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Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest
Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest

RPG 15 May 2019

Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest is an RPG developed by Ctrl Alt Ninja, studio established by the ex-employees of Almost Human, creators of the Legend of Grimrock series. The game is a classic turn-based RPG with elements of roguelike games - every time we die, we have to start the game all over again. Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest takes place in a Menhir Forest that brings back to life every person that was buried there. It happened to our protagonist, an amnesiac druid. He feels that the forest needs his help. Like in many RPGs, gameplay in Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest is presented from an isometric point of view. We will explore the game's world, gradually learn the plot (which will allow us to uncover the truth about our hero's past), and fight with the encountered enemies. In combat, we rely on our hero's combat abilities and spells, which we will unlock during our adventures. We will also have to make a good use of the resources we gather as we play. The game has well-made, eye-pleasing visuals.

Darkest Dungeon
Darkest Dungeon

RPG 19 January 2016

A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.

Dead Cells
Dead Cells

Action 07 August 2018

An action game with roguelike and metroidvania elements by indie French studio Motion Twin. During the game, you explore a grim castle, whose elements (such as chambers, cloisters, and sewers) are procedurally generated. Given the permadeath system, it means that each new gameplay is a fresh experience, during which you can discover new parts of the fortress. An important aspect of Dead Cells is combat, which is very difficult. To succeed you have to work out the patterns of the enemies' attacks and to get the protagonist to a high enough level. In combat you use melee and ranged weapons, as well as offensive and defensive magic. The game features pleasant 2D pixel-art visuals.

For the King
For the King

Strategy 19 April 2018

For the King is an interesting hybrid that blends the elements of JRPGs, roguelikes, and strategy games, developed by the independent studio IronOak Games. The game takes place in a fantasy land engulfed by chaos. Heroes, led by the player, decide to defeat the evil forces. Both the world and the adventures within it are generated procedurally. Each time we start, we will feel as if we were playing a different, new game. Gameplay in For the King focuses on exploration (our party moves in turns through a map divided into hexagonal tiles, traveling not only on foot, but also by boat) and fighting with the encountered enemies. Our victory in battle depends on how, and when, we use our party members' abilities and on how good their equipment is. For the King offers a wide range of game modes, both single player and multiplayer. The game has good looking, colorful, and cartoonish visuals.

Don't Starve: Hamlet
Don't Starve: Hamlet

Action 14 May 2019

Another expansion to the survival action game developed by Klei Entertainment. This time the players can reveal the mysteries of the lost city of Pigmen. The DLC introduces new biomes, characters and creatures.

Vambrace: Cold Soul
Vambrace: Cold Soul

RPG Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Vambrace: Cold Soul is a roguelike game in which we try to bounce the city from the hands of evil powers. One day a mysterious stranger appears, which may become the last hope for the fighters.

Don't Starve
Don't Starve

Action 23 April 2013

A humorous action-adventure game with strategy and cRPG features. The game was developed by Klei Entertainment, the creators of Shank and Mark of the Ninja. The main protagonist of Donít Starve is Wilson, a Victorian gentleman scientist. The insidious demon Maxwell sends Wilson to the wild where he must use all of his knowledge and intelligence to survive among dangerous beasts. The player is tasked with helping the protagonist in his fight against the nature and the monsters Ė he must build a place to hide, obtain food, start a fire, produce tools etc. As the game progresses, one can unlock new playable characters, each with unique abilities. The game has unusual 2D graphics with cartoonish style and music that is pleasant to the ear.

Terraria
Terraria

Arcade 16 May 2011

A sandbox platform game by indie studio Re-Logic, sometimes called the 2D version of the popular Minecraft. There is no set goal; your task is basically to shape the randomly-generated world around you. At first you only have a few basic tools, which allow you to dig and find resources, chop wood, and create simple structures. As the game progresses, due to the extensive crafting system, you discover better tools, allowing you to create advanced materials and to fight monsters. There are many possibilities in the game, and the only restriction is your own imagination. Terraria features a single player mode, but you can join forces with other players, thus gaining precious allies, who can help you with the more challenging tasks.

