Web site: crawl.develz.org
Sub-Category: Console, RPG
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows, Android
License: GNU GPL
Wikipedia: Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup
First release: September 19, 2006
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup – an open source game of dungeon exploration, combat and magic, involving characters of diverse skills, worshipping deities of great power and caprice. To win, you’ll need to be a master of tactics and strategy, and prevail against overwhelming odds.
Crawl may seem easier than many other roguelikes at first glance, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find it’s just as challenging as some of the most difficult variations out there and a good deal harder than the rest. A strong set of design philosophies makes it much friendlier (and generally fairer) to the player – deaths are a learning experience instead of an exercise in frustration.
Crawl also sports a number of systems and mechanics that diverge from more traditional roguelikes. For example, there’s less emphasis on character classes (or backgrounds in Crawl parlance); your character is defined more by their skills, species and choice of deity than their background.