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One of the deepest, richest gameplay found in any game on any platform, NetHack is a cult classic since its release in 1987, and has since spawned many descendants (including Diablo). gandreas software now presents this classic for the iPhone/iPod Touch:

- Playable in either "ASCII" mode, or graphics mode (just rotate the device to switch)

- Obscure keyboard commands replaced with a simple taps for movement, or a handy command picker.

- Commands can also be activated by a unique gesture based command - want to search for a secret door? Swipe across the top of the play area (all the gestures are shown on the command picker for easy reference)

- Graphics can be zoomed in/out via pinch

- Completely faithful NetHack experience (all the levels, monsters, potions, scrolls, etc...)

- iPhone UI - standard scrolling lists, pickers, etc...

- Multiple tiles sets, from the classic to the sublime

- Never see a keyboard unless you are doing something like typing in a name!

Can you retrieve the Amulet of Yendor and return to the surface?

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5

1K Ratings

1K Ratings

Just a few problems...

Snow Husky

My games do crash occasionally, but when they do, if I press restore at the startup, it works fine. One crash cause is selecting an un-enhancable (needs training) skill while there is another skill you can enhance available, and pressing done.
If the game didn't crash when you died, it would be fine. If that crash is ever fixed, when you select 'no' to restore after crash, it should say an are you sure? Message.
The force command isn't in the picker, and options aren't saved between lives (likely because of the crash upon a death). Those would be nice fixes.
All in all, it is very convenient and streamlined, once you learn most of the commands by muscle memory. Instead of using them straight from the picker, close it and do the glyph on your screen. You will learn fast.
Also, it needs a way to enter wizard mode!!!!!!

Classic game, needs to be fixed


I have always loved nethack and I got to play this port when I found it on the iPhone 4. Interface was great and almost everything worked (occasional crashes were an issue - but just like having your mind eaten by a mind flayer so too, I suppose, is the risk of getting randomly crunched under the mighty heel of a software crash). However I have now upgraded to iPhone 6 with latest software (8.0.2 at time of writing) and it won't even launch properly. Please fix this game! I miss it.

Close enough for me


The frequent crashing is a major problem. However, if you use the glyphs instead of the menus most of that goes away. Just save often. Considering how dependent the original game was on the keyboard, this is a great port. Two other minor problems: there doesn't seem to be any way to force a chest, and you can't see yourself when you're invisible (yeah, I know, but in the original game at least there's a cursor).


Glenn Andreas
6.5 MB
Requires iOS 2.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© 2009 gandreas software


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