The best PC games ever The best PC games of 2018 so far Best graphics cards 2018 Best free games Rainbow Six Siege operators guide Monster Hunter: World guide

Roguelike

2 months ago

In roguelike chess adventure Chogue you hunt the king

I move the pawn on the far right side forward two spaces. That's my go-to starting move. It frees up my castle guy. I know many things about the Chess, including the names of all the pieces. Like Castle and Horsey and Pointyhat. I know things. That's why I know that something has gone wrong when the Kingperson piece on my opponents side of the…

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , .

9 months ago

Venerable roguelike ADOM gets major, near-final update

Ancient Domains of Mystery - ADOM, to its friends - has been kicking around for a good long while. A complex and traditional roguelike in the vein of Nethack, where everything seems to interact with everything else on some level, and death seems inevitable without extensive trial and error. The past few years have been treating this old workhorse well. While traditionally freeware, it returned…

Tagged with , , , , .

10 months ago

Roguelike ADOM making way for Ultimate ADOM

Adam loves ADOM. There must be something about very old roguelikes that overpowers our deputy editor. The allure of a random dungeon. The temptation to drink every potion at once. But he also once told us that the final boss of ADOM (short for Ancient Domains of Mystery) is his gaming nemesis. Well, now he has a reason to fight that giant ‘@’ sign once…

Tagged with , , .

11 months ago

Feature: Humanity is doomed

Have You Played… Nuclear Throne?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Nuclear Throne [official site] is a bullet hell, twin-stick shooter roguelike set in an apocalyptic wasteland. Like, seriously apocalyptic - playable characters include a telekinetic sack of eyeballs, a mutated plant that’s 90% mouth, and a blob of radioactive gloop.

Tagged with , , , , .

1 year ago

Feature: We'll meeeet agaaain...

Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show talk roguelikes, Rogue Islands, and Divinity: Original Sin 2

Here, drink this potion. It's called the Electronic Wireless Show and it's a podcast. Yes, you drink it via your ears, unusual I know, but you'll feel much better afterwards. This week, we're talking about roguelikes, roguelites, roguefites and roguelifes. What do words even mean anymore? Also, Pip has been enjoying the blocky spellcasting of Rogue Islands, while Adam is killing innocent young men in…

Tagged with , , , , , , , , .

2 years ago

Feature: A game deserving of more attention

How Unexplored generates great roguelike dungeons

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Unexplored [Steam page]. “Dungeon crawlers are very much the hero’s journey, where you start off as a nobody and end up as the big hero,” says Joris Dormans, creator of realtime dungeon crawler Unexplored. “Or at least that’s the plan.” Unexplored creates great hero’s journeys. As…

Tagged with , , , , , , , .

Vamp Roguelike Golden Krone Hotel Now In Early Access

Golden Krone Hotel [official site] is a traditional turn-based top-down roguelike in which you play as a vampire hunter. And then, because fighting monsters tends to turn one into a monster, you play as a vampire. But you can switch back to non-vampire mode if you play your cards right, and might even find other forms to inhabit. I played before release and had a…

Tagged with , , .

Golden Krone Hotel Is A Vampire-Slaying Roguelike

If I fancy a session of old-fashioned honest-to-goodness roguelikin', I usually turn to one of the pillars of the genre, games that have been around forever and a day. I'm talking Ancient Domains of Mystery, Nethack, Dungeon Crawl, Angband. I'm always looking for something fresh to add to the circulation though and Golden Krone Hotel [official site] is a definite contender. You're working your way…

Tagged with , , .

Roguelike, Roguelikelike, Roguelikelikelike, Or Rogue?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun have been on the cutting edge of the ludic lexicon since 1873. We coined 'Minecraftbut', 'Zachlike', 'Uppie', and more 'em ups than is reasonable. We were there on the front lines, staring at trees, when 'walking simulator' was seized as positive. And it's only mostly for funsies that we/I distinguish between Roguelikes, roguelikes, and roguelikelikes. Everyone calls their game a 'roguelike' lately,…

Tagged with , , , , , .

3 years ago

Mecha Roguelike: GearHead Updated

GearHead [official site] is a fantastic, free roguelike in which you can build and customise giant robots, and then pilot them through random missions that fit together to form a plot with a proper beginning, middle and end. I first played it over a decade ago and have always assumed we'd covered it at some point in our illustrious history. Not so. Now is the…

Tagged with , , , .

