Dungeons of Dredmor
The dungeon-diving roguelike genre is almost certainly at one extreme of the RPG genre – and there’s easily enough of them that we could write a whole different list. But, we whittled the entire genre down to one, standout game among them, and that is Gaslight Games’ fantastic Dungeons of Dredmor.
Video games are, for the most part, utterly ridiculous, and the more you think about it the more that becomes apparent. The roguelike-rpg is this especially so because it operates on loose frameworks, with procedural level design taking over the rest. It makes perfect sense then that somebody makes a game populated with ridiculous things, silly enemies to fight, odd items and equipment to use, and a character-class designer that exists outside of any previously seen framework.
Dungeons of Dredmor takes a very tough, grindy subgenre and pumps it full of colour and humour. It is a game where you can specialise in astrology, and defeat enemies by throwing baseballs at them. It’s dumb fun done well.