Indie games are becoming more and more popular thanks to the widespread use of programs such as Gamemaker Studio 2 and also Unity 3D.
With that, today I’m looking at Streets of Rogue. It is, at its heart a top down action adventure game that lets you take various approaches to each level, and it’s totally bonkers!
Variety is the spice of life
As mentioned about, there’s a whack ton of variety in Streets of Rogue. It is essentially a dungeon crawler with the added benefit of the levels being completely randomly generated. Of course, this means that no two run throughs of the game will be quite the same.
In addition to this, there is no ‘right way’ to complete a level. Instead, the player is giving a variety of options to do this; be it going down the all guns blazing route, or the more tactical approach. In that regard, it actually feels as though it’s a cross between Party Hard, Hotline Miami and also Hitman.
This in itself isn’t a bad thing, quite the opposite actually! It’s also a relief that the game controls really well. It’s not been the first time that an excellent game has been ruined by terrible controls. In a game as hectic as Streets of Rogue, it’s crucial that the controls are on point.
A lot of challenge awaits
It’s because of this large amount of variety that it does add such a challenging gameplay experience. Since you won’t ever see the same map layout twice, you can’t take the same approach that you previously did. This can mean at times that you’re really left in a bind. Tied to this is the fact that the health options are exactly plentiful. Indeed, it’s extremely easy to be killed in the game!
However, this is difficulty is matched though by the ability to play the game with up to three friends. As you would expect, the game can be played online. However, in a nice little twist, it can also be played with 3 other people locally. In a time when co-op couch play is rarely seen, it’s a refreshing change of pace to see it in Streets of Rogue. As you would expect though, if one member of your team messes up, it can result in instant carnage! Again, this isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s bloody hilarious in this game when things go wrong! This is especially true when it comes to a boss fight. This does seem to be a trend though that the indie developers as of late are making high quality, over the top games that are genuinely fun. This is opposed to certain AAA developers that are churning out the same old tat every year!
Available on every system
Supposing that you’re picking up Streets of Rogue on PC, the good news is that if you have a PC made in the last 8 years or so, you should be able to play this game no bother. The game itself whilst visually appealing and sounding excellent, it isn’t necessarily a resource hog.
As can be seen in the YouTube video above, it is reminiscent of a Super Nintendo game in its cutesy art style. This art style is what also makes it pretty hilarious when the proverbial hits the fan! You just don’t expect this kind of bonkers action to take place in such a unassuming looking game.
With its full on release away from Early Access, it is now also available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and also PS4.
For those wanting to get it on PC, it is available directly from Steam. If you would like to help raise money for charity, it is also available on Humble Bundle at this link. If you buy it through this Humble link, I may receive a small commission for this, but this will not impact in the overall price of the game.
Streets of Rogue is truly one hell of a game! It’s totally over the top, and you’ll love every minute of it. This game deserves its rightful place in your collection, regardless of your platform of choice!