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Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator for PC. 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.
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About Hacknet

About this game

Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator for PC. 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.

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.

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) and Remi Gallego (AKA The Algorithm).
Soundtrack produced in association with The Otherworld Agency.

Game Details

Release Date:
August 12, 2015
Developer:
Team Fractal Alligator
Publisher:
Fellow Traveller
Supported Languages:
English
Steam Deck Support:
Unsupported
Franchise:
Hacknet
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Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
  • Storage: 300 MB available space

Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: OSX 13.04
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
  • Storage: 300 MB available space

Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: Ubuntu 13.4 LTS
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
  • Storage: 300 MB available space

Critic Reviews

82

LevelUp

80 / 100
"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...

Digital Chumps

88 / 100
"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...

Digitally Downloaded

80 / 100
"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...
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0% of players played this game for >= 80 Hours!

Difficulty Statistics

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Easy
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Just Right
77.78%
Tough
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Relax & enjoy! 77.78%  of players consider this game to be Just Right

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Play Behaviour

Tried It
14.29%
Played It
8.79%
Halfway
10.99%
Beat It
47.25%
Conquered It
18.68%
Completionist! 18.68%  of players have Conquered It
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Frequently Asked Questions

Somewhere in the middle. 10% of GameFAQs users said Hacknet is Simple or Easy. 78% of GameFAQs users said the difficulty is Just Right. 13% of GameFAQs users said Hacknet is Tough or Unforgiving.
No, Hacknet is not currently playable on Steam Deck.
Minimum:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
  • Storage: 300 MB available space
Minimum:
  • OS: OSX 13.04
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
  • Storage: 300 MB available space
The average playtime for GameFAQs users is 12 hours. 53% of users played Hacknet for over 12 hours.
Yes, Hacknet has broad critical consensus. 86% of critics on Metacritic recommend Hacknet. The Metascore is 82 out of 100.
Hacknet was released on August 12, 2015
Yes, Hacknet supports MacOS.
Yes, Hacknet supports Linux.
Hacknet is published by Fellow Traveller
Hacknet was developed by Team Fractal Alligator
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Hacknet as Simulation
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Hacknet as Hacking
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Hacknet as Programming

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