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Percentage of possible points earned scored -1 to 1 in tenths in 60 categories

Genre Controls Modes Progress Builds Stages Content Aesthetic Vibe

NeuroSquad - Slay the Horde

Free Available Upcoming

Note: Feature comparison score and metadata reported based on dev submitted scorecard about early version of in progress game (Currently adjusting score looks low)

Arena Shooter Bullet Heaven Horde Survival Roguelite Survivors-like Top Down or Isometric Twin Stick Shooter Wave Shooter Wave Survival
- Combined Ranking Score
-/72 Ranking Position
-/1600 Total Points
- Final Review
-% Steam
- Scale
- Vibes
0 Steam Reviews
-/400 Review Points
7.0 Similarity Score
85% Diagnosis:
1021/1200 Comparison Points
98% Genre 7.7/8 genre
65% Simple Controls 2.1/7 move
88% Survival Modes 3/4 modes
100% Power Progression 4/4 level
88% Buildcrafting Depth 3.8/5 build
82% Stage Features 4.5/7 stage
83% Content Breadth 5.9/9 stuff
71% Aesthetics 2.5/6 style
91% Gameplay Vibe Check 8.1/10 vibe vibe

NeuroSquad - Slay the Horde 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 11/8/2023

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 Scorecard notes: "Endless mode, weapon evolutions, ""bestiary"", achievements, and a number of other features are coming with the release (not in the demo). The core idea of NeuroSquad is that weapon upgrades are not tied to specific weapons. Instead, you can choose which weapon you apply your chosen modifier to. So this way you can build up your attacks modularly (and swap the weapon from underneath your upgrade stack to a different one)."

NeuroSquad - Slay the Horde 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.

7.0 Similarity Score
85% Diagnosis:
1021/1200 Comparison Points
Rogue-lite 1/1
Auto-Fire / Auto-Battle 0.9/1
Real Time 1/1
Top Down or Isometric 1/1
Direct Control of Single Avatar 0.8/1
Arcade Style 1/1
Bullet Heaven A (Many Player Bullets) 1/1
Bullet Heaven B (Few Enemy Bullets) 1/1
One Handed Play (w Controller) 0.1/1
Move Only 0/1
No Dash 0/1
No Trigger 1/1
No Special Move 0/1
No Aiming 0/1
No On-Aim / On-Fire Movement Penalty 1/1
Timed / Boss Ended Survival 1/1
Endless Mode Planned/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) 1/1
Currency Based Meta Unlocks 1/1
Goal Based Meta Unlocks 1/1
Build Crafting 1/1
Weapon Combination / "Evolution" Planned/1
Interesting Item / Weapon / Ability Synergy 1/1
Broken / Invincible Builds Possible 0.8/1
Explorable Map 0.5/1
BIG Maps 0/1
XP on Ground 1/1
Health on Ground 1/1
Temp Powerups / Items on Ground 1/1
Treasure Chests and/or Loot Events 1/1
Vendor / Merchant on Run 0/1
Enemy Variety 0.9/1
Bosses / Elites 1/1
Many Interesting Characters 1/1
Many Challenges 1/1
Multiple Stages 1/1
Difficulty Modifiers 1/1
Bestiary / Lore Planned/1
Achievements Planned/1
Secrets 0/1
Retro / Pixel Art 0/1
Damage Numbers 1/1
Lofi Charm 0/1
Bumpin Music 1/1
Fun Writing 0.5/1
Subtle Humor 0/1
Panic & Zen Duo Vibe 0.8/1
Over the Top 0.7/1
"One More Run" / Short Runs 1/1
Difficulty Ramp 1/1
Fun Ramp 0.9/1
Low Price 0.8/1
Technical Check 0.9/1
Controls Check 1/1
Fun Check 1/1
Feels like VS 0.5/1

NeuroSquad - Slay the Horde 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 PCFree AvailableUpcoming

Sorting Categories


Genre and Control Style Tags

Arena ShooterBullet HeavenHorde SurvivalRogueliteSurvivors-likeTop Down or IsometricTwin Stick ShooterWave ShooterWave Survival

Aesthetic Tags


Setting / Story Tags


Control Styles

Auto-AimAuto-FireControllerController 1 Handed

Game Mode Tags

Boss EndedTimed SurvivalWave Survival25m

Features and Extras

SoundtrackSteam AchievementsSteam Cloud


Matt Nemori

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: Planned
  • Steam Leaderboards: No
  • Steam Workshop: No
  • Steam Trading Cards: No

Extras, Etc.

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

Marketing Blurb

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

"NeuroSquad is a "Bullet Heaven" Roguelike where you can combine any weapon with any upgrade. Assemble a squad and build up their attacks modularly! Redesign your weapons and embrace game-breaking synergies!"

Control Style Notes

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Dev: "Twin-stick shooter with automatic shooting. With auto-aim turned on it plays like a single-stick shooter."

Automated Features


The game has auto-fire by default and optional auto-aim.

Supported Controls

  • Controller: Yes
  • Controller Move Only: No
  • Controller One Handed: Yes
  • Mouse Only: ?
  • Keyboard Only: Yes
  • Keyboard One Handed: Yes (Mappable)

Game Modes

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Timed / Boss Ended Survival

Game Mode Notes

Dev: "Defeating the final boss ends the run. The final boss spawns when the timer reaches 0"

"Endless mode coming in full release"

Run Times & Speedups

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Average Run Time: 25m

Run Time Notes

"Run time depends on the level (different levels have different timers), the average will likely be around 25 minutes. But this is subject to change as the game is still in development."

Speed Settings


Player Power Progression

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Detailed notes on progression systems.

In Run Progression

Dev: "When players level up, they can choose between upgrades of different types: Squad members, Weapons, Weapon mods, and Augmentations. Players can place these in slots to combine them in different ways (upgrades act on the given stack they're placed in). (Except augments, which modify the gameplay in different ways.)"

Meta Progression


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