After Hours

Have a retro Geekend with Nethack

Installation

By Jack Wallen

Say goodbye to the fancy-schmancy 3D graphics of today's computer games and say hello to good, old-fashioned nerdy fun. Nethack is a classic, text-based RPG game that allows you to waste plenty of time hacking and slashing around ASCII dungeons. And believe it or not, this ASCII game may well be one of the most challenging games you will ever play.

View this screenshot gallery to see why.

Your console awaits. The difficulty of Installing Nethack will depend upon the operating system you are installing it on. For the Linux operating system (my operating system of choice) you will need to run either of the follow commands (as root): yum install nethack or apt-get install nethack.

About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

8 comments
phillipscr
phillipscr

Oddly, a timeless addictively entertaining, always changing standard that I judge all games by.

arjanh
arjanh

Ah, yeah... nethack. Boy, did I spend a lot of time playing that. Another passtime-while-waiting-for-your-program-to-finish was robots. Those were the days...

filligree_uk
filligree_uk

I remember sneakily installing the SCO Xenix 386 Games disk (1 floppy disk, \dev\fd0135ds15 anyone?) when the boss wasn't looking. There were a raft of brilliant games there... my particular favourite timewaster was the cybernetic battletank "Ogre".... Kids today just wouldn't understand! :o)

ctp
ctp

Having run one of the popular AberMuds for several years (Longhorn Mud for those that might remember) I consumed many hours playing other muds and running mine. But let us not forget Haunt, Adventure, Zork and all the others.

napoleond
napoleond

Will Crowther's 'Adventure' is one of the all-time classic text adventure games. I remember playing it on a dumb terminal connected (at 300 baud) via an acoustic coupler to the VAX machine at the Wright Paterson AFB in Dayton. It was 1980. And, of course, it was all on thermal paper. I still have the roll. There are a bunch of versions and ports including a DOS executable at http://www.rickadams.org/adventure/e_downloads.html Hours of fun in about 100k.

jlwallen
jlwallen

i was always such a fan of those old school games. i've never played ogre though. i wonder if it is still possible to install it?

Slvrknght
Slvrknght

I want to say the name of it was The Golden Wombat, but the version I keep finding is the text version. The one I had was like a cross between The Golden Wombat and NetHack. I really wish I could remember the name of that damn game.