Rogue Legacy is a game that will keep you on your seat and playing for hours. Anyone can be a hero, whether they are colorblind, suffer from vertigo, or have O.C.D. Whenever you die, your child will follow in your footsteps, but your progress in the castle/dungeon will be lost.
The full game is available for $15 on a Mac, PC, or Linux. The creator of Rogue Legacy is Cellar Door Games. Rogue Legacy is relatively new and is only in version 1.2.0 as of current times. You may only play this game in single-player, there is no multiplayer option.
At first, the game is a little hard considering the controls are unusual and enemies are tough to fight. The game is on a set difficulty but the further you get into the castle/dungeon, the enemies get harder to fight to match your progress. After a while of playing the game, the gear you buy and your enchantments you have will help you progress further in without getting killed.
The gameplay is unique with a new set of controls. You start out by using the keyboard only and not even using the mouse at all. If you go into the options, you may change the controls to what you feel comfortable with. Once you die, and believe me, you will, you will lose your character you are playing. After going through the death screen, you will be prompted to choose a new character with new stats and class. The gold however, will be saved until you venture into the castle/dungeon again. That gold may be used for upgrades for your castle, or for buying equipment and enchanting gear.
One of the upgrades you have for your castle is the Architect. What the Architect can do is if you promise him 40% of the gold you earn on the next run into the castle/dungeon, he will keep the map of your last run there so anything you missed last time, you will have a second shot at it. If you choose not to consult the Architect, the castle/dungeon will be randomly generated again with different enemies and treasures. As you progress along the game, you will level up, and upon dying, you will not lose your experience, along with the gear you have equipped. With a fee of gold, you can unlock new skills for classes to use each run. The game is easy to understand and has a neat concept. The pause menu shows what you need to know for each run through the castle/dungeon. Also, the tutorial gives you a grasp of the controls, the main story line, and a quick play through of a level. Chests can be found throughout the castle/dungeon and contain items or gold. Finally, some objects in a level can be destroyed and drop gold or things to restore health or mana.
The graphics are more pixelated than most games, it gives off a nostalgic feel. The game is 2D with some depth here or there. If you don’t have colorblind or nostalgic traits, the game has a nice high resolution color to it.
The sound may be altered in the settings to the volume you like it to. Music constantly is playing in the background, and does not sound all that bad. If you find a jukebox on one of your runs, you may change the background music for the rest of that level.
I really like the concept of starting over if you die, it makes you more careful with your decisions and what you choose to fight. The possibilities of characters excites me every time because of what can happen during the level depending on it. Also, the concept of keeping your items and experience when you die is neat. What I don’t like is not being able to use the mouse at all, you can’t even alter the controls to use the mouse. With most games using the mouse as a main control, it is just weird not being able to use it in this game. The storyline is a thing I also like about this game, even though the main idea is to explore and loot everything, the storyline just keeps out of you attention and when you find a journal entry, it adds onto the story.
Overall, Rogue Legacy is a fun game that will keep you entertained for hours on end. The game sticks out with its unique concept and great gameplay, its a game that I will not forget for awhile. I probably would give this game a 9/10 for its overall great mechanics and appearance, it’s something I look forward to continue playing for a long time.