Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Devious subsister

Got something different for you today! It can run on a brick and has the worst graphics out of all the game’s I’ve put on this blog so far! You wont care about the graphics though when you’re trying not to starve or be eaten yourself. I present to you Rogue Survivor!
That's no hobo in the doorway
Rogue Survivor is a roguelike, and for those who don’t know what that is, lets see the wikipedia definition. “The roguelike is a sub-genre of role-playing video games, characterized by level randomization, permanent death, and turn-based movement. Most roguelikes feature ASCII graphics, with newer ones increasingly offering tile-based graphics.” That about sums it up. All of these features are implemented in Rogue Survivor, especially the randomization factor.
The classics weren't much to look at but they were still solid games
The goal of Rogue Survivor is (surprise!) survival. The game takes place during a zombie outbreak and you are given the choice of either being a human or one of the undead. Humans are given a choice of traits to choose from, one at the end of character generation, others after the dawn of each new day they survive. The Undead choice gives you a selection of different zombie types to choose from, such as a full on skeleton whose strong suit is speed, or a far more durable zombie master.
Expect a lot of burning cars
Human characters need food and sleep to stay alive. Food, traps, and weapons can be found. Barricades can be built in doors and window frames to keep the undead out. Rather than being entirely on your own there are a number of other survivors in the city that you can trade with, or convince to follow you, or to kill to take their stuff. If you give them a reason such as breaking into their barricaded shelter or hoarding food they will try to kill you.
The survivors arent your main concern however, obviously
As a roguelike, despite it's tiled graphic looks, the game is deeper than it appears. Depending on how bad/good you are, you don’t need to invest that much time into a single character. Play until you die, and then reincarnate or start again from the beginning. A save/load feature is available so you dont need to play your character out in one sitting. Even if you find nothing particularly substantial about it you should be able to get a couple of hours of enjoyment out of it. If nothing else you should pick up a few ideas for your own zombie attack plan

Look at how prepared this guy is. This could be you!
There are quite a few Roguelikes out there on the internet, but I'll try to space them apart so this doesn't become "ROGUELIKE CENTRAL, ASCII GRAPHICS 24/7"

 Rogue Survivor is available at http://roguesurvivor.blogspot.com/

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