is a free roguelike submarine simulator in the vein of FTL or Dwarf Fortress (but not as hard). You control the crew of a blocky nuclear attack submarine with an impressive number of onboard systems as you complete randomly generated missions. Everything from nuclear reactors to fire to ocean thermal layers to a world map complete with ports and realistic enemy ships is accurately modeled. Rock Paper Shotgun has two reviews
, so far of this very playable work-in-progress. Currently only for Windows, but plays well with emulators. The learning curve is a bit steep, so some hints inside... [more inside]
Introducing a perfect Metafilter storm: Ponyroguelike 0.9.4
is a roguelike (prev
) space exploration game for iOS and Android. [more inside]
KeeperRL is a Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress inspired dungeon simulator built on top of roguelike mechanics. [The] vision is that you are a Sauron-like character, searching for ultimate knowledge of destruction. What makes the game different from other RTS is that you can, and are encouraged to, control your main character and lead your minions to an open war.
Caution: the game's still in early alpha, though it already looks like a lot of fun. [via Dwarf Fortress Facebook community]
Twenty years ago tonight, id Software uploaded Doom
to an FTP server at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completely changed the video gaming industry. [more inside]
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw has released a pretty nifty Lovecraftian roguelike
game. Croshaw is the acerbic fast-paced voice behind Zero Punctuation
, and is also apparently a developer. And a poet
. And a novelist
. Somehow this all escaped my attention.
"The very first single-player dungeoncrawl game was not a video game. It was a series of charts printed in the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons, back in 1979. By rolling dice according to the instructions, you could generate a dungeon which was illogical, arbitrary, super-lethal, and which often didn't even produce useable results.
THIS GAME USES THOSE CHARTS
Dungeon Robber is a flash text game that simulates playing AD&D by the AD&D Appendix A dungeon generation rules
. You'll probably die a lot, but the game saves every time you head to town. Blog of the creator
⇒ Dungeon Robber comics!
⇐ [more inside]
Friday Flash Fun
, a hybrid of roguelike and puzzle game, or chess, or something. Maybe "it's like turn-based Gauntlet
" would be a good description? There's an on-your-phone version if you're willing to spend a buck, too. DANGER: Very addictive to certain types. You've been warned.
(and its predecessor, Xong
) is a hybrid roguelikes that has the appearance, sound and mechanics of Atari age games. Levels are randomly generated, and the rules are up to you to discover.
Here is a video review for your elucidation
Available for PC, Mac and Linux.
Davis and Ma wrote up a long list of one-paragraph game pitches to prototype. They would be small, manageable games that two people could complete on their own. The game they chose to go with would have to be finished within a year, because that was all they had budgeted for. Among the pitches inspired by board games, roguelikes and all the genres that excited them was a 2D, top-down management game called FTL. The Opposite of Fail
- The making of FTL
Take the twitch out of platforming with Bump
, a delightful new little turn-based randomly-generated roguelikelike by clever game dev and creative fellow Aaron Steed
. Jump at or on or over things! Collect diamonds with head-bumping! Avoid and/or destroy spikes and bad guys! Try not to die! Die anyway! It's a good time. [more inside]
If Doom and Nethack lived in Estonia and had a baby, it'd be named Teleglitch
, a recently released pixelated action roguelike that will completely murder you if you're not very
careful about how you explore its procedurally-generated corridors, fighting off former coworkers, crafting spare parts into new stuff and hunting for ammo and food and clues as to what the hell went so terribly wrong at the Militech R&D facility on Medusa 1-C. The game has a 4-level demo
(Windows and Linux, Mac
too apparently) which will probably kick your ass plenty all by itself. [more inside]
Ultima Ratio Regum
is a middle-ground between roguelikes, RPGs and strategy games. It has no fantasy elements
and seeks instead to be closer to a realistic history simulator, and a strategy/4x game which just happens to be in ASCII. Combat is rare and deadly – whilst these mechanics are modeled in detail, exploration, trade and diplomacy factors will have just as much effort put into them.
I’m about to tell you a story about videogames, kitchens, and internet forums that has a happy ending. Stop laughing, I’m serious.
- A woman gamer declares Gaslamp Games's Dungeons of Dredmor forums awesome.
Mercury is an experimental roguelike
. How is it experimental? Let's have the creator, Jason Lantz, explain :
" all the game’s content is winner-generated. That means that the game starts out barren. One class for players to play, one monster to fight, and one item to use. But every round, the top two scoring players use a tool built into the game to make a monster, item or class and then that object is automatically inserted into everyone’s game, and players fight for new high scores in an entirely different game every round."
