Roguelike is a sub-genre of role-playing games. It literally means “a game like Rogue”. Rogue is a dungeon crawling video game, first released in 1980 by developers Michel Toy, Glenn Wichman and Ken Arnold. The game stood out from the crowd by being fiendishly addictive. The game’s goal was to retrieve the Amulet of Yendor, hidden deep in the 26th level, and ascend back to the top, all set in a world based on Dungeons & Dragons.
Most roguelikes are based on a high fantasy narrative, reflecting their influence from tabletop role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons.
The vast majority of roguelikes give the player control of a character, which they may customize by selecting a class, race, and gender, and adjusting attributes points and skills. At the start of the game, the character is placed at the top-most level of a dungeon, with basic equipment such as a simple weapon, armor, torches, and food. Following along the role-playing concept of a dungeon crawl, the player moves the character through the dungeon, collecting treasure which can include new weapons, armors, magical devices, potions, scrolls, food, and in-game money, while having to fight monsters that roam the dungeon. Most combat is performed simply by attempting to move the character into the same space as the monster. The game then calculates the damage that the character and monster deal. Other types of attacks, such as firing an arrow or performing an offensive magic spell, can often be performed as well.
|Ascii Sector||2D trading and space flight simulator with roguelike action|
|Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup||Adventure through dungeons filled with dangerous monsters in a quest to find the mystifyingly fabulous Orb of Zot|
|Prospector||Set in a science fiction universe|
|Dwarf Fortress||Single-player fantasy game, similar to NetHack|
|NetHack||Dungeons and Dragons-style adventure game|
|Angband||Single-player dungeon exploration game|
|Tales of Maj’Eyal||Topdown tactical RPG roguelike game and game engine|
|UnNetHack||Fork of NetHack|
|Hydra Slayer||Roguelike game focused on one thing: slaying Hydras|
|Cataclysm DDA||Post-apocalyptic roguelike|
|Brogue||Direct descendant of Rogue, a dungeon crawling video game|
|Goblin Hack||Smooth-scrolling ASCII graphics adventure game|
|SLASH’EM||Super Lotsa Added Stuff Hack – Extended Magic|
|Everything Is Fodder||Fascinating and compelling roguelike game|
|Woozoolike||Simple space exploration roguelike|
|DRL||Fast and furious coffee-break Roguelike game|
|Lost Labyrinth||Coffeebreak dungeon crawling game|
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