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Rogue Singularity is a 3D platformer that harkens back to the N64 and PlayStation platformers of yesteryear but adds a roguelike twist to the genre.
An evil alien robot has tasked you with surviving several randomly generated tests in the form of levels filled with traps, enemies, and pitfalls. If you fail, he will unleash a black hole and destroy all of existence. That’s pretty much it. Not much of a plot, but most roguelikes don’t tend to rely too heavily on story.
You play as an innocent little robot that you can customise to your liking. There are five different customisable parts; head, torso, right arm, left arm, and legs. You unlock more parts (and there are PLENTY to unlock) through finding them spread throughout the different stages or by paying coins to unlock them randomly. You also have abilities (floating, temporary invulnerability, etc.) and items (checkpoints, extra lives, etc.) that you can unlock to help you along the way.
The graphics are slightly better than the N64 and PSX games that it takes inspiration from and the music is pretty decent. The taunts from the main antagonist can be pretty amusing. For example, when you advance to the next world, he may say something akin to “Finally… a change of scenery, that was starting to get repetitive.”
My main complaint would be the camera, but it is a product of the era of games that Rogue Singularity is emulating. Camera aside, the game itself can be pretty difficult. You start with five lives and once they’re gone, that’s it. Game Over. While you can unlock shortcuts to later worlds, they cost a pretty penny.
What I really like is the freedom to play the levels your way. If you want to take your time and collect every coin and collectable in the stage, you can. Or you can simply speed run to the exit if that’s more your style.
Rogue Singularity has potential. I do feel like $14.99 is a bit on the high side. I think somewhere between $9.99 and $12.99 would make the game feel more worth it. Overall, the game could definitely be a wonderful little gem with a little more polish.
TBG Score: 7/10
Platform: Steam, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 15/08/2019
No. of Players: 1
Category: Action, Platformer, Arcade
Developer: Considerable Content
Publisher: Nnooo Pty Ltd
Download link: eShop