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Compared to VS. Not a review!

Similarity Scale

Percentage of possible points earned scored -1 to 1 in tenths in 60 categories

Genre Controls Modes Progress Builds Stages Content Aesthetic Vibe

Games Currently Being Evaluated (Ranking in Progress)

This section includes games with fan scores submitted via score card or web form or I'm currently playing or researching or discussing with devs.

They'll be moved up top after I've checked it all over and adjusted the feature scores to be in line with how other games are scored.


Ember Knights


Note: Feature comparison score reported based on reviewer submitted scorecard by zza675 on Discord. Tweaking in progress.

Dungeon Crawler Roguelite Top Down or Isometric Wave Survival
7.3 Combined Ranking Score
-/72 Ranking Position
-/1600 Total Points
9.4 Final Review
94% Steam
- Scale
- Vibes
3250 Steam Reviews
-/400 Review Points
5.3 Similarity Score
76% Diagnosis:
917/1200 Comparison Points
66% Genre 2.6/8 genre
30% Simple Controls -2.8/7 move
94% Survival Modes 3.5/4 modes
66% Power Progression 1.3/4 level
99% Buildcrafting Depth 4.9/5 build
82% Stage Features 4.5/7 stage
91% Content Breadth 7.4/9 stuff
88% Aesthetics 4.6/6 style
82% Gameplay Vibe Check 6.3/10 vibe vibe

Ember Knights Ranking Notes

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Scaling and Review Notes

Every game ranked was played, but also scaled based on research, talking to developers & your feedback. The priority with the scale's initial design was to compare similarity on relatively objective features - so it doesn't claim to include reviews of the depth and clarity you'd get at a games journalism site, nor the intensive time played you might get from player reviews on steam. We try to incorporate and link all of that along with a 'review scale' that checks for bugs. See the heatmap and breakdown! Time played noted so you can take any notes with a big grain of salt! I can't get to high level gameplay in 850+ games so I heavily research every game. Over 80 game creators let me interview or survey them! I Hope to go back and refine. Please argue or submit your own scores and reviews to be incorporated with credit into the notes and score numbers.

Added or last checked on 11/20/2023

Scale scoring from scorecard submitted by player reviewer. Once evaluated after a couple hours play and some research, will be adjusted and moved up into the ranking proper.

zza675's scorecard notes: "I would say it's fairly different from VS it as its more focused on exploring a linier dungeon with rooms instead of an open one."

Ember Knights Similarity Scale Heatmap

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Measured in 60 categories via likert-scale style options -1 to 1 in tenths, how does this game compare to Vampire Survivors. This allows 1200 total "points". It's easier to have a point of comparison and we just picked Vampire Survivors since it's the most popular and commonly referenced game in the subgenre. For detailed methodology read the explainer. For in depth examples at score value, see the scoring guide and for term definitions see the key.

5.3 Similarity Score
76% Diagnosis:
917/1200 Comparison Points
Rogue-lite 0.7/1
Auto-Fire / Auto-Battle -1/1
Real Time 0/1
Top Down or Isometric 0.8/1
Direct Control of Single Avatar 1/1
Arcade Style 0.3/1
Bullet Heaven A (Many Player Bullets) 0.6/1
Bullet Heaven B (Few Enemy Bullets) 0.2/1
One Handed Play (w Controller) 0.5/1
Move Only 0.3/1
No Dash -1/1
No Trigger 0/1
No Special Move -1/1
No Aiming -1/1
No On-Aim / On-Fire Movement Penalty -0.6/1
Timed / Boss Ended Survival 1/1
Endless Mode 1/1
Organic / Unannounced Waves 0.5/1
High Enemy Count (Horde) 1/1
Level Up on XP Gain Event -1/1
Streamlined Level Choices (Simple UI) 0.3/1
Currency Based Meta Unlocks 1/1
Goal Based Meta Unlocks 1/1
Build Crafting 1/1
Weapon Combination / "Evolution" 1/1
Interesting Item / Weapon / Ability Synergy 1/1
Broken / Invincible Builds Possible 0.9/1
Explorable Map 0.2/1
BIG Maps 0.3/1
XP on Ground 0/1
Health on Ground 1/1
Temp Powerups / Items on Ground 1/1
Treasure Chests and/or Loot Events 1/1
Vendor / Merchant on Run 1/1
Enemy Variety 0.7/1
Bosses / Elites 1/1
Many Interesting Characters 0.5/1
Many Challenges 1/1
Multiple Stages 1/1
Difficulty Modifiers 1/1
Bestiary / Lore 1/1
Achievements 0.7/1
Secrets 0.5/1
Retro / Pixel Art 1/1
Damage Numbers 1/1
Lofi Charm 0/1
Bumpin Music 1/1
Fun Writing 1/1
Subtle Humor 0.6/1
Panic & Zen Duo Vibe 0/1
Over the Top 0/1
"One More Run" / Short Runs 1/1
Difficulty Ramp 1/1
Fun Ramp 0.5/1
Low Price 0.7/1
Technical Check 0.5/1
Controls Check 1/1
Fun Check 1/1
Feels like VS 0/1

