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Stable game
Developer Joseph Hewitt
Theme Science Fiction, Mecha, Futuristic
Influences Hack
Released 2002 (0.500)
Updated February 7, 2019 (1.310)
Licensing LGPL
P. Language Free Pascal
Platforms Linux, Msdos, Windows
Interface ASCII, Keyboard
Game Length Open ended
Official site of GearHead

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GearHead is a futuristic roguelike, created by Joseph Hewitt.


GearHead is the first roguelike to explore the world of "mechas" (giant robots). Lots of futuristic jobs and skills (mecha pilot, medic, etc.) are available, as well as piloting those mechas. Among GearHead's features:

  • Quests are Randomly generated, based on predefined scripts, the number of which is constantly increasing.
  • Skills are increased both by successfully using them or "buying" them in exchange for XP obtained by completing quests and slaying foes.
  • Extensive mecha design system, allowing in-game modification of existing models.
  • Two spatial scales: personal (on foot), in which the default movement uses the standard coordinates convention, and mecha which uses a "turtle" system in which you must turn and advance.
  • The global plot consists of a number of smaller subplots, which are randomly generated every time.
  • Very open structure: All objects/plots/monsters are stored in plain text files, so it's quite easy to add/modify content.

Versions and platforms

Like most roguelikes by Joseph Hewitt, GearHead was developed in Free Pascal. It's available for Linux, FreeBSD, DOS and Windows. Source code is quite portable, so it's probably possible to compile it on other platforms too.

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