What is Spelunky
? Well, it's a game that's "as generous as it is bloodthirsty
," with "astonishing creativity and spectacular depth
." First appearing as a freeware PC game in 2008, Spelunky
) is a hilariously brutal and oddly addicting marriage of roguelike, platformer, and puzzler. A new version was released for Xbox Live Arcade
on July 4th, with updated visuals and a warbly soundtrack that recall the days of SNES gaming, as well as a deathmatch mode that's been compared to the mayhem of Bomberman
. If you're anything like me, you'll get hopelessly consumed. (Trailer
. Original freeware version for PC
WTF Is the Legend of Grimrock
? It's an old-school dungeon crawler that was released on Wednesday
. It has been compared to Eye of the Beholder, Roguelike
, or Dungeon Master
in style. Create your party of four prisoners and try to find that gosh dang hidden button! [more inside]
Tales of Maj'Eyal
(ToME) is a graphical roguelike RPG. It started off in 1998 as an Angband variant (history
), but has since been completely rewritten, ditching both the engine and the Tolkien setting. It recently became the first game to win the Roguelike of the Year award
for two years in a row (and also the first game to win it more than once). [more inside]
Cardinal Quest [Flash]
is an 8-bit tribute to Gauntlet
, Roguelikes and the 2E D&D core rule-set. Open chests, battle opponents and descend the stairs in an effort to find the
Amulet Shield of Yendor
Here is Incursion: Halls of the Goblin King
, a computer game that adapts the 3rd Edition rules of the Dungeons & Dragons game to roguelikes.
The Binding of Isaac
is a roguelike
(or possibly a roguelike-like
) that pits a naked crying boy whose only initial weapon is his tears, but can be upgraded with loads of self-mutilating items, against random rooms of disturbingly mutated creatures (may be nsfw)
in a quest to kill his mother before she kills him. [more inside]
The Doom Roguelike
is really much better than it has any right to be, and has come a long way over the last four years of development. Its spacey sister is the Aliens Roguelike
). Here are some tutorial videos
to get you started, and mefi's own
of DoomRL from 2007.
The CRPG Addict
is playing every PC role-playing came in chronological order. Currently, he's playing Ultima V
. [more inside]
is akin to a simpler Dwarf Fortress
with a mouse-driven interface.
Friday Flash Fun
: Realm of the Mad God
is a co-op MMORPG shooter with cute 8-bit graphics
. Death is permanent, play addictive. [more inside]
How Rogue Ended Up On The Sofa
- a look at the descendants of the classic game, including MeFi's own 100 Rogues
is a fast paced top down shooter with randomly generated levels, a kickin soundtrack, and a Spelunky style sense of humor. (via Pixel Prospector)
Do you like the wholesale destruction of everything you cherish? Do you like roguelikes? Then you're in luck because two new roguelikes are yours to play, the zombie-apocalypse city survival fest Rogue Survivor
, and the Gamma Worldesque ASCII-Fallout-analogue Caves of Qud
. Both are still in beta, both will keep you away from the dinner table over the holidays.
Killer Carp. Magma
. Fire-breathing Capital D's
. A new version of the cult rougelike/fantasy world sim Dwarf Fortress was released today
. It's a windows only download - there should be Mac and Linux versions out in a week or so. Here's what tvtropes has to say
about the game. Previously on metafilter: 1 2 3 4
Popular open source roguelike Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup has updated to version 0.6
It is a variant of the older game Linley's Dungeon Crawl, and is regarded by many as one of the best roguelike games out there. Unlike its rival game Nethack
it is undergoing rapid development. Also unlike Nethack, the game retains a more consistent difficulty level (hard) throughout, and has a much greater variety of character types. [more inside]
offers an unquestionably unique approach to Roguelike
games by taking compactness to the extreme. It distills the entire genre to a few core ideas which pay homage to the greats while forging new ground with gameplay similar to that of Oasis or Tower of the Sorcerer
. It also features emergent complexity that rewards truly skilled and thoughtful players.
"Demon's Souls, an Atlus-published action-RPG out this week on the PS3, is way too hard for you. We say this without knowing a thing about your skills and with no equivocation." Demon's Souls
was released this week in North America, and its reviewers
are coming to terms with its staggering difficulty level. [more inside]
The menacingly complex roguelike (previously)
world-building game Dwarf Fortress (previously)
is busting into the mainstream with an article
in a gamer mag. Scans: page 1
, page 2
, page 3
. For the less ASCII-minded among us, Let's Play
has a thorough (and absurd, and tragic) chronicle of the fortress of Koganusan, or Boatmurdered
, so you won't have to wait 20 minutes for the world to generate and be populated with mandrills and kobolds. via tigsource
, where you should also check out their latest recommended independent games list
. (Open source, versions available for Linux and Windows.)
This console-based game takes the pieces of chess and puts them into a Roguelike environment. You start out with a weakened King who can only move and capture horizontally and vertically, in a randomized board full of multi-directional Pawns. As you capture more pieces, the king slowly gains additional powers, like diagonal capture and movement, Knight jumping, and eventually even Rook movement, among others. The opposition gets tougher too, until eventually the entire selection of pieces is out to get you.
Originally created for a three-day programming challenge on rec.games.roguelike.development
, it's surprisingly cool, and works rather better than you might expect. It's useful as a break between Nethack fatalities
Asidonhopo hits! --more--
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In these difficult times
it's a relief to know that Nethack is still being updated.