Procedural Death Labyrinth

An Emerging Video Game Genre

Procedural Death Labyrinth (PDL) is a new term used to describe games like Spelunky, The Binding of Isaac, FTL, Rogue Legacy, etc.

These games are sometimes called "Roguelike-LIKE's" or "Rogue-LITE's", because they borrow several key elements from the Roguelike genre of games (Nethack, Adom, Angband, ROGUE, etc), but we prefer the term "Procedural Death Labyrinth."

Cool Stuff:

Procedural Death Labyrinth games on Steam
Procedural Death Jam

Further Reading

Never Say Roguelike by Tanya X. Short
On Procedural Death Labyrinths by Lars A. Doucet
You Should Say Roguelike More Often by Dustin Anglin
Death of the Roguelike by RobotParking
Death, Death and More Death: Desktop Dungeons PC Review by Pete Davison


The Berlin Interpretation
Screw the Berlin Interpretation! by Darren Grey

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