Brandon Boyer

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What better way to show off the glittering power of your 22nd century handheld communications device than with a 1980’s ASCII UNIX RPG? Gandreas Software has ported Epyx’s seminal early-PC RPG Rogue to the iPhone as a free download, and — to be fair — has done a very noble job of bringing the game up to date.

Gandreas’s version adds tile graphics (and a very smart tilt-mode that morphs the landscape view’s ASCII mode into graphics as you turn it up to portrait) and gesture based commands (trace a W on the screen to wield a weapon, R to remove a ring), but keeps the same brutal difficulty of the original: be prepared to die a lot by the crooked claws of kestrels.

Rogue – classic Unix game comes to the iPhone [Gandreas]

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