DescriptionRogue is a turn-based dungeon crawler in which the player controls an adventurer who must explore the dangerous Dungeon of Doom in order to retrieve the precious Amulet of Yendor and make it out alive. The player character starts on the upper-most level and slowly makes his way downwards.
The game uses ASCII characters to represent locations, items, monsters, and the protagonist himself. There are twenty-six different types of monsters, symbolized by their initial letters (e.g. L for Leprechaun). Monsters have different abilities and modes of attack. The dungeon and the items in it are randomly generated each time the player begins a new game. Each dungeon level contains a grid of three by three rooms and dead ends.
Levels get progressively more complex and maze-like, and monsters grow in strength the deeper the hero ventures into the dungeon. The player character can acquire better weapons and armor, gain experience points and level up. Should the protagonist perish in the dungeon, the player must restart the game anew.
- "Rogue: The Adventure Game" -- In-game title (Epyx DOS version)
- "Rogue: Exploring the Dungeons of Doom" -- full original UNIX title
- "ClassicRogue" -- title of Donnie Russell's port
- "AGB_Rogue" -- name of Donnie Russell's Gameboy Advance port
Part of the Following Groups
- Gameplay feature: Hunger / Thirst
- Games with boss key
- Games with randomly generated environments
- Rogue variants / Roguelikes
There are no reviews for the Commodore 64 release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.
The Press Says
|Power Play||Sep, 1988||27 out of 100||27|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|Amiga version of Rogue for PC||1||Ardor
Mar 02, 2009
|Game port listing needs to be removed?||33||Indra was here (18577)
Dec 13, 2008
|Public Domain or Commercial?||3||General Error (4212)
Nov 06, 2007
TriviaThe commercial Rogue versions didn't fare too well, as lots of pirated copies existed. The later DOS versions were copy protected (starting at the latest with V1.48 published by Epyx), in an interesting way. You could actually play a pirated copy, but if you did, you suffered six times the normal damage from monster attacks -- which quickly ended an already pretty hard game, it was hard to even get to level two. On the tombstone, you could then read the evocative message:
REST IN PEACE
Copy Protection Mafia
Related Web Sites
- A brief history of Rogue -- The history of this seminal game written by one of its creators, Glenn R. Wichman.
- Donnie Russel's Webpage -- Home Page of the author of the Rogue ports to Windows and Linux, ClassicRogue and TileRogue, as well as a port for the Gameboy Advanced called AGB_Rogue.
- Old CRPGs -- Another page hosting old executables and source code for Rogue its derivatives.
- ROG-O-MATIC: A Belligerent Expert System -- The paper that describes the ROG-O-MATIC expert system, an early AI experiment to let computers play Rogue. Quite successful, as it seems!
- Rogue @ Epyx Shrine -- Screenshots of the various versions and an interview with Glenn Wichman, co-creator of the original "Rogue".
- Rogue: The Adventure Game -- product page for the iPhone version
- The Dungeons of Doom -- Featuring the history of rogue, a lot of tips and hints, and the sources for the original PC Rogue.
- The Roguelike Archive -- Source code and executables for many systems of many different Rogue versions and other roguelike games.
- zRogue -- Gevan Dutton's 1998 Z-code abuse port of Rogue can be played online through your web browser.
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