Hack ‘n’ Slash is a puzzle action game about hacking -- reprogram object properties, hijack global variables, hack creature behavior, and even rewrite the game’s code. The only way to win is not to play...by the rules!
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Utgivningsdatum: 9 sep, 2014

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Köp Hack 'n' Slash

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Köp Spacebase DF-9 + Hack 'n' Slash

Includes both games and their soundtracks!

Köp Double Fine Bundle 2015

Innehåller 16 saker: Broken Age, Broken Age - Soundtrack, Brutal Legend, Brutal Legend Soundtrack, Costume Quest, Grim Fandango Remastered, Grim Fandango Remastered - Soundtrack, Hack 'n' Slash, Iron Brigade, MASSIVE CHALICE, MASSIVE CHALICE Soundtrack, Psychonauts, Psychonauts Original Score, Psychonauts Original Soundtrack, Spacebase DF-9, Stacking

 

Om detta spel

Hack ‘n’ Slash is a puzzle action game about hacking -- reprogram object properties, hijack global variables, hack creature behavior, and even rewrite the game’s code. The only way to win is not to play...by the rules!

The wizard has mandated that everyone confine themselves to the village, the castle armory has started to forge weapons so powerful that no one but guards are allowed to carry them, and anyone who attempts to find a sprite and demonstrate their bravery would face certain death. The new laws are for your own protection, but you don’t buy it. You’ll show everyone what “brave” means and, if you’re clever, maybe uncover the secret reasons why everything’s gone sideways.

Key Features:


  • Use in-game tools to hack the game while you’re playing it
    Your sword can hack the variables of objects. You find magic artifacts that allow you to tune global variables to your liking. Discover equipment that lets you see the game’s internal debug visualization to uncover things that weren’t meant to be seen.
  • Hack the code
    As you achieve advanced hacking mastery, you’ll be able to dive directly into the game’s assembly in the form of procedurally generated dungeons and modify the live-running code.
  • Make the game yours
    Puzzles have myriad solutions, many of which we haven’t anticipated. As you master the game’s hacking mechanics, you can mold and shape the game in whatever way you desire.
  • Crash it!
    You’re hacking the game for real! You can totally break it. Roll back in time to change the rules so the bugs don’t cause the world to fall apart, whether they’re yours or ours!

Systemkrav

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Minne: 2 GB RAM
    • Grafik: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, ATI Radeon 4870 HD, Intel HD 3000, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Lagring: 3 GB ledigt utrymme
    • Ljudkort: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Ytterligare anmärkningar: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3
    Rekommenderade:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 2.2Ghz
    • Minne: 3 GB RAM
    • Grafik: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, AMD Radeon HD 6850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Lagring: 3 GB ledigt utrymme
    • Ljudkort: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Ytterligare anmärkningar: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3. Some users may need to disable Steam overlay.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo
    • Minne: 2 GB RAM
    • Grafik: ATI Radeon HD 4850, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, Intel HD 3000, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Lagring: 3 GB ledigt utrymme
    • Ytterligare anmärkningar: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3
    Rekommenderade:
    • OS: Lion 10.7.X
    • Processor: Intel Core i series processor
    • Minne: 4 GB RAM
    • Grafik: AMD Radeon HD 6770, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
    • Lagring: 3 GB ledigt utrymme
    • Ljudkort: Compatible Sound Card
    • Ytterligare anmärkningar: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3. Some users may need to disable Steam overlay.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Minne: 2 GB RAM
    • Grafik: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, ATI Radeon 4870 HD, Intel HD 4000, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Lagring: 3 GB ledigt utrymme
    • Ytterligare anmärkningar: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3
    Rekommenderade:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 2.2Ghz
    • Minne: 3 GB RAM
    • Grafik: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, AMD Radeon HD 6850
    • Lagring: 3 GB ledigt utrymme
    • Ytterligare anmärkningar: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3. Some users may need to disable Steam overlay.
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SirCredo
( 0.4 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 25 maj
Honestly, I was incredibly bored right after five minutes. I pushed a little bit but I ended up erasing it from my library the same day I first tried it
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Duo34
( 7.2 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 23 maj
I baught this game a little under 5 hours ago and just finished it, and holy ♥♥♥♥. It is bizzare and weird and wonderful. You probbably need a decent grasp of how coding works to get the most out of the later parts of the game, but you don't need to have actually made a game before, I got by just fine with the gist of algorithms and a coupple of hours flailing about. It was a really cool and fun game, I really liked how open ended the later half of the game was, even if it ment having the entire universe collapse a few times. The early parts of the game are the simple "Hack" stuff, edditing a few select values, but later on the game litterally lets you edit the .lua files and really mess with it.

Not everyone will like this game, The later half can be frustrating if you don't have a clue what you are doing, but ♥♥♥♥ing up and breaking with everything was part of the fun for me.

I can definately see why people would dislike this game, the "Hack" stuff at the start of the game puts it into the wrong light.

Also supprising, the character design is really really good. There are like 5 or 6 characters in the whole game but I really enjoied the art and characterization of them.

Well worth the about 14 dollars I spent on it, but if you are on the fence and not confident in your ability to read code, maybe wait for a sale.

P.S. This may be the only game in my library that I can ♥♥♥♥ up so badly that I need to re-install every time I want to make a new game.
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SumDylan!
( 9.6 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 18 maj
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I liked this game! But I don't think I can generally recommend it.

Note first: Hack 'n' Slash is not an action game; it's a programming puzzle game wearing RPG's clothing.

If you're not already a programmer, this game isn't for you. The game gives some playful programming lessons for starters, but as a programmer and a teacher, I declare that the instructions they give you in this game are ABSOLUTELY ABYSMAL. I have NEVER, IN MY LIFE, seen such a poor explanation of a for-loop, one of the easiest things to explain.

