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.
User reviews: Very Positive (798 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 23, 2006

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"An overlooked game by the developers of Prisoner Architect which you play as a hacker taking contracts sabotaging, stealing, or downright deleting."

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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263 of 282 people (93%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
I bought this instead of Watch_Dogs,
I regret nothing.
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226 of 255 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.6 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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40 of 40 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Uplink sets itself up like a modified computer desktop, and casts you as a wannabe hacker. From your terminal you'll receive missions, install new software, and try to sneak undetected into the digital infrastructures of some made up mega-corps.If you want to get in and out undetected you'll need to bounce your connection around the world, crack passwords with decryption programs, and delete any trace you've left of your time stealing business secrets and changing personal information.The game hides its mechanics behind a veil of realism. There's no pause button, and plenty of typing, emails to read, and bank accounts to create and manage.In fact, if you turn off the techno soundtrack it's easy to pretend you really are a movie hacker, diving through firewalls as you try and pull off the perfect digital heist from the comfort of your tablet.The game punishes mistakes with swift retribution, and the fictional company that you're working for is quick to disavow your actions and kick you back to the bottom of the pile if you're caught poking your nose somewhere it doesn't belong.Watching a trace creep ever closer to your location can turn even the simplest of hacks into a frantic race against time. The problem is that those moments of real tension are few and far between, and more often than not you'll complete a job without batting an eyelid. Things get repetitive, too, and while you'll unlock new hacking methods as you progress the back doors you use to sneak into systems are always basically the same.Uplink is clearly a labour of love, and if you enjoyed the original you'll feel the same about this version, but newcomers will likely find the slow pace and esoteric style a little off-putting.
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51 of 60 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Hacked into The Global Criminal Database

Jailed myself with horrendous entries such as walking with only shorts, drinking spoiled milk , and taking my medicinal weed,

i have no regrets

10/11 would jail myself again
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59 of 74 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Thank you Uplink. I finally learned how to download a car.
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
96.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
I just gave someone an academic grade in eating hotdogs.

10/10
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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
I think I could probably rob a bank right now. Very addictive. Easy to learn, hard to master
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Once you see the blank screen after over 5 hours of continuous gameplay...

Freak out.

10/10
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Have you set the Anonymous logo as your desktop background?
Do you still marathon all the episodes of Reboot on occasion?
Do you turn off all the lights and wear a Guy Fawkes mask when you browse Reddit?
Have you ever wanted to be the hacker 4 c h a n ?

THEN GET THIS GAME!!!

This is be best 1337 H4X0R simulator you will ever find. It's realistic enough and uses enough real-life terms to make you feel as if you could totally hack someone's computer if you went out and bought the right software, totally bro, I mean you already did it in Uplink.

Bad side is that it's one of those games where it's possible to miss the trigger for the storyline, and if that happens, the story just kinda goes on without you....

Also, sometimes the game kind of just expects you to know stuff - like where and which logs to delete so you don't get caught by the feds for a job you completed 3 days ago......

Also the game can get really repetative really quickly.....

But then you hack into a LAN system and you have to bypass the Proxy and brute-force crack the password so you can trace throught the system to unlock the file server locks and hack into the mainframe database! <- I didn't even make any of that up, you actually do that in this game.

Get dis.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
55.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
hands down my favorite game of all time. hacking like it's an 80s movie
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
This is a really great hacking game, by the makers of Defcon and Prison Architect. Great tension and ideas. You take contracts for stealing, sabotaging or deleting data in rival companies of the contract givers.
Hacking quickly while trying to escape opposition tracers from getting back to you generates a nice tension.
Buy this game!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Day 30 in real life

>get good at game enough to know how to get in and get out in under a minute

>Decide to take on a bank

>Find a way to break the bank and steal over 10 mil

>Steal money

>Immediatly get ranked up to the highest level "Neuromancer"

>BUY EVERYTHING

>Accept lan hack for the first time

>Game changes to a diffrent kind of puzzle

>Freakout when I don't understand how to lan

>Get caught from active trace due to taking too long

>Rage quit and blow computer

9/10 2stubborn for 10

Introversions first and best game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
The ingame IRC still works since the last update ~2004
11/11 would talk to random people again

More seriously, it is a fun game which is about hacking, and only hacking. It does a better job at it than any other game I've seen so far, so it gets an A+ in my scrapbook. Would be quite nice to get a remake with more game mechanics, but that is just wishing.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
This game has awesome atmosphere. From launching to gameplay. All elements made as in real hacking utility bundle, even game profiles (decorative username/password form and profiles list near). In this game you also will not have enough time, always. Very addictive game with unusual gameplay and superrealistic interface!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Nice Game, Hard at times but if you know what your doing then stuff gets easy. Hope we see Uplink 2 soon ;)

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Uplink is one of the most diverse, interesting, and replayable games I've ever seen. Time and time again, I find new hidden secrets baked into this game!

Uplink is not a realistic simulation of hacking, rather, it is a condensation of the "Movie Hacking" scene, where you can break passwords in seconds, and take down systems in minutes.

Uplink has a very 'freelance' style to it. You can choose to do missions, or you can ignore them if you wish, doing whatever you want! Saying any more would spoil the game, so I'm just going to stop there... =D
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Best game I have played in a while, and totally worth of 1€. Hell, this would even be worth of 20€. Buy it, and become a hacker of this century!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Nothing will ever be more frustrating than pouring thousands upon thousands of dollars into software and hardware, setting up a perfect log-deleting system, creating a flawless networking path, and losing the whole f*cking thing because you forgot to change your time acceleration speed from super fast to normal.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
"Hacker pls no." 10/10 - Ilurminoty Sacret Base
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Hollywood hacking sim at its finest.
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