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2:15 PM on 04.23.2015

Surrender your will to the pitiless RNG with Steam's roguelike game sale

From now until April 27, Steam is slapping a discount on a wide selection of roguelike games. You can get 20% to 80% off titles like Abyss Odyssey, Risk of Rain, Spelunky, FTL: Advanced Edition, and more. If you were ever cur...

Nic Rowen

6:00 PM on 04.20.2015

Desktop Dungeons gets new free content, mobile versions incoming

Reminder that Desktop Dungeons exists is not what I needed right now. Last time I played I got really into it, to the point where I needed to quit cold turkey in order to enjoy other aspects of life, like eating solid food o...

Darren Nakamura

5:00 PM on 04.15.2015

Contest: Win an Xbox One code for Tower of Guns

After a month of PC availability, the first-person shooter roguelike combo Tower of Guns has just made its way to Xbox One and PlayStations 3 and 4. It's available for free on the latter through PlayStation Plus this month, ...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 04.14.2015

The console ports for Tower of Guns are pretty all right

The roguelike first-person-shooter Tower of Guns recently launched on Xbox One and PS3 / PS4 as a PlayStation Plus title after last month's PC launch. You're tasking with traversing a tower literally made of and filled with g...

Jed Whitaker

1:00 PM on 04.10.2015

Tower of Guns available on Xbox One, PS4, and PS3

If you're looking for a little something extra special for your current-gen console of choice, I've got some exceptionally good news to share with you. The outstanding, previously PC-only FPS roguelike Tower of Guns has laun...

Rob Morrow

5:00 PM on 03.12.2015

The Swindle perfectly balances roguelike mechanics with approachable gameplay

On my last day covering PAX East, I had the chance to sit down with the inimitable Dan Marshall from Size Five Games to have a look at his gorgeous, stealthy, steampunk-centric burglary simulator The Swindle. We’ve...

Rob Morrow

9:00 AM on 03.11.2015

Review: Flame Over

Roguelikes suck. They don't suck as in they are horrible to play. They suck for me because they're so damn hard. But in this genre, that's part of the challenge. For whatever reason, our gamer brains desire to overcome the im...

Robert Summa

6:30 PM on 03.10.2015

Harebrained Schemes nails it once again with Necropolis

As I explored the opening area of Harebrained Schemes' third-person action roguelike Necropolis at PAX East 2015, I discovered an inviting treasure chest. Upon opening it, I realized too late that I wasn’t alone in that...

Rob Morrow

4:30 PM on 03.10.2015

Heat Signature is the best game I saw at GDC

Gunpoint ultimately had very little to do with guns. It was a smartly designed puzzler with an immensely satisfying core set of mechanics and witty dialogue. But the title never came into play; pointing guns at people always ...

Mike Cosimano

3:30 PM on 02.27.2015

Modern art meets roguelike FPS in Fancy Skulls

Fancy Skulls is a challenging and visually striking first-person shooter that features random level generation, permadeath, and a distinct art style straddling the line between looking like Foster's Home for I...

Rob Morrow

1:30 PM on 02.27.2015

Sublevel Zero is your new 6DoF roguelike shooter

Sublevel Zero is England-based studio Sigtrap's new roguelike reimagining of the first-person, six-degree-of-freedom shooter. Influences on the game's design swing from classic 6DoF titles like Descent to modern ro...

Rob Morrow

6:30 PM on 02.25.2015

Flame Over fires up the Vita this March

The Vita means life. And what a life it's having. Even though its overall sales pale in comparison to the likes of the 3DS, the system is an indie lovers dream and is home to some of the most underrated games in the past few...

Robert Summa

5:00 PM on 02.19.2015

Space shooter Captain Forever returns with weird animals and a bubblegum mutant little brother

Oh, wow, Captain Forever -- that brings me back. The last person to cover it on Destructoid was Anthony Burch. (He so would.) It's a wonderful game about destroying spaceships and stealing their parts to cobble together a su...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Paranautical Activity sold to Digerati Distribution

As I'm sure some of you are aware, Code Avarice's delightful, drum and bass-infused FPS roguelike Paranautical Activity was pulled from Steam last October after one of the game's creators took to Twitter ...

Rob Morrow

7:00 PM on 02.12.2015

A sci-fi submarine roguelike? Neptune, Have Mercy!

Neptune, Have Mercy has a lot going for it. This is an "action exploration roguelike" set not in a fantasy world full of dungeons, but underwater on Neptune's largest moon. Players control a customizable submarine with a cla...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 02.09.2015

Seaworthy: It's like FTL, but with pirates

I always wanted to play a more brutal game centered on pirates, but as the years went by I was continually disappointed. Sid Meier’s Pirates was an interesting ride, but it was too lighthearted for me. Seaworthy, a rea...

