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"_ it is most certainly a great change from most of the clones that are released onto the market these days._" - IGN
"...it's a fun ride for those looking something a little different from the norm." - GameSpy
You play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major corporations. Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, or framing innocent people.
You use the money you earn to upgrade your computer systems, and to buy new software and tools. As your experience level increases you find more dangerous and profitable missions become available. You can speculate on a fully working stock market (and even influence its outcome). You can modify peoples academic or criminal records. You can divert money from bank transfers into your own accounts. You can even take part in the construction of the most deadly computer virus ever designed.
Original gameplay: Players have the opportunity to be freelance hackers.
Freeform gameplay: Accept the missions that you want to play.
Neuromancer rating: Let your morals guide you; save the net or watch processors melt.
Uplink offers two totally different paths to ‘l33t’ hacker status.
Exciting missions: Crack a bank, hack a rival into jail, crash the stock market, and get out before you’re caught.
Thrilling action: Players have to make those last 15 seconds count and feel the tension rise, as their signal is traced.
Deep plot: The computer underground can be a dangerous place, especially if you’ve got to stop the world’s deadliest virus.
Ages with dignitymahon | July 24, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »
Just because this game doesn't rely on flashy graphics, monumental 3d surround sound and all the state of the art decorations, it remains as good as it was in its youth. It's a hacking game, but not a simulation. It has little in common with real hacking even if it refers to some hacking concepts and makes you perform some actions related to hacking. But it's just a game, a thrilling race with time, as the latter is chasing you all the time. But after you get familiar with the game, you will be surprised how an almost blank screen with just some text and a few icons can keep you excited and unable to quit the game for much longer than you would expect.
If you would like to play a hacker, don't look any further. There are very few alternatives which can compete with this game.
Pretty interesting gamethe_waren | July 21, 2013 | See all the_waren's reviews »
Uplink offers a very interesting experience to the gaming experience. It can be called a Grand Theft Auto but with computer hacking approach. The game offers missions (stealing money, etc), room to increase your own computer to improve your hacking skills, and hours of endless fun. The game does offer some tedious, repetitive play-time but makes up for it with unique gameplay and a beautiful sound track... Really a true must have...of the Indie game genre.
A true classic in hacking simulatorsF4T4LV0iD | July 20, 2013 | See all F4T4LV0iD's reviews »
I remember when this first came out and I got my hands on it right from Introversion's website, with all the promises of a hacking simulator I salivated at the possibilities. This game has aged beautifully and it's still as fun as the first day I ever played it.
You start out as a lowly freelance hacker, and take on jobs you obtain from a job board website that range in difficulty. These range from logging into fileservers and fetching valuable data, to bringing down entire networks with virus'.
There's a bunch of handy software and hardware to purchase in the game which make your efforts a lot more simple and headache-free, such as a trace-tracker which lets you know how close a network is to tracing you, which if that happens, expect a possible game over in the near future unless if you nuke your gateway so you have no incriminating evidence.
The learning curve at first can be a little tricky, but soon enough you'll be a pro and all the actions and missions will almost come to you like second nature, as you roll in some serious cash to further your upgrades.
Although there are side jobs to take and even a storyline mission at some point you can take on, you get the freedom to do as you wish. If you want to hack a bank and move someone's bank account to your own, go right ahead! Though be warned, the security on a bank server is pretty tight!
I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes simulator games as a whole, or wants a safe and totally legal outlet for hacking in the form of a game. Two thumbs up!