Roguelikes refers to a genre of games which are similar to the classic computer game Rogue. These role playing games are usually formed on a fantasy or sci-fi backdrop, and present the player with a randomly generated dungeon. The dungeon in these games is furthermore represented as an ASCII-based map, typically with an @ representing the player, # or equivalent characters for walls, ^ representing traps, and various colored letters representing different monsters and objects. Some roguelikes have graphical interfaces available, although traditionalist players prefer the ASCII symbols. A major feature of roguelikes is that death is permanent. Once the character dies, the game will need to be restarted. This creates a focus on playing defensively, trying to survive instead of trying to win.
List of roguelikes
The following roguelikes are available for Linux-based systems.
- ADoM (Ancient Domains of Mystery)
- Angband (with approximately 50 variants)
- crawl] (wikipedia entry)
- gearhead2 (sourceforge)
- omega (sourceforge)
- powder (Linux Game Tome)
- Rogue The original!
- ToME (Gaming on Linux entry)
- Tyrant (Java)
- Roguelike (Wikipedia article)
- Actively Developing Roguelikes (thelist.roguelikedevelopment.org)