Feb 1, 2012

Rougelikes: Dungeon Crawl - Stone Soup

Well, from introductory game let's jump for the deep water.
In my opinion, Stone Soup is the best rougelike available right now, it's free, has tolerable tileset (Believe me, some games have terrible sprites), and the amount of content is incredible.

More than 20 races, each one with it's unique abilities and skills, more than 30 classes to choose from,  and more than 20 Gods (They do play a big part in the game).

Well, after being used to controls, prepare to die, a lot.

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Rougelikes: Dungeons of Dredmor

Well, I guess some people would argue that DoD is not a "complete" rougelike, it's because it's honestly much more simple that all the rest of available games. It has very nice graphics(Compared to all the rest of rougelikes), simplicity of character building (No races/classes, you only take few perks which you can spend points on).

That game got me into rougelikes, I still play it from time to time, it's good as an introduction, but not the best game in genre.

Rougelikes: Introduction

Well, the sad thing is that's quite unpopular genre, yet with ASCII graphics or basic titleset sprites can take hundreds of hours.

So what's a Rougelike ?

The roguelike is a sub-genre of role-playing video games, characterized by randomization for replayability, permanent death, and turn-based movement. Most roguelikes feature ASCII graphics, with newer ones increasingly offering tile-based graphics. Games are typically dungeon crawls, with many monsters, items, and environmental features. Computer roguelikes usually employ the majority of the keyboard to facilitate interaction with items and the environment.

And why is it so fun ? Infinite replayability, hundreds of Race/Class combinations possible, hundreds of items to collect, and tears on your cheeks because you died just before last level.

Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning

Well, finally something interesting is coming out.

As I played the demo, it reminded me very much of Fable series, but with more interesting and flashy combat, it's also nice to see type of class progression which is adequate to the skills you spent in talent tree.

Release date: United States on March 11, 2011.