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Rogue variants / Roguelikes

Group Description

Games deriving gameplay and appearance from the 1980 mainframe game Rogue, later published for home microcomputers by Epyx and inspiring a long legacy of Hack derivatives, etc.

While there are some debates as to what constitutes a Rogue-like, the following three features are considered crucial among the community:
  1. Dungeon crawl with randomized dungeons, where maps, items, and monsters are generated anew with each new game.
  2. Perma-Death: You have only one save game and it is deleted upon death. If you die, you have to start a new game.
  3. Automapping: The dungeon is unexplored, entering a new room or section will reveal the room and will be permanently recorded.
The following additional features are also often found in rogue-likes, especially traditional ones:
  1. Turn-based gameplay, especially single-action-per-turn.
  2. Single player character game.
  3. A 2D top-down ASCII text graphics, with text symbols representing players, monsters, items, walls, (modern rogue-likes allows opportunity to replace them by graphical 2D tile sets or even isometric graphics), etc.
  4. Rogue-like games are traditionally freeware and often open source.
  5. Unidentified items: weapons, armor, scrolls, and other objects. Identifying them may require a scroll of identification (and its variations) or acquire the services from a storekeeper.
  6. The ability to throw any object (including non-weapons) and damage enemies with them.
These features are not necessarily required to be included in the game, but at least two or more of them should be present.

A bordering case that is hotly disputed in the Roguelike community is Diablo, a game inspired by Roguelikes, which added real-time game-play and isometric graphics. These games should not be added here as it only has one of these additional features (single character play); also perma-death is not implemented by default (optionally added as Hardcore mode in Diablo II).

Sub-Groups Related Game Groups

Selected Covers

Soul Fjord Ouya Front Cover
Front cover for Soul Fjord
Teleglitch Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Teleglitch
Aliens: The Roguelike Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Aliens: The Roguelike
Epic Dungeon Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Epic Dungeon

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Aliens: The Roguelike
Opening Screen
Screenshot from Dungeons of Dredmor
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from Dungeon Pub Crawl