DescriptionNetHack is a text-only (although some graphical versions exist) roguelike role-playing game. The objective is to find the Amulet of Yendor and sacrifice it to your deity.
In the beginning, you choose one of the classes - there are some traditional ones, like Priest or Knight, but also unusual ones like Tourist or Caveman. Then, you find yourself on the 1st level of the dungeon, along with your pet that will accompany you and help you in combat. On each level, you have to find an exit to the lower level; on the way, you'll find countless monsters to fight, as well as items to collect. Sometimes, you come upon a shop, where you can buy or sell items.
Items you find can be blessed (more effective than normal), but sometimes are cursed (less effective, or outright harmful). Eating the corpses of fallen enemies is an important part of the game, since many creatures give you special abilities or immunities when eaten.
While the above description might seem brief, NetHack is, in fact, a very complex and merciless game - there are lots of ways to die.
Since NetHack is a roguelike, everything is represented as a top-down view of the current dungeon level, where the walls, the floor, and all items, characters and monsters are ASCII characters.
Part of the Following Groups
- Gameplay feature: Hunger / Thirst
- Gameplay feature: Permadeath / Permanent Death
- Games in which you can have children
- Games with randomly generated environments
- Nethack revisions
- Rogue variants / Roguelikes
|In my opinion, the greatest game yet.||J. David Taylor (28)||unrated|
|Better than 95 % of commercial games and still free!||Heikki Sairanen (105)|
|The best game i've played and im new school.||silver shaedow (2)|
The Press Says
|GameHippo.com||Jan 18, 2000||9 out of 10||90|
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1001 Video GamesNetHack appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Easter eggsSome scroll names in NetHack mean something when read backwards (e.g. "ELBIB YLOH", "DUAM XNAHT"), but "KIRJE" just means "letter" in Finnish.
- Players are able to receive Email within the game.
- NetHack is one of the few computer games where you can actually produce offspring. By polymorphing into a female snake, dragon, or other appropriate monster, you can lay eggs. Just be sure to have fire resistance once your baby dragon starts breathing fire.
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Related Web Sites
- Annotated NetHack File (History of the NetHack releases)
- "Dudley's Dungeon" webcomic (Frequently-updated Nethack-themed webcomic in fixed-width textmode -- just like Nethack!)
- NetHack (The official homepage)
- The RLTiles (Graphical Tilesets for NetHack)
- "Which NetHack monster are you?" quiz (Equates your psyche to personality traits of 15 common NH enemies.)