|Released||1984 Jan 17|
|Updated||1985 Jul 23 (1.0.3)|
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Hack, released seven times between 1984 and 1985, was one of the earliest clones of Rogue, after Moria. Its descendant, NetHack, which is still in development, spawned a subgenre of roguelike games known as hacklikes.
Hack was an improved version of Rogue and introduced several new features, such as a 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
Hack was written by Jay Fenlason from scratch between 1982 and 1984 for Unix systems. Versions 1.0 to 1.0.3, the ones first published to Usenet, were re-written by Andries Brouwer. Several versions were developed for DOS and the Atari ST. Current BSD OS projects, such as NetBSD, are maintaining Hack for modern BSD systems.