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 (178 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!

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.

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
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
100.4 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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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Wazhack is a Dungeon Crawler/Rougelike which I enjoy to play.Although it's graphic seem bad,they arent.Once you play you have to say,one more go!It has permenent death,which I think was a good touch.The content in this game is great,its got so much to explore.I haven't got to the dragon yet,but that is my main goal.That's everyone's goal in this game.
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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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3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
A faithful recreation of the popular rogue-like Nethack. Easy to play hard to master. 8/10
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13.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Read a scroll which summoned a horde of Goblins

Immediatly torn to shreds by formentiond Goblins

10/10
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36 of 48 people (75%) 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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11 of 15 people (73%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
A cartoony tribute to the RNG gods. Same feel as classic 80's rogue, but with 90's Three Dee Grafix. It feels like most development energy went into the engine, custom graphics, and classes/skills. There's also some well aged cheese around, for those who make the appropriate temporal sacrifice.

If you strongly identify with the @ character on your keyboard, stick with nethack. If you need to be graphicsed at for immersion, get a modern "roguelike" rather than a real rogue variant like this one.

Pros: Classic feel. Skills / talents are interesting. Classes are pretty well-balanced. Blends in some modern mechanics, while keeping to the genre. Good cheese. No spoon-feeding.

Cons: Could use more content. It isn't as rich in items and monsters as many rogue variants (nethack, angband, moria, and tome), or as other modern "roguelikes" that don't stick to the classic formula. Unique monsters would be nice.
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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
83.9 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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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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
I was hesitant to try this after seeing it work its way through Alpha/Beta on Desura over time, but I tried the demo on my Android phone and was pleasantly surprised. Then I picked it up on Steam, and with the improved interface I was blown away by how fun it actually is!

As a Crawl/Nethack player over the years, I can without hesitation say pick this one up. Neat graphical flair, turn based dispite what it looks like, and loads more depth then it seems at first glance. Recommended!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
WazHack is a very fun Perma-Death Indie game. It can also be very frustrating. This is basically a Dungeon-based RPG. There's not much of a story line, other than to go run and get an amulet, but it's more about the gameplay than the actual story line.

You can kill whatever crosses your path, but beware of who you hit. Some of your allies that turn on you can be very powerful. You want to be very VERY careful when it comes to perma-death. A single mistake will kill your character and that will lead to you starting completely over from scratch. The save will also be gone. If you have friends that have this game, then I suggest you join them, because it will make things a lot easier. Of course, when you play with them, you will want to make sure your character is in a very safe zone, because the game continues, if at least 1 person is connected and moving.

The enemies can be very brutal. You will sometimes come across horde doors. Sometimes it just seems endless, the amount of enemies that just poor out. It's very strategic and requires a lot of patience. This game is not to be rushed, what-so-ever.

4/5
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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
88.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Very good game. If you like dungeon crawlers with a bit of a twist you'll love this game. I hope there are more content-packed updates to come, because this game is worth it.
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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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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Put on random necklace and choked to death. Will die again. 10/10
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