Cyber Monday has come and gone, but if you were quick on the draw you may have been able to pick up a few Steam games for super cheap. One such game is Cellar Door Games' 'Rogue Legacy', which has proven itself to be a good little rogue-like platform game.
You start off as one knight entering a castle. Don't worry if it's tough, because you were born to die. The next generation will take over your castle-plundering ways, even if they have a few minor issues. Each generation is born with different attributes. Some will help you on your quest, others will hinder your journey.
There are five bosses in the game. One boss resides in each of the four sections of the castle, while the remaining last boss sits behind the giant golden doors to the throne room.
Game play is fairly easy, as it requires only a standard keyboard. Your main controls are the arrow keys, and WASD, with a few others thrown in for optional controls.
The 2D visuals in the game are fun versions of pixel-art. Animation doesn't seem to stutter at all, and hit boxes are precise. Make no mistake, this game requires skill. This is not a platformer you can make your way through on luck and gear alone. You really have to pay attention to your surroundings, have map awareness, and be really good with timing.
Still, replay value is incredibly high, as the castle is "randomly generated" every time you enter. You'll find some of the same rooms on several playthroughs, but they will be in a different location. Enemies scale with you, so you shouldn't feel that the game is too difficult too quickly.
The added classes with the castle upgrades are nice, but predictably the most balanced class is one of the earlier classes you get (paladin).
The music is good for the most part, with an added bonus of a jukebox sometimes generated within the castle walls to change it up a bit.
Unfortunately, this is definitely a one-person only game. There are no options for any type of co-op or online play. It doesn't really need it, per se, but there are similar games out there that do have this option and it just adds to the value of the game.
Another con has to do with some of the attributes of the heirs. If you choose an heir with, say, Vertigo or Dyslexia, it will give you a headache shortly after choosing the character. There are more than a couple of these, so do be careful if you suffer from issues with eye strain or migraines.
Overall, this is a pretty good game to pass the time in 5-45 minute intervals. It has a particular humor that most people will like, and it's a rather enjoyable game. But if you don't like dying or playing alone, I would pass on this one.