The 15 Best Roguelikes For Under $20

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Roguelikes are a wonderfully diverse genre of games. A quick look at some of the most popular roguelikes reveals Hades and Slay The Spire sitting at the top of the list, yet these two games are almost nothing alike. One is an action RPG and the other is a deckbuilder. A similar story plays out through the rest of the genre, with other popular entries ranging from bullet heavens to grid-based card battlers.


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That variety is part of the beauty behind the roguelike genre, and finding games below $20 puts this variety on full display. Many of the games in this price range hit the perfect point of affordable cost and incredible gaming experience.


Multiplayer Roguelikes

15. Inkbound

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Inkbound

$15.99 $19.99 Save $4

Inkbound’s turn-based combat structure is a unique, challenging, and fun system to play with. While skills may be similar across runs, how those skills evolve and become extremely powerful is entirely based on the pilot’s decision-making.

Released
May 22, 2023

Developer(s)
Shiny Shoe

An underrated roguelike from the same company that created Monster Train, Inkbound is a top-down, turn-based game with a surprisingly engaging combat structure. In many ways, it’s like Slay the Spire’s unique class-based resource system meets Transistor’s fluid turn-based combat. Players are given a specific amount of resources for movement and spellcasting each turn, and must make the most of it through each combat encounter.

As you complete encounters, you’ll collect buffs for your character, or your spells will evolve into even more powerful versions of themselves. Plus, Inkbound’s charming aesthetic and fascinating story more than justifies its $18 price tag. It also has a four-player co-op in it so you can also invite your friends without breaking the bank.

14. Vampire Survivors

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Vampire Survivors

$3.74 $4.99 Save $1.25

If you’re looking for a silly cheap roguelike with hundreds of hours of replayability, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better game than Vampire Survivors.The sheer amount of power-ups to grind for and unlocks to find will keep you occupied for days.

Released
December 17, 2021

Developer(s)
Luca Galante

If you’ve never played Vampire Survivors before, then you should pick up the base game for its current price of $5 on Steam. It’s a simple game where the only controls you need are just your movement buttons. Your character walks around large maps and shoots their weapons automatically. Enemies will spawn at the edges of the screen to attack your character, but each time you defeat a foe, they’ll drop an experience crystal that you can pick up. Once you’ve picked up enough crystals, your character will level up, and you’ll get to choose a new upgrade to keep for the rest of the run. What’s fun is watching your character transform from a miniature bullet sprinkler to a walking bullet flood through the power of your decisions. This game has an easy learning curve and is one of the most fun local couch Co-op (up to 4 players) experiences you and your friends could enjoy together.

While the base game has more than enough replayability and value for such an insanely low price, what makes Vampire Survivors a particularly amazing deal is that even if you include all the DLC for this game, it’ll only come down to $11. For such a simple yet ridiculously addictive game, this combination of pricepoint and value will easily give you the most bang for your buck.

13. Gunfire Reborn

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Gunfire Reborn

$9.99 $19.99 Save $10

If you’re looking for a chill game for you and three friends to shoot at enemies, you’ll love playing Gunfire Reborn. Despite the cartoonish art style, the game’s fun power scaling and hilarious guns create an addictive gameplay loop that’s a joy to blast through every time.

Released
November 17, 2021

Developer
Duoyi Games

Continuing the trend of four-player roguelikes, Gunfire Reborn is a first-person shooter roguelike that feels like a mixture of Borderlands variety of guns with Kung-fu Panda’s martial arts animal aesthetic.

The game has a smooth blend of fun character-based abilities and ridiculous gunplay, allowing players to blend the two mechanics to create a sense of constant flow in combat. While the variety of builds won’t be as large as other games on this list, the slow FPS pace makes good aim and smart ability usage a key factor in surviving each of your runs. Each character is also unique enough to have a decent number of fun builds.

With four players, jumping puzzles, bosses, lethal waves of powerful enemies, and challenge rooms become even more entertaining as each player kicks and claws for their and the run’s life.

