What are the best Roguelikes on Steam?

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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.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4

    $4.99

    Alan Burton
    Written on September 14, 2017
    "The Binding of Isaac is such an addicting game! Best random dungeon game I've played to date. There are classes you can unlock, the maps are fun, and the overall story is interesting. I recommend this to people all the time!"
  2. 39

    #2Darkest 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

    Roger Wheeler
    Written on April 18, 2017
    "Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based Role Play Game about the psychological stresses of adventuring. You will have to pit the heroes against an array of fearsome monsters with an innovative strategic turn-based combat system. It's very funny and highly addictive, a must play for every RPG lover."
  3. 38

    #3FTL: 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

    Kathleen Hopkins
    Written on March 27, 2017
    "I tried FTL: Faster Than Light while searching for Roguelikes on Steam. I am hooked! FTL is a very addicting spaceship simulation roguelike-like. My search is over (for now)!"

WHAT’S THE MEANING

Roguelike is a subgenre of role-playing games. The term comes from the 1980 game Rogue, which is said to be the first game to define the genre. “Roguelikes” are therefore games like the game Rogue. Among other things, the subgenre is characterized by the permanent death of a character, procedurally generated levels, grid-based graphics, and a dungeon setting. The Berlin Interpretation divides these characteristics into “high-value factors” and “low-value factors,” with the former being characteristics that a game must have to be called a roguelike, while the latter are often, but not always, characteristics of a roguelike.

DID YOU KNOW

As a genre, roguelike has influenced other genres to adapt some of its defining characteristics. The term “roguelite,” or “roguelike-like” is sometimes used to refer to games that are roguelike-inspired, in that they have some of the characteristics of a rougelike. Some examples of roguelites include Sunless Sea, Out There, and Diablo. Meanwhile, canonical examples of roguelikes include Nethack, Angband, Crawl, and Ancient Domains of Mystery. While the game Rogue is credited with being the pioneer game, it was preceded by Beneath Apple Manor which was released in 1978. These classic roguelike games are, by essence, shaped by the limitations of technology at the time, like how the levels are procedurally generated because the capacities for memory was enough to save only a few levels.

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    #4Nuclear 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.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $11.99

    Jacqueline Peterson
    Written on September 14, 2017
    "POSTED: SEPTEMBER 16 A very nice game with many different mechanics. No run is the same. It is different EVERY. SINGLE. RUN. And thats what I like about it! One run, you can destroy the enemies get to the 7th loop and then die. But then the next one, the RNG can just screw you over, and you just die on the first level. "
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    #5Rogue 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

    Jacqueline Myers
    Written on June 22, 2017
    "Perfect place to go if you are looking for Rogue Legacy. All the information that you could ever need it listed here for this game. "
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    #6Spelunky

    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

    Doris Jimenez
    Written on September 14, 2017
    "This is a very old school Spelunker kind of game. You travel underground avoiding traps and bad guys while collecting treasure. All of the levels are randomly generated so it is never the same game twice. You can even play co-op with your friends. Have tons of fun in the fully destructible environments and compete against other in the daily challenge. "
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    #7Dead 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.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch

    $24.99

    Julie Rose
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "I was bored and browsing through steam with my son. He is very picky with the games he likes to play but right away dead cells caught his eye. Everything about this game was well rounded especially as far as rogue like games come. It is also very fun to watch."
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    #8Caves 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.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99

    Isabel Hurtado
    Written on March 11, 2017
    "A decent roguelike, following in the lines of dwarf fortress and rimworld. Solid and ever evolving with new features and patches appearing with a good sense of frequency. Because of the support it seems like a good choice for your roguelike fix."
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    #9Risk 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. 
    Games

    PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac, Linux

    $9.99

    Henry Jenkins
    Written on June 17, 2017
    "Pretty fun game, not a huge fan of platformers but this one does the genre well. I would say if you're open minded give it a shot but if you really hate platforming games you won't change your mind after playing this."
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    #10Dungeons 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

    Beverly West
    Written on May 26, 2017
    "I love roguelikes but I was tired on the ones that I always play so I went looking for something new. I found Dungeons of Dredmor. It is an excellent roguelike game where you cast and pillage as you move through levels of the dungeon. It's pretty fun, although some of the graphics are not the best."
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    #11Vagante

