Crown Trick (Switch eShop)

Crown Trick (Switch eShop)
Crown Trick (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Team17 / Developer: NEXT Studios
Release Date: 16th Oct 2020 (USA) / 16th Oct 2020 (UK/EU)

Crown Trick is a stylish and strategic roguelike that slows the usually frenetic pace of its genre down and introduces some rhythmic turn-based battling to proceedings. Elle's ability to blink around arenas, combined with the plethora of powers she gains from the many weapons, relics and familiars she encounters along the way, also adds plenty of variety and flexibility to the runs you'll make here. There are some UI niggles that need addressing, the inherently random nature of the core gameplay can plague proceedings now and again and busy battles can become hard to read at times but, overall, this one's a very solid effort that genre fans should definitely check out.

Dungreed (Switch eShop)

Dungreed (Switch eShop)
Dungreed (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Nicalis / Developer: Team Horay
Release Date: 27th Oct 2020 (USA) / 27th Oct 2020 (UK/EU)

Dungreed is a fairly typical roguelite game with a few well-chosen additions to the design that make it stand out as something special. It may not be genre-defining and it's certainly not game-changing, but it draws from other roguelite designs to come up with something that's polished, smart, and extremely satisfying.

Dicey Dungeons (Switch eShop)

Dicey Dungeons (Switch eShop)
Dicey Dungeons (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Distractionware / Developer: Distractionware
Release Date: 15th Dec 2020 (USA) / 15th Dec 2020 (UK/EU)

Terry Cavanagh has done it again with Dicey Dungeons; this is easily one of the best roguelike titles you can play on Switch. Loads of gameplay variety, fantastic music, a high skill ceiling and friendly visuals make this a thoroughly gripping and fun experience you won’t want to miss out on. If you like roguelikes or card games, we’d highly recommend you pick this up as soon as you can – and even if you don’t, we’d still encourage you to check it out regardless.

Curse of the Dead Gods (Switch eShop)

Curse of the Dead Gods (Switch eShop)
Curse of the Dead Gods (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive / Developer: Passtech Games
Release Date: 23rd Feb 2021 (USA) / 23rd Feb 2021 (UK/EU)

A breezier, simpler game than its clear inspirations, what Curse of the Dead Gods lacks in narrative it makes up for in focused, crunchy gameplay. Combat is interesting, exploration is rewarding and the systems in play are sufficiently diverse to make this a winner. It won't consume you forever, but you'll feel far from short-changed by this game of meaningful, divergent dungeons.

UnderMine (Switch eShop)

UnderMine (Switch eShop)
UnderMine (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Thorium Entertainment / Developer: Thorium Entertainment
Release Date: 11th Feb 2021 (USA) / 11th Feb 2021 (UK/EU)

UnderMine is a ridiculously easy game to recommend. If you are at all a fan of roguelite games, you owe it to yourself to pick this up at your earliest convenience. Developer Thorium Entertainment demonstrates clear mastery in overall design, controls, upgrade systems and presentation, which all come together here to make for a thoroughly engrossing experience. The one caveat is that those of you who are sick of roguelites won’t find anything to change your mind here; if you fall in that camp... well, for one thing, how have you got this far through a list of the best roguelikes?! Pass this up and you're essentially missing out on one of the best examples of the whole genre.

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos (Switch eShop)

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos (Switch eShop)
Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Team17 / Developer: Heliocentric Studios
Release Date: 23rd Feb 2021 (USA) / 23rd Feb 2021 (UK/EU)

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos is a delightful Zelda-inspired roguelite that's chock full of secrets, surprises, and some top-notch dungeon crawling action. There's an excellent central hub area to evolve and expand here, lots of fun little side quests to indulge in and a well-designed overworld that takes full advantage of your hero's ever-growing armoury of weapons, skills and gadgets. There are perhaps a few too many skill trees and upgrade mechanics for our liking and the story is entirely forgettable, but overall this one comes highly recommended for co-op and solo adventurers alike.

