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This is a list of the best roguelike games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated roguelike games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest roguelike games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these roguelike games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging roguelike games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new roguelike games.

List features games like Diablo, ToeJam & Earl and more!

This list answers the questions, "What are the best roguelike games?" and "What is the greatest roguelike game of all time?"

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Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Dwarf Fortress 2006 Dwarf Fortress is a part construction and management simulation, part roguelike, freeware indie video game created by Tarn and Zach Adams. In development since 2002, its first alpha version was ...more

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NetHack is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
NetHack 1987 NetHack is a single-player roguelike video game originally released in 1987 with ASCII graphics. It is a descendant of an earlier game called Hack, which is a descendant of Rogue. In 2000, Salon ...more

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Ancient Domains of Mystery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Ancient Domains of Mystery 1994 Ancient Domains of Mystery, or ADOM, is a roguelike video game by Thomas Biskup first released in 1994. The player's aim is to stop the forces of Chaos that invade the world of Ancardia. Like ...more

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Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
sergey-bogdanov added Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup is an open source roguelike computer game, which is the actively community-developed successor of the 1997 roguelike game Linley's Dungeon Crawl, originally programmed ...more

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FTL: Faster Than Light is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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DoomRL is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
DoomRL 2002 DoomRL is a roguelike video game for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, whose setting is based on the first-person shooters Doom and Doom II. It was created by Kornel Kisielewicz using Free ...more

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Rogue is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Rogue 1980 Rogue is a dungeon crawling video game first developed by Michael Toy and Glenn Wichman around 1980. It was a favorite on college Unix systems in the early to mid-1980s, in part due to the ...more

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The Binding of Isaac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
The Binding of Isaac 2011 The Binding of Isaac is a 2011 independent video game designed by Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl. It was released on Steam on September 28, 2011. Players control a crying naked child named ...more

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Linley's Dungeon Crawl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Linley's Dungeon Crawl Oct 01 1997 Linley's Dungeon Crawl is a roguelike computer game originally programmed by Linley Henzell in 1995, and first released to the general public on October 2, 1997 First post about new release at ...more

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Angband is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Angband Jan 01 1990 Angband is a dungeon-crawling roguelike computer game derived from Umoria. It is based on the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien, in which Angband is the fortress of Morgoth. The current version of ...more

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Moria is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Moria 1983 Moria is a roguelike computer game based heavily on J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. The game's objective is to kill a Balrog, presumably Durin's Bane, deep within the Mines of ...more

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Tales of Middle Earth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Tales of Middle Earth Jan 01 1998

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ZAngband is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
ZAngband Jan 01 1994

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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Diablo 1996 Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996. Set in the fictional Kingdom of Khanduras, ...more

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Larn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Larn Jan 01 1986 Larn is a roguelike computer game authored by Noah Morgan in 1986 for the UNIX operating system. Morgan's original version of Larn remains part of the NetBSD games collection. Larn is one of the ...more

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2005 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is a video game series spin off from the main Pokémon series developed by Spike Chunsoft. The games features the fictional creatures called Pokémon ...more

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Torneko: The Last Hope is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Torneko: The Last Hope Torneko: The Last Hope, known as Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko no Daibōken 2 - Fushigi no Dungeon in Japan, is a role-playing video game for the PlayStation. The game was co-developed by ...more

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Telengard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Telengard 1982 Telengard is a 1982 role-playing dungeon crawler video game developed by Daniel Lawrence and published by Avalon Hill. The player explores a dungeon, fights monsters with magic, and avoids traps ...more

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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 1995 Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is a graphical roguelike by Chunsoft. It is the second videogame in the Mystery Dungeon series, and the first game in the series to feature all original ...more

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Dragon Quest Characters: Torne... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko no Daibōken 3 2002 Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko no Daibōken 3 - Fushigi no Dungeon is the third game in the Torneko series. It is part of the Mystery Dungeon series and contains randomly generated dungeons and ...more

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Z+Angband is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Z+Angband Z+Angband is a further development of the popular ZAngband variant, with random wilderness, quests of multiple types, and some of the features that have become popular in more recent variants.

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Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns 2008 Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns, released in Japan as Gōma Reifu Den Izuna Ni, is a dungeon crawler video game developed by Ninja Studio and published in Japan by Success and in North ...more

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Torneko no Daibōken: Fushigi n... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Torneko no Daibōken: Fushigi no Dungeon 1993 Torneko no Daibōken: Fushigi no Dungeon is the first game in the Mystery Dungeon series. This installment features Torneko, the merchant from Dragon Warrior IV. The game involves Torneko ...more

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Fatal Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Fatal Labyrinth 1990 Fatal Labyrinth, titled Shi no Meikyuu: Labyrinth of Death in Japan, is a role-playing video game produced by Sega. Originally available exclusively on the Sega Meganet multiplayer gaming ...more

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Castle of the Winds is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Castle of the Winds 1989 Castle of the Winds is a tile-based roguelike video game for Windows 3.x. It was developed by SaadaSoft in 1989 and distributed by Epic MegaGames in 1993.