The Twelve Years Of Nethack: Version 3.6.0 Out Now

How many games that you're playing today are likely to be on your hard drive twelve years from now? I'm not going to pretend that I've kept a copy of Nethack [official site] installed at all times for the last twelve years but I did reinstall as soon as I saw the news this morning. That's the news that the venerable roguelike, which has been…

Tagged with , , .

Free Broguelike: Forays Into Norrendrin

Forays Into Norrendrin [official site] is a streamlined roguelike dungeon crawler, perfect to fit between the gobbets of work on your desktop, or long dress-up sessions out in the Commonwealth. It's similar to RPS favourite Brogue in that it doesn't use elaborate tilesets to communicate the particular sights, sounds and stenches of its dungeons, relying instead on ASCII figures and lovely snippets of flavour text.…

Tagged with , , , , .

A Free, Short Roguelike: The Ground Gives Way

The developer of The Ground Gives Way [official site] describes the game as "a coffeebreak roguelike with a lot of stuff". Having only started playing this morning, when the latest release came to my attention, I can't vouch for the amount of stuff but I have been enjoying this clever ASCII dungeon crawler. The setup is as simple as the title suggests - you're walking…

Tagged with , , , .

Elona+ Is A Wild And Weird Roguelike

In Elona+ [official site], your backpack can crush you to death. In most games, the worst that is likely to happen if you're overburdened is a reduction in your speed but in this excessively strange Japanese roguelike, the weight will drain your health or cause you to trip, fall and break your face open as you try to navigate some stairs. It's a game in…

Tagged with , , , , .

Roguelike Mega Collection Torrent Has 700+ Free Games

Free games are great and roguelikes are the best of all games, so a torrent containing more than 700 of the blighters is a lovely thing to discover on a Thursday morning. The collection is the work of 'foamed', a Reddit moderator and roguelike curator, and it's more than a big pile o' fun. As well as containing some of the greatest games ever made,…

Tagged with , , , , , , .

Feature: Death Cab for Mutie

Premature Evaluation: Caves of Qud

Each week Marsh Davies sniffs out advantageous evolutions among the many horrendous deformities of Early Access, and comes back with any stories he can find and/or succumbs to a gruesome fate in a Darwinian dead-end. This week, every which way he turns is a genetic cul-de-sac in Caves of Qud [Steam page], an uncompromisingly old-school Rogue-like set in a doggedly lo-fi post-apocalyptic sci-fantasy world, heavy…

Tagged with , , , , , , .

Roguelove: Cogmind Takes Rogue To Space

It’s weird to think now that Rogue was one of those special treats I would get to play on my grandparents’ 386. Rogue, Prince of Persia and Alley Cat. All fantastic. Now, with Cogmind [official site], I’m getting flashbacks to those days, but everything is green and there are guns. Cogmind looks similar to the original Rogue - a Roguelike, you might say - but…

Tagged with , , , .

4 years ago

Fishy Horror And Noir Mysteries: 7 Day Roguelikes

The Seven Day Roguelike Challenge has been a reliable source of weird and wonderful experiments for years. This year's event has now come to an end and while entries often receive extra polish or fixes after the deadline has elapsed, you can read about and download the games right now. I've only played a handful but will check back when the voting results are in.…

Tagged with , , , , .

Likeable Roguelikelikes: Humble Roguelike Bundle

Given that one defining characteristic of Rogue, roguelikes, and roguelikelikes is that you can return to them over and over and enjoy a new experience each time, a whole bundle of them sounds like overkill. Well, that or a squillion hours of mirth for only a few quid. The Humble Weekly Bundle: Roguelikes 2 launched last night with anywhere from three to six roguelikelikes depending…

Tagged with , , .

Multiplayer Roguelikelike Crawl Unleashes Co-op Hydra

It's a while since we covered the multiplayer roguelikelike Crawl but we're no less enticed by the concept today. It's still in Early Access but released its v0.3 update on Thursday. In case, like me, your brain entered a dungeon last year and never came back, here's a refresher: in Crawl you and one to three friends take turns controlling A Hero and do exploring, fighting, looting and…

Tagged with , , , , , .

Page 1 of 4

Newer posts