Time moves forward only when you do in the dungeons of WazHack, so you can take your time to solve problems instead of just spamming 'attack' and 'drink healing potion'. With over 300 unique items to be found, you will invent your own solutions to sticky situations.
User reviews: Very Positive (191 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 17, 2014

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"A 2D roguelike heavily inspired by Nethack. Fans of Nethack will find themselves familiar with many game mechanics, enemies and weapons."
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About This Game

Time moves forward only when you do in the dungeons of WazHack, so you can take your time to solve problems instead of just spamming 'attack' and 'drink healing potion'.

With over 300 unique items to be found, you will invent your own solutions to sticky situations. With over 150 different monsters, many with unusual attacks, you will find plenty of sticky situations!

The procedurally-generated dungeon and vast array of possible items gives immense replay value. Some games you'll find a good weapon early, other times you'll rely on wands or potions or spells.

You don't see it much in the all-action video above, but some of the most fun is had just standing still trying to work out how to get out of a sticky situation. Should you try that unknown potion? Maybe it's Healing? What about that wand? Maybe it's Magic Missile... or maybe it's a Wand of Create Monster, and it'll get even stickier!

You start with your choice from 16 character classes, each with different starting equipment, stats, and available talents. The game you play also depends very much on what interesting loot you find. Maybe you'll find a great spellbook and put all your efforts into turning your uneducated knight into a master battle mage!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any 3D Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Turn down resolution and settings on Integrated GPUs.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 3GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT 640
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Turn up resolution and settings on high-end GPUs.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 512 MB
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Select lower resolutions on Mac Minis.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7
    • Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Turn up graphics settings on high-end systems.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Turn down resolution and settings on older integrated GPUs.
    Recommended:
    • OS: SteamOS
    • Processor: 3GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT 640
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: ALSA Audio
    • Additional Notes: Turn up resolution and settings on high-end GPUs.
Helpful customer reviews
52 of 75 people (69%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
I don't have time to write this review because I've just died and I have to try again...
...and again...
...and again...
...and again...
...and again...
...and again...
...and again...
...trying again has never been so addicting before.

VERDICT:
You definitely should try it... again!
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
The hack in the name is worthy of the original nethack... this game is amazing if you are into oldschool roguelikes and the 2D representation of the action is nice and endearing and makes it a charm to follow your adventure until you hit another untimely death.

But the fun is in how far you can get and what you can amass this next time around....
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
37.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
If you consider yourself an oldschool gamer, D&D lover, classic RPG and rogue like games enthusiast who puts more value on gameplay than state of the art graphics than this game is for you!

I found myself enjoying this game more and playing it more than big popular titles with shiny graphics and repeat gameplay.

All I can say is, give it a go and see for yourself. And you'll be amazed what a ONE MAN TEAM can do!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
148.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I had many great hours of fun with this game. Is this game for you?

Do you like permadeath?
Do you like a high difficulty level.
Do you like to find out how items and weapons work and how to make them work in your favor?
Do you like to find out how each mob reacts differently and change tactis in order to beat them?
Do you like strategic and tactical gameplay?
Do you like turn-based combat? (Actually it is both: turn-based or action; as you like)

You will find all of this.

You will also find different characters and many items to loot from.

I was even able to contact the creator of this game and we shared a few Emails.

I can highly recommend this game. Not only will it take you a while to beat, it also has a very high replayvalue, as the dungeons, mobs and items are generated randomly for each playtrhough.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
102.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I've never had a problem with this game. I think I got it around the time it came out, and it's always been fun to go exploring and find all kinds of loot. Especially fun is using things that your character doesn't know the effects of!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
148.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
If you're here, you probably already know what a roguelike is. This is one of the best.

The graphics might be unappealing, but they do an excellent job of conveying what you need to know. The game covers every classic element except gods/prayer - though there are genies you can wish from if you're lucky!

It has a unique co-op mode which I would love to try, but haven't found any games being hosted when I went to play...it's described on the game's page.

