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16 of the Best Rogue-like Games Handpicked by Us

16 of the Best Rogue-like Games Handpicked by Us

Anyway, terrible, terrible intro, Roguelica plays shit.

It’s a fun and creative kind of game that has given us some of the best and most playable video games ever. Moreover, there seems to be no limit to the game with which this formula can work well. Top to bottom shooters, side scrolls, strategy games, everything you can imagine!

But what is Roguliki anyway? Actually, the answer isn’t that simple. Some people seem to disagree with what is actually considered Roguelica, but if you ask me, it boils down to three things:

1. 1. Procedural aircraft
2. Permadeat 3. Random crap. There’s nothing you can do.

Basically, these games are designed so that you can play them over and over again, while gradually getting used to them, understanding the mechanics and going a little further each time. Not only does it make you feel better, but you can also see it, because every attempt becomes much easier and less confusing. Over time, the world of gaming and mechanics will become second nature to you, and soon it will seem like it’s all about clicks.

So I’m gonna take you through Roguelike’s 16 best races here and now. Remember, all this is just one man’s opinion, these are just my favorites and I haven’t played much. But hey, if I screw up writing this article, I can always rewrite it and hope for a better race next time, right?



Date of first publication August 2019
Platform Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems
Developer Terry Cavanaugh
Publishing house Terry Cavanaugh

So our first game is actually quite new, it was released in August 2019. It’s probably the most random game on the list, and I’m not talking about the internet humor of 2009 that makes me suicidal.

I mean, literally, everything in this game is uncertain. Not only is the layout of the levels and enemies random, but usually everything you do in the game is determined by the roll of the dice. Well, otherwise the name of the game would be damn stupid.

It’s a really unique and interesting system. You roll the dice at the beginning of your turn, placing your numbers in different spaces, some of which only take even numbers or numbers smaller than 3 or something similar. And no matter how much you invest, no matter how much damage you do, or the EP you heal, or the children you sacrifice to Ereb, the Greek god of darkness, you know what you want.

It really is a very smart and well done system that works incredibly well for Roguelike. I mean, you can’t be more random than in the literal dice game, right? There are also many different game classes that really change the gameplay depending on who you choose.

It is one of the most diverse games in Roguelike, with an intelligent fighting system, a delightful artistic style and a whole range of mathematics and calculations.

Yeah, of course, I’m weird, but I like it.

Date of first publication July 2016
Platform Operating systems PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, Linux, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh
Developer The rocket, Madgarden.
Publishing house Rocket Games, Noodle Muffin Studios, Ukiyo Publishing Limited

Yeah, yeah, I know. Zombies, pixel graphics and apocalyptic standard weapons. You must now fill in your bingo card for the Generic Indy Game. But believe me, this game is much more than that.

The Death Road to Canada is a story about you and perhaps your friends driving to Canada in a wrecked car to escape from zombies who clearly do not want to go to Canada. For example, they may be allergic to maple syrup and the French.

But in reality, this game is one of the most nifty, intense and entertaining there is, and it’s definitely fun to play with friends. It’s like a mixture of Oregon and the zombie track ate my neighbors, but better and somehow more ridiculous.

You can customize all the potential characters to look and act like the actors in Breaking Bad.

You can pierce the zombies with an umbrella, a shoulder blade and a real pirate cannon.

You can teach a dog how to drive. Seriously, these aren’t just my words. You can do it. You’ve included it in the About this Match section, as much as you can do.

Seriously, get some friends and some beer together, let this game work for you and you will have a hell of a good time. Unless you’re the kind of guy who fights for a gun. In this case, for God’s sake, RUN.

This game will ruin your friendship, your business and maybe even your marriage. Even if you’re not married. It’s gonna ruin everything anyway.

Date of first publication May 2019
Platform Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh Operating Systems
Developer Blue Manzhou, Blue Manzhou Petit. LTD.
Publishing house A modest bundle offer

Yeah, you read it right. It’s actually called empty bastards. Man, I really wish other games were called that. For example, what would happen if Skyrim was actually called a screaming bastard, or if a game made by EA was called a game by a bunch of drones from the company.

But I’m retiring.

Empty bastards like you took Bioshock and put it through a shredder. It has the comic style you see in games like Borderlands and XIII. (This should be pronounced thirteen, but I’ll call the ex.)

You play the role of different prisoners going from base to base, killing strangers who scream the same three sentences every time you see them. It’s still a lot of fun, and I especially like the random prisoners you play, and how the little whims affect the game. Like if you’re a smoker, you’ll cough a lot, or if you’re small, you’ll look like you’re always squatting.

I highly recommend it if you are looking for a science fiction director with a good sense of humour and an even better artistic style.

It’s also called Empty Assholes. Oh, come on.

