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Rogue (Epyx, commercial release) (rogue: ascii dungeon) (pc game)
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  • Old-school adventuring
  • Mapping out the dungeon
  • Oh dear
  • Maps are randomly generated
  • Seeking out treasure
  • The green thing is a set of stairs
  • Level mapped out
  • Command list
  • Next level
  • Taking out the bad guys
  • More commands
  • Game introduction title screen - cover
  • And so the game began 5 minutes ago
  • Wait! How did I get here?!
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  • Image extracted from gameplay video.

Action RPG's Progenator

Rogue is one of those legendary legacy titles from the very beginning of the computer gaming era. In fact, the roots of many of today's greatest titles can be traced to innovations introduced in Rogue. Rogue is a dungeon crawling adventure game with randomized dungeons, random monsters, and random loot. This is like the great-grandfather to Diablo and the many Diablo clones from this current generation of action role-playing games. There are many many different versions, editions, and iterations of Rogue. Some include pets, classes, races, half-races, and other features. Some add graphical interfaces, others stick to the original ASCII representation. ASCII means that all the "graphics" are just text characters from the keyboard. The controls are very overly complex, and they had to be at the time. There was no mouse. You can type help or some variation to get a layout of what keys do what. Capital letters will do different things than lowercase letters. It all takes a lot to get used to and might not appeal to a new gamer. This trip is for experienced and daring dungeoneers only.

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