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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Slay the Spire (2017) 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 defense, 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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Slay the Spire 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Sequencing and Strategy game with Adventure, Fighting and Role-Play elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players can enjoy the game's intuitive card-based battles, but to really dig in and take down the bosses needs considerable patience, repetition and perseverance.


Slay the Spire usually costs £9.99 to £19.99. 

Slay the Spire

Steam StoreSALE PC £19.99 £6.79 until 25/07/2024
Steam StoreSALE Mac £19.99 £6.79 until 25/07/2024 Free

Apple Arcade

App StoreSALE iOS £9.99 £6.99 at the moment Free

Apple Arcade

PlayStation Store PS4 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

App Store Apple TV Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

Switch Store Switch -

Slay The Spire

XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

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

Price: 66% off

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Sequencing, Strategy (Adventure, Fighting and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 35 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Cards and Hand-Made

Developer: Mega Crit (@MegaCrit)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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