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 (7,977 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."


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

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

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

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

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

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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

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
228 of 253 people (90%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Well one word sums up this game and that is "ASTOUNDING",it really is that good.
I started to play the game expecting it to be good (after reading reviews and listening to my friends opinions i thought i would enjoy it) but wasent ready for it to be the game i eventually came to really have a love hate relationship with (but in a good way).
You start of at the entrance to the castle and you are the first descendant and you walk in thinking "COME ON I CAN TAKE ON ANYTHING" 10 descendants later your like "OMG THIS GAME ISNT THAT EASY".
But as you wade through and lose more characters you eventually come to realise that this is the aim of the game and that death isnt a stumbling block but a means of progression as every time you die you leave the castle and then spend the coins you have ammased,therefore your character gets better on every new life and the game gets that little bit easier.
Eventually you will beat the game and go "I BEAT YOU",but then here it comes NG+ and then the game really starts.
The enemies are tougher the bosses are harder (sometimes to the point of frustration) and its basically like you have started the game from the beggining again.
The sounds and music in game are great,the graphics really suit the game and compliment it in fact and overall the gameplay is fair and balanced to the point that you realise that every mistake you make is yours and not the game cheating you at all (might feel that way but trust me all deaths are your fault).
Anyway in closing if you dont own this game "WHY NOT" its been cheap enough in the sales to make it a definate purchase and even at full price is still one of the best GEMS on STEAM at the moment.
Posted: May 27
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79 of 88 people (90%) found this review helpful
93.9 hrs on record
In a sea of permadeath progression games, Rogue Legacy hits a really cool and versatile niche that both hardcore enthusiasts and newcomers can enjoy. Whichever protagonist you choose out of three randomised options, know this: you will die eventually, be it to traps, minibosses, the area-bosses or the varying fauna in any of the four zones you must explore. Fear not, however, because your family's lineage will be furthered by each respawn, and the gold you hoard on every adventure can be spent on stats and equipment improval. Every run is different, and both the personal traits of your heroes (varying from drawbacks such as myopia to perks like regaining mana from breaking miscellaneous items) and the ever-shifting dungeon architecture get randomised into interesting scenarios that demand different approaches, clever tactics and quick reflexes. Alternate boss fights, New Game+ content and hidden classes will add quite a few hours to an incredibly addictive experience coated in a toon fantasy setting that looks pretty much like a cross between Prehistorik and Castlevania.

Buy it if you:
Enjoy indie Metroidvania titles with RPG elements sewn in
Like riding the line between dying and progression
Prefer light humor and nostalgic sidescrolling misadventures to the cinematic polish of modern AAA titles

DO NOT buy it if you:
Get easily frustrated and think dodging should be done via quick-time events
Expect an elaborate narrative
Want 3D in your games
Posted: June 18
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159 of 246 people (65%) found this review helpful
31.5 hrs on record
You can play as a gay, color-blind, Barbarian. 10/10.
Posted: June 23
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
25.5 hrs on record
This is one of those games that took me a long time to actually enjoy. You have to grind for a while to upgrade your stats enough to last in the castle. Somewhere after 100 lives it started getting easier and I started living longer than 5 minutes. It took me 22 hours of total playtime to be able defeat the four bosses, while somewhere around level 160. Another 3 hours of grinding and I was able to beat the final boss. That's what I mean by grinding, although I readily admit that I suck at this game, which is part of the reason I didn't like it much at first.

If you can be patient, and you enjoy platformers and rogue-likes, you might like this game. It takes time to get over the wall but when you do, you will find it becomes easier and more enjoyable.
Posted: June 6
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
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!
Posted: June 26
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263 of 285 people (92%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Rogue Legacy is a brilliant roguelike game. You'll die a lot. But you'll never have to start over. While doing a run through the castle you'll earn money. This money can be used if you die to upgrade your skills, unlock classes and buy gear. You'll then start as a new character with these specific upgrades. Every time you upgrade a skill you'll also level up; killing enemies won't earn you experience, only money and items. It keeps the game fresh and gives you incentive to collect as much money as you can before dying. However, every time you start a new game the layout of the castle resets (ie, the castle is randomized). Later on, you'll be able to keep the current layout, thanks to the Architect. You'll have to unlock him first though.

You have to beat 4 bosses before you can defeat the final boss. Depending on your skills these bosses range from fairly easy to incredibly hard. Selecting and upgrading specific skills is really important here.

The layout of the castle isn't big. If you're properly equipped you'll be able to speedrun through it within 30 minutes. But you'll hardly ever make it out alive. In fact, it's so tough and challenging that it should take most of us gamers 15-20 hours to complete. Yup, for a small game like that that's looooong.

Like a few other games out there Rogue Legacy will never frustrate and will always be fun to play. I sincerely hope that they'll make a sequel.

There's definitely room for improvement and more features, and as negative as that may sound, it's meant in the most positive way possible.

Awesome, awesome game !

[Rating: 87/100]
Posted: July 5, 2013
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