Review: Rogue Lords – Steam

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Just in time for Halloween and out today from Nacon, the same people behind Roguebook, comes Rogue Lords. Rogue Lords, the turn-based roguelike developed by Cyanide and Leikir Studio. Published by NACON takes you to a dark and mature world inspired by 18th century New England and the Salem witch trials. You play as the Devil. You have returned to the human world to take revenge against the Demon Hunters who subjected you to a heavy defeat 10 years ago.

So first, a brief launch trailer.

Our Review

Like other rogue-like games, this one requires you to fail over and over and over again to make it any serious distance in the game. Unlike Roguebook this isn’t about cards so much as it is about artifacts, character combos, and skill-building. What really sets this one apart is that it encourages cheating. Yep, you heard that right. A mechanic called Devil’s power, you are allowed to change the rules of a fight before it even begins. Here is a little more on that:

Use the Devil’s powers to play by your own rules – In exchange for some of your own health, bend the rules in your favour. For example, you can alter the health bars of your Disciples and enemies, swap buffs and debuffs to suit your fighting strategy, open portals on the map to reach inaccessible areas, or even tip the odds in your favour during interactive events. Mastering this mechanic is essential for crushing your enemies at key moments. But be careful: there’s a cost, and losing all your health will bring your run to an end.

Now, using some of your own health has its drawbacks. If you use too much and then find you cannot defend your fight, you may end up dead before you have a chance to wear the enemy down. So the key to success is balancing how much you cheat versus skills. You get to build your team of characters from a list of infamous evil characters that include: Dracula, the Headless Horseman, Bloody Mary, The White Lady, Lilith, Hecate, Baron Samedi, and Frankenstein and his Creature.

No one run is the same, and choosing which rewards you get after each battle means that there are multiples paths to a win. All in all, this is a solid shift in-game strategy that doesn’t feel like a similar rouge-like game with a different skin and you get a bit more story and interactivity as well. This is now available on steam and you can check out a short gameplay demo below.

Play as the Devil, find artefacts with legendary powers and regain your former strength to take revenge on the Demon Hunters in Rogue Lords, a roguelike in which cheating is part of the game.

Rogue Lords is now available on Steam and the Epic Games Store.

The game will arrive in early 2022 on Playstation ®4, Xbox One and Nintendo SwitchTM.

Robert Prentice