It seems like everyday, there’s a new Rogue-like game coming out. But it’s easy to forget just how big and how surprisingly diverse the “Classic Rogue-like” genre is! While the MUD and text adventures seem to have dwindled, countless ASCII adventures are still made to this day. Let’s talk about them!
Let me clarify what is meant by a “classic rogue-like”. This is not a thread to berate modern “Rogue-lites”, which are frequently wonderful, but rather a thread to celebrate the strange and complex origins from which they sprung. Classic Rogue-likes are a very specific field and their foundation is still debated even today. I mainly would like to indicate towards certain prototypes: Rogue, NetHack, Angband, Dungeon Crawl, and the like! There’s a lot of qualities that define these games, but for the sake of the discussion, I think the most important ones are as follows: Turn-based, randomly generated, and permadeath.
What’s your favorite classic Rogue-likes?
What do you like about classic Rogue-likes
What got you into classic Rogue-likes?
Recommend a Rogue-like, and tell us why you love it!
For me, personally, I am by no means an expert on these games. I am just recently learning about them and find them strangely enchanting. My personal favorite is Caves of Qud (one of the few payed Rogue-likes), and it is the game I’ve spent the most time with by a landslide. (I’m partially makng this thread so I can learn more about them!) I’ve always wanted to get into NetHack but it’s never clicked, and I liked what I played of Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead. Dwarf Fortress fascinates me infinitely but I haven’t put in the time; I ought to. I’m hoping to keep exploring the genre! The biggest obstacle for me so far is a general disinterest in Fantasy.
7DRL 2018 is ongoing as of this post going up, and as always is filled with neat entries!
Never played one of these games? That’s fine! Interested? There are lots of them to choose! Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup and Brogue are frequently considered a good starting points if you want something more accessible, if I understand correctly. This page has a good list of games if you’re looking for a specific genre or feeling, though be warned they are predominantly fantasy. There are also some more accessible games as far as aesthetics go: ADOM has a graphical version, for example.