The Best Rogue-like Games

Update : Astral Ascent added at rank #32.
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Vampire Survivors (2021)

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

Vampire Survivors is a thrilling time survival game with roguelite elements. In a world overrun by devils, your only goal is to survive as long as possible. Collect gold to buy upgrades and aid future survivors. This indie phenomenon offers bullet hell action and now features local co-op for up to 4 players. With support for multiple input methods, Vampire Survivors is an addictive and immersive experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat!


What we like:
  • Addictive gameplay
  • Lots of content
  • DLC adds more characters and personality
  • Base game should be played first
  • Fun and satisfying combat
What could be improved:
  • Require Grinding

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

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Risk of Rain 2 (2019)

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stadia Android PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Xbox One

Dive into the thrilling world of Risk of Rain 2, a 3D roguelike game filled with challenging monsters and enormous bosses. With over 110 powerful items to discover and eleven unique characters to play, you'll never run out of strategies to try. Whether you're playing solo or teaming up with friends online, you're in for an endlessly enjoyable experience.


What we like:
  • Challenging and exciting gameplay
  • Variety of unique characters
  • Over 110 powerful items to discover
  • Endless replayability
  • Great multiplayer experience
What could be improved:
  • Limited rewards from shrine offerings
  • Limited ammunition
  • Repetitive dialogue
  • Online stability issues

  • rogue-like
  • tps
  • boss
  • cooperative
  • loot

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Cult of the Lamb (2022)

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

Cult of the Lamb is an eerie triumph of dungeon crawling and society-building. As the titular Lamb, your job is to gather devotees to worship an imprisoned elder-god and defeat four heretic bishops. You will wield a randomly chosen weapon and uncover tarot cards to power up. You need to manage your cult, keep them faithful and make sure they are fed, cleaned, housed and preached to.


What we like:
  • Unique two part gameplay with dungeon crawler and cult management simulator elements
  • Darkly cute art style
  • Sharp gameplay
  • No choice in weapons or power ups for each run so no two runs are ever the same
What could be improved:
  • Short time limit in labyrinths to ensure that dead bodies are buried and prayers offered or risk dissent among followers

  • cult
  • rogue-like
  • management
  • dungeon
  • farming
  • simulation
  • dungeon-crawler
  • cute
  • boss
  • card

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Brotato (2022)

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

In Brotato, you'll play as the only potato survivor of a spaceship crash onto an alien planet. As you wait for rescue, you must fend off waves of enemies using up to 6 weapons at once. With fast runs and dozens of customizable characters and hundreds of weapons, the game offers endless hours of fun. Adjust the difficulty to your liking with the accessibility options. Will you survive and escape?


What we like:
  • Tight controls and polished gameplay
  • Fun and engaging gameplay loop
  • Plenty of character and charm
  • Diverse range of playable classes
  • Exceptional value for its price
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive scenery
  • Limited variety of weapons
  • No map variety to mix up the game experience
  • Lack of metaprogression and achievements
  • Game balance can feel too focused on defense builds, limiting player choice

  • rogue-like
  • arena
  • shooter
  • bullet-hell
  • top-down
  • hack-and-slash
  • procedural
  • sci-fi
  • aliens
  • post-apocalyptic
  • survival
  • action
  • wave
  • arcade

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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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What we like:
  • Varied upgrades
  • Challenging gameplay
  • Online co-op available
  • Content-rich game world
  • Visually stunning environments
What could be improved:
  • 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

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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.


What we like:
  • 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
What could be improved:
  • 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
  • tile
  • boss
  • rpg
  • deckbuilder
  • battle
  • pixel
  • strategy
  • endless
  • deck

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Dead Cells (2017)

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

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.


What we like:
  • 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.
What could be improved:
  • Slow progression
  • Overpowered items
  • Frustrating to more casual players

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

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Wizard of Legend (2018)

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Android Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One IOS iPhone

Wizard of Legend is a fast-paced dungeon crawler with rogue-like elements that will have you addicted from the very first level. Battle through challenges, collect spells and relics, and build your magical arsenal to fit your playstyle. With over 100 unique spells and items, there are endless possibilities for creating devastating combinations. Get ready for some spell-slinging action!


What we like:
  • Fun and satisfying gameplay
  • Variety of builds and playstyles
  • Inexpensive game from small developers
  • Collecting spells adds replay value
  • Online mode coming soon
What could be improved:
  • Extremely difficult and punishing
  • Lack of information on item descriptions and cursed relics
  • Map design can artificially increase difficulty
  • Bosses and enemies become drastically harder as levels progress

  • rogue-like
  • dungeon
  • dungeon-crawler
  • cooperative
  • boss
  • local
  • pixel

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Dicey Dungeons (2019)

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

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.


What we like:
  • 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
What could be improved:
  • 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
  • dice
  • deckbuilder
  • card
  • dungeon
  • rogue-like-deckbuilder
  • dungeon-crawler
  • turn-based

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Spelunky 2 (2020)

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Xbox One PC Windows

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.


What we like:
  • Challenging gameplay
  • New mechanics
  • Bigger dungeons
  • Fast loading times
  • No glitches
  • Rideable animals
What could be improved:
  • 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

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