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DOS - 1987

Year 1987
Platform DOS
Released in Worldwide (1987)
Worldwide (1988)
Worldwide (1989)
United States (1992)
Worldwide (1993)
Worldwide (1996)
Worldwide (1999)
Worldwide (2000)
Worldwide (2002)
Worldwide (2003)
Genre Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Fantasy, Generated Levels, Roguelike
Publisher DevTeam
Developer DevTeam
Perspective Top-Down
4.92 / 5 - 13 votes

Description of NetHack

Here is the video game “NetHack”! Released in 1987 on DOS, it's still available and playable with some tinkering. It's a role-playing (rpg) game, set in a fantasy, roguelike and generated levels themes.

This is a DOS version of the long running NetHack game, which started in 1987. The game is open-source and the latest version can be found on

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Comments and reviews

ENDURORACE 2023-08-19 5 points

HAHAHA, NetHack? THAT NetHack?!? Are you serious? Man... HAHAHAHA i love it. xD This game (a dungeon crawler) will made cuss you everytime you play: Made one move too many? You die. Made one move less many? Die. You drink a potion? You die. Wear a unknow ring? Hours and hours of game...lost.

You will die so many time and the sudden death will be so easy to reach (you can burn, explode, teleported, cursed, poisoned etc etc), that after the 100th and over departure of the "hero" (trust me) will bring you more laugh than cuss.

You say Dark Soul it's a hard and difficult game? Compared to Net Hack it's a piece of cake, a walk in the park, a toddler game.

Most probably, you will never finish this game, but try it and i will assure you, that this will be the most epic thing you can do it as a gamer in your whole life. Worth a try. ;-)

nehack fan 2018-08-04 1 point

This game still updated and free, it has its own website.
Download the latest version from the

Jayman 2016-08-19 0 point

This game was updated December 2015, it is not Abandonware, but I believe it's free to play and open source.

Slopsbucket 2015-07-21 -1 point DOS version

Software is not Abandonware. NetHack has always been Open Source and has a license similar to the modern GNU License.

Original release year - 1982
Country of origin - Germany - University of Mathematics, Berlin.
Platform - all platforms

For accurate information and current version of game go to

Nick 2013-07-29 0 point DOS version

I believe this is still up and running somewhere on the net. I couldn't play it though because I don't have a number pad on my laptop and couldn't figure out how to remap the directional controls properly because I'm a moron.

A Wise Old Man 2013-02-21 3 points DOS version

For those wanting more detail on this classic:

NetHack is a single-player roguelike video game originally released in 1987 with ASCII graphics. It is a descendant of an earlier game called Hack (1985), which is a descendant of Rogue (1980). Salon describes it as "one of the finest gaming experiences the computing world has to offer."

The "net" element references the fact that its development was coordinated through Usenet, even before the internet existed in its present form. The "hack" element refers to the game it was based on, Hack. The player takes the part of a dungeon-delving character in search of the Amulet of Yendor.

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