Uplink is a mostly text based game released in 2001. This cyberpunk title is set the near future, the year 2010, and hackers slither around the interwebs. You play as a hacker working for Uplink Corporation, a company that offers illegal hacker services to others.
The aim of the game is to climb up the hacker fame ladder and make cash. You do so by completing contracts, making relationships with others and upgrading your software, hardware and gateway. All together, it feels like a shadowrun type of game.
You're breaking into the "Knight Tech" computer network. Your mission is to locate and destroy a file. You gain access to the file storage system and your proxies fail, the tracers are going crazy indicating that you're close to being traced. You franticly look for the file and delete it just in the nick of time, avoiding a hefty fine and possibly a jail sentence. Intense moments like these really make uplink shine, and that's just one badly described example from many different mission types.
Though the game does have some annoying UI problems and the soundtrack is only 4 songs, it's still a great game if you're interested in cyberpunk dystopias, or a satisfying progression system and not expecting a story.