Date of first publication February 2017
Platform PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems
Developer IronOak games, digital entertainment with distortion
Publishing house Numerical curve

Now, the concept of a role-playing game randomly generated on paper may not be a good idea, but hey, I always thought that DnD would be more fun if DM would choose its enemies completely blindly.

Somebody’s got a level-Two Tarras fight?

And it works really well on For The King. You gather your group, go on a quest into the world of chance and create your characters with weapons, treasures and experience. And then, if you think you have a good grip on the game, and if you start to believe that you can actually finish this race,

Then you were shot by an ogre you couldn’t avoid. Of course you did.

All this may sound quite typical, and of course it is not the most original game, but what it does makes it good. They also have unique ideas, such as the Chaos System, and since their release they are adding new campaigns to FIVE for free!

If it was Activision, they would have drawn nine sequels!

There are no random encounters, the fighting system is very good for Roguelike, and generally it’s just an easy game to play. Glory to the king, baby.

Date of first publication Quick access
Platform PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems
Developer Hopu games
Publishing house Transmission Publications

Wow, the 2D game had a 3D sequel that made it even better? There aren’t many episodes that can say that. Except maybe GTA, the legends of Zelda and of course Sonic Hae…

…no, I can’t even joke about it. It’s so sad.

I’ve played it a lot with my friends, and let me tell you: Stay away if you have a heart condition or if you’re pregnant. This shit is getting tense. Unlike many Rogelikovs, the danger of Rain 2 never ends. The difficulty gradually increases until you finally encounter a game that makes Dark Souls veterans catatonic.

I mean, technically, you could play the game forever if you had enough L33T. It doesn’t end until you die or the game shuts down. But I really like it. I like to see things gradually get out of hand until you end up with 50 grenades that will kill you if you stop for even a millisecond.

It’s hard, but the good eye is hard. Like a good steak or fatherly love.

And the gameplay itself is certainly fascinating enough to continue the game and break the record. Especially with the different characters that everyone controls so differently. It’s a total blast and it’s twice as much fun with friends. Especially at the end.

I mean, a general heart attack is half a heart attack.

Date of first publication 15. October 2015
Platform iOS, Microsoft Windows, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch
Developer Moppin
Publishing house Digital developer

Downwell can be designed to be played over the phone, but believe me, it is not your stereotyped phone game that is going to make your wallet bleed and have an evil person like everyone screaming an icon. No, in this game, you just fall. (With style, of course.) There are enemies and obstacles blocking your path, and the longer you fall and the more turtles you trample, the more points you get.

Mario’s planning a trial somewhere.

And it’s one of the simplest Roguliki. Make these crazy point combinations that float in the air and crush the brains of the bad guys like they’re made of gelatin. They’re rocks. What’s more, the bonuses you receive make the game much more fun without complicating the main game.

In fact, all you do is tilt your phone or analog stick or head when you’re in VR. Actually, I don’t think there is a VR version, but there has to be!

Yeah, there’s really nothing to say. It’s just, it’s okay, it makes a fart…

…nice. It’s nice.

Date of first publication 27. June 2013
Platform Microsoft Windows, Linux, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS
Developer Basement door sets
Publishing house Basement door sets

Heh. I think it’s actually the only game on the list that Snape has in his name.

Oh, shit, spoilers, I think.

Anyway, it’s a game where you can play like a giant lesbian looking all the way down, so it should tell you everything you need to know. Just like in Void Bastards, the characters you play have different characteristics that change your game, and again, I like that. However, none of the features you choose can save you from the inevitable hits you get from Rogue Legacy, because GOOD GOD THIS PLAY is a valuable man.

Seriously, I’ve been playing since it came out six years ago, and I’ve only hit two bosses so far.

The game is incredibly difficult and that’s why I love it. Every time you die, instead of trying to have the same character as your offspring, you will play again. And believe me, you go through generations of similar kids before you even make a dent in the castle. But once you do, you’re in trouble. It doesn’t matter. Oh, that’s the point. Makes everything interesting.

Rogue Legacy will beat you until you love her.

Just like my father…

EDITORIAL NOTE: Jam’s dad’s actually pretty cool. He is number 4 in the list of the most popular video game characters.

Date of first publication December 2015
Platform Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch
Developer Vlamber
Publishing house Vlamber

I have to get out of my own way first. The soundtrack of this game is absolutely SLAPS.

Seriously, these are the best dirty rock songs I’ve ever heard, and it gets better the more you play. I don’t know if it should be a man with a green fish and a guitar on the cover, but if it should be someone who prefers to draw this man, like yesterday.

…but yes, the game.

This is a post-apocalyptic top-down shooter where you play as a literally mutated horror, each with its own strange and perhaps highly toxic special abilities. There’s a molten skeleton that can blow up bad guys, there’s literally a bunch of eyes that can throw things with their mind, and there’s a walking piranha that can somehow be implanted in the Smash Brothers.

