Do you prefer that the world only move when you do? Do you spend more time rearranging the perfect deck than actually playing? Here are the best roguelike and CCGs we’ve reviewed since the site started.
#1) Cogmind – endlessly inventive
Cogmind has a great variety of components and choice in approach that allows both stealth and combat strategies to be equally viable in completing the game. There is certainly no hand holding and it will require significant investment of time to fully grasp and master the concepts, but Cogmind is ultimately a fantastic rogue-like game. One that takes traditional rogue-like ideas and innovates by introducing things like a living ecosystem of NPCs, the ability to swap graphics between a tile set and ASCII mode on the fly, UI that isn’t new but just hasn’t been utilized in the genre before and many other design intricacies that enrich the experience. Review by Caleb DeLaurentis.
#2) Martial Arts Brutality – brutally kinetic CCG
I’m trying to temper my enthusiasm for Martial Arts Brutality because it happens to check off a bunch of my gaming fetishes. The one part I would normally hate (reflex based minigames) actually improves the game and keeps it always tense and curse-worthy. And it succeeds at making me feel like I’m having a series of final fights from Van Damme movies, which is the greatest gift of all. Review by Galp.
#3) Slay the Spire – cardboard crack
It took me a long, long time after I started playing Slay the Spire to come to my senses and drag myself away from the monitor. This deck builder is elegant, deep and very difficult to put down. I’m still discovering new builds, new synergies, and new foes after my 10th hour with the game, and I can’t see myself quitting any time soon. It’s crack, is what I’m trying to say. I hope you like crack. Review by Nic Reuben.
#4 Tangledeep – Lovely way to slay one square at a time
Tangledeep is a solid, refined rogue-like with lovely pixel graphics, great level design, loot and characters. Evolutionary instead of revolutionary; if you still have an urge to kill things in dungeons one square at at time this is a pleasant way to go about satisfying it. Review by Nicole Hunter.
#5 Monster Slayers – ridiculously addictive hybrid
Monster Slayers is instantly engaging and highly addictive. I’d venture to say anyone who likes games will be hooked. How long the spell holds will vary but I’m sure you’ll get $10 worth. So, an 80. Just good enough to appeal even to people who don’t usually like the genre but still a small game that focuses on one thing (and does it very well). Review by Galp.