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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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Sublevel Zero2015Linux, Macintosh, WindowsMastertronic Group Ltd.4.00
A Fistful of Gun2015WindowsDevolver Digital4.00
Sunless Sea2015Macintosh, WindowsFailbetter Games Ltd...
Nuclear Throne2015Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, WindowsVlambeer3.83
Soul Fjord2014OuyaAirtight Games, Inc....
Quest of Dungeons2014Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox OneUpfall Studios...
Ziggurat2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneMilkstone Studios S.L.4.00
Roguelike2014Atari 8-bit3.67
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth2014Linux, Macintosh, New Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneNicalis, Inc.4.00
Full Mojo Rampage2014WindowsOver the Top Games S.L.3.92
Zombie Mine Quest2014Xbox 360...
Our Darker Purpose2014WindowsAvidly Wild Games3.50
Tower of Guns2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneGrip Digital, s.r.o.3.41
Dungeon Pub Crawl2013BrowserGrey Alien Games...
Teleglitch: Die More Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsParadox Interactive AB3.83
Wasteland Kings2013WindowsVlambeer3.00
The Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb2012Macintosh, Windows3.91
WazHack2012Android, Browser, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsWaz3.20
Pixel Dungeon2012Android3.50
Teleglitch2012Linux, WindowsParadox Interactive AB3.33
Dungeons of Dredmor2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsGaslamp Games, Inc.3.71
The Binding of Isaac2011Macintosh, Windows3.61
Cardinal Quest2011Android, Browser, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsTametick3.33
Dungeon Adventure2010Xbox 360UberGeekGames...
Desktop Dungeons2010Browser, Macintosh, WindowsQCF Design3.58
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Selected Covers

Ziggurat Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Ziggurat
Full Mojo Rampage Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Full Mojo Rampage
Sunless Sea Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Sunless Sea
Nuclear Throne Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Nuclear Throne

Selected Screenshots

Introduction sequence
Screenshot from Ziggurat
A scene from the introduction sequence where the young voodoo student is chased.
Screenshot from Full Mojo Rampage
Main Menu - Selecting race, class, and scenario. Completing a scenario may unlock other scenarios, races, classes, and other surprises.
Screenshot from Desktop Dungeons
Title screen
Screenshot from Nuclear Throne