Rogue Legacy is a genealogical rogue-"LITE" where anyone can be a hero. Each time you die, your child will succeed you. Every child is unique. One child might be colorblind, another might have vertigo-- they could even be a dwarf. That's OK, because no one is perfect, and you don't have to be perfect to win this game.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (8,680 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 27, 2013

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"A rogue lite dungeon crawler where the dungeon changes every time you die, as well as pick a new hero with his/her own perks, and flaws."

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"...a hugely compelling mix of 2D action-platforming and Roguelike game design." 9/10
--IGN

"Rogue Legacy is a must-play, and a steal at its $15 price tag." 90/100
--GameFront

"Rogue Legacy rewarded my patience and tenacity; that's a lesson any developer can take from its twisted family tree." 9/10
--Polygon

"This is a game that won't just eat up your time, but it will devour it." 8.5/10
--Destructoid

"... an immensely rewarding action game that strikes a terrific balance between permadeath and progress." 8.5/10
--GameSpot

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About This Game

Rogue Legacy is a genealogical rogue-"LITE" where anyone can be a hero.

Each time you die, your child will succeed you. Every child is unique. One child might be colorblind, another might have vertigo-- they could even be a dwarf.

That's OK, because no one is perfect, and you don't have to be perfect to win this game. But you do have to be pretty darn good because this game is HARD. Fortunately, every time you die all the gold you've collected can be used to upgrade you manor, giving your next child a step up in life and another chance at vanquishing evil.

But you shouldn't listen to me. You should check out the trailer. It explains the game better then I ever could.

If you really want to READ about this game though, then you should check out our bullet list below.
  • Here's what Rogue Legacy IS:
  • A procedurally generated adventure. Explore new castles with every life.
  • Rogue-lite. Your character dies, but with each passing your lineage grows and becomes stronger.
  • Tons of unique traits that makes each playthrough special. Ever wanted to be dyslexic? Now you can!
  • More than 8 classes to choose from (9)! Each class has unique abilities that change the way you play the game.
  • Over 60 different enemies to test your skills against. Hope you like palette-swaps!
  • Massive, expandable skill tree. Rack in the loot to upgrade your manor and give your successors a cutting edge.
  • Oh yeah, there's a Blacksmith and an Enchantress shop but we forgot to show them in the trailer...
  • Equip your heroes with powerful weaponry and armor. Or gain new abilities like flight, dash, and air jumping.
  • Tons of secrets and easter eggs to uncover... or are there? Yes there are.
  • Got a controller? Play with a controller. Big Picture ready.
  • Clowns.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor:1.6 Ghz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:X1950 Pro, 7900 GT
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Additional:Only available in desktop mode for Windows 8.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor:2 Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:HD 4770, 8800 GTX
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Additional:Only available in desktop mode for Windows 8.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC support is NOT required.
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
222 of 232 people (96%) found this review helpful
134.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I first played Rogue Legacy at a friend's place, trading off the controller at each death. It wasn't much, but it got me instantly hooked on how fun it was. So hooked, that I downloaded Steam, bought the game for the full $15, and bought a $30 wired Xbox 360 controller... and I don't even have any Xboxes. All this for this one game... and it was worth it.

Rogue Legacy plays like Castlevania and Super Ghouls N Ghosts. You move, jump, attack, and use a secondary weapon. The uniqueness comes into play when you die, which you will... a lot. Once you die, you will be brought to a selection of three hiers to play as next. Each one has a random character class, secondary weapon, and set of traits. Classes determine certain stats and abilities. Secondary weapons, or spells as they are called, use up MP. That's all pretty basic stuff. But the traits are very interesting. Some traits are helpful, like a speed increase. Others are harmful, like giving your attacks no enemy knockback. And some are just... well... neutral things... like making everything black and white. Your heirs have a chance of having two, one, or none of the traits at random. With all the random factors, you have to really get lucky... or pick the lesser of three evils. Is getting your prefered class worth the traits? Are the spells to your liking? It also makes you think about the next area... skills.

After selecting your heir, you are then brought to a skill tree. You inhereit the gold of your dead relatives I guess, and you can spend it on upgrading all kinds of things, from stats, to passives, to new character classes. Do you want to build up a magic or melee character? Maybe focus on a specific class? Or do you want to play it safe and try to build up well rounded skills to work with the random factos? It's a lot to consider when purchasing points in the skill tree. And be careful. Every time you buy an upgrade in the skill tree, all of the others become more expensive. So plan accordingly. And try not to spend it all in one place because...

