Metacritic (PS): 84/100
Release: Jun 2013
Reviewed on: PC
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Create a legacy of children in Rogue Legacy, a rogue-lite experience where you’ll have to explore a dangerous castle, defeat bosses and deal with the poor gene pool of your family.
Your ultimate goal in Rogue Legacy is to unlock the golden door that appears at the start of the castle to solve the simple but mysterious story line of the game. This involves adventuring deep into the castle that offers 4 different regions and 4 bosses that you must defeat, sounds easy enough doesn’t it?
The gameplay is a mixture of action and platforming with players moving through the 2D game world that is broken up into separate rooms. These rooms can include traps, enemies and chests for players to kill and collect. Your three weapons against these room layouts are your platforming ability, your sword and spell which all have to be combined together (and eventually mastered) if you want to make serious progress.
Where the difficulty comes from in Rogue Legacy is the fact that each of your heroes will only have a single life and when your health reaches zero you’ll be prompted to select an heir from three options to once again try to make it through the castle alive. After each death though the castle will be reset to make the order of rooms completely different (although players do eventually gain the ability to temporarily lock down the castle layout at the cost of a large gold percentage).
To get you closer and closer to your end goal players can upgrade their mansion which offers passive benefits to all heroes in their legacy while also equipping runes and equipment which can all be purchased with gold that you find in each castle adventure.
Each hero you choose though will be a completely different play experience from the different classes that have their own strengths to the traits that completely alter your game experience. This range from dwarfism that shrinks your character to ADHD that dramatically increases your movement speed or colour blind that removes all the game colours. With over two dozen of these in the games choosing an heir is always tough to balance between positive and negative traits while getting a character class you want to play as well.
Rogue Legacy is a game that you have to be prepared to die often in with a hero lifespan that is shorter than most other roguelike games on the market. Once you understand this though and channel that frustrating into improving your skills and gear it quickly becomes an addicting cycle.
- Choose an heir with their own unique class and traits.
- A randomised castle awaits you.
- Fight 4 bosses and the ultimate final boss.
- Master sword, spell and platforming.
- Endless new game+ mode constantly increases the game challenge.