What are the best dungeon crawler games on Steam?

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    #1The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

    The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

    The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a role-playing action shooter video game developed and published by Nicalis. In the game, player will find treasures that'll transform Isaac to fight enemies and unravel secrets.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Playstation 4, iOS, Xbox One

    $14.99

    Bruce Santos
    Written on June 10, 2017
    "This is just one of those games that you never get tired of playing. It gets even more exciting each time you play it. There are lots pf surprises in this games. You will find you just keep discovering things each time you play. "
  2. 52

    #2Crypt of the Necrodancer

    Crypt of the Necrodancer
    Crypt of the NecroDancer is a hardcore rhythm game that you can play using a keyboard, controller, or dance pad. You can also use your own music straight from your music library. It also has its own original soundtrack. 
    Games

    Windows, iOS, Mac

    $14.99

    Howard Washington
    Written on June 22, 2017
    "Crypt of the Necrodancer is a great game for gamers who love dungeon crawlers. It's a fun combination between Diablo and Zelda, with throwback graphics and sound that make it a balst to play. You get the best of both worlds -- modern gameplay with the nostalgic graphics and sounds from the old Nintendo games from back in the day. "
  3. 49

    #3Crawl

    Crawl

    Crawl is a competitive multiplayer action game. Players alternate between controlling the enemies and the hero. Enemy players who successfully kill the hero instantly become the hero. It was developed and published by Powerhoof.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $14.99

    Joan Pierce
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "You want a Dungeon crawler and this is literally named "Crawl," so I'd say it's already off to a great start. It's well rated for a reason: the gameplay is fun, the multiplayer is enjoyable, and if you're competitive there are plenty of options."

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

A dungeon crawler is a subgenre of role-playing games, characterized by the exploration of a labyrinthine environment while battling monsters, looking for treasure, and defeating the enemy in aa occasional boss battle. The term “dungeon crawl” is analogous to “bar crawl,” since the player usually fights his way across dungeon room to dungeon room. A “dungeon” in this case does not only refer to an underground prison, but to any subterranean environment. As a genre, it was influenced by the tabletop game Dungeons and Dragons, as well as J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series.

DID YOU KNOW?

Dungeon crawlers are closely associated with roguelike games. Roguelike games and dungeon crawlers have the same progenitor, the 1980 game Rogue. Rogue set the standards and defined both genres. However, dungeon crawlers are much more diverse than roguelike games as roguelikes, by definition, are “games that are like Rogue [in features and characteristics].” The 1980s was a pivotal point for PC RPGs and dungeon crawler games for alike. During that period, the complexity and gameplay of computer games were significantly limited by the lack of storage capacity and computing power of the computers. The tile-based graphics of the time were actually effective in building mazes because they resulted in similar-looking environments. 

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    #4Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

    Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

    Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is a Japanese indie game developed by EasyGameStation that combines RPG-style shopkeeping with dungeon-crawling. It was published by Carpe Fulgur LLC and was released on September 11, 2010.

    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Juan Stanley
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "This dungeon crawler is one of my favorites as I love the classic Japanese art and charm that ooze from it. It's a very challenging game and provides countless hours of entertainment. The game play is well designed and provides a great mix of challenges and rewards. "
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    #5Darkest Dungeon

    Darkest Dungeon

    Darkest Dungeon is a Lovecraftian dungeon crawler RPG game in which the most dangerous enemy is the madness that can grow on your team's mind. It features tons of dungeon challenges that randomly appear. It was developed and published by Red Hook Studios.

