer Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/dzwfo/best-indie-games-to-buy-during-the-2020-steam-summer-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/dzwfo/best-indie-games-to-buy-during-the-2020-steam-summer-sale Sun, 28 Jun 2020 15:47:46 -0400 Dylan Webb

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Crypt of the Necrodancer

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Standard Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $2.99
Crypt of the Necrodancer review

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It’s been five years since Crypt Of The Necrodancer released, but it still makes for an excellent title, appearing on many (many) "best of" lists. And for good reason. 

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Developed by Brace Yourself Games, Crypt is another example of successfully merging roguelike mechanics with a genre typically not known for them — this time a rhythm game where you traverse dungeons in step to the beat.

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It’s another challenging affair but proves impossible to put down, and like Bastion, there’s little risk when it’s 80% off.

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Buy Crypt Of The Necrodancer on Steam

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That wraps up this list of the best indie games to buy during the 2020 Steam Summer Sale. Here's to increasing our backlogs yet again! 

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Bastion

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Standard Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $2.99
Bastion review

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Supergiant Games are hard at work with finishing Hades right now, but their first project, Bastion, is one of the most acclaimed 2D action indie games in recent memory.

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Playing a nameless adventurer referred to as “The Kid," you find yourself in a post-calamity world, exploring the ruins of society. It’s a title you can complete in one sitting, but don't let that fool you. Bastion is chock full of solid combat and great narration. It’s hard to go wrong at 80% off.  

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Buy Bastion on Steam

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Hollow Knight

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Standard Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $7.49
Hollow Knight review

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Hollow Knight sees you playing a nameless knight, traveling through the ancient kingdom of Hallownest, now plagued by vicious insects. Much like Cuphead, Hollow Knight gained recognition for its tough, but never unfair. gameplay.

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Coming in at 50% off, Metroidvania fans will find a lot to love here. Just be prepared for a challenge.

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Buy Hollow Knight on Steam

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Slay the Spire

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Standard Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $12.49

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Developed by Mega Crit Games, Slay the Spire was an overnight success. One of the latest titles to implement roguelike mechanics in more traditional genres  this time a card game Slay the Spire uniquely bridges genre gaps with stunning effect.

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Making your journey up the ever-changing Spire, no two playthroughs are alike, allowing for many distinctive deck combinations. It’s 50% off right now, so if you've been on the fence, it’s a good time to invest.

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Buy Slay The Spire on Steam

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Risk of Rain

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Standard Price: $9.99
Sale Price: $2.49

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Developed by Hopoo Games, Risk Of Rain is a bargain at 75% off. Incorporating roguelike mechanics with 2D Metroidvania sensibilities, you face off against a near-endless swarm of increasingly difficult enemies, requiring you to locate a randomly placed teleporter within each level to move on to the next.

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The developers have since released Risk of Rain 2, also on offer at 20% off. Both are worth looking into, though, RoR2 replaces Risk of Rain's 2D style with 3D models and environments and is still in Early Access. 

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Buy Risk Of Rain on Steam

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Gris

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Standard Price: $16.99
Sale Price: $6.79

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It’d be an understatement to say that few games are as impactful as Gris. Released in 2018, Team Nomada’s debut title is a 2D puzzle platformer overflowing with lush environments and gushing with character. 

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A story of trauma, this quest sees you restore color to the world, taking inspiration from titles like Journey. Its gameplay is somewhat minimalist but as an artistic experience, Gris is powerful and moving.

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Buy Gris on Steam

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Overcooked! 2

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Standard Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $14.99

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After the success of Overcooked! in 2016, it wasn’t surprising to see a sequel two years later. Developed by Ghost Town Games, you play as chef of the Onion Kingdom, looking to defeat a new zombie threat known as The Unbread.

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Cooking in increasingly impractical kitchens, Overcooked! 2 is a frantic multiplayer experience that’s worth ordering at 40% off. If you’ve not played the original, that's on sale for 75% off.

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Buy Overcooked! 2 on Steam

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Budget Cuts

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Standard Price: $29.99
Sale Price: $7.49

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Virtual Reality is an indie-dominated platform, and back in 2018, Budget Cuts was one of the earliest standouts. Combining corporate satire with an action stealth premise, you find both your job and life under threat from automation.

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It takes a few hours to complete but comes with an arcade mode too. Filled with humor and satisfying combat, it’s highly worth snatching up for 75% off. If you enjoy Budget Cuts, the sequel is 50% too.

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Buy Budget Cuts on Steam

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Override: Mech City Brawl

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Standard Price: $29.99
Sale Price: $4.49

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Released in 2018 by The Balance Inc, this 3D brawler will be of interest to Kaiju/Mecha fans, reminiscent of titles like War of The Monsters and Godzilla: Save The Earth.

