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It was a little weird that a terminal based hacking game wasn't on Linux to begin with, but now it is! Hacknet joins our growing list of interesting titles.

It's the first title to be ported using what will be the big 1.0 release of the FNA project by Ethan Lee. Sounds like it wasn't an easy port either, and you can read Ethan's thoughts here.

About the game (Official)
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.

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Tags: Simulation, Steam
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NoYzE 18 December 2015 at 6:53 pm UTC
It was quite sad that a unix-like hacking game/simulator was only available for Windows and not for a ...well UNIX-Like OS?
gojul 18 December 2015 at 8:13 pm UTC
Game won't start for me (french locale)

EDIT : to get the game working, edit command line options with :
%command% -disableweb

Last edited by gojul on 18 December 2015 at 8:28 pm UTC
stan 18 December 2015 at 10:25 pm UTC
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I’m planning to get it during the sales. I hope it works on non-Ubuntu distros.
dtoebe 18 December 2015 at 11:05 pm UTC
I actually had that game in my cart a couple weeks ago... Then I saw it was windows only... My mind got the Blue screen of death (I could not compute why it was Windows only). I might have to pick it up now
Luke_Nukem 19 December 2015 at 1:47 am UTC
If the BSOD signals player death, then I will be pretty fucking disappointed...
Unix style everything, but then show "GameOver" by a BSOD? Not cool...
Guest 19 December 2015 at 1:02 pm UTC
This isn't the Unix like hacker game you're looking for.

It was a very short, although relatively fun, Uplink hommage. Yes, you can type in a terminal, but most of your actions can be done via a gui (and either way you do it, it will mirror in the other format as well). There also isn't very many actions you actually need to use.

There also isn't much consiquence of being sloppy, I left log files all over the place, and apart from two scripted events, I wasn't ever traced.

As far as I an tell, other than IP addresses and a few server names, nothing else is randomised so the replayability is definately lacking.

Worth picking up for a few hours of amusement, but don't expect too much. Would definately suggest waiting for a sale.
jotomo 23 December 2015 at 4:48 pm UTC
Linux version now also available on GOG. Yup, I'm biased against Steam and prefer GOG :-)
stan 23 December 2015 at 6:57 pm UTC
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It’s also available on the Humble store.
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