Abandonware DOS title


NetHack is an open-source roguelike game that's been around since the early 1980s. It's a single-player dungeon exploration game where you navigate your character through a randomly generated dungeon filled with monsters, traps, treasures, and various items. The goal is to retrieve the Amulet of Yendor, located deep within the dungeon's lowest levels, and then return it to the surface.
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3.71 / 5.00 (49 votes)

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Additional info about NetHack

Status: freeware
Input: keyboard
Also published for: BeOS
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Series: NetHack is part of the NetHack series.
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  • latogato 11/08/2018 21:31
    Nethack is awesome, but super hard because without a guide or a wiki it takes ages to figure out everything.

    At low levels it is easy to die because of the low HP, but at higher level you have plenty HP to resolve a situation. Most causes of death comes from special monster attacks and the the lack of proper knowledge, aka YASD or yet another stupid death.

    But i wrote this comment because of the following: nethack is updated again, so the current version when i wrote this is 3.6.1. Please update the download file or just add a link to the nethack.org where people can download the latest version. Awesome site btw. :)
  • AbandonwareDOS 14/05/2017 09:10
    Thanks for the review Lord Bucket! I see I'm not the only one to play lots of roguelikes...
  • LordBucket 13/05/2017 11:33
    Nethack is a super popular classic among roguelikes, but as someone who's player a lot of roguelikes, personally I find it to be fairly flawed. You will never, ever beat this game...or even progress very far without consulting a guide. The game is completely dependant on gimmicks that you just have to know about in order to get anywhere. If you try to play it as an RPg where you progress and get strong, you will fail. It can't be played that way. In fact, monsters scale to your level, so making yourself "stronger" quickly results in being completely overwhelmed by monsters you can't possibly beat. If you want to spend hours reading through complicated guides tellng you exactly what to do and what not to do, Nethack is your game. If you want a more typical progression roguelike experience, try Moria, ToME2, Angband, etc. instead.
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