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Featuring a mission-based campaign mode, Override: Mech City Brawl places you against swarms of monsters known as “Xenotypes” and has fully destructible environments. Packed with local and multiplayer options, it’s an absolute steal at 85% off.

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Buy Override: Mech City Brawl on Steam

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Superhot

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Standard Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Superhot review

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Superhot began life in 2013’s 7 Day FPS Challenge, but after a successful Kickstarter, it launched fully in 2016. Featuring a minimalistic art style, time only moves as you move, and everything plays out in slow motion. 

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Superhot received critical acclaim at launch — and well after — bringing with it some of the most unique FPS gameplay we’ve ever seen. At 60% off, it’s well worth a look. 

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Buy Superhot on Steam

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Celeste

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Standard Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Celeste review

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Towerfall Ascension put Matt Makes Games on the map, but in 2018, Celeste cemented the studio as one of gaming’s best indie developers.

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You play as Madeline, a girl facing her inner demons as she journeys to the top of Celeste Mountain. Featuring hundreds of levels, it’s a challenging platformer but crucially, never feels unfair. Uncovering the mountain’s mystery as you progress, it’s another strong recommendation at 50% off.

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Buy Celeste on Steam

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Cuphead

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Standard Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $14.99
Cuphead review

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Studio MDHR Entertainment Inc. brought us one of gaming’s most unique titles when Cuphead launched in 2017 — and it's focused on boss fights. Taking visual inspiration from 1930s-era cartoons, this run-and-gun title follows the brothers Cuphead and Mugman following their deal with the Devil to retain their souls.

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Praised for its challenging difficulty, Cuphead is one of the hardest games released in the past several years. It sold 1 million units just a few weeks after launch. It's not the greatest discount at 25% off, but Cuphead is a title you won’t want to miss.

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Buy Cuphead on Steam

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Firewatch

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Standard Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $4.99
Firewatch review

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Firewatch was a huge success when it dropped in 2016. Developed by Campo Santo, it takes place in 1989, and you play a man named Henry as he retreats deep into Wyoming’s forest. It’s your job to keep it safe.

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Discovering something strange from a forestry lookout tower, you are drawn into a mystery playing out across this strange environment. Firewatch is a short experience but an incredibly fun one, and it comes highly recommended at 75% off.

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Buy Firewatch on Steam

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We’ve reached that wonderful time of year where the Steam Summer Sale is in full force, running from June 25 until July 9. Chances are that your Valve has already emailed you about cheap games on your wishlist, but there are thousands of deals to look through, bringing some fantastic offers and, almost inevitably, a renewed backlog.

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If you’re a fan of indie games, though, searching through for the best indie games on sale can be tricky; many aren’t limited to a single genre. Indie developers have brought us many of gaming’s most creative ventures in recent years and when it comes to this Steam sale, the choices can be overwhelming.

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So if you’re looking to narrow down these choices, here’s our guide to 13 of the best indie games we recommend.

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Board Game Adjacent: Top 12 Steam Games For Tabletop Fans https://www.gameskinny.com/k37tc/board-game-adjacent-top-12-steam-games-for-tabletop-fans https://www.gameskinny.com/k37tc/board-game-adjacent-top-12-steam-games-for-tabletop-fans Sun, 15 Dec 2019 10:20:37 -0500 Ty Arthur

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What did you think of top board-game adjacent picks, and are you going to pick up any of the games we listed here?

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Sound off below, and don't forget to leave a comment if you've found any other killer board game-style titles on Steam we should check out.

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If you've already played all our picks, don't forget to take a look at the companion list of direct board game adaptations here.

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Wargroove

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Buy it on Steam here

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Wargroove is essentially the fantasy counterpart to Tiny Metal, and an even more faithful successor to the Advance Wars style from the Game Boy Advance days.

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The overall strategy and tactics clearly draw on board game design, and while there is a single player campaign, this is a game that's super fun to play in multiplayer matches. Despite the cutesy sprite graphics, there's also a surprising amount of depth going on here.

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Tiny Metal

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Buy it on Steam here

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With Japanese anime characters but very western-influenced unit and vehicle design, Tiny Metal is an odd little hodgepodge of a strategy title that takes clear influence from Advance Wars.

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If you want a tactical, modern-day style game that's simple to jump into, Tiny Metal gets the job done, and the top-down view with turn-based combat gives it a clear board game flair.

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Slay The Spire

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Buy it on Steam here

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Take a roguelike and sprinkle in a little deck building and you've got Slay The Spire, which manages to hit just the right combo of randomness and difficulty to become truly addictive.