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Fate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Fate May 18 2005 Fate is a 2005 single-player action role-playing game originally released for the PC by WildTangent. A trial demo is available. Three expansions - titled Fate: Undiscovered Realms, Fate: The ...more

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Sword of Fargoal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Sword of Fargoal 1982 Sword of Fargoal is a 1982 video game by Jeff McCord, published by Epyx. The November 1996 anniversary issue of Computer Gaming World listed Sword of Fargoal as #147 on the "Top 150 Best ...more

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Dragon Crystal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Dragon Crystal 1990 Dragon Crystal is a 1990 video game developed and published by Sega for their Game Gear and Master System. The game is similar to and shares assets with Fatal Labyrinth, which was also released ...more

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Diablo: Hellfire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Diablo: Hellfire 1997 Diablo: Hellfire is an expansion pack that Sierra On-Line produced for the video game Diablo. It was released in 1997 and developed by Synergistic Software, a Sierra division. Hellfire is the ...more

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Azure Dreams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Azure Dreams 1998 Azure Dreams, released in Japan as Other Life: Azure Dreams, is a PlayStation video game developed by Konami and was originally released in Japan on November 13, 1997. A stripped down version ...more

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Reaping The Dungeon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Reaping The Dungeon Jan 01 1993

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Fushigi no Dungeon: Fūrai no S... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Fushigi no Dungeon: Fūrai no Shiren 2: Oni Shūrai! Shiren-jō! 2000 Fushigi no Dungeon: Fūrai no Shiren 2: Oni Shūrai! Shiren-jō! is one of the few role playing games made for the Nintendo 64. The game was an entry in the Mystery Dungeon series, and released ...more

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ToeJam & Earl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
ToeJam & Earl 1991 ToeJam & Earl is an action video game developed by Johnson Voorsanger Productions and published by Sega for the Mega Drive/Genesis video game console. Released in 1991, it centers on the ...more

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The Dungeon Revealed is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
The Dungeon Revealed Jan 01 1985 The Dungeon Revealed is a popular dungeon crawl computer game created by John Raymonds and published by Woodrose Editions in 1987. A demo and shareware version of the game entitled The Dungeon ...more

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explo... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness are a matched pair of Pokémon games for the Nintendo DS. The two games were ...more

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Endless Adventure is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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Time Stalkers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Time Stalkers 2000 Time Stalkers, known as Climax Landers in Japan, is a Dreamcast role-playing video game featuring appearances of worlds from several of Climax Entertainment's earlier games in crossover fashion. ...more

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Baroque is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Baroque Baroque is a role-playing video game developed by and published Sting Entertainment, released in Japan for the Sega Saturn on May 21, 1998. It was ported for PlayStation on October 28, 1999, ...more

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100 Rogues is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
100 Rogues 100 Rogues is a roguelike role-playing video game developed by Dinofarm Games and published by Fusion Reactions for iOS and Ouya. In 100 Rogues, players take on the role of one of several ...more

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Mission Thunderbolt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Mission Thunderbolt Jan 01 1992 Mission: Thunderbolt is a roguelike computer game with a futuristic storyline. It was originally developed and released on DEC mainframes as Doomsday 2000, a four-part game, and later ported to ...more

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Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon 2006 Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon is a prequel/spin-off to Dragon Quest VIII. It is part of the Mystery Dungeon series and contains randomly generated dungeons.

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team 2006 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team are a matched pair of Pokémon games for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance, ...more

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Izuna: Legend of the Unemploye... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja 2006 Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja, known in Japan as Gōma Reifu Den Izuna and in Europe as Izuna: The Legend of the Ninja, is a Nintendo DS dungeon crawler game developed by Success and ...more

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Fate: The Traitor Soul is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Fate: The Traitor Soul Jan 01 2009 Fate: The Traitor Soul is an action role-playing video game developed by WildTangent and released on September 9, 2009 as the second standalone expansion to the 2005 PC game, Fate, with the ...more

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The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushi... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigino Dungeon 2004 The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigino Dungeon is a role-playing video game developed by Arika and Chunsoft and published by Namco in 2004 exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 2. It is the sequel to ...more

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Fushigi no Dungeon - Furai no ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Fushigi no Dungeon - Furai no Shiren 3: Karakuri Yashiki no Nemuri Hime 2008 Shiren the Wanderer is a roguelike developed by Chunsoft and published by Sega for Wii. It was released on June 5, 2008 in Japan and on February 9, 2010 in North America. A PSP version was ...more

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Evolution 2: Far Off Promise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Evolution 2: Far Off Promise 1999 Evolution 2: Far Off Promise is a role-playing video game for the Dreamcast console. It is a sequel to Evolution: The World of Sacred Device. It was developed by Sting and published by Ubisoft ...more

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Fate: Undiscovered Realms is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Fate: Undiscovered Realms 2008 Fate: Undiscovered Realms is a video game developed by WildTangent and released on July 17, 2008, as a stand-alone expansion to the 2005 PC game Fate. The retail version sold in stores includes ...more

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Doraemon 3: Makai no Dungeon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Doraemon 3: Makai no Dungeon Dec 14 2000 Doraemon 3: Makai no Dungeon is a Role-Playing game, developed and published by Epoch, which was released in Japan in 2000 and republished in 2002.