I'm addicted to Vampire Survivors and its glorious visual overload

Screenshot of Vampire Survivors on PC
(Image credit: poncle)

Looking for something different to play this weekend? Let me point you to a little indie game called Vampire Survivors. First things first: it's almost suspiciously cheap. You can pick it up on Steam for a mere $2.99/£2.09, and if that's a bit much to pay sight unseen, it's also available through your Microsoft Game Pass subscription if you have one. It's currently PC-only, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it join the ranks of the best Nintendo Switch games at some point in the future.

If you need a bit more persuasion, here are the basics: it's a survival game with Rogue-like elements, in which you choose a character and you're immediately faced with an onslaught of enemies. Your weapon fires automatically, and as you kill monsters you're rewarded with little experience gems; once you collect enough to level up, you can add a new weapon to your collection, or a passive item that'll upgrade stats such as your firing rate, cooldown time or even luck. Basically you build up your firepower, defeat bosses to make treasure chests appear, and attempt to survive a whole 30 minutes.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.