Vampire Survivors

Vampire Survivors is a roguelike shoot 'em up game developed and published by Poncle, a solo indie game developer based in the UK. The game was released in 2021 for Microsoft Windows, with later ports for macOS, Linux, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and mobile devices.


In Vampire Survivors, players choose from a cast of unique characters and battle against hordes of monsters in a top-down, auto-attacking format.

  • Auto-attacking: Characters automatically attack nearby enemies, allowing players to focus on positioning, dodging, and collecting power-ups.
  • Character Progression: As players defeat enemies, they gain experience points and level up, unlocking new weapons, power-ups, and abilities.
  • Survival: The objective is to survive as long as possible against increasingly difficult waves of enemies, with each run offering new challenges and opportunities to unlock permanent upgrades.

The game features a pixel art style reminiscent of classic arcade games, with simple but charming character designs and satisfying visual effects.


Vampire Survivors was developed by Luca Galante, the sole developer behind Poncle. Galante created the game as a passion project, combining elements of classic arcade games and modern roguelikes.

The game's development was guided by a focus on simplicity, accessibility, and replayability, with frequent updates and new content added based on community feedback.

Reception and Popularity

Despite its modest origins, Vampire Survivors quickly gained a dedicated following and widespread popularity upon release. Players praised the game's addictive gameplay loop, charming presentation, and surprising depth.

The game's success led to it being featured on multiple "best of" lists for 2021 and 2022, with many critics noting its ability to provide a satisfying and entertaining experience despite its simple premise.

Fun Facts

  • Vampire Survivors was initially released as a free browser game before being expanded into a full commercial release on Steam.
  • The game's characters and enemies are inspired by classic monster movie tropes, with playable characters like the Vampire Hunter, the Nun, and the Werewolf.
  • Vampire Survivors features a unique "Gold Fever" mechanic, where players can collect gold coins to temporarily increase their attack speed and power.
  • The game's soundtrack, composed by Dominic Ninmark, features a mix of high-energy chiptune tracks and remixes of classical music pieces.

Vampire Survivors stands as a testament to the power of simple, well-executed ideas in indie game development. Its success has inspired a wave of similar games and has cemented Poncle's reputation as a developer to watch in the indie gaming scene.