The Tombs of Asciiroth
|The Tombs of Asciiroth|
|Updated||Jul 24, 2009 (0.7)|
|Licensing||Apache 2.0 License|
|Game Length||(Depends on scenario)|
|Official site of The Tombs of Asciiroth|
The Tombs of Asciiroth (ToA) is a free open-source online game. Although it uses a keyboard interface and text display, it differs from the majority of roguelikes:
- The game is not turn-based. Shooting and attacking require quick reflexes and fast thinking.
- Item use is very simplistic. The inventory appears as a sidebar, and one simply selects an item and presses Enter (or walks into something) to use it.
- The levels (groups of levels are known as scenarios) are manually created JSON files; there is no random level generation. In fact, there is an offline scenario editor bundled separately from the game.
- The game uses more puzzle-oriented gameplay (hunting for keys, pushing boulders into pits.)
Whether The Tombs of Asciiroth is a roguelike game at all is debatable, but it is indeed a playable game.
The gaming website Play This Thing reviewed the game, labeling it a "sweet technical hack" but criticizing it for having "too many Sokoban-style puzzles and not enough good old monster-bashing [for my taste]."