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Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator. Dive down a rabbit hoIe as you follow the instructions of a recently deceased hacker, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports. Using old school command prompts and real hacking processes, you'll solve the mystery with minimal hand-holding and a rich world full of secrets to explore.

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“It’s the closest thing to a real life hacking sim I’ve ever seen” - Kotaku

“I’m really digging the look of Hacknet” - Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator. Dive down a rabbit hoIe as you follow the instructions of a recently deceased hacker, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports. Using old school command prompts and real hacking processes, you'll solve the mystery with minimal hand-holding and a rich world full of secrets to explore.

Bit, a hacker responsible for creating the most invasive security system on the planet, is dead. When he fails to reconnect to his system for 14 days, his failsafe kicks in, sending instructions in automated emails to a lone user. As that user, it's up to you to unravel the mystery and ensure that Hacknet-OS doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Exploring the volatile nature of personal privacy, the prevalence of corporate greed, and the hidden powers of hackers on the internet, Hacknet delivers a true hacking simulation, while offering a support system that allows total beginners get a grasp of the real-world applications and commands found throughout the game.

Key Features:

  • Real hacking: based on actual UNIX commands, Hacknet focuses on real hacking, not the Hollywood-style version of it. This creates a truly immersive experience and puts players right in the thick of trying to break through the firewalls.

  • Unlock the mystery of Bit: a hacker is dead and the media reports don't add up. When you are contacted by his ghost - an automated failsafe system - you're drawn into the dark and murky world of underground hackers.

  • Full immersion: you are thrust into a persistent virtual world with no levels or obvious game elements to break the illusion. Follow the guidance of the emails from Bit or just dive down the rabbit hole, chasing down clues and snippets of information you find as you explore different systems.

  • Accessible but uncompromising: whilst not holding your hand or dumbing down, the design of the game and the learning curve enables those with no prior terminal experience to enjoy it whilst delighting those in the know.

  • Killer tunes: hack to the beat of a soundtrack featuring underground artists including Remi (Hotline Miami).

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Surprise Attack
Team Fractal Alligator
Simulation, Indie
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Digital PC Download
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Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 8800 or Radeon® HD4800 series, 512 MB of memory
  • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
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Hacker Simulator


As someone who dabbled in coding in a past life, it really was interesting stumbling upon this game that looks like a command prompt. The game is interesting and engaging, while also occasionally throwing some puzzles for you to solve, data hidden among files, using some creative thinking, etc. My only complaint as that the game can get a bit repetitive, which I can't blame the game, but the idea of hacking in general. You're going to be running the same programs and using more or less the same methods to accomplish each mission. Luckily, the devs do a great job of continuously adding new hacking programs that keep things interesting. Overall a solid game worth a play through.

a good game with friandly interface, combining both graphical and terminal access to resources.


I found this game looking through the specials tab on steam, looking to find a good bang for my buck and boy did I. I didn't know much about the game, just that it was on sale and that the game looked interesting to me. I didn't even know that the DLC I bought with the game had just come out the day before. So like an idiot, I by mistake started the Labryinths DLC in the middle of the game, the day after it came out. So you could imagine how clueless I was for some of it and the fact that there were no walkthroughs or guides for it out yet made it that much harder but it made me love it that much more. The DLC which I should review separately, is a must buy if you loved the base game but back to the topic at hand. The base game though, once I got back to it, was so good, I couldn't be more immersed after **Minor Spoiler** it sends you back to your desktop asking you to delete a file from you computer using the CMD. I was so amazed and I couldn't have loved the game more at that point in time. **Minor Spoiler concluded.** I throughly enjoyed the game and I honestly couldn't recommend this game more. It was a completely blind experience and I absolutely loved it. What the game lacks in visual complexity, it hits you with the complexity of the mechanics and I know the game gets easier with experience but it seemed to get more immersive and complex as it went on. I'm sure that hacking isn't as simplistic in real life as a couple commands typed in and you are in, but the game explains why it is so simple towards the end and it didn't leave me with any doubts. This game is absolutely in my top 5 games and I'd even say it's in my top 3, please give this game a try, I'm sure you wont regret it. Short review though 10/10

Interesting Concept, Well Executed


Hacknet is a game that lets you fell like a hacker, trawling through secure networks, accessing private files and hacking into confidential accounts. The whole experience feels so real which brings it to life and makes its great. The whole theme is done well, the music, mechanics and even the narrative (Yes, there is a plot in here!) come together to give a truly immersive experience. Gameplay can be boiled down to a mixture of puzzle solving, strategy and experimentation. You are given an objective and various options where you use your skills and various tools available to you. Such as breaking through a firewall while avoiding a tracer and racing against a timer. Answers to your problems can be found any where, from other computers containing passwords and cracking files to get the data you need. It really brings out the problem solver in the player. The sense of accomplishment after a successful hack isn't really describable. By the way,extensive knowledge isn't necessary to get into the game, there is a hint system to guide you through without feeling overlyobstructive or making it feel that you're being spoonfed information, props to the developer for that. Overall, a nice game with a unique experience, would recommend it to those who feel like being a computer whiz for a day.

Good and challenging


Hacknet is an awesome game in which you need, of course, hack systems in order to proceed. The game is supported by an interesting plot, but the main feature is, in order to proceed, you need to carefully read mails and basically create your won story. The hacking system can be tricky but it's very rewarding, and the soundtrack is simply amazing. One of the best in its genre.

What Watch Dogs should have been


Hacknet is an interesting concept for a game. It's a hacking simulator. You must use real tools like Unix commands and Virtual Machines within the games to hack devices. Why? To discover who murdered Bit, some world famous hacker. The game doesn't bother with futile things like cutscenes or gunfights. Hacknet offers simply what its name suggest : hacking. For that matter it's a really immersive game with good soundtrack.

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