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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Soul Fjord2014OuyaAirtight Games, Inc....
The Valley1982BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Electron, Oric, ZX SpectrumASP Software Ltd....
Our Darker Purpose2014WindowsAvidly Wild Games...
Crypt of the NecroDancer2015iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, tvOS, WindowsBrace Yourself Games...
Leap of Fate2016WindowsClever-Plays...
Dungeon1979Commodore PET/CBMCode Works, The...
A Fistful of Gun2015WindowsDevolver Digital...
NetHack1987Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Android, Atari ST, Browser, DOS, GP2X, GP2X Wiz, GP32, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, OS/2, Windows, Windows MobileDevTeam3.81
Telengard1982Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, FM-7, PC-88, PC-98, TRS-80, WindowsThe Avalon Hill Game Company3.39
Sword of Fargoal1982Commodore 64, VIC-20Epyx, Inc....
Epic Dungeon2010Xbox 360Eyehook Games...
Sunless Sea2015Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFailbetter Games Ltd...
Rogue Clone1988DOS, iPhone, LinuxGandreas Software...
Dungeons of Dredmor2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsGaslamp Games, Inc.3.71
Rogue1984Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Android, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, GP2X, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, Roku, TRS-80 CoCo, ZX SpectrumArtificial Intelligence Design3.57
Dungeon Pub Crawl2013BrowserGrey Alien Games...
Tower of Guns2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneGrip Digital, s.r.o....
Hack Lite1989AmigaThe Software Distillery...
Cave Noire1991Game BoyKonami Industry Co. Ltd....
Caverns of Xaskazien1995DOS, WindowsLittle Devils Inc.3.33
Sublevel Zero2015Linux, Macintosh, WindowsMastertronic Group Ltd....
Dunzhin1982Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, PC Booter, TRS-80Computer Applications Unlimited3.38
Ziggurat2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneMilkstone Studios S.L....
The Flame in the Flood2015Macintosh, Windows, Xbox OneMolasses Flood, LLC, The...
Castle of the Winds II: Lifthransir's Bane1994Windows 3.xMonkey Business, Inc....
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Selected Covers

NetHack iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for NetHack
Rogue DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Rogue
The Flame in the Flood Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for The Flame in the Flood
Our Darker Purpose Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Our Darker Purpose
Dunzhin Atari 8-bit Front Cover
Front cover for Dunzhin

Selected Screenshots

Nethack on Linux
Screenshot from NetHack
Title screen
Screenshot from Rogue
Title screen
Screenshot from The Flame in the Flood
Title screen
Screenshot from Caverns of Xaskazien
Startup screen (v2.8.1)
Screenshot from Hack Lite
Game group created by Pseudo_Intellectual (47832), additional games added to group by Jeff Sinasac (316), Rola (7764), Patrick Bregger (159384), Ƒreddƴ (5762), MrFlibble (7272), Sciere (384845), General Error (4128), Игги Друге (44994), JudgeDeadd (15549), Parf (7306), LepricahnsGold (123286), Indra is stressed (19942), vedder (20605), Jeanne (75386) and SharkD (418)