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The Best Roguelike Games of All Time

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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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    The Binding of Isaac

    2011

    DeveloperEdmund McMillen, Florian Himsl

    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 Isaac...  more
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    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

    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 by...  more
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    Tales of Middle Earth

    1998

    DeveloperDarkGod

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    DeveloperBay 12 Games

    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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    DeveloperThomas Biskup

    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 most...  more
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    FTL: Faster Than Light is a space-based top-down real-time strategy roguelike game created by indie developer Subset Games, which was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux in September 2012....  more
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    Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead

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    ZAngband

    1994

    DeveloperTopi Ylinen, Steven Fuerst

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    Rogue

    1980

    DeveloperGlenn Wichman, Artificial Intelligence Design, Michael Toy, Ken Arnold

    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 procedural...  more
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    Fate

    2005

    DeveloperWildTangent

    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 Traitor...  more
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    DeveloperChunsoft

    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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    Telengard

    1982

    DeveloperDaniel Lawrence, Microcomputer Games, Inc., Orion Software, Inc.

    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 in...  more
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    DeveloperAndy Astrand, Alex Cutler

    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 Angband...  more
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    Sword of Fargoal

    1982

    DeveloperJeff McCord

    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 Video Games...  more
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    Reaping The Dungeon

    1993
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    DeveloperMegaCrit

    Slay the Spire is a roguelike video game developed by American studio MegaCrit and published by Humble Bundle. The game was first released in early access for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux in...  more
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    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....  more
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    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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    DeveloperChunsoft

    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 only in...  more
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    DeveloperSting Entertainment

    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, also...  more

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    DeveloperSega

    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 service in...  more
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    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 released in Japan on...  more
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    DeveloperMatrix Software, Chunsoft

    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 Chunsoft...  more
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    DoomRL

    2002

    DeveloperKornel Kisielewicz

    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