12. Ember Knights

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Ember Knights

$14.99 $19.99 Save $5

With isometric action combat similar to classic Zelda games, and a weapon system reminiscent of Hades, Ember Knights makes a name for itself as an amazing arena roguelike.

Released
July 18, 2023

Developer(s)
Doom Turtle

Fans of Hades and the classic Zelda games will love this isometric hack’n’slash RPG. The weapon system is similar to Hades in that each one has a unique move set compromised of light, special, and dash attacks, but the builds are far more akin to the more tame builds of Dead Cells than the crazy power levels in Hades. As far as combat and movement go, it feels far more similar to classic Legend of Zelda games, with your weapon swings dealing most of your damage and walking + dodging making up your evasion tools.

Despite their differences though, this game is still the closest anyone has gotten to a fun yet challenging multiplayer version of Hades. Four-player is a crazy experience since you and your partners get to split all the upgrades and weapons that come your way, and you’ll both get to play off each other’s spells and artifacts. Teamwork also takes a fun turn when you and your friends have to take down the bullet hell-styled bosses. At just $20, this game is a riot to play with friends.

11. Ravenswatch

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Ravenswatch

$15.99 $19.99 Save $4

With its Diablo-like gameplay and engaging premise, Ravenswatch has made a niche for itself with fans who love dark fairy tales and multiplayer roguelikes.

Were you disappointed by Diablo 4? You’re not the only one. If you need a roguelike that plays like Diablo at an affordable price, then Ravenswatch is the game you’re looking for. From the creators of Curse of The Dead Gods, Ravenswatch keeps the dark and gothic style of the Diablo games, but instead of using fantasy classes, players get to take control of fairy tale characters. Each character has a unique mechanic (like Red Riding Hood transforming into a werewolf, or the Pied Piper and his rats) and unique skills that feel fitting for the stories they descend from.

In Raven’s Watch, players have 18 minutes to get as powerful as possible through the many challenges and treasures scattered across the map. At the end of those 18 minutes, a powerful boss will appear that requires each player to work together to defeat it. Once the boss is defeated, everyone is teleported to the next stage, and given another 18 minutes to grow their strength before another boss appears. This repeats for three stages before the final boss appears.

The only downside of this game is that it will always take place on a randomly generated map that still has the same general elements to it. A little more aesthetic variety would help liven up your 18 minutes of exploration, but for a $20 game, this is still a blast to play with friends.

10. Risk Of Rain Returns

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Risk of Rain Returns

$12.74 $14.99 Save $2.25

Risk of Rain Returns is a 2D pixel art platformer at its finest. Not only does it look beautiful, but its seemingly simple gameplay makes it easy to learn and hilariously chaotic to play with four players.

Released
November 8, 2013

Risk of Rain Returns is more than just a simple remake of the original game. In many ways, it’s a reimagining of what made both the original Risk of Rain and its sequel, Risk of Rain 2, so popular. There are new characters, new items, and the graphics have received a hefty upgrade. This game is perfect for players looking for a good platformer that’s distilled the best parts of the roguelike genre into a gorgeous pixellated package.

Risk of Rain Returns is also an extremely co-op-friendly game that has both a four-player online and couch co-op. While local co-op will look a little hectic at first, it’s still an amazing experience because of how insanely entertaining late-game builds become.

9. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

$7.49 $14.99 Save $7.5

One of the best-known roguelikes is only $15. Whether you’re playing with a friend or just playing it solo, the simplicity of The Binding of Isaac adds to its replayability and allows it to be worth far more than its asking price.

Released
November 4, 2014

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is one of the classic roguelike games to play solo and play with a friend. You play as a small child named Isaac as he tries to escape the clutches of his insane mother. Isaac must battle through the nightmares infesting his basement, equip a plethora of different items to upgrade himself with, slay the demons that haunt him, and finally gain the freedom he desperately deserves.

Isaac’s tale is a dark and gripping adventure to experience, but the gameplay is an addictive, vastly replayable joy to work through. With different artifacts being unlocked with every run and new characters to play, as when the right conditions are met, you’ll get plenty of value from Isaac’s low price. This rings especially true if you plan to play through this game with a friend since The Binding Of Isaac also has a local two-player co-op.

