Vampire Survivors is a roguelike role-playing video game developed and published by Luca Galante, also known as poncle. It was released in early access on December 17, 2021. The player controls an automatically attacking character while fighting against waves of enemies.
The player controls one of several characters with different starting weapons and bonuses. The weapons attack automatically, and the player’s goal is to defeat waves of enemies that appear. Defeated enemies drop gems, which are used to level up the character. Each level up provides the player the choice of several upgrades, such as new weapons or additional health. Occasionally, more powerful enemies will appear that, when defeated, drop a chest that can contain one, three or five random upgrades. Fully levelled weapons can be merged or upgraded into a far more powerful form if the right conditions are met. While the game starts off with only a few enemies, later on there can be hundreds of enemies on the screen at once. Each round lasts around 30 minutes; the moment the player hits the 30-minute mark the field gets wiped and a reaper appears who does a tremendous amount of damage. An extra reaper will show up each consecutive minute from this point on.