Weekend Playlist: Roguelike frustrations

Rogue Legacy

This week Adam has been trying to conquer a dungeon in Cellar Door Games' Rogue Legacy.

Rogue Legacy is the game that has consumed my spare time all this week, since I picked up on PlayStation 4 as part of the free PS Plus games this month.

The game is uses pixel graphics and a 2D side-scroller view, which looks great and take me back to my days of playing similar games on the SNES and Mega Drive when I was a kid. But, don't let the aesthetic fool you into thinking this is a simple side-scroller. Rogue Legacy is full of depth once you put some time into it.

The basic premise is to fight your way through a randomly-generated dungeon full of traps and monsters. Sounds straightforward enough, right? Wrong! Each time you die - and you will die - you get to have another crack at the dungeon as one of your previous characters' heirs.

Each heir is randomly generated, with their own skills and characteristics. You may want to play as the heir with ADHD, which allows them to move fast, or maybe as the heir with IBS that sometimes farts when jumping - it's your choice, but I tend to sway towards the IBS characters whenever they're available.

Each time you venture into the dungeon it will be different, unless you lock-in the previous dungeon you tried to conquer (at a reduction in gold collection). This means you can try to traverse the ridiculous room that killed you off again.

The moment of death is frustrating, mainly because it's my own fault. I will have fallen into a trap, or a new enemy type has caught me off guard with their unforeseen skills and I wasn't cautious enough.

All is not lost, however. Attacking the dungeon each time should hopefully mean you gather some gold, and that gold can be used to buy upgrades, or items, and even perks, so that the next time you try to beat it you'll be better equipped and hopefully make it further in.

This is a game that I've already spent quite a few hours trying to beat, and I'd wager it's going to take me a lot more time to actually do so. But, I'm having fun with the game, albeit peppered with large amounts of frustration, but the progression brings a real sense of achievement when you get just that little bit further along.

Take a look at the trailer for the game below to see what I've been putting myself through.

Rogue Legacy is currently available on PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PC, Mac, and Linux. And don't forget to check it out if you have PS Plus, as it's free this month.

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