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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

Crafty Survivors


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

Auto-Shooter Bullet Heaven Hack and Slash Horde Survival Roguelite Survivors-like Wave Survival
7.1 Combined Ranking Score
-/72 Ranking Position
-/1600 Total Points
9.0 Final Review
90% Steam
- Scale
- Vibes
377 Steam Reviews
-/400 Review Points
5.2 Similarity Score
76% Diagnosis:
910/1200 Comparison Points
93% Genre 6.9/8 genre
14% Simple Controls -5/7 move
65% Survival Modes 1.2/4 modes
95% Power Progression 3.6/4 level
74% Buildcrafting Depth 2.4/5 build
74% Stage Features 3.3/7 stage
86% Content Breadth 6.5/9 stuff
78% Aesthetics 3.4/6 style
89% Gameplay Vibe Check 7.7/10 vibe vibe

Crafty Survivors 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 11/1/2023

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 Silver721

Dev quote from discord on control philosophy: "Not all characters will be auto-play friendly in the game because that is exactly the design of Crafty Survivors. I personally find the auto-play style extremely tedious, which is why I haven't played most of the games in the genre for more than 30-40 minutes and never picked them up again. There is already way too many games in this genre that is auto-play, so we don't want to be "just one more". We designed Crafty Survivors with a manual approach to the character's mechanics exactly because of this particular reason. Some characters will not be good on auto-play and that is a fact, because our approach to their mechanics is primarily designed as a manual mechanic."

Crafty Survivors 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.

5.2 Similarity Score
76% Diagnosis:
910/1200 Comparison Points
Rogue-lite 1/1
Auto-Fire / Auto-Battle 0.5/1
Real Time 1/1
Top Down or Isometric 1/1
Direct Control of Single Avatar 1/1
Arcade Style 0.7/1
Bullet Heaven A (Many Player Bullets) 1/1
Bullet Heaven B (Few Enemy Bullets) 0.7/1
One Handed Play (w Controller) -1/1
Move Only -1/1
No Dash -1/1
No Trigger 0/1
No Special Move -1/1
No Aiming -1/1
No On-Aim / On-Fire Movement Penalty 0/1
Timed / Boss Ended Survival 1/1
Endless Mode 0/1
Organic / Unannounced Waves -0.5/1
High Enemy Count (Horde) 0.7/1
Level Up on XP Gain Event 1/1
Streamlined Level Choices (Simple UI) 0.6/1
Currency Based Meta Unlocks 1/1
Goal Based Meta Unlocks 1/1
Build Crafting 0.6/1
Weapon Combination / "Evolution" 0.3/1
Interesting Item / Weapon / Ability Synergy 0.5/1
Broken / Invincible Builds Possible 0.4/1
Explorable Map 0.5/1
BIG Maps -0.5/1
XP on Ground 1/1
Health on Ground 1/1
Temp Powerups / Items on Ground 0.3/1
Treasure Chests and/or Loot Events 1/1
Vendor / Merchant on Run 0/1
Enemy Variety 1/1
Bosses / Elites 1/1
Many Interesting Characters 0.7/1
Many Challenges 0.3/1
Multiple Stages 1/1
Difficulty Modifiers 0.5/1
Bestiary / Lore 0.3/1
Achievements 1/1
Secrets 0.7/1
Retro / Pixel Art 1/1
Damage Numbers 0/1
Lofi Charm 1/1
Bumpin Music 0.7/1
Fun Writing 1/1
Subtle Humor -0.3/1
Panic & Zen Duo Vibe 1/1
Over the Top 0.7/1
"One More Run" / Short Runs 1/1
Difficulty Ramp 1/1
Fun Ramp 0.7/1
Low Price 0.8/1
Technical Check 1/1
Controls Check 1/1
Fun Check 0.8/1
Feels like VS 0.7/1

Crafty Survivors 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.

9.0 Final Review
90% Positive Steam Reviews
377 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

Crafty Survivors 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 PCEA

Sorting Categories


Genre and Control Style Tags

Auto-ShooterBullet HeavenHack and SlashHorde SurvivalRogueliteSurvivors-likeWave Survival

Aesthetic Tags


Setting / Story Tags


Control Styles


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Features and Extras

Steam AchievementsSteam CloudSteam Trading Cards


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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: 40
  • Steam Leaderboards: No
  • Steam Workshop: No
  • Steam Trading Cards: Yes

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.

"Select from a variety of upgrades in this Action Roguelite, to create unique builds catered to each character on each run. Are you going to be a Chef focused on serving desserts or roasting your foes? A Seamstress that will patch your enemies together or massacre them with yarn balls? Which material would you choose for your statues: wood or marble? Find your own crafty way to SURVIVE!"

Run Times & Speedups

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Average Run Time: 10m

Run Time Notes

In the beginning of the game they usually range between 5 to 8 minutes. Further stages are usually around 12 to 15. Some special stages can be a bit longer around 20. That is for normal difficulty, harder modes will have longer runs.

Speed Settings


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