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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NatIsrael972
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 31
Product received for free
Comparing this to Hacknet, this is way better! Better music, more fun, just the perfect game for a programming student :P

(Received product for free under Prison Architect package)
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Mahyarj95
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
Bugged out on the first mission, not bothering with it again.
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thescaryone
20.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
I've been playing this game over and over again for years. The main campaign still holds up, and it's fun to use your mad skills outside of the campaign to quickly become a super hacker. Obviously inspired titles like Hacknet and Hacker Evolution as well as games like Duskers.

The Steam version sucks, because it doesn't let you use mods and the remote WAN station for hacking banks has been patched to remove that immunity.
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JerkIzAllPro
24.1 hrs
Posted: August 16
When I recieved this incredible game after purchasing the Prison architect package that included all introversion games, I thought "Hey, why not?". To say this became a fast favorite is an understatement so huge, it makes god feel bad about his work. After the hours I put into this, I found out about the mod and Immediately got hooked on that. In total, I belive to have around 2 days including the mod (The mod makes hours on steam not track. and I plan to add many more days
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CreeperKing6416
2.4 hrs
Posted: August 15
Easilly one of the most addicting games I have ever played, a must-try.
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✡ MarLo ✡
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 14
Just played it for a hour, but I already love this game. If you are into the concept of hacking without typing out all of the executions, then this is the game for you.
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__GLITCH
28.7 hrs
Posted: August 13
The first time I played this game was 2002, and here it is now on steam, still enjoying it as much as I did 14 years ago. One of the best hacking simulation games besides it's sucessor, Hacknet. I am playing both games. I love how this game just keeps generating missions which actually gives life to the game.

The storyline is amazing, finished the story on both Good and Evil.
The overall challenge this game gives still triggers me to play it again.

The downside:

Can't mod it after the last Uplink update on Steam.
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VVheatley
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 9
Mission: Modify
VVheatley: Why so much money?
Anonymous(Mission provider): We really don't like him

VVheatley: Who is the target?
Anonymous: A friend.

...So... If you don't like him, why is he a friend?
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Operation: O.P.A.L (Starbber)
15.9 hrs
Posted: August 7
10 years and still kicking

This game has been out for 10 years and I just recently got it and instantly became addicted due to the amout of moral choices and stratagies this game has to offer. You can do anything within your limits, from robbing a bank, ruining lives, creating new identities and even betraying the company you work for, but im getting ahead of myself.

The Story
The story of this game is fairly simple, although its told in the first 5 minutes of the game ill say it here. You work for Uplink, a company that help you start your career by providing your own gateway and job offers and allowing you to buy software and hardware to help you on your journy.

Game Over
Your journy can end in many differant ways and uplink will be forced to shut down your account and gateway forcing you to make a new account and start over. Here are a few ways your journy may come to a swift end, (Do not read if you want to experience them yourself) Being caught hacking into somewhere, Not paying a fine, Betraying uplink, abandoning too many missions, and many more But don't let being shut down stop you as it will help you improve greatly

My Opinion
This game is a great time killer and is definently worth your money. I have play for over 7 hours already and still haven't experienced all this game has to offer. The game provides everything you need to succeed, this game deserves a much larger following as it is a great example of how games are art.




And I like its soundtrack...
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:*)
21.7 hrs
Posted: August 3
Do you like the idea of being a classic 90s movie hacker? Do you want to get engrossed in a game from 2001? Do you want to rage and stop playing for a month after you forget to clear your interNIC logs? If so then this is definitely the game for you. Seriously though this game is amazing for something made 15 years ago. If you have little bit of money or its on sale just grab it, you won't regret it. 10/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
10 years and still kicking

This game has been out for 10 years and I just recently got it and instantly became addicted due to the amout of moral choices and stratagies this game has to offer. You can do anything within your limits, from robbing a bank, ruining lives, creating new identities and even betraying the company you work for, but im getting ahead of myself.

The Story
The story of this game is fairly simple, although its told in the first 5 minutes of the game ill say it here. You work for Uplink, a company that help you start your career by providing your own gateway and job offers and allowing you to buy software and hardware to help you on your journy.

Game Over
Your journy can end in many differant ways and uplink will be forced to shut down your account and gateway forcing you to make a new account and start over. Here are a few ways your journy may come to a swift end, (Do not read if you want to experience them yourself) Being caught hacking into somewhere, Not paying a fine, Betraying uplink, abandoning too many missions, and many more But don't let being shut down stop you as it will help you improve greatly

My Opinion
This game is a great time killer and is definently worth your money. I have play for over 7 hours already and still haven't experienced all this game has to offer. The game provides everything you need to succeed, this game deserves a much larger following as it is a great example of how games are art.




And I like its soundtrack...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Do you like the idea of being a classic 90s movie hacker? Do you want to get engrossed in a game from 2001? Do you want to rage and stop playing for a month after you forget to clear your interNIC logs? If so then this is definitely the game for you. Seriously though this game is amazing for something made 15 years ago. If you have little bit of money or its on sale just grab it, you won't regret it. 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
I've been playing this game over and over again for years. The main campaign still holds up, and it's fun to use your mad skills outside of the campaign to quickly become a super hacker. Obviously inspired titles like Hacknet and Hacker Evolution as well as games like Duskers.

The Steam version sucks, because it doesn't let you use mods and the remote WAN station for hacking banks has been patched to remove that immunity.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Mission: Modify
VVheatley: Why so much money?
Anonymous(Mission provider): We really don't like him

VVheatley: Who is the target?
Anonymous: A friend.

...So... If you don't like him, why is he a friend?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
When I recieved this incredible game after purchasing the Prison architect package that included all introversion games, I thought "Hey, why not?". To say this became a fast favorite is an understatement so huge, it makes god feel bad about his work. After the hours I put into this, I found out about the mod and Immediately got hooked on that. In total, I belive to have around 2 days including the mod (The mod makes hours on steam not track. and I plan to add many more days
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551 of 600 people (92%) found this review helpful
394 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2015
I bought this instead of Watch_Dogs,
I regret nothing.
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278 of 312 people (89%) found this review helpful
140 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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203 of 221 people (92%) found this review helpful
68 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.5 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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297 of 347 people (86%) found this review helpful
480 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
After I beat this game. NSA called me and offered me a job, now I violate the U.S. citizen's rights for 73k a year. Thanks Uplink
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124 of 129 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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