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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



Different. First person bow arena shooter.. honestly more of a game design proposal than an actual game. Gets a 0 in price despite being cheaper because.. the content isn't actually there, like they built part of the engine and half the weapon and then put it up. I would like to see them finish it, but I'm worried they won't. This should be free at least until they fix the bow shooting and hire an artist. Low score is overall due to missing many basic features.

Arena Shooter Enemy Hell First Person Shooter Roguelite Survivors-like Wave Survival
1.8 Combined Ranking Score
69/72 Ranking Position
811/1600 Total Points
3.5 Final Review
80% Steam
1.6 Scale
0.9 Vibes
11 Steam Reviews
205/400 Review Points
0.1 Similarity Score
51% Diagnosis:
606/1200 Comparison Points
69% Genre 3.1/8 genre
23% Simple Controls -3.8/7 move
81% Survival Modes 2.5/4 modes
100% Power Progression 4/4 level
65% Buildcrafting Depth 1.5/5 build
43% Stage Features -1/7 stage
39% Content Breadth -1.9/9 stuff
24% Aesthetics -3.1/6 style
40% Gameplay Vibe Check -2/10 vibe vibe

Bowerwhelm Ranking Notes

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Scaling and Review Notes

Personal Hours Played: 1.5

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 11/16/2023

Feels like this is a proposal for a game and not a game. I'm really surprised money is being charged. The basic concept is fine. The enemies are still overwhelming and terrible.. just because I hate that there are a lot of them, damn you big red orbs, damn you.

They are literally just a big red orb with a number in it. It could be literally any cute enemy sprite and have some charm. But it's not. The arena is a white untextured space. This gets pretty boring pretty quickly.

Weapon upgrades tend to not feel that impactful since "more shots" just goes to the same place, bounces to the same next enemy, etc. The way you avoid and shoot doesn't seem to change much with upgrades or progression.

But the real issues is the bow controls are perfectly wrong (no pull on left trigger aim right trigger to release so it's basically a slow gun.) I love bow games and after amazing stuff like the latest Horizon or Zelda games or all the VR ones I was expecting gameplay totally built around shooting a bow. And that's not what I got. With my hands, it honestly hurts to hold down the right trigger exactly like this, so I had to play in short bursts.

It kind of works with works with a steam controller profile but then you get stuck in menus, a frustrating experience on steam deck. At least, it forced me to quit out of the game at least once at the gear menu. Generally the UI and overall feel of the game isn't too buggy but also feels fairly uninspired, again unfinished like a wireframe or mockup.

In terms of content there's only the one weapon, one enemy, one visual style of map for two maps. It has incremental meta upgrades and challenge based upgrades. Gets a -1 for "multiple characters" for being first person with basically no character and no unique character build related features.

It's definitely a survivors-like, clearly inspired by the upgrades style, horde gameplay, but it's like a note someone made to remind themselves to make a game later. Then they packed it full of 'unlocks' and charged for it. It's frustrating because I would like more very simple first person arena shooters in this format. I don't have a problem with small games, if they're tightly designed and fun. Maybe something more will come from this, one can hope.

Bowerwhelm 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.

0.1 Similarity Score
51% Diagnosis:
606/1200 Comparison Points
Rogue-lite 0.9/1
Auto-Fire / Auto-Battle -1/1
Real Time 1/1
Top Down or Isometric -1/1
Direct Control of Single Avatar 1/1
Arcade Style 1/1
Bullet Heaven A (Many Player Bullets) 0.2/1
Bullet Heaven B (Few Enemy Bullets) 1/1
One Handed Play (w Controller) -1/1
Move Only -1/1
No Dash 0/1
No Trigger -1/1
No Special Move 0/1
No Aiming -1/1
No On-Aim / On-Fire Movement Penalty 0.2/1
Timed / Boss Ended Survival 1/1
Endless Mode 0/1
Organic / Unannounced Waves 1/1
High Enemy Count (Horde) 0.5/1
Level Up on XP Gain Event 1/1
Streamlined Level Choices (Simple UI) 1/1
Currency Based Meta Unlocks 1/1
Goal Based Meta Unlocks 1/1
Build Crafting 0.8/1
Weapon Combination / "Evolution" 0/1
Interesting Item / Weapon / Ability Synergy 1/1
Broken / Invincible Builds Possible -1/1
Explorable Map -1/1
BIG Maps -1/1
XP on Ground 1/1
Health on Ground 0/1
Temp Powerups / Items on Ground 0/1
Treasure Chests and/or Loot Events 0/1
Vendor / Merchant on Run 0/1
Enemy Variety -1/1
Bosses / Elites -1/1
Many Interesting Characters -1/1
Many Challenges 1/1
Multiple Stages 0.1/1
Difficulty Modifiers 0/1
Bestiary / Lore -1/1
Achievements 1/1
Secrets 0/1
Retro / Pixel Art -0.8/1
Damage Numbers 0/1
Lofi Charm -0.5/1
Bumpin Music 0.2/1
Fun Writing -1/1
Subtle Humor -1/1
Panic & Zen Duo Vibe -0.5/1
Over the Top 0/1
"One More Run" / Short Runs 1/1
Difficulty Ramp 0.5/1
Fun Ramp 0/1
Low Price 0/1
Technical Check -1/1
Controls Check -0.5/1
Fun Check -0.5/1
Feels like VS 0.3/1

Bowerwhelm 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.

3.5 Final Review
80% Positive Steam Reviews
11 Steam Reviews
0.9 Pure Vibes
1.6 Review Scale
205/400 Review Points
Not Buggy 0.8/1
Not Janky 0/1
Good UI 0/1
Controller and Deck 0.2/1
Lots of Content 0/1
Good Theme 0/1
Good Graphics and Sound 0/1
Fun Feel 0.1/1
Unique Twists 0.5/1
Vibe Check 0/1

Bowerwhelm 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 DeckWindows PCReleased

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Genre and Control Style Tags

Arena ShooterEnemy HellFirst Person ShooterRogueliteSurvivors-likeWave Survival

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Features and Extras

Steam Achievements


Nash Equilibrium

Game Features

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Listing various features we've got info on.


  • Local: No
  • Online: No
  • Player Count: 1
  • Leaderboards: ?

Steam Features

  • Steam Cloud: No
  • Steam Achievements: 36
  • 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.

"Bowerwhelm is an FPS Rogue-lite game. Kill until you die, get new skills, evolve and combine them to make powerful builds, and KILL MORE!!!" "Your reflexes alone won't save you. You will need to choose your skills wisely throughout the game or you will get BOWERWHELMED!"

"You will have the opportunity to create a powerful deck of skills that can be combined for maximum impact. With a wide variety of skills available, you'll have the chance to experiment with different combinations to find the perfect strategy for your play style."

Run Times & Speedups

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Average Run Time: Unknown

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