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
Sunless Sea2015Macintosh, WindowsFailbetter Games Ltd...
Ziggurat2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneMilkstone Studios S.L.4.00
Soul Fjord2014OuyaAirtight Games, Inc....
Full Mojo Rampage2014WindowsOver the Top Games S.L.3.92
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth2014Linux, Macintosh, New Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox OneNicalis, Inc.4.10
Roguelike2014Atari 8-bit3.67
Tower of Guns2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneGrip Digital, s.r.o.3.41
Our Darker Purpose2014WindowsAvidly Wild Games3.50
Quest of Dungeons2014Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox OneUpfall Studios...
Zombie Mine Quest2014Xbox 360...
Teleglitch: Die More Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsParadox Interactive AB3.83
Dungeon Pub Crawl2013BrowserGrey Alien Games...
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
Cardinal Quest2011Android, Browser, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsTametick3.33
Dungeons of Dredmor2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsGaslamp Games, Inc.3.71
The Binding of Isaac2011Macintosh, Windows3.58
Epic Dungeon2010Xbox 360Eyehook Games3.14
Rogue Survivor2010Windows4.17
Desktop Dungeons2010Browser, Macintosh, WindowsQCF Design3.58
Dungeon Adventure2010Xbox 360UberGeekGames...
Aliens: Roguelike2007Linux, Macintosh, Windows4.24
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Selected Covers

Epic Dungeon Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Epic Dungeon
Sunless Sea Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Sunless Sea
The Binding of Isaac Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for The Binding of Isaac
Zombie Mine Quest Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Zombie Mine Quest
Full Mojo Rampage Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Full Mojo Rampage

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from The Binding of Isaac
Generating a new character
Screenshot from Gruesome
Title screen (Trial version)
Screenshot from Zombie Mine Quest
A scene from the introduction sequence where the young voodoo student is chased.
Screenshot from Full Mojo Rampage
Title screen
Screenshot from Aliens: Roguelike