Video games are all grown up. Despite what a few out-of-touch people might insist, games are art. They can tell gritty, emotional stories full of complex characters. They can invent fantastical worlds that just beg to be explored.
Or... they can have the final boss that turns into a scorpion for literally no reason.
These are 19 weird, wild, WTF moments in otherwise normal games.
The best bit of roguelikes is the dying. Most modern games fear death, toning down the difficulty so the player never has to face the reaper, or respawning them so quickly they barely notice (despite the unique advantages that permadeath can offer). Roguelikes cut through all that. In these games, death works realistically: once you're gone, you're gone. It forces you to savour the virtual life you've been given. Every decision feels that much more important, every game that bit more tense, all because you know that 'game over' really means it.
Modern games like FTL and Spelunky have brought the roguelike to the attention of many more people. If you’re curious about the genre’s heritage, here are six classic roguelikes you can enjoy for free.
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