Vampire Survivors screenshot of the player fighting a horde of monsters

[Update]: Vampire Survivors will be getting a new engine with greatly enhanced performance this Summer.

Like many things in life, good games come in all shapes and sizes. There are some that are so ridiculously elaborate that you can spend dozens of hours playing them without feeling like you've cracked the surface of what's on offer. And then there are games that do exactly one thing, but they do it so well that you can't help but keep playing them into the wee hours of the morning.

The recently released Vampire Survivors, a game that has been making quite a splash over the past week, belongs in that second category. It's essentially a Castlevania inspired and super-casual roguelike where you get to mow down hundreds upon hundreds of enemies while watching your powers grow to absurd levels.

Just for a bit of context, here's the brief teaser trailer showing just what Vampire Survivor looks and play like. Have a peek:

There is absolutely nothing complicated about Vampire Survivors. It's literally as simple as plowing through a massive group of monsters while your (hopefully) overpowered combos go 'BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR' as they shoot out a dozen colorful projectiles per second. Yet despite all of that, I just can't stop playing!

The reason for that is quite simple - Vampire Survivors is pure, cathartic fun. It's a bite-sized power trip with just enough RPG elements to keep your attention from wandering away. So if any of this sounds like it might be up your alley, I'd heartily recommend giving Vampire Survivors a closer look. It's not the type of game you'll play for months on end, but it's both remarkably engaging and remarkably cheap at 2,39€, which makes it hard to complain about.

You can learn more about Vampire Survivors, as well as check out some of the player reviews, over at Steam. Have fun!

Vampire Survivors screenshot of a bat swarm

Vampire Survivors screenshot of the player using a massive amount of projectiles