NetHack is a free and open source port of the popular roguelike video game to the Android OS.


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Developer: Fredrik Farnstrom

Category: Games

Latest version: 1.3.3

Total versions: 4

Submitted: 3 Dec 2010

Updated: 3 Dec 2010


NetHack is an open source port of the classic rogue-like game NetHack to the Android OS. The app runs as native code with an Android Java front-end. Initial version of the application is based on version 3.4.3 of NetHack and supports a simple TTY user interface.

Original NetHack is a single-player roguelike video game originally released in 1987. It is a descendant of an earlier game called Hack (1985), which is a descendant of Rogue (1980). The "net" prefix in the app's name due to the fact, that its development has been coordinated through USENET, even before the World Wide Web existed. The "hack" element refers to the game it was based on, Hack. The player takes the part of a dungeon-delving character in search of the Amulet of Yendor.

Once the NetHack game for Android launched, the player is asked to name his character and then select a race, role, gender, and alignment, or allow the game to select them. The typical roles are knight, barbarian, wizard, priest, rogue, monk, valkyrie, and samurai. Besides , there are some unusual ones, such as archaeologist, tourist, and caveman. The player character's role and alignment dictate which deity the character serves in the game and how other monsters react toward you.

In order to win the game, the player must retrieve the Amulet of Yendor, found at the lowest level of the dungeon, and sacrifice it to his or her deity. Successful completion of this task rewards the player with the gift of immortality, and the player is said to "ascend", attaining the status of demigod. In addition, a number of sub-quests must be completed, including one class-specific quest.

The player's character is usually accompanied by a pet animal, typically a kitten or little dog, although knights begin with a saddled pony. Pets grow from fighting, and they can be changed by various means. Most of the other monsters may also be tamed using magic or tempting food.


NetHack 1.3.3 seem to be the latest available version. Below you can find file(s) assigned to this version:

Description/changelog of NetHack 1.3.3:

- Prefer SD card installation of the app itself on Android 2.2
- Allow SD card installation of the app's data files (all Android versions)
- Generally more robust installation procedure

Old versions

Below are the earlier versions of NetHack.

NetHack 1.3.2

Description/changelog of NetHack 1.3.2:

[no description available for this version]


NetHack 1.3.1

Description/changelog of NetHack 1.3.1:

[no description available for this version]


NetHack 1.2.5

Description/changelog of NetHack 1.2.5:

[no description available for this version]



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Other apps

There are 1 more apps by Fredrik Farnstrom for Android:
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