... there's another screen. Yes, another screen where you can do even more character customization. IF you buy them in the skill tree, you can open up three different shops outside the caslte: The blacksmith, the enchantress, and the architect. The blacksmith sells you armor and swords with different stats and perks, but you'll need to find the blueprints first so he knows how to make them first... some blacksmith, eh? The enchantress does roughly the same thing. She sells you enchantment of your armor and sword after you've found the appropriate runes. The big difference is that the blacksmith's wares have weight, meaning you can only carry certain pieces until your carrying capacity improves, while the runes are weightless. It give you lots of customization options between the two and the skill tree. The architect has only one purpose. He locks down the castle. The levels are randomly generated every time enter, but if you agree to give the architect a percentage of your gold on the current life, he will lock down the previous map so that you are not lost in a random new place. This can be helpful for retrying bosses, but be warned. Enemies will be back, chests will cannot be reopened, and as mentioned your gold gain is reduced for this entire life. So consider it for saving time and getting around.

Lastly, at the gates of the castle, you are faced with Charon, the gatekeeper. He will allow you to enter at the cost of all of your gold. This is where a lot of the motivation is built for the game. You'll want to spend as much gold as possible between the skill tree and the shops since you'll be losing it all anyway. You can't simply keep amassing gold over a number of lives. If you want a nice, expensive upgrade, you'd better not die and keep getting that gold. It's a nice way to give death some gravity, as getting upgrades and new characters already seems like REWARDING you for dying, and that needed to be checked and balanced somehow.

The basic goal is to become strong enough to survive the four areas, beat their bosses, and then defeat the final boss. There are lots of cool extra things to find along the way, like super bosses, passive items, challenge rooms, and even some cool secrets here and there. The game CAN become grindy, and if you don't enjoy grinding, then you might get a little upset at the difficulty. However, you always have the option to not buy anything and just try to beat the challenges old school style. Nothing bars you from doing so. So it's a nice duality. The game also goes from being a platformer in the earlier stages to being more akin to a bullet hell in the later ones. Master your movements, improve your aim, and pick your battles.

No game is perfect, so I had a few complaints. My main gripe with the game, though it's not a HUGE one, is that it doesn't really give you much incentive to stay alive. There's the thrill of getting more gold to get more upgrades, but eventually you'll want to keep dying so you can actually purchase and USE the upgrades. The only reason you'll want to NOT die, aside from adding to your gold count, is to beat a boss or, in the case of the final boss, beat the game. There are a good number of different room layouts and enemy combinations within, plus the challenge rooms the pop up now and then. However, after playing for so many hours, especially if you're like me and get really grindy with it, you'll start to recognize all the room types repeating. Even though the four areas are supposed to be different, they are all pretty similar. They have the same room types with different skins, more or less. And the enemies aren't really all that different between areas. They're mostly just more powerful versions of previous enemies in the harder areas, with maybe one or two new ones added. More variety would've helped, but there's already a lot of different things to deal with that it may be too complex to have more of everything, so I understand. Also, there weren't a lot of instances of this, but a handful of times I found weird floor glitches where gold fell through and I couldn't get it. That, and every once in a while my character would fall through and start randomly appearing in all the adjacent rooms for a few seconds. Nothing game breaking nor frequent, but a little spooky when they happened. Also... the music will wear away your sanity, but then again, so will anything when you play the game as much as I have.

There are lots of customization options, lots of random elements, lots of strategy involved, lots of skill required... and lots of hours of playtime and replayability in this game. I got 96 hours in my first playthrough. I love Rogue Legacy. The gameplay, the music, the sound, the graphics... everything comes together to make a game that feels like it was made for ME. It's the first time since Banjo-Kazooie that a game has felt like it was made just for me. It's an amazing feeling, and I can't recommend this game enough. Easily my favorite game on Steam and has instantly worked its way into being one of my favorite games of all time. I'd really say to just buy it now. Sure, you can wait for a sale if you're skeptical... or cheap. But it's definitely worth the $15 price tag. I mean, I ended up esentially putting down $45 to play this game, and it was well worth it.

