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Aug 27, 2011 | 5:39 PM EDT

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Unlike other games the emphasis in NetHack is on discovering the detail of the dungeon and not simply killing everything in sight - in fact, killing everything in sight is a good way to die quickly.
NetHack is a very deep and very fun game but also very, very challenging

Use the keyboard for everything.
Use shift+? for in game help
You can use the number pad or hjkl keys for movement.
NetHack is a big game so it will take some getting used to.

For a complete description of the game and every command see the NetHack Guidebook

A Quick guide
Key - Action
? - help, documentation
/ - what is? (ask definition for something on the screen)
o - open something, use #loot for boxes and chests
s - search for secret doors (they are everywhere)
, - pick up things
ctrl-d or ctrl-s - kick (break open locked doors)
d or D - drop something
e - eat something
- climb stairs
i - see what you are carrying, inventory
w - wield a weapon
t - throw/shoot
r - read something
a - use or apply (key, bag, pick-axe, etc)
z - zap a magic wand
Z - cast a magical spell
: - look what is here
. - wait a moment

symbol meaning
@ you (or a human)
. floor
stairs down to the next level
+ closed door; spellbook
$ pile of gold
^ trap
% food, corpse, something edible (not necessarily healthy)
? scroll



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars November 27, 2013

Ive always loved NetHack, and i was waiting for a flash version.
But do you think you could upload a version with graphic tiles?


Rated 3 / 5 stars July 11, 2012

Nice work getting this whole game on flash. However, I'm getting pretty sick of having to restart because the stupid damn game generates a floor with no exit or no way to reach the exit.


Rated 0 / 5 stars February 18, 2012

suc error )=


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars October 31, 2011

Like the old style...

But it locks up every once in a while... I love this type of game... pure game, no fluff.


Rated 5 / 5 stars August 28, 2011


I didn't know this could be done. and in 79KB? wow
Nethack is a great game and the version for Mac sucks so I'm glad I have this now. Homework, step aside