What are the best roguelike games on PC?

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    #1The 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.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4


    Saúl Meléndez
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "This game has a strange plot. Isaac's mother is a deranged individual who hears voices of higher powers and threatens to sacrifice him to the gods. Fearing this, Isaac hides in his basement. While in the basement, he goes on an adventure where he runs into even more deranged enemies and kills them along the way. He also discovers a world of treasures which give him supernatural ability to kill his enemies and eventually make his way to safety."
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    #2Rogue 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.

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


    Victoria Quintana
    Written on January 7, 2017
    "I was on the look out for a rogue like game for pc to gift my brother. I then found rogue legacy and looked into it. I decided to get it for him. After a while he called me up was absolutely ecstatic about it. Saying it was one of the best rogue like games he has played. And how the great the gameplay was."
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    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. 

    Windows, Chrome, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360


    Emma Gordon
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "A fun little game that helps you increase your skills as you go along. Fun, colorful characters in an underground setting that helps you get lost in the game! So many levels that make it a unique experience every time you want to play!"
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    #4Darkest 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.


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


    Kevin Davis
    Written on September 14, 2017
    "Darkest Dungeon has won numerous awards and it is certainly worth of them. This turn-based, RPG strategy game breaks the mold of the stale genre and has some of the best art styles to go with it."
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    #5Risk of Rain

    Risk of Rain
    Risk of Rain is an action multiplayer video game with full of action and roguelike elements developed by Hopoo Games and published by Chucklefish. Through this game, players will be set on a mysterious planet. 

    PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac, Linux


    Gerald Spencer
    Written on March 5, 2017
    "I was very disappointed by the suggestion of this game, Risk of Rain. I had been searching for a while now, and almost thought I had a glimmer of hope. But it comes to be that this is only on Playstation, not on PC. I wish the search results would have been more accurate."
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    DRL (formerly DoomRL) is a roguelike video game developed by ChaosForge. Since 2002 in-development and based on the first-person shooters Doom and Doom II.

    Windows, Mac


    Isidro Martínez
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "Prepare to enter the time machine! Featuring the DOS-quality graphics and that classic game look you know and love, players will find themselves immersed in what feels like the late 1990s. This is a fun little diversion, particularly if you're a fan of the early entries in the Doom series."
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    Brogue is an ASCII Roguelike game by Brian Walker. It is a direct descendant of Rogue, unlike other popular modern roguelikes, and it favors simplicity over complexity while trying to ensure that the interactions between components will be interesting and varied.

    Windows, Mac


    Michael Schmidt
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "Brogue is just as it sounds, one of the best roguelike PC games. This standout game is available in Mac, Windows, and Linux OS formats. Get your game on with some of the most unique weapons and features ever!"
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    ADOM is an ASCII classic roguelike, boasting a brilliant mix of story, RPG, exploration, and intensely strategic and flexible combat. 

    Windows, Mac


    Austin Garcia
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "This is not exactly my type of game. A little bit clunky for me and not my favorite genre. The graphics are pretty good and if you're into roguelike games, you'll probably like it. "
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    #9Nuclear Throne

    Nuclear Throne
    Nuclear Throne is a top-down fast-paced action shooter with a wide cast of selectable characters. As you explore the wasteland left after humanities extinction, search for the Nuclear Throne, the ultimate power on the planet. It was developed and published by Vlambeer.

    Windows, Mac


    Kevin Johnson
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "Post apocalyptic fun and challenge in a world where humanity is a distant memory, and mutants rule the landscape. Challenging action with lots of levels kept me going deeper and deeper into the world of mutant blasting. Addicting and fun!"
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    #10FTL: 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.


    Windows, Mac, iOS


    Ronald Castillo
    Written on April 14, 2017
    "I wanted to find a roguelike game for the PC. I am new to PC gaming and Steam is the hub for PC games. I was recommened FTL and couldn't be happier. Super fun game. "
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    #11Caves of Qud

    Caves of Qud

    Caves of Qud is a science fantasy roguelike epic steeped game. It shows a game from a very old platform with just strategy and wit to enjoy the game. It was developed and published by Freehold Games.