10/10 Would complete entire skill tree again
(And yes, I seriously did that. How else do you think I got 96 hours in one playthrough?)
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259 of 378 people (69%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Me and my girlfriend didn't have any sex in june because we played this game all the time.

10/10 would become celibate again.
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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Rogue Legacy is a 2D platforming action game by Cellar Door Games, an independent Canadian studio. It’s categorized as a roguelike, which for the uninitiated, is a sub-genre that typically includes procedurally generated levels and permanent death (meaning once you die, you start over from the beginning). Rogue Legacy has both of those, but it adds in some RPG mechanics which make the imposing threat of death easier to swallow, while not altogether curbing the difficulty that fans of the genre have come to expect.

At the beginning of Rogue Legacy, you are a generic sword-wielding hero who is tasked to fight through a dungeon. There’s some reason for doing so, and there are diaries strewn about the world to help piece together exactly what’s going on, but for the most part the narrative is in the back seat throughout Rogue Legacy and that’s totally fine.

It’s hard to overstate just how much fun the minute to minute gameplay is in Rogue Legacy. Controls feel tight and the mechanics are all-around solid and enjoyable. Any fan of 2D platformers such as Spelunky will find themselves at home here. The dungeon is split into four separate areas, and while they are distinct in aesthetic and difficulty, they do tend to blend together after ten or twenty hours in the game.

The main distinguishing factor of Rogue Legacy is the way in which death, and subsequent life after death, occurs. Upon dying (which will happen -- a lot), you get to choose a new “heir” among three choices to attempt another run through the game. Each heir can have all sorts of randomly assigned genetic traits which affect how the game plays. Discovering the novelty of some of these traits is fun in and of itself, so I won’t ruin them here, but I will say the traits are pretty well balanced, creative, and occasionally good for a laugh.

The other unique aspect of death is that your character continually gets stronger in whatever way you choose. As you traipse throughout the dungeon, your character collects gold from chests and enemies. You can invest gold after dying in a huge amount of ways; you can boost stats such as strength and armor, unlock new classes, or buy new equipment. It’s almost impossible to beat the game during the early hours because of the upgrade system, and how weak your initial character is. Having to rely on more than sheer skill may be a problem for some, but the feeling of progression through boosting your inherent power is pretty satisfying (as in most RPGs) and makes the whole experience very addicting.

Toward the end of Legacy, when your character is strong enough to make it most of the way through the dungeon before dying, each run can take about 30 minutes or more, and I found it becomes a bit of a grind. Luckily the grind doesn’t last too long (at least it didn’t for me) before you become powerful enough to beat the final boss and finish the dungeon. There is a nicely done New Game+ option, and it’s a telling sign that I immediately dove back in upon completion my first time around.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with Rogue Legacy. The RPG mechanics do an excellent (or evil, depending on how you look at it) job of cranking up the “Just one more run” factor that roguelikes are infamous for. Blending rewarding and difficult gameplay with a really smart way to make death a little less punishing goes a long way to make Rogue Legacy one of the best games in the genre.
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172 of 261 people (66%) found this review helpful
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
You can play as a gay, color-blind, Barbarian. 10/10.
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
At $2.99 right now, buying this is borderline criminal, considering how much fun it is, and how much replay value there is. If you like Rogue-likes, buy it. If you like indie games with fun mechanics, buy it. If you like Metrovania-type games, buy it. If you enjoy games at all, buy it!!
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Absolutely fantastic game. It is so good, that I, a random person on the internet, took 15 minutes out of his schedule to tell people to play it.

The premise is simple and engaging, progressing through a randomly generated castle. Enemies are varied and can get challenging. The story is hilarious, and while not groundbreaking, tends to fix a smile firmly on my face. Gameplay is simple in theory, but with the Equipment and Runes system, can get some nice depth going. It is one of those games you sit down to when you have 30 mins to spare before a big meeting, and end up just deciding to miss it.

Got this during the Steam sales at a discounted price, but would willingly pay full price again.

9.5/10
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Wow, this is a lot more fun than I realized it would be. I'm going to need a gamepad to last at this level of difficulty! There's enough randomness here to keep me hooked for a long time.

