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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)

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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.


Tesla vs Lovecraft

DLC Released

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

Arcade Arena Shooter Bullet Heaven Horde Survival Roguelite Score Attack Top Down or Isometric Twin Stick Shooter Wave Shooter Wave Survival
6.5 Combined Ranking Score
-/72 Ranking Position
-/1600 Total Points
8.0 Final Review
89% Steam
- Scale
- Vibes
25 Steam Reviews
-/400 Review Points
5.0 Similarity Score
75% Diagnosis:
900/1200 Comparison Points
84% Genre 5.5/8 genre
25% Simple Controls -3.5/7 move
75% Survival Modes 2/4 modes
50% Power Progression 0/4 level
95% Buildcrafting Depth 4.5/5 build
68% Stage Features 2.5/7 stage
79% Content Breadth 5.2/9 stuff
92% Aesthetics 5/6 style
94% Gameplay Vibe Check 8.8/10 vibe vibe

Tesla vs Lovecraft 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 11/21/2023

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.

Scoring Submitted by zza675

Tesla vs Lovecraft 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.

5.0 Similarity Score
75% Diagnosis:
900/1200 Comparison Points
Rogue-lite 1/1
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 0.5/1
Bullet Heaven A (Many Player Bullets) 1/1
Bullet Heaven B (Few Enemy Bullets) 1/1
One Handed Play (w Controller) -1/1
Move Only -1/1
No Dash -1/1
No Trigger -1/1
No Special Move 0.5/1
No Aiming -1/1
No On-Aim / On-Fire Movement Penalty 1/1
Timed / Boss Ended Survival 0/1
Endless Mode 1/1
Organic / Unannounced Waves 0/1
High Enemy Count (Horde) 1/1
Level Up on XP Gain Event -0.5/1
Streamlined Level Choices (Simple UI) -0.5/1
Currency Based Meta Unlocks 1/1
Goal Based Meta Unlocks 0/1
Build Crafting 0.5/1
Weapon Combination / "Evolution" 1/1
Interesting Item / Weapon / Ability Synergy 1/1
Broken / Invincible Builds Possible 1/1
Explorable Map 0.5/1
BIG Maps 0/1
XP on Ground 0.5/1
Health on Ground 0.5/1
Temp Powerups / Items on Ground 0.5/1
Treasure Chests and/or Loot Events 0.5/1
Vendor / Merchant on Run 0/1
Enemy Variety 0.8/1
Bosses / Elites 0.5/1
Many Interesting Characters 0/1
Many Challenges 0.2/1
Multiple Stages 1/1
Difficulty Modifiers 0.2/1
Bestiary / Lore 0.5/1
Achievements 1/1
Secrets 1/1
Retro / Pixel Art 0/1
Damage Numbers 1/1
Lofi Charm 1/1
Bumpin Music 1/1
Fun Writing 1/1
Subtle Humor 1/1
Panic & Zen Duo Vibe 0/1
Over the Top 1/1
"One More Run" / Short Runs 1/1
Difficulty Ramp 1/1
Fun Ramp 1/1
Low Price 1/1
Technical Check 0.8/1
Controls Check 1/1
Fun Check 1/1
Feels like VS 1/1

Tesla vs Lovecraft 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.

8.0 Final Review
89% Positive Steam Reviews
25 Steam Reviews
- Pure Vibes
- Review Scale
-/400 Review Points
Not Buggy 0.9/1
Not Janky 1/1
Good UI 1/1
Controller and Deck 1/1
Lots of Content 0.8/1
Good Theme 1/1
Good Graphics and Sound 1/1
Fun Feel 1/1
Unique Twists 0.8/1
Vibe Check 1/1

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.


7.3 Converted 10 Point Score
12 Number of Critic Reviews


7.3 User Review Average
10 Number of User Reviews


7.3 Direct Average
7.3 "Fuck The Man" Combined Mean

Tesla vs Lovecraft 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

iOSLinuxMacPS4PS5Steam DeckSwitchWindows PCXboxDLCReleased

Sorting Categories


Genre and Control Style Tags

ArcadeArena ShooterBullet HeavenHorde SurvivalRogueliteScore AttackTop Down or IsometricTwin Stick ShooterWave ShooterWave Survival

Aesthetic Tags


Setting / Story Tags


Control Styles


Game Mode Tags

Branching PathsCampaignEndless ModeLevel BasedNew Game +Score AttackStory ModeWave Survival30m

Features and Extras

SoundtrackSteam AchievementsSteam CloudSteam LeaderboardsSteam Trading Cards



Game Features

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Listing various features we've got info on.


  • Local: Co-Op
  • Online: Co-Op (Remote Play)
  • Player Count: 2
  • Leaderboards: ?

Steam Features

  • Steam Cloud: Yes
  • Steam Achievements: 20
  • Steam Leaderboards: Yes
  • Steam Workshop: No
  • Steam Trading Cards: Yes

Extras, Etc.

  • NSFW: No
  • Demo Available: No
  • DLC Available: Yes
  • Soundtrack Available: Steam Soundcloud YouTube

Marketing Blurb

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

"Tesla vs Lovecraft is an intense top-down twin stick arena shooter from the creators of Crimsonland and Neon Chrome. Play as the enigmatic inventor Nikola Tesla harnessing the static energy to power up Tesla-Mech and give the lovecraftian nightmares a lesson in horror!"

Game Modes

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Endless Survival, Branching Paths, Level Based, Campaign, New Game +, Story Mode, Score Attack / High Score

Run Times & Speedups

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Average Run Time: 30m

Run Time Notes

"Early game 20ish minute runs; late game up to 3hr + runs. Times vary if co-op. Each zone/level takes roughly 5-10 minutes."

Speed Settings