What are the best roguelikes/roguelites on PC?

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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

    Rose Cruz
    Written on April 16, 2017
    "If you want a fast moving, casual RPG get is the game for you. It's a mix of dark humor and rogue-lite play style that is a quick dose of fun for all players."
  2. 45

    #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

    Shaurya Verma
    Written on February 5, 2017
    "Ever since the original Zelda games, I have been a fan of rogue-like games. Crypt of the Necrodancer reminds me of the old Zelda with an awesome soundtrack. This game is so unique and innovative. There are some slight flaws in the game, however for the price (which is $2.99) you really can't complain. I highly recommend giving this game a try."
  3. 42

    #3Dead 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

    Alice Montgomery
    Written on June 16, 2017
    "It is made by the rogue lite studios company, but the name of the game is different which is why I did not score it higher. "
  1. 41

    #4FTL: 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

    Philip Walters
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "So I look at FTL as a poor man's roguelike game, without much going on for it. I can't see myself taking the time to try and learn the gameplay style and I am board by the look of it."
  2. 40

    #5Caves 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

    Walter Garcia
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "This is a fun RPG game. Its challenging enough to keep me coming back but easy enough to progress in the game."
  3. 40

    #6The 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

    Allen Xie
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "This is not a good solution. This doesn't address the problem and appears to be nothing more than an ad/spam for a game. A game that has nothing to do with helping this user solve his problem."
  4. 38

    #7Dungeons 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

    Christian Sullivan
    Written on March 12, 2017
    "I've spent a lot of time in Dungeons of Dredmor, and it runs like a dream on my old laptop. I really like the class-less skill based style of game play. If you like turn based rouge-likes with a semi-old school vibe, and a sense of humor, then this game is for you!"
  5. 34

    #8Don't Starve

    Don't Starve

    Don't Starve is a survival game developed by Klei Entertainment. It is full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. You'll need to gather resources, craft items, structures and, of course, don't starve. 

    Games

    PlayStation4, Xbox One, Linux, Windows, Mac, eBay

    $14.99

    Peter McDonald
    Written on May 5, 2017
    "This is ok but I do not see Don't Starve as one of the top roguelikes/roguelites games on PC. Some of the bigger choices might have been Caves of Qud , Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup , Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead, Nethack, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, FTL: Faster Than Light "
  6. 33

    #9Brogue

    Brogue
    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.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Ronald Hopkins
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "I had been looking for a dungeon crawler for a while now. It seemed like all hope was lost for anything new. Was this really a dying genre of games? But then I came to find Brogue, and I have been having fun playing it since."
  7. 31

    #10Nuclear 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

    Tyler Howard
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "While this one isn't for me, I'll be the first to admit it's a solid game. If you're looking for a roguelite and the gameplay looks good to you, then it'll have everything you want."
  8. 29

    #11Rogue 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

    Elizabeth Delgado
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "Very fun game, when you die, your children take over in the game. All the children are different so the game keeps changing. Adventures include fighting monsters, and using your gold to make upgrades you can give your descendants. Lots of secret skills to unlock."
  9. 26

    #12Downwell

    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

    Vincent Henry
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "Downwell is a platform game using classic 8-bit graphics and 2D gameplay where the player controls a character who constantly moves downward and fights through obstacles. This is a simple but visually appealing game reminiscent of games of the early 90s. "
  10. 25

    #13Don't Starve Together

    Don't Starve Together
    Don't Starve Together is a multiplayer game that was designed for various gaming console platforms. It features co-op mode wherein you can play with your friends in this world where you cannot go hungry.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux

    $14.99

    Aaron Wood
    Written on April 7, 2017
    "I loved the single player version of this game. If you've played it and enjoyed it, you have to give Don't Starve Together a try! It's even better! It's very immersive, fun, the art style is great, and really brings people together!"
  11. 25

    #14Risk 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

    Amy Foster
    Written on January 30, 2017
    "Risk of Rain is available on PS4 and only cost $10! I loved playing this game and felt fully engaged due to the numerous of boss fights, undiscovered areas and the ability to play different characters either by myself or with others."
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    #15GoNNER

    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

    Austin Grant
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "Gonner is a scrolling game on PC. I would not consider this to be a roguelike game. I would say something like Thief, or even an MMO well before a scroller like this."
  13. 19

    #16Spelunky

    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

    Ronald Valdez
    Written on May 5, 2017
    "I think Spelunky looks like a great choice for roguelike's on PC. It has a fun Billy and Mandy to animation to it, which is a show that I really liked. I may just try this out later in the day."
  14. 18

