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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Fatal Labyrinth

Roguelikes are a staple of PC gaming, but weren't seen very often on consoles until relatively recently.   Fatal Labyrinth was one of the first RPGs on the Genesis as well as one of the first console roguelikes to be made, and it's a pretty decent one to boot. Borrowing heavily from the genre-name Rogue, you venture around randomly-generated dungeon floors, battle enemies, collect new equipment, potions and wands with random effects (enchantments, curses, et cetera) and try to make your way to the end of the Labyrinth.  A bit of dark humor creeps in, too, as while there is gold in the game, there are no shops - instead, you just get a fancier gravestone when you die.  A rare console roguelike of the era, and while it doesn't have the fun personality of, say, ToeJam and Earl, it's still one that's worth a look for Genesis RPG enthusiasts. 

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1991
Platform: Sega Genesis, various digital download platforms and compilations