WazHack is a procedurally-generated dungeon game. This is not a button mashfest - you can spend all the time you need contemplating your actions. With over 300 different types of items to be found, there are many different ways to deal with the more than 130 different types of monsters. You will have to use your sword or staff as much as your inventory. It's not a game of plodding to the end and winning (though it is winnable), it's about experiencing the attempt... and learning lessons that will help your next valiant attempt!

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0 comments by WazWaz on Mar 25th, 2013

After 6 months of development and an intense beta, WazHack 1.1 is now available. The new content is a free update to the 1.0 version.

Time freezes while you don't move - enemies move when you move... or perhaps you will use time to quaff a potion, zap a wand, or cast a spell. This time freezing mechanics is reminiscent of Dragon Age or even Braid, but in fact it derives from the original Rogue turn based mechanic. WazHack is a roguelike in the same tradition as NetHack or DCSS, but with a whole new 3D visual presentation like none other. You still get "turn based" action, but now a "turn" is a fraction of a second. By removing player reaction time as a concern, you're free to contemplate the vast array of possible items you have in your inventory when faced with a difficult situation, while still being free to hack and slash through a band of weakling kobolds and watch their ragdoll-physics reptilian corpses crumple to the ground.

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There are now over 300 different items in the game, and the new items go quite well with some of the new dungeon features. For example, you may find a small room with a closed door... before you knock on the door it might be a good idea to drop some of your gems and see if they are actually gas bombs, so you can weaken the horde of monsters as they come out of the room.

The new dungeon branch plays homage to NetHack's "Gnomish Mines". In WazHack, the mine has gnomes, but it also has a mine shaft with an elevator, and some other more deadly industrial advances await you. A pick-axe may come in handy too.

That's enough spoilers! Get playing and discover it for yourself!

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Bloodygoodgames Aug 22 2013 says:

Just bought this because I saw The Yogscast playing it (think you'll get a few purchases from that) and then I played the demo on your site.

Bloody brilliant game. I own my own website (Bloodygoodgames), and will be doing a review as soon as I've spent some time playing it but, so far, I absolutely LOVE this and what a great price!!

Apply to GOG -- GOG gamers would love this and GOG is incredibly supportive of indie developers, they're planning on adding a lot more indie games as well. Check out their website if you haven't already as they have a new article up about the indie submission process.

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WazWaz Aug 22 2013 replied:

Yes... slightly blew up the server quota for a couple of hours there ;-).

I'll probably need to increase the PC price eventually, since the Mobile versions will probably eventually be both pay-per-class-pair ($1 is the best price on mobile, it lets everyone try it for a lark).

Thanks for the GOG tip, I'll check it out, though each new distributor is another lag in the release process (beta builds only go on the web and Android currently since they're the only ones that support rapid deployment).

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Bloodygoodgames Aug 22 2013 replied:

Just FYI, you will sell a LOT more games on GOG than you will on Desura if GOG accepts the game (Desura is a nice site, they just don't sell a lot of games compared to GOG)

Do a search for an article called 'Defenders Quest, By The Numbers' to see how well the developer of that game did on GOG, and continues to do

He sold 53 copies of the game on Desura in the first couple of weeks of release. He sold more than 3,100 on GOG -- they're second only to Steam for sales now for many games and selling more and more indie games.

Yes, I'm a huge GOG fan and, needless to say, if you sell WazHack there I'll buy a second copy :)

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derek1092766286 Aug 21 2013 says:

Waz, or anyone I need a reply, I am trying to type in a username for the guild and every single thing is registered. Is it a glitch or am I just not creative enough? (also, I tried randomly typing things like: awuihnbfihbyuihhgygbv and it was still registered)

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WazWaz Creator
WazWaz Aug 22 2013 replied:

Are you running version 1.1.8?

Note that if it says "Registered" that means that it has registered that nickname to you. It will say "Not Available" if it's already taken.

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Cerebral_Origami Aug 20 2013 says:

I cannot play it.
It worked fine at work but at home I cannot enter key the buttons keep flickering.

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WazWaz Creator
WazWaz Aug 22 2013 replied:

Have you got a controller plugged in? Depending on the controller, that could upset it (a slightly off-zero joystick might make it cycle through the buttons making them flicker).

Either unplug the controller, or better still, configure it in Options/Input - Controller support is really only experimental for now.

Let me know what sort of controller you had if this was the case and I'll see if I need to do anything special to avoid the problem.

And stop playing games at work ;-)

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Cerebral_Origami Aug 22 2013 replied:

Unplugged all controllers but still had to re-boot.
All is well now.


Controllers: Belkin Nostromo N52 and Saitek X52 Flight control system.

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WazWaz Creator
WazWaz Aug 20 2013 says:

You can see all your game keys here:


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william.roeben Jul 9 2013 says:

I'm 50, bought this game off yer website before you even went to Desura or anything fancy like that, love the game... You still working on it? It's been almost two weeks since an update... :)

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WazWaz Creator
WazWaz Aug 20 2013 replied:

I'm not too far off myself. The next update will be version 1.2, which is a major update adding new characters and all sorts of other goodies! (Sorry for the late reply, I don't check here often enough!)

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THE most awesome game! New life to the 'Rogue' type. Totally replayable again and again.

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