NetHack is an incredible game.  And an incredible pain in the ass.  It took me like 200 deaths to beat it once.  I have a trophy to prove it.  No, really.

People nowadays don't have the time to learn a game about dying in spectacularly embarrassing ways.  But fear not — I have taken the full NetHack experience and condensed it into only a few minutes.

Can you navigate the dungeon and get out alive?  Probably.

Made in less than a day with bitsy, a very tiny tool for making very tiny games!

See also the brief release announcement.

I don't have the source code anywhere separate, but I think you can just upload the HTML file back into the bitsy editor.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(71 total ratings)
Made withbitsy
Tags1-bit, 2D, Bitsy, Funny, Pixel Art, Roguelike, Short
Code licenseMIT License
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution_ShareAlike v4.0 International
Average sessionA few minutes
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly


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this game is extremely hard it took me 346 tries to beat it. I kept dying on the lich part could you make it easier plz? Thx!

first try i beat the game

first try 



I won! I think? :D Nice game.


Hahaha, this was great, thanks for the chuckle.


this was rad!!


hey, thank you!


This game is so much fun! It took me a few years of dying to finally achieve my first ascension. The game really condenses the entire experience. I especially can relate to the lich fight.

Very silly, a lot of fun. Love the non-coins.


I beat the game in 1 try. I became a sad billionaire who trolls on twitter all day. 10/10.



Thank you for this game, was fun to do (how did I die 4 times in that game? xD)

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Review: The Added gaming peripheral of Realistic Purring Cat Laying on Arm (sold at local pet store, some assembly required) added much to the experience, with seamless integration. The flavor text added much to distracting me from the problems humanity currently faces, such as Global Warming, the Rise of Facism, and Whether or Not One Likes Playstation or Xbox Better. Each time I played, the dungeon looked the same (But who am I to question The Algorithm? Only a knave would do such a foolish thing.) The graphics are moving and visually stunning, quite an accomplishment for -37 bit graphics (Which, when infared was displayed onto the screen, let me see into the cosmic infinite, and thus through time itself) and the music rivalled the cinematic masterpiece Bladerunner 2049. Simply stunning that this could be done by one person.

It was satisfying to complete, and I am now fulfilled in life, and God will finally let me into Heaven after all these years so I may see my beautiful wife again, who was so cruelly taken from me on a cold foggy night in 1963 by a Man Wishing to Collect a Debt. Oh, God, every time I try to leave this cruel place, you keep me here for your own selfish purposes! What is my life to you?! Some plaything?!

I rate it 5/4.57 rolls of tape with spooky eyeball designs printed onto it that have been in a box in the attic (Labelled "Larping Supplies") for the last 7 years.


god this freaking comment is probably longer than all the text in the game put together and i don't know what to think about that


I  was really weird when I was 15. Sorry folks.

w u t


This was really fun!