While browsing through these archives, you came across this game. Interested you decided to read this review. You wish to know whether this game is any good. And I can tell you that modern games don't compare to Rogue. Forget about Doom, Quake and Halo. Smash your Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo DS. You won't need them once you play Rogue. Yet you ask me what Rogue is. And now I will tell you exactly what it is.
Rogue is a game that emphasizes gameplay and replayability rather than flashy graphics, as it was written for DOS.
It features a large, random multi-level dungeon with many monsters and items. The goal of it is the magical item the Amulet of Yendor, located at the bottom level of the dungeon. It spawned a whole new genre of games: ‘rogue’like games. The whole idea of a ‘rogue’like game is to provide replayability value by having no two games the same. Also, almost all roguelikes use ASCII characters to display a map, instead of using text based descriptions as had been used before. So in Rogue, it is possible to play thousands of times without getting bored of it. Finally the other important feature of Rogue is that it isn't a real time game. You can spend hours reviewing your options without worrying about being
In Rogue the objective is also to gain as much money and as many items as possible. Monsters drop items which you can then take for yourself. There are a couple of ways to kill monsters. Missile weapons hit from afar. Melee weapons take you up close and personal. Magic is another option but you eventually are unable to cast spells and so must wait for a while. But tactics is an important part of Rogue. You must have a good playing style to survive. Finally Rogue is all about thinking. You won't win by having hair trigger reflexes. You need to think before you act.
So if you are bored of hitting the skeleton on the left, waiting three seconds and then running to evade the prowlers, turning to kill the two enemies you know are there and finally executing the series of moves that kills the boss, Rogue is the game for you. So what are you waiting for? Get rich, kill monsters, find the Amulet of Yendor and more than anything else, enjoy yourself!