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You'll die, a lot, but have a ton of fun doing it, and there's a different layout every time of course so you'll want to keep trying again and again.

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Book Of Demons

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Buy it on Steam here

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This has got to be one of the most unique, interesting twists on the classic ARPG style in quite some time. At first, Book of Demons seems exactly like Diablo: we're picking one of three classes and heading beneath a church to start killing skeletons by the dozen, but then things take a turn.

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Rather than free movement, your hero moves down pre-determined board game style paths, and both combat and leveling are handled via a card system.

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This is all reinforced by the paper mini art style. It literally feels like playing a board game where you have to stick your paper tokens into plastic bases.

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Warhammer Quest

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Buy it on Steam here

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Want a tactical fantasy game that draws heavily on tabletop rules but not crazy about D&D? Warhammer Quest is the game for you, and as an added bonus it actually utilizes a top-down view and token pieces just like a real board game.

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It's a classic loot 'n sell title where you get random quests to clear out dungeons of goblins, skaven, and so on, sell all the goodies you found to the merchants in the next town, and then do it all over again!

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King's Bounty Crossworlds

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Buy it on Steam here

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Stripping out everything extraneous and focusing on what players really want, the original King's Bounty and follow-up Armored Princess scratched a very specific itch.

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The series combat is along the lines of Heroes Of Might and Magic, but there's no city or resource management beyond building up your armies and leveling your hero.

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An extreme focus on turn-based combat makes this a very satisfying series for board game fans. If you're looking to jump in, I recommend picking up Crossworlds, since it has both the expanded version of Armored Princess and the DLC.

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A full-fledged King's Bounty 2 is also currently in the works and due out sometime in 2020.

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Blood Bowl 2

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Buy it on Steam here

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And now for something completely different! Yeah, those are orcs in jerseys facing off against humans and undead on the football field. Obviously, the rules of football get a facelift in Blood Bowl 2, since these players like to kill each other.

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Even if you don't care for sports-balling (and boy, I really, really don't) this is still a fun series for board game fans. Its complex, hard, and features a ton of strategy to learn.

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Unlike most of the rest of this list, Blood Bowl is actually an adaptation of a specific existing tabletop game, but it's changed enough to be its own thing in the PC version, and the animations definitely take it to a new level.

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Warhammer 40,000 Gladius: Relics Of War

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Buy it on Steam here

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Considering the impact Games Workshop has had on the tabletop industry, from war games to board games and even card-based titles, it shouldn't be much of a surprise they've got a huge number of PC crossovers as well.

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While a lot of the Warhammer universe is pretty lackluster in video game form, there are some hidden gems. Gladius sees a massive shift away from the real-time strategy of classics like Dawn Of War and towards a very board-game focused take on the 4X genre.

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If you like a slower-paced game where you have to sit and think about your strategy, this is the one to pick in the Warhammer 40,000 series.

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Dicey Dungeons

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Most board games feature polyhedral dice in some capacity, but this one actually has you playing as the dice! Other than taking on the role of some d6s, the schtick here is that you need to constantly adapt to rules changes and new characters.

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While its wildly random, and it can be very hard, the end result is something like a cute and funny version of Darkest Dungeon but with a gameshow aesthetic.

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Age Of Wonders: Planetfall

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I don't think anyone saw the announcement trailer going the way it did for Planetfall, as the developers announced a surprise switch from fantasy to sci-fi in the long-running Age Of Wonders series.

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Although this is a turn based strategy game with heavy 4X elements, if you really boil it down, Planetfall basically plays like a complex board game with animations.

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From managing resources and diplomacy to exploring the map and dealing with randomized elements, there's a ton here for board game fanatics to love.  The recent Revelations DLC also just added a host of new elements and enemies, with another faction due to arrive in the next expansion down the line.

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Armello

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What you get here is essentially a board game built from scratch as a PC strategy experience. It's too complex and animation heavy to work as a real board title you'd pick up as a hobby store, but it works great as an online title. The clear Redwall / Mouse Guard flavor doesn't hurt either!

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Combining several different styles all at once, Armello is part turn-based strategy, part card-based random mechanics, and part RPG. Although it has a single-player campaign and AI missions, keep in mind Armello is very much meant to be played online against other players.

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Hand Of Fate 2

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I'm honestly surprised there haven't been more games like Hand Of Fate and its sequel, because the core concept is such an obvious winner for tabletop fans who want a PC game.

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There's a literal board with a digital card-dealer sitting across from you to pull from the deck and see where the story goes. In a way, Hand Of Fate is like a single-player advancement of those old VHS-based board games.