I hesitate to give any game such a high rating, but I would say 9/10!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
101.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
This is an EXCELLENT game! It is a great introduction to rogue-like games if you've never played them, and it's a great game to play if you already love rogue-like games. If you haven't already bought this...what are you waiting for?!? BUY IT!! This is a must-have game for any library.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Excellent game, highly recommended.

Plenty of content from enemies, to items and backgrounds. Very good graphical representation of the genre.
Permadeath factor does come into it and you will get that sinking "i'm about to die and there is nothing i can do" feeling, but hey you cant win 'em all and you dont need to, because even if you did, you'd be itching to hit the 'again' button, because hey next time you'll do better, right?
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Very addicting roguelike game with a lot to offer.
It is what got me truly into roguelike games and just for that I give huge props to waz.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Exelent game I almost didnt get it because of a review that says it is platformer like. Besides the fact that the view is from the side this is nothing like a platformer. I have never been forced to make a jump from one patform to another. It is a Dungon Crawler with a side view.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
Just bought this on a whim and it plays on my old but venerable EeePC 900 (900 MHz, 1 GB ram, Intel 915) in Lubuntu 14.04. It's not fast, but it's a rogue-like so speed isn't a concern. Really great game although I killed my tabby cat almost immediately with a lightening wand. Best looking rogue I've got on that machine besides Depths of Peril and Din's Curse.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
58.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
So apparently stealing from merchant kills you. 99/10 GG
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
66.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
A very well done roguelike with modern day graphics quality, controls and feel. With proper difficulty. Highly recommended for all roguelike lovers and even others.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Cons: This game is ridiculously evil.

Pros: This game is ridiculously evil.

A+ roguelike, would play again

In all seriousness, this is bar none the best indie roguelike out there at the moment. It's simple yet engrossing, cruel but leaves you craving more. The mix of strategy and action is on point. Attacks are an almost entirely automated affair, but the game nails that way of making you feel like you're doing something even though you really aren't which makes hack 'n' slashes tick. Thanks to the brilliant 'time only moves when you do' system, the game moves as quickly or as slowly and carefully as you choose for it to. And while death is permanent, you can exit mid-run and come back to your game later, which is a welcome feature on the off chance you've actually managed to go more than twenty minutes without dying. Fiendishly unforgiving, Wazhack is a delightful little ball of hate.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Amazing game, this is just what I needed after getting into nethack.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
68.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
This feels like a cheap, clumsy Nethack clone. It would have been far better with A) more content, B) unique monsters, C) different names for the scrolls (and maybe a second identifier on potions) since they're lifted right out of Nethack, and D) MORE CONTENT.

I do like the side "rooms" you can "investigate" for monster waves. Maybe I am passing judgement way too soon since I've only made it about 300 feet in. What wikis I found didn't seem populated with content, making things seem sparse.

Had this been a "standard" dungeon crawl game and not such an obvious overglorified nod to Nethack (right down to water nymphs and fountains), I'd probably enjoy it more. But it's a fun little diversion, so I'll keep playing. The amount of effort going into this to get the right feel shows, so that is worth something. And a 3D roguelike never hurts, it is a nice change from the pixel art of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup and others.

$10 is... a bit steep. I'd say $5 or $6.

8/10 --- worthy of picking up, but it does Need More Content.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Absolutely Awesome Roguelike done 2d Style. If you love nethack, grew up playing moria and rogue and angband, you will find something new but comfortingly nostalgic in the wonderful sidescrolling YASD-generator. I applaud the creator for his efforts and also check out the android version too!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Brilliant game, can't wait to try multiplayer!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
AMAZING, so simple, yet so addicting, you just keep playing and playing and playing...LOVING IT, Highly recommended! Love the random never-know what's going to happen aspect of the game.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I admire how this game is a heavily NetHack-like, but I find it extraordinarily difficult to work within the game mechanics to get anywhere. The Platformer-type influence really gets in the way of my enjoyment and interferes with game strategy.
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