    Games

    Windows, Nintendo Switch, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac

    $24.99

    Matthew Anderson
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I love dark, and atmospheric games on the PC. Darkest Dungeon is a great game that has a unique style the brings to life multiple hellacious dungeons that seem like they are plucked straight from the pages of a Lovecraft novel. Training my team of explorer/warriors was a lot of fun and the battles are surprisingly tactical. I cannot recommend this game enough to horror fans."
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    #6Path of Exile

    Path of Exile

    Path of Exile is an action MMORPG game developed and released by Grinding Gear Games on October 23, 2013. This free-to-play online game offers singleplayer and multiplayer co-op gameplay modes and is available on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

    Games

    Windows, Xbox One

    Free

    Jeffrey Hamilton
    Written on April 5, 2017
    "I would view the description of Path of Excile on the Steam website. I would watch the trailer to see if it is a game that would fit my expectation of a dungeon crawler game."
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    #7Baldur's Gate II

    Baldur's Gate II
    In Baldur's Gate II you have to choose between resisting the evil within you, forging a legend of heroic proportions, and ultimately destroying the dark essence that haunts your dreams; or embracing your monstrous nature, carving a swath of destruction across the realms, and ascending to godhood as the new Lord of Murder.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    $19.99

    Doris Hopkins
    Written on May 4, 2017
    "Baldur's gate is like the original dungeon crawler, and this is the just as awesome sequel. You delve into the depths of the dungeon in this classic, killing all enemies and getting all the awesome loot."
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    #8Borderlands 2

    Borderlands 2

    Borderlands 2 is an action role-playing first-person shooting game which was first released in 2012. It is the second game in the Borderlands game series. This four-player co-op game won the VGX Award for Character of the Year.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

    $19.99

    Kevin Hudson
    Written on June 28, 2017
    "There's no game as unique as Borderlands. While I would NOT call it a dungeon crawler, there's no game out there that has more, and more unique loot that Borderlands. If you love collecting guns and looking for that better piece of gear, give Borderlands a look."
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    #9Legend of Dungeon

    Legend of Dungeon
    Legend of Dungeon is a roguelike beat-'em-up with a dungeon crawler dynamic. You will find a lot of different enemies, weapons, puzzles, surprises during your wandering of the mazes and dungeons you will be set in.
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Shreyas Jaiteley
    Written on March 7, 2017
    "This game is a really good dungeon crawler. It is procedurally generated, so you never feel like you are playing the same thing twice. Additionally, the rogue-like elements make the game very challenging, which I like. Finally, the stat system was interesting and intuitive."
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    #10Borderlands

    Borderlands

    Borderlands is an action RPG and open world video game developed by Gearbox Software. It was released on October 27, 2009, by 2K. It supports first-person shooter and co-op modes and is available on Windows, macOS, Xbox 360, and more.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac

    $19.99

    He Shen
    Written on April 2, 2017
    "This is a great dungeon crawler type game! It's addictive and a whole lot of fun! I enjoyed playing with other people online. The only problem is I can find myself spending way too much time playing! I would definitely suggest this game."
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    #11Forced

    Forced
    FORCED is an indie multiplayer cooperative video game for PC and Mac developed and published by BetaDwarf. It can have 1 up to 4 players to play this tactical arcade with puzzles, RPG and dungeon crawling altogether.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    Hannah Wood
    Written on February 2, 2017
    "You can play with puzzles, RPG, and dungeon crawling with FORCED: Slightly Better Edition. I love the name of course but also the gameplay. You can play up to four players. In multiplayer modes, you use teamwork to succeed. "
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    #12Spelunky

    Spelunky
    Spelunky is an open source platform video game independently created by Derek Yu and first released in 2008. It features randomized levels offering a challenging new experience for players. 
    Games

    Windows, Chrome, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360

    Free

    Frances Perez
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Spelunky is one of the best new games that I have played in a long time on Stem. I love all the different levels and adventures that this game offers. Every time I start a new level I feel like I am starting a new adventure! My favorite part has to be the daily challenges, not only are they difficult, they also help you learn how to be successful on future levels. Get this game now!!!!"
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    #13FTL: Faster Than Light

    FTL: Faster Than Light

    FTL: Faster Than Light is a strategy and simulation game for Windows and Mac. This "spaceship simulation roguelike-like" allows you to take your ship on an adventure through a randomly generated galaxy. It was developed by Subset Games.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    $9.99

