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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).

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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Soul Fjord2014OuyaAirtight Games, Inc....
Dungeon1979Commodore PET/CBMCode Works, The2.33
StarQuest: Rescue at Rigel1980Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore PET/CBM, DOS, PC Booter, TRS-80, VIC-20Automated Simulations, Inc.3.71
Sword of Fargoal1982Commodore 64, VIC-20Epyx, Inc.3.10
Epic Dungeon2010Xbox 360Eyehook Games3.14
Dungeons of Dredmor2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsGamelamp Games, Inc.3.77
Rogue Clone1988DOS, iPhone, LinuxGandreas Software3.00
The Valley1982Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumArgus Press Software Ltd.3.00
Dungeon Pub Crawl2013BrowserGrey Alien Games...
Cave Noire1991Game BoyKonami Industry Co. Ltd.4.00
Caverns of Xaskazien1995DOS, WindowsLittle Devils Inc.2.67
Castle of the Winds II: Lifthransir's Bane1994Windows 3.xMonkey Business, Inc.3.60
Castle of the Winds I: A Question of Vengeance1994Windows 3.xMonkey Business, Inc.3.40
Ragnarok1993DOSOptyk3.63
Teleglitch: Die More Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsParadox Interactive AB...
Teleglitch2012Linux, WindowsParadox Interactive AB3.33
Desktop Dungeons2010Browser, Macintosh, WindowsQCF Design3.58
Castle of the Winds1993Windows 3.xEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.76
Evets: The Ultimate Adventure1988DOSSAck Enterprizes...
Dunzhin1982Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, PC BooterComputer Applications Unlimited3.54
Kaiv1983Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64Screenplay3.14
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
Cardinal Quest2011Android, Browser, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsTametick4.00
Tower of Guns2014WindowsTerrible Posture Games LLC4.00
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
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Selected Covers

Telengard Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Telengard
Ragnarok DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ragnarok
Cardinal Quest Android Front Cover
Front cover for Cardinal Quest
Epic Dungeon Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Epic Dungeon

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (BGI graphics)
Screenshot from The Valley
Title screen
Screenshot from Telengard
Opening Title
Screenshot from Ragnarok
The graphics left quite a bit to the imagination..
Screenshot from Castle of the Winds
Beginning a new Game. (Oliver Richman's 1998 version, release 2)
Screenshot from Rogue Clone