If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Children Of The ADOM: Vanilla Bagel - The Roguelike

Just like the old days

Vanilla Bagel [Steam page] is a proper roguelike. None of that roguelite or roguelikelike stuff here - you've got a big old inventory to manage, dungeons to explore, impossible odds stacked against you, and a whole lot of things to learn. It appeared on Steam a couple of weeks ago and that was the first I'd heard of it. Last night I decided to take it for a spin and have decided that it has enough in common with one of my faves, ADOM, that it's earned a spot on my weekend playlist.

The ADOM comparison came to mind for two reasons. First of all there are specific dungeons to visit on an overland map, giving a broader structure than in the single dungeon depth-diving games. Then there are the tactical 'stances' that can be used in various combat situations. I haven't played enough to know how much of an impact they'll have yet - in fact, I haven't played enough to grasp the basics. Controls are simple enough, provided you've played any of the big traditional roguelikes, but the finer details are a little fuzzy.

That's a good thing. It took me years to amass my Nethack knowledge and I'm still chipping away at Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup. I've found this reddit thread particularly helpful as a primer for Vanilla Bagel but if you're bold, you might want to go in blind.

Tagged With

Support Rock Paper Shotgun

Subscribe and get access to supporter-only articles, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and game discounts. Your support helps us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

More News

Latest Articles

Rock Paper Shotgun logo

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch