One of the OG roguelike classics has been given an overhaul but retains its unusual charms and challenges
As one of the earliest roguelikes I remember playing, and being compelled to stick with until I beat it, the original Rogue Legacy has some fond memories associated with it. Unfortunately, it got to the Switch a bit late, with later titles in the genre having already surpassed it in a few areas, so that minimized the excitement of its arrival. That changes with this sequel, which in most ways plays out just like the original, but with a substantial number of updates on multiple levels. Pair it’s far more modern and attractive look with that same style of play, pushing and challenging you with a pretty wide variety of puzzles, groups of enemies, tough bosses, and plenty of surprises and it simply feels great to play. Then, when you’ve enjoyed it a bit you begin to look at the meta game as well, you’ll begin picking over multiple aspects of your build and work to get better at bending the game’s systems to your advantage. A major improvement over the original in every way, this is absolutely an addictively challenging title that will constantly entice you with that “just one more run” mentality every time it loads up the oddballs you have to choose from next in your lineage.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.9]