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GenreRoguelike game
Latest release3.6.7  (Announcement)
Release dateFebruary 16th, 2023
Code licenseNetHack GPL
Media licenseNetHack GPL
NetHack is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.
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NetHack is a rogue-like game. It is licensed under the NetHack General Public License.[1]


The player moves in turns in a dungeon, finding items and killing monsters to retrieve the fabled amulet of Yendor.

Nethack has a high replay value as every game is unique; essentially every level is randomly generated, items and treasure are randomly placed with unique and functional descriptions, and monsters are generated continually and randomly. There are thirteen different roles, 5 different races, and 3 different alignments. Nethack is extremely difficult, nearly impossible. The vast majority of its players have never beaten the game.[2]


See NetHack release history for more details.


The most popular variant of Nethack is SLASH'EM (Super Lotsa Added Stuff Hack - Extended Magic).[3][4][5] It features many new monsters, roles, races, items, levels, etc. It is also considered much more difficult than the original Nethack.[6]

Another popular variant is the graphical Falcon's Eye[7]. It is mostly the same as the original, except it uses isometric graphics, instead of ASCII. It has since been forked as Vulture's Eye.


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