I’m sure you have played many “Roguelikes” in your time (and yeah, you have, even if you don’t know it) but today we’re going all the way back to the original, in all of its text-based graphical glory.
A lot of games that started their own genres are kind of hard to have fun with today thanks to 30 or 40 years of design and engineering refining the formula. I tried the original Adventure text adventure the other day, and that held up pretty well all things considered, but games like 3D Monster Maze or Pole Position don’t feel like good FPS or racing games any more. Thankfully Rogue is still good! It’s slow and clunky and the UI is hot garbage but you still want to explore the dungeons and you still want to upgrade your character and that’s a win really.
Imagine if Rogue was created today with all the emoji characters available?