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Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

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  • Summary: Hacknet is a terminal-driven hacking game with competitive multiplayer, a fully internally-consistent network simulation and a realistic interface. It follows the story of recently deceased hacker "Bit", whose death may not be the 'accident' the media reports. You stand in for no one, asHacknet is a terminal-driven hacking game with competitive multiplayer, a fully internally-consistent network simulation and a realistic interface. It follows the story of recently deceased hacker "Bit", whose death may not be the 'accident' the media reports. You stand in for no one, as most games have you do - play for yourself, make your own decisions, and see the world react - if you're leaving a trace that is. Hacknet has no protagonist, other than the person using it. Don't be reckless though - it's more real than you think. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sep 24, 2015
    100
    Simple and complex, HackNet is a thrilling and eye opening look into the world that keeps making headlines in the news. Kudos to Team Fractal Alligator for making something so complex feel accessible to everyone.
  2. Aug 19, 2015
    88
    The premise of Hacknet and my preexisting interest in the idea of a UNIX-based hacking sim had me going into this excited and hopeful. The quality gameplay and sense of reward from figuring things out kept me playing hours on end, and excited to tell others how cool of a game this was.
  3. Aug 21, 2015
    81
    Hacknet lacks the depth and freedom of the close relative TIS-100. But it gives you a sense of what goes on in the real hacking world – an interesting experience.
  4. Aug 14, 2015
    80
    The best hacking simulation videogame to date, Hacknet leaves us wanting more of its honest and detailed portrayal of the hacking underworld. Without a doubt, is the greatest (legal) hacking experience available.
  5. 80
    Hacknet is a beautiful example of compelling non-linear storytelling. While it is still a game about hacking, it is far more about solving the mystery around Bit's death using the tools he (she?) has given you. Combining an enthralling story with a truly impressive learning curve and a stellar soundtrack, Hacknet is definitely something special.
  6. Oct 7, 2015
    75
    Probably the closest you'll ever get to be a hacker. A truly unique and fun game.
  7. Aug 21, 2015
    72
    Play it because it’s different, play it because it’s a far cry from anything you’re likely to in the coming months.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 22, 2017
    10
    A very enjoyable experience, with a (very) engaging story, engaging visuals, can get very fast paced in certain parts of the game, there areA very enjoyable experience, with a (very) engaging story, engaging visuals, can get very fast paced in certain parts of the game, there are jokes littered in a few places, & I'm very glad I didn't spoil it for myself or use a walkthrough, the payoff is very worth it, there's a lot of things that are very well done, beautiful game. Earlier today I played it more than six & a half hours straight, & entirely forgot I was playing it.

    A few minor points are that the music, while very good, gets extremely repetitive, & using the mouse every now & again to connect to a new machine is a little bit of a hassle. There are also some other issues in which the game may become uncompletable if you do certain missions out of order, that was only an issue once for me, but be aware of it.
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  2. Mar 28, 2017
    10
    I love this game. It is my all time favorite game (and yes I get it, there are better games for some, but nothing beats this game for me). II love this game. It is my all time favorite game (and yes I get it, there are better games for some, but nothing beats this game for me). I feel that Matt did an amazing job on this game, it hasn't disappointed me and although some would say it gets repetitive, that is a quality that can be shared in real hacking too. I can play this game again and again and not get bored, furthermore the detail in this game is amazing, all the Easter eggs and jokes littered around the file systems really awards you for having the patience to take a look around. So far I have played the game more than 50 times and I have gotten to the point where I have memorized every password and know the best order for breaking into a system, but for some reason I still don't feel like the game is repetitive. Expand
  3. May 2, 2022
    9
    Hacknet is an excellent game. It is very fun and immersive with an awesome soundtrack. Highly recommended.
  4. Mar 10, 2019
    8
    Really good game, gave it a 8 because the history is just small, I'll buy the Labyrinths dlc but i don't know if the dlc will be as long asReally good game, gave it a 8 because the history is just small, I'll buy the Labyrinths dlc but i don't know if the dlc will be as long as the game itself, i hope it is!
    - Good experience, it is worth the time you put in it! But it's a shame that the game has such a small story.

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  5. Dec 10, 2015
    8
    Good enough game for me to restart three times after two progression stopping bugs. Ironically, I even tried to hack my own save files to getGood enough game for me to restart three times after two progression stopping bugs. Ironically, I even tried to hack my own save files to get past the issues. If you do play this game, be very careful in the order you complete missions. If you do any side quest slightly out of sync, you may easily block all progress and lose hours of work.

    I only wish there were more mechanics, such as upgrading your PC to get more memory, or having logs do something (anything really, on my third run I just ignored log deleting entirely).

    If there was another hacking game on the market other than 15 year old Uplink, the score of Hacknet would likely plummet, as the game is "okay", just very novel and thus gets a boosted engagement factor. This is perhaps the opposite of Shovel Knight, a game with no new novel gameplay, but is incredibly polished and fun.
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  6. Jan 28, 2021
    8
    Oynanış: 35/40
    Hikaye: 20/30
    Grafikler: 15/20
    Sesler ve Müzikler: 7/10
    Sonuç: 77/100
  7. Sep 28, 2015
    5
    It's like a game that is very close to my heart but i sorta worse in my eyes.
    It's decent and all that jazz but its more like "Hacker
    It's like a game that is very close to my heart but i sorta worse in my eyes.
    It's decent and all that jazz but its more like "Hacker Evolution" Without the actual writing which makes (me atleast) feel more like a hacker. If you like to type and remember certain lines of input and a very hard and challenging game buy HACKER EVOLUTION and if you like casual not much of a challenge games buy Hacknet/ Hacker Evoluions Little brother
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