Moonlighter
Moonlighter

RPG 29 May 2018

A fantasy roguelike RPG developed by Digital Sun Games, an independent Spanish studio. The action of Moonlighter takes place in a remote merchant town where the protagonist, Will, runs a store. His ambition is to become a true hero, but to make the dream come true, he has to gather adequate equipment and master a variety of useful abilities first. The productionís mechanics combine elements of a classical roguelike RPG and a trading card game. The gameplay puts emphasis on subsequent night journeys to dungeons where the protagonist faces more or less challenging enemies and gathers a myriad of valuable items and skills that bring him closer to achieving his goal. During the day, however, we have to manage and develop the heroís store, improve our knowledge of the wares we sell, and make increasingly bigger profits.

Hades: Battle out of Hell
Hades: Battle out of Hell

Action 2020

Hades: Battle Out of Hell is another production of the talented Supergiant Games studio, which has given us titles such as Bastion, Transistor and Pyre. This time the creators prepared a spectacular, roguelike dungeon crawler, set in a world known from Greek mythology.

Darkest Dungeon II
Darkest Dungeon II

RPG 2020

The second installment of the cycle of grim RPGs, which was launched in 2016. The story told in Darkest Dungeon II focuses on the apocalypse and the hardships of a long, exhausting journey, while the gameplay is based on the mechanics known from the original. Players must, therefore, travel through gloomy locations, facing the dangers lurking there and taking care of the emotional state of the characters.

Heroes of Hammerwatch
Heroes of Hammerwatch

RPG 01 March 2018

Heroes of Hammerwatch is an action role-playing game with hack'n'slash elements. The game is set in a fantasy world, where you explore a tower full of monsters and traps. There are seven characters to choose from and the gameplay is mostly combat-oriented. Between adventures, you return to the nearby town, where you can construct buildings that help you unlock useful upgrades, items, and bonuses.

Slay the Spire
Slay the Spire

RPG 23 January 2019

A card game with roguelike elements, developed by Mega Crit. In Slay the Spire, you have to reach the top of the eponymous spire; however, there are hordes of enemies on your path. The task is made even more difficult by the permadeath system.

Delver
Delver

RPG 21 April 2012

First person dungeon crawler in the convention of RPG action roguelike game, maintained in old-school aesthetics. The game is about traversing dungeons, killing monsters and developing the character we lead.

bit Dungeon III
bit Dungeon III

RPG 04 May 2019

An action RPG game with roguelike elements in which we navigate through procedurally generated undergrounds, confront enemy hordes and gradually increase in strength and equipment. Bit Dungeon III allows you to play both alone and in the company of other players.

FTL: Faster Than Light
FTL: Faster Than Light

Strategy 14 September 2012

A strategy set in sci-fi reality telling the story of a lonely ship trying to escape a huge war armada. The flight route is planned in turn-based mode and the fights are played in real time. In addition, we need to manage the crew and improve our unit. An additional attraction is the fact that every time you start a new game, the world is generated randomly.

Risk of Rain 2
Risk of Rain 2

Action 2020

A continuation of the well-received game that combines elements of platform games, RPGs, and roguelike productions. Both installments of the Risk of Rain series have been developed by the independent studio called Hopoo Games. In Risk of Rain 2, a player assumes the role of a character traversing the surface of an unknown distant planet with the objective of surviving in this unwelcoming environment and exploring locations filled with aggressive adversaries. The player observes the action from the third-person perspective and explores dangerous areas filled with traps, arcade challenges, and enemies to defeat. Risk of Rain 2 offers improved character development system and elaborate crafting mechanics. Unlike its predecessor that featured a retro feel, Risk of Rain 2 delivers 3D environments and colorful, somewhat comic-book-like visuals.

Enter the Gungeon
Enter the Gungeon

Arcade 05 April 2016

A unique mix of a classic dungeon crawler and a dynamic, two-dimensional shooter from the debuting American studio, Dodge Roll. We play as a hero seeking for the legendary weapon that can change the past of a distant planet. To achieve his goal, he must explore the eponymous ancient temple where many dangers and surprises await him. Featuring a top-down view, the game tasks us with exploration of randomly generated levels of the temple. We come across numerous enemies and bosses, as well various shops and friendly characters that will help us in our journey. The gameís combat system is based on classic twin-stick shooters, allowing us to use environmental objects as weapons in addition to an already vast selection of guns and gadgets.

