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YouTuber HandOfBlood catapults roguelike into the Steam charts

YouTuber HandOfBlood recommended a Vampire Survivors clone and less than 24 hours later the indie game is a Steam top seller. We explain to you what makes the arena shooter different from its big role model.

YouTuber pushes indie game to steam hit

With more than 2.5 million subscribers belongs to the YouTuber HandOfBlood (Bürg: Maximilian Knabe) is one of the most well-known gamers in Germany. What he plays and recommends can quickly become a trend. The best proof of this is the arena shooter Nordic Ashes: Survivors of Ragnarok (Link to Steam page).

The roguelike has been available on Steam since December 15, 2022, but it’s only now in the German top sellers done by Valve’s platform. What happened?

HandOfBlood posted a video on January 11th, 2023 titled “Absolute insider tip for EUR 4.99! | Nordic Ashes: Survivors of Ragnarok” uploaded to his second channel HandOfUncut (1.1 million subscribers):

The video took less than 24 hours reached more than 116.00 views and obviously convinced many viewers to buy the game. Because the arena shooter is now one of the top sellers on Steam.

Is Nordic Ashes the Better Vampire Survivors?

Nordic Ashes: Survivors of Ragnarok is another Vampire Survivors clone. Compared to the big role model, Nordic Ashes does without the pixel look and the vampire scenario and instead takes you into the world of Thor, Odin and Co.

The principle of the game remains largely the same: You start as a harmless warrior and have to fight off a seemingly endless number of enemies. You level up in record time, get new skills and get stronger all the time.

After 10 minutes you cover the entire screen with powerful attacks. Each new run lets you start a little bit stronger, so that you quickly the classic “one-round-goes-still!” feeling.

Nordic Ashes: Survivors of Ragnarok – Early Access Trailer

But Nordic Ashes also has a few new ideas up its sleeve. In general, the whole look is higher quality and there are more mechanics, such as several skill trees or different levels of difficulty. But there are also some cool gameplay elements in the level itself that Vampire Survivors doesn’t offer.

These include, for example, treasure chests that you can unlock for coins, or you have to defeat 300 enemies within a certain radius. This restricts your freedom of movement extremely, but the loot is worth it.

It’s best to convince yourself of the game. For 4.99 euros fans of Vampire Survivors can access without hesitation.

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