Stepping into the purely absurd territory, who wouldn’t like to become a space potato obliterating hordes of aliens wielding up to six weapons at the same time? But, of course, everyone!

Brotato is a game which could be classified as roguelike bullet hell shooter. Our main task is to withstand incoming waves of enemies, decimating them mercilessly in the process. Your calamity-inducing weapons shoot automatically, and you get plenty of those at your disposal, from sticks and stones to rocket launchers and flame throwers.

There are many options to assign a fighting identity to your Brotato – it may become a raving lunatic, lucky bastard, belligerent mage, machiavellian entrepreneur, earnest arms dealer, and many more, each of them having different stats. To top it off, your Brotato may be buffed by various items, either found or bought, and its talents may be upgraded via so-called talent tree.

Key Features

  • A roguelike bullet hell mayhem!
  • Manual aiming but automatic fire
  • 44 Brotao characters to choose from
  • Shitload of weapons!
  • Even more buffing items

Want to experience the explosive exuberance of Brotato or do you fancy something similar yet not exactly the same?

GameReleaseGenreDeveloper
Voidigo 2021-02-25 Action Roguelike Semiwork Studios
Vampire Survivors 2021-12-17 Action Roguelike Poncle
20 Minutes Till Dawn 2022-06-08 Action Roguelike flanne
Soulstone Survivors 2022-11-07 Action Roguelike Game Smithing Limited
Enter The Gungeon 2016-04-05 Adventure Dodge Roll
Synthetik Legion Rising 2018-03-15 Indie Flow Fire Games
Halls Of Torment 2023-05-24 Bullet Hell Chasing Carrots
The Binding Of Isaac 2011-09-28 Adventure Edmund McMillen
The Binding Of Isaac Rebirth 2014-11-04 Action & Shooter Nicalis, Inc.
The Binding Of Isaac Afterbirth 2015-10-30 Adventure Nicalis, Inc.
Rogue Genesia 2022-09-19 Bullet Hell Huard Ouadi

Vampire Survivors

Release date:2021-12-17
Genre:Action Roguelike
Developer:Poncle

Cutting to the chase, Vampire Survivors is Brotato but taking place in brain&blood-thirsty realm of the undead. You have 4 chapters and 4 survivors to navigate through the undead-infested city.

Lots of items to boost up our attacks, and achievements to acquire with each leveling up, add up to the undeniable charm of the game. And, naturally, hordes of monsters to slay, straight from the horror movies: bats, zombies, vampires, armed skeletons, ghosts, carnivorous flowers, praying mantises, etc.

Upgrade-wise, you may buy yourself some in the power up selection, as well as find weapon-oriented ones in the lootboxes (along with coins). The only real difference between VS and Brotato is graphics – less cartoonish, more pixelated and a tad more top-down.

Key features
  • Break out of the city of the undead
  • 4 chapters and 4 different characters
  • Horror bestiary
  • Lootboxes

Soulstone Survivors

Release date:2022-11-07
Genre:Action Roguelike
Developer:Game Smithing Limited

Another of many alternatives to Brotato, an early-access Soulstone Survivios puts forward a magic-side of bullet hell.

So its probably anti-bullet hell? Or spell hell? Well, moving on from the naming into gaming, Soulstone Survivors offers plenty.

First off, spells, charms, and other magical incantations. Oh, how powerful and obliterating these are! Sometimes the whole screen is splattered with pulsating flashes and writhing lightnings. The second fancy feature is blacksmith, where we transform ores and miscellaneous stones into ever-powerful weapons.

Some other raw facts? 14 characters to choose from, 5 maps to move around, 142 skills to get, 8 bosses to kill, and hordes of tiered enemies to decimate. Need more? Play it and see for yourself.

Key features
  • Flashy, colorful graphics
  • Almighty spells and charms
  • Lots of skills
  • Early-access, so wait till you see the full version

Deathstate: Abyssal Edition

Release date:2015-10-19
Genre:Action Roguelike
Developer:Bread Machine Games

What do you get when you blend Lovecraft, 16-bit top-down graphics, and lots of eldritch abomination?

Why, Deathstate: Abyssal Edition, naturally. A bullet hell roguelike shooter, with a story of professor Elinberg who unwisely opened a portal to void. And we, his meticulous students, are bound to see what happened to him, by entering a deep meditative state – the titular Deathstate – which allows us to travel into the dimension beyond all dimensions…

D: AB really comes into its own when it comes to enemies and power ups. The former are a filthy slew of disfigured Lovecraftian monstrosities. The latter, like potions, relics, grimories and organs of the unknown origin, all spike up your power, resistance, dodging ability and the likes. Multiple runs reveal more unique characters and more fun!

Key features
  • Lovcraftian tropes and plot
  • Impressive monsters
  • Really original power-ups
  • Multiple runs ‘excavate’ more characters

Rogue: Genesia

Release date:2022-09-19
Genre:Bullet Hell
Developer:Huard Ouadi

Another Early-Accessian on our list, Rogue: Genesia, combines what we love in roguelike games best: medieval motives, Vampire Slayers-like graphics and loads of monsters.

The player stats are pretty detailed, which swiftly shifts the game into the action RPG area. An achievement after each leveling up is a natural occurrence here.

Now, enemies. If you think Brotato or VS have many, think again. There are literally zillions of them, from anthropomorphized mushrooms to armed skeletons. You’re gonna need some serious power-ups to end the game in one piece. Thankfully, there are so many of them that you will get analysis paralysis.

Key features
  • Medieval roguelike mayhem
  • Detailed player stats
  • Zillons of monsters
  • Gazillions of powerups

20 Minutes Till Dawn

Release date:2022-06-08
Genre:Action Roguelike
Developer:flanne

An arch-villain of Deathstate: Abyssal Edition, 20 Minutes till Dawn also explores Lovecraftian tropes, and also employs heavily pixelated graphics.

Visually, the game is less vibrant, and ‘exudes’ much darker palette of probably 6 or 7 colors, what clearly stands out in a positive way. Another distinctive feature is an all-female batch of 12 characters to choose from. 8 evolvable weapons make a decent arsenal (our favorite – the bat gun 🙂 ). Upgrade trees do not suffer from embarrassment of riches, what really pays off for everyone who detests overabundance.

Let’s talk monsters now. These are pure Lovecraft’s pets, especially bosses: Yog, Shub-Nigurrath and Shoggoth and their one-eyed, blob-like, lopsided lackeys and malformed minions. Just lock ‘n load and let’s go!

Key features
  • A 20-minute countdown of pure hell
  • Minimalistic graphic design
  • Upgrade trees cut to the playable minimum
  • Essential Lovecraft monsters

From bat-winged abhorrence and crawling filth, to armed skeletons and blood-sucking vampires – that’s what awaits you in the five games like Brotato.