So, last month some individual took a chance at developing their own <1KBRLs. While this was not publicized as a community event, here you have the results of their work, all 6 of them!

Dead!

1/2KB RL by Sfuerst

Back in 2006 I made the 2KiB roguelike, the first of the really small roguelikes. I then left the roguelike world for a few years. [I] noticed that others have taken up the challenge, and there now are a few 1KiB roguelikes, half the size of the original. Not to be out done, I then endeavoured to make another halving, and create a roguelike that was less than 512 bytes of source code.

#include<stdlib.h>#define F(n)for(j=0;j<n;j++)#define r ran
d()int main(){int x,s=46,n,i,j,z=77,l[z];char m[z*s],h[z];i
nitscr();raw();F(z*s)j[m]=35;F(s)for(j[l]=i=(r%4+3)*z+(n=r%
17*z+r%s+z);n<=i;n+=z)for(x=n;x<=n+j/2;m[++x]=s);F(9)l[j][m
]=z,j[h]=2;m[*l]=64;*h=5;l[j][m]=62;F(z){x=n=l[i++,i%=9];if
(i)!i[h]||*l^(n+=r%3+r%3*z+~z)||--*h?0:abort();else{F(25)mv
addnstr(j,i,m+j*z,z);j=s-getch();m[n+=j/3*z-j%3+153]^62||ma
in();F(9)l[j+1]^n||--h[j+1]||n[m]--;}n[m]^s||(m[l[i]=n]=x[m
],x[m]=s);}}

Flying@ by purplearcanist

All you can do is move through the clouds that are randomly generated. It will play on the terminal.

import java.io.*;import java.util.*;class hello{String i;Bu
fferedReader I = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(S
ystem.in));Random r = new Random();int X=0,Y=0;hello(){try{
Byte[] x= new Byte[24*78];byte[] y = new byte[24*78];r.next
Bytes(y);do {for(int z=0; z<24; z++) {System.out.println();
for(int Z=0; Z<78; Z++){x[z*Z]=new Byte(y[z*Z]);System.out.
print((X==Z)&&(Y==z)?'@':x[z*Z].intValue()%2==1?'#':' ');}}
i=I.readLine();X+=a("a")?-1:a("d")?1:0;Y+=a("w")?-1:a("s")?
1:0;}while(!a("q"));}catch(IOException e){}}public boolean
a(String v){return i.equals(v);}public int b(Byte n){return
n.intValue();}public static void main(){hello h = new hello
();}}

Walled @ by Gelatinous Mutant Coconut

It’s pretty simple at this point: You’re an @ in an empty rectangular room surrounded by walls on all sides, and can move around by pressing 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 or 9, until you get bored. Press escape to quit.

#define R ((r=69069*r+1234567)<0?~r:r)
#define L i=a+1;while(--i)
#define _ m[i]
int main(){initscr();raw();int r=380116160,w=80,h=22,a=w*h,
m[a],u=99,c=7,i;do{i=49-c?50-c?51-c?52-c?54-c?55-c?56-c?57-
c?u:u-w-1:u-w:u-w+1:u-1:u+1:u+w-1:u+w:u+w+1;u=_-35?i:u;L{_=
i-u?i>w&&i<a-w&&i%w&&(i-1)%w?46:35:64;}L{i%w?addch(_):mvadd
ch(i/w,0,_);};}while((c=getch())-27);endwin();}

C# <1kB RogueLike v4.1 by Nik Coughlin

A year or so after the challenge a <512byte Roguelike was posted to the group. This brought about a renewed interest, with others posting new 1kB RogueLikes. I decided to revisit mine and see if any further optimizations could be made, allowing me to add more features.

using System;using System.Collections.Generic;using S=Syste
m.String;partial class L{Dictionary<S,S>d=new Dictionary<S,
S>();int p=9,b=999,x,y,g,u,v,i,j,c;S a="@",w="#",f=".",s=">
",m="M",t;Random r=new Random();L(int l,int h,int k){var e=
new List<S>();while(g++<b*l*2){t=(r.Next(b)-499)+a+(r.Next(
b)-499);e.Add(t);d[t]=m;}d[P]=a;for(;;){u=x;v=y;g=c-96;x+=(
g+2)%3==0?-1:g%3==0?1:0;y+=g>6&&g<10?-1:g>0&&g<4?1:0;t=T(P)
;if(t==m){e.Remove(P);d[P]=f;k++;}R();if(t==s){new L(l+1,h,
k);return;}if(t!=f){x=u;y=v;}d[u+a+v]=f;d[P]=a;for(g=0;g<e.
Count;g++){i=V(e[g],0);j=V(e[g],1);u=i<x?i+1:i>x?i-1:i;v=j<
y?j+1:j>y?j-1:j;t=u+a+v;if(T(t)==f){e[g]=t;d[t]=m;d[i+a+j]=
f;}if(T(t)==a)h--;}if(h<1)return;g=p*2-1;for(j=0;j++<g;){fo
r(i=0;i++<g;){t=T((i-p+x)+a+(j-p+y));u=t==w?l:7;while(u>15)
u-=15;F(u<1?7:u);W(t);}N("");}F(7);N("L"+l+f+"H"+h+f+"K"+k)
;c=I;}}S P{get{return x+a+y;}}S T(S c){return d.ContainsKey
(c)?d[c]:d[c]=r.Next(b*9)<9?s:r.Next(9)<7?f:w;}int V(S c,in
t i){return int.Parse(c.Split('@')[i]);}static void Main(){
new L(1,9,0);E();}}