And it’s really nice. I know this is weird, but seriously: The great sound design, combined with the striking melodies, gives the game such an electric energy that it’s twice as exciting. It’s not that the fight itself isn’t fun. All this brings real satisfaction, and the animation and spiked guns are the best way to stimulate the stand.

Yeah, even if you’re a woman.

8Crypt of a non-marketer

Date of first publication 23. April 2015
Platform iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Developer Get ready for the games.
Publishing house Get ready for the games.

Hell, two games in a row with soundtracks that are more fun than James Brown’s old underwear.

And it has one of the most unique and best executed ideas you can ever put into a video game or scam. You see, everything you do in Crypt of the Necrodancer, you do with the rhythm of each song. You fight the fight, you dig in the fight, and if you’re me, you die in the fight. Very much so.

And the world around you also moves in time! The enemies, the tiles you step on, everything. It’s such a fascinating experience, and I honestly can’t imagine a game can do what it does. But I think that’s where the comments come in that reprimand me for something I’ve never heard of Funky Joe’s throwing adventures: IV or something.

To be honest, I may be the only one, but I’m still impressed by the way this idea was implemented four years later. I can’t imagine any person who wouldn’t benefit from that. The only thing you can have is if you don’t like the music, but even that can be changed with your own MP3.

Believe me, you haven’t lived long enough to shoot dragons in the face with a melody We’re number one.



Date of first publication 8. August 2013
Platform Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Chrome OS
Developer Mossmouth, LLC
Publishing house Mossmouth, LLC

This little gem here is famous because it played a big role in the creation of what we now call Rogelica. Some would even call him the first modern Roguelic. And a lot of people don’t even realize that the version we all know and love is actually an HD remake of the free version of Spelunky released in 2008.

…okay, damn it, because I was trying to raise you.

We all know and love Spelanca. She’s a cute little face and a snake because she’s not. You open it if you’re bored, play for 10 minutes, and then die if you get the distance wrong. That’s very good. All you really do is go to a randomly generated cave and collect gems, lost women and probably more than a few infected cups. Then walk out the door, collect money and continue your adventure in the style of Indiana Jones.

And the truth is, I don’t have anything to say about it. Like I said, everyone knows and loves Spelanca. It is a simple, exciting and absolutely classic game. It’s like F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Roguelikov. Or the pepperoni Roguelix pizza.

Or, you know, heroin.

Date of first publication April 2016
Platform Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Developer Evasive roles
Publishing house Digital developer

The second best lottery on our list is a gem called Enter the Gungeon.

Do you like guns? What about the guns that fire lasers? How about a gun that makes bubbles?

What about guns firing bullets? And I’m not talking about the usual bullets. I mean the letters B U L E T for ammunition?

What would it be like with a bullet firing rotating rifles firing smaller bullets?

…yeah, you see where I’m going with this. Ganjong’s entrance has all these things, and more. Seriously, the number of totally unique and amazing entertainment cannons in this game is incredible. If you ever want to feel spoiled, go to the Enter the Gungeon wiki’s Arms section and scroll down.

You know what? Here it is.

Go ahead and do it. Go ahead and do it now.

Of course, these incredibly impressive rifles wouldn’t mean Jack if you didn’t have a fun game to use them in. Fortunately, this game is a traffic jam in every way. I mean, it’s brutally harsh, but every race is worth the inevitable death. The enemies are very resourceful, the NPCs are absolutely hilarious and the bosses will make you cry every time and pull out the teeth of disappointment.

In a good way, of course.

Date of first publication May 2017
Platform Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh
Developer Gemini proposal
Publishing house Gemini proposal

Ah, dead cells. Poor Roguelike 2D Souls, as a game that had the bad luck to come out next to Hollow Knight. It’s like a concert right after the Beatles.

No matter how good you are, it’s the fucking Beatles.

But luckily Dead Cells has been a kind of indie hit since its release, and people have realized how amazing it is. You play what looks like a vomit ball that sticks to most parts of your body and goes into a homicidal rage. So, you know, in the same context as the Dark Souls.

But just like in this game, you connect the action by looking at the game itself, which is absolutely fantastic, by the way. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s harder than Batman’s nipples in Batman Forever, but it wouldn’t be like souls if it weren’t. The fight is incredibly fun, the movements are fast and fluid, the enemies and bosses are cool as hell.

The game works better than oil and offers you an amazing and strange world to enjoy the fantastic mechanics. You can’t ask for more than that, can you?

I mean, it would be nice not to die every five minutes, but, you know, whatever.

Date of first publication January 2019
Platform Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
Developer MegaCrit
Publishing house A modest bundle offer

Geez, a card game where you have to pay a donkey to play is NOT ? Such a game usually requires a second mortgage.

