RogueJack: Roguelike BlackJack 9+

Rogue-like blackjack adventure

Ponywolf, LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 1.8K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



RogueJack is a rogue-like where you delve into countless old school dungeons and play Blackjack to the death with a variety of creatures

Explore endless dungeons, discover monsters and beat them all in a game of 21. Collect weapons, defenses and the carcasses of your enemies while playing a fresh and interesting take on Blackjack.

RogueJack is a blend of old school adventuring that utilizes Blackjack (or 21) as its battle system. As you level your character, new rules come into play—like multiple cards to choose from and chances those cards will will be face up or face down.

Each monster in the dungeon has its own play style, when they hit, when they stop and if they keep their hole card hidden. Also, rogues will discover endless combinations of items, buffs, skills and attributes that will play out in unique and interesting ways.

Brought to you by Ponywolf, the studio behind the Apple Game of the Day, Knights of the Card Table. This game is easy to learn, hard to master and has countless hours of old school dungeoning in your pocket.

What’s New

Version 1.2.1

21st Update-a-versary!!! New control scheme, bug fixes and user requested "worthless junk" is now 15% more worthwhile!

New stuff
Rapid Play, buttons repeat when held down
MFi Gampad Controller Support Added
"Reset Switch" to pull 50% of your gold and XP forward if you are caught too deep
Deepest floor, gold and XP autosave, even on app suspend
Hidden coins in 15% of "Worthless Junk"
Map generation improvements
Vending machine hints at whats inside (Thanks Tyler!)
Screen flash on burnt, frozen or poisoned
Indonesian translations updated

HOTFIX for possible lock on End Game
Fight after curing poison/fire issue fixed
Monsters won't fight for 1 turn after you level up
Possible lockup on quickly exiting level after Critical Hit
Keep exit out of hallways
Skeleton pushes back to floor 5
Make sure dialogs are always on top
5% more XP on Tombstone
Music volume wouldn't save if gamepad was used to set
Fix Killed By... bug

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

MTLion3 ,

Bite Sized Fun

Right away I’d like to commend the dev for resisting the temptation to shove this game full of micro transactions and ads. As far as I can tell, no micros and pretty uninvasive ads are present and it’s refreshing as a nice glass of lemonade. The ads act as a continue or special chest opening - both of which are optional.

With that done, the game is a rogue-lite dungeon crawler with the game’s driving mechanic being fighting monsters with Blackjack. The premise is simple and fun and has some nice challenge/ability variants to keep things interesting.

While it’s not the deepest game ever, it’s fun for short bursts while you’re waiting or using the bathroom or whatever. I’ll probably purchase the ad-free version soon to support the dev and their user-friendly practices

Developer Response ,

Glad you noticed the ads (or lack there of.) We want people to be happy to buy the game not forced to buy the game.

Kidrandom ,

Fun but barebones

Really neat concept for a roguelike. I’ve had minimal glitches and the controls feel functional and simple. The blackjack mechanic is interesting and a neat spin on combat. The biggest issue I have is there’s not to much variety. There seems to be only 15 or so items, around the same amount of enemies, and rather than a class system or a skill tree (which would have been really neat for this game) there’s a linear xp based upgrade system. The only real form of combat manipulation is doing more damage and viewing your cards before you draw them. It’s fun for a couple hours but begins to feel tedious afterwards due to the lack of variety. I’d suggest simply adding more items and reworking status effects and making new combat effecting mechanics, as the status effects don’t feel vary powerful at all and taking more damage usually feels universally better. Runs are sort of samey at the moment, leading to limited replayability which is a huge selling point of rougelikes and would lend itself well to a game like this. Still though, fun game and good time waster.

A Non-Edgy Indie Gamer ,

Imperfect by design

For as much as I love the concept of this game for its creativity and strategy, the very concept of blackjack-based combat is what makes this game so frustrating to play. With each level requiring more XP, I would expect to be able to get further each time I leveled up, but this is not the case. The mage is worse than the prophet, and more XP is needed, making leveling up that much harder. Requiring all XP to be obtained in a single run, while understandable, means that you have to be the luckiest you’ve ever been in order to level up, and this can get frustrating from a gameplay perspective knowing that ultimately, no matter how you play, you are at the mercy of the cards—something especially aggravating after having the ability to see them taken away. I’d change the order of the classes.

There are other smaller issues as well:
- Keys are obtained not from a random enemy, but from the last enemy, forcing you to completely clear the floor to continue
- The shortsword (“gleeming”) and the Fuegomaker (“ememy”) both have misspellings in their descriptions
- The XP gotten from looting your grave is directly related to the amount you currently have, as far as I can tell, making the use of the altar extremely damaging to the player, as it requires them to have an even more perfect run to reach their grave normally—the only way to get significant XP from it.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for the feedback. So the grave gives you roughly 90% of your XP from your *best* run, so you only need to earn about 10% of your current level to push the game forward. Once you start getting more cards, it gets easier but then the monsters get harder. But once you start streaking it's pretty satisfying.

Not to defend the design, it is what it is, but Blackjack is a very unforgiving game in general and what we tried to do is level it in a way that you can progress. Also, Rogue-likes are rough and tumble as well, so putting them together in a friendly way was a challenge.

We're getting ready to add multiple languages, so those spelling errors snuck into the last build as we databased up all the text. It will be fixed shortly, and thanks for pointing it out!

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