NetHack


Congratulations adventurer!
Your quest is at an end for you have reached the home of NetHack.
Within, the Wizard of Yendor has no power, the Oracle speaks with utmost clarity, and the grid bugs do not bite.
Click friend and enter.

Current Version

Click here for information on version 3.4.3


Mac terminal port binary for OS X Lion now available on the Mac page. This package has been updated to fix previously reported installation issues (if you have the old package and the game works, you do not need to get the new one).

Help!


What is NetHack? How do I get it? Read our Information page.
What is rec.games.roguelike.nethack? How do I access it? Why do I want to? Read our USENET information page.

NetHack References on the Web

NetHack in Time's list of All-TIME 100 Video Games

NetHack in IGN's "Fifteen Really, Really, Really Hard Games"

NetHack in Gamasutra's "Game Design Essentials: 20 RPGs"

NetHack shows up in The DM Of The Rings

NetHack meets EverQuest II. (At least on April Fool's Day.)

NetHack (a song parody), by Rob Balder

The Beeb discovers NetHack - the Computer Game

Top 11 Signs You've Got an Old Computer
Play NetHack, a theme song for NetHack.

Our pet dog is one of the Top Ten Videogame Sidekicks. Congratulations!

Dudley's dungeon, a web comic

BBspot on NetHack: New ATI Card Pushes Limits in ASCII Gaming

The USENET Oracle contemplates encountering a woodchuck
The USENET Oracle contemplates the amulet
The USENET Oracle contemplates stairs
The USENET Oracle contemplates sacrifice
The USENET Oracle contemplates coping with loss
The USENET Oracle contemplates NetHack in Denver
The USENET Oracle contemplates the greatness of NetHack

NetHack in the comics at User Friendly: NetHack makes techtv's list of Best Internet Games

Backhanded compliment of the month award: ignpsx's review of Darkstone:
Ten bucks buys you an awful lot of dungeon-hacking -- it sure ain't NetHack but it ain't bad.

Gamespy.com's "The History of Computer Games" continues with Worlds in Boxes - and NetHack gets another mention.
Gamespot.com: Unsung Heroes - NetHack
Gamespy.com: NetHack is simply an anomaly...
See what happens when NetHack meets T-rex - isn't USENET great?
Salon Technology: "The Best Game Ever"
NetHack mentioned in Gamespy.com's developer week: "The History of Computer Games - Part I"

NetHack in Print

IEEE Computer, February 2011, "Certainty through Uncertainty?". We even got a screenshot.

30th Annual IEEE/NASA Software Engineering Workshop, April 2006, "Understanding Open Source Software through Software Archaeology: The Case of NetHack". The abstract is available online.

"Fatal Distractions", 1994, David Gerrold, The Waite Group.

NetHack Quotes

Nethack is one of my all-time favorite games, one I've been playing since 1200 baud was smokin' fast.
-- Actor Wil Wheaton, http://www.wilwheaton.net
In short, NetHack 3.1.3 is the most elaborate role-playing environment you are ever likely to explore. This is a place to return again and again, each time for a different experience. You're really going to have to play it for a year or two and see for yourself.
-- "Fatal Distractions" by David Gerrold
Thank you for the latest release of gradewrecker. My GPA just went in the corner and shot itself.
-- USENET posting, author unknown

NetHack News

15 Dec 2011 Updated packaging for Mac Lion to correct installation errors.
31 Oct 2011 Mac terminal port binary for OS X Lion now available on the Mac page .
10 Nov 2009 Mac Qt and Mac Terminal binaries now available in .dmg format. Qt package includes NetHackRecover.app for recovery from the GUI; Term package includes previously missing recover program.
10 Dec 2007 Information on compiling with MS Visual Studio 2008 now available on the bugs page.
31 Mar 2007 Updated tiles32 file available.
12 Aug 2004 All Mac binaries now available.
17 Feb 2004 New MacOS binary for 10.2 available.
08 Dec 2003 Nethack 3.4.3 released

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