8. Wizard Of Legend

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Wizard of Legend

$4.79 $15.99 Save $11.2

Wizard of Legend gives players control of the classic elements. In Co-op, this means you and your friends can unleash the fury of your favorite spells on all the poor souls in the Wizard Gauntlet.

Released
April 15, 2018

Developer
Contingent99

Wizard of Legend lets you live out your Avatar: The Last Airbender fantasies by taking control of the elements and then blasting through a gauntlet with them. It’s a high-speed action hack’n’slash, but this game’s creative uses of the typical elements of water, earth, air, and fire are what make it so memorable. For example, while earth can be boring in other games by just throwing stones at people, in Wizard Of Legend, you can stomp the ground to summon massive whirling chainsaws from the earth and shred through any poor unsuspecting group of enemies with them. This game also encourages you to pick your favorite combination of spells to start each run with and to make that build your own in each run through artifacts and upgrades.

Two-player co-op is especially fun since it takes cues from Castle Crashers by letting you and your friend work together through most of the level before having an honor duel at the end of boss fights.

7. 30XX

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30XX

$14.99 $19.99 Save $5

30XX is a love letter back to the old Megaman X games. But this time, with roguelike mechanics! If you’re a fan of Megaman X and have always wanted to play as both Zero and X at the same time, then you’ll love 30XX.

Released
August 9, 2023

Developer(s)
Batterystaple Games

Harkening back to the age when Megaman X was one of the best games on consoles, 30XX shows how fun those old mechanics can be when given a new face-lift and paired with roguelike mechanics like randomized level generation, permadeath, and in-run upgrades.

What makes this roguelike punch far above its $20 price is how even after your build starts to come together, what carries the day is just good megaman-style platforming. The enhanced skills and increased damage can help with bosses, but if you’re not confident with your platforming or how to use your maneuverability, you’ll still struggle in 30XX even with your upgrades. But once you’ve mastered the movement and how to navigate each randomized level, the satisfaction you get from being an untouchable, platforming machine is an incredible feeling.

If you’re a fan of the old Megaman X games, and you’ve always wanted to play coop with Zero and X on the screen at the same time then you’ll fall in love with 30XX’s two-player mode. One player will get to control Ace, the equivalent of Zero, and the other player gets to control Nina, the equivalent of X as you jump and shoot through the randomized levels of 30XX.

Single Player Roguelikes

6. Inscryption

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Inscryption

$9.99 $19.99 Save $10

Inscryption’s storytelling and roguelike card game battles are wonderful to play through, but the story itself will keep you on your toes and throw curveballs at you from every direction.

Released
October 19, 2021

Developer(s)
Daniel Mullins Games

The less you know about this amazing game, the better off you’ll be. At first glance, Inscryption looks like a unique, but simplistic roguelike deckbuilder. However, beneath this game’s initial mechanics and eerie atmosphere is one of the greatest love letters to game development ever created. At $20, Inscryption is the perfect game if you’re hungry for a different kind of deckbuilder that’s distinct from Slay the Spire and isn’t afraid to reinvent itself while you’re playing through it.

Once you’ve completed the story, there’s a bonus mode called Kaycee’s Mod that turns the first section of the game into a standard roguelike mode.

5. Peglin

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Peglin

$14.99 $19.99 Save $5

Peglin is a lightweight and simple game to play. Just launch the balls onto the map, and see what happens. If you’ve played Peggle before, then you’ll be familiar with the concept, but Peglin adds roguelike mechanics and RPG mechanics.

Released
April 25, 2022

Developer
Red Nexus Games Inc

Funny, goofy, light-hearted, and adorable. These are a few of the words that best describe Peglin’s addictive charm. Peglin combines the pachinko-esque gameplay of Peggle with the relics, unique classes, and deckbuilding of Slay the Spire. The result is a comfy game where you get to guide a Peglin (the equivalent of a goblin in this universe) through three stages. Creating the perfect deck of special balls to launch through each level is a satisfying experience to work through, especially in later stages where artifacts start to truly bring out just how crazy each shot in Peglin can be.

