If you liked the rogue-lite bullet-hell survival action of Vampire Survivors, you’ll be happy to hear there are plenty of similar games out there to satisfy your appetite. While this isn’t the first game to do what it did, it’s one that shot the genre to the top of everyone’s must-have lists. That feeling of “just one more run” combined with the upgrade system kept us playing for hours. If you’re in the same boat, here are the 10 best games like Vampire Survivors you (probably) didn’t know about.
10 Best Games Like Vampire Survivors
10. 20 Minutes Till Dawn
Let’s start this list with one of the more popular games like Vampire Survivors. The 20 Minutes Till Dawn experience was one of the first VS clones that introduced an eldritch horror theme with its Lovecraftian creatures and atmosphere.
It swapped fantasy weapons with a modern armory of pistols, rifles, and shotguns, each with its own upgrades. There are even spells implemented in the form of elemental bullets and runes. All in all, this is a hell of a fun way to take on the Eldritch hordes with your build while surviving for 20 minutes.
With a much more simplistic yet effective horror art style, Disfigure is next on our list. It’s a free-to-play game with a unique element. Your entire screen is plunged into darkness as creepy crawlers scuttle just outside your minuscule range of vision.
That’s right, your vision is limited in a genre where looking ahead to survive is key. The flashlight you bear is your only salvation. You must pay attention to your surroundings by changing your flashlight mode to suit your playstyle. While the graphics are simplistic, the first moment you point your light behind you and see the horrors drawing closer makes for an unforgettable experience.
8. Halls of Torment
Ever wonder what Diablo VS would look like? Well, Halls of Torment channels that old-school Diablo 2 pre-rendered style as you scour a dungeon and fight off hordes of skeletons and demons. The art style is a beautiful homage to ARPGs, and there’s even an inventory system.
As you progress through the game, you’ll unlock magic weapons, trinkets, and armor. Each part of your body has a slot, the same as in Diablo, and different gear combinations will yield different builds. You can even complete quests or bait enemies into traps and hazards for environmental kills.
7. Spellbook Demonslayers
Speeding things up a bit is Spellbook Demonslayers. The gameplay is much faster in this one as it switches the almost tactical approach of Vampire Survivors into true action-paced bullet hell. As the name suggests, this title plays heavily into spells as your core abilities.
You’ll be facing demonic hordes and stealing their powers. Furthermore, you can summon demon souls in the form of powerful, devastating spells. There’s even a unique upgrade system called Illegal Upgrades for a risk-reward kind of dynamic.
6. Soulstone Survivors
Among all our entries, Soulstone Survivors has some of the best graphics in this subgenre due to its 3D models. This allows the game to exude the feeling of fighting titanic foes quite well. They’re not simply sprites on your screen. Indeed, you’ll be fighting massive bosses in addition to the usual VS spiel.
Furthermore, besides the rogue-lite elements, the game also has RPG mechanics with a vast skill tree to upgrade your characters. With 200 active skills and hundreds of passive ones, the possibilities are endless.
5. Project Lazarus
Time to go full sci-fi VS. Project Lazarus allows you to pilot a massive mech and mow down hordes of foes with laser blaster, heavy machine gun, and rocket launcher mounts. If you’ve ever wanted to launch an orbital strike in Vampire Survivors, Project Lazarus has you covered. Similarly to Soulstone Survivors, this game utilizes 3D models to elevate the visual experience.
But the most exciting part is that each mech has its own control scheme, so you can customize both your offense and mobility.
4. Yet Another Zombie Survivors
If killing zombies is more your preference, then you’ll love Yet Another Zombie Survivors. Besides the change of theme, YAZS’s unique element is that it introduces a squad system. Starting off with a single class chosen before a run, you’ll ultimately control up to three team members at once as they fight the horde back to back to back.
Each member of your squad can wield different weapons, use different abilities, and cover different areas. This means that someone (you) is always watching your back. There are even deployable turrets to boost your damage output and plenty of passive upgrades for your squad.
3. Crafty Survivors
On a much lighter note, Crafty Survivors offers a completely different art style and setting. You’ll still be facing foes through bullet-hell action, but you’ll be doing so with various crafters and artisans. Who needs swords, magic, and guns when you can cook your enemies or sew them up?
Furthermore, there’s even a city management element as you build up your town of crafters for new upgrades. Overall, Crafty Survivors offers a completely unique Vampire Survivors experience.
Continuing with the light-hearted theme, Brotato jumps into the fray to face down various creatures on an alien planet and survive. You can wield up to six weapons — fabulously displayed on your potato — and create unique combinations. This is one of the more casual games on our list that offers a comical approach to your VS session.
1. Spirit Hunters: Infinite Horde
Last but not least, Spirit Hunters: Infinite Horde offers another fantasy-themed VS experience with magic and spells. You’ll unlock numerous Spirit Hunters to face down massive hordes of enemies. Besides plenty of ability combinations, there are even magical pets to aid you in combat.
These are the 10 best games like Vampire Survivors that take the original in new directions visually or mechanically. Whether you prefer a sci-fi or modern aesthetic with guns or a fantasy one with spells, there’s something here for everyone. If you’re still playing Vampire Survivors, check out our VS hub for guides and tips on the game.