    Windows, Mac


    Madison Duncan
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "Caves of Qud is a great suggestion, but there are other games on the PC that may fit this genre better and are closer to what I was looking for. I think that the Thief series of PC games would also be a good solution for this problem."
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    #12Dungeons 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.


    Windows, Mac


    Thomas Jensen
    Written on March 26, 2017
    "I wasn't a big fan of the animation of Dungeons of Dredmor but the gameplay was exciting and kept me interested for a few hours at a time. There are some very difficult enemies throughout the game (I can't remember dying so often in a game) and that makes it very addictive. It's one of the more addictive roguelike games I've played."
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    #13Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead

    Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead
    Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead, or CDDA, is an open source survival horror roguelike video game.The game is freely downloadable on the game's website and the source code is also freely available on the project's GitHub repository.

    Windows, Mac


    Albert Hayes
    Written on September 14, 2017
    "This game seems to satisfy the inquiry of the rougelike genre for PC. Unfortunately the game is not quite on steam however there are talks of it trying to get greenlit. The reviews seem to be quite high with a 4/5 and 86%, although those were the only two that appeared."
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    Downwell is a 2D 8-Bit roguelike vertical-scrolling platform game about a young person venturing down a well in search of untold treasures with only his Gunboots to protect him. It was developed by Moppin and was published by Devolver Digital.


    Windows, iOS, Android


    Nicole Kim
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "I'm a big fan of retro graphics but also rogue like games. I happened upon downwell and right away it drew me in. It is everything I could hope for in a game besides being super cute. It is fun, easy to learn and provides hours of entertainment. "
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    #15Dead Cells

    Dead Cells
    Dead Cells is a 2D action adventure game for Windows and Mac. Explore and bring back the memories of an era wherein graphics mattered little. It was developed and published by Motion Twins.

    Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch


    Johnny Ortiz
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "I am not exactly sure what a "roguelike" game is, but this game really did catcjh my eye when i clicked the link. It was very interesting looking, good simple graphics, bright colors and it LOOKED like it would be very fun to play. "
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    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

    Windows, Mac


    Roy Russell
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "Ziggurat is a pretty fun game, but not anything like Rogue. It's more akin to early first person shooters like Hexen which is a name I haven't heard much. But it really envokes the nostalgia of a time gone by."
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    HyperRogue is an Indie arcade game that lets you uncover the secrets of a strange world. It features 50 different land and tons of monsters and treasures. It was developed and published by Zeno Rogue.


    Windows, Mac


    Kyle Martinez
    Written on February 1, 2017
    "I tried playing this game but I never really got into it. The hyperbolic projection style of the graphics gave me a headache after only a few minutes of playing. I guess if that didn't bother you this could be a good game."
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    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.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Ann Dixon
    Written on January 30, 2017
    "For hours of entertainment you should check out Crawl. It's a multi- player, roguelike game you play on your PC. You'll get lost in time being the enemy and then becoming the hero instantly. All for enough loot to take to your dungeon boss. You've got to try it!"
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    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.




    Julia Castañeda
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "LOOKS RETRO, PLAYS HOT! I grew up in the 80s, when video games were something you had to go to the arcade to play, and Monolith *looks* a lot like some of those early Namco games. But it doesn't play like one, oh, no, no, no. Movement is fast and smooth, not slow and clunky like an old arcade game. And you enjoy TONS of weapons, combinations, terrain types and floor layouts. This looks like 1984, but it has 2017 under the hood."
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    #20Castle of no Escape 2

    Castle of no Escape 2

    Castle of no Escape 2 is a 2D Rogue-like game with Pixel Graphics. You must explore 216 rooms of randomly generated hazards and enemies while collecting the necessary artifacts. It was developed by D.E.X. Team and was published by Xitilon.




    Tony Qiu
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "A pixel graphic 2D game with 216 rooms of randomly generated hazards and enemies. The above solution explanation does a good job of describing the games features."
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    Everspace is a first person space shooter that combines different elements of Roguelike gameplaying that will immerse you completely in its fascinating story and powerful visuals.


