Roguemas Returns: RNGingle All The Way

This series originally ran on our Steam curation group in December 2016.

By my estimation, it’s exactly 12 days until the Steam Winter Sale. Why is that relevant, I really really hope someone asks? Because it gives me the perfect amount of time for a festive countdown of roguelike reviews!

I did the first Roguemas off of Steam last year, but you can still find my reviews (including classics like Spelunky and Teleglitch) listed in the group. This year is a little different, though; last time I did 12 roguelikes I really like, but this time I have some new favorites AND some pretty terrible ones. Consider this one more a buyer’s guide for the permadeath-addicted in your life.

Everybody ready? Sing along, you know the words!

On the twelfth day of Roguemas, the RNG gave to me…

Twelve mutants shooting

Eleven beasts exploding

Ten guns a-gunning

Nine beacons beeping

Eight bosses slaying

Seven heroes sieging

Six chambers firing


Four junky exos

Three jingling coins

Two blighted crabs

And a feisty little deity