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Slay the Spire Review
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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 7 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Slay the Spire is an adventure battle card game. You play one of four characters attempting to ascend a spire of multiple floors. You fight enemies and bosses by playing cards you have collected. You gain new cards as rewards from combat. With 100's to collect you can build a strategic deck of cards that complement each other.

When your run through the game ends, you start again, but with extra cards you may have unlocked. Returning to try again has the same progression by the floors and enemies will be different.

Along with basic attack and defence, cards are colour-coded cards tailored to your chosen character. In combat you play cards in turn, choosing any combination of cards as long as you have the required energy to pay for them. The key is not only picking your best cards but observing your enemy (and hovering over them for more information) to determine how they may attack and consequently how you need to counter.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 35 features

Developer: Mega Crit (@MegaCrit)


Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 30 hours to complete. You can get through the game quite quickly, but perfecting your deck will take much longer.
Players: This is a single player game.


Slay the Spire usually costs £19.99.

Slay the Spire

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for violence and fear. The characters themselves flinch, but no real reaction to the violence is shown. The artwork in the game is slightly disturbing. There are creepy characters and the overall vibe is unsettling. Some cards feature skulls and other scary elements. Some cards feature violent depictions. These depictions are rather cartoon-like and not gruesome and fall within the PEGI 7 criteria.


This game supports accessibility in the following ways:
  • Difficulty: Gameplay modifiers can adjust the difficulty. Turn-based gameplay also helps with fatigue and reduces pressure.
  • Reading: There is a lot of reading and the text is quite small.
  • Controls: You can remap all keys on PC and play with keyboard and mouse. Cards stay selected without holding buttons. No holding and dragging required.
  • Image calibration: You can turn off screen shake. The colours and indicators for attacking are clearly depicted. There is no colour blind mode.
  • Audio calibration: No audio cues without corresponding visual prompt. No spoken narrative without text. Separate levels for game audio and music.

Our Slay the Spire Accessibility Report documents 35 accessibility features:

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