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20 Minutes Till Dawn is what you get when you take the basic action-survival idea that Vampire Survivors made popular again, makes it really dark and puts a gun in your hand. Note: personal purchase.

I am thoroughly loving this return to simple, cheap and engrossing experiences that we've had recently. It's only £2.09 on Steam and you can get a ridiculous amount of time out of it and it's only going to get bigger since it's in Early Access right now. 20 Minutes Till Dawn is a rogue-lite survival action game, where you run around defeating an increasing number of weird creatures and collect little pips that drop when they die to level up. When you level up, you get to pick from a random list of upgrades to create a ridiculous character.

Thanks to Proton, it works out of the box perfectly on Linux desktops, and with a Steam Input adjustment it can feel great on the Steam Deck too. Here's a look at it on the Steam Deck:

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It's not just guns though, there's a few different characters to unlock and they each have different weapons to unlock too as there's plenty of persistent progression to keep you going.


  • Over 50 different upgrades too choose from for a unique experience every run!
  • Wide cast of characters, with more to come post-launch.
  • Casual quick 10-20 minute play sessions, for busy gamers.
  • Rune System helps you become stronger

I do think and hope they add some visual aids for people with poor eyesight though, because I can imagine it being a little difficult to see. That's part of the fun for me though, and certainly makes it on the tougher side to play through and keeps me coming back for more.

Right now, I think it's instantly become my new favourite game to blast through when taking a break.

Available to buy on Steam.

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Serious_Table Jun 14, 2022
20 Minutes till Dawn took me completely by surprise. Vampire Survivors was a good time suck, but between Gunlocked and 20 Minutes, I think the genre is starting to realize that have a more active role in the play of the game rather than just moving makes for a much more exciting (and TENSE) play experience.

I cannot wait to see how this evolves; the different playstyles that can evolve between each run are fantastic.
Vasya Sovari Jun 14, 2022
Good game. Shame it has no DualSense support, but frankly with the free aiming system it's probably much better kb&m.
While it looks and sounds like a Vampire Survivors clone it's a completely different game mechanically. I also love the limited, muted colour palette.
Definitely worth a buy
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