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Programming Language
Company Python Software Foundation
Influences ABC programming language
Updated May 3, 2021 (3.9.5)[1]
Status Stable
Licensing Open Source[2]
Platforms Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows and others.
Official site of Python

What is Python?

From the official Python FAQ:

"Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language. It incorporates modules, exceptions, dynamic typing, very high level dynamic data types, and classes. Python combines remarkable power with very clear syntax. It has interfaces to many system calls and libraries, as well as to various window systems, and is extensible in C or C++. It is also usable as an extension language for applications that need a programmable interface. Finally, Python is portable: it runs on many Unix variants, on the Mac, and on PCs under MS-DOS, Windows, Windows NT, and OS/2."

A full set of features can be found here.

Roguelike Specific Details

Python's expressive code, dynamic typing, flexible data types, and powerful OO and exception handling facilities make it well-suited to quick, productive RL development. However, like all interpreted languages, Python has a reputation for large memory overheads and being slower in some applications when compared to compiled languages such as C++. These problems, however, can be overcome with the extension of third-party Python modules and proper profiling and programming techniques. Another problem is that Python often requires the user to download an interpreter separately. A way to solve that is to include the interpreter in the game download.

Python's rapid speed of development and human-readable code makes it an excellent choice for programmers wanting to develop a Roguelike in a limited amount of time, making the language ideal for 7DRL Challenges.

Python-Specific Articles on RogueBasin


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Related links

  • Official Python website
  • Official Python FAQs
  • libtcod is a free, fast, portable and uncomplicated API for roguelike developers providing an advanced true color console emulator, input, and lots of other utilities frequently used in roguelikes.
  • BearLibTerminal is another API for roguelike developers. Unlike libtcod, it provides and API for output only. It is therefore more compact, and is much simpler. Sports binding for C/C++, C#, Ruby, Lua, Python and Pascal.
  • py2exe is a package which converts Python scripts into executable Windows programs, able to run without requiring a Python installation. Since most Windows users will not have Python installed, py2exe is a good way to distribute your Python game to that audience.
  • PyInstaller is a program that converts (packages) Python programs into stand-alone executables, under Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
  • Pygame (Pygame) is an SDL wrapper for Python that has been used for many graphical and non-graphical Roguelikes.

Roguelike games in Python

Status Name
defunct Artisan
stable Armoured Commander
αlpha CrashRun
αlpha CyberRogue
7DRL Cypress Tree Manor
7DRL Fist of the Rogue Warrior
αlpha Herculeum
αlpha Ighalsk
defunct I, Monster
defunct Lands of Elderlore
βeta Mines of Elderlore
defunct Netpack
7DRL Nightmare Tyrant
βeta Nyctos
defunct Pyro
βeta rng clrc
αlpha Roguelike me
defunct Shuruppak
stable SummonerRL
7DRL Swamp Monster
defunct The Temple of Torment
αlpha Torchlit
βeta Ultima Ratio Regum
defunct Wa
7DRL Whispers in the Void
7DRL Z-Day


  1. Python downloads, official downloads page with release information.
  2. History and License, detailed license info from the Python documentation.