Gods Will Fall (Switch eShop)

Gods Will Fall (Switch eShop)
Gods Will Fall (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Deep Silver / Developer: Clever Beans
Release Date: 29th Jan 2021 (USA) / 29th Jan 2021 (UK/EU)

Gods Will Fall is a unique and challenging dungeon crawler that cleverly combines a handful of inventive gameplay mechanics, resulting in constantly tense and thrilling runs through some seriously tough death chambers and boss battles. This is a pretty brutal and unforgiving game – one some players are sure to bounce hard off – but stick with it until it clicks, explore, experiment, forge ahead through frustration and you'll be rewarded with one of the most addictive and original roguelikes we've played in quite some time.

Dreamscaper (Switch eShop)

Dreamscaper (Switch eShop)
Dreamscaper (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Freedom Games / Developer: Afterburner Studios
Release Date: 12th Aug 2021 (USA) / 12th Aug 2021 (UK/EU)

Dreamscaper really is a really rather good roguelite; a game that certainly deserves more attention than it’s received. What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in heart. A surprisingly emotional story, rewarding progression system, snappy combat, and painterly visuals make for an experience that we’d suggest you give a serious look.

Spelunky 2 (Switch eShop)

Spelunky 2 (Switch eShop)
Spelunky 2 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Mossmouth / Developer: Mossmouth
Release Date: 26th Aug 2021 (USA) / 26th Aug 2021 (UK/EU)

Spelunky 2 is a masterclass in great roguelite game design, expertly combining crushing difficulty with a steady drip of new secrets and lessons to keep you coming back for more. Some may be put off by the steep challenge—this is certainly a game you have to work for a bit—but putting in the effort is sure to reward you with plenty of thrilling memories. We’d give this game a high recommendation to any fans of roguelites or challenging platformers, and even if that doesn’t describe you, this is still certainly worth a look.

There's always the original Spelunky to investigate, too, if you really dig this one.

Hades (Switch eShop)

Hades (Switch eShop)
Hades (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Supergiant Games / Developer: Supergiant Games
Release Date: 17th Sep 2020 (USA) / 17th Sep 2020 (UK/EU)

Hades is a sublime mix of satisfyingly gritty and flexible combat, a wonderfully vibrant art style and genuinely fun and engaging narrative. Supergiant Games has an excellent track record with games like Bastion and Transistor, but this really does feel its finest hour, a rip-roaring rampage through the underworld that's arrived here on Switch in a port that's nigh-on perfect. Even if you're yet to be swayed by the admittedly repetitive ebb and flow of the roguelike genre, we passionately urge you to at least give this one a try; for fans of the genre or anyone even remotely interested, this is one heavenly vision of hell that we highly recommend you sacrifice yourself to.

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Rogue Legacy 2 (Switch eShop)

Rogue Legacy 2 (Switch eShop)
Rogue Legacy 2 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Cellar Door Games / Developer: Cellar Door Games
Release Date: 9th Nov 2022 (USA) / 9th Nov 2022 (UK/EU)

While not the first roguelike by any means, 2013’s Rogue Legacy — alongside classics like Spelunky and The Binding of Isaac — had a hand in making the now-plentiful genre the huge deal it has become. Nearly a decade later (not counting two years of early access), Cellar Door Games has finally followed up on their breakout hit. Rogue Legacy 2 builds upon its predecessor and, even for those who haven't played the first, re-establishes what made it such an enduring hit. While it’s not a game-changing revelation, it manages to follow up on everything that made the original great and makes it bigger and better.


Well, that's a chunky bite of rogue-like-like-lites, no? Hands up anyone who's actually played Rogue...

Think we've missed one? In all honesty, it's highly likely given the sheer number of games with roguelike elements. We're more than happy to add to this list, so let us know your nominations in the comments below and we'll take them under advisement.

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