Is Spellbound Survivors, Worth Playing?
Honest Video Game Reviews received a free copy of this title for review purposes, however our opinions are our own.
While Spellbound Survivors is prettier looking than Vampire Survivors and has a few mechanics that the former does not, it lacks the originality and promise of ongoing support required to establish itself in the highly competitive action rogue-like genre.

Points of Interest.

the Lowdown
Genre: Action Rogue-Like
Developer: ToastedSquadStudios
Publisher: ToastedSquadStudios
Price: $4.49
Release Date: 29 December 2023
Supported Modes:

It’s A Mediocre Clone Of Vampire Survivors.

Spellbound Survivors is a near 1-to-1 clone of Vampire Survivors, with less polished mechanics, less content, and surprisingly more impressive visuals.

The only aspect of Spellbound Survivors that is not inferior to Vampire Survivors is its visuals; however, that does not mean that Spellbound Survivors is a bad game, and while its upgraded weapon system is not as good as the one found in Vamnpire Survivors, the addition of ultimate abilities (known as super attacks) does help to make combat a little more enjoyable, which is very important considering that Spellbound Survivors is very unbalanced and players essentially have two choices, play with a vortex focused build ( Spellbound Survivors version of garlic) or lose before you reach the final boss.

What makes Vampire Survivors so enjoyable is the amount of options players make when deciding how to create their build.

Unfortunately, that level of freedom just isn’t present in Spellbound Survivors, and there is very little to do once you unlock vortex beyond going idle, returning every minute to assign you to upgrade points, and using the ultimate and summonable monster ability to melt the mini-bosses.

As I type this review, my paladin (armed with vortex and shields) is essentially idling the entire game, making Spellbound Survivors feel more like an idle game built for Android than a true action rogue-like.

Is Spellbound Survivors Worth Playing

It’s Come A Long Way Since Beta, But It’s Still Going To Flop.

I was given the opportunity to play Spellbound Survivors several months before release, and honestly, I was not that impressed; it was filled with bugs and poor design choices, and the developer maintained near-total radio silence with those of us who were testing the game, and helping them improve upon the game.

While it appears they took the feedback to heart, and by the time the game launched, every major issue we highlighted in our preview coverage was addressed, the fact that media outlets were given a build that was broken to the point of being unplayable for the majority of the test period, and no effort to reach out to us and others outlets about our concerns with the build and its chances of offering gamers good value for money is a cause for concern.

When coupled with disastrously poor sales (believed to be 200 units or less), the chances of Spellbound Survivors improving are next to none.

While I enjoy the game, there is no real reason to play Spellbound Survivors when Vampire Survivors and many other excellent action rogue-like titles exist.

Is Spellbound Survivors Worth Playing

Time Gated Content.

While Spellbound Survivors offers a decent amount of content for a very fair price (if you pretend that Vampire Survivors does not exist), much of this content is time-gated, requiring players to play for up to 15 hours to unlock certain items, even though except for two items, everything else is easily unlocked within 5-6 hours, essentially forcing players to grind up to 200% the length of the actual content available to unlock the final items/playable character.

While it’s not a terrible grind, and the required 15 hours can mostly be done AFK, forcing players to redo the same content over and over long after gold has little to no value and there is nothing else worthwhile to unlock except the time-gated items is a great way to ensure that players become frustrated and stop playing altogether.

Is Spellbound Survivors Worth Playing

It’s Going to be Abandoned.

There is no realistic scenario in which Spellbound Survivors is not abandoned, and while this is an unhappy truth for some to grasp, we must be realistic.

No one will invest in a game that sold this poorly, and ToastedSquadStudios cannot be expected to continue the development of a title that very likely made less than $100 profit if it managed to make any profit at all.

No one would want to continue the development of such a game if they were in ToastedSquadStudios’ place, and as a Christian, I cannot help but be reminded of the words of Jesus.

Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets - Matthew 7:12

If I had spent time and money making a game, only to end up with a net loss (when including the time I spent on making the game), I would welcome mercy and compassion instead of judgment and harsh words, and I imagine most of you reading this would feel the same way.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy - Matthew 5:7

It Looks Pretty.

While Spellbound Survivors is almost entirely comprised of what appears to be store-bought assets, they are of very high quality. For those who place visuals above gameplay, this is the one area in which Spellbound Survivors surpasses Vampire Survivors, a game known for its excellent gameplay more than its visuals, which are not only asset store fodder but unimpressive asset store fodder at that.

Is Spellbound Survivors Worth Playing

Spellbound Survivors FAQ

Spellbound Survivors is a action rogue-like video game developed and published by ToastedSquadStudios, it was released on 29 December 2023 and retails for $4.49.

Platform Availability.

Spellbound Survivors is available exclusively on PC.

What Peripherals Are Supported?

The following peripherals are officially supported:

  • PC - Controller.
  • PC - Mouse and Keyboard.

Is There Any Mature Content?

Spellbound Survivors is unrated and contains the following:

  • Violence

Final Verdict.

Spellbound Survivors looks pretty, and it’s clear the developers have invested some time and money into it (unlike some Vampire Survivors clones); however, it has very little content compared to Vampire Survivors.

While it’s not a bad game, and, overall, provides decent value for money, it is essentially a nearly 1-to-1 clone of Vampire Survivors, and there is no reason to purchase Spellbound Survivors when Vampire Survivors is cheaper, has more content, and most importantly will continue to receive updates, unlike Spellbound Survivors which is likely to fade away, due to catastrophically poor sales, and an overall lukewarm reception by the gaming community.

Is Spellbound Survivors Worth Playing In 2024?

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Honest Video Game Reviews has given "Spellbound Survivors" a rating of 6/10, which means, while it is mediocre/average, and has its fair share of issues, the average gamer would not regret playing it.

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