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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Roguebook is a fighting game where you build a deck of heroes to go on an adventure. It draws on Slay The Spire style battles, but with a world to explore where you discover shops, relics, new cards and power-ups.

You find yourself trapped in the Book of Lore of Faeria and must lead your two heroes to victory by exploring the world to build your attacks and unlock more areas. Along with the collecting and powering up, each battle requires you to select a set of cards well-fitted to each enemy.

It's novel because there is no set path to the next challenge or the end of the stage. On each page you use magical brushes and special inks to fill in the world map and discover its secrets. You can choose to paint a direct line towards the final boss, or try to puzzle out the best ways to use every drop of ink to explore as much as possible.

As you progress you learn about your different heroes. Each one has a collection of 50 or so cards, a personal relic and a unique skill tree. You learn how their cards and powers work together so you can intelligently combine different attacks for complementary effects. You can also deploy allies into each battle, to assist with the current fight.

Each time you play through it is different. Not only the heroes you choose but the construction and layout of the world. As you repeat runs things evolve. New challenges become available as you unlock new cards and relics, encouraging you to discover new combos and try new strategies.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/06/2019, updated in 2022

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Sequencing (Adventure and Strategy)

Accessibility: 34 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Play Roguebook (@PlayRoguebook)

 

ListsLists

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to deal with multiple systems at the same time. Making key choices to build your deck of heroes is also important.

CostsCosts

Roguebook usually costs £19.99 to £29.24. 

Roguebook

Roguebook Xbox One

Roguebook Xbox Series X|S

Roguebook: Deluxe Edition

PlayStation Store PS5 £28.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £28.99

Roguebook: Deluxe Edition Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One

XBox Store Xbox One £29.24
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Roguebook Accessibility Report documents 34 accessibility features:
Roguebook does not offer subtitles for the introduction cinematics or the character voice-acting that happens periodically throughout the game. None of this speech is essential for gameplay but there is no visual indication when it occurs.

There are minimal tutorials or little assistance at the beginning of the game and it seems to assume you are familiar with the gameplay of similar deck building games (like Slay the Spire) which may be confusing if you are new to the genre.

The final boss Avatar of Greed has a flash effect when damage is dealt, which can become rapid when you hit with attacks that do damage multiple times in a row, or with several allies at the end of the turn.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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