You play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major corporations. Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, or framing innocent people.
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Release Date: Aug 23, 2006

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About This Game

You play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major corporations. Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, or framing innocent people.

You use the money you earn to upgrade your computer systems, and to buy new software and tools. As your experience level increases you find more dangerous and profitable missions become available. You can speculate on a fully working stock market (and even influence its outcome). You can modify peoples academic or criminal records. You can divert money from bank transfers into your own accounts. You can even take part in the construction of the most deadly computer virus ever designed.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This is a bloody fantastic game. The devs are just pure geniuses when it comes to making games. They never disappoint. The game lets you play as a hacker and what an awesome way of capturing that experience.

Absolutely recommended.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This game is absolutley fantastic. This is a company that I have never been disapointed with. Probably because they are not some out of touch developers sitting in a corporate office that have to kiss the feet of some board execs. They get that gamers want to be immersed sometimes, without micro-transactions for game advancements AHEM: EA. This game is just a prime example of how awesome game devs can be.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
the people that complain about the lack of a good tutorial explaning the game's mechanics a bit better are justified in what they say, but also the whole point of the game in a way is to work it out yourself after many tries, if there was a tutorial that explained everything the game would be like an hour long and no one would play it again because there wouldn't be a sense of discovery, i got this game with the prison architect bundle with darwinia (another great game) DEFCON and multiwinia, and it's easily one of my favorite games i own, due to the discovery aspect of this game, and the as someone said, brick wall of a difficulty curve, it's hard to climb but not impossible. So buy this game if you don't mind simple graphics or a near complete lack of story until late game, it's hard but quite possible as you play it more, and nearly everytime i start again i learn something new, 10/10 best hacking game yet.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This is an excellent game. I enjoyed it a great deal.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
I've had this game for so long, before it was available on Steam.

It's one of the best games out there. Very simple, but also very deep.

If you've not got it, get it.
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360 of 403 people (89%) found this review helpful
430 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2015
I bought this instead of Watch_Dogs,
I regret nothing.
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187 of 202 people (93%) found this review helpful
73 people found this review funny
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
Finally after years of training online and offline, Hours of guides, Hours of grinding, Suffering. Regret always in the back of my mind for the time wasted on this. It has officially happened. I am a master hacker. Rushing through the logs deleting with the percision of a scalpel, never wasting a moment dedicated to filling my billion dollar bank account with more money. Trying to simulate the initial rush of robbing a bank. I rush in with a bounce network all around the world starting with InterNIC. I quickly start up my timer and turn on the proxy and firewall Disable tools. Brute force but neccesary for speed. It shuts off and I run the admin account I had stolen from early contacts. I'm in I copy all the accounts down, I find the prize i'm looking for. Killian Hoyal, a 967 million dollar account, a legend hidden inside of my personal gameworld. It had taken years of searching and doing favors to gain the proper knowledge to find this account. Quickly I delete disconnect from the server and rush into my log database at InterNIC, deleting all traces of my connection. Yes, I had finally found everything I would need to stage the largest bank robbery in the history of the world. From the comfort of my home. I go and make an anonymous bank account under a pseudonym. The bank is small so it wouldn't be a high priority target to search if the FBI caught onto my trail. Finally I take a deep breath, 4 minutes 11 seconds says my timer. Wasting no time I quickly connect to the bank where Killian Hoyals money is kept. Running bypasses, disablers, and all manners of illicit software designed to slow down any one looking for me, and to make sure I don't leave a trace. I log into his account using the details I found from the admin account. I go into transfer funds and make the trade to my bank account in Monrovia, Liberia. The transfer goes through. I go into his transaction logs and edit the log showing the money was sent to another hackers that had previously done me harm earlier on. I disconnect and reconnect to my account in Liberia. The money is there, perfect. I go into my transaction logs and delete the log showing the money recieved. Almost done, I connect to my home bounce and log into the logs. I delete the log showing me connecting to the banks in the first place. Just like that, his money is mine with no trace to be found of it. A job well done, I am officially. A master hacker.
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210 of 239 people (88%) found this review helpful
162 people found this review funny
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Day 15:

=>Is a rank 1 hacker
=>Muscle 50-some thousand c from contracts
=>Buy a bunch of upgrades
=>Steal an admin's voice.
=>Hack Apollo International Bank
=>Run Proxy and Monitor Bypasses
=>Hack into administrative account --no tracing--
=>Steal every account profile in the database. --no tracing--
=>Proceed to empty all accounts, net roughly 1.2 million credits --no tracing--
=>Live high and large
=>Gateway siezed because I forgot to delete logs. Save is destroyed.

