Xbox Game Pass is a game-changing service on Xbox and PC, and with well over a hundred games to choose from, there are games for every type of gamer to enjoy. For those who like the ever-changing nature of a roguelike, from bullet hells to magic spells, these games are for you. You can try all of these Xbox Game Pass roguelikes and more by signing up for Game Pass via our affiliate link.
Developed and published by Kitfox Games, Boyfriend Dungeon is equal parts dungeon crawler and dating sim. With the option to date up to seven weapons—and the encouragement to (we’ll get to that later)—Boyfriend Dungeon pushes the envelope when it comes to romance, inclusivity, and ultimately love.
From NExT Studios, Tencent, and Team17 comes a turn-based roguelike with a talking crown and a host of weapons and magic to fight with. Defeating enemies and employing their familiars dictates the magic you have access to, providing a unique experience in every run.
Dandy Ace is a simplistic roguelike from Mad Mimic and Neowiz Games. Recently arrived on Xbox Game Pass, this simplistic game makes for a great first roguelike for people looking to enter the genre softly while offering plenty of challenge for anybody. You play as Dandy Ace, a successful magician who has unwittingly wronged Lele the Green-Eyed Illusionist, another magician. For his crime, Dandy Ace has been trapped in a magic, ever-changing mirror.
Developed by Motion Twin, Dead Cells is a beautiful sidescrolling action game with platforming elements and a true sense of progress and adventure. Among the most popular roguelikes of recent years, you won’t want to miss the epic bosses and exploration Dead Cells has in store.
Enter The Gungeon
Enter The Gungeon is a now-classic roguelike bullet hell themed entirely after guns and ammunition. With a trusty dodge roll at your disposal, you’ll face off against a host of creative enemies and random bosses as you discover secret paths and attempt to master one of the more challenging roguelikes on this list.
Supergiant Games’ Hades is a single-player, RPG action-adventure, beautifully crafted indie roguelike dungeon crawler that will have players coming back for more. You play as Zagreus, son of Hades and Persephone, an immortal Prince of the Underworld who is trying to escape from Tartarus and join his other family of gods on Mount Olympus.
Into The Pit
Into The Pit is a magic-based FPS roguelike from developer Nullpointer Games and publisher Humble Games. In the vein of classics like Doom and Heretic, Into the Pit sends the player into dungeon after dungeon of hellish monsters in all of their low-poly glory. You’re lured to a mysterious town by a cousin to find dark magic has taken hold, and the villagers and their Alderman are all missing.
With a lot of colors, wacky weapons, pets, and synergies, Veewo Games’s Neon Abyss is a unique entry in the genre. The levels are constantly evolving, and the game comes highly regarded by fans and critics alike.
Nuclear Throne is a bullet hell roguelike by Vlambeer. Originally released on PC, PS3, PS4, and Vita six years ago, the simple yet satisfying game has just arrived on Xbox via Game Pass, and despite its age, it remains a very satisfying game.
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All descriptions are either original to this article or taken from previous But Why Tho? reviews.