But not with Kill the Spires. This ingenious little dungeon crawling along the Roguelica loves to make the bridge you love and uses it in a smart and amazing way, and incorporates it into a video game where you kill rats with mushrooms coming out. There are so many combinations of cards that go well together, and so many combinations you can make!

It’s just like poker, but without the gambling and the guilt for life.

Honestly, it’s really amazing how well the card game and Roguelike fit together, and even more amazing how well they did. Using the cards is fun and easy, and as with any card game, it’s incredibly fun to learn how best to use them. In addition, everything about the mechanics of the card players is first class. Writing is good, music is good, art is good…

…actually, the art looks like it was made by a teenager at Deviantart, but, hey, looks like I couldn’t have done better.

Date of first publication 14. September 2012
Platform iOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, MacOS, Macintosh operating systems.
Developer Games Subgroup
Publishing house Games Subgroup

Now, I know this isn’t a new observation, but why is this game called FTL and is it also called Faster Than Light? Why abbreviate it when you’re going to say the name anyway? It’s like putting on a hat and writing H.A.T. on it: Haircut and…

…shit, I can’t think of an acronym, but you know what I mean.

For me, FTL is the best written game Roguelic has ever written. In fact, all you do in this game is take care of your ship, jump from point to point and make a lot of small decisions that can have big consequences. Oh, and, of course, killing aliens with lasers. And the game is very good at creating that still important feeling that all good decision games should give.

Panic! Panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic! panic!

We were all there. You are facing a difficult decision, there is no clear and honest answer and you are afraid to choose an option that will cost you all your money, your friends and the custody of your children. It’s that feeling that makes FTL successful, and I really don’t see any game that can make it better.

The game is essentially a series of exciting and exhilarating little moments that make you want to keep playing the game, even if at first glance it doesn’t seem exciting at all. It’s like defining substance, not style, and I love it.

Remember, Captain, NEVER not to accept surrender.

Date of first publication January 2016
Platform Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Developer Red Hook Studios
Publishing house Fusion games

I have to say it hurts me to put Danck Dunjohn in second place. It’s not only one of my favorite Roguelica games, it’s also one of my favorite games, period. Remember when I told you that the hyperdrive made you very tense?

I mean, you have to, it was like a paragraph by paragraph. Take a look at this.

Honey, the darkest dungeon has written a book about intense gambling. In fact, it’s so nervous, it’s almost the horror of Roguelica. He certainly has a tone, a throat and a general sense of despair for you. They play the role of a group of evil adventurers who plunge into these dark dungeons, fight terrible atrocities and do their best to preserve their increasingly scarce minds.

It hurts like hell, brother.

To be honest, there’s no villain that makes me as nervous, helpless and really depressed as the Black Keep. And believe me, it’s a compliment. Yeah, I’m weird.

Losing your mind, money and warriors in this totally dark world, which is always trying to catch you, is a difficult experience, but there is nothing like the heavy sigh you breathe at the end of the cruel dungeon, which you barely scratch.

Darkest Dungeon is a beautiful, dark and surprisingly exciting Roguelica, and I can only mention one I prefer.

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1 Isaacs fixation: Motherhood +

Date of first publication January 2017
Platform Microsoft Windows, OS XLinux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, new Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One, iOS, Nintendo Switch
Developer Nicalis
Publishing house Nicalis

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. You saw this coming, but we’re here. Isaac’s connection: Afterbirth + HD Remix 2.0 Funky Kong Edition, or as the latest edition calls it, is definitely the best of the best when it comes to lotteries.

He’s the best. That’s right. It’s as simple as that.

I like to call Isaac’s Binder my game. Whatever. That is to say, after turning on my PS4, browsing for 10 minutes through my collection and trying to figure out what I feel like, I will often say something and turn on Isaac’s binder. And I’ve never regretted my decision. It’s so good.

I mean, the amount of stuff they’ve put in this game since the 2011 release is nothing short of insane. I always thought the most important aspect of Roguelike was how often you can lose him and face new things. Well, Isaac’s weaving is probably one of the most popular games I’ve ever played, and sometimes I come across things I’ve never seen before.

You know what that means. Either this game is fantastic or I have a terrible memory and I forget the things I see in the game and I think I’ve never seen them before when I see them again.

…no, a game of magic, no doubt.

It’s both disgusting and charming. Its elements change gameplay like no other game I’ve ever seen. And I’ve been through it more often than I can count, and I still honestly believe that none of the races were the same.

He’s just the best Roguelike, and I can not wait for the last and final expansion of the game, Remorse, at all.

Shine, you crazy, diamond-covered beauty.

This concludes the list of the best jokes. What are your favorite games on rye? Did we miss something? Talk about it in the comment section below!



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