10/10 would fail again
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129 of 134 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
45.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Set in the "future" of 2010 (Yep, that old) you play as an Uplink Agent. It starts with you "connecting" to the Uplink Servers to create your new hacker identity. After a fake-but-believable-ish "boot up" you are directly connected to your remote proxy gateway, and ready for some plausibly deniable crime. This isn't real hacking, but the way the game presents itself you don't need too much imagination or suspend too much disbelief to leave an exciting doubt in the back of your mind. Easily the most immersive game I have ever experienced.

The game is completely open-ended and very complex, but approachable (There is even an in-game IRC that connects you to a real-life Uplink chatroom to talk to others in the game, if someone happens to be on it at the time.). It gives you an optional, basic tutorial risk-free on one of the Uplink Corporation's testing servers, and there are further tutorials on Uplink's main server, but after that you are left to your own ingenuity. That's a common, repeating theme of this game. Experiment, have some fun. You hacked into the social security database for your last job, what about doing it again to mark yourself as "deceased" to really become a ghost, or hack the criminal records database and put a warrant for arrest out on a server admin that made things difficult for you. In fact, the only way to "beat" this game, is to "break" it. You won't find any "questlines" or the like until you are experienced enough think a bit outside your usual targets...

One of the few games that makes missions non-linear, simply because these aren't missions, they are contracts. A deal between you and an anonymous individual working on behalf of a random company. You can go ahead and tell your employer "Nope, not in the mood, have someone else do it." after you accept the contract... for half the pay up front! (Although, good luck getting another job if your reputation is too spotty!) Perhaps someone paid you to give the guy an A, and on a whim (and after your paycheck), you put his "D-" right back. What about this investigation of corporate corruption? You have it all tied up, got your pay and everyone is happy. But you still have access to the thief's account, and for a short window of time, it's still filled to the brim with your employer's siphoned money.
Backstab at your leisure(and peril), none of it's scripted.

On the negative side, if you look at the screenshots, that's pretty much how the game looks. You can install themes to change up the color scheme if the sharp black+blue hurts your eyes, or you just want to tell people who come over that you are hacking the matrix. Throughout the game there are very few graphic representations, and when there are the best you could hope for is an animated picture (usually just static images, though). It would be easy to dismiss these issues as "part of the experience" but that's just a cheesy way of dodging "Its a really old game, you will have to deal with terrible graphics". Admittedly, though, it IS easy to overlook the visuals, simply because its what you expect to see on some TV hacker's monitor.

Gameplay-wise, once you know how to do it, and get personaly experinced with it, you can get all the money you ever want within a few hours from starting and there is little replay value until you leave long enough to forget how to play. This is problematic and game length ties in directly to how good you are at it. You could beat the game in an hour and a half if you know what you are doing.
Don't spoil it for yourself and look up how to start the ending! You will have more fun figuring it out for yourself!

Being a very old game, it also has interface problems. No scroll-wheel support being the worst offender, the necessity to have your mouse hovering over any information box you are trying to type in is a close second. Its a pain, and something to be aware of, but it doesn't get in the way of enjoying the game once you are used to it (Using the tab button is an easy fix to the second one).

At the end of the day, Its certainly worth the 10$, but should you still be on the fence about it, it goes on sale for crazy low prices. Just whatever you do: make SURE you don't miss out on this game!
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95 of 103 people (92%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
All I know about real-life hacking is that it looks incredibly boring. It's all command prompts and IP addresses. Who wants to type in hexadecimal? Ew. It's nothing like TV hacking, where you are a magical techno-wizard that's all about throwing programs like spells and racing the clock in a dramatic race against the significantly less attractive system administrator.

Uplink is TV Hacking: The Game.
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Gourd(in) Skink
0.7 hrs
Posted: October 26
This is the original Hacknet. It's a little bit dated, but still lives up to its name as being one of the best hacking simulator games. I honestly really recommend this game. Uplink OS is a mod I highly recommend you get because it completely overhauls the UI and makes it a lot more usable for higher resolutions.

TL;DR- buy this game. Don't be deterred by the age. Download Uplink OS. It's a free mod on ModDB.
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10.8 hrs
Posted: October 25
A wonderful game. Hours of entertainment. Only wish there were fan-made campaigns that could be modded in.
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4.1 hrs
Posted: October 18
best hacking game out there atm

or at least better than watch _ dogs
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12.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
Uplink is a very strange game. A game which makes you feel almost as if you really are hacking. Yet despite it being mostly a map of the world the whole time. It still manages to give you a surge of adrenaline.
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17.7 hrs
Posted: October 11
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Shado, Rebel of Executivity
4.1 hrs
Posted: October 10
It's an amazing game that lets you play the role of a hacker. Not very many games really do that. It's not "real" hacking, much more fantasized. The game takes place in a bit open world, but... I don't know. I love the game. I'm not entirely sure why, I just really like it.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: October 9
Product received for free
This game was really fun, not so much for excitement, but it's quite entertaining when you're just not in the mood for anything else.
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