Genre: Action, Indie, RPG
Developer: Cellar Door Games
Publisher: Cellar Door Games
System: Linux, Mac, Windows
If you’re like me and seek games that are easy to get into you may like Rogue Legacy. Within the first minute and a half of playing you will understand the basic controls, the concept of the game, and the fact that the reasons you got into the game so easily may be the very reasons that make you hate the game with a fiery passion.
I guess it depends on what you’re expecting from a game.
Rogue Legacy is the story of a family of heroes, one of whom decides to go rogue and kill the king/father of the family and rule the family estate, hence, the name of the game…I think. Don’t worry. None of this is a spoiler since it’s literally the beginning of the game. In response to this treason the rest of the family, consisting of a hodgepodge (hehe, hodgepodge) of warriors and wizards, who may be colorblind, stereo blind, clumsy, bald, flatulent, nearsighted, short in stature, strong of arm, or any of a number of other descriptors, rises up in attempt to defeat their treacherous ancestor. And so they go, one at a time, hopping through the old castle, now haunted with all sort of ghoul and fel-creature, to try to restore their family’s honor or whatever.
It’s a real blast!
The only trouble is that the creatures you are fighting are very strong and you will, without fail, fail.
And die many…
But that’s OK! I mean, it is if you’re into that sort of thing. And, as an added bonus, you can get added bonuses from the efforts of the previous family members in the form of heirloom weapons and special abilities that were somehow passed down through the generations of people dying in a castle never to return…
…there may be a little plot hole there, but in general it’s a lot of fun!
Happy Thoughts: Rogue Legacy is an easy game to get into. The controls are fairly simple and the gameplay is that of a standard platformer.
Sad Thoughts: Rogue Legacy is difficult to get into. You die a lot and, unless you amass a lot of wealth in a single run or are really good and the game, you may give up in frustration.
The Bottom Line: I really like this game. If you are able to accept that failure is part of the fun you could potentially have hours of good times.