Time moves forward only when you do in the dungeons of WazHack. Think your way out of problems instead of just spamming 'attack' and 'drink healing potion'.
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Very Positive (374 reviews) - 88% of the 374 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 17, 2014

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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, belief system, 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

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SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any 3D Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Turn down resolution and settings on Integrated GPUs.
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 3GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT 640
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Turn up resolution and settings on high-end GPUs.
    • 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
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Select lower resolutions on Mac Minis.
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7
    • Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Turn up graphics settings on high-end systems.
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D Graphics Card
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Turn down resolution and settings on older integrated GPUs.
    • OS: SteamOS
    • Processor: 3GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT 640
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: ALSA Audio
    • Additional Notes: Turn up resolution and settings on high-end GPUs.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
it's poo. the thin form of beersh!t poo, not the substantial kind of poo. trust me you wouldn't invite friends to smell on that kind of diarrhea
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136 of 153 people (89%) found this review helpful
61.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2014
The most appealing part of this game for me is the smooth transition between action and strategy. You can be running down a hallway and mowing down goblins, then suddenly you're inches away from a giant, sifting through your inventory and trying to decide which item is the most likely to prevent his club from crushing your skull. Do you have a sleeping potion to throw at him? Maybe this unidentified scroll can teleport you to safety? Your wand of polymorphing might turn him into something that can't wield a club...

Looting is another big part of the game that stands out for me. Almost every enemy drops something, often many somethings. My inner hoarder can't help but squeal in delight when I've finished slaughtering a battallion of gnomes and find myself standing knee-deep in daggers, various wands, and a pile of tiny outfits. You have a fair bit of inventory space, and it's surprising how fast this can fill up with scrolls, potions, books, gems, weapons, rings/amulets, armors, foods, etc. Then you have to decide what you want to identify, sell, drink, read, or keep for emergencies.

Don't get me wrong though, having hundreds of items and unlimited time to think doesn't make the game get any easier as you go further down. Enemies become stronger and spawn more quickly, until you're fighting your way through waves of liches, giants, skeletons and demons. Your stockpile of healing items, wands and scrolls can be quickly depleted if you don't plan ahead or if you just have ♥♥♥♥♥♥ luck. Beating the bosses and making it back to the top is a major accomplishment, one that you'll only experience after you have a good grasp on how things work and what the best ways to approach situations are. Even then it's still a rather rare experience, especially with the most difficult characters.

There are only a few games that I can say I've put hundreds of hours into, and I'm proud to say that this is one of them.

TL;DR - Replayability, looting, inventory-management, strategy.
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56 of 65 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
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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55 of 65 people (85%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
177.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Let's see. I was gifted this game for Christmas by a friend and I've played 78 hours in less than a week. That should tell you something. This game is digital crack, it's that addictive. I'm low on sleep and my left eye has a nervous twitch now but who cares? It's back into the dungeon for me. I highly recommend this to those that like true roguelike games such a Nethack or Tales of Maj'Eyal and/or dungeon crawlers in general. In short this game is just pure fun.

  • The game is like peeling the layers of an onion. It seems easy to get into, but then you die. And die again. And huh, how about that, I died again. Before long you find new things about the game. Then more new things. And more. And then you start doing better and hey, I may just beat this game after all. Thinking is required to win. You can hack away and have fun, but to stay alive and win you must use everything you have.

  • Tons of items, content, creatures, equipment. Lot's of cool hidden little things to find out.

  • Very good graphics and engine for a game like this. The semi-realtime works perfectly and is a great innovation.

  • Caution: Requires willpower to force yourself to take a break to eat or sleep. If you're like me you may not be able to tear yourself away from the game.
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101 of 143 people (71%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
104.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
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...
...trying again has never been so addicting before.

You definitely should try it... again!
Except you're not a big fan of dying in true old-school style.

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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1,093.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2015
I've played this game more than any other I own. More than Kerbal Space Program, even. I love it!

It takes Rogue, turns it into a 2D side-scroller, and does an amazing job of it. It'll even make you laugh sometimes, even though it mercilessly kills you over and over again. I think I played for 100 hours before getting past 1000 ft. 300 before seeing claiming the Amulet of Zaw, and another 100 before I could actually bring it back to the surface. I don't think I've ever better spent money on a game.
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39 of 46 people (85%) found this review helpful
148.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
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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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
367.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2014
The last game you'll ever need to buy.

