The term rougelike is often interpreted differently depending on each person. A rougelike to my definition is a game in which each game is entirely different and ends on death. In each race, you can acquire items to improve each of your individual parts, but anything you acquire during the race is forfeited when the race is officially over. Kill the arrow took the rougelike genre, mixed into the bridge-building aspect and since Mega Crit Games released the game in 2017, they haven’t looked back.
There aren’t a lot of red-like deck-building games on the market right now. Slowly we saw smaller developers trying to replicate the formula, but none came close to the success that Kill the arrow came to have. At the time of writing this article, Kill the arrow has 82,972 reviews on Steam. Out of all these opinions, 97% of them are positive.
Despite its initial release in 2017, Kill the arrow still continues to garner a lot of attention on Twitch. The best streamers are still streaming the game to thousands of people and apparently no one gets bored of it. When you play Kill the arrow, it engulfs you for long periods of time because of the difficulty in suppressing.
What makes this game so exciting is that each of the characters you play as likable and unique in so many ways. There are also tons of choices players have to make, which always makes you think “what if I decided to take a different path?” “There are really so many different possibilities that it’s impossible to have identical back-to-back runs. It’s a nice problem to have for a roguelike.
Kill the arrow has little competition, which means it will stay on top of the mountain for a long time as the best deckbuilding roguelike. It will take a lot of time and effort for future developers if they plan to dethrone the massive success of Mega Crit Games that they have created. If you haven’t had the chance to play Kill the arrow, I highly recommend trying the game. You won’t regret it.