They’re not everyone’s cup of Earl Grey, but Roguelikes are still a defining part of text-based gaming. Lately, master and apprentice Roguelike developers alike have rolled up their sleeves, focused the volatile energies of the RNG and coded like there’s no tomorrow for a whole seven days – at the end, some of them even made a game that’s winnable!
Yep, the annual 7DRL week has been and gone without a lot of hype, yet it’s been the most successful yet with a total of 45 entrants – 25 of which are actually complete enough to “win”. It’s possible that some of these will go on to be developed further and might even end up amongst the famous names of ADOM, Angband and Nethack.
I’ve played but a scarce few of what’s on offer. Here’s a brief selection:
- Persist [link, pictured left] – how long can you stay alive? Watch out for the falling trees, unhealthy water and various other threats.
- Underbooks [link, pictured middle] – a realtime book-hunting adventure. Pretty, but needs a lot of luck to get started with.
- DungeonMinder [link, pictured right] – play a guardian spirit and help the hapless adventurer gain victory. My personal favourite so far – nicely polished and playable!
More to come tomorrow, but if you’re impatient, check out the full list of entries over on the Rogue Temple forums.