    Vagante
    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.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $14.99

    Jonathan Wong
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "I was in the mood to play a rogue-like game, so I went on Steam and found Vagante. It was everything I could have wanted in a rogue-like game."
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    #12Crawl

    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

    Austin Nelson
    Written on October 11, 2017
    "Stuff like this sis completely within my wheelhouse, So I know what I'm talking about. This game is garbage,. Pure and simple. Take it from me, there are better ways to spend your time. This is what we would call a waste of a lot of developers and players time. Avoid at all costs."
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    #13HyperRogue

    HyperRogue

    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.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $4.99

    Pamela Riley
    Written on March 11, 2017
    "My son love rogue likes games so I am always on the look out for new ones to show to him. I found hyper rogue and we gave it a roll and loved it. It is one of the most unique roguelike games out there and very pleasing to the eye. It is also as fun as it can get. My son spends hours and hours on this game. "
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    #14Dungeon of the Endless

    Dungeon of the Endless
    Dungeon of The Endless is a roguelike game developed by Amplitude Studios. In the game you will be exploring the dungeons of the planet in which your spaceships has crashed while protecting the generator of energy of the ship.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One

    $11.99

    Víctor Hugo Navarrete
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "In Dungeon of the Endless, you lead small team from room to room, using a large crystal to llight discovered areas, while you search for an exit point that takes you to the express elevator going up. There are 12 floors between you and freedom, and surviving until you reach the surface is your only goal--but the way there lies in darkness with perils at every turn. I found succinct strategies to be well rewarded."
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    #15Modest Kind

    Modest Kind

    Modest Kind is a roguelike game you can find on Steam. Your knowledge about almost everything you can imagine will be your strongest weapon while playing.  It was developed and published by Vedanta Team.

    Games

    Web

    $3.99

    Максим Мамонтов
    Written on December 24, 2017
    "It's an amazing roguelike similar to Enter the Gungeon and Binding of Isaac, but with Quiz Trivia elements and deep Kojima-like lore and story."
  13. 15

    #16ADOM

    ADOM
    ADOM is an ASCII classic roguelike, boasting a brilliant mix of story, RPG, exploration, and intensely strategic and flexible combat. 
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    Agustín de la Rosa
    Written on April 28, 2017
    "ADOM is not a game you just casually wade into expecting it to hold your hand, or make things easy for you, or even be remotely friendly, it's a Rougelike which if you do not know what that means it's not for you. What ADOM is is a wonderfully deep, challenging, brutal game that once you know what you are doing you will find yourself with endless possibilities and fun."
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    #17Desktop Dungeons

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

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $14.99

    Timothy Fowler
    Written on June 22, 2017
    "I've been really wanting to play a rougelike game for a while. I started searching for Roguelikes on Steam and ended up buying "Desktop Dungeons". While this game is fun for a while, it gets really repetitive really fast. It'd be worth getting if it was a little cheaper, but at the current price, it's not. I recommend looking elsewhere for a roguelike game. This one is not that good."
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    #18Downwell

    Downwell

    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.

    Games

    Windows, iOS, Android

    $2.99

    Gloria Cook
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "This is a really nice game. Its addicting and gets more fun as time goes by. I remember playing this game with my little brother and just having a lot of fun with him. Its a game that I would recommend to anybody, the only negative side is that it can be really adictive so be advised. "
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    #19Everspace

    Everspace

    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.

    Games

    Xbox One, Windows, Mac

    $29.99

    Jean Hall
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "After playing the trial version I was pretty much sold on Everspace. It's the best Roguelike I've played so far without feeling limited or overly repetitive. It doesn't give me gamer rage, it's really just the right amount of challenging for my tolerance level."
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    #20Slay the Spire

    Slay the Spire

    Slay the Spire is a roguelike video game with deck-building card gameplay, which was developed by MegaCrit and published by Humble Bundle. This was first released in late 2017 as early access. Its official release was in January 2019. 