If you want a game that's very fun, challenging, and rewarding with unlimited replayability then you should get this. Don't get scroogled by the many "roguelite" or "roguelike-like" games on Steam that claim to be roguelike when they're actually not. Get a true roguelike like this one or Tales of Maj'Eyal.

This game is so addicting it should be called WazCRACK!

steev out
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
WazHack is a new take on roguelikes, but don't let the graphics fool you, this game has a lot more depth to it than you can imagine.

WazHack is a 2D roguelike heavily inspired by NetHack. If you're a fan of NetHack then you'll immediately find yourself at home as the game mechanics are pretty similar to the old classic. This game is basically a 2D turn based game. Time only passes when you move or take action, so you can take your time and plan ahead to your hearts content.

This game is hard like any other roguelike out there, so if you're not into hard or challenging games, then don't pick it up. You'll have a pretty good time trying to get past that 300 feet mark or to survive the depths without dying of starvation.

The game also features over 300 different items, and every time you die all the items/potions/weapons/armor will be randomly generated and have different stats. There are also several different classes to chose from and both the male and female version of the class start with different equipment. Playing as a wizard can be extremely hard, but it's also a lot more rewarding later on into the game.

WazWaz has been the lone developer of this game for a very long time already and he has done a phenomenal job so far. Some people might be put off by the "grotesque" or "lacking" graphics, but hey, you're playing a roguelike here.
It's not like graphics matter when you are looking at a genre based around depth in gameplay and game mechanics.

Take your time, plan ahead, always carry with you some items which can help you escape (like teleport scrolls or wands) and learn from your mistakes,you'll soon come out victorious!

And remember: dying is part of the "fun".
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2014
I originally bought this game when it was released on Desura close to 2 years ago, and have put many hours into it.

It's a "pseudo-turn-based" game, where you can run around with the WASD keys like a platformer, but enemies/NPC's only move and attack while your moving and attacking. While you are not doing anything, neither is the enemy. In a way, it's kinda like FTL in that regard. Kinda.

For those familiar with roguelikes, Wazhack, as the name suggests, takes a lot of inspiration from Nethack, to the point where it might be easier to describe it "2.5D Nethack". You can see it in the items; the way they are identified, cursed, blessed, enchanted, etc..

That's not to say that it's a clone though, Wazhack has MANY of it's own features that I don't want to spoil for everyone, and even has branch dungeons and many different enemy models and spells.

There's even going to be a multiplayer like feature, though not in the traditional sense.

If you like roguelikes, Wazhack is definitely one to pick up.

EDIT: I hadn't played this game for about 5 months, and the game is even better than it was back then. Loads of new content, including items, events and even classes were added. There's also been even more balance changes. The game was far more fair than Nethack ever was, and now even more so. Just the right amount of fairness and challenge.

For beginners, the Barbarian/Vandal is a great class to start with due to their high health, damage, and starting weapon. You'll have trouble finding armor due to their large size, but their high health makes up for it. By the way, you can tell if your Barbarian/Vandal can use armor if the armor in question has something along the lines of 'very large' in parenthesis underneath it's name.

The only thing I really consider bad in this game is the pet AI(every class starts with a pet). While it's certainly leagues better than Nethacks, they're terrible when it comes to running across ladders, though they're better now than the last time I've played. I also wish you could set their aggressiveness like in Torchlight 2. Honestly, they're not all that useful, but they're nice company in that lonely dungeon. I also wish you could choose which pet to take, rather than each class having it's own pet, though I understand the reason behind that.

For those who want to try before buying, go to it's Desura page here: http://www.desura.com/games/wazhack

On that page, click the blue "Free" button next to demo. If you don't want to use Desura, simple click the Free Button and look for the link that says "Download Direct", and you'll be able to download the standalone demo installer.
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|CDB| Drunk as Fuck n then some
12.3 hrs
Posted: October 10
I may not have many hours on record for how long I've owned the game, but that comes down more to me obsessing over competitive online games despite myself.

This game is terrific. Absolutely awesome. It can be very unforgiving, and it's incredibly random, but that makes it so much more satisfying when you accomplish something. Some runs you'll essentially die of starvation - others, you'll end up in an otherwise unremarkable fight but that blessed potion was actually a blessed potion of *insert horrible death-causing status effect here*. Maybe you'll be a sliver of health away from losing but come out on top, only to have an egg hatch with an enemy snake to finish you off. Literally anything can and probably at some point WILL kill you.

