Slay the Spire’s Official Banner, shows the premise of the deck-building card game itself. [Source: store.steampowered.com, Screenshot by Author, Daniel Kim]
Daniel Kim, Grade 11
Each of the available characters have multiple play styles you can try to build your deck around. For example, the Silent can pick up attacks that stacks a poison effect on enemies which will damage them each turn for how much they are poisoned, but its card pool also allows you to create a deck built around creating a ton of free, zero-cost attack cards to continuously attack your enemies with.
When playing Slay the Spire, it feels great when you find all of the right cards for the deck/play style that you were hoping for. But you aren’t always so lucky, and the challenge of Slay the Spire is how you adapt your strategy based on what cards are actually offered to you, and what events are coming up on your run. And while it can be frustrating to build toward a specific deck and simply never find the right card you need to make it really work, a perk of these runs is that they’re short, and so it’s not too hard to brush off a loss and try again.
With a deck of cards, potions, relics, and mana, there is much you can do while playing Slay the Spire. [Source: Screenshot of Gameplay by Author, Daniel Kim]
Slay the Spire takes some of the best parts of deck-building games, roguelikes, and dungeon crawlers and mixes them into a new and extremely satisfying game. It encourages experimentation, risk taking, adaptability, and will challenge you immensely as you navigate your way through floor after floor of entertaining fights.