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What is loadRL?

If you’re like me, you have a folder/directory named, “roguelikes” in which you’ve downloaded a bunch of roguelike games. Some are simply out-of-date. Some are up-to-date because they are no longer being worked on.  loadRL can help keep things just a bit more organized for you.


LoadRL is a free roguelike loader. Just select what you want to play and loadRL downloads and starts the game for you.

loadRL is intended to be a simple roguelike manager, with multiple version capabilities.

It handles sourcing, downloading, extracting, sorting and storing games for you.

loadRL also features and ships with an integrated DOSBox, which allows you to play old native DOS games (like the original versions of Rogue or Dungeon Crawl). This all happens behind the scenes and you do not need to take any extra steps.

With literally a couple clicks you can go from zero to playing any game on the db, easily switching between versions if you need to. (source)

Significant gratitude to Santiago Boselli (sboselli) for developing this software.

loadRL Screenshot with TOME Selected

What Games Does loadRL Have?

Here’s a list of some of the major roguelikes (according to roguebasin):

  • ADOM
  • Angband
  • Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup
  • Larn
  • Nethack
  • Omega
  • Rogue
  • Tales of Maj’Eyal (TOME)

(I think it’s just missing Caves of Qud, Dwarf Fortress, and Hack.)

Here are some other well-known roguelikes—nearly classic in some cases–worth checking out:

  • Brogue
  • Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead
  • Cogmind (7DRL prototype)
  • DRL (DoomRL)
  • Sil
  • Slash‘EM Extended
  • The Ground Gives Way (a great coffee-break roguelike)
  • Spelunky
  • Ten Rings
  • Toby the Trapper
  • Ultima Ratio Regnum
  • Unreal World
  • Zorbus

There are a bunch more too that I’ve not listed.

Download loadRL here.

Related Article: Zorbus Dungeon Crawl: Thieves Blood
Zorbus is a turn-based roleplaying roguelike by Joonas Hirvonen. Read about the Tiefling, Kimgrey has he explores level 1 of the dungeon.

Thanks for reading this brief news item on loadRL. I’ve been using loadRL for several months now and I’ve been meaning to post this article to get the word out to Emergent Mage readers.

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Ernest Scribner
Ernest Scribner

Practitioner of games. Caster of words. Shares game wisdom, stories, and shenanigans with fellow adventurers.

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