Overlooked roguelike games that you need to play
A look at Steam PC games with essences of the popular gaming genre
The roguelike video game sub-genre has a place in the hearts of many classic retro gaming fans, boasting unique characteristics that separates it from the rest.
What makes roguelike so unique, I hear you ask, well these type of games normally have three main elements to them; permanent death, level randomization and turn-based combat. Permanent death, also referred to as instant death, results in the player losing all progress and having to begin the game or level again - while level randomization, as stated, mixes up the playthrough each time.
While turn-based combat is a roguelike-type feature, it's very common for games not in this particular subgenre - including the likes of Dead Age and Battles of Norghan. Here, we take a look at our top pick of overlooked roguelike-esque games which you should play.
Descend the depths of the Devil's Bastion as a lonesome hero - or team up with fellow warriors - in Barony, an action adventure RPG. An undead lich called Baron Herx, who terrorized the town of Hamlet in a previous life, is now holding out in his vast subterranean complex - your mission is to locate and defeat him.
The game features a complex yet intuitive drag & drop interface to manage items and character stats, as well as roguelike mechanics such as perma-death, random dungeons and cryptic messages. The more you explore, the more items and enemies you'll encounter - from opening treasure chests to fighting off a huge minotaur.
Dungeon of the Endless
Crash landing into an ancient dungeon-basement on the planet Auriga, a group of criminals must team up to survive an onslaught of enemies lurking within each room in Dungeon of the Endless. Use gathered Dust to power rooms and build minor or major modules to hold off waves of monsters.
Using your team of heroes, each with their own strengths, players will need to decode Endless ruins to discover life-saving technologies in their bid for survival. Fight your way to the surface to discover the truth about Auriga!
No Turning Back: The Pixel Art Action-Adventure Roguelike
As the game title very, very clearly suggests, No Turning Back: The Pixel Art Action-Adventure Roguelike is a Roguelike adventure that changes every time you play. The way NPC's treat you, the level layout, items you find, your class, everything is completely random so no two playthroughs will be the same.
Make use of the Apothecaries which allow you to upgrade your classes by improving your skills,and visit the Blacksmiths to upgrade your weapons and armor by placing attachments onto your weapons. With over 30 character classes to choose from and hundreds of weapons, expect a truly unique and entertaining journey each and every single time you play.
In Dungeon Souls, players must search and activate all the marks placed in each level to unlock the dungeon and hopefully escape. However, players will encounter different obstacles in the labyrinthine dungeons.
Collect various items and upgrades to counter the dungeon's dark forces. Choose from six different character with powerful abilities and explore four different environments - with challenging encounters with hordes of dynamic enemies.
Rescue a king/princess/person from the clutches of an evil mastermind... sounds like most games right?
So, is Princess.Loot.Pixel.Again any different... absolutely not - prepare to venture through all floors of the Dark Tower and outfight the main antagonist a Evil Mage. Be warned, your path will not be easy.
With the addition of instant death - which results in a full castle structure regeneration when you're killed - players are continuously challenged to their limits within each playthrough. With no farming and excessive complexity, gamers will have lots of fun with unusual situations, Easter eggs and references to other games along the way.
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