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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

Dev Scores Submitted via Score Card (Released)

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Survivor Mercs


Note: Feature comparison score and metadata reported based on dev submitted scorecard

Auto-Shooter Bullet Heaven Horde Survival Roguelite Survivors-like Twin Stick Shooter
7.8 Combined Ranking Score
-/72 Ranking Position
-/1600 Total Points
7.4 Final Review
74% Steam
- Scale
- Vibes
47 Steam Reviews
-/400 Review Points
8.1 Similarity Score
91% Diagnosis:
1088/1200 Comparison Points
96% Genre 7.3/8 genre
77% Simple Controls 3.8/7 move
85% Survival Modes 2.8/4 modes
96% Power Progression 3.7/4 level
85% Buildcrafting Depth 3.5/5 build
92% Stage Features 5.9/7 stage
93% Content Breadth 7.8/9 stuff
99% Aesthetics 5.9/6 style
94% Gameplay Vibe Check 8.7/10 vibe vibe

Survivor Mercs 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 10/29/2023

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

Devs note they have a lot of planned features and currently feel the game is in ok shape in early access, but not meeting their full 'fun check' expectations. Some features planned to be added or expanded (notes made in columns)

Dev Scorecard notes: "Dash, trigger, action buttons: we have certain Commander heroes with active abilities and twin-stick shooting, but the main part is moving and auto-shooting. Active abilities and twin-stick shooting may become slightly more prominent features in the future."

Survivor Mercs 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.

8.1 Similarity Score
91% Diagnosis:
1088/1200 Comparison Points
Rogue-lite 1/1
Auto-Fire / Auto-Battle 0.8/1
Real Time 1/1
Top Down or Isometric 1/1
Direct Control of Single Avatar 1/1
Arcade Style 0.9/1
Bullet Heaven A (Many Player Bullets) 0.9/1
Bullet Heaven B (Few Enemy Bullets) 0.7/1
One Handed Play (w Controller) -0.2/1
Move Only 0.7/1
No Dash 0.5/1
No Trigger 0.6/1
No Special Move 0.5/1
No Aiming 0.7/1
No On-Aim / On-Fire Movement Penalty 1/1
Timed / Boss Ended Survival 1/1
Endless Mode Planned/1
Organic / Unannounced Waves 0.9/1
High Enemy Count (Horde) 0.9/1
Level Up on XP Gain Event 0.9/1
Streamlined Level Choices (Simple UI) 1/1
Currency Based Meta Unlocks 1/1
Goal Based Meta Unlocks 0.8/1
Build Crafting 1/1
Weapon Combination / "Evolution" 0.5/1
Interesting Item / Weapon / Ability Synergy 0.6/1
Broken / Invincible Builds Possible 0.9/1
Explorable Map 1/1
BIG Maps 1/1
XP on Ground 1/1
Health on Ground 1/1
Temp Powerups / Items on Ground 1/1
Treasure Chests and/or Loot Events 0.9/1
Vendor / Merchant on Run 0/1
Enemy Variety 0.8/1
Bosses / Elites 1/1
Many Interesting Characters 1/1
Many Challenges 1/1
Multiple Stages 1/1
Difficulty Modifiers Planned/1
Bestiary / Lore 1/1
Achievements 1/1
Secrets 1/1
Retro / Pixel Art 1/1
Damage Numbers 1/1
Lofi Charm 1/1
Bumpin Music 1/1
Fun Writing 0.9/1
Subtle Humor 1/1
Panic & Zen Duo Vibe 0.7/1
Over the Top 1/1
"One More Run" / Short Runs 1/1
Difficulty Ramp 1/1
Fun Ramp 1/1
Low Price 0.8/1
Technical Check 0.7/1
Controls Check 0.8/1
Fun Check 0.7/1
Feels like VS 0.4/1

Survivor Mercs 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.

7.4 Final Review
74% Positive Steam Reviews
47 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

Survivor Mercs 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

LinuxMacSteam DeckWindows PCEA

Sorting Categories


Genre and Control Style Tags

Auto-ShooterBullet HeavenHorde SurvivalRogueliteSurvivors-likeTwin Stick Shooter

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Setting / Story Tags


Control Styles


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Features and Extras

SoundtrackSteam AchievementsSteam CloudSteam LeaderboardsSteam Workshop


Wandering WizardWolpertinger Games

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: Yes
  • Steam Achievements: 26
  • Steam Leaderboards: Yes
  • Steam Workshop: Planned
  • Steam Trading Cards: No

Extras, Etc.

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

Marketing Blurb

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

"Survivor Mercs is a squad-based bullet heaven and extraction shooter. Survive the onslaught of a robot army on each Operation, including dangerous mini-bosses. Explore the map to capture objective ... and extract or try to survive to meet the unique final boss in each of the various maps.Complete missions to unlock more Mercs (weapons) and Gear (squad-wide modifiers)."

Run Times & Speedups

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Average Run Time: 20m

Run Time Notes


Speed Settings