Welcome back to the Indie Fix a column in which we showcase the latest and greatest in Indie Gaming. This week we’re taking a look at the highly unforgiving Rogue – “LITE”, Rogue Legacy.
We love Rogue-Like’s on the Indie Fix, we’ve covered brilliant titles such as Dungeons of Dredmor and Sword of the Stars: The Pit. The idea of being dumped into a randomly generated world is highly unnerving and incredibly exciting. While this may seem daunting to others, developers have done a great job of putting a comedic touch to these titles, most notably with Dungeons of Dredmor.
Rogue Legacy is the latest rogue-like we’ve had our eyes on. While it doesn’t bill itself as a rogue-like, it’s rogue-lite genre calls for anyone to be a hero. Each play of the game see’s you trawl through a castle, each time randomly generated. Upon death you keep your gold, which is then used to upgrade your manor and receive a variety of perks and bonuses such as, new classes, health boosts, gold gain and attack boosts.
In addition to the procedurally generated adventure, Rogue Legacy also introduces a genealogical mechanic. Every time your character dies, don’t worry, you’ll continue as either it’s sons or daughters. This is probably one of the most exciting parts of the game, each character will present a different class, have different abilities and have some kind of hilarious trait such as, Alektorophobia (chickens freak you out) or baldness.
In addition to the genealogical character generation Rogue Legacy gives you nine classes to choose from. Each class has it’s own unique abilities that change the way the game is played. Throughout each death, you’ll get to keep the gold gained from each adventure. You’ll be presented with your manor, which acts as the main tree of progression, from this you can upgrade all manner of things, unlock new classes and gain boosts.
Rogue Legacy really is a glorious game. It’s unforgiving, yet hugely addictive. The action in the game is second to none, providing moments of tension, glory and just downright ridiculousness. Developer Cellar Door Games have done an absolutely fine job of creating a Rogue-“LITE” full of action packed and hilarious moments. Bridging the gap between progression and permadeath is something they’ve done brilliantly, making Rogue Legacy a hugely rewarding title.