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Rogue: The Adventure Game

DOS - 1983

4.5 / 5 - 22 votes

Description of Rogue: The Adventure Game

The "granddaddy" of dungeon hack RPGs, Rogue has a long history that dates back to the 1970's. It was first released as a test application for UNIX, and quickly captured the imagination of popularity among system administrators and computer science students. It was such a popular "test" that enterprising UNIX admins and users distributed it, expanded it, imitated it, and ported it to their home computers. The game's original concept was unique and rich enough that decades later, it has an entire genre of computer games named after it, commonly called "Roguelike Games", and today still attracts a loyal following and lively community and newsgroups. What is so special about the game that it still attract gamers for over a decade? Many revoluationary features that have become the norm in today's RPGs. Rogue is an ASCII-interfaced (i.e. all text or text-charater based), turn-based, single player dungeon crawl. Its attraction lies neither in plot nor puzzles (both of which are paper-thin... you are a treasure hunter not unlike the Adventurer in Infocom's Zork), but in the seemingly endless combinations of features, a wide variety of monsters and loot, and randomly generated dungeon that guarantees infinite replayability.

In short, Rogue is to RPGs what Crowther's mainframe Adventure is to adventures: a revolutionary game that spawned a genre. It may not stand the test of time very well after all these years, but for those who want to get a sense of where today's blockbuster dungeon crawls the likes of Diablo descend from, Rogue is it. Two thumbs up!

Note: if you are interested in the rare commercial version of this game, check out Rogue (Epyx) also reviewed on this site.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Zoot 2017-03-18 0 point

I agree with you guys... played this game so much it was ridiculous. Still jump in to play occasionally just to remember the time ;)

I like Dungeon Hack now, just basically an updated, D&D Rogue.

hotbeyotch 2017-02-04 0 point

God, I loved this game so much. So happy to find it after all these years!

Mad 2017-01-08 0 point

No sh!t, Doc. I know I spent many moons playing Rogue, I mean, like days, weeks, months of my life trying to beat a game that seemed unbeatable - yet one heard rumors of such. Did it matter which hand I wore which ring? Was certain armor better at defeating certain creatures and not others? Does reading scrolls while quaffing potions make a difference? Do amulets ever do anything? But everytime I got caught waiting for my 2400 baud modem to download the newest utility from a local BBS, Rogue was my goto time killer game. Good times, good times.

Steph 2016-11-21 0 point

This was the best game I played as a kid!

Doc 2015-03-15 -1 point DOS version

How many 1000's of hours we played Mick, and never came close to winning? ;)

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