The roguelike or roguelite isn't as recognisable a genre as the shoot-'em-up or the RPG. In fact, it's not really a genre at all.
Still, roguelike and roguelite games have been hugely influential in recent years. So what on Earth do we mean by 'roguelike' and 'roguelite'?
They both nod to the 1980 dungeon crawler Rogue, which introduced the twin concepts of randomised levels and perma-death (as in, only one life) to gamers.
To be a roguelike means to be a spiritual successor to that game, with the same kind of strategic turn-based combat system and ethos. To be roguelite means to draw inspiration from Rogue, but to splice its defining attributes with other genres and mechanics.
It's a subtle and hazy difference, and arguments will abound over which games belong in either category. All we know is that the following roguesomethingorothers have provided some of the most memorable Android experiences of recent times.
The developer of Crying Suns has clearly played a few game games of FTL. This tactical rogue-lite has many of the same spacefaring elements, but it also adds a compelling narrative and entertaining flight-squadron combat mechanics.
We still don't have the ultimate roguelike twin-stick on mobile (that's Enter The Gungeon by the way), but Juicy Realm is a cracking alternative, with super-detailed cartoon graphics and a constant supply of zany firearms.
A unique tile-matching game that mixes a little freewheeling roguelike scope in with classic match-3 puzzle-RPG components. That's quite a heady list of ingredients, but Starbeard pulls it off with style, and no little charm.
Downwell practically buzzes with kinetic energy, whether you're bouncing on the head of a frog, blasting through layers of rock with your gunboots, or ducking into time bubble to buy some weapon upgrades. A truly thrilling roguelite.
Dead Cells provides one of the slickest, most satisfying action-platformer experiences on mobile. Run, leap and dodge through randomised levels, picking up a deadly range of swords, shields, projectile weapons, automated turrets and magical attacks. Then die and do it all again - but a little differently.
This stunning roguelike hack and slasher is so slick, you can play it with one hand. It's far from brainless or shallow, though. Each fearsome enemy requires a different approach, while there are plenty of decisions to be made with your warrior's progression.
Imagine if someone made A Link to the Past into a combat-heavy roguelike, with each successive dungeon a punishing assault course of random design and brutal enemies. That's Wayward Souls, and it rocks. Still.
Hoplite is the roguelike stripped down to its basics, and we love it for that. Guide your Spartan hero through successive randomly generated grid-like levels, waging snappy turn-based warfare on your foes.
Void Tyrant is a colourful deck building game build on solid roguelike foundations. At the heart of its is a game of interstellar Blackjack, as you aim to draw higher than your space alien foes without going bust.
Rust Bucket sees Nitrome taking the roguelike casual. You're still essentially moving through randomised dungeons, one square at a time. But the pace is snappier and the world much more inviting than usual.
Road Not Taken splices roguelike elements into the tile-sliding puzzler, and the results are brilliant. Add into the mix a gorgeous cartoon art style and a surprisingly emotive story, and you have one of the most unique roguelikes on this list.
Heroes of Loot 2 does away with the dual-stick shooter controls of the original, leaning more heavily towards the dungeon crawling aspect of its roguelike heritage. It remains a frantic arcade blast, though, with a neat character-swapping mechanic to liven things up.
A neon-soaked twin-stick shooter set in a rich cyberpunk universe. Neon Chrom's gunplay is gloriously hard-hitting, while its procedurally generated levels and run-based gameplay give it cybernetically enhanced legs.
Cultist Simulator is described as a roguelike narrative card game, but that doesn't adequately prepare you for the sheer freewheeling possibilities of this cosmic game of Poker. Draw cards, explore arcane rites - then die and try it all again.
A solo card crawl with hefty roguelike elements, Card Quest is an absolute treat. Its finely balanced card combat leaves ample room for experimentation, and inching through its rich retro-RPG world is a delight.
Like NetHack, Angband is a classic roguelike in the ultimate sense, having originally released in 1990. This Android port is as faithful as you like, with the original's ASCII visuals and somewhat daunting level of complexity.