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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



A Little Different. This classic wave shooter is credited with being highly influential on the survivors-like genre. We got some survey data from the dev, who tagged it as a survivors-like themselves! Dev: "The game is old! It was originally released in 2002 (freeware), then 2003 (shareware), then 2014 (remastered with very little gameplay changes)!"

Arcade Arena Shooter Bullet Heaven Horde Survival Score Attack Survivors-like Top Down or Isometric Twin Stick Shooter Wave Shooter Wave Survival
6.7 Combined Ranking Score
-/72 Ranking Position
-/1600 Total Points
9.3 Final Review
93% Steam
- Scale
- Vibes
1868 Steam Reviews
-/400 Review Points
4.1 Similarity Score
71% Diagnosis:
A Little Different
848/1200 Comparison Points
71% Genre 3.4/8 genre
60% Simple Controls 1.4/7 move
100% Survival Modes 4/4 modes
74% Power Progression 1.9/4 level
68% Buildcrafting Depth 1.8/5 build
62% Stage Features 1.7/7 stage
75% Content Breadth 4.5/9 stuff
55% Aesthetics 0.6/6 style
79% Gameplay Vibe Check 5.8/10 vibe vibe

Crimsonland 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 Developer. Once evaluated after a couple hours play and some research, will be adjusted and moved up into the ranking proper.

Dev: "The game is a horde shooter very much like VS, but you have to aim and fire yourself. The game is older than VS, so no major inspirations, HOWEVER, there is a new version (currently in Steam beta) coming some time in the future and it does have an option for auto-firing, and there may be one new game mode which is auto-fire only."

Crimsonland 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.

4.1 Similarity Score
71% Diagnosis:
848/1200 Comparison Points
Rogue-lite -0.6/1
Auto-Fire / Auto-Battle -0.7/1
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) 0.5/1
Bullet Heaven B (Few Enemy Bullets) 0.2/1
One Handed Play (w Controller) -0.5/1
Move Only -0.5/1
No Dash 1/1
No Trigger 0.2/1
No Special Move 1/1
No Aiming -0.8/1
No On-Aim / On-Fire Movement Penalty 1/1
Timed / Boss Ended Survival 1/1
Endless Mode 1/1
Organic / Unannounced Waves 1/1
High Enemy Count (Horde) 1/1
Level Up on XP Gain Event 1/1
Streamlined Level Choices (Simple UI) 0.9/1
Currency Based Meta Unlocks -1/1
Goal Based Meta Unlocks 1/1
Build Crafting 0.8/1
Weapon Combination / "Evolution" 0.6/1
Interesting Item / Weapon / Ability Synergy 0.5/1
Broken / Invincible Builds Possible -0.9/1
Explorable Map -0.7/1
BIG Maps -0.9/1
XP on Ground 1/1
Health on Ground 1/1
Temp Powerups / Items on Ground 1/1
Treasure Chests and/or Loot Events 0.3/1
Vendor / Merchant on Run 0/1
Enemy Variety 0.3/1
Bosses / Elites 0.5/1
Many Interesting Characters -0.9/1
Many Challenges 0.7/1
Multiple Stages 1/1
Difficulty Modifiers 0.8/1
Bestiary / Lore 0.1/1
Achievements 1/1
Secrets 1/1
Retro / Pixel Art -0.8/1
Damage Numbers 0/1
Lofi Charm -0.5/1
Bumpin Music 0.5/1
Fun Writing 0.7/1
Subtle Humor 0.7/1
Panic & Zen Duo Vibe 1/1
Over the Top 0.8/1
"One More Run" / Short Runs 1/1
Difficulty Ramp 0.2/1
Fun Ramp 0.2/1
Low Price -0.5/1
Technical Check 0.6/1
Controls Check 0.9/1
Fun Check 0.9/1
Feels like VS 0.4/1

Crimsonland 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.

9.3 Final Review
93% Positive Steam Reviews
1868 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.


6.8 Converted 10 Point Score
8 Number of Critic Reviews


7.6 User Review Average
47 Number of User Reviews


7.2 Direct Average
7.5 "Fuck The Man" Combined Mean

Crimsonland 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

AndroidiOSLinuxMacPS3PS4PS5Steam DeckSwitchVitaWindows PCXboxReleased

Sorting Categories

A Little Different

Genre and Control Style Tags

ArcadeArena ShooterBullet HeavenHorde SurvivalScore AttackSurvivors-likeTop Down or IsometricTwin Stick ShooterWave ShooterWave Survival

Aesthetic Tags


Setting / Story Tags


Control Styles


Game Mode Tags

Boss EndedCampaignDifficulty ModesEndless ModeLevel BasedScore AttackSpeed UpTimed SurvivalWave Survival8m

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: 4
  • Leaderboards: ?

Steam Features

  • Steam Cloud: Yes
  • Steam Achievements: 22
  • Steam Leaderboards: Yes
  • Steam Workshop: No
  • Steam Trading Cards: Yes

Extras, Etc.

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

Marketing Blurb

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

"Thousands of aliens, giant spiders, mutant lizards, and more are on the attack - can you survive the onslaught? Crimsonland is a top-down shooter with a touch of RPG. Unlock over 30 weapons and over 50 perks from quirky to brutal. Complete the quest and show your skills in five survival modes."

Game Modes

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Timed Survival
Boss Ended Survival
Endless Survival
Level Based
Score Attack / High Score
Difficulty Modes

Game Mode Notes

"Campaign/Quest mode with six chapters with 10 levels each (each ending with a boss level). Completing levels (and some achievements) unlocks more weapons. Five different survival modes."

Run Times & Speedups

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Average Run Time: 8m

Run Time Notes

Dev: "There are several game modes with different run lengths."

Speed Settings

In Menu

"There's also a Blitz game mode that runs faster by default."

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