Hacknet is a terminal-based hacking simulator that’ll lead you down the rabbit hole as you try to uncover the mystery buried deep within the code, while attempting to cover your tracks long enough to get the job done. Do you have what it takes to discover the truth?
Hacknet tells the tale of Bit, a hacker responsible for creating the most invasive security system on the planet. When he is murdered, his failsafe kicks in, sending instructions to a lone user who can help 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.
Using a wide array of terminal commands and specific hacking protocols, Hacknet teaches the player how to complete a series of core missions but does not hold their hand. The world is open to explore and features multiple branching pathways and secrets to discover. Players will need to be vigilant when covering their tracks, and careless decisions may come back to haunt them.
- Real hacking: based on actual UNIX commands, Hacknet focuses on real hacking, not the Hollywood-stylized 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’re 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 Carpenter Brut (Hotline Miami).
Awards & Recognition
- “WINNER – Innovation Award” Australian Game Developer Awards, 2014
- “FINALIST – Tech” Freeplay Awards, 2015
Follow the instructions of a “ghost” in Hacknet and download your copy for PC starting on August 12, 2015
Developed by Team Fractal Alligatior, named after the most mathematically horrifying animal, a one person team based in Adelaide, Australia – founded by Matt Trobbiani. Matt has been designing and developing games for most of his life, starting out with GameMaker and Warcraft 3 custom maps, before moving on to find more flexibility in C# and custom engines. He specialises in designing immersive, mechanically interesting experiences. Team Fractal Alligator, for its work on Hacknet, was awarded the 2014 AGDA Innovation Award, and was a nominated finalist for Tech at Freeplay 2015.