Jason Faulkner

12:30 PM on 02.04.2015

Overture melted my face, has a free demo on Steam

Overture is the latest retro-inspired offering from Black Shell Games, the talented development team behind the ASCII RPG SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition. It's a charming game, with an adorably chunky pixel art style and an infe...

Rob Morrow

2:30 PM on 02.03.2015

In Darkest Dungeon, what doesn't kill you only makes you more peculiar

“If I am mad, it is mercy! May the gods pity the man who in his callousness can remain sane to the hideous end!” – Howard Phillips Lovecraft, The Temple As you might be aware by now, Darkest Dungeon is a vis...

Rob Morrow

3:00 PM on 01.29.2015

How long can you survive in Out There: Omega Edition?

Out There: Omega Edition by Mi-Clos Studio is certainly a pretty little thing. Don't let its eye-catching pulp-comic appearance fool you, though. It's a difficult game. Think Oregon Trail meets FTL and you'll have a goo...

Rob Morrow

6:30 PM on 01.27.2015

Oblitus is coming soonlitus

Adult Swim Games has officially announced that their fantasy 2D roguelike scroller Oblitus is coming soon. How soon? Hell, I don't know, and I guess Adult Swim doesn't know either, since they're not telling us. At the very least, the trailer has some decent music and the art that has accompanied the game appears to be cool as fuck.

Robert Summa

9:00 PM on 01.26.2015

A free roguelike with music by Banjo-Kazooie's Grant Kirkhope? Yes, please!

I'm struggling to stop playing The Enchanted Cave 2 for long enough to tell you about it. Unassuming name and overabundance of roguelikes aside, this browser-based game is terrific. You delve into a cavern in search of gold, ...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 01.24.2015

Children of Morta announces stretch goals

After giving you a formal introduction of Children of Morta earlier this week, Austin developer Dead Mage has revealed to hack 'n' slash hopefuls the stretch goals of its project on Kickstarter. While an initial funding ...

Robert Summa

1:15 PM on 01.20.2015

Children of Morta Kickstarter launches today, looks phenomenal

Story-driven hack 'n' slash Children of Morta's Kickstarter campaign went live today and it looks absolutely stunning. I cover a lot of retro-inspired pixel-art titles in my work here at Destructoid, but what ...

Rob Morrow



Vagante wanders onto Steam Early Access photo
Vagante wanders onto Steam Early Access
by Rob Morrow

When we last reported on Nuke Nine's retro-inspired action platformer Vagante, the title was campaigning for funding on Kickstarter. After unfortunately falling short of its funding goal the developers have brought Vagante back as an Early Access title on Steam. Just goes to show, you can't keep a good game down.

Vagante was described as a "Spelunky-style RPG" by Rock Paper Shotgun's Graham Smith, and after recently having a go at it myself, I think that's an apt description. The emphasis here is on style, so if you're worried that the game is just a cheap knock-off of the treasured roguelike platformer, you'll be happy to know that Vagante is its own game entirely.

Admittedly, it does share some feature's with Mossmouth's title. Both have shops that appear within the level with randomized gear available for purchase. Levels are procedurally generated, complete with ladders connecting the different parts of the map. Even with these shared elements, Vagante still feels completely fresh to me because of its firm rooting in role-playing game design.

Each run through the caves offers new opportunities for loot. Some gear will be better suited to your character's class than others. Each piece has stat-effecting properties that can either compliment your build or degrade certain aspects of it. It's up to you to decide what you want to do. Higher Defense at the cost of losing a point of Dex? Entirely up to you.

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2:00 PM on 01.18.2015

Space Beast Terror Fright is my new drug

Space Beast Terror Fright is Johannes "johno" Norneby's interpretation of the sci-fi first-person shooter: take the artful tension-building and high-octane muzzle flash from James Cameron's Aliens, add in the corridor c...

Rob Morrow

6:30 PM on 01.15.2015

Control a three-headed hydra with your friends in Crawl

Crawl, the multiplayer dungeon crawler from Powerhoof where you control the monsters and try to kill you friends, just released a new update on Steam today. In addition to a big list of bug fixes and stat balancing, the Plague Mushroom update introduces a ton of new content.

