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  • Summary: Each time you die, your child will succeed you. Every child is unique. One child might be colorblind, another might have tourettes-- they could even be a dwarf.

    That's OK, because no one is perfect, and you don't have to be perfect to win this game. But you do have to be pretty darn good
    Each time you die, your child will succeed you. Every child is unique. One child might be colorblind, another might have tourettes-- they could even be a dwarf.

    That's OK, because no one is perfect, and you don't have to be perfect to win this game. But you do have to be pretty darn good because this game is HARD. Fortunately, every time you die all the gold you've collected can be used to upgrade you manor, giving your next child a step up in life and another chance at vanquishing evil.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 95
    A hugely triumphant take on the Metroidvania formula that delights with its fresh take on roguelike gameplay elements, Rogue Legacy empowers the player, rather than punishes them and is simply one of the finest games you can play on a PlayStation platform.
  2. Aug 13, 2014
    90
    Exciting, funny, and addictive: you should play this game.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Sep 19, 2014
    90
    It's like a 2D Dark Souls with randomising traps and crappy heroes. Funny, brutal, essential.. [October 2014, p76]
  4. Aug 8, 2014
    85
    Rogue Legacy is a difficult title but a very entertaining game. A very peculiar old style Roguelike, with a lot to see and a lot to play.
  5. Aug 6, 2014
    84
    Even after an year, it's still an original and enjoyable experience, one you shouldn't miss on PS4.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 29, 2014
    80
    Brutally compelling and utterly essential. [Oct 2014, p.91]
  7. 70
    Mind you, apparent lack of confidence aside, Rogue Legacy is still an essential game, and it's good to see the roguelike still getting so much traction, because it is a wonderful, versatile and ultimately entertaining RPG sub-genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Feb 17, 2015
    10
    Rogue Legacy has an addictive, fast-paced gameplay. One of the best 2D platform games on PS4. This game will give you dozens of hours of fun.Rogue Legacy has an addictive, fast-paced gameplay. One of the best 2D platform games on PS4. This game will give you dozens of hours of fun. Character traits are awesome and refreshing, making each round unique. Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2015
    10
    Rogue Legacy is everything I want in a platformer. It boasts addictive non-stop fun in it's gameplay and with the death/re-birth mechanic withRogue Legacy is everything I want in a platformer. It boasts addictive non-stop fun in it's gameplay and with the death/re-birth mechanic with the family tree and the always changing castle it has almost non-stop re-playability in it's first run-through alone. I put hours and hours into this game and enjoyed every minute of it.

    The leveling, skill tree, equipment, and runes allow you to progress at a great pace and I found myself improving as a player at a rate that matched the growing ability of my character. None of it seems overdone and is a fun part of the game. Chiron is a mechanic I am not as much of a fan of however. I would prefer getting less coins in each run-through rather than being forced to spend all my coins after every run, but nonetheless it didn't negatively effect the time I had.

    The family tree mechanic is very cool. It adds a very interesting way to explain the life/death cycle of the game, and makes the gameplay interesting as you have to change your play style for each type of character you send into the castle.

    The bosses are TOUGH, and it will take several tries to get to the point where you can finally beat the bosses, but after putting the time in it felt so rewarding to me.

    The always changing castle was great as well. I would recommend not locking down the castle, as it makes you a better player to just deal with the changes and allows for more fun and excitement with each re-entry.

    In closing, this is my favorite indie game on the PS4, and is a game I still pick up very often and put time into.

