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DiabloRL is a coffeebreak roguelike
Diablo, the Roguelike
Developer Kornel Kisielewicz
Theme Fantasy (Diablo)
Influences Diablo, DoomRL
Released 2005
Updated 2010 (v.0.4.5)
Licensing GNU GPL
P. Language FreePascal
Platforms Windows, Linux
Interface ASCII, Keyboard
Game Length an hour or so
Official site of Diablo, the Roguelike

DiabloRL is a remake of Blizzard's Diablo, and is the 7DRL Contest entry by Kornel Kisielewicz.


DiabloRL is a relatively simple Roguelike that attempts to present the game Diablo by Blizzard as a Roguelike: without graphics, turn based, and with perma-death, but otherwise using the same game mechanics. Many consider it to be a coffeebreak roguelike. It is only basically finished, and probably will not be developed anymore. The game mimics Diablo's rules to the letter (except for realtime).

This particular remake may be significant to some, because many flame wars have been fought on whether Diablo is a roguelike or not. Well, DiabloRL surely is.

Due to the 7 day time constraint of the contest, the game offers content similar to Diablo's pre-release demo — there is only the "Warrior" class, there are only 4 big levels to explore, and the game ends when you kill the Butcher.

Current version (0.4.5) added support for many missing features, including magic items, spells and the two missing classes. Apart from that quests were added, and DiabloRL now perfectly mimics Diablo's 4 first levels.

Versions and platforms

Written in Free Pascal, DiabloRL binaries are as yet only available for Windows. The game compiles and runs under Linux, yet there are still some fixes needed to be made before a binary release. The author, Kornel Kisielewicz, awaits feedback.

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