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The 5 Best Mobile Card-Based Roguelites

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 16th, 2020

Slay the Spire finally hit the App Store, and—as great as it is—the mobile version leaves quite a bit to be desired. This prompted us here to look back at all mobile games that have come out of the explosion of card-based roguelites that have been releasing in recent years and pick the top five games in that particular niche.

If you want to hold off on buying Slay the Spire for your phone (which we suggest you do), check out these other great titles that can deliver a similar experience. If you’re looking for some other great mobile games to play, click here to check out all the other top lists we’ve been making lately.

Slay the Spire review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 15th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: COMPROMISED CRAWLER
Such a fantastic game deserves a better mobile port than this.
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Pirates Outlaws review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 8th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLAY THE SEAS
Pirates Outlaws would be one of the best card-based dungeon-crawlers around if it weren’t for two specific issues with it.
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Sometimes Shameless Clones Are Good (Kind Of)

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 14th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

For the past few weeks, I’ve been playing a little game called Royal Booty Quest. Is it a good game? No, not really. It’s got really shoddy visuals, a UI that breaks easily, no sound, and missing text values all over the place.

The only reason I’ve been sticking with it is because it's a clone of Slay the Spire, a deckbuilding roguelike that generated some strong buzz when it hit early access late last year. In it, you pick a hero to enter a dungeon to fight enemies in card-based combat. As you get further into the dungeon, you get opportunities to finely hone your deck as the enemies around you get stronger and try to survive. If you die, you start all over again.