I wish more games had cheats after discovering Vampire Survivors’ new cheats menu

After utilising the cheats menu in Vampire Survivors’ latest 0.10.0 update to unlock several stuff I had been stuck on, I wish more games would offer one.

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Vampire Survivors involves levelling up and killing hundreds of creatures in one go. Roguelike-ish? You choose a character with a given set of traits, and you’ll level up that character’s weapon and other weapons as you earn gems from fighting foes. You don’t have to worry about anything more than picking up experience and goodies while dodging the villains. Your weapons shoot automatically.

Last year, the Early Access version of the game was released on Steam. Since then, it has gotten frequent updates that bring new content, such as additional characters, weapons, powers, levels, and unique items, all of which must be unlocked via various means. Although the game is a joy, it may be difficult and time consuming to get all of the game’s achievements. There are still 26 items I can unlock in Vampire Survivors, despite the fact that I’ve already spent 40 hours playing the game. When I look at that list, I become discouraged and end up playing something else.

“spells” are now accepted in the new “Secrets” menu.

The “Secrets” menu, which is the game’s new cheats menu, might go a long way toward alleviating this problem. To unlock characters, special goods (relics), and levels in the game, I may now use “spells” (codes) to do so. There are still certain items that I’d rather not deal with, but due to the Secrets menu, they can be unlocked with a few mouse clicks.

Vampire Survivors’ creators thought it would be a good idea to make the Secrets menu a separate unlocked item. Unlocking this item requires a thorough knowledge of the game and the completion of many other objectives. If you’ve made it this far, I believe you should be able to decide for yourself what to cheat for, and I hope more games follow suit.

Right now, I’m playing Death Stranding, and although I like the plot, the frame-by-frame action is painfully sluggish. There are many hours of painful traversing ahead of me if I want to find out what happens to Sam Porter Bridges. I wish I could create a truck with endless life, battery, and some kind of hover ability so that deliveries could be made simply.

In Vampire Survivors’ Secrets menu, there’s also a spell that spins the UI, which I can respect for being goofy even if it doesn’t seem like fun to use. The devs have said in the 0.10.0 patch notes that they are working on more spells, so maybe more outlandish ideas will be included in the future. (Maybe in “Big Head” mode?) In order to open the Secrets menu, you’ll need a GameFAQs guide, which you can get here.

As an Early Access title on Steam, Vampire Survivors is just $3. Even though it’s one of Steam Deck’s most well-known titles, I was unable to input any cheat code spells on the mobile gaming PC – I had to key in the codes on my MacBook Air.