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To keep things fresh, Hand Of Fate 2 switches to real-time action during the combat segments for a satisfying blend of video and board game styles. Of course, RNG plays a huge role here, as you can end up with devastatingly difficult or very easy encounters depending on what hand you are dealt. 

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As the library of titles at Steam continues to grow at an exponential rate, its become clear that a game doesn't have to be a huge budget AAA affair to warrant dozens or even hundreds of hours of play. 

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There are plenty of games with tried and true board or card mechanics that can suck you in and never let go, whether you prefer fantasy, sci-fi, modern day tank combat, or anything else.

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Ready to ditch the first person shooters and try out something more tactical? Let's take a look at the the top 12 board game-adjacent entries currently available!

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Most of these picks aren't direct 1:1 translations of an existing board game, but are rather tactical strategy entries with board and card elements added into the mix.

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In other words, if you dig in-depth board games but want to play something on PC instead of at your dinner table, you'll love these Steam titles.

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Looking for direct adaptations of famous board games instead? Check out our list of the 12 best Steam board games currently available -- from Zombicide to Ticket To Ride and everything in between -- over here.

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How To Play Silent In Slay the Spire https://www.gameskinny.com/wijog/how-to-play-silent-in-slay-the-spire https://www.gameskinny.com/wijog/how-to-play-silent-in-slay-the-spire Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:00:02 -0500 Jordan Baranowski

Unlike the brute force of the Ironclad or the inevitability of the Defect, Slay the Spire's Silent is a tricky class that will need precise planning to master. There are a bevy of strategies available with the class, but things can fall apart quickly if they don't come together.

This is due to the fact that the Silent requires card synergies to work, meaning careful deck management is of the utmost importance. Keeping your deck free of bloat is priority number one, as this approach will minimize the randomness of the game and reduce the frequency at which your combos simply fail to materialize. 

The fact that it is possible for things to just fall apart means that the Silent can be a frustrating class to play, but, when everything clicks, it can be extraordinarily powerful and fun. You can devastate your enemies with poison, draw your deck perfectly and play Grand Finale, or whittle a foe's health down in a single turn with zero cost cards. It's all a blast, which means that the risk-reward for the Silent is totally worth it.

Think you're ready to tackle Slay the Spire as this tricky class? Here're some of the best ways to do it.

Silent Basics

Starting Relic

The Silent's starting relic is called the Ring of the Snake, and it allows you to draw two extra cards in the first round of every combat. This can help you set up combos, build a defense, or take out a weak foe early by giving you better options from the beginning.

Poison, Discards, and Shivs

There are a lot of offensive options you can take with the Silent, and there are three central themes within these options:

  • Poison: Many of the Silent's cards will add poison to an enemy. Poison is a status effect that will cause the enemy to lose an amount of life, equal to its poison count, each turn.

    After dealing poison damage, the count will be reduced by one, and the enemy will be hit for this new amount the following turn. Poison can add up in a hurry, and can cause massive damage, with a small investment, if you can find multiple copies of cards like Catalyst.

  • Discard Only Cards: Another tactic available to the Silent is using cards that are unplayable but offer benefits when they are discarded. Gaining extra energy or drawing new cards, all while filtering through your deck, means that you will have a huge toolbox to play with in each fight. However, without proper discard outlets, these are dead cards in your hand.

  • Shivs: Finally, many cards in the Silent's deck create or effect Shivs. Shivs are zero cost attacks, and the general goal is to buff them and play as many per turn as possible, making use of the Silent's massive amount of card draw in the process.
Dexterity

The Ironclad has strength as a core stat, the Defect has Focus, and the Silent has Dexterity. Dexterity increases the effectiveness of all of your block cards, just as Strength affects your attacks. One Dexterity corresponds to one extra Block per card, so extra Dexterity can add up in a hurry.

Silent Builds

Shivs

Most mechanics that are unique to a specific class make for obvious builds, and the same is true with the Silent's Shivs. There are plenty of cards, like Accuracy, and relics, like Wrist Blades, that will amplify your Shivs. There are also a number of not so obvious cards, like After Image, Envenom, or A Thousand Cuts, that will take advantage of being able to play a ton of zero cost cards every turn.

Finisher is also a great choice in this deck. It can deal a ton of damage if you've played several Shivs in a turn.

Burst-Blur

It isn't entirely intuitive, but playing more than one copy of Blur in a single turn will allow your Block to stay on for consecutive turns. If you can increase your Dexterity, packing multiple Bursts and Blurs in your deck will give you insane durability. This will allow you to setup any manner of finisher you choose — be it strong powers, slow poison, or rapid attacks.

