Your score is determined at the end of the game, win or lose. It is then recorded for posterity on the high score table (along with your species, background, character level, Dungeon level, and cause of death).
Your final score is based on three factors:
- The total amount of experience you collected.
- The number of runes you collected.
- If you escaped with the Orb of Zot, the number of turns your game took.
The amount of points added based on your XP is not capped, but has diminishing returns, eventually only giving 10% after 3 million exp:
0.7 * experience pointsfor the first 250,000 experience points;
0.4 * experience pointsfor the next 750,000 experience points (up to 1,000,000);
0.2 * experience pointsfor the next 2,000,000 experience points (up to 3,000,000);
0.1 * experience pointsthereafter.
See the XL article for how experience points correlate with experience level.
Note that you still gain experience after reaching level 27, up to about 9 million XP. This is a minor part of the total score for a winning game, usually less than 10%. However, in a non-winning game, it usually accounts for the majority of the total score.
Runes and Turns
Firstly, you get
10,000 * number of runes + 1,000 * number of runes * (number of runes + 2) points, regardless of whether you won.
In addition to the above, if you escape with the Orb of Zot, you get 254,000 points for the Orb and an additional 2,000 points for each Rune.
If you escape with the Orb, you then get a bonus of
6,250,000,000 * number of runes^2 / turns. This is where the vast majority of points come from, and is the reason why it is best to complete games as quickly as possible with as many runes as possible if one wishes to maximise their score.
Assuming you grabbed all 15 runes:
- 70,312,500 points at 20k turns
- 56,250,000 points at 25k turns
- 28,125,000 points at 50k turns
- 18,175,000 points at 75k turns
- 14,062,500 points at 100k turns
- 11,250,000 points at 125k turns
- 9,375,000 points at 150k turns
- 7,031,250 points at 200k turns
- 5,625,000 points at 250k turns
- 4,687,500 points at 300k turns
Highest scores online
The high scores list can be found here.