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Game #1831
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Angband    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: Tolkien Games
RPG   Roguelike

Rating: 8.45 (198 votes)

Angband box cover

Angband screenshot
Angband is another of the more modern, more popular Rougelike games. It is the heir to Dungeons of Moria, another popular dungeon hack. Angband is based on the world of Tolkein’s Middle-Earth, of Lord of the Rings fame. The goal is to penetrate to Morgoth, who resides in a “prison of iron” (Angband), and kill him to receive his crown, which holds the Silmarillion jewel. Fairly standard fare.

The popularity of the game rests more on the immense amount of variants available for it. The most popular one is Zangband, based on the writings of Roger Zelazny. Other variants modeled off the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings, and also modify the rules, like adding multiplay capability, or switching the class system with a skill system, or just centering the game around a new class, creature, or item. In fact, most people consider this "vanilla angband&quot, to be more of an example, perhaps to start someone out on the game, or to provide a baseline to compare other versions to. And, of course, to make more variants from!

Reviewed by: Ben
Designer: Robert Rhlmann & Ben Harrison
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1992
Software Copyright: Ben Harrison
Theme: Fantasy, Epic
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS, Windows XP, Linux, Solaris, OS/2, Macintosh, Amiga, RISCOS, BeOS
Where to get it:   Official site
Related Links: Multiplayer Angband, Zangband Homepage, Angband variants
If you like this game, try: NetHack, Ancient Domains of Mystery, Rogue

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