As video games have gone mainstream over the years, genres such as “first-person shooter” and “massively multiplayer online” (MMO) have become well-known, but one very specific genre with a wide following might still be unfamiliar to most gamers.
“Roguelike” is a genre of role-playing games with deep roots in early computer gaming that continues today. The origin of the term is the 1980 dungeon-crawling adventure game “Rogue,” but there were games before that containing characteristics the genre is known for today. Roguelikes (or “Roguelike games”) typically are hack-and-slash adventures with lots of monsters, randomly generated environments and the constant danger that your character will die. Roguelikes can be simple games with crude graphics or more complex ones from big publishers like “Diablo.”
Roguelikes aren’t limited to computer games, and they’re no longer underground. There’s a growing number of them that can be played on mobile devices or in Web browsers.
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