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8 Best Roguelike games on PC in 2020

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8 Best Roguelike games on PC in 2020

Check out our ranking of best 8 roguelike games that will take a special place in your heart… we mean Steam library.

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Roguelikes are not just about the dungeon crawls and randomly generated elements and permanent death. The roguelike games developers use the “nothing held back” principle to the difficulty level, meaning no one and nothing will cut you some slack. It’s like a troll screaming “Git gud” with vicious smiles on its faces whenever you are forced to start over. Despite blood boiling with rage, you come back even stronger, more experienced and dedicated. 


If this sounds too stressful to handle, go back to the comfort zone with 10 best story driven games instead. :P But, if you appreciate the challenge and value high replayability, check out our 8 best roguelike games that will take a special place in your heart… we mean Steam library.


Darkest Dungeon


Release Date: 3 February 2015

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, iOS 


Prepare for despair, frustration and literal heart attacks. Darkest Dungeon has a hell of a learning curve, which requires you figuring out the nuances of the game's team management system. When you become aware of the best team members to choose, of the best skills combination, of how unfair the RNG can be, you will dive into the challenge again and again without checking the time.


The dark mesmerizing art style and well-produced spooky audio sounds add an element of horror to this turn-based RPG, which suits the mood of Darkest Dungeons. The turn-based combat keeps you constantly on edge. It’s not just about making the best out of bad situations, it’s about finding hope in times of total despair. One game evoking such strong feelings in person is a blessing, a punishment and a sign of a hidden gem. 

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Enter The Gungeon


Release Date: 5 April 2016

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch


Expect a bullet hell dungeon all the way through this action roguelike. Enter The Gungeon takes you back in time to the good old arcade games with its nostalgic pixel graphics and soundtrack. You get the familiar, obsessive feeling that if you try one more time, you surely will clear the level. Then, suddenly you realise that it’s 2 am and you still feel the same. 


Enter The Gungeon is a perfect example of a game that is easy to learn, hard to master. The gameplay sets straightforward objectives: crawl through the dungeons, open new rooms with a key, fight bosses, find better guns and don't get killed. But the perfect balance between rogue-like and shooter creates a unique gaming experience. The humor and references to other games and pop culture make it even more memorable.

 

 

Rogue Legacy


Release Date: 27 June 2013

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, PlayStation 3, Playstation Vita, Nintendo Switch, iOS


Rogue Legacy won’t allow you much side scrolling on your first try, and that’s the whole point of this 2D indie roguevania. As the family’s patriarch inevitably perma-dies on your first attempt to explore the dungeon, his ancestors take over and carry on the rogue legacy. With each new offspring you enter the procedurally generated world from the beginning. Do not worry about running out of your brave fighters, because you will get plenty.


Each run is nothing like a previous one, because the offsprings have different health conditions. This trait system influences the gameplay and sometimes is just hilarious and adds some humor to the intense action. Thankfully, the gold is saved after each run, so do spend it on useful upgrades and new classes before attempting your next infiltration.

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Spelunky


Release Date: 21 December 2008

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita


Spelunky has become a classic example of the genre. It embodies all the principles of rogue-like games multiplied by 100. It walks on the edge between being extremely difficult and straight up unfair without stumbling. This makes you feel rage and perseverance at the same time, which compared only to gambling. And that’s the ultimate goal of a well-designed roguelike game - persuade you to play without being welcoming.


The game keeps numerous secret treasures for you to discover. But, if you get too greedy and impatient for your own good, you will have to restart from the first level empty handed. This action roguelike engages you to such an extent, that even the most mentally stable players will lose their marbles. Spelunky is so unforgiving and addictive that could be compared to Dark Souls of roguelike games.

 

 

Crypt of the Necrodancer


Release Date: 23 April 2015

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, iOS


Don’t let the retro pixel art style trick you into thinking this is an average dungeon crawler from another indie developer. Crypt of the Necrodancer offers unique game mechanics by combining the dungeon exploration with Dance Dance Revolution. You do all the usual roguelike activities to the bit of music. Failing to maintain the rhythm throughout the whole level will result in permanent death, so you have to dance to the game’s tunes. 


This rhythm-based roguelike gameplay is genius in its simplicity and extremely addictive with some players getting over 1,000 hours on Steam record. You want to masterfully dance through the dungeon to the nice soundtrack, but your clumsiness and  “Nothing held back” principle are still in place. Luckily, there’re training dungeons, where you can get used to the gameplay and get better in a stress-free environment.  You can easily get sucked into Crypt of the Necrodancer alone or in co-op mode.

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Slay The Spire


Release Date: 14 November 2017

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS


Mega Crit Games stated: “We fused card games and roguelikes together to make the best single player deckbuilder we could” and it stuck to its word. Slay The Spire is a genius roguelike deckbuilder, where you choose between three characters with different approaches to battles. 


The balance between the genres works perfectly, because the fusion cancels out each other’s pain points. With card battles, the success does not depend on your agility and muscle memory. You need to be more strategic and theorise how to make the best out of a weak hand. At the same time, you don’t need to drown yourself in tedious research of the best ways of deck building. You are capable of figuring it out through simplified, dynamic gameplay.

 

 

Don't Starve


Release Date: 23 April 2015

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3,  PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Android, iOS


You may think that we’re stretching the definition of roguelike games here, but hear us out. The gameplay indeed leans towards open-world sandbox survival, with significantly more freedom of actions. But it’s undeniable that Don’t Starve possesses classical features of the genre, such as randomly generated worlds, high difficulty, permanent death and high replayability. 


In fact, the survival aspect adds an extra edge to the game which can be found quite appealing  by hardcore roguelike fans. The stakes go even higher when, apart from monstrous animals and insects trying to kill you (those bloody BEES), you have 14 more causes of permadeath that will ruin your save. 🙃 Nobody said it’ll be easy. If, for some reason, the default roguelike games are too tedious and easy for you, Don’t Starve will show you a whole new world of challenges.

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Into The Breach


Release Date: 27 February 2018

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch


The more you play Into The Breach, the more you start feeling like a chess grandmaster. Once you get your head around 24 mechs, grid buildings, numerous types of enemies, vast selection of weapons and bonuses, this turn-based strategy with roguelike elements reveals its beautiful colours. With so many aspects being taken into consideration, each mission can be completed in different ways, so do take your time to overview your tactic. Or rewind your move as you can do that once per each mission.


As per usual, the charming pixel graphics look pleasant and fitting for this indie game. Moreover, it has a great potential for replayability, thanks to squad achievements which earn you money for more squads, pilots, mechs and unique abilities to collect and try out.  And figuring out better moves is extremely rewarding. But watch out for your power grid, as you will face permadeath when it reaches zero. 

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