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Stable game
Developer nanochess
Theme Fantasy
Influences Rogue
Released Sep 26, 2019 (1.0 build 1)
Updated Sep 28, 2019 (1.0 build 11)
Licensing BSD-2-Clause
P. Language Assembler
Platforms Windows, DOS
Interface Keyboard
Game Length 1hr
Official site of bootRogue

bootRogue is a Roguelike in the spirit of the original Rogue for DOS. It attempts to use the same graphic charset and keep the pace of the original. This game is coded in x86 assembler language, and it uses only 510 bytes of machine code. Its small size makes it to be able to be stored as a boot sector. Also is provided a .COM executable for DOS or DosBox.


Move with the arrow keys to reveal the area where you are. Any action is done by touching the target.

Any letter is a monster, the Aardvark monster is the most easiest of the game, while the Zombie master monster is the most difficult one. Touching them will cause a battle to start, press any key to keep advancing the battle and see how your HP goes down.

The diamonds are traps that will suck your HP.

The clover symbol is food. The square with a hole in the center is armor, getting more of these means the monsters will have a hard time hitting you. The up arrow is weapon, getting more of these means the monsters will receive harder hits.

The asterisk like symbol is gold, but doesn't affect the gameplay nor is counted (because lack of space), but I wanted to have gold in the game ;)

Finally the Amulet of Yendor is represented by a Female sign, and it will appear only in level 26 or deeper. Once you get the amulet, the ladders will start taking you to upper levels.

The game will get stuck once you lose all your HP or take the last ladder to surface.

Enjoy it!