The succession lines are a really neat concept. It's a very simple platformer, but tough to survive for very long. This is just an excellent game.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Rogue Legacy pits you against a wide variety of creatures that will hunt you until you have to incarnate the son/daughter of your previous dead character. The family tree concept is a great but forgetable addition. It doesn't clearly affect the gameplay, but it's fun from time to time to go back in your family tree and remembering some adventures with old characters. Gameplay is pretty basic but is kind of solid. There is a huge skill tree (Or skill ''tower'') if you prefer that offers many core upgrades, skill upgrades, new classes, class upgrades, new possibilites, in short, everything you would want to have in a skill tree. There is alot of classes to choose from, the majority unlockable in the skill tower, and all of them are upgradable, and it's a significant upgrade: Changes the name of the class, gives you an additional skill, changes stats, etc. Another particularity of Rogue Legacy are the different conditions your characters can have: O.C.D, Dyslexia, Corpolia, Anephoria, En. Memory, Homosexual/HeteroSexual (Doesn't change gameplay, but it's a fun little addition), etc. They all (almost) impact your gameplay on a significant enough level, for example: Being a dwarf gives you access to small holes that normal or huge characters can't normally access. Then, there's the blacksmith which offers you some upgrades to your armorr, cape and swords in exchange of money, and you will have to find the blueprints of these upgrades in the game. A woman also gives you runes to change your gameplay (Like the blacksmith, you find these stones in the game, mostly in fairy chests or hidden areas). And finally an architect that cam recreate the previous level so you can run through it again (Yes, the levels are randomly-generated, what a great thing!). There are three or four major areas aside from the main castle, they all have their own types of ennemies and bosses. The game is very, very varied, the replayability is gigantic, ever changing. The only thing i dislike is that you will need to grind for money, alot. Permadeath + Randomly Generated levels + Alot of content + a huge skill tree = A game you must have in your Steam library. Don't hesitate and pick up this gem!
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
A beautiful addition to the roguelike genre. Random generation of levels AND characters ensures that challenges remain fresh, and the incremental progression keeps it addictive. A must-buy for people who enjoy this type of game.
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
the best and most fun Rogue-like MetroidVania game and by far, it had me glued to my seat playing it non-stop and this is something really rare in recent games. highly recommended for sure
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Rogue Legacy is a surprisingly addictive roguelike with RPG elements, randomized dungeon crawling, and a nice sense of humor, making for many hours of fun gameplay for nearly anyone.

I normally don't care too much for roguelikes for the simple fact that I hate losing everything I've worked to get. Rogue Legacy sets itself apart from the others by maintaining the difficulty of other roguelikes, but death is welcomed in this game. Upon death you simply choose a new heir to rise in place of the fallen hero. Multiple heirs are available for choice and all of them come with traits and talents that can either make the game easier, harder, or funnier. Coins you gained from the last run you made must be spent if possible before returning to the castle, where you will lose them before re-entering. Armor and gear that you bought applies to all heirs.

The controls of the game can feel odd at first, using the keyboard only, but are simple. The sound and visuals of the game are fitting and have almost a nostalgic feel to them.

The RPG elements of the game are very well done. You gain money which in turn can be used to buy upgrades to health, mana, new character types, and armor. There are also many items to find, such as blueprints to purchase new armor and weapons, and runes to give you additional moves, allow flight and other various effects. Your hero also levels when fighting and upgrading stats although there is no experience bar. Some areas of the game hold higher level monsters while the initial area has lower level monsters that scale up based on what level you are.

For the price, this isn't a bad game to pick up. It provides plenty of hours of entertainment and a couple laughs along the way. I recommend it to anyone who likes platforming or roguelike games.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
This is a good rogue like game that has an interesting progression system.

This progression system is really one of the key reason why I put so many hours into this game. Most rogue like games have perma death. Where if you lose thats it, its done you start from the beginning. Personally I did not like the idea of perma death in my games. I like to feel like I am working towards something and not losing everything just to try to do it again. With this said, many people who like rogue like games will disagree whole heartily with my decision and I understand that. Well with this game people get a little bit of both worlds.

This game has perma death and progression. Each character that goes into that death trap of a castle will eventually die but his or her's gold will be sent to their child where he or she can spend it on upgrades to their castle (that supplies skills, armory, stats etc) and to buy armor, accessories and even lock the previous dungeon so you can attempt it again. Then that child will die and send it's money to the next child and so on. So people get their perma death and progression all in one.