4. Skul: The Hero Slayer

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Skul: The Hero Slayer

Skul: The Hero Slayer has a fascinating premise and a colorful platformer foundation to support it. The myriad of skulls you can use in Skul is what makes this game so replayable.

Released
January 20, 2021

Developer
Southpaw games

Out of all the games on this list, Skul: The Hero Slayer has the most intriguing story. In this world, the good guys have won and the forces of the Demon King have been defeated. As a small, undying skeleton in the Demon King’s army, your job is to find a way to defeat the heroes and somehow restore balance to the realm. As you play through each level, you’ll discover that the good guys may have “won” but they did a lot of shady things to get that victory.

Solid platforming, plenty of build variety, and a whole host of unique skulls support Skul’s alluring tale, and for $20, the crazy number of unique mechanics attached to each skull is already more than enough to justify such a low cost.

3. 20 Minutes Till Dawn

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20 Minutes Till Dawn

$3.24 $4.99 Save $1.75

20 Minutes Till Dawn is a fast-paced arcade shooter that builds off of the foundation set by Vampire Survivors and introduces more aim and guns into the mix.

Released
June 8, 2023

Developer(s)
flanne

A short, top-down, arcade shooter roguelike, 20 Minutes Till Dawn is an addictive game that adds aim and unique skills into the Vampire Survivor formula.

Your job is to survive for 20 minutes against increasingly difficult waves of night creatures. Slain enemies drop experience points, and each time your character levels up, you gain a new weapon. However, characters in this game have unique passive abilities that make them stand out more than the survivors of VS. Additionally, the choice of main weapon will also affect how your characters play and what the best strategy is to survive through the night. Coming in at just $5, 20 Minutes Till Dawn offers plenty of replayability and charm for such a budget-friendly game.

2. FTL: Faster Than Light

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FTL: Faster Than Light

$2.49 $9.99 Save $7.5

FTL is a classic roguelike that’s also one of the best spaceship simulators you can play right now.

Released
September 14, 2012

Developer(s)
Subset Games

This game is one of the classic roguelikes, and much like many of the other entries on this list, it’s a steal for its cheap price. In FTL, you are the commander of a ship with an important message to carry back to command. The fate of the galaxy rests on your ability to reach the end. Along the way, you’ll gain new crewmates, upgrade your ship, and fight countless hostiles in a galaxy that wants to see you fail.

Despite the awesome premise, on the surface, FTL looks like an overly simple game. The majority of your playtime is spent staring at a top-down cutaway map of your ship, and your crew are simple character models that just run from place to place. But within this simplicity lies an addicting, immersive gameplay loop and an impressive amount of creativity.

Tactically opening and sealing doors, fighting boarders, strategically powering your weapons, and knowing when to vent your ship makes you feel like you truly are the captain in the big chair, and each of your decisions will affect who lives and dies on your ship. For its price of $10, you’re getting an epic, sci-fi adventure and one of the best spaceship simulators in the roguelike genre.

1. Curse Of The Dead Gods

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Curse of the Dead Gods

$5.99 $19.99 Save $14

Curse of the Dead Gods combines the soul-crushing, but rewarding difficulty of the Soulsborne games with an isometric view and roguelike mechanics.Once you get the hang of it, Curse of the Dead Gods is an addictive romp through a hostile temple that’s actively trying to kill you.

Released
February 23, 2021

Similar to 30XX, the builds in Curse of the Dead Gods never truly let you steamroll through all the enemies. Your ability to dodge perfectly, parry perfectly, and manage multiple enemies flawlessly is far more important than what weapons you’re using and what your stats are. In this way, Curse of the Dead Gods feels more like a Soulslike that prefers to present itself as a top-down action game.

However, despite the heavy emphasis on playing well, the builds in Curse of the Dead Gods still feel unique, and each one is a fun experience that compliments the way you decide to play rather than take it over. Curse of the Dead Gods should be your next purchase if you’re looking for a challenging game that rewards you for playing it well rather than simply building well.

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