Indie developers can strip a genre to the bones faster than piranhas can finish off a cow.
The "yet another" part of Yet Another Zombie Survivors game is an inside joke among programmers and computer scientists https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yet_another
The stream integration Vampire Survivors has is very smart. I've seen streamers with a massive audience pick it up and play in moments between other content. Then the audience joins in by selecting items or whatever. Can't imagine a much better way of getting a game noticed.
Halls of Torment was actually the Fist game like This! Love Vampire Survivors tough!
What a crap take lol twin stick shooters? Renamed reverse bullet hell or action roguelike now. You clearly haven't actually sat down and played any of these. 20 mins till dawn is a bit different. Halls of Torment skill integration is a bit different, etc etc. They are far from anywhere near death.
Wow. Someone never cleared the first 3 levels clearly.
I actually don't think VS is a good game and it obscures too much from the player. The only way to figure out what you should be doing is by looking at achievements, so I ended up with a notepad of full achievements and builds I wanted to do.
Maybe some people are into this but I don't understand why they don't surface this information while you are actually playing the game.
I've often thought the same about generic enemies - you defeat the first wave, then the next wave comes out except now they're colored red and have twice the HP, and so on.
I have a theory that every new enemy worth its salt requires new special-case coding.
Jim Sterling said something in their review of another Survivors-like that stuck with me- the thing about the genre is that there are a lot of good ones that are good in mostly the same ways and a lot of bad ones that are bad in mostly the same ways. VS made a splash because it was the first and managed to tweak the balance just right, but it's a pretty shallow genre and there's not really anywhere for it to expand beyond turning back into Diablo (also fun, but a very different experience).