The gameplay is fun with platformer elements to it as well as rpg. Its a 2d side scroller where you go around in a randomly generated dungeon looting for gold, trying to survive and fighting bosses. Thanks to the option to lock the previous dungeon you can keep retrying the bosses again and again, without searching for the boss door. Which is nice because the bosses can be extremely hard if your not prepared. Also the dungeon itself is hard as well and you will find that it will take many attempts before finding the boss doors.

So overall, the progression system as well as the gameplay makes for an addicting game. With this said, their are a few issues I have with the game. When your character dies you get a selection of three (maybe four) randomly generated characters to choose from. All of these characters have different classes, special attacks and/or different qualities. Although the qualities like vertigo can really mess with you, most of the other qualities are forgettable after a while but it does add another element to the game at times. The random generated abilities on the other hand, were for the most part useless because most of the classes (except maybe mage and spell sword) had very little Mp to work with. I found that the normal attacks were sufficient in getting me through the dungeons. It could have really helped if the characters had a bigger Mp pool to work with and maybe some different spells and abilities.

Overall, good game with a few issues with the characters abilities, still very fun to play and has a game plus mode so good replayability as well.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I entered the castle and promptly died on some spikes. Then my ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ heir ran into the castle, drooling the whole way, and managed to kill some enemies by swinging his sword wildly as he died. Then his ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ daughter drooled her way to death at the [sans] hands of a huge eyeball. Each time you die, your predecessor has to spend whatever remaining gold you didn't spend on equipment or upgrades to re-enter the castle. Charon stands before the doorway like some malevolent Gandalf, not allowing you to pass until you give him all your money like some ♥♥♥♥♥ paying her pimp not to beat her tonight because she's special.

All in all, a subtly addicting hack'n'slash platformer that has surprising depth. Hours disappear while playing this game.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Rogue Legacy is the sort of modern retro classic that dreams are made of.

Entering the looming castle, entering unaware what awakes you inside, it quickly becomes apparent that this is not the simple 16-bit platformer it first appears. It cleverly blends genres, from roguelikes to RPGs to traditional platformers and bullet hell shooters, into a consistent and dangerously addictive blend of beautiful originality that feels fresh yet instantly familiar. It's also consistently and abundantly rewarding, making sure your many, many deaths feel worthwhile instead of frustrating as you continually rush back into the castle hoping this run will bring greater victories.

The concept is deceptively simple. You are the descendant of a dying king, embarking on a quest to find what lays inside this castle that will allegedly cure the king. But within moments you are struck down long before you can make it anywhere near the deepest layers of the castle. Thankfully you were rather, ahem, "friendly" in your life and know it's up to your incredibly large number of offspring to take up your sword in your place.

This then leads into RL's incredibly broad progression system, which incorporates a level of randomness while also allowing you to level your hero to better confront the monsters within the castle. No two children are ever the same, with each being a random combination of a huge amount of classes, traits, and special items they can use. For instance you could be a giant colorblind mage, or an ectomorphic shinobi that gets sent flying with every hit. It's a tad disappointing that some of the traits are merely for laughs (for instance one that causes you to pass gas with every jump), but there are enough of them that drastically alter the gameplay for it to be considered a success that plays largely into how you approach a given run.

These runs are what I love most about RL, because they take the most compelling elements of roguelikes (such as randomized level designs), and combines them with a more approachable leveling system and patterns that can be learned and mastered. Although you lose all your gold each time you enter the castle (at least at first), what you manage to attain can then be used to buy better gear, equip skill runes, or level your skills and unlock more classes. This leverages the difficulty away from the impossibly hardcore, into something far more approachable and enjoyable. You constantly feel like your making progress even when you die, and it's this drive that makes finally overcoming a particularly challenging boss or section so satisfying. Overcoming RL's obstacles was easily some of the most rewarding feelings I've ever had while playing a game, and beating the game felt like the epic accomplishment it ought to have.

Don't take this to mean RL is an easy game, because rest assure you will get pounded into the dirt more times than you can count. But it's not an insurmountable challenge, and it's in this that I feel it most succeeds at turning hardcore design philosophies into something everyone can enjoy. It makes the difficulty something you can realistically see yourself beating if you just try one more time; upgrade one more stat; find one more blueprint. It's the best sort of "hard" game that knows when to reward you and when to hold you up, only long enough to keep the hunger for victory ever present and relief just out of reach.

