Pathos: NetHack Codex

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Pathos: NetHack Codex
Stable game
Developer Callan Hodgskin
Theme Fantasy
Influences Nethack
Released Apr 28, 2015 (1.0)
Updated Jan 15, 2024 (7.2)
Licensing Freeware, Closed Source Open Source
P. Language C Sharp
Platforms Windows, iOS, Android, Xbox
Interface Touch, Keyboard, Mouse, Tiles
Game Length
Official site of Pathos: NetHack Codex

Pathos is a dungeon adventure game with the soul of Nethack.


Pathos is based on the mechanics from Nethack. Pathos has a touch-first UX and works great on a tablet and phones. Also supports keyboard and mouse on the PC version. The design has focused on making a complex game that feels fun and fast to play. Pathos is free to play on iOS, Android and Windows and built simply for the love of game.


  • designed for tablets & phones in landscape or portrait mode
  • choose from absurd, classic, geoduck and sonyvanda tiles
  • import a custom tile for your character and pet
  • animations for idle bounce, levitation, flying, searching, resting, etc
  • music, ambience and sound effects
  • resurrect and continue for that little bit of closure
  • autosave and quicksave
  • canned and custom characters
  • play as one character or up to a party of six characters
  • 30 classes, 18 races and 18 specials
  • karma mechanic (no alignments or gods, karma is earned by being a good dungeon citizen)
  • animated item/trap/boulder mechanic
  • punishment & affliction mechanics (more than just the ball & chain)
  • elemental resistances are percentage based
  • ride your steed into battle
  • revenant levels (aka ghost levels)
  • four modules: Nethack Codex, Kaloi Opus, Pixel Sojourn, Dhak Legacy
  • comprehensive inbuilt help on all items, entities, traps and classes
  • global and personal hall of fame (top 20)
  • turn-based and real-time modes
  • custom quest/map editor
  • split-screen local co-op
  • multiplayer TCP/IP co-op
  • languages: English (American and British), French, Korean, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Polish, Vietnamese, Italian.
  • modding for tiles and sound effects
  • official repository for creating variants and expansions in C#








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