There is no doubt that during the previous months of quarantine, games have been a very significant means of staying as connected as possible. In that virtual kingdom, many have discovered their new favorite video game, genre, etc. However, what is certain is that RPGs (role-playing games) are currently one of the most popular genres, now and for years before.
Many famous titles belong to the RPG genre. However, today we will not talk about any of these titles, but about one RPG subgenre. These are roguelike games that are very interesting, dynamic but also very cruel.
These dungeon crawler turn-based games have one very strange feature, and that is the permanent death of the character you have picked. Once you lose, all your progress is erased and you cannot restore it. While some find this annoying, others think this is a good way to become a better gamer. Some other features of roguelikes are procedurally-generated levels as well as the hack-and-slash battle system. With that in mind, today’s topic is the best roguelike games in 2024, and we have prepared below some of the best titles of this subgenre that have ever been released. Well, if you’re ready, let’s get started.
7. Binding of Isaac
One of, we can say relatively older titles from the roguelike world is Binding of Isaac. This video game was released in 2011, however, it is still one of the best roguelikes. As for the storyline, Binding of Isaac has a pretty crazy one. Namely, it is historically and Biblically inspired.
The main character is Isaac who should be sacrificed as proof of faith in God. One evening, his mother receives this message from God, while Isaac is terrified for his life. He hides in the basement of the family home where the gaming adventure actually begins. On the road to survival, it is necessary to defeat the terrible, bloodthirsty monsters. In terms of platform, this video game is available for Windows, Linux as well as OS X.
6. Dungeons of Dredmore
If you are looking for a real gaming challenge among roguelike titles, then it’s time to play Dungeons of Dredmore. According to many gamers who have played this video game, it is one of the most challenging you can find. However, should that scare you? Of course not. In the depths of Dungeons of Dredmore, much scarier and more sinister things await you.
The ultimate goal is to expel Lord Dredmore, but the path to his chambers is not easy. First, you must face a number of monsters, obstacles, etc. But beware, one mistake is enough for permanent death. This game is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, so if you’re ready, the fight can begin!
5. Desktop Dungeons
This game, as you can see, is called Desktop Dungeons. However, although the word desktop often goes with the PC, this title is also available for iOS and Android. In addition to the versions for Windows, Mac and Linux, it is now possible to keep having fun on a tablet or smartphone.
When it comes to gameplay, Desktop Dungeons is a typical dungeon crawler video game. In numerous missions, the goal is to stay alive and avoid all traps, defeat all enemies and monsters and get through the dungeon. Interestingly, the missions are of different lengths, some are more demanding and they last for tens of minutes (even an entire hour), while there are also short ones. The ultimate goal is to reach the end of the game and defeat the main enemy.
4. Enter the Gungeon
If you prefer gaming consoles, then Enter the Gungeon roguelike game is the right choice for you. This title is available not only on PCs with Windows, Linux or Mac installed, but also on high-end gaming consoles such as the Sony PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
As with other roguelike games, the most important thing is to stay alive and reach the end. However, the path is quite difficult, with many of dangerous obstacles, challenging levels and various enemies. Fortunately, there are also things that can make your journey through the dungeon easier, for example treasure. It is interesting to note that the player can choose between four characters, and that each of them has some special abilities.
3. Crypt of the NecroDancer
A slightly different story is brought to us by the roguelike named Crypt of the NecroDancer. While in the aforementioned titles you have characters fighting for their own lives, Crypt of the NecroDancer brings a little family story. Namely, Cadence is the main character, but also the daughter of a missing treasure hunter. The goal is to defeat NecroDancer and save her father.
But while it seems easy, it actually gets even harder during gameplay. At one point, NecroDancer steals Cadence’s heart, not in a positive sense, but literally, he ripped her heart out. Survival seems like an impossible mission because only moving in the right rhythm can save her life.
2. Darkest Dungeon
It is often said that a video game is epic, but in the case of Darkest Dungeon it is more than true. One of the best descriptions for this title is “tense gameplay”. There is no chance that you will be bored on an unforgettable, and even horror adventure. This time, on the way to fight the horrors of darkness, you will have a team of adventurers, back to back. However, that does not mean it will be any easier.
The forces of darkness are fierce, bloodthirsty and ruthless. To defeat them and go through all the levels of the dungeon, you will have to work really hard. As for the platforms, the list is really long and includes Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, PS4, Vita, Switch, iOS.
In the end, the champion place among roguelike games goes to Spelunky. This video game is a single-player co-op roguelike and is slightly different from the titles we mentioned earlier. While previous video games are pretty dark, full of violence and death, Spelunky also brings you a bit of humor to your gaming session. As you fight various enemies, rescue other no-player characters and collect treasure, the entire journey through the dungeon is complemented by ancient artifacts.
The mix of all of the above probably brought Spelunky to the top of our fantastic list of best roguelike games in 2024. In terms of platforms, Spelunky is available for Windows, PS4 as well as Vita.