    Austin Silva
    Written on June 16, 2017
    "I'm a big fan of dungeon crawler games, and went looking for one on Steam. FTL: Faster Than Light isn't exactly a dungeon crawler, but it's a massively-addictive, very difficult 2D game in which you move your spaceship through different galaxies. If you're looking for something somewhat different than a dungeon crawler, this game is highly recommended."
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    #14Legend of Grimrock

    Legend of Grimrock
    A first person, old style dungeon-crawler RPG. The game brings back the oldschool challenge with highly tactical real-time combat and grid-based movement, devious hidden switches and secrets as well as deadly traps and horrible monsters.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    Eva Espinosa
    Written on May 17, 2017
    "I was looking for a dungeon crawler type game on Steam. I found out about Legend of Grimrock, a first person crawler type game that had all the hidden switches and fun puzzle secrets I was looking for in a game. I got it immediately."
  12. 25

    #15Rogue Legacy

    Rogue Legacy
    Rogue Legacy is a roguelike metroidvania video game developed and published by Cellar Door Games. Released in 2013, this game can be played on PlayStation 3, 4, and Vita, Windows PC, macOS, Linux, and Xbox One.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Linux

    $14.99

    Danielle Guerrero
    Written on April 3, 2017
    "I was craving a new dungeon crawler game for Steam. I came across Rogue Legacy and I love it. It's fun to explore the castle and the best part of the game is its good message. Your descendant take over from you when you die in the game and some children have various disabilities but these are celebrated, which is great! I enjoyed this a lot."
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    #16Torchlight II

    Torchlight II

    Torchlight II is an action role-playing game that captures all the flavor and excitement of the original game, while expanding the world and adding the features players wanted most, including online and LAN co-op multiplayer. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $19.99

    Justin Chapman
    Written on June 15, 2017
    "This game is a must have for any fan of RPG's. Torchlight 2 is just a fun game to play, even after multiple plays. The action moves extremely well and the kills are awesome. I love that you can send your pet to buy and sell stuff. That was always the boring part for me. Alone or multi-player, This game simply rocks!"
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    #17Bastion

    Bastion
    Bastion is a cool indie game based in a roguelike gameplay with many dungeon crawler elements. The game has an innovative system which features a reactive narrator who marks all your moves. It is developed by Supergiant Games.
    Games

    Windows, iOS, Mac, PlayStation 4

    $14.99

    Andrew James
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "Bastion is a popular isometric platform game that takes places in dungeons. It has a live guide that talks you through the game and is very interesting. It's a very different game from a normal dungeon crawler though I would highly recommend it."
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    #18Transistor

    Transistor

    Transistor is a science fiction action, indie, and RPG game where the player takes on the role of the character Red as she travels through a series of locations, fighting against her enemies known as the Process. It is developed and published by Supergiant Games.

    Games

    Mac, Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Ramón Valencia
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Transistor is a rather compelling modern ARPG game, though it's not exactly what I think of, when I think of a traditional Dungeon Crawler. It has turn-based and sci-fi elements that make it difficult to classify, so those looking for a game in a particular genre might be surprised, though they will probably enjoy the game if they are simply open-minded, as objectively, it is pretty good. The game's dynamic soundtrack is also quite fitting for the worlds it establishes, and it can even potentially stand alone as something worth listening to, which not many games can claim."
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    #19Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

    Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
    Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is the renovated version of the role playing based franchise set in the Dungeons & Dragons' Forgotten Realms campaign. The game is enhanced and readapted to modern times but still can be run in low end computers. 


    Games

    Windows, Android, Mac

    $19.99

    Walter Moore
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition makes for a good dungeon crawler game, but only as a single-player. Online play is full of bugs and just pure frustration overall. If they could fix that it would be a definite recommend, but I'd call it a reserved look. Don't expect too much but you may be pleasantly surprised."
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    #20The Binding of Isaac

    The Binding of Isaac

    The Binding of Isaac is an action-adventure and RPG game where you have to escape your deranged mother who wants to sacrifice you. It was developed and published by Edmund McMillen.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4