Children of Morta
Children of Morta

RPG August 2019

A retro roguelike RPG action game, combining hackíníslash genre with narrative adventure game features, developed by Dead Mage studio. The titular Morta is a mountain guarded by many generations of the Bergson family. When a mysterious power defiles the source of life within the mountain, turning local creatures into bloodthirsty monsters, we must set on journey as subsequent members of the family to gather seeds of life and stop the spread of chaos. Gameplay in Children of Morta focuses on exploring procedurally generated levels, collecting items and arcade battles against monsters. This is complemented by a typical character progression system and equipment, with the addition of alchemy and crafting. Despite its old-school formula, the game stands out with its rich, multi-threaded plot and difficult moral choices that affect the story.

Genesis Alpha One
Genesis Alpha One

Action 29 January 2019

Genesis Alpha One is an action game, in which the player observes the action from the first-person perspective. They assume the role of a spaceship captain on a mission to find a new home for humanity.

Lovecraft's Untold Stories
Lovecraft's Untold Stories

RPG 31 January 2019

Roguelike action RPG game with adventure elements, in which we get to the universe known from the mythology of Cthulhu. In Lovecraft's Untold Stories we can take on the role of five characters, each of whom conducts their own investigations in places inspired by Lovecraft's stories.

Iratus: Lord of the Dead
Iratus: Lord of the Dead

RPG TBA

Independent RPG with roguelike elements, inspired by such titles as Darkest Dungeon, Dungeon Keeper or Disciples. Russian Unfrozen studio is responsible for creating Iratus: Lord of the Dead.

Rogue Legacy
Rogue Legacy

Arcade 27 June 2013

Old-school, two-dimensional arcade game with RPG elements, referring to the popular 8-bit roguelike games. We travel through randomly generated castle chambers, eliminating enemies and various traps lurking in wait for us. In case of death, we continue the game from scratch, choosing one of our three descendants.

Starbound
Starbound

Action 22 July 2016

An exploration game that eludes standard genre classification, developed by independent studio Chucklefish. Starbound combines elements of a 2D sandbox platformer and a strategy game. As you play, you explore and colonize other planets, provide for their inhabitants, construct useful items and vehicles, as well as fight hostile aliens. The game is set in a procedurally generated world,providing a great amount of freedom to the players. In addition to the single player mode, Starbound offers the ability to play with other people (via Intertnet) in competitive or cooperative modes. The game's retro graphics is characterized by a limited color palette and pixel-art stylistics.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Arcade 04 November 2014

An expanded version of a popular indie game that has been released in 2011 by Team Meat studio. Nicalis studio, a bit more experienced team, has been involved in refreshing of the title, in cooperation with original developers. When it comes to mechanics, the gameplay hasnít changed much, offering randomly-generated levels, traversed by the titular Isaac, who solves simple puzzles and eliminates monsters or much more powerful bosses. The main difference between the Flash-based original, is a completely new graphic engine, introducing new, improved visuals and a number of innovations that, as a result of technological limitations, hadnít made their way into the original. The developers included the whole base game and its two DLCs, and introduced a number of novelties. A local co-op mode has been incorporated in the game, allowing two players to take part in a joint playthrough on one screen.

Don't Starve Together
Don't Starve Together

Action 21 April 2016

A standalone expansion for the 2013ís well-received survival sandbox game, Donít Starve. The main goal of the add-on is to transfer the core premise of the original title into cooperative multiplayer gameplay. In the game, we still explore the world, gather food, build a shelter, fight various enemies, and take care of the protagonistís physical and mental health. The primary novelty is the possibility of interacting with other players who can turn out to be either precious friends or deadly foes. Donít Starve Together allows us to play both with our friends and with complete strangers. Another appeal of the expansion is the fact that it comes with the previously released DLC, Reign of Giants, which expands the original title with new bioms, enemies, and a full year cycle. The production can be obtained free of charge by all owners of the vanilla game.