Ben Davis

6:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Etrian Mystery Dungeon crawls to 3DS on April 7

Etrian Mystery Dungeon will arrive in North America on April 7, Atlus USA announced today. The project is a collaboration between Atlus and Spike Chunsoft, pairing the character classes and skill trees of Etrian Odyssey with Mystery Dungeon's exploratory roguelike design.  Atlus plans to include a bonus soundtrack disc with all pre-orders and first-run copies of the game.

Kyle MacGregor

2:30 PM on 01.14.2015

Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow

After nearly three years in development, Levels or Lives' retro-inspired roguelike pixel art platformer Crystal Catacombs is almost ready to make its debut on Steam. Successfully funded on Kickstarter in July of 2012,  ...

Rob Morrow

1:30 PM on 01.11.2015

Path to the Sky teaser debut, game details revealed

I've been talking with Berlin-based solo developer Johannes "Dek" Märtterer since early September of last year. Some of you may already be familiar with his work. He's the creator of the charming neo-retro-sty...

Rob Morrow

4:30 PM on 01.09.2015

Distant Star: Revenant Fleet is an Early Access title to keep an eye on

I've tried to keep one eye on Blazing Griffin's lovely looking real-time space strategy game Distant Star: Revenant Fleet for a while now, however, the slippery devil somehow managed to sneak past me and ...

Rob Morrow





1:30 PM on 01.06.2015

The Depths of Tolagal is fairly brutal, but it's also addictive

Knowing my penchant for habitually tinkering around with retro-inspired roguelike games that I dig up on Steam, community badass and all-around awesome person Phil Ken Sebben tapped me on the shoulde...

Rob Morrow

12:00 PM on 12.23.2014

Children of Morta coming to Kickstarter in January

Remember that gorgeous pixel-art roguelike hack-and-slash we posted about a couple months back? Well, if you liked what you saw the last time we covered the delightful Children of Morta, you're in for a treat! Dead Mage stud...

Rob Morrow

4:30 PM on 12.16.2014

Brutal turn-based survival game NEO Scavenger out now

I kept seeing NEO Scavenger pop up Twitter yesterday, and now I know why: it's just come out of early access and is now available on Steam and GOG.com for $14.99 (Windows/Mac/Linux). This is a turn-based survival game, and an...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 12.12.2014

Tough but fun roguelike FPS Tower of Guns coming to PS3, PS4, Xbox One

Tower of Guns was in a recent Humble Indie Bundle, which means I played a little of it but didn't stick around quiiite long enough for it to take hold of me. It's good, though! Hard, too. The roguelike first-person shooter o...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 12.03.2014

Etrian Mystery Dungeon comes west next spring

Etrian Mystery Dungeon is heading to the Americas in 2015, Atlus USA announced today. The crossover project is a partnership between the Shin Megami Tensei studio and Spike Chunsoft, makers of strange series like Da...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 PM on 11.08.2014

Shadowrun Returns dev's next title is Necropolis

Gorgeous low-poly aesthetic? Check! Development team headed up by one of the original creators of Shadowrun? Check! Roguelike gameplay designed to cater to third-person action game enthusiasts? Check! I'd nearly swo...

Rob Morrow

1:30 PM on 11.07.2014

Convoy: if FTL were about driving through the desert

Back when consumers were more willing to put money toward projects on Kickstarter, FTL: Faster Than Light was one of the first big indie videogame success stories on the crowdfunding platform. It set a modest goal of $10,000...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Dungeon of the Endless leaves Early Access

French independent studio Amplitude's Dungeon of the Endless is leaving Steam Early Access today. Staying true to its roguelike nature, if you picked the game up during the Early Access phase, your progress will be wiped and...

Rob Morrow



Beating Spelunky on a dance pad is quite the remarkable feat photo
Beating Spelunky on a dance pad is quite the remarkable feat
by Brett Makedonski


Spelunky players are always finding new and interesting ways to torture themselves. Let's face it -- besting Spelunky's unforgiving randomly generated mazes is an accomplishment unto itself. Learning to do it with your feet is a completely different level of insane dedication.

But, that's what one Twitch streamer did to celebrate getting to 1,000 followers -- he mastered Spelunky's directional controls on a dance pad, and used a controller for the buttons. With the assistance of an early jetpack, he marched right through the game and dropped Olmec to his death.

Not too shabby for something that the majority of players couldn't do with their hands.

Spelunky, Beaten With A Dance Pad Controller [Kotaku]

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4:00 PM on 10.22.2014

Risk of Rain's new engine should mean less slowdown

Risk of Rain is a great little action platformer that'll make you feel like garbage before building you up into an unstoppable force of destruction. Try it, sometime! You can even bring friends along. Developer Hopoo Games ha...

Jordan Devore