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Hack was released in 1985, one of the earliest clones of Rogue.


Hack was an improved version of Rogue and introduced several new features, such as a computer pet dog following the character, several new classes, shops...

Food management was vital in Hack, for the character could easily starve to death if not properly fed.

Versions and platforms

Moria was written by Jay Fenlason in 1985 for Unix systems. Versions 1.0.1 to 1.0.3, the ones first published to Usenet, were re-written by Andries Brouwer. Several versions were developped for DOS or Atari ST.


In 1987, Mike Stephenson merged several Hack versions together and published NetHack, which is still supported today. NetHack in turn gave birth to numerous variants, such as ADOM or Crawl.

Hack is the prototype of hacklike games, a whole type of games sharing several primary characteristics (they are usually opposed to bandlike games, games which follow Angband's gameplay).

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