Rogue Legacy out now: a 2D roguelike about heroism and genealogy

Rogue Legacy is what the developers call a "rogue-lite," which is, admittedly, a better descriptor than the awful roguelike-like. It's a side-scrolling hack 'n slash platformer that randomly generates its hazard-filled castle. In typical roguelike fashion, you will die a lot, and when you do, it's your children that continue the family business of heroing. As the trailer explains, those heirs can have some peculiar genetic traits.

Traits include dyslexia, tourette's and irritable bowel syndrome, among others. Rich is playing it in the office right now, and has just rolled an heir who's specific quirk rendered the entire game - text and all - upside down. It didn't go well.

You can find Rogue Legacy in all the usual digital shops, as well as on the official site , where there's also a demo. And I've just spotted it's been made by the creators of Don't Shit Your Pants, which has reminded me of the existence of Don't Shit Your Pants. If you never played that game, there's you next ten minutes sorted.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.