    $4.99

    Ying Shao
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "This game is simple but a lot of fun. There is a lot of unknown situations and I like that a lot. I was looking for a Dungeon Crawler game and I found exactly what I was looking for. What attracted me to it to play was the positive feedback that it has received. "
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    #21Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a co-op first-person shooter action game developed by 2K Australia. Players dive into the Borderlands universe and guide characters as they shoot and loot their way to Pandora's moon.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android

    $39.99

    Andrew Garrett
    Written on June 19, 2017
    "As a Borderlands fan I have to say that freezing enemies solid with cold-based attacks felt pretty cool. I was also able to use the new laser class weapons to toast them crispy. I found this new gear mixed with the the different skill trees made for a fresh experience through my admittedly well traveled Borderland universe."
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    #22Gauntlet

    Gauntlet

    Gauntlet is a co-op action role-playing video game where four players must battle against monsters, bosses, traps, and so on. It was developed by Atari Games and was initially released in 1985 for Windows PC and Sony PlayStation 4 consoles.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Bobby Sullivan
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Why do almost all games have evil, death and killing in them? The first thing you see is the rating that indicates it has "blood, gore and violence." Not what I am interested in as far as games go. Plus, I am of the opinion that very few parents even have a clue as to what types of games their kids are playing. This type of game is not for me. But, as far as the graphics and action go, it is quite advanced for a game you can play on pretty much any computer. The graphic designers for the game sure nailed the look for the genre."
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    #23Grim Dawn

    Grim Dawn
    Grim Dawn is an ARPG that features complex character development, hundreds of unique items, crafting and quests with choice & consequence. Enter an apocalyptic fantasy world where humanity is on the brink of extinction and start your adventure.
    Games

    Windows

    $24.99

    Ofelia Cázares
    Written on April 17, 2017
    "This seems to be a great game as far as RPG Action games go. If you like games like Diablo, you will like this game. You will get your money's worth and more as this game is complex. It has many scenes, skills, modifiers, items to get...it will keep you playing for hours. Graphic and sounds are very impressive."
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    #24Dungeons of Dredmor

    Dungeons of Dredmor

    Dungeons of Dredmor is a roguelike game developed by Gaslamp Games. The game starts as the player assumes the role of the game's main character entering a hostile dungeon crawler environment. It was developed and published by Gaslamp Games, Inc.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $4.99

    Michael Sandoval
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I loved Dungeons of Dredmor and I would say its probably one of the best Dungeon Crawler games on Steam right now. It has good graphics and is difficult enough to challenge you but not so much that it is frustrating. I would highly recommend downloading it and giving it a try."
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    #25Monolith

    Monolith

    Monolith is a 2D Shoot'Em Up with procedurally generated elements and Pixel Graphics. You must explore a large, abandoned facility in search of incredible power. It was developed and published by Team D-13.

    Games

    Windows

    $7.99

    Trishla Bose
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "Me, I don't know much about games but my son is very into them. He's only 12 but he plays this game all the time. Sometimes a bit too much as he doesn't do his homework or come to dinner. I have to knock on his door just to see if he is still alive. It is good for punishments as well as I have something to take away from him."
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    #26Ziggurat

    Ziggurat
    Ziggurat is a first-person shooter roguelike game with a dungeon crawl logic created, developed and published by Milkstone Studios The game is inspired by classics like the Heretic and Hexen first-person shooters
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    César Zavala
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "I had a lot of hope for this dungeon crawler FPS game on Steam, Ziggurat. The game promised immersive action and a lot of different rooms to explore and get through. But I quickly found a way to "beat" the game, and now I find that the gameplay is pretty repetitive. It was fun while it lasted, but I don't think I'll have Ziggurat on regular rotation. "

Summary

Best What are the best dungeon crawler games on Steam
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Binding of Isaac: RebirthGames 57 Paid
2Crypt of the NecrodancerGames 52 Paid
3CrawlGames 49 Paid
4Recettear: An Item Shop's TaleGames 49 Paid
5Darkest DungeonGames 49 Paid
6Path of ExileGames 47 Free
7Baldur's Gate IIGames 43 Paid
8Borderlands 2Games 41 Paid
9Legend of DungeonGames 38 Paid
10BorderlandsGames 34 Paid
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