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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.
Release Date: Feb 17, 2014
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WazHack gets Multiplayer!

March 28th, 2014

Multiplayer in WazHack is unlike any multiplayer you have played before.

In this multiplayer, each player remains in their own instance of the dungeon - which at first seems completely bizarre, but it is the key to keeping all the roguelike elements in the game: your character's time is in no way tied to the time of your fellows, so you can still spend all the time you like playing your character your way.

You face the same creatures, but you will find different loot. The ability to trade loot adds a whole new dimension to the process of staying alive - trade spellbooks for swords!

You can only trade loot while standing together though, so be sure to stay close enough to help each other. You can play different classes, so consider balancing each other's strengths and weaknesses: some combos are quite powerful.

If a player dies, other players can revive them... if they can survive the life draining effect of a dead friend!

There are currently two multiplayer modes: Co-op and Competition. Co-op is the main mode and is as described above. Competition mode is the dungeoneering equivalent to time trials in a racing game - you get exactly the same dungeon, including the same loot, and each player faces the challenges alone (no trading or reviving).

Multiplayer is also multiplatform - your friends on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux can all play together.

Get it on the store now!

Voice chat (such as Steam's built-in system) is strongly recommended.


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WazHack gets a Steam Leaderboard

February 26th, 2014

See where you rank among your Steam friends and world-wide with the Leaderboard now added under the game's "Guild Hall" menu.

The Leaderboard is all about your Score: a combination of your loot, levels, knowledge, stats, and completing the side and main quests. Stay tuned for ranking on other challenges like crazy speed runs!

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About the 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!

Still confused about this unusual game? You can try the demo at http://www.wazhack.com/play, or just watch one of the many Let's Play videos that WazHack players have put on YouTube (every game is different, so they won't spoil it for you).

If you have ever played NetHack or a similar roguelike, you will find plenty familiar about this game, but be prepared for a lot of surprises too.

PC System Requirements

    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.

Mac System Requirements

    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.

Linux System Requirements

    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
102 of 118 people (86%) found this review helpful
1,870 products in account
8 reviews
61.9 hrs on record
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 ♥♥♥♥ty 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.
Posted: February 17th, 2014
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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
868 products in account
45 reviews
36.7 hrs on record
I have played this game extensively outside of Steam and can confirm that it is the best 'nethacklike' I've played (and I have played a fair few). Don't let the graphics or sound put you off from this, it really is a game worth playing and has a large amount of content in a very playable format. It captures the very random elements that a roguelike should have very well and will have you laughing and wtfing quite a lot!
Posted: February 17th, 2014
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
395 products in account
38 reviews
24.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 17th, 2014
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1,286 products in account
7 reviews
8.6 hrs on record
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".
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
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13 reviews
150.4 hrs on record
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
Posted: March 19th, 2014
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