Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 6, 2018
    90
    Rogue Legacy is a simple take on the tried-and-true roguelike formula, but it executes what it sets out to do exceptionally well, making for an endlessly replayable and enjoyable action adventure that no fan of the genre will want to miss out on. A high difficulty level, funny writing, tight controls and rewarding RPG mechanics make this one an effortless recommendation; the design of the game makes it easy to play in short bursts or long sessions, which means it's a great fit for the Switch. If you enjoyed Dead Cells, Castlevania, or any 2D sidescroller in that style, you’re almost certain to have a blast with this one.
  2. Nov 5, 2018
    89
    An uber fun "rogue lite" wonderfully crafted by Blitworks' always virtuous hands for Nintendo Switch. An entertaining game that, even without adding new content, stills amazes with its gameplay, originality and humour. If you're looking for more "Dead Cell's" gameplay-wise, this is the real deal (and even, more humorous).
  3. 85
    Rogue Legacy has found a loving home on Switch. If you have played Rogue Legacy before, and want just a bit more of it in your life, a portable version is a great pick-up. If you have not tried it before, the Switch edition is a perfect entry point.
  4. Dec 28, 2018
    80
    Rogue Legacy is an indelible game to play on the Switch. It has a very fast-paced, pick-and-play cycle to the action,which is perfect for experiencing on the go -and the seemingly endless puns and dad-jokes will make any cynical and tired gamer smirk warmly.
  5. 80
    Rogue Legacy is fundamentally sound but the stringent play pattern where you very slowly incrementally improve can make parts of this novel and fun platformer too slow for its own good. Thankfully the sheer polish of the platforming helps to transcend the issues more often than not. Even if you wind up slowing down and not saving the day, Rogue Legacy is a family trip worth taking thanks to cool ideas and a killer hook.
  6. Feb 11, 2019
    70
    By ditching some classic elements of the rogue-like genre in favour of a permanent progression system, Rogue Legacy delivers a more welcoming and rewarding experience – even if it can get a bit repetitive with time.
  7. Dec 29, 2018
    70
    Rogue Legacy comes with some good ideas that break away with some of the roguelike genre conventions. Its combat system is simple and fun and it features a progression system that can motivate players more easily to advance. While it still suffers from of the genre's ills and its difficulty level is not correctly implemented, Rogue Legacy has something that can appeal to fans of the roguelike genre and beyond, also thanks to its very good audiovisual environment.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 31, 2018
    8
    Originally released in 2013, from developer Cellar Door Games, this rogue-light platformer feels familiar right from the start, but a bitOriginally released in 2013, from developer Cellar Door Games, this rogue-light platformer feels familiar right from the start, but a bit limiting. At first you can only jump and use your sword, having a particularly satisfying bounce slash that only works if timed juuuuuust right.

    When beginning the tables are turned against you and it you really feel it. Death after death you will keep running into the castle, which is procedurally generated each run, meaning that each time you explore it, the layout will be different than before.

    As the title of the game suggests you are in fact leaving a legacy, as each new life you start as a descendant of the character you’ve previously played. With each new life you can choose one of three descendants to play as, each with varying size, class, personal trait, and magic ability. For example you can get a colorblind mage and while you can defeat enemies by casting fireballs that circle around you, it’s pretty hard to navigate through the level safely. Some will have glaucoma, making the entire level blurry, others have Vertigo, forcing you to play through the level upside down with the UI mirrored. In the beginning these characters just feel like torture to play, but if you embrace the challenge it can be an intriguing test of your skills.

    Speaking of torture, Rogue Legacy is HARD. Like NES platformer, take a break and come back hard, especially in the beginning. The way that you progress in Rogue Legacy is using the coins that you collect each round to purchase upgrades to your estate which raises things like your attack stats, health, unlocks new characters and much more. You can also spend that money to unlock weapons, armor, and runes if you have found their blueprint in the game.

    Even then Rogue Legacy will still give you a realty check if you aren’t giving it your all, but after you get deep into your unlocks you’ll be able to level the playing field a bit. For each piece of armor or weapon that you wield you can equip a rune. Runes can vary from giving you an extra jump, which can be stacked so that you can have a triple or quadruple jump, a dash ability or earning more coins throughout the level.

    Currently, I’m utilizing a double-jump, a dash, two extra coin modifiers, vampirism perks, and an almost complete set of vampirism armor, which gives me health with every enemy slain.

    Overall, the game runs great on the the Switch, except for one crazy glitch that occured when I was in a middle of a great run, which really sucked, but the glitch was fun to experiment with.

    Rogue Legacy is an addictive rogue-light platformer with a rewarding progression system once you get into the meat of the video game. The quick runs lend it to a great portable experience that I can wholeheartedly recommend if you are a fan of difficult retro platformers.
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