Angband
Angband
4.0.0

3.9

Angband free download for Mac

Angband

4.0.0
30 June 2015

Dungeon exploration game based on J.R.R. Tolkien books.

Overview

Angband is a freeware computer dungeon exploration game based (loosely) on the books of J.R.R. Tolkien. You explore a very deep dungeon, kill monsters, try to equip yourself with the best weapons and armor you can find, and finally face Morgoth - "The Dark Enemy".

Angband has a very long history. It started in 1990 as an improved and "Tolkienized" variant of Moria. Moria itself was created in 1985 and was inspired by Rogue (from the late 70s). The first version of Angband was created by Alex Cutler and Andy Astrand at the University of Warwick. The notable maintainers in the 90s were Charles Swiger and Ben Harrison. In 2000, Robert Ruhlmann took over. Starting March 2006, the game was looked after by Julian Lighton, and since April 2007 by Andi Sidwell. Starting the release of 3.5.0 on Christmas Day 2013, the game is maintained by Nick McConnell.

Angband is a member of a family of similar games called rogue-likes. Other well known games of this type are Nethack, Slash'Em or ADOM.

It's addictive, very addictive. Your REAL life will be influenced by playing! Don't say I didn't warn you! Angband was originally text-based, but graphical versions are now available for almost every computer system. Some Angband players still use the old ASCII-based graphics. There are even a few sound effects available for multimedia freaks ;-).

The original name "Angband" was created by J.R.R. Tolkien in the stories about "Middle Earth". Angband was a mighty fortified citadel originally constructed by Morgoth (Melkor) in the earliest days of the world as an outlying fortress to his northern stronghold of Utumno. Utumno was destroyed by the Valar, and Morgoth imprisoned in Valinor for three ages, but on his return to Middle-earth, he took Angband as the seat of his power, and raised the towers of Thangorodrim above its gates.

Angband was besieged by the Noldor during the early part of the First Age, but the Siege of Angband was broken at the Dagor Bragollach. It was finally destroyed by the forces of the Valar at the end of the First Age, in the War of the Wrath.

The details of the story can be found in J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Silmarillion". You can also take a look at the entry for Angband in The Encyclopedia of Arda.

What's new in Angband

Version 4.0.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.5 or later and an Intel processor.

  • Savefile compatibility is broken, more thoroughly than you could imagine. Start a new game.
  • Genders have been removed, but the player history is editable so you can write your own backstory.
  • Monster memory is no longer in the savefile, but in a file called "lore.txt" in the user directory, ~/Documents/Angband. Putting a copy of monster.txt, renamed to lore.txt, in the user directory will give full monster memory.
  • There is much more game info in the text data files, and for the most part it should be changeable without breaking the game (or mostly even your savefile). If you want to change an edit file, putting an amended copy in your user directory will make the game load that instead of the regular one.
  • In particular, there is a new edit file called constants.txt which contains many formerly hard-coded values - dungeon and town level dimensions, store and home inventory size, view and spell ranges just to name a few.

An outline of the code changes is on the release page.

Requirements for Angband

  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.0 or later

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Frosty
01 June 2007

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Seeing as some have totally misunderstood this genre of computer game and have therefore given it a very low rating because they thought there ought to be graphics in a 1.7mb download, I felt the need to give a positive review. I have played this game on and off for ten years. It is an extremely challenging game (for me) and will offer hours of gameplay if you like RPGs. I wish there was continued development on this game, but it seems that steam has run out of the project. I'm glad it was ported to OS X though. Thank you developer. Good job.
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Version 3.0.5
bbw7
01 July 2013
Am glad that the related/forked game, FAangband, had an update, otherwise I would never have been aware of these games. At the developer's website there is a ver. 3.4.1 available (MU download links is to 3.1.2), which is about 16 Mb and appears to have a bit more in the way of graphics -- for those require such fluff.
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Version 3.1.2v2
Londonskater
20 February 2010
Modern games leave very little to your imagination: there's usually a set goal, one or few set ways to reaching it, and heavily detailed graphics that show you exactly what the game developers want you to see. Angband and all the rogue-like variants are not about this. The graphics are non-existent or limited to tiles, the gameplay is entirely open, and your goals may be different: you might want to collect magical weapons, or learn all the spells, or whatever, but it's a rich, rich world down there, and we're all the richer for it. It may take a little getting used to if you're coming from Doom III or Half-Life 2, but if you love gaming, love fantasy, then you may find something new and brilliant here. There's nothing like a little frustration and disappointment (carting unknown weapons and armour; finding out they're rubbish) to make the triumphs (finding a Holy Avenger; killing a Multi-Hued Dragon) even sweeter. Try it, you'll like it :D
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Version 3.1.2v2
Dremwkr
28 December 2009
I have been playing Angband and the like, a long time before I played WoW. I enjoy the thoughtful pacing and using my imagination. I still play it because it is rich in RPG aspects, the way that a movie isn't as rich and in depth as a book is. Before there was a WoW, Warcraft, etc. there was Moria and its variants, Angband. This is a remarkable piece of gaming software. (I give it a 5 for Graphics and Sound because I have a good imagination)
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Version 3.1.1
Kris-Browne
27 July 2009
Amid the Rogue family of games, there are those descended of Nethack (which are direct Rogue descendants) and those descended of Moria. Of the Moria family, Angband is the most successful, most consistent, and to my mind most fun. While there are tilesets available to play with a modicum of graphics, I still always play text only. I know in my minds eye what the various creatures look like, and no game will ever match the resolution of my imagination, even if they might have superior framerates.
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Version 3.1.1b
nargot
08 January 2009
perfect osx port of angband. havn't had time to test stability however, due to the nature of the game i would hazard a guess that it would be fine. I'll play it for a while when i get time. To those who want a fast action paced graphics based game this is not for you. Those who love moria/anband this is for you. i have given 5 star review as angband as is a fantastic game and the 1 star reviews are complete rubbish.
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Version 3.1b
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nargot
nargot
16 January 2009
stable currently level 33 without any hitch
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Version 3.1b
Frosty
01 June 2007
Seeing as some have totally misunderstood this genre of computer game and have therefore given it a very low rating because they thought there ought to be graphics in a 1.7mb download, I felt the need to give a positive review. I have played this game on and off for ten years. It is an extremely challenging game (for me) and will offer hours of gameplay if you like RPGs. I wish there was continued development on this game, but it seems that steam has run out of the project. I'm glad it was ported to OS X though. Thank you developer. Good job.
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Version 3.0.5
Anonymous
24 April 2005
It was boring and needed some graphics.
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Version 3.0.5
Anonymous
28 January 2005
Most kids 15 and under would not like it maybe even 20 and under... personaly I will probably never play it again. :) CAUTION: THIS IS A TEXT ONLY GAME!!
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Version 3.0.5
Anonymous
13 January 2005
Excellent dungeons&adventure type of game for intelligent players that have imagination, persistence, skills, strategic thinking and ... ehem, courage :) Most recommended !!! Five stars !
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Version 3.0.5
Anonymous
04 September 2004
Very addictive and intelligent old school game. It is refreshing to play a game that doesn't rely on the latest video card or needs multi gigs of files. Unlike other games this one depends on the player for imagination. Much like reading a novel instead of watching the movie. To get the most out of the game, it is best to read the help files by typing '?'.
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Version 3.0.5
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