Slay the Spire
This isn’t even a particularly amazing port (the touch controls are a little flaky right now), but the underlying game is perhaps the best roguelike card battler ever made. Pick a hero, assemble a deck, and play out one of countless available strategies. Wonderful.
Genre: Action, Adventure
Dead Cells does the whole roguelike thing of making each run unique. But that’s not the most interesting thing about it. The game’s hyper-kinetic, multi-approach combat system is what keeps us coming back to it again and again. You’ll be wanting to hook up a control pad for this one.
It’s got the star-maps, event systems and roguelike elements of Subset Games’s classic, but Crying Suns layers on an absorbing story and cool flight-squadron combat layer. And it works great on a touchscreen, too.
The Almost Gone
It’s also pretty downbeat and macabre, as you attempt to solve the mystery of your character’s own demise. Shivers all round.
Publisher: Kenny Sun
Peak’s Edge is Sun’s take on the roguelike, but with a deliberately counter-intuitive triangular movement pattern redolent of Yankai’s Peak. It’s got that off-kilter feel that really helps it stand out from the crowd.
That’s why it feels oddly refreshing to play 2112TD, which gives us a meaty and decidedly old school TD experience, but with an even older school isometric perspective.