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DNA-mutating roguelikelike shooter Beacon looks swish

The daddifcation of video games continues with aplomb, but what a terrible waste parenthood is, collecting genetic material to make a mewling idiot who can't even drive. It's time for this to end. It's time to be your own dad. Or your own mum in the case of Beacon, a roguelikelike top-down shooter where a crashlanded spacewarrior collects DNA from defeated enemies to feed into…

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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,…

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I Like Big Gods: No Place For Bravery Announced

I do like a fantasy landscape with ridiculous unearthly scale, and I very much like the look of the ones in the newly-announced No Place for Bravery [official site]. An eerie colossus looms behind distant snowy mountains. A skeletal giant is buried up to its hips in the desert sand, hand still resting on its sword. A huge shadow of a dragon casts your party…

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Aspireational: Dustforce Devs Show FPS’s Procgen

I've been keenly awaiting Spire [official site], the roguelikelike first-person shooty platformer from Dustforce developers Hitbox Team, for three years and I'll happily keep waiting. Heck, I was sold when they referenced Quake trickjumping as an example of a slick movement system one can master. Hitbox still haven't sent word of when we might get to play it but I'm quite happy reading a new…

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Loot Rascals Is A Card-Capturing Retro Sci-Fi Roguelike

Loot Rascals [official site] is a freshly announced roguelikelike strategy affair from Hollow Ponds. It's got card collection and deck-building elements, robots, space travel, permadeath, a Scottish hologram character, and is wrapped up in a lovely-looking Jetsons-esque retro sci-fi aesthetic. It's not due until next year, but it looks pretty special already. See:

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Road Trip ‘Em Up Jalopy Screeches Into Early Access

Road trip game Jalopy [official site] has launched onto Steam Early Access, ready to pootle around a portion of Europe. We've been cooing and making kissy faces at it since since it was called Hac, winking and waggling our eyebrows as developer Minskworks showed off minute first-person interactions like packing supplies, cleaning the car, shopping, and refuelling. So naturally I entirely missed that Jalopy's Early…

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Procedural Kowloon Horror Game Phantasmal Released

A first-person sneaky horror game set inside a procedurally-generated version of Hong Kong's labyrinthine, lawless (and now-demolished) Kowloon Walled City? Yeah, g'wan! I skipped Phantasmal [official site] while it was on Steam Early Access because I wanted my first impressions of its dark, winding, unknowable corridors and alleyways to be the real deal. Now it is. Developers Eyemobi today released Phantasmal for real, and... now…

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Postapocamoshpit FPS Bunker Punks Hits Early Access

A punk's primary responsibility is to stick it to The Man anytime, anywhere. Check clause 17a in your contract if you don't believe me, punks. This isn't voided in event of apocalypse, so punks will need to escalate. The folks in Bunker Punks [official site] have taken that to mean build bunkerbases and raid corporate strongholds, and you can join in now that the roguelikelike…

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Shadowrun Devs Delay Co-op Roguelikelike Necropolis

Shadowrun Returns gang Harebrained Schemes will not, as previously announced, release their stylish roguelikelike Necropolis [official site] in March. No, if you want to go hacking through dungeons with your chums, you'll need to wait until summer. In short, Harebrained have landed a publisher to release Necropolis on consoles too and say they needed to launch straight into working on that, so the PC version…

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Patton Recognition: Armoured Commander Hits 1.0

Armoured Commander [official site] is one of the most elaborate roguelikes I've ever played. So elaborate, in fact, that I struggled to reload my tank's main gun during my first attempt and ended up trying to crash into a truck. The game plants you and your crew in an M4 sherman tank and, as the title suggests, has you command that tank and its crew…

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Arcen’s Starward Rogue Released, Bionic Dues Free

Burning out on making Stars Beyond Reach, Arcen Games announced a few months ago they were putting the 4X strategy game to one side to focus on a roguelikelike they'd been toying with for a while. That game, named Starward Rogue [official site], is now here. It's a top-down shooter with oodles of bullets to dodge and bosses to battle, about mechs exploring a mysterious…

