I am looking for efficient ways to play nethack on one of the servers through my Android device. I know it is possible through telnet but I have no experience with that. However, I tried a couple of telnet programs on my device but wasn't able to play properly.

My preference goes to unnethack but I'll go with anything nethack that plays well. I reckon it's not possible to connect to a server using the Android client - I tried the gui one in the past, and unnethack for a few days.

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JuiceSSH is mostly a SSH client, but it also has a telnet option. It's the only telnet client I've found so far that supports color.

Telnet to nethack.alt.org if you want to play vanilla, and un.nethack.nu if you want to play UnNetHack. A list of other servers can be found on the wiki.

  • How do I register there? It requires a password but the list sais the opposite.
    – Madmenyo
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 5:47
  • @MennoGouw Right after you connect, you should see a menu with r) Register new user, so just press r and type your desired username and password.
    – Doorknob
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 11:19
  • Right after I connect I get a password window pupup, I cannot type into the telnet console directly.
    – Madmenyo
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 16:08
  • @MennoGouw Hmm, I'm not sure what you're talking about. Are you connecting like this? Connections -> Quick Connect -> Telnet -> nethack.alt.org -> OK
    – Doorknob
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 18:27
  • Hmm quick connect work, I created a new telnet connection to un.nethack.nu instead of eu.un.nethack.nu. All set now, thanks!
    – Madmenyo
    Commented Sep 19, 2014 at 19:26

There is no such thing as a "nethack client". Nethack servers work by letting you log in over Telnet and play Nethack on the server, with the game's input read from (and output displayed in) your telnet cient.

If you want to play server-side nethack on Android, your best bet is to find a good telnet client for android. Unfortunately, I don't know of any.

  • I hope someone else knows a good client. In the meantime I will try some more telnet programs.
    – Madmenyo
    Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 6:20

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