The PlayStation Vita released in North America on February 22, 2012, four years ago today. At VG News Wire we’re bringing you a week worth of Vita content looking back at the first four years and into the future.
Coinciding with the four years of the Vita’s life has been the rise in popularity of modern roguelikes, the hallmarks of which include procedurally generated levels, and permanent character death. The Vita has made these pick up and play games portable, and the style feels right at home on Sony’s handheld. Longtime members of PlayStation Plus have been able to grab three of these four at no additional cost. Here is the top four roguelikes available from the Vita’s first four years.
4. Rogue Legacy – Cellar Door Games – July 29, 2014
Rogue Legacy puts it’s own unique spin on the genre, when your character dies you choose your next character from a list of randomly generated heirs. These descendants each possess individual abilities, an example of which could be increased movement speed. The game plays stylistically similar to Castlevania, but here the castle layout is different each time a new character enters.
3. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth – Nicalis – November 4, 2014
Rebirth is a remake of the original The Binding of Isaac developed as a Flash game. This title is a top down action dungeon crawler, imagine a game like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past if it was 100% dungeons. Isaac has hundreds of items to find and players can discover imaginative combinations to make every play a new experience. It will take you many, many hours to see all that Isaac has to offer.
2. Crypt of the NecroDancer – Brace Yourself Games – February 2, 2016
The newest game on this list released just this month, as we have a full review available. NecroDancer’s hook is it’s rhythm based gameplay. All of your actions must move to the beat of the game’s memorable soundtrack composed by Danny Baranowski, whose work can also be found in Isaac. The game features a number of characters who present different challenges to overcome.
1. Spelunky – Mossmouth – August 27, 2013
This is the game that really put modern roguelikes on the map, and is still the best. This launched initially in 2008 as a free downloadable Windows game, and later released in HD on the Xbox 360. The Vita version is further enhanced, including all the features now available in the PlayStation 4 version, including a Pro HUD and viewable replays from the top daily challenge scores. Spelunky is a game known for it’s difficult but fair gameplay. At it’s core you just need to make it to the end, but the community has created it’s own classifications of challenges, now including world records of a 101 second speed run and a high score record that took more than five and a half hours to finish.
Which modern roguelike available for the Vita is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.