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DOS - 1992

Released in
United States
Role-Playing (RPG)
Fantasy, Roguelike
4.86 / 5 - 7 votes

Description of NetHack

Offering role-playing (rpg) in a world of fantasy, roguelike, NetHack is an abandonware developed by and published by . Released in 1992, you wander around in a top-down perspective.

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

Comments and reviews

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 0 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

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Nick 2013-07-29 1 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 2 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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