The last few month has been pretty crazy when it comes to games. It's been so crazy that I haven't had a chance to touch any of those games because my computer has been out of commission totally for the past month. It's been pretty terrible, but the Humble Bundle(s) has(ve) made it easy to play great indie games on my Ubuntu Laptop. So I've played a few great Rougelikes in the past week or two
The Binding of Isaac
From Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl, The Binding of Isaac is a bunch of sad things stylistically that's a little hard to understand and an amazing game. Not strictly rougelike (it has no RPG elements) but it is both random and permadeath. Isaac attacks with his tears and picks up many different items and powerups that affect the game in many different ways. It's hard to talk about the game in depth because a lot of the experience is unexpected. Talking about it seems to ruin the experience if I say anything. It's a game that every experience is different and amazing. It's amazingly fun and difficult and new and different. It's also only $5 on Steam and I would honestly pay multitudes more for it.
Dungeons of Dredmor
More rougelike and much more difficult, Dungeons of Dredmor is an amazing game. In the first minute of my first ever run I was killed by a monster called a blobby. and I was awarded with the amazing gameover screen, "Congratulations! You're Dead!" It was an awesome moment. The game starts off with a few dozen skills to choose from, you get six. The descriptions are vague and hilarious, however they're more detailed in game. Everything in the game has a silly name and a fun description. The game is surrounded in amazing difficulty, very deep mechanics and hilarity.