The new cheats menu in Vampire Survivors makes me wish more games had them

Vampire Survivors’ new 0.10.0 replace provides a cheats menu, and after utilizing it to unlock some issues I had been caught on, I dearly wish that more games included one.

Vampire Survivors, if you have not heard of it, is a pleasant sport about leveling up and destroying actually hundreds of monsters in a single run. I’d describe it as roguelike-ish; you decide a beginning character with sure attributes and a selected weapon, and you may degree up that weapon, different weapons, and different objects as you accumulate gems by defeating enemies. Your weapons hearth robotically, so that you largely simply have to fret about selecting up expertise and objects whereas avoiding baddies.

The sport launched in Early Access on Steam late final 12 months, and has acquired common updates that add issues like new characters, weapons, power-ups, levels, and particular objects, though you sometimes need to unlock them by finishing sure necessities. The sport is an absolute blast, however unlocking every part could be difficult and time-consuming. I’ve already put 40 hours into it Vampire Survivors, however the in-game menu tells me I nonetheless have 26 issues I can unlock. When I take a look at that checklist, I typically get demotivated and select to play one thing else.

The new cheats menu — in the sport, it is referred to as the “Secrets” menu — would possibly clear up that demotivation in a giant means. It accepts codes (“spells”) to unlock characters, particular objects (“relics”), and levels, which means that now I can select what I wish to unlock myself and what to simply cheat for. I nonetheless wish to unlock most issues by really finishing the necessities, however there are some things that I simply have not needed to trouble with, and because of this Secrets menu, I can simply get what I’m much less in.

The new Secrets menu in Vampire Survivors.
Screenshot by Jay Peters / The Verge

Cleverly, the builders of Vampire Survivors additionally selected to make the Secrets menu an unlockable of its personal. You will not have the ability to discover the merchandise that unlocks it till you have got a very good grasp of the sport and have unlocked another issues already. If you have gotten that far, I’d argue you could make the selection about what to cheat for your self, and I wish different games would take the same method.

I’m enjoying Death Stranding proper now, and whereas I like the story, the moment-by-moment gameplay is so gradual. I wish I may cheat a truck with infinite well being, battery, and a few sort of hover skill so I may simply make deliveries and see the sport’s story by, however I believe I’m going to need to undergo by hours of irritating traversal to be taught what occurs subsequent to Sam Porter Bridges.

Vampire Survivors’ Secrets menu would not simply open up unlockables; there’s additionally a spell to spin the UI, which I can respect for fooling around even when it would not sound enjoyable to make use of in any respect. In the 0.10.0 patch notes, the builders say they’re engaged on more spells, so hopefully there’s more off-the-wall concepts to come back. (Big head mode, perhaps?) I’m not going to spoil easy methods to unlock the Secrets menu or what codes do what, however if you wish to know, here is a GameFAQs information.

Vampire Survivors is obtainable in Early Access on Steam for $3. It usually works fairly properly on Steam Deck, the place it’s probably the most standard games on the platformthough I have not been in a position to enter any cheat code spells on the hand-held gaming PC — I had to kind in the codes on my MacBook Air.

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