Zombies Abound by Numeron

Zombies are abound and you WILL die eventually. I guess the only thing left is to deny the fact and grab as much scattered money as you can and try to stave off death for as long as possible…

class M{public static void main(String[]e){Console c=new Co
nsole();int a,b,x=0,r=0,q,p,g=0,t=0,l=1,s=20,h=s,S=s*s,i=35
;int[]z,m=new int[S];M:for(;;l++){p=210;z=new int[S];for(q=
0;q<S;r=(int)(Math.random()*S))m[q++]=q%s<2||q<s||q>S-s||r<
110?i:r<130?36:r<135?43:46;for(q=0;q<4+l*4;r=(int)(Math.ran
dom()*S))if(m[r]!=i&&r!=p){if(q<1)m[r]=62;z[r]=2;q++;}for(;
m[p]!=62;t++){for(q=0;q<S;q++){a=z[q];z[q]=a>0?2:0;x=Math.a
bs(p%s-q%s)<5&&Math.abs(p/s-q/s)<5?1:0;r=m[q];c.print(q%s,q
/s,x<1?r==i?i:46:q==p?64:a>0?90:r,x<1?4:p==q?7:a>0||r==37?2
:r==36?3:r==43?1:7);}c.print(1,s,"L:"+l+" $:"+g+" T:"+t+" @
:"+h+" ",3);if(h<1)break M;r=c.getKey()-48;x=p+(r>0&&r<4?s:
r>6&&r<10?-s:0);x+=r--%3==0?1:(r-3)%3==0?-1:0;a=m[x];if(z[x
]>0){z[x]=0;m[x]=a==46?37:a;}else if(a!=i){p=x;if(a==36)g++
;if(a==43)h++;m[p]=a!=37?46:a;}for(x=0;x<S;x++)if(z[x]>1){q
=x;a=x/s<p/s?s:x/s>p/s?-s:0;b=x%s<p%s?1:x%s>p%s?-1:0;r=x+a;
q+=m[r+b]!=i&&z[r+b]<1?a+b:m[q+b]!=i&&z[q+b]<1?b:m[r]!=i&&z
[r]<1?a:0;if(q==p)h--;else{z[x]=0;z[q]=1;}}}}c.print(p%s,p/
s,"DEAD",1);}}

Another Visit in Hell by Jakub Wasilewski

This is the most I was able to manage in 1024 bytes, and I don’t think I can go any further. Shortening the current version by 80 bytes without removing features would be a small miracle, I think :).

#define F(v,h)for(v=0;v<h;v++)
#define D(i)F(y,S)F(x,T){i;}
#define G d[x][y]
#define M d[x+f][y+g]
#define Z(n)n<0?-1:n?1:0
#define C(v,i)M^v||(i,M=e),
#define r rand()
int x,y,S=23,T=62,c,L,b,k[]=L"$`*$.@`>$]```",f,g,l=18,p=18,w
=1,e=46,v,u=96,K=256,d[90][90],z[90][90];m(f,g){G-64?M-64||(
l-=G-u)>0||(M=e):(M^T||N(),C(u,p+=L)C(42,l=p)C(36,v+=x%9*L+L
)C(93,w=(c=L+r%4)<3?1:c-2)M>u&&(M-=r%w+1)%K<=u&&(M=k[r%5+8])
);M-e?M-35||(g&&m(f,0),f&&m(0,g)):(M=G|K,G=e);}E(t){while(x=
r%T,y=r%S,G-e);G=t;}N(){L++;D(G=35)x=y=9;F(b,S){f=r%58+1;g=r
%21+1;while(f^x||g^y)G=e,r&1?(x+=Z(f-x)):(y+=Z(g-y));}f=0;F(
b,9)L<9&&E(k[b]);F(b,L*2)E(99+r%(L*7/5));}main(){srand(inits
cr());raw();start_color();F(c,8)init_pair(c+1,c,0);N();while
(c-81){D(G-64||(f=x,g=y))D(b=1;while(G^k[b++]&&b<8);F(c,u)d[
f+(x-f)*c/u][g+(y-g)*c/u]-35||(b=z[x][y]<L?1:5);b>6&&G<64&&(
z[x][y]=L);mvaddch(y,x,G|b*K))mvprintw(S,0,"H:%d/%d W:d%d L:
%d $%d %s",l,p,w,L,v,L^9?"":"WIN");c=mvgetch(0,0);D(G>u&&G<K
&&m(Z(f-x),Z(g-y)))D(G-64||m((c-1)%3-1,Z(2+(e-c)/3)))D(G&=25
5)}endwin();}