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Learn what makes a good rogue-like game and how to make one yourself.

One of my favorite genres of video game in the past few years is the rogue-like. They’re a genre that’s defined by a few things including:

  • Difficulty
  • Having to start the whole game over when you die once
  • Random generation of levels and items

Rogue-likes include all sorts of games like Spelunky, The Binding of Isaac, and — relevant to the game we’ll be building this issue — Slay the Spire.

The idea of Slay the Spire, pictured previously, is that you proceed through a series of randomly generated turn-based battles to face the final boss. Each turn you draw a hand of cards from your deck. Your only action, as a player, is to choose which cards you’ll play. These cards can attack, defend, cast magic, or use special skills. When you run out of cards to draw the deck is reshuffled before you draw. At the end of every battle, you get to choose from three randomly chosen cards to add to your deck for the rest of the game.

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