Rogue Legacy

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Retro side-scrolling adventure tests persistence, patience.

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Positive Messages

Rogue Legacy is about perseverance, strategy, and exhibiting a great amount of patience. The messages are masked by the game's entertainment value and a player's need to work through a level and reap the rewards at the end of it. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are culled from the family tree of a noble clan whose head was dispatched by an assassin. At its core, the game is about vengeance, but the family members are quirky and come with their own special abilities. Some are a bit silly, such as the character who leaves black puffs of something in his wake, whereas others have powerful spells that can dispatch foes from a distance. Though not intentionally positive, hero goals can be construed as honorable.

Ease of Play

Rogue Legacy is very easy to navigate, with a control scheme that's easy to grasp. That said, it's very challenging, and players will die a lot; expect to run through a lot of characters in your family tree as you try to get stronger, dive deeper into the castle, and defeat monsters, especially in the early levels of the game.


The playable characters in Rogue Legacy will and do die, and they can't be resurrected. Fortunately, there are lots of members of the family tree. The characters will use swords to hack at ghosts and a variety of other menacing enemies (such as knights) and will have to dodge fireballs, throw blades, and use other weapons in their quest. The violence is cartoonish; there's no blood, and when the health bar is gone, players return to the main screen to select the next family member to throw at the game's changing levels. 


Rogue Legacy is text-driven with story points and some amusing character comments, but it's nothing that would constitute swearing. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rogue Legacy is a downloadable adventure title that's very challenging, yet it instills a sense of perseverance, dedication, and patience within the player as he or she fights through the randomized dungeon levels. It's easy to pick up but hard to master, and gamers will find that they will lose many characters thanks to the game's difficulty. Violence is prevalent but cartoonish, without any blood shown. Rogue Legacy can be downloaded to one of the host platforms -- Vita, PS4, or PS3; the game then saves and can be accessed on any of the other systems.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 May 22, 2019

Tough arcade retro style side scroller

The game is super tough, all I have to say. Violence is the only factor. Blood is present but mild. Tiny little pixels of blood is shown coming out when landing... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTarvi February 20, 2018

Great Game

It's a good game to pick up and play or sit down for a longer play session. Pretty difficult though so if your kid gets really angry at those types of thin... Continue reading

What's it about?

ROGUE LEGACY is a side-scrolling, platform-jumping, old-school concept updated with modern terminology. It's a rogue-like game, meaning permanent character death and randomly generated levels. Each time a character dies, levels are remade for a completely new challenge, and the progeny of the starting character will avenge the death. The game has traps, platforms to navigate, a wide variety of enemies to conquer, and a massive amount of loot to collect. There are eight classes of characters with unique abilities, upgrades to skills, and runes to empower characters (flying is good, but it's limited inside the castle). Patience, planning, and solid hand-eye coordination are handy player tools in this game.

Is it any good?

Rogue Legacy is very old-school -- and therefore a bit of a history lesson for younger players. But in many ways this isn't a two-dimensional, side-scrolling platformer. The publishers have amped up the challenge and the entertainment value. Playing upside down is a hoot, and some of the other "quirks" the family tree brings to the fore can add challenges and fun to the game. The randomly generated levels ensure replayability.

Player characters will die, which requires patience when you find yourself back at the start, but this isn't entirely like starting all over. You pay coins you've acquired during previous explorations to reenter the castle, and each time you go back in, the playable hero is stronger. The different character classes add variety to the mix. This is a solid and entertaining title that will challenge, elicit laughter, and bring back fond memories for old-school gamers. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about distinguishing cartoon violence from real-world violence. How can you be aware of behavior in the media that you play or watch influencing you in real life?

  • Talk about patience and how to plan ahead for winning results within the game. How can you use these same values in the real world to achieve desired results with daily problems?

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