    Xbox One, Windows, Mac


    Christine Estrada
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "A space combat game for Xbox One use. Its a cool idea for a game and its relatively fun, though it does have issues with the crashing. Hopefully there will be patches for this issue."
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    Gonner is a 2D platformer roguelike video game. GoNNER is also a story about friendship between Ikk, Death, and a space whale named Sally.


    Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Android


    Willie Morales
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "This 2D roguelike game, GoNNER, promises that you will die a lot as you get used to the gameplay. I found this to be true in my experience, though once you reach a certain level of familiarity with the game you can stay alive and get further into the challenge. Unfortunately I found that there is not enough variation to make this a true roguelike game. At 10 bucks the game is a bargain, but I don't consider GoNNER an essential game in my collection. "
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    #23Desktop Dungeons

    Desktop Dungeons
    Desktop Dungeons is a short-session roguelike puzzle game that gives you roughly 10 minutes of dungeon-crawling action per serving.

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS


    Keith Griffin
    Written on March 15, 2017
    "I enjoyed this game immensely. The characters were fascinating to manipulate to my needs."
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    #24Road Not Taken

    Road Not Taken
    Road Not Taken is an independent video game that combines roguelike and puzzle game elements with the hopes of exploring unexpected surprises in accordance to the game's theme. As players explore, they will come across wild animals, impassable barriers, lost children and other objects.

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS


    Eugene Nelson
    Written on April 26, 2017
    "Road Not Taken is a roguelike puzzle game for pc that is available on Steam. It has been out for 3 years and only has 168 reviews so it isn't very popular, but it does appear to address the listed problem."
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    Vagante is a roguelike pixel-graphics game developed and published by Nuke Nine. Released in 2018, this game can be played on Windows PC, macOS, and Linux.

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Jack Garza
    Written on October 19, 2017
    "I want to say that Vagante is an action packed platform game that I just can't step away from, but that isn't necessarily true. While I really enjoyed the classic look to game and I liked the overall intention of the game, I must say it was very difficult to get use to the controls. It really is close to Roguelike except I would say it just lacks something that Roguelike had. I'm not sure what it is but there's just something off about it. I do appreciate that Steam has made this available though. I like that the combat is fast paced with good precise movements, there isn't a lot of clumsiness there. Where it kind of falls short is just overall control. I'm playing this on PC, and it definitely comes close to Roguelike, but the intuitive controls aren't there for me. Maybe it's my poor reflexes and dexterity but I don't think I'm that bad! I will definitely give it another run. Hopefully I can get more into it this time. I just dread overly difficult learning curves in games of this nature."
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    #26The Nightmare Cooperative

    The Nightmare Cooperative
    The Nightmare Cooperative is a strategic adventure where you lead a group of unlikely comrades through some rather difficult situations.

    Windows, Mac, Android


    Vincent Henry
    Written on May 20, 2017
    "While The Nightmare Cooperative was a decent solution for the problem, it was not that fun to play overall. The graphics were pretty offputting. There are a lot of other games that would have been a better fit."
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    #27Ash of Gods: Redemption

    Ash of Gods: Redemption

    Ash of Gods: Redemption is a tactical role-playing video game developed by AurumDust and written by Russian author Sergey Malitsky where a player will take control of several groups of characters. 


    Mac, Windows, Linux


    Henry Gutierrez
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "Well i've noticed that most gamers are comparing Ash of Gods to The Banner Saga, and I actually agree with that but in my opinion this game is giving new feelings to gamers. For one, this has better music and plot but the battle in both games are basically the same. All in all, it was worth it to buy this game. "


Best What are the best roguelike games on PC
1The Binding of IsaacGames 20 Paid
2Rogue LegacyGames 18 Paid
3SpelunkyGames 18 Free
4Darkest DungeonGames 15 Paid
5Risk of RainGames 14 Paid
6DRLSoftware 12 Free
7BrogueGames 10 Free
8ADOMGames 9 Paid
9Nuclear ThroneGames 9 Paid
10FTL: Faster Than LightGames 7 Paid

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