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4 weeks ago
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Review: Rogue Legacy 2

You know, sometimes it’s really best to stick to what works. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” they say. And that, I can proudly proclaim, is the case here with today’s game, Cellar Door Games’ Rogue Legacy 2. I don’t usually let on exactly how I feel about a game in the opening paragraph,
2 months ago
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Review: Forward: Escape the Fold

I’m quite a fan of roguelike/lite games, but I have to admit, they can often be quite the time sinks. If you’re the type that has found their style of gameplay interesting, but find that they’re often too time consuming or too elaborate, you might find today’s entry quite refreshing. Forward: Escape the Fold (Steam,
3 months ago
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Hands On: 30XX February 2022 Content Update

Surprise! Early Access games are often pegged as messy/buggy works in process, but sometimes you come across games like Batterystaple’s 30XX and the steady updates that it’s been receiving since it “dropped” on Steam a year ago. We got the chance to check it out around that time, and even in that state I felt
3 months ago
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Preview: Rogue Command

So, confession time. I am terrible at real-time strategy games. I know this intellectually, but I also know that every time it comes up I’m drawn to them like a moth to a flame. I can’t help it. Ever since I played Warcraft II I have a deep-seated need for these games to be shot
8 months ago
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Review: Metallic Child

Here’s the hidden secret about Metallic Child: It is perhaps best understood not by what it claims to be on the cover but by a series of otherwise ornate references to other games. At a glance, this game is a roguelite, and indeed that’s what it claims to be right on the cover when you
9 months ago
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Review: Dice Legacy

Dice Legacy is a strange game. This is not inherently a bad thing. I’m generally of the mind that strange but distinctive games have a decided edge in the now-crowded indie game space, and I’m inherently very fond of any game that’s trying to do something very different. And a roguelike city-builder strategy game is
12 months ago
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Preview: The Last Spell

For whatever reason, I wind up reviewing and previewing a lot of roguelikes here. I don’t know exactly why, especially when the line between a good roguelike and a mediocre one can be so thin. See, the thing is that it’s really easy to make a game wherein you start out underpowered and have to
1 year ago
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Review: Undermine (PS4)

There’s a very delicate balance to be struck when making a game that expects the player to walk in and die on a regular basis. Roguelikes and their kissing cousins, roguelites, have kind of exploded in popularity in the past few years. At the core level, they’re pretty easy games to make. You give players
1 year ago
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Review: Loop Hero

Hello readers, I am back with the follow-up to our preview of Loop Hero – a now-released title which brings some new stuff to the table for the roguelite genre. I wrote then about how well-crafted the experience was. Now that the game has graduated from Early Access, and is now a full release for
1 year ago
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Preview: 30XX

Roguelikes and their ilk of varying degrees have always occupied a weird place in my life. On one hand, the skill required to keep at the “progress as far as possible and potentially ruining an entire run on a simple mistake” thing can turn a lot of more casual players off from the genre. On
1 year ago
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Review: Gods Will Fall

Gods Will Gall, the single-player hack and slash, dungeon crawler, dark fantasy action-RPG developed by Clever Beans, was first brought to my attention at an event I attended in late 2020. At that time, I remember thinking that if the game could deliver on the promises made by its creators, it would be a very
1 year ago
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Preview: Loop Hero

Have you ever spent time playing an RPG-type game and you felt like you were stuck going around in circles? Well, I have some good news, because today we have a case where not only is going around in circles a good thing, it’s central to the game mechanics. Loop Hero, developed by Four Quarters
21 Mar 2020
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Preview: Curse of the Dead Gods

This past week I had the opportunity to sit down with Curse of the Dead Gods by Passtech Games. Out now in early access on Steam, it’s a rogue-lite game that puts you in the shoes of an adventurer exploring an ancient temple. Cursed by the gods, you’re now exploring both for loot and to
25 Dec 2019
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Preview: Don’t Die, Minerva!

Haven’t you heard? It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The wintertime holiday season is a time that many look forward to every year, regardless of which holiday one celebrates (if any). For some, though, their favorite holiday has already long passed. These people are already counting the days to when their preferred season
5 May 2019
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Review: Dark Devotion

It's time to bolster your faith and do some temple delving in our review of Dark Devotion developed by Hibernian Workshop and published by The Arcade Crew for PC via Steam.
6 Apr 2015
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Review: Etrian Mystery Dungeon

The Rogue Wanderer In a past review of mine, I discussed a bit about the Roguelike genre. Feel free to take a look back at that for a quick overview. Today, I want to narrow it down a bit. Specifically, I wanted to talk about a certain well-known series in the Roguelike genre. That series