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Posts tagged “roguelite”

Feature: Fun for all the family

Children Of Morta is ridiculously pretty, and looking a rather splendid hack-me-do

It is perhaps a little silly to get excited about a game based on screenshots. For all manner of reasons. But I can't help myself whenever I pics of Children Of Morta. It just looked so astonishingly beautiful, especially in the last year. So I nagged at the PR team behind it, and they let me get my hands on an in-development build that doing…

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Feature: Windows 95%

Kingsway review

Goodness me, Kingsway [official site] is clever. It's clever in so, so many ways. It's clever in its absolutely spectacular presentation, but it's far too clever to let that just be a gimmick - its peculiar appearance as a mid-90s Windows desktop could so easily have been a cute idea that hid an ordinary roguelite RPG, but instead it so very brilliantly influences how you…

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Ex BioShock devs announce FPS roguelite City Of Brass

When a collection of former Irrational devs, who worked on BioShock, Freedom Force, Tribes: Vengeance and more, tell you they've got a first-person roguelite for you to play, it's well worth paying attention. City Of Brass [official site] is an Arabian Nights-themed procedurally generated FPS, arming you with a whip and a scimitar, and challenging you to see just how far you can get through…

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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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Feature: You're not ALWAYS right

What’s The Genre You Never Thought You’d Like?

I was certain I'd never have any time for roguelites. To clear up confusion about this most ambiguous of genres, by this I mean games that have permanent or mostly permanent death states, where losing means starting again from the beginning, with finite resources, and not necessarily any end goal. In fact, if you'd asked me a few years back, I'd have said this was…

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Feature: Needed to go rogue

Impressions – Dungelot: Shattered Lands

It is most misleading that the bumph for Dungelot: Shattered Lands [official site] claims it's a combination of Minesweeper and a roguelite dungeon game. And a shame, too, as the idea of taking the puzzling element of one of the most flawed and awful puzzle games ever to have inflicted the Windows PC and using it properly, while at the same time having you battle…

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Feature: Uni-Verse

Hands On: RymdResa

It’s tough to pin down exactly what sort of game RymdResa [official site] is going to be when it comes out next month, not least because it keeps changing as you go through. Split into three chapters, each slightly varying on the last, it’s a 2D space exploration/thruster-based arcade game, with poetry. You know the sort. I've had my hands on some code.

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Feature: Roguelitelike

Pixel Dungeon review

Oh happy day! There is no roguelite I've played more of, nor enjoyed more, than Pixel Dungeon. But until now its modern versions being confined to my portable telephone has precluded declaring said delight in the hallowed halls of PC gaming. But what's this popping up, unannounced, in the Steam new releases? It's Pixel Dungeon, rebuilt and perfected for returning to my desktop computing machine!…

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Impressions: Road Not Taken

There’s a reason this is titled “Impressions”, and not “Wot I Think”. That is, I’m really no good at this game. Or, this game is incredibly difficult. Road Not Taken is a combination of sokobanish puzzling, Triple Town object combination, and roguelite imminent failure. I’ve been playing for a couple of days, and I’m really struggling to get past what is ostensibly the fourth level.…

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I Very Much Roguelike The Humble Weekly Bundle

While the main Humble Bundle is diverting itself from gaming with a really quite splendid collection of audiobooks, it seems to have snuck out one of the best collections of games so far in its Weekly Bundle. Rather than showcasing games from one studio, this week it's a collection of Roguelikes. (Everyone who wants to have a fight about the terminology, please do so here.)…

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That Punk Rock Kid: Catacomb Kids Shows Off Some More

A couple of weeks back I theorised that anyone watching the Catacomb Kids Kickstarter video would be won over within 55 seconds. Some people claimed otherwise, explaining that it took upwards of two minutes before they were feeding ten pound notes into their DVD drive. The project's now comfortably funded, and extremely refreshingly developer FourbitFriday have said that they aren't looking for specific stretch goals.…

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