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Developer(s) Grid Sage Games
Publisher(s) Grid Sage Games
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows Edit this on Wikidata
    • Public alpha: 24 May 2015
    • Early access: 16 October 2017
Genre(s) Role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player

Cogmind is a tactical science fiction roguelike available for Windows developed by Grid Sage Games, a company founded by Josh Ge. Before its Steam early access release on 16 October 2017, it underwent public testing through alpha and beta stages.


The player character is a robot which is able to salvage parts from the remains of other robots; the game includes over 1000 of these parts.[1][2] Character development is primarily focused around equipment: parts can be gained and used to level up, but also lost. Another distinguishing feature is the in-game interface, which is considered to be user-friendly compared to other roguelikes.[3] The game also features a destructible environment, "a living ecosystem" of robot types, and a detailed stealth system that minimises dependence on combat.[4]


Cogmind originated as an entry for the 2012 7 Day Roguelike Challenge, and was based on Ge's previous roguelike X@COM. After the challenge, Ge decided to develop the concept further, releasing the first public alpha in 24 May 2015; though Ge considered the alpha to be on the level of many games' release candidates.[5][1] In the beginning of 2016, it was selected as one of Destructoid's top indie games to look for in 2016.[4] Grid Sage Games released a public beta on 6 May 2017.[6] This was followed by an early access release on Steam on 16 October.[2] Despite this appellation, Ge stated that it was "a very complete experience", and that he only planned to withhold it from full release for around 6 months.


  1. ^ a b Savage, Phil (27 July 2015). "Cogmind is a sci-fi roguelike about building yourself from salvaged parts". PCGamer. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Wood, Austin (22 Oct 2017). "Build and rebuild a robot in sci-fi roguelike Cogmind, now on Steam". PC Gamer. Retrieved 23 Oct 2017.
  3. ^ Smith, Adam (11 October 2016). "Cogmind Is Your Next Favourite Roguelike". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b Hancock, Patrick (1 January 2016). "The top 33 indie games to look for in 2016". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  5. ^ Alexander, Jem (24 May 2015). "Roguelove: Cogmind Takes Rogue To Space". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  6. ^ Ge, Josh (8 May 2017). "Cogmind Beta 1: "The End"". Grid Sage Forums. Grid Sage Games. Retrieved 26 August 2017.

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