Tag Archives: Roguelike

Tower of Doom, Intellivision

Tower of Doom is a Roguelike RPG with mazes that must be explored and monsters that must be defeated in order to escape the dungeon.

There are seven different quests, of increasing difficulty, and the player can choose to play as any one of ten different classes (Novice, Warrior, Archer, Knight, Trader, Barbarian, Waif, Friar, Warlock, and Warlord). The ultimate aim is to reach the stairs on each level, and to keep going down until you reach the exit.

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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Cloudy Mountain, Intellivision

This early, prototype RPG was initially released in 1982 under the title of “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” and was later re-named as Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Cloudy Mountain to distinguish it from its sequel, Treasure of Tarmin.

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Dungeon Hack, PC

SSI‘s Dungeon Hack is an RPG that generates random dungeons, or custom dungeons, and is one big realtime battle through a Forgotten Realms world, in the style of Dungeon Master or Eye of the Beholder. It’s a never-ending dungeon crawl that gets progressively harder, and even has its own high score table!

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Cave Noire, Game Boy

Konami‘s Cave Noire is a smart little handheld ‘Roguelike’ dungeon crawler for the Nintendo Game Boy that was first released in Japan in 1991. Cave Noire did not receive a release outside of its native country, which is a pity because it’s an excellent game.

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Teleglitch: Die More Edition, PC

This incredibly tough roguelike shooter is a wonderful game. It looks fantastic, scrolling along, with an overhead 3D view, but with 2D sprites in the playfield. Graphically Teleglitch is clever. Gameplay-wise Teleglitch is clever too. It’s one of those games that doesn’t look like much in grabs, though looks like there might be something special going on under the hood. And there is. Developer Test3 Projects can be proud of making something great. And very challenging!

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teleglitch
Steam: store.steampowered.com/app/234390/Teleglitch_Die_More_Edition/

Super House of Dead Ninjas, PC

This lovely ‘modern retro’ game has been made to look and play like a Super Nintendo game. And I mean that as a compliment.

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Crypt of the NecroDancer, PC

Crypt of the NecroDancer is a smart modern, Indie retro game that crosses rhythm game mechanics with rogue-like dungeon-crawling. And it works extremely well and is a lot of fun to play. Crypt of the NecroDancer is like Ultima, but played to the beat of an Abba tune…

Graphically and sonically, Crypt of the NecroDancer is fantastic, with great pixel artwork, characterful enemies, and some varied, foot-tapping tunes. Sure: the music is a little bit “Ibiza Anthems” at times, but you can actually use your own music with it if you like (or at least: try to – it’s a bit hit and miss what will work and what won’t).

Even better: if the rhythm/dancing aspect of the gameplay bothers you, you can turn it off – in Bard Mode – and play the game like a regular Rogue-like adventure. And as one of those: it is one of the very best. In fact: there are so many unlockables and play modes (and achievements related to them), that this game is bound to keep any budding adventuring dancer occupied for quite a while. There’s even a local Co-op Mode for multiple players.

Crypt of the NecroDancer was developed by Brace Yourself Games and first released in 2015.

More: Crypt of the NecroDancer on Wikipedia
Steam: Crypt of the NecroDancer on Steam
GOG.com: Crypt of the NecroDancer on GOG.com
Website: http://necrodancer.com/