You can see a concept picture of the game’s box on the Contention Games website, who will be adapting the hit indie game for physical play. Megacrit, which developed Slay the Spire, will seemingly be working with Contention Games on the board game.
The website’s description says the game will be “a cooperative deckbuilding adventure. Craft a unique deck, encounter bizarre creatures, discover relics of immense power, and finally become strong enough to Slay the Spire!”
If you’re unfamiliar, Slay the Spire is a roguelike where players travel up a spire, slaying enemies in procedurally generated situations. Players pick from a deck of cards to decide their actions in combat, earning loot and upgrading abilities as they go. It’ll be interesting to see how Contention Games adapt it into a board game – and particularly a game played by more than one player.
We reviewed Slay the Spire back upon its launch in 2019, scoring it a 9 and calling it a “wholly new and extremely satisfying package”. We subsequently called it one of the games of 2019. The game came to iOS back in June of 2020, with an Android port on the way.
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