Review: Red Rogue by Aaron Steed

February 28, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

I see a troll below me. I drop down and land on his head, leaving him dazed. My minion drops down beside me and together we use our weapons to beat the troll into an explosion of blood. All that’s left in the carnage is the troll’s mangled head. I kick it around like a soccer ball.

If this sounds intriguing at all to you, then you have to try Red Rogue…and maybe seek some mental help. Don’t let the stellar pixel art fool you. This game is as visceral as they come. The randomly generated levels can be difficult but always seem fair, and death is not infuriating like most games that bare the rogue-like moniker.

Red Rogue

Red Rogue

You can choose two different play styles to get a feel for what suits you best, from Action RPG, that handles gameplay in real time, or Dogmatic which has enemies that only move when you do. Both play styles have their advantages, the former having its fast and frantic gameplay, and the latter allowing for more strategy.

Red Rogue

Red Rogue

Every kill you make gets you experience points which will level you and your minion up making you obviously stronger, but this doesn’t tip the odds in your favor, because the more you progress the harder the enemies will be. At one point in my play through, both my minion and I were brutalized by the elder god himself, Cthulhu.

Red Rogue

Red Rogue

You can equip your rogue and minion in the latest of dungeon fashion that can add that much needed stat that will help you live longer, or just make you look cooler. I for one was partial to the top hat, which gave my character some much needed gravitas. Defeating enemies and opening up chests allows you to collect weapons that better you at killing and runes that can be used for enchanting items or eating. It was exciting and addictive powering my rogue up with each new item drop.

If you take damage by said rogue or elder god you can eat a heart that you collect after taking it from the carnage you’ve left in your wake. If you’re unfortunately out of hearts and desperately need to heal, then you can pitch a tent and sleep for whichever amount of time to regain health, but this act is not without its danger. If you decide to set up camp, the monsters of the dungeon will know, and you will be at their mercy. Sometimes you might get lucky and you and your minion will wake up renewed to fight another day, sometimes you’ll be slain in your sleep without even knowing what beast attacked you.

Red Rogue

Red Rogue

Keeping up with the randomization theme, you can find an alter to pray to which, if this god of chaos is in a good mood, can clone your minion by three making you an unstoppable gang of skeleton knights, or if the god is in a little bit of a more ill-tempered mood can possibly turn you into whatever monster last met the business end of your blade.

Red Rogue

Red Rogue

If you’re new or a well-established veteran to the rogue-like genre you’d be more hard pressed to find a better example of how fun the style can be. Red Rogue is definitely something you shouldn’t miss out on.

Red Rogue is available to download and play from the Red Rogue web site.  The developer has also made the source code available for the curious, and there is a donation link on the web site if you’re feeling generous.

Download and play Red Rogue from the official game website.

Category: Action, Exploration, Fighting, Horror, Linux, Mac, PC, Platformer, Reviews, Rogue-like, RPG

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I've been playing video games, well, since before I can remember. I grew up on a steady dose of Super Mario, Zelda, and Metal Gear. My love of indie games have stemmed from the notion that anyone, with perseverance, can make whatever they set their mind to. I myself am an indie game designer and if you want you can play my games for free at http://gamejolt.com/profile/thealmostcrimes/154857/