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Roguelikes: permadeath, procedural generation and all that

Roguelike games are role-playing games (RPGs) in which randomness has a major role (first and foremost in the creation of the RPG world). They are usually defined by a turn-based gameplay and, quite often, by the permanent death of the character controlled by the player. These factors together greatly raise the game's replayability. Traditional roguelikes are dungeon crawl games in ASCII display. Legendary roguelikes are Rogue, ADOM, Nethack, and Angband.

Most popular roguelike games

Castle of the Winds
rpgWindows 3.x
rpgWindows XP/98/95, DOS, Linux, Mac

Roguelike games

  • alphaman-02
  • amuletyendor-4
    DOS19853.6/5 Keypunch Software
  • adom1.1-05
    Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1996freeware4/5
  • angband-03
    Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1992freeware4/5
  • beneath-apple-manor-04
  • castleofthewinds-3
    Windows 3.x1993freeware4.2/5 SaadaSoft

    Castle of the Winds (1993, by Saadasoft) is a perfect example of an atypical roguelike (no ASCII, runs in Windows) turned into a liberated game. Surprisingly Castle of the Winds is still very playable to this day, if you can make it run under a recent version of Windows.

  • dnd_text-02
  • dungeon-crawl-dos-03
    Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1997freeware3.9/5

    Dungeon Crawl (also known as Linley's Dungeon Crawl from the name of the original programmer: Linley Henzell) is a classic roguelike: an RPG with permadeath, procedural generation and high replayability. Dungeon Crawl was released on 1997 but it's not maintained anymore. The spiritual successr of Crawl is DCCS (Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup).

  • evets-5
    DOS1988freeware3.5/5 SAck Enterprizes
  • hack-5
  • incursion-04
    Windows XP/98/95LinuxMac2007freeware3.8/5
  • larn-5
  • moraffrevenge-2
    DOS19883.8/5 Moraffware
  • moria-5
  • nethack-2
  • nethack-falcon-eye-02
    Windows XP/98/952001freeware3.8/5
  • omega-rpg-01
  • oubliette-3
  • ragnarok-2
    DOS1993freeware4.1/5 Gray Design Associates
  • reaping-the-dungeon-06
    DOS19934.2/5 Frontline Software
  • rogue-1
    Windows XP/98/95DOSLinuxMac19844.3/5 Artificial Intelligence Design

    Rogue is one of the first RPGs in the history of video gaming. It's a text-based dungeon crawler in which you have to fight your way in the dungeon to recover the Amulet of Yendor. Rogue became popular around 1980 on mainframes and later ported to various platforms, including DOS in 1984. Rogue is simply the father of all the roguelike games that c...

  • slashem-vampire-03
    Windows XP/98/95Linux1997freeware4.2/5
  • tomenet-04
    Windows XP/98/95Linux2003freeware4.3/5
  • unreal-world-roguelike-09
    Windows XP/98/95Mac1992freeware4.1/5
  • warp-rogue-01
    Windows XP/98/95Linux2004freeware3.9/5
  • witchhavenRL-01
    Windows XP/98/95Linux20133.8/5
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