    9.5/10
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  3. Jul 30, 2014
    9
    I'm completed shocked by how much fun this game is. Procedurally created levels has been an alluring concept but ultimately disappointing inI'm completed shocked by how much fun this game is. Procedurally created levels has been an alluring concept but ultimately disappointing in 9 out of 10 games that offer it like Cloudberry Kingdom and Daylight (sorry I just couldn't get into them). However, Rogue Legacy hits the nail right on the head for how to do randomized level design. This is easily the best side-scroller I've played since Symphony of the Night. There are a number of hilarious references to pop culture stuff ranging from fairly obvious to jokes that I can only imagine a small percentage of people will get right away (i.e., reference to the movie UHF but I won't spoil what the joke is). I can't stop playing this game. It is hard but I'm slowly becoming a much better player. While I play lots of games, I'm not great at any of them and this is not so hard that it becomes frustrating. I always feel like I'm progressing and there is so much to do. Really and exceptional and fun game. Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2015
    8
    When I first booted up Rogue Legacy, I loathed it. It ran slowly, the controls made me feel like I had brain damage, and the art was revoltingWhen I first booted up Rogue Legacy, I loathed it. It ran slowly, the controls made me feel like I had brain damage, and the art was revolting to look at. When I ran it on a better computer and switched from a keyboard to a controller, my complaints about the game mostly vanished. It reminds me a bit of old Castlevania games in its mechanics and layout, and definitely left me with a retro feel. The art is still disappointing, and there were some graphical glitches (for some reason the sword vanished from just one of my classes until I attack). I played it through to the end (I skipped the seemingly impossible remix bosses after trying the first two a few times), and feel fine about that decision.

    The game is definitely incredibly unforgiving at the beginning, but once you claw your way up to get your characters some competent stats (if you have nothing better to play at the moment), and you get yourself a good feel for the enemies, you can zip through to endgame pretty quickly. Rogue Legacy also employs a clever way of keeping you playing -- You can't spend the gold you earned on your last run without picking your character for the next run, forcing you to feel like you're abandoning a run any time you want to put down the controller. Sneaky. Roguish, even.

    After being fooled by a number of games touting themselves as roguelikes, I'd begun to worry that only FTL and Binding of Isaac could pull it off right. Rogue Legacy did a competent job of putting a unique spin on the roguelike class of game and implemented the system well. My hopes are buoyed for another day. While I'm not terribly tempted to replay or go for any achievements, this one turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable and satisfying. A nice "pick-up-and-play" while it lasted.
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  5. Apr 7, 2017
    8
    Though it does not have as much replay value as I would like, this is still a really fun and challenging game that is definitely worth theThough it does not have as much replay value as I would like, this is still a really fun and challenging game that is definitely worth the purchase. The music is entertaining and a perfect fit for the style of the game. It's hard, but in a way that kept me motivated to continue. I would have enjoyed more and more varied bosses, and the game could have been a little bit longer, but otherwise, it was really addictive and enjoyable. Expand
  6. Jul 21, 2015
    8
    I was exited to play this game for a LLOOOONNNGGGG time mainly because I never had a decent computer or a ps4 up in till this point. The gameI was exited to play this game for a LLOOOONNNGGGG time mainly because I never had a decent computer or a ps4 up in till this point. The game is flawed, but I am glad that I bought it. The controls couldn't be better, the game is fast and addicting, and its basic mechanics are very solid. The goal of the game is to get gold, level up, explore the randomly generated castle, and beat the bosses when prepared. Also when your character dies, they do not come back, and you must continue your adventure with one of three children. the game is also very changing, but its deigned around being challenging. However, their are several downsides to the game. There isn't much enemy variety. There are at least 10 different types of mages, 6 different types of skeletons, and 7 different types of floating eyeballs. Also most of the bosses are based on another enemy in the game. These i feel are not very large problems, and there are defiantly more than 3 different types of enemies, but it still holds the game back. If you like fast action 2D platformers, give Rogue Legacy a shot. Expand
  7. Feb 24, 2015
    2
    Can't get into this type of game. Guess I burned out on these 20+ years ago, and I seem to remember they were better back then. ConstantlyCan't get into this type of game. Guess I burned out on these 20+ years ago, and I seem to remember they were better back then. Constantly dying just to go run and jump and poke some things again, in a jumbled castle with no personality at all....no thanks. I'll just keep my Milton's Secret Castle memories and go find a better game to play with a bit more interesting gameplay to it.
    Enjoy it if that's your thing, but my personal review score is abysmal.
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