Although players are used to the elements that identify a roguelike, the evolution that affected this genre has resulted in increasingly smoky definitions, areas of grey in which it is natural to lose sight of the reference points that really matter. Proceeding in degrees, here’s what differentiates a roguelike from a roguelite.
It is all due to Rogue, the dungeon crawler that since 1980 has greatly influenced Western GDRs, gaining success so as to create a rich stream of derivative works. These are the recurring elements that, within those clones, were defined representative during the International Roguelike Development Conference of 2008.
Difficulty is not permissive, especially because of the inevitable Permadeath
Fully procedural settings, so as to accentuate the replayability factor and add to the context management nuances related to the consumption of resources
, so as to accentuate the replayability factor and add to the context management nuances related to the consumption of resources Characteristics not unlike those of dungeon crawler, including also elements of a role model
, including elements of a role model Shift combat system
Game events narrated in text form
Following an attempt to reach a wider audience, those titles have, however, seen their design adapted to standards digestible by casual players, through well-recognized and crucial solutions to distinguish the right desinence. The references to role-playing games took over and the roguelites came to incorporate other genres that a pure roguelike could not have approached. Slay the Spire, Hades and Faster Than Light are just a few examples of all this. Entering in the specific: it is the learning curve made less steep, especially thanks to meta-progression systems to which to rely run after run, what distinguishes a roguelike from the most elastic roguelite.
If you want to learn more about the subject, we leave you with an article that traces the history of the roguelikes from the origins to Hades. For those who would like to approach the genre, here is a list that brings some of the best roguelite video games.