Poison

There are really two types of poison builds, but we'll group them together for simplicity's sake. The first relies on slow build cards and lots of defense. Things like Noxious Fumes take a few turns to really put out much damage, but nothing is going to stop them once they are rolling — just turtle up and wait for your enemies to die.

The other popular poison build relies on multiple copies of Catalyst. Upgrading Catalyst causes it to triple the current poison on an enemy, thus increasing poison to extremely high levels very quickly. This approach can defeat even end-of-run bosses in only a turn or two, and, if you can get your hands on a Snecko Skull, poison should be the natural route to take.

Draw-Discard

The Silent has a massive amount of card draw at their disposal, though it often has a discard drawback tacked on. However, you can make that drawback work for you by picking up cards that generate advantage by being discarded. With these cards, you can cycle through your deck, discarding your way to more energy, more card draw, and, if you can swing it, relics that add even more effects when you discard.

This build tends to be really swingy, but it can be extremely powerful with the right cards. It also doesn't take too many discard effects to make it go infinite.

Cards To Look Out For

The cards you need are very build-dependent with the Silent, as certain cards are amazing in one build but are complete garbage in another. Here are a few cards that are almost always good, but, again, keep an eye out on your ultimate goal for a deck.

Footwork

Despite what I've just said, I can't imagine a deck where you wouldn't want to play this card. Without healing options, the Silent needs to play defense, and even one copy of Footwork in play gives you much better durability. A few at a time can make you simply unstoppable.

A Thousand Cuts

Another terrific card, no matter what you are building, A Thousand Cuts will punish your enemies. The fact that it hits all your foes is amazing, and the damage numbers can add up extremely quickly, especially if you can get multiple copies in play.

Noxious Fumes

Even in non-poison decks, Noxious Fumes is a heavy hitter. Again, per turn damage adds up in a hurry, and the Silent loves to sit back and play defense while powers do the dirty work. Just like most of the Silent's power cards, it's even better with multiple copies.

Well-Laid Plans

There's nothing worse than ditching one of your "essential" cards because you have too many of them. A zero-cost power that allows you to carry something over is extremely useful.

Backstab

Backstab is super useful for taking out early enemies — its damage is high, it partners well with many powers and strategies, and it will help you save damage to make combat math easier as you move forward. Yes, please.

Blur + Backflip

These are the two Block cards that you want to look out for. There are situations where one will be better than the other, but neither of them are ever bad. In a vacuum, Blur is almost always my pick, but both are excellent.

Adrenaline

This is another card that is almost never unwelcome, and it makes every single build better. It is an absolute monster once upgraded, and multiple copies will make any wacky combo you dream up that much more likely to materialize.

Summary

The Silent has a ton of options that can work, which also means there are a lot of ways it can go wrong. Since it relies on playing so many cards per turn with most of its builds, certain bosses (Time Eater!) can be a complete nightmare. That said, there's nothing you can't overcome once you start backflipping and poisoning your foes.

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How To Play Ironclad In Slay the Spire https://www.gameskinny.com/rlsgr/how-to-play-ironclad-in-slay-the-spire https://www.gameskinny.com/rlsgr/how-to-play-ironclad-in-slay-the-spire Sat, 02 Mar 2019 10:00:02 -0500 Jordan Baranowski

Slay the Spire moved out of Early Access just over a month ago, which means most of its central mechanics and strategies are now in place. As new players come to check out this hybrid deckbuilder/roguelike, they will undoubtedly want to know some effective strategies to conquering the tower.

In this guide, we'll be looking at the Ironclad, the first class offered to players in Slay the Spire. This class may seem simple, but there are actually a variety of paths you can take when building them up. There are also many viable strategies and cards that work in multiple builds, so being adaptive is important.

We'll start by going over the basics of the Ironclad, and then we'll move into some of the most effective builds. With this guide, you'll be racking up Ascensions and win streaks in no time.

Ironclad Basics

Starting Relic

The Ironclad's starting relic is called Burning Blood, and it will heal you for six points at the end of every combat. This makes it easier to upgrade your deck, as you won't have to use rest areas as often in order to heal yourself. It also gives you a bit of wiggle room with combat math, allowing you to play a slightly more risky style.

Strength

Every class can upgrade strength, but the Ironclad is the most focused on the stat. Several cards for the Ironclad see a huge boost in effectiveness as your strength increases, allowing you, if you so choose, to focus mainly on defense while waiting for your heavy hitting attacks to come online.

Ironclad Builds

As mentioned, there are many paths you can take with the Ironclad, but defense should be a central focus, especially on higher Ascensions. Most, but not all, of the effective Ironclad builds are designed to weather the storm before bursting down your enemies with extremely powerful attacks.

