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8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 116 Ratings

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  1. Jan 25, 2012
    6
    Uplink is a very interesting game that fills a much needed gap in genres. Hacking simulation games are rare, and this one fulfills that need beautifully. You are placed in front of a terminal from the very beginning. The tutorial helps you get started without any problems, and once you complete your first few missions, you will understand how to use the basics. The music gets a littleUplink is a very interesting game that fills a much needed gap in genres. Hacking simulation games are rare, and this one fulfills that need beautifully. You are placed in front of a terminal from the very beginning. The tutorial helps you get started without any problems, and once you complete your first few missions, you will understand how to use the basics. The music gets a little repetitive after many hours of play, but does not become a distraction or an annoyance. If you prefer, you can turn it off in the settings. The complexity of Uplink comes from the various missions as well as the many hardware and software changes and upgrades you are allowed to make. Some of the early missions can be a bit confusing, but after a few tries you realize what you did wrong, and will be able to complete them without any problems. The setting of the game is somewhat futuristic but manages to keep facts into perspective as well as keeping all aspects of the game realistic for such a simulation. There is much reading to be done in the form of bulletin boards, viewing items, and reading mission details. Making the video resolution too high will make the fonts too small to read, which makes things tough for the eyes. As the difficulty of the missions ramp up, you are basically left on your own to figure out how the game works, and what you need in order to be able to attempt missions. This can be frustrating and can possibly leave the player feeling almost completely lost. It is often very difficult to understand what tools one needs for the various jobs you have access to, or how to go about correcting some of your mistakes. I suppose Uplink is keeping its simulation genre up to standard, as a real life hacker would probably go through the same hurdles and difficulties for learning about such activities, which can certainly take much time and many errors to master. Getting caught, losing everything, and being forced to end your career early as a hacker is heartbreaking, and gives the impression that you are playing a roguelike. Getting help from a FAQ or guide is almost a requirement. As you complete the missions, you rarely feel safe. It almost feels like at any time, you will get caught and have to restart the game with a brand new character again. The more advanced missions are so complicated, involved in minute details, and difficult to complete, that I don't think there is any way to go about them by trial and error. Once again, a FAQ or guide is an absolute necessity. Worse yet, if you make a ridiculously small mistake in the very first part of the story mission, you will have to start over from the very beginning if you want to do more than the non crucial missions and proceed through the storyline. The player is not allowed to save and reload games at all. Starting from the beginning multiple times because of small mistakes means that you will be throwing away dozens of hours until you get it right even once. This problem of having to restart the game from the very beginning, in conjunction with the lack of variety in the missions makes for somewhat of a disappointment. Even then, Uplink can be enjoyed in short bursts, and is a good choice to go back to every now and then, by keeping it installed for the long run. It is also valid to mention that for its age, Uplink has accomplished plenty. It is a complex and complicated hacking simulation to be enjoyed by those who are patient and don't mind a steep learning curve. Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2011
    7
    This hollywood style hacking game is a must play for those that have a curiosity for computer espionage. Yes, it is quite an old game that has been around long before its release on Steam and the graphics are just plain non-existant, but the Linux command line interface brings old school hacking to the comfort of your home, without the adverse affects. Once you figure out how to do most ofThis hollywood style hacking game is a must play for those that have a curiosity for computer espionage. Yes, it is quite an old game that has been around long before its release on Steam and the graphics are just plain non-existant, but the Linux command line interface brings old school hacking to the comfort of your home, without the adverse affects. Once you figure out how to do most of the missions, the fun factor wears down pretty quickly, but figuring out everything on your own is not as easy as you might think. It's highly addicting for the first several hours. Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2011
    7
    An excellent hacking sandbox game that is fun to play around with(Also easy to understand), though it suffers from the fact that your hours and hours of work can be gone from one mistake. Still, worth buying.
  4. MasonE.
    Sep 2, 2006
    7
    Honestly a great game if you want to get out of the normal FPS and flashy games on Steam. Incredible gameplay. Introversion Software got off on a good start with an above average game. Though, it can become quite boring after several hours, and it has an incredibly steep learning curve. This game is not for the non-intelligent. You will be scratching your head when you are stuck in an Honestly a great game if you want to get out of the normal FPS and flashy games on Steam. Incredible gameplay. Introversion Software got off on a good start with an above average game. Though, it can become quite boring after several hours, and it has an incredibly steep learning curve. This game is not for the non-intelligent. You will be scratching your head when you are stuck in an almost impossible mission. If you are looking for an original game, this is the one for you. But, if you are the kind that wants more action and does not like to think, pass and find a game that suits you. Expand
  5. TylerB.
    Jan 16, 2008
    7
    While it seems to repeat itself plenty, Uplink provides a few hours of unique fun, filling a niche that isn't filled often.
  6. Jan 24, 2014
    7
    For an old GUI game, Uplink is painfully clever, engaging and addicting, despite how simplistic it is. It even manages to give the player a feeling of being sneaky or paranoid without going overboard in doing so. It really makes players feel like truly hacking things.

    There is one large problem with the game however, and it's that it leaves you high and dry on what to do, which can lead
    For an old GUI game, Uplink is painfully clever, engaging and addicting, despite how simplistic it is. It even manages to give the player a feeling of being sneaky or paranoid without going overboard in doing so. It really makes players feel like truly hacking things.

    There is one large problem with the game however, and it's that it leaves you high and dry on what to do, which can lead you to a lot of permanent game over screens. You'll have to look up guides on the internet to fully understand things, as the game doesn't do that for you.
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Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. While a very nice and original concept, Uplink will only appeal to a select few.
  2. A fairly satisfying gaming experience... that goes for deeper strategy – actual gameplay! – rather than a flashy package.
  3. A unique game that is definitely worth a look by anyone looking for a gaming change of pace. Its long term appeal is questionable, though.