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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.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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. Jul 9, 2019
    9
    This is a very interesting concept for a game, and it works very well. This is a great game where every second is enjoyable. It truly allowsThis is a very interesting concept for a game, and it works very well. This is a great game where every second is enjoyable. It truly allows you to immerse yourself in the world of a hacker, and I applaud it for this. The whole point of the game is to become a hacker, and you use a type of console to input commands to break into computers and perform various tasks. The story is very interesting, and also very deep. The first time I played this, I was certainly confused throughout, though I was still able to grasp the story by the end, and the end truly hit me emotionally. I played through this game in about four hours, and it was a very surreal experience. It starts off teaching you the commands you must input to become an expert hacker, but don't be overwhelmed by the sheer amount, you will know most of them by the end. This is one of my only complaints though, that there are so many commands I never used or never understood. It's one of the only reasons that I didn't give it a 10/10. Other than that, the gameplay is fun, although somewhat repetitive, the story is confusing, but interesting, and the ending is anti-climactic, yet beautifully emotional. This is a great game, and you should pick it up whenever you see it. But remember, going into it, this will be a short game, and you should attempt to carve out a single time period where you beat it, and attempt to go into the game blind. That's what I did, and it helped my experience monumentally. Overall, other than a few complaints, this is a great game, and you should definitely check it out. Expand
  4. Oct 20, 2020
    8
    Hacknet trainait dans ma bibliothèque Steam depuis quelques temps déjà. J'ai fini par le lancer, grand bien m'en fasse ! J'ai très vite étéHacknet trainait dans ma bibliothèque Steam depuis quelques temps déjà. J'ai fini par le lancer, grand bien m'en fasse ! J'ai très vite été pris au jeu et à l'ambiance qui s'en dégage.

    L'histoire n'est pas exceptionnelle mais elle a le mérite de créer un cadre qui nous permet de déployer et maîtriser nos talents (relatifs) dans le piratage informatique. Visiblement apprécié des connaisseurs en informatique pour son côté pédagogique, Hacknet est tout aussi efficace auprès des néophytes.

    La direction artistique - si l'on peut dire - est réussie, ce qui est plutôt une bonne chose quand on passe tout notre jeu sur une interface. La bande-son est vraiment bien fichue, gros point supplémentaire.

    Le gameplay est assez redondant mais est très ludique et très valorisant Il y a souvent plusieurs façons de mener à bien un objectif, parfois de manière très surprenante !

    Comptez une dizaine d'heures pour venir à bout de la trame principale. Rajoutez en peu plus si vous voulez explorer le jeu et tout ce qu'il peut vous offrir.

    Une surprise et un coup de coeur donc. Tant mieux !
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  5. Aug 14, 2015
    8
    Brings back memories of Uplink but falls short a bit on audio. Music gets repetitive quickly and when you turn it off the game is eerilyBrings back memories of Uplink but falls short a bit on audio. Music gets repetitive quickly and when you turn it off the game is eerily silent without sound to match most of the visual animations and elements. Starts out a bit too easy which breaks the fiction but pleasantly surprised with the variety of things you encounter and the fiction of things you find on servers. Expand
  6. Jan 21, 2016
    7
    This game was somewhat of a disappointment. It was a really good idea, and It has a lot of polish, but I feel the polish is perhaps in theThis game was somewhat of a disappointment. It was a really good idea, and It has a lot of polish, but I feel the polish is perhaps in the wrong areas. The terminal itself is far too basic to even really call it a terminal (doesn't even have the "echo" command). I would love to see a game like this with a more fully fledged terminal (complete with vim, emacs, grep, awk etc.), and perhaps one that even included such tools as "metasploit" that a true pen-tester would be using on a regular basis. However, given that it is virtually the only modern "terminal emulator" game, it deserves a look, at least until someone makes a better version of the same concept. Expand
  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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