The Best Rogue-like Games

Update, : Streets of Rogue 2 added at rank #28.
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Vampire Survivors (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS Xbox Series X Xbox One IOS iPhone Android

Mow down thousands of night creatures and survive until dawn! Vampire Survivors is a gothic horror casual game with rogue-lite elements, where your choices can allow you to quickly snowball against the hundreds of monsters that get thrown at you.


  • rogue-like
  • bullet-hell
  • vampire
  • survival

2

Risk of Rain 2 (2019)

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stadia Android PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Xbox One

Escape a chaotic alien planet by fighting through hordes of frenzied monsters – with your friends, or on your own. Combine loot in surprising ways and master each character until you become the havoc you feared upon your first crash landing.


  • rogue-like
  • boss
  • cooperative
  • tps

3

Loop Hero (2021)

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PC Windows Android Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS

Loop Hero is a rogue-like adventure RPG strategy card game featuring a top-down deck & dungeon-building auto-battler with resource and settlement management systems. The player must traverse an ever-looping route to defeat rivals and build the world around them while managing their resources, equipment and buffs.


Pros:
  • Easy to understand mechanics
  • Aesthetically minimalistic package
  • Procedurally generated path
  • On-the-fly item management
  • Resource management systems
  • 8 bit 80's goth flair soundtrack
Cons:
  • Dusty blue & orange colour palette may not be to everyone's taste
  • 40% resource tax when leaving the loop
  • 30% of resources lost when dying

  • card
  • rogue-like
  • deckbuilder
  • tile
  • boss
  • rpg
  • battle
  • vampire
  • strategy
  • pixel

4

Hades (2019)

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Playstation 4 IOS iPhone Android PC Windows Mac OS Xbox One Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Playstation 5

Hades is a thrilling action-adventure game that takes you on a journey through Greek mythology, where you play as the son of Hades trying to escape from the underworld. With its addictive gameplay, memorable characters, and stunning visual design, you'll be hooked from the start.


Pros:
  • Exceptional voice acting
  • Variety of weapons and customizable abilities
  • Procedurally generated enemies and environments
  • Addictive gameplay
  • Captivating storyline
Cons:
  • Player may have to grind for currency
  • Some repetitive dialogue
  • Difficulty may be too high for some players

  • rogue-like
  • mythology
  • boss
  • isometric
  • narrative

5

Dead Cells (2018)

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PC Windows Android IOS iPhone Mac OS Linux Xbox One Nintendo Switch Playstation 4

Dead Cells is a challenging and rewarding roguevania game that offers a variety of weapons and spells to choose from in a nonlinear progression world. With every run being different, the game's tough but fair combat promises hours of fun and excitement. The game also offers regular free updates, making it a must-play for anyone who loves rogue-like or metroidvania games.


Pros:
  • Highly accessible to players with a wide range of assist options and settings
  • Satisfying and challenging combat with a variety of weapons and skills
  • Gorgeous backdrops, great soundtrack, and amazing sound design
  • Endless unlocks and secrets with highly-rewarding gameplay
  • Passionate developers who continue to add new content and engaging community.
Cons:
  • Slow progression
  • Overpowered items
  • Frustrating to more casual players

  • rogue-like
  • platform
  • boss
  • combat
  • metroidvania
  • pixel
  • roguevania
  • action

6

Returnal (2023)

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Playstation 5 PC Windows

Returnal is an intense third-person shooter and horror game with roguelike elements. Players take on the role of Selene, a determined protagonist stuck in a seemingly endless cycle on an alien planet. As you learn more about the alien world you've come to inhabit, you'll be better prepared to deal with its menacing creatures and picturesque locales that are as dangerous as they are beautiful. With plenty of upgrades, parasites, and malignancy to contend with, Returnal offers an unpredictable roguelike experience that will keep players engaged for hours.

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Pros:
  • Varied upgrades
  • Challenging gameplay
  • Online co-op available
  • Content-rich game world
  • Visually stunning environments
Cons:
  • Intense difficulty level may prove frustrating for some players
  • Special trigger mechanics require DualSense controller for optimal experience

  • rogue-like
  • bullet-hell
  • tps
  • shooter
  • boss
  • controller-support
  • sci-fi
  • narrative
  • horror

7

Dicey Dungeons (2019)

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Linux Playstation 4 IOS iPhone Android Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows Mac OS Playstation 5

Dicey Dungeons is a unique and addictive roguelike game that features charming artwork and a funky soundtrack. The game offers six different classes and throws players into dungeon-crawling adventures where luck and strategy are equally important. With dozens of enemies and an endless replay value, Dicey Dungeons is a must-play for anyone looking for a fast-paced deckbuilding roguelike game with a unique twist.


Pros:
  • Charming and unique visual section
  • Phenomenal soundtrack
  • Simple to learn gameplay loop with enough versatility
  • Lots of replay value
  • Interesting and creative proposal in the deckbuilding roguelike genre
Cons:
  • Lack of player agency
  • Heavy reliance on random generation
  • Unsatisfying experience due to lack of meaningful decisions
  • Shallow enemy roster with few chances to augment equipment

  • rogue-like
  • deckbuilder
  • dice
  • card
  • rogue-like-deckbuilder
  • dungeon
  • dungeon-crawler
  • turn-based

8

Spelunky 2 (2020)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X

Spelunky 2 is a difficult but rewarding roguelike game that builds upon the original with new mechanics, biomes and challenges. You must navigate through biomes while trying to gather treasure and rescue animals to gain health. With many changes from the first game, it’s sure to test your skills and keep you on your toes.


Pros:
  • Challenging gameplay
  • New mechanics
  • Bigger dungeons
  • Fast loading times
  • No glitches
  • Rideable animals
Cons:
  • Difficult learning curve
  • Rigid structure can make runs feel predictable
  • Too much going on at once can overwhelm players

  • rogue-like
  • platform
  • cooperative
  • local
  • 2d
  • multiplayer
  • difficult
  • online

9

Skul: The Hero Slayer (2021)

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Guide 'Skul' on his quest to single-handedly take on the Imperial Army and rescue his King from captivity, in an action-packed rogue-lite 2D platformer for the ages.


  • rogue-like
  • boss
  • demons
  • platform

10

Rogue Legacy 2 (2020)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X PC Windows Nintendo Switch Mac OS Linux

Rogue Legacy 2 is a must-play game for anyone who enjoys roguelike platformers, offering addictive gameplay, unique traits and abilities to succeed, and a wide range of classes to choose from. The game mechanics are solid, and it offers customization and accessibility options. The hand-drawn aesthetic, immersive experience, and great soundtrack create a great atmosphere, even for those intimidated by rogue-lites or metroidvanias.


Pros:
  • Addictive one-more-try gameplay
  • Hand-drawn aesthetic and great soundtrack
  • Customization and accessibility options
  • Immersive experience with seeping lore and mix of darkness and silly humor
  • Offers more content, evolution from predecessor, and consistent progression hooks for extra motivation
Cons:
  • Challenging gameplay may not be suitable for all players
  • Story may not be a strong point
  • Randomness may be frustrating at times
  • Relics can make or break a run, which may not appeal to all players

  • rogue-like
  • platform
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • dungeon
  • challenging

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