Even though I've conquered the castle, beaten the bosses, and discovered what lays within I don't see myself putting Rogue Legacy down anytime soon, and that more than anything is what sets it apart as a brilliant experience that I want to play over and over again. Every element of its design is polished to a glorious sheen, glued together by it's fantastic artwork and mind blowing soundtrack, and it's relentless attempts to empower you while always leaving you something more to accomplish. Everything about it is just freaking rad, and hopefully you realized that already and are now metaphorically running to pick it up.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Imagine you're playing a board game. You're given infinite lives. However, every time you die you have to reroll all of your character traits.

That is essentially the gimmick behind Rogue Legacy. The only difference is that instead of infintie lives, you have infinite heirs. Each heir is given any of a whole slew of different modifiers that can be useful, harmful, or simply funny. Each heir gets to retain anything their predecessors unlocked and make another go at the pseudo-randomized castle (certain regions of the castle are always in the same general location, but the rooms and layout are randomized).

It is admittedly an exercise in grinding as most runs through the castle early on you can expect to die. And die. And die. But you do get this certain feeling of progress and learning how to cope with the variety of traits you can get. But there's nothing quite like that feeling of seeing a boss for the nth time and finally kicking its ♥♥♥.

The story is fairly basic but is entirely fitting for the game. It is, however, somewhat predictable if you can catch on to certain things as you make your way through the game. If you enjoy the gameplay a lot, the replay value is high as each iteration of the game gets progressively more difficult. Plus a patch some time back added special versions of the bosses for added challenge beyond the original game as well.

Overall, I found it a very enjoyable game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Dark Souls meets Ghosts'n'Goblins.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
So much yes, this game is worth the damn money it costs, almost too cheap for such a good game! It's unique, challenging and a ton of fun! It's a casual game that you can play at any time pretty much! Everything about this game is so much YES! Exploration, collecting and just kicking monster ♥♥♥ is so much fun! Cellar Door games has made probaly one of my favourite games! Only thing it is missing is steam cloud, so i can't play the same file on both my laptop and my PC. I can't say anything more i think (except for saying that you should go get it), but it is just... Amazing.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Brillinat dungeon-crawler/platformer game that has permanent death for your character, but instead you will continue with the next generation of your hero. Every son/daughter has traits that make each unique and different to play You will always progress, how much is dependent of how good your run was. It's a challenging game but still through upgrades that passes along to your next line of heros/heroines, you will inevitably get strong enough to beat the game - and unlock NG+ which will offer more dangerous enemies and yet dozens/hundreds of dead heroes but most importantly, so much fun along the way.

So overall a game that I would recommend to everyone, you can progress step by step or try to make it as challenging as possible, to use the least amount of heroes before reaching the end. Game is very enjoyable due extra responsive controls, and every death feels fair, if you died, you made a mistake. Works great with both keyboard and controller.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Rogue Legacy is a very hard game with a superb soundtrack, I fell in love with it a while ago! This is my favorite game of 2013.

Everytime you die, you can choose between 3 randomized children and you get to keep your unlocked weapons, armors and skills. You can find rare chests which contain permanent boosts to your character and the monster difficulty scales based on your level. There are 10+ big bosses to beat and a vast amount of enemies.

I cannot explain how good this game is! It is cheap, addictive and great in all aspects! 41 hours in, I have completed the game and new game+ once. It was well worth playing and I had alot of fun! Lasted longer than most games I've played. Keep in mind that with the infinite new game+ and ranodmly generated levels, it wouldn't surprise me that you would play the game for longer than I did! If you haven't played it yet and are not sure if you should, you can check my personal score below.

