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Video Game / Red Rogue

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Red Rogue is a 2012 Platform Game/Roguelike hybrid made in Adobe Flash, which pays homage to Rogue. In it, you play the widowed lover of the original protagonist @ whose revenant accompanies you through the Dungeon of Chaos to, yet again, retrieve the Amulet of Yendor to use its power to restore him back to life.

The game differs from the original being in a side-scrolling platformer, with the exception of jumping. Check out the official website here; there you'll find the official soundtrack, some places to play it online, a download link, the source code and even the .swf for your hosting/modding leisure.

Tropes present in this game:

  • Action Bomb: Some enemies are carrying TNT and explode upon defeat. Sometimes the RNG altar will self-destruct for you.
  • Back from the Dead: The Minion is resurrected by Death as Husband if you bring the Amulet of Yendor to the Underworld. This happens to the Balrog if you put his face on either of you.
  • Bloody Murder: There is a weapon known as the Leech Gun which fires blasts of blood. It's pretty powerful and regenerates your health in melee.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Zeus' lightning makes a cameo as, well Lightning. A weapon forged of quickening that sends out bolts when thrown.
  • Clingy Macguffin: There's always the chance of getting a cursed object. You cannot discard them once worn but they don't affect your undead minion.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Barring single paths blocked by keys there's nothing really stopping you from just running to the next level.
  • Forced Transformation: Sometimes the RNG hates you and polymorphs you into a different race. The Polymorph Rune does this by itself.
  • Geas: There's always the chance of RNG giving you a pointless errand to fulfill.
  • Goomba Stomp: An important skill in combat is literally gaining the upperground on opponents to stun them and get extra hits in. Sometimes it can even blow them down the hallway. Enemies are just as likely to utilize this as you are.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Due to @ feeding main character a Rune of Time. It's implied getting Amulet of Yendor will break it. It doesn't.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: The Holy Rune. Gives you nothing but boons when eaten, gives Blessed status to weapons and armor removing curses and granting blessed strikes. When simply thrown at enemies it either gives a decapitating blessed strike or blows them up. When thrown shines like a Light rune and gives a small shockwave when caught.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: The balrog is the most powerful monster, and killed @. He runs like hell from you, constantly escaping to lower levels.
  • Interface Screw: The effects of a Confusion trap.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: Nothing about the backstory or plot or why you're Dungeon Crawling is given directly. There are bloody scrawls on the wall left by @ that you can read, and when you sleep your character will murmur a sentence or two. The story has to be inferred from these random snippets.
  • Mad God: RNG turns out to be this if you ascend without the Amulet of Yendor. After seizing it, he turns oceans into oatmeal porridge, everyone whose name starts with "s" into lead, and so on with its power.
  • No Name Given: Our protagonist is simply known as "Rogue" until she ascends with the Amulet of Yendor, then she gains the name Immortal. It is reflected upon the title screen and the log.
  • Notice This: Treasure chests have a sparkly effect, pick-up items have a glowing outline. One can perform a radar-like search of the general area for traps and secret doors which when discovered glow red.
  • Random Number God: An actual deity within the game (named RNG) that the protagonist has a love/hate relationship with. Altars are randomly generated elements that when activated grant a random effect that can heal or hurt.
  • Resurrected for a Job: The Minion is the Rogue's Husband, mysteriously brought back by Death himself to assist the Rogue in her quest. it turns out that he wanted the Amulet of Yendor
  • Shout-Out: There are a few in item/enemy names and events. The most evident one is the Quickening that occurs upon leveling up.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Sadako is one of the monsters you can face. She's appropriately dangerous.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Portals and Teleports can are done by Runes, Traps or RNG. Notably weapons enchanted with teleport will randomly teleport out of your inventory and enchanted armor will randomly jump you around.
  • Vancian Magic: Magic is utilized through Runes found in treasure chests. Runes are limited in quantity and initially unknown until use by throwing, enchantment or eating. Each rune has a single initially weak effect that can be fortified and stacked through multiple castings.
  • Visual Pun: The RNG altars visually call to mind a roulette wheel. It's very appropriate.