Barricade + Body Slam

This is, arguably, the most consistent build for the Ironclad. If you can obtain an early Barricade, this is generally the build to drive for. Calipers is also a suitable alternative, though it isn't as effective

From there, simply build up your block as high as you can, grabbing Entrenches to double it up. Then, you can you use one of two types of finishers for the build.

Typically, this finisher will be Body Slams. However, through upgrading your strength (Demon Form is beautiful in this deck), powerful attacks like Heavy Blade and Whirlwind are also viable if Body Slams were not pulled.

Dropkick Infinite

This is exactly what it sounds like: going infinite with Dropkick.

If you can reduce the size of your deck (either by removing cards or using exhaust abilities), you can go infinite with multiple copies of Dropkick and any card that inflicts vulnerability, like the Bash that you start the game with. This will allow you to draw through your whole deck until any enemy is defeated. 

It's a simple and effective build, but there are some drawbacks. For one, it can stumble against enemies that use thorns or build up defense in response to you attacking them.

Also, without a backup plan, you're in trouble if it doesn't work out. If you can't put it together perfectly, or you just run into a troublesome fight, you won't have any strategic options to get yourself back in the game.

Perfected Strike

This one is particularly satisfying when it all comes together. By picking up copies of any card with "Strike" in the name (Strike, Pommel Strike, Twin Strike, Wild Strike, or, best of all, another copy of Perfected Strike), you make a card that can deal massive amounts of damage with no real muss.

Dual Wield is powerful in this deck, making all your Perfected Strike cards more effective. This is a highly offense-based deck, and you should look for energy boosting cards, card draw, and powerful defensive options that can help you to survive for one more turn.

Searing Blow

This is similar to the Perfected Strike build, but it focuses on a small deck with one massively upgraded Searing Blow card. You can upgrade this card as many times as you want, and it will single shot a lot of enemies, and kill bosses in just a few hits, when you start getting to the 10+ upgrade range.

Basically, all this deck wants is one copy of Searing Blow, upgrade cards (like Apotheosis and Armaments), card draw, and a few other randoms if you can find them. Double Tap is phenomenal in this deck, and Dual Wield is excellent once you've got your Searing Blow upgraded a few times.

Card Draw + Fiend Fire

With this build you want to get your hand as big as you can, and then use Fiend Fire to burst down dangerous enemies and mop up the rest. Strength is amazing in a deck like this, and a full hand, plus a few strength, will kill almost anything in a single hit. Burn it all down.

Cards To Look Out For

Because of the versatility of the Ironclad, there are not a lot of "must have" cards that work in every build. Moving forward with the ability to adapt is the best way to succeed with the class, and sometimes a "good stuff" deck will work if you stumble into the right encounters.

Powers are very useful with the Ironclad, since most builds focus on prolonging a fight while you set up a big burst turn. However, you want to make sure to look for powerful cards early that can push you towards a certain build.  

Barricade

If this is a choice early on, it is one you should almost always grab. Level two and three bosses can do insane damage, especially in higher Ascension levels, so being able to stack up your defense, and use up your hand to do so, is always welcome.

Demon Form

This is another card that is useful in almost any deck. Demon Form allows you to sit back, and block any damage that comes your way, before unleashing absolute destruction on your enemies. After a few turns of sitting on Demon From, even lowly Strike cards become death machines.

Battle Trance

More options are almost always better, and Battle Trance is one of the best ways to give yourself those options. Grab a few copies early if you can — it will make your decisions much easier throughout the rest of your run.

Shrug It Off

Unless you are building a deck that doesn't want you to have a big deck, there is almost no deck that won't benefit from a few copies of this card. It will stop most early enemies in their tracks, help you set up combos, and get you to your heavy hitters as quickly as possible. If you don't have a bomb choice when adding a card to your deck, just Shrug It Off.

Summary

Just because the Ironclad is the "Default" class in Slay the Spire does not mean that it is dummy mode. There are a lot of choices to make, and the class's adaptability makes some of those decisions agonizing on higher Ascensions.

Don't be afraid to skip adding cards to your deck if you don't see one that will help your strategy. Also, don't be scared to exhaust cards in fights; the Ironclad will give you a lot of options to help decimate your enemies.

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How to Play Defect in Slay the Spire https://www.gameskinny.com/xlteo/how-to-play-defect-in-slay-the-spire https://www.gameskinny.com/xlteo/how-to-play-defect-in-slay-the-spire Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:57:31 -0500 Jordan Baranowski

After over a year in Early Access, Slay the Spire was officially released in its "Version 1.0" form a few weeks ago. This release has undoubtedly brought new players to the game, and some may be curious about how to effectively use the game's different classes, including the Defect.

