If Dungeons of Dredmor is a gateway drug, Brogue will probably be the novice player's first whiff of the real thing. Created by Brian Walker, Brogue follows the traditional recipes: players will have to fight their way down 26 levels to acquire the Amulet of Yendor before making their way up to the surface. Sounds easy, right? It probably would be if Brogue wasn't a roguelike.

For those unfamiliar with the genre, all I have to say is this: roguelikes would make Marquis de Sade roll over and weep in envy. They're sadistic. They're also often filled with an enormous menagerie of monsters. Brogue, surprisingly enough, is not. But what it lacks in terms of quantity, it makes up for in quality. The critters present in Brogue come with detailed descriptions, specific mannerisms and the ability to interact with one another. The terrain will also be a factor in your life; inflammable swamp gas is never a good thing and foliage makes excellent cover. You also only have one stat to track her and no body parts to worry about.

Beautiful and accessible, Brogue will likely be appealing to both beginners and hardcore fans of the genre. You can download it here.