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Rogue: The Adventure Game

DOS - 1983

Year 1983
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure, Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Fantasy
Publisher Michael C. Toy & Kenneth C.R.C. Arnold
Developer Michael C. Toy & Kenneth C.R.C. Arnold
Perspective Top-Down
4.36 / 5 - 45 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 revolutionary features that have become the norm in today's RPGs.

Rogue is an ASCII-interfaced (i.e. all text or text-character 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

othelzer 2021-06-09 0 point

I got the gauntlet of Yendor a few times, and once i got to level three on the way out

Roger Red Hat 2020-06-08 4 points

Is there a version that works on Windows 10 by any chance?



ONE EYED WILLIE 2020-03-29 -1 point


Dan 2019-09-26 1 point

Just discovered this classic gem 4 years ago. myself can see why it big deal being one of the early Dungeon Crawler games to exist on personal computers would inspired similar games later on used to created subgenre roguelike games that take after this game,

JawDropping 2018-12-09 1 point

This game impressed the living crap out of me, being that I seen it for the first time this year, 2018. Very telling about the quality of what you see here. Just one question for the veterans out there: how to deal with the freaking Rattlesnakes? I mean, not only they drain your strength at each turn, they are fast and take more than one arrow shot to kill. Unfair at least!!

Art Vandellay 2018-08-27 3 points

I've found the manual:

Pleistocenemegafauna 2018-08-05 -1 point

If one downloads a sector editor and looks through the hexadecimal code, the hit points and strength are initialized just below the list of monsters. It's tricky but look for the hex (or ascii) sequence of the initialization parameters close together. Years ago it took me 6 months to find, but the game became easy to beat starting with 25000 hit points.

person 2018-03-21 0 point

wish i knew the controls

CHAMPION 2018-02-24 0 point

Many, many a night playing this game in search of the Amulet of Yendor! Then back up all the dungeons to exit. Many monsters but i remember these as if it was yesterday. Level zapping Wraiths, Strength zapping Vampires and those titan dmg makers Yeti, Centaurs and Jabberwocks! And the dreaded thief Leprachauns! Kill them before they hit you and steal your enchanted armor off your back! Funny how Champion was the last title you get after ROGUE MASTER.

Yar 2018-02-10 0 point

loved playing this game on my self built 8088 ibm clone 8m of speed with turbo lol

Mark 2017-11-17 3 points

Time to eat my yummy Slime Mold

brian 2017-11-16 2 points

I became so obsessed with beating this game, I finally "cheated" to do it. Old timers will like this hack. The game lets you save, but erases the file when you re-load, right, so you have to start from beginning every time. Well: I used to save the game to a 3.25 floppy with the corner bit punched out, so file was write-protected! No erasing, mwhaa-haa-haaaa! Just save frequently; re-load a bunch: beat game in one-sitting.

Zoot 2017-03-18 1 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 1 point

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

Mad 2017-01-08 1 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 0 point DOS version

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

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