This automaton may look like an easy build, but it is the toughest class to master in the game. While, a well-made Defect deck can tackle a huge number of Ascension levels with ease, it's harder to put together a "good stuff" deck with the Defect than the other two classes.

When you do put something together though, and it starts clicking, watch out. But be warned that the class tends to struggle if it can't get its engine going, and its lack of exhausting abilities means that you have to be laser-focused in your deck building.

With this guide, we will look at how to approach this style of deck building in order to be successful with the Defect . However, we will begin with the basics of the class.

Defect Basics

Starting Relic

The Defect's starting relic is called the Cracked Core, and it allows you to start every battle with one lightning orb. This starting relic introduces us to the main mechanic at the Defect's disposal: orbs.

Four Different Types of Orbs:

The Defect starts every battle with three spots for orbs, and this can be increased to a maximum of ten slots. There are four different types of orbs, each with a passive ability and an invoke ability.

Passive abilities trigger at the end of every turn, and invoke abilities are triggered by cards or by channeling another orb when every slot is filled. Triggering an invoke ability use up the orb.

Here's what the different orbs do:

  • Lightning: The most basic orb. Its passive ability deals damage to a random enemy, and its invoke ability deals more damage (usually around double).
  • Frost: Frost orbs provide you with a small amount of armor. Its invoke ability provides you with more.
  • Dark: Every turn, Dark orbs increase the potential amount of damage they can deal through their passive ability. However, they won't actually damage anyone until they are invoked.
  • Plasma: Plasma orbs provide you with extra energy at the start of your turn, and they provide you with two energy when they are invoked.
Focus

Focus is a stat that can increase and decrease, similar to Strength and Dexterity, that improves the effectiveness of your orbs. Every point of Focus gives your Lightning one more damage and your Frost one more armor. It also helps your Dark increase faster, but it has no effect on Plasma orbs.

Defect Builds

Big Freeze

The most reliable deck for the Defect follows a pattern established by the successful decks of other classes: utilizing a massive amounts of Block. This is best done through accumulating more orb slots and Focus as well as through cards like Glacier and Chill. Plenty of cards provide Frost orbs, but these are going to be two of your power players.

Other cards to look out for in this build are things like Defragment and Capacitor. These increase your Focus and the number of Orb slots you have respectively.

Once you've built up your defenses, you can kill enemies with whatever else you've collected. If you're gaining 30 or 40 Block automatically each turn, you won't have a ton to worry about.

Keep your eye out for the Calipers relic as well. This causes you to lose only 15 Block at the start of your turn, instead of all of it, and it makes you basically unstoppable.

Zero Cost

Another viable strategy with the Defect comes from the number of effective 0-cost cards that are available to the class. 

All for One is an amazing rare that you can land with this deck, as cards like Claw can get out of hand in a hurry if you're playing them every turn. 

Scrape is also crazy strong when you have lots of cards that cost nothing to play. Reuse extra energy, inflict status effects on your foes, and blast them down to nothing in no time flat. You'll still have energy left over at the end.

All Powers

The Defect has a ton of power cards available to use, and they can snowball in a hurry if you get the right ones. If you have ways of building extra energy and drawing through your deck in a hurry, you can use cards like Storm and Electrodynamics to burn through enemies before they even get a chance to damage you.

This deck tends to lose its effectiveness when Ascensions start to get serious. However, it is a lot of fun to plow through early Ascensions by doing an impression of Zeus.

Multi-Cast Dark Bomb

This one is difficult to set up, but it is absurdly powerful if done right. That's a big "if" though.

You essentially have to get rid of your Cracked Core (the starting relic), find a way to reliably channel a Dark orb early, and work up a ton of mana to use Multi-Cast to plow through everything in your way. When it goes off... watch out.

If you can get rid of the Cracked Core and get your hands on the Symbiotic Virus relic, this is not a bad build to shoot for.

Cards to Look Out For

There aren't a ton of must-have Defect cards, as there are so many different reliable builds, and some cards will be great in one of them and worthless in another. However, there are a few cards that should always trip your alarm bells no matter what build you're running:

Turbo

Mana acceleration at Common rarity is great, and the drawback is fairly negligible — by the time you get to that Void, you should already be in a dominant position or have blasted your enemies into smithereens. Nearly every deck will benefit from a copy or two of this.

Boot Sequence-Auto Shields 

The biggest danger as the Defect is surviving the times when you can't put together your plan quickly. That's why cheap, heavy Block cards like these are a must-have in nearly any deck.

