It’s not the first time that we’ve come across an Android game that’s shamelessly copied the features of a popular title. We’ve already listed the best clones a while back, but it’s a practice that’s all too common on Android. Morally speaking, it’s obviously not the best option when it comes to developing a game. But in our line of work, it’s our job to find and talk about all sorts of games. Alive or Asleep is a new Android game that mixes the gameplay from card games with a development typical of roguelites, to offer an experience that’s very similar to Slay the Spire.
From the very first moments playing Alive or Asleep, it’s clear the Cthulhu Mythos were a huge inspiration for the game. What’s more, visually, it reminds us of the the dark fantasy style that the excellent Darkest Dungeon has made popular in recent times. However, in terms of gameplay, we’re talking about something different: you’ll have to use your cards to destroy enemies to beat each level, which you’ll choose yourself from a map,
On each turn, you’ll have a hand in which you’ll have attack, defense, and special skills cards, each coming with a specific cost. You can use as many as you want, as long as you don’t surpass the total amount you have available. The enemies will use their actions after your turn, although you can see what they’re going to do since it’s shown above their heads. This means you need to plan your strategy well, since the enemies are much more complicated than they may appear. What’s more, you can spend up to 10 minutes fighting against the final bosses that you’ll find at the end of each map.
After each battle, you can get new cards so as you play, you’ll be able to build a stronger and better deck. But that’s not the only way to get new cards since you’re not condemned to simply fighting against more and more enemies in each level. You’ll find all sorts of settings in the general map, including stores or places where you can level up your own cards. This is where we see the hints of roguelike gameplay, given that each location is generated randomly.
Alive or Asleep is an excellent game on all levels. It’s an outstanding mix between card games and roguelikes that’s going to provide hours of fun until the very end. It’s a completely free title with various main characters to unlock, making it hard to get bored with its adventures. The problem is, the game practically mirrors Slay the Spire, which is why our recommendation is to buy the game from Mega Crit Games if you like this Android title.
Alive or Asleep for Android on Uptodown [APK] | Download