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Gameplay 9.2 A pure hardcore roguelike action platformer (for those who are not familiar with the term roguelike, it means that the levels are randomized and death is permanent, even though you keep your upgrades and gear in Rogue Legacy). Very hard to master, stiff controls (which fits the genre of Nintendo-era games, execpt for "Down-attack" which is just weird in my opinion), lots of weapon, armors and runes to unlock. You have a full skill-tree you can eventually max-out if you gather enough gold! The game is not frustrating because whenever you die, as long as you gathered enough gold or found +Stats bonus from chests, your character gets stronger. Keep in mind that monsters scales too! Multiple save-files and new game+ (infinite amount of ng+ and new gear for those who can succeed in ng+)! The game could have more monster variety, but for an indie game it's just fine!
Graphics 8.8 Retro graphics that you will just fall in love with! In Rogue Legacy you will find funny, yet beautiful, 2d art with well-done animations that goes perfectly with the style of the game. The UI and menus are simplistic but gives you just enough information, fits with the rest of the art and looks fine overall. Plus, there's plenty of different visual effects you will discover based on your character traits.
Atmosphere 9.5 The soundtrack of Rogue Legacy is EPIC! It is definately one of the best soundtrack I have listened to in my entire gaming career. The sound effects are very satisfying to listen to and they're unique to the game. Your character attacks have a wide bank of sound, so they are not repetitive and they don't get boring to listen to. Rogue Legacy doesn't feature any voiced dialogues, so there is no voice acting for this game.
Performance 9.5 I have noticed barely any bugs while playing through the game. Nothing annoying, just very few glitches, like being able to move during some boss cutscenes (which might be fixed). Also, another thing I need to point out is that in my 41 hours playing this game, I have not crashed a single time, which is great. The game runs totally smooth, I have never experienced any fps drops.
Story 7.5 While the story is not bad, it's really short and litterally only a few pages of text left by Johannes and some boss dialogues. I'm surprised such a wonderful game has got such a simple story. As I said previously, it's not a bad story, just very confusing. As far as the NPCs goes, they don't really have dialogues and there's not many of them, but those dialogues are fine. Honestly, it's an amazing game and the story doesn't really matter in this case, because the gameplay, graphics and sounds are all fantastic!
Singleplayer 9.0 Since Rogue Legacy only offers singleplayer, this will be a resume of my review. Rogue Legacy has a fantastic singleplayer experience, it is totally addicting, it has tons of replayability and it is challenging. Definately a game to try if you are a fan of hard games and like 2d action platformers! There's items to farm, a huge skill-tree to unlock and level-up your stats and skills and unlimited randomly generated levels. Rogue Legacy also features unique boss mechanics, challenge rooms and secrets to uncover
Multiplayer -- This game features no co-op or multiplayer.
Playtime 9.0 Rogue Legacy takes a good 20 to 40 hours to complete depending on if you want to simply kill the last boss or complete ng+, collect all items, collect all runes, etc... Overall, you will probably spend around 40 hours playing Rogue Legacy, which is huge for a singleplayer indie game. As for the replayability, don't even worry! Multiple save-files, random traits, randomly generated levels, infinite new game+... You will have to play for a while before getting bored of the game!
Prices 9.0 Rogue Legacy is totally worth the asking price of US$14.99 (As of late 2014), as it doesn't have any DLCs or microtransactions, it's developped by indie developpers and it's just a great game overall.
Steam Features 8.0 While Rogue Legacy doesn't have Steam Workshop and is lacking a few Steam features, it does have the most important ones. The achievements are pretty good (and some are quite difficult, because most bosses are difficult anyways) and the game has Trading Cards. The game also features full controller support, which is always a great thing to have in a retro game!
Game Score
9.0

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Time required to complete the game. ~16 hours. Reaching and killing the main boss.
Time required to fully complete the game. ~100 hours. All bosses, around 10 ng+, all items, all runes, maxed castle... Etc.
Time required to get 100% achievements in the game. ~41 hours. 28/28 achievements working, the last bosses achievements are challenging and "Katagelasticism" is moderately challenging.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Was really excited for this game, and as you can see from my play time I believed in it for a while. The platforming actually is rather good (with a tendency to use too many spikes for my taste) as is the funny genealogical system. But the major sticking point is the permanent STATS progression. At first it sounded great, you get the blood rush of permadeath with something to carry over! Unfortunately it means that initially you can't get very far without being completely destroyed, and that later on the early parts of the dungeons will likely be no-challenge pieces of cake (can't tell if they put mechanics in place to prevent this, didn't get that far with the unlocks).

Also, unless you're the absolute god of platformers you'll sooner or later hit a progression slowdown where you just can't get a run that's profitable enough to unlock anything.

I think the lesson from this, and I'm gonna repeat it in every rogue-lite review I do, is that permanently unlocking new alternate classes and new stuff that gets fed to the random generator for a run is great, but permanent stat progression just doesn't work in a roguelike, it makes it GRINDY.
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