Seek 

Do you want to search through your deck and find exactly what you need when you need it? How about doing it twice if its upgraded? Seek is almost always a windmill slam of a pick, but be careful not to use it if you draw it near the end of your deck.

Echo Form 

This is one of the all around best  in the game. Start every turn with a big damage card (Sunder + Echo Form) or with a swingy power to cast it twice.

The only issue with Echo Form is that it will sometimes get you punched in the mouth early on. However, the long term payoff is amazing.

All for One 

There are so many strong 0-cost cards in every Defect build, and All for One allows you to set up some stupid combos with them. If you're playing a 0-cost build, this will be your MVP.

Summary

The Defect is quite the change of pace from the other Slay the Spire classes, but it can be incredibly satisfying when it all comes together. Hopefully this guide will help you on your journey to take the tower with the automaton.  

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Video Game Canon: Developing YOUR Canon https://www.gameskinny.com/bqevf/video-game-canon-developing-your-canon https://www.gameskinny.com/bqevf/video-game-canon-developing-your-canon Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:17:35 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Previously, when I explored the idea of video game canon, I specifically looked at how to count games toward canon and how the definition of video game canon may change over time. With new titles coming out every day, determining which games count toward which canon(s) is already difficult. It's also equally tough, maybe more so, to develop your personal repertoire of games.

Developing your personal repertoire takes much more than owning a lot of games or having familiarity with different games and genres. To develop your canon, you have to play the games, much like building your literary canon requires you to read the books (SparkNotes will only take you so far). I'm sure you know how to play games, but playing video games as a way to build your canon takes some strategy and foresight.

Try Lesser-Known Games, Both Old and New

There are plenty of awesome games, from both major and indie developers, that don't have the same size fan bases as Hearthstone, Bloodborne, Cuphead, Minecraft, etc. The awesome, popular games are worth playing and adding to your repertoire, but lesser-known games are able to take you beyond your comfort zone and expand your gaming knowledge.

For example, I reviewed a game called Where the Money Is for GameSkinny a few months ago. Where the Money Is is an action-strategy game where the player controls robbers in the middle of a bank heist. I had never heard of the game before the review, and it's not a game I would normally choose to play on my own. But, spending a few hours playing Where the Money Is expanded my canon in a very specific way: themes. This game involves topics like robbery, security, and law enforcement. Playing Where the Money Is provides insight on these topics that I can draw upon if I were to play games revolving around similar topics (e.g., L.A. Noire, PayDay 2).

Overall, one of the best ways to develop your video game canon is to play titles that otherwise would not end up on your radar.

Take the Time to Discover New Games

Whether the game is popular or not, discovering new games to put on your radar is important for developing your canon over a long period of time. Discovering new games is much more than paying attention to what's coming next week or next month, but watching what other games are being played and talked about.

For example, I was watching one of my favorite Twitch streamers play an early access Steam title called Slay the Spire. He said he was addicted to this game, finding so much joy in it that he believes the developers aren't charging enough for the game. To this streamer, Slay the Spire is so good that Mega Crit Games ought to raise the price once they take it out of early access.

Slay the Spire is a rogue-like strategy game where the player builds a deck as they play. The deck is used during combat, and with each successful battle, the player adds to their deck and improves it. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but Slay the Spire does remind me of Guild of Dungeoneering, Hand of Fate, and Hand of Fate 2, all three of which I have played extensively. There's also a bit of Duelyst in there too. Ultimately, Slay the Spire would build my repertoire of rogue-like deckbuilding games. It would be great to see personally how it compares to the other games I've played.

Revisit Games from Your Childhood

So far, I've only discussed playing video games that are new to you -- games you've never played before. But, revisiting titles from your childhood and replaying those you haven't touched in a good long while can build your canon by helping you make connections you couldn't have way back when.

Altered Beast for Sega Genesis is a game I vaguely remember playing. I have distinct memories of watching my older brothers play the game. Nonetheless, playing that game as a kid and playing that game as an adult were two completely different experiences.

As a kid, Altered Beast was an awesome beat 'em up platformer where the player "powered up" into fantastic creatures. It's a fun game. As an adult, I can't help but notice that Altered Beast is one of the few games where the male protagonist has less and less clothing as he powers up. The story of resurrecting the main character to save Zeus' daughter is also a little bizarre. Who am I to rescue your daughter? I was busy being dead!

Anyway, as gaming continues to progress graphically, technologically, and culturally, keeping up with everything is impossible. But not every game is going to be worth playing. Instead, exploring how I can develop my personal video game canon and cultural understanding of games is much more exciting.

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