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A mythical creature called a Wumpus is sleeping somewhere in a series of maze-like caves, and your goal is to hunt it down. The cave is dangerous, and in addition to the Wumpus there are bottomless pits and cave bats. Walking into a pit ends the game, encountering a bat will cause you to be relocated to a random location in the cave (which may or may not be safe), and walking into the same room as the Wumpus will cause it to wake up and eat you. To help figure out where these dangers are various cave rooms can provide clues. For example, finding blood splattered in the room means the Wumpus is near, or if you feel a breeze then a pit is near. From these clues you need to deduce the layout of the cave and the location of the Wumpus. If you think you know where the Wumpus is, you have one arrow to fire; a hit wins the game, but a miss means you are eaten by the Wumpus.

Hunt the Wumpus was originally a text based adventure written for mainframes, and this version maintains the same gameplay however graphical enhancements are added. During the game you have a top down view of the cave as you move from room to room with various colors used to indicate the clues. Depending on the difficulty level selected, the map will show you the entire cave that you have visited so far, or only the current room you are standing in. You may also select from several cave difficulty levels (this affects the complexity of the cave layout). When the game ends, you can optionally view the entire cave to see how close (or far) you came to winning.


Hunt the Wumpus TI-99/4A Aah, I've been eaten by a Wumpus!
Hunt the Wumpus TI-99/4A Exploring the caves
Hunt the Wumpus TI-99/4A Game over, here's the score so far...
Hunt the Wumpus TI-99/4A The different colors provide clues about the adjacent rooms

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The original Hunt the Wumpus game (made in 1975 by Californian programmer Gregory Yob) was written in BASIC, and only had 50 lines of code. You can find a link to its source code in the related links section.

Google Talk

Google included their own version of this game in the releases of their instant messaging client Google Talk up to version In the about screen, you can make out the very light text "play 23 21 13 16 21 19 . 7 1 13 5" against the background. Change the numbers according to their position in the alphabet and it reads "play".

Available only for a short time, you could add "[email protected]" to your contact list and type "play" to start a game of Wumpus.


The first-ever IRC (Internet Relay Chat) bot was a 1989 script named "GM", written by Greg Lindahl to play Hunt the Wumpus with channel denizens through text input / output.


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Information also contributed by General Error, Pseudo_Intellectual and Sciere

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Servo (57366) added Hunt the Wumpus (TI-99/4A) on Dec 31, 2004