A roguelike indie game of twists, turns and a dark sense of humor constructed entirely by text data


  • Challenging & Fun
  • Roguelike
  • Uniquely constructed


  • Can be frustratingly difficult at times

As computer graphics have become so realistic, it’s a rare occurrence when game developers decide to work to create something out of the norm and against Next Gen progress.

Launched this year, Sanctuary RPG is an indie game made completely with ASCII graphics i.e. text.

The game is mostly about conquest and combat, and you play through the eyes of your chosen protagonist who discovers the dark world alone following on-screen instruction and dialogue.

With prompt commands you journey into the unknown and are met by many characters. Some of them will greet you with a dry sense of humor which is pretty funny, while others want to slap you in the face for no apparent reason. When you meet this kind of stranger, you can do right to class them as your enemy, and for this you are given weapons to counter-attack any attack they make so you can stay alive. As you progress you are gifted with better weapons and items for your survival.

The game is roguelike which means that it is constantly changing subject to how you play it. What makes Sanctuary RPG so interesting to play is how the plot develops with twists and turns.

Roguelike also represents a type of fantasy game that, for the most part, requires players to begin a new game every time they die, rather than simply saving the game and returning to checkpoints when faced with death. Of course this means that Sanctuary RPG is frustratingly difficult to complete for the average player.

Though the plot can be random, the world constructed certainly isn’t. The depth of detail is considerable, and the game on the whole has the power to hook you right from the beginning.

All-in-all, if you love finding uncharted games to play, download this one because it won’t disappoint. 

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Type Freeware

Version 1.1.2

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