Edmund McMillen's popular roguelike creation The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has finally crawled onto mobile devices. It's a grotesque dual-stick shooter that tosses you into an endless, procedurally generated basement as you, the pitiable Isaac, attempt to escape from your mother who's set on sacrificing you.
The game shines in its vast replayability and the immense range of powerups you can use to grow stronger and face the game's ever-shifting challenges. But perhaps you've already played the game on another platform, or you've already gotten your fill of the new mobile version. In that case, we have a few other addictive games of a similar nature to recommend.
A great choice if you're looking to really buckle down and learn every nuance of a game, 868-HACK is a strategic roguelike that sees you moving through a cyber-grid to, well, hack siphons. Every move you make requires careful forethought. You'll spend hours trying to master this game, promising yourself just one more turn, as the hours drop away.
Wayward Souls requires rapid reflexes to make it out of each of its beautifully illustrated, but terribly deadly dungeons. It combines the finest dungeon crawling mechanics for mobile devices around with a carefully wrought story and characters that will give your struggles purpose.
Tallowmere is soul-crushing in its difficulty, but once it sinks its claws into you, you'll be coming back again and again for extra helpings of punishment. The game places you in a dungeon with a sorry excuse for a sword and a shield, leaving you to venture forth to see how far you can get. The rooms have an impressive variety of challenges to keep things fresh.
With an endless dungeon to explore and a bunch of different classes to master, along with plenty of crafting, enchantments and potions, you'll never run out of things to do in Pixel Dungeon. The game doesn't tell you what spells or potions do, so you'll have to try them to find out, often to hilarious and disastrous effect.
Crypt of the NecroDancer can be brutal, but you'll quickly forgive it once you immerse yourself in its one-of-a-kind mix of dungeon crawling and rhythm game mechanics. Plus it's set to a stellar soundtrack that will have you tapping your feet long after you set your phone down.
Which mobile roguelikes have you been hooked on lately? Share in the comments below!