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).

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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
A Fistful of Gun2015WindowsDevolver Digital...
Aliens: Roguelike2007Linux, Macintosh, Windows3.96
Ancient Domains of Mystery1994Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Windows3.88
Angband1993Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Android, Atari ST, BeOS, DOS, GP2X, GP2X Wiz, Linux, Macintosh, OS/2, Windows, Windows Mobile3.61
Beneath Apple Manor1978Apple II, Atari 8-bit, PC BooterQuality Software3.05
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth2014Linux, Macintosh, New Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneNicalis, Inc.4.14
The Binding of Isaac2011Macintosh, Windows3.64
The Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb2012Macintosh, Windows4.02
Cardinal Quest2011Android, Browser, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsTametick...
Castle of the Winds1993Windows 3.xEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.76
Castle of the Winds I: A Question of Vengeance1994Windows 3.xMonkey Business, Inc....
Castle of the Winds II: Lifthransir's Bane1994Windows 3.xMonkey Business, Inc....
Cave Noire1991Game BoyKonami Industry Co. Ltd....
Caverns of Xaskazien1995DOS, WindowsLittle Devils Inc.3.33
Crypt of the NecroDancer2015iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, tvOS, Windows, Xbox OneBrace Yourself Games...
Deathstate2015Macintosh, WindowsWorkinman Interactive LLC....
Desktop Dungeons2010Browser, Macintosh, WindowsQCF Design3.57
Doom, the Roguelike2002DOS, Linux, Windows4.01
Dungeon1979Commodore PET/CBMCode Works, The...
Dungeon Adventure2010Xbox 360UberGeekGames...
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
Dungeon Pub Crawl2013BrowserGrey Alien Games...
Dungeons of Dredmor2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsGaslamp Games, Inc.3.71
Dunzhin1982Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, PC Booter, TRS-80Computer Applications Unlimited3.38
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Selected Covers

Dungeon Hack DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dungeon Hack
Aliens: Roguelike Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Aliens: Roguelike
Beneath Apple Manor Apple II Front Cover
Front cover for Beneath Apple Manor
Dungeon Adventure Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Dungeon Adventure
Doom, the Roguelike DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Doom, the Roguelike

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Dungeon Hack
Title screen
Screenshot from Aliens: Roguelike
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from Dungeon Pub Crawl
Title screen
Screenshot from Caverns of Xaskazien
Title Screen (CGA with RGB monitor)
Screenshot from Beneath Apple Manor
Game group created by Pseudo_Intellectual (47942), additional games added to group by Jeff Sinasac (316), Rola (7743), Patrick Bregger (162560), Ƒreddƴ (5770), MrFlibble (8235), Sciere (424648), General Error (4128), Игги Друге (44982), JudgeDeadd (16977), Parf (7302), LepricahnsGold (124316), Indra is stressed (19935), vedder (20968), Jeanne (75356) and SharkD (418)