Now, that doesn't mean that you won't do awesome stuff too! There are 16 different characters (8 different classes, slightly different male / female versions - slight enough not to ♥♥♥♥ anyone off, significant enough to make them play differently) which all need to be approached differently in terms of strategy. Choosing the correct skills based on your run, the strategy for the character you're playing, and dealing with the craziness of the RNG with everything being possibly extremely awesome or horribly deadly... It's Very, Very fun :)

I'd recommend to all!
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 21
Horrable multi-player, shows a picture of where the other person is but there is no interaction between you and the other player, only buy this game if you are buying it for the single player.

This game is not worth anything over $2.00 you can get much better games for free, it is a basic side scroller game with very low quality graphics. No creativity was used in the making of this game it just runs off the ideas and creativity of some of the first side scrollers, very outdated and if that is what you are into you should go buy the old games they are worth much more at a cheaper cost.

The only time i would ever reccomend this game is if you had a computer that could not run anything else and are unable to aquire any of the original side scroller/platform games, if your Computer can handle downloading this game you can download many games that are much better for alot less money.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 18
One of my favorite rogue-likes. Very good UI!
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11.5 hrs
Posted: September 17
Wazhack is a traditional roguelike (very Nethack-ish) reimagined as a 2D platformer/side-scroller.

The controls and the UI are streamlined, simplified and easy to use, even for people who may be new to the roguelike/dungeon crawling genre. No hotkeys to memorize or confusing menus. The graphics while simple, have their own unique charm. The music/sound is not particularly noteworthy but works well. The sound also serves to provide the player with audio cues.

The gameplay is a rehash of the classic "get to the Xth floor, get the thing" formula but instead of the classic top-down plays more like a side-scrolling platformer. A warning...it's not a platformer. It's a turn-based game.

If you play this game like Mario Bros./Sonic (which you can) you will die more often than you would otherwise. In fact, you have about a 50/50 chance of killing yourself. There are many times when it is wise to stop, evaluate your surroundings, inventory and enemies before making your next move.

Verdict: This game is +1 fun!

Check out this great game guide (for Knights) if you don't mind some "spoilers."

If you would rather avoid spoilers, check out this beginner's guide instead.
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Mongoloid Mike
4.3 hrs
Posted: September 12
I liked the look of this enough to give it more time than I typically would for the type of game that goes into 10 games for $2 bundles before writing it off, but it's just too frustrating with the lack of information the game provides you about how anything related to your character or inventory is supposed to work and so ultimately not fun.
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154.3 hrs
Posted: September 1
This is my go-to game when I want to just relax. Until I get killed, then I'm not so relaxed....
This game is easy to learn, but I will probably never master it. Even after all the hours I have put in, I still haven't beaten the game.
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Ambitious Minnow
20.1 hrs
Posted: August 14
Bought this game for Steam and android.

The premise is great: classic-classic RPG style adventure through a dungeon with essentially a DnD character. Lots of cool ideas, perma-death, and ridiculous situations to find yourself in.

The execution however, I decided finally, is pretty bad. The game has some bugs that can literally be game ending. Considering every single action and item are generated by RNG, an entire game going haywire on what is FINALLY a good run can be about the most frustrating gaming experience you can have.

Example: we are in a Co-op game and my friend finds a blessed scroll of remove curse. This will remove curses from every item in your inventory. This is during easily the best run we've ever had; 20+ wands and books each, multiple bows and arrows(witch and hunter), I had 3 fireball wands to start, it was great. I give everything to him in a trade to de-curse, and EVERY SINGLE ITEM DISAPPEARED. I was left with a blank inventory. As anyone who plays the game can tell you, catastrophic events happen in game all the time.

Playing a game where one in-game mistake can be catastrophic with bad programming on top was way more frustrating then fun, and it made me angry I wasted hours and hours one the game and researching all it's silly quibbles online.

Future Potential = 9/10, actual current enjoyment easily say -5/10. =( Don't buy unless dev gets serious about making this game bug free.
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11.2 hrs
Posted: August 4
I have this game in my favorites, I don't play it a lot but when I do I really enjoy the experience. A lot of times I play it to pass some time and it's perfect for that.
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Gemp Krubs
3.6 hrs
Posted: July 17
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