    #17Crawl

    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

    Cheryl White
    Written on February 18, 2017
    "This is a good solution because it's an example of roguelikes, which is what was requested, and the solution goes into a good amount of detail which is really helpful. Again, though, it only gives one solution when the problem is requesting multiple examples of roguelikes."
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    #18Dungeon 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

    Kathy Day
    Written on March 25, 2017
    "Dungeon of the Endless is a great new game for people who want a well designed and challenging game for PC. The game is tough but fair and the objectives are clear. There are alternative starts and you can set different modes while moving through the game."
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    #19Cataclysm 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.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Chirag Mehra
    Written on May 8, 2017
    "According to the website's 'About' page, "Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is a roguelike set in a post-apocalyptic world. Surviving is difficult: you have been thrown, ill-equipped, into a landscape now riddled with monstrosities of which flesh eating zombies are neither the strangest nor the deadliest." So, yes, it does solve the problem. It also sounds a little bit interesting."
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    #20Nethack

    Nethack
    Nethack is a roguelike NetHack is a single-player roguelike video game originally released in 1987 with ASCII graphics. It is based off of the roguelike Hack. You are tasked with descending into the depths of the Mazes of Menace to retrieve the Amulet of Yendor. There are many different areas in the expansive dungeon below.
    Games

    Windows

    Free- Free

    Matthew Gonzalez
    Written on February 1, 2017
    "Nethack is a roguelike game on PC, I don't really think that I would be interested in playing it. I don't find the web page to be all that informative, but it is a roguelike in my opinion. "
  18. 11

    #21Desktop 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

    Eugene Fowler
    Written on April 1, 2017
    "As an avid video gamer who loves all types of games. The rouge like genre holds a special place in my heart. Sadly not many companies today still make rouge like games. Desktop Dungeons is an awesome entry into the genre with an old school retro look yet has some modern twists. This will be a great game to add to a roguelikes fan's collection."
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    #22Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup

    Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup

    Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup is an online browser roguelike adventure game. It is free and continues the saga from the original Dungeon Crawl form 1997. You can play it in your web browser creating an account.

    Games

    Web, Android

    Free- Free

    Edward Powell
    Written on July 3, 2017
    "I've spent a ton of time playing Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup. The fact that I can play it on all the devices I own makes it hard to stay away. The graphics aren't the best, but what can you expect? The game play totally makes up for it!"
  20. 8

    #23Vagante

    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

    Sandra Lira
    Written on June 12, 2017
    "Adventure awaits anyone playing Vagante as you set out on an adventure. You can roam alone or invite a travel ban of brothers with you. Travel to far away lands seeking out adventure and finding new treasures. You can find potions and trick or fight your enemies. You and your friends will love exploring this game and finding all the new levels of play. "
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    #24Tales of Maj'Eyal

    Tales of Maj'Eyal
    Tales of Maj'Eyal is an open source roguelike role playing game with a turn-based combat and with an advanced character building. You can choose between unique and special races and character classes in a world that is full of enemies, adventures and surprises.

    Games

    Windows

    Free- Free

    Chan Jiang
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "There are a lot of different types of video games out right now right now on PC. I like to play roguelikes/roguelites the most so I set out to find the best one out at the moment. I decided to give Tales of Maj'Eyal a try and see how it was. It did not turn out to be that good so I uninstalled it."
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    #25Ziggurat

    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

    Ishan Rodrigues
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "This is a great, fun game which combines the vibe of Heretic with Serious Sam's game play. I have a few complaints, but given the scope of the game it really feels like a well balanced package all-in-all."
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    #26Monolith

    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

    Timothy Obrien
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Monolith has smooth effects, and cool weapons that make this little game fun for everyone. Has the ability to build bigger weapons as you advance levels and achieve milestones. The old school graphics are a nice touch."
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    #27Castle 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

    Louis Guzman
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Castle of no Escape 2 is one of the best roguelike games out there. It's got a very full immersive environment - yet it's 2 dimensional. It brings back a lot of memories of arcade games of the past. It's really a lot of fun and quite addicting."
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    #28Everspace

    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

    Dan Li
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "Doesn't look like one I would play very often. Not worth the money to just sit there."

Summary

Best What are the best roguelikes/roguelites on PC
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Binding of Isaac: RebirthGames 47 Paid
2Crypt of the NecrodancerGames 45 Paid
3Dead CellsGames 42 Paid
4FTL: Faster Than LightGames 41 Paid
5Caves of QudGames 40 Paid
6The Binding of IsaacGames 40 Paid
7Dungeons of DredmorGames 38 Paid
8Don't StarveGames 34 Paid
9BrogueGames 33 Free
10Nuclear ThroneGames 31 Paid
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