Ember Knights Review Scale Heatmap

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The review scale is judged from -1 to 1 in 10 categories, with 200 possible "points" earned. Steam review positive percentage is worth another 100 points, and a "ten point" pure vibe review number adds extra subjectivity. Converted into points, that's 400 points total. The points aren't used directly in the ranking, though, which averages the three number scores for the final review score listed in the game line above.

9.4 Final Review
94% Positive Steam Reviews
3250 Steam Reviews
- Pure Vibes
- Review Scale
-/400 Review Points
Not Buggy -/1
Not Janky -/1
Good UI -/1
Controller and Deck -/1
Lots of Content -/1
Good Theme -/1
Good Graphics and Sound -/1
Fun Feel -/1
Unique Twists -/1
Vibe Check -/1

Metacritic Scores

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This title has metacritic data! The "fuck the man" score is adjusted so each person's review is equally weighted, regardless of critic or fan status.


8.5 Converted 10 Point Score
1 Number of Critic Reviews


- User Review Average
- Number of User Reviews


8.5 Direct Average
8.5 "Fuck The Man" Combined Mean

Ember Knights Tag Cloud

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More sortable taxonomies and categories associated with the game (genre tags are available in the main game table line!) We've just started adding tags to enable more sorting options, this section will get more filled out as we go!

Release Tags

Steam DeckSwitchWindows PCReleased

Sorting Categories


Genre and Control Style Tags

Dungeon CrawlerRogueliteTop Down or IsometricWave Survival

Aesthetic Tags


Setting / Story Tags


Control Styles

ControllerMouse Only

Game Mode Tags

Branching PathsCustom Mode/ScenarioDifficulty ModesDungeon CrawlHardcore Mode (Optional Permadeath)New Game +20m

Features and Extras


Doom TurtleTwin Sails Interactive

Game Features

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Listing various features we've got info on.


  • Local: Co-Op
  • Online: Co-Op
  • Player Count: 14
  • Leaderboards: ?

Steam Features

  • Steam Cloud: No
  • Steam Achievements: 45
  • Steam Leaderboards: No
  • Steam Workshop: No
  • Steam Trading Cards: No

Extras, Etc.

  • NSFW: No
  • Demo Available: No
  • DLC Available: No
  • Soundtrack Available: No

Marketing Blurb

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Some description of the game and its features from the creators.

"Ember Knights is an action rogue-lite for 1-4 players where you play as legendary knights, the last spark of hope against the mad sorcerer Praxis and his hordes of unwavering fiends. Wield weapons & skills, build synergies with game-changing relics and free the universe of Praxis’ corruption."

Game Modes

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Dungeon Crawl, Branching Paths, New Game +, Hardcore Mode / Optional Permadeath, Difficulty Modes, Custom Mode

Run Times & Speedups

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Average Run Time: 20m

Run Time Notes

"For a speedrun 10 mins or less, for a casual play anywhere from 30-45 typically. For "doom" 90m and for "demons" anywhere from 2 seconds to 5 hours."

Speed Settings

No player speed options. "There are difficulty modifiers that buff the speed of enemies and their attack speed."