I got the info from RPG pundit’s blog (Read the man’s colorful prose at your own risk).
The grand daddy of free geek CRPGs(Computer RPG), Nethack, has had a recent facelift.
I’ve been playing NetHack on and off for more than 10 years, much to the amusement of my buddies who can’t fathom how I could play a game whose default graphics was Ascii characters for so long.
The thing is, I have very seldom found a game of Nethack’s depth in term of different stuff you could do. Sure World of Warcraft and Hellgate London look a lot nicer… but you can’t do as much!
From using a wand of polymorph on a pile of junk to make new Magical Items (do it too often and you get a hostile golem) to diping a scroll in a fountain to erase it so you can use your magic marker to inscribe a scroll of Genocide, to training your pet by feeding it so it can pilfer from stores… The sheer level of interaction with the game’s objects and characters are staggering.
Also, It doesn’t get more Retro-Stupid than that! You can die of the most inane things in that game… Eating too much, getting hit by a wand of death ricochetingt on a wall, stepping on a trap that summons stupidly powerful monsters in all adjacent squares.
But the stupid runs both ways. My favorite thing of that game: Yielding the corpse of a cockatrice (with gloves of course), called “the rubber chicken”, to turn all your foes into statues… just be careful not to go blind or get your gloves stolen by a Nymph…
Anyway, over at Dark Art Studios, someone updated a 3d tile-based GUI of Nethack and applied it to the latest version of the game (3.4.3 Dating back to December 2003).
This version is called Vulture’s Eye and can be found here.
Time to hunt for that +2 Grey Dragon Scale Mail armour… It’s not like I ever was dedicated enough to win that game (i.e going down to the 100th level, getting the ‘true’ amulet of Yendor, make it back to level one, reading a cursed scroll of gain level on the 1st level’s up stairway… Ah nevermind! If you know the game you know how it goes… if you don’t, give it a try).
I only made it to the Vampire’s castle without cheating in 10 odd years of playing sporadically… including whole weekends virtually non-stop… (And I made it only marginally farther while cheating)
Heck I remember losing a much beloved character on a Sunday Afternoon and then thinking “$#it, another weekend wasted!” Good times!