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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IamMeeks Jan 22 2013, 6:47pm says:

I'm unable to launch the game without it crashing to desktop. The screen flickers once or twice, even going black for a moment, resolution changes, then it crashes with an error saying it has stopped working (no error code/message). The Desura version of the game is "Full(3677), Build 14". I've tried compatibility mode with XP SP3. My drivers are fully updated as of last week. Fairly fresh build of Windows with only half a dozen other (working) games. Any ideas/suggestions? This game sounds really fun!

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
ATI Radeon HD 7850 w/ 2GB RAM

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IamMeeks Feb 15 2013, 5:51pm replied:

I just wanted to come back and say I'm still loving this game. Thanks for the entertainment! One of the best bang for your buck games I've found.

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WazWaz Jan 29 2013, 10:46pm replied:

No compat mode should be needed. Windows 7 Pro 64bit is exactly what I use when developing, and that's a pretty popular video card. Does the web version work (www.wazhack.com/play)? If you hold Shift while running it, you'll get a config dialog, where you can change the default resolution and graphics settings - if a resolution works for you, let me know and I'll try to investigate (I'm just one Indie dev, so my test hardware is limited).

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IamMeeks Jan 30 2013, 6:44am replied:

Thanks for the reply. I already replied to my own post with the fix back on Jan. 23rd. It ended up being an ATI driver issue (surprise!) and was fixed by a complete reinstall of the drivers. I just beat the game for the first time last night and it was crazy hard! Had to teleport my way from the very bottom all the way out with a ring of teleport control as I was out of healing potions, healing and damage spells, and down to almost no life. Awesome!

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WazWaz Jan 30 2013, 7:04am replied:

Ah, oops, maybe both our answers might help someone else then. Well done on the win, but watch out: in 1.1 that last room will be teleport-proof!

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IamMeeks Jan 23 2013, 8:02pm replied:

I looked at the crash logs and saw it was related to an ATI .dll file. I uninstalled all ATI software/drivers and reinstalled them. Game works now. Yay!

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Marktk Jan 19 2013, 2:49am says:

Any new updates in the planning? :P

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WazWaz Creator
WazWaz Jan 21 2013, 6:14pm replied:

Absolutely! Version 1.1 is mostly done - it will be in beta soon.

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marckenner9 Nov 18 2012, 11:35pm says:

Ultimate combo...Ring of Polymorph Control + Potion of Polymorph. Polymorph into Balrog (or similar uber-powerful monster). Still got killed, but got further than I ever have before. BTW, if you do happen to polymorph into a creature with special abilities (like breath weapons), can you use them yourself?

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WazWaz Dec 17 2012, 6:28pm replied:

Some creatures, yes - use the "Cast" (spell) menu.

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pos_car Oct 30 2012, 12:34am says:

Freakin' splendid game! It would be really, really dumb to not fork out the few bucks for this gem.

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Nefaro Sep 27 2012, 5:18am says:

I'm getting a corrupted installer error when attempting to update or install via the Desura client, on the latest update(s).

Will go with the MSI for the moment.

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WazWaz Creator
WazWaz Oct 16 2012, 6:11pm replied:

It seems to work now, so I think it was a transient problem with Desura's servers. Of course Murphy had it go wrong the very day I went on vacation! I'm back now and furiously working on the Industrialization of the Gnomish Mines.

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fudun Oct 20 2012, 11:56am replied:

Looking forward to it!

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