On the hunt for indie roguelikes? For those who do not know, roguelikes are turn-based, randomly generated RPGs, basically (that were based of off the original game, Rogue). There is a ton of them and so I have compiled a list of a few of them I found while searching the web. I cannot say that they will work on every type of computer (some may or may not work for Mac or Linux). This list is only counting ones on computers – there is quite a few roguelikes on iOS platforms, on Xbox Live, etc. We may get to those some other time, but for now, enjoy!
NetHack The classic dungeon crawler (besides Rogue of course!). It got a graphical update recently for those who aren’t man enough to stare at ASCII all day.
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup Just plain addictive even though it is similar to the other dungeon-crawling roguelikes.
Dwarf Fortress I feel like a noob – this game is so darned complicated! A single player fantasy game about controlling either a dwarves outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated world.
Urban Warfare: The Escape A bit like Modern Warfare for the roguelike genre but with stealth gameplay.
Cataclysm A cool, openworld zombie survival simulator with a randomly generated world.
Grand Rogue Auto Really awesome graphical roguelike where you play as a criminal in a sandbox, randomly generated city. Basically, a randomly generated GTA.
DoomRL A Doom-based roguelike that recently got a graphical update. Pretty straightforward.
There you have it folks! Know of other ones? Then comment! Now, I feel like playing some more Nethack…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nathan. He prefers his last name not to be known. He’s probably a high-class superspy, but we don’t mind. For a temporary amount of time, he is the editor of Indiegraph. He’s our point man for interviews, and occasionally he takes a blowtorch to a game to see whether it measures up to his standards. He runs Gamesbydesign, an IndieGraph affliate site dedicated to game design articles.