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Shadowrun Devs’ Roguelike Necropolis Out In March

Harebrained Schemes don't only create remakes of olden meatspace games, you know. They only do that when they want to raise millions of dollars on Kickstarter. In between last year's Shadowrun: Hong Kong and next year's Battletech do-over, they're realising a 'procedural death labyrinth' (a roguelike, then) called Necropolis [official site], to which they've just announced the addition of four-player co-op. The thing's also due…

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Ditch Earth In Roguelikelike Platformer Exoplanets

The future is now and Earth as we know it has been ravaged by The Great Invasion - a cataclysmic extinction level event which has displaced the human populace who're now in search of new digs. We're "In dire need of a new planet", apparently, but every other planet's been inhabited, so it's time to go house-hunting in Exoplanets [official site] - a fast-paced, neon-bleached…

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Cheerydark Roguelikelike Dragon Fin Soup Out Today

Do you like roguelikelikes? Would you, say, be interested in a turn-based action-RPG with a kooky take on fairytales? I'm not overly enamoured with zaniness e.g. Snow White as a cussin' redneck bar owner but hey, Dragon Fin Soup [official site] in general does look fairly solid. After netting almost five times their goal on Kickstarter last year, developers Grimm Bros. are releasing the game…

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Steredenn Is a Roguelikelike Shoot ‘Em Up

Drills, metallic jaws, buzzsaws, flamedrones, and all manners of lasers, bullets, and missiles are amongst the weapons of Steredenn [official site], a roguelikelike side-scrolling shoot 'em up which came out earlier this month. I'd meant to post about Steredenn after playing a bit but kept getting distracted by other games so look: it's out, I hear it's pretty cool, and here's a trailer:

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20XX Is A Mega Man Roguelite, In Early Access Now

I've played a Castlevania Roguelike and I've played a Doom Roguelike, but I never expected to play a a Mega Man Roguelike. 20XX [official site], now in beta and available through Steam Early Access, plays more like the speedy, acrobatic Mega Man X series than vanilla Mega Man, with all of the dashing and wall-jumping you can handle. Built to support local or online two…

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Roguelookalike: ASCII-y FPS Illuminascii Released

Many games bear traces of Rogue and Roguelikes in their modern shells - your modern roguelikelikes like The Binding of Isaac and Spelunky - but they're usually bits like procedurally-generated levels, mysterious items, and permadeath. New roguelikelike FPS Illuminascii [official site] also takes into its modern shell ASCII graphics. It's a strange mish-mash of 3D and ASCII symbols, where the player character is a 3D…

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Death Whale: Crush Ships And Get Ahab In Pequod

On one end of the Seriousness Scale of Games Inspired by Moby Dick, we have Nantuck, an upcoming series strategy gaming about managing whaling boats in the early nineteenth century. Breaching with thunder and fury far, far at the other end of the scale is Pequod [official site], a free Death Worm-ish game about god-whale named Mobias smashing the heck out of whaling boats and…

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Wasted: A First-Person Post-Apocalyptic Pub Crawler

War, war never changes. So you might as well fix yourself up a little drink, have a bevy or two, and enjoy the post-apocalyptic future. Have a look at Wasted [Steam page], a roguelikelike shooter which runs on booze and is coming this autumn. Take one measure of Fallout, two measures of Borderlands, and half a pint of advocaat, stir in your mouth with your…

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All Is Full Of Dad: Live-Action Dad By The Sword Trailer

Does the latest Dad By The Sword [official site] trailer tell us much new about the first-person dad-action-RPG? Nnnooot really (you get a nice look at your dad's bejorted leg as he kicks a monster, mind). The trailer does, however, have the best live-action sequences since Roundabout. I never knew dad was such a versatile - and prevalent - element.

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