A Tiny Turn-based Roguelike Crawler – Tiny Rogue Review
The roguelike genre of gaming has become an absolute favorite for anyone looking for a punishing challenge. Tiny Rogue for iOS and Android is no exception to the randomly generated madness you’d typically expect from the genre of roguelike games. Developed by Ravenous Games Inc, Tiny Rogue will have you planning out every move you make with it’s unforgiving turn-based gameplay. Let’s take a look at Tiny Rogue:
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– Simple, yet challenging gameplay.(You’re gonna die ALOT)
– Cool 8-bit/retro style graphics and sounds.
– Randomly Generated Levels/Dungeons.
– Gain XP, level-up and gain different perks by killing enemies. ( Gain extra hearts, stronger melee attacks, get more power-up slots, etc)
– Find and Use various power-ups/weapons. (Throw daggers, shoot lightening bolts, drink health-potions, etc.)
– Mini-quest objectives like: Defeat the dragon, save the princess, find hidden treasure.
– Only 40 MB!
– Connects to the Game Center to compare your high-scores with others.
– Original Price-tag of $2.99 is a bit steep for what you get. (Overall the game is a bit shallow.)
– Some of the randomly generated enemies can be placed in a way where you cannot win.(Especially in later levels and can be quite frustrating.)
– Besides getting a high-score there isn’t really anything keeping players replaying. (The RPG XP/Level-up system is only on a round by round basis and doesn’t permanently improve.)
I can easily say I’m a big fan of the roguelike genre and I enjoyed Tiny Rogue quite a bit for the first few rounds. However, unlike most roguelike style games where you unlock things, explore more uniquely generated levels and/or gain permanent experience points to level-up for your next round. In Tiny Rogue, the only thing you’re rewarded with is a high-score. This left me feeling unsatisfied and unwilling to play more of it, due to the lack of progression and adventure. If you play a few rounds you might start having deja-vu, cause even with randomly generated levels there’s not much variety. The game does have a bit of an addicting element with the tough challenge it presents and can be alot of fun if things are going right. BUT, sometimes you can progress into a level that has a totally unfair arrangement of enemies, which makes the game feel like more of a gamble, than a test of skills or strategy.
Tiny Rogue is a roguelike, turn-based, dungeon crawler, which presents a simplistic and challenging style of gameplay. Though, it may be too simple, with the only real objective being based on getting a high-score and not on building a better character via the RPG elements of the game. However, if you can catch it on sale I would recommend checking it out, cause it can make a good pick-up and play in short sessions.
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