    Games

    Mac, Windows

    $24.99

    Willie Brewer
    Written on March 1, 2019
    "Never heard about Slay the Spire. But when I saw that it is one of the trending Roguelikes on Steam i read reviews and watched some game reviews on Youtube about this and kinda liked it. TBH i am no way a gamer who is into card games but this has changed my perspective on card games."
  18. 8

    #21Monolith

    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

    Ying Shao
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Monolith is a neat Roguelike game on Steam. You get lots of weapons and lots of shooting while you explore an abandoned facility. It is worth checking out as it is fun gameplay as well as a great soundtrack. "
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    #22Ziggurat

    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

    Jacob Hudson
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "I wanted a new game to play that was a roguelike multiplayer game. Ziggurat is a great one. It's not perfect by any means, but it is a first person shooter that has a dungeon crawl type of play to it. It requires sneaking around rather than just a full on blast-em-up style game."
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    #23Castle 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.

    Games

    Windows

    $6.66

    Edward Robertson
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "A not so fine Rogue-like, to which I stubbornly devoted too much time yesterday. Very basic. Retro, but not really in a good kind of way. It needs some more work to be truly worth my time. "
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    #24GoNNER

    GoNNER

    Gonner is a 2D platformer roguelike video game. GoNNER is also a story about friendship between Ikk, Death, and a space whale named Sally.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Android

    $9.99

    Timothy Scott
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "GoNNER is great for those who like complicated and difficult scenarios in games. You need patience with this as you will be frustrated with its advance. Above average graphics, and different difficulty levels."
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    #25The 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.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android

    $4.99

    Tammy Taylor
    Written on July 2, 2017
    "I love puzzle games and ones that won't require a ton of my time. I'm very intrigued by the theme of this one and I would definitely play it. I like that it looks like a series of puzzles rather than an adventure or RPG game. It definitely appeals to my gaming style and my strength of being able to solve puzzles in a relatively short amount of time. I just hope you'd be able to save your gaming status if you had to pause to take care of some other business for a while."
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    #26Sunless Skies

    Sunless Skies

    Sunless Skies is a role-playing video game with an exploration and narrative gameplay developed by Failbetter Games released in January 2019. This is a sequel to the Sunless Sea game released in 2015. 

    Games

    Mac, Windows

    $24.99

    Stephen Romero
    Written on March 1, 2019
    "Sunless Skies is a great sequel to the Sunless Sea. Almost four years of waiting for this game is worth it. There is more stories, gameplay elements, places to explore, enemies to fight with and many more.."
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    #27Rogue Empire

    Rogue Empire

    Rogue Empire is a turn-based role-playing video game with heavy Rogue-like elements wherein the player must go on a quest in five kingdoms and discover mysteries by gathering artifacts and fighting with the bosses. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    Maria del Rosario Cabral
    Written on March 29, 2019
    "Great leveling system that gives a lot of replayability. Has a fun and fast gameplay for a classic roguelike! One of my favorites of 2019!"
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    #28Road 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.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $14.99

    Karen Chen
    Written on April 8, 2017
    "Road Not Taken is such a visually fun game for me, yet it pulls me in with deep and dark elements. I get anxious picking between both roads. Especially when one can have some pretty severe threats. The only thing that can be confusing is how do I "win" or "complete" this game? "
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    #29Dungreed

    Dungreed

    Dungreed is a 2D side-scrolling action game with 2D Rogue-LITE elements where the player will continuously explore an evolving dungeon to prevent its town from getting destroyed by its enemies. 

    Games

    Mac, Windows

    $9.99

    Peter Webb
    Written on March 1, 2019
    "First of all i would like to say that i am very terrible with roguelikes but damn this game is easily one of the most fun games i have played. Although i have yet to beat this one. XDD"
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    #30For The King

    For The King

    For The King is a strategic role-playing game with tabletop and roguelike elements of gameplay. It has a single and multiplayer option where you will take on adventures across the realms, as well as six game modes.  

    Games

    Mac, Windows

    $19.99

    Fernando Cázares
    Written on March 1, 2019
    "Indeed an enjoyable roguelike game to play. Better played with your friends tho. And i would also like to sa that i love the graphics of this game."

Summary

Best What are the best Roguelikes on Steam
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Binding of IsaacGames 55 Paid
2Darkest DungeonGames 39 Paid
3FTL: Faster Than LightGames 38 Paid
4Nuclear ThroneGames 37 Paid
5Rogue LegacyGames 36 Paid
6SpelunkyGames 33 Free
7Dead CellsGames 32 Paid
8Caves of QudGames 32 Paid
9Risk of RainGames 31 Paid
10Dungeons of DredmorGames 23 Paid
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