Excerpt: The family that stars in Rogue Legacy has some serious issues. Generation after generation have ran heroically into an ominous castle and like clockwork; they don't come out. You would think that eventually someone in the family would refuse to take the journey, but you'll also be glad they don't once you've played it.
The Rise and Fall of Sir Taco XX, the Useless Knight
13 August 2014
Excerpt: 496 legacies, five intense boss battles, and a woman scorned, determined, and finally satisfied. Cellar Door Games' roguelike Rogue Legacy is a game that will make you angry. It will frustrate the hell out of you, but it's a game that makes you keep coming back for more. I admit that roguelikes are generally not a genre I enjoy, so to become such a glutton for punishment means Rogue Legacy left a huge impression on me.
Excerpt: Welcome Time Wasters! This week I sat down to play a game that I picked up during Steam's fall sale a few weeks ago. That game is Rogue Legacy. As the name implies, Rogue Legacy is a rogue-like game, but it's also so much more. The story behind Rogue Legacy is that the King of a country has had an assassination attempt on his life. To save the King, the player must adventure inside the villain's castle and defeat its four guardians and the assassin to obtain the cure.
Conclusion: Rogue Legacy balances the impermanence of its characters and environments with a persistent leveling system, seamlessly drawing multiple genres into a charming whole. A clever concept executed near-flawlessly, Rogue Legacy is a treat.
Pros: Tight controls, fun spells, and unpredictable character combinations reinvigorate the dungeon-crawling genre. Cellar Door's sense of humor and technical prowess keep a repetitive game from growing stale. There's tons of content here, and always something new to discover or experiment with.
Cons: Reused designs and palette-swapped enemies exacerbate a game already built around repetition. The randomization and difficulty can be stifling, and unskilled players might find Rogue Legacy long in the tooth.
Conclusion: Roguelike games have become increasingly popular of late and it’s great to see one which rewards you for all the time spent by allowing a form of character progression. It’s mitigated to a point by having you lose all your money before entering a castle and each purchased bonus makes all the others more expensive.
Summary: Okay, I can do this. I simply need to gather up all my strength and do it. I have plenty of willpower. I just need to sit here long enough to write this review and not start up Rogue Legacy and start playing. Deep breaths. Exhale. Alright, let's do this. Rogue Legacy is one of the most addictive games I have played in quite some time. As an action-platformer with roguelike elements, the idea of "one more run" is simply too strong to easily quit at any given time.
Conclusion: Rogue Legacy is a dungeon crawling action-RPG that has a very unique aspect to it. Based on building up characters through trial and error, players will take the role of hundreds of faceless would-be heroes as they scourge a castle in an attempt to bring a traitor to justice. Along the way, they get mercilessly murdered hundreds of times by various traps and enemies. It pays homage to older Metroidvania titles with modern RPG elements.
Excerpt: Rogue Legacy is the newest release from developer Cellar Door Games and yet another successful indie game release that received a good majority of its funding through a Kickstarter project. The game obviously contains plenty of Rogue -like elements that gives players a unique experience each time through the game while unlocking plenty of new items, character classes and abilities with each new session as well.
Excerpt: Rogue Legacy is a polished indie title that does its best to kill you. Whether it’s a floating eye shooting tears of blood or a spikey floor, everything does plenty of damage and death is only a careless step away. The reason why this is bearable is twofold: every death feels fair and permanent progress can be made with each life. While not for the casual gamer, Rogue Legacy gives players looking for a challenge exactly what they’re looking for.
Pros: Addicting Castlevania-like gameplay; high replayability
Cons: Repetitive when grinding to beat the next boss