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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
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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Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Ancient Domains of Mystery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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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FTL: Faster Than Light is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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The Binding of Isaac is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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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Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
JamesCo elsPardon added Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead

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DoomRL is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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) 9 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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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Angband is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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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Linley's Dungeon Crawl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Linley's Dungeon Crawl 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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Tales of Middle Earth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Tales of Middle Earth 1998

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Moria is listed (or ranked) 13 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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ZAngband is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
ZAngband 1994

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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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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Larn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
Larn 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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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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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Telengard is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Torneko: The Last Hope is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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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Z+Angband is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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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Dragon Quest Characters: Torne... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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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Castle of the Winds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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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Fate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roguelike Games of All Time
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