If you ARE already a programmer, though, this game may also not be for you. Their attempts to simplify the programming with colour schemes and visual metaphors, in my opinion, made things only more complicated. And most of all, you'll be grinding your teeth on how easy the solutions would be if you could just type your own lines (to manually call functions, for example), and how you're condemned to stitching together something from the arbitrary list of things you ARE allowed to edit.

Why did I like it then? The conversation isn't very good, the character designs are of varying appeal (quite liked Isis, liked most of Alice, hated almost every single aspect of Bob), the music is pretty sweet though and the world is nice and vibrant.
But at the end of the day, I liked it for being a puzzle game with a neat new idea to explore and that wasn't too easy or too hard. A nice little brain teaser with some creative ideas and a lot of heart.

13 euro is way too much for this though.
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Gnaarf
( 1.4 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 13 maj
When I first saw this game, I was excited for it. The idea was great and I wanted to play it!
Having the possibility to reprogram lots of things in a RPG sounds like a lot of fun, so I'm sad to say that I was disappointed in Hack 'n' Slash...

When I started off, there were only some minor issues. Little things that felt out of place like the weird animation, when you slash upward.
Furthermore the long dialogs interupted the gameplay again and again.

Nothing dramatic so far. And I actually got to that enemy hacking, and reprogramming their idle-routines and so on.
But as soon as I got the hang of it, the next concept was intoduced. So the game designers kept giving me new mechanics to learn, but they never explored the single mechanics in their depths.

Then again some dialogs, where the intended comedy just prolonged the texts and turned them tedious.

I had some good moments with the game, but the overall game experience was rather frustrating than fun. And let me to abort it halfway through.

This game fails to figure out its core engagement. Being a puzzle game with great and innovative mechanics the focus should lie on those mechanics. As a game designer you should get to know them, explore them, get every puzzle possible out of them.
Instead there was a lot of running through mazes, rather shallow puzzles and long dialogs that kept me from doing the fun stuff.
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FBN
( 7.3 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 13 maj
Nice idea for a game but DoubleFine proves once more that they are terrible in greating a finished game.
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Fabalus Meerkat
( 1.2 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 6 maj
No tutorial really, hard to solve for even some hardcore gamers and quite broken. Dont get
this game.
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I am a 'friendly' Robot
( 0.2 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 20 april
The game is kinda hard. Couldn't really figure out what I had to do.
Tbh, you could've done a tutorial on how to do the code based puzzle things.
Looks like it could be fun though.

All in all, I don't think i'd recommend this to anyone.

6/10.
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Lets_'ave_sum_Fun
( 1.1 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 16 april
Very repetitive. alot of walking around in a 2D world, trying to find something to do. When you get something to do, it is the same mechanic used over & over again.
Helpful? Ja Nej Rolig
Cog117
( 1.6 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 11 april
TL;DR at bottom, if you want.

I'll be honest, I tried to love this game. I thought this game was right up my alley, being as I love programming, I love puzzles, and I love the Legend of Zelda-like look to it, but overall, this game was just completely underwhelming.

In general, the core mechanics of this game aren't all to great. Sure it seems cool looking at all the things that you can do, and all the possible puzzles, but nothing really feels very interesting. So many of the encounters you have are just the samet thing of dodging the enemy, reprogramming the enemy to something else, and repeat. It may seem pretty cool, and pretty limitless, but theres almost nothing interesting you can do. This game also looks like it has a lot of exploration to it, but it's really just extremely railroaded with the illusion of being truly open world. Its like "Sure you could go this way, but it doesn't lead anywhere for you right now and you don't get any hint what you need or how to get it."
On top of this, the challenge in this game comes from the wrong place. It should be in the interesting combat which changes constantly, but it's extremely repetetive, and you can become practically invincible extremely early on. The real challenge is the puzzles and the feeling of "Am I doing this right? I have no idea" and then going to the "There has to be another way, or some hint" but being as it's very railroaded, there's no hints, and nothing else to do other than look up what to do online, and being completely underwhelmed by the solution.
Just overall, this game was a tremendous disappointment for someone who wanted to love this game, and if you're on the fence about buying this, don't.

TL;DR: I would have loved this game, but I've only had experiences that are underwhelming, boring, repetetive, and just infuriating. Do not buy this game unless you want to just refund it.
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Gay BirdMom
( 5.6 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 11 april
I thought this was a cool concept but ultimately a boring game and very short! Also I didn't really understand all of the hacks but I'm sure someone else would say that the hacks were wayyyy too simple. I could see how simple they were but I'm not crazy tech savvy so I was just kind of haphazardly guessing.
Helpful? Ja Nej Rolig
tuttobenethx
( 8.6 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 6 april
Really enjoyed the game but for sure not for everyone.
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Racer
( 12.1 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 5 april
For people who like adventure games and are coders at heart, this is a fun game. It gets a bit difficult towards the end, but is still good for 5-10 hours of unique gameplay.
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sonderkraftfahrzeug
( 2.2 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 29 mars
As a programmer I found this gave insanely frustrating and not fun at all. Stay away. 3/10

Edit: As a follow up if you want actually fun games based on programming try out SpaceChem, or Infinifactory
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Reef
( 0.3 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 28 mars
I have Hack n' Slash
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Mike
( 6.3 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 28 mars
Random, frequent slowdowns. Crashes.
Unfinished product. Avoid DoubleFine games.
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Wolf Hurricane!
( 4.6 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 26 mars
i like the concept of this game, but input long word in this game is such a pain in the ♥♥♥, the input method is like NES. although i know the decipher key, i don't want to input it.

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( 12.7 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 20 mars
Isn't it awesome a game you can dig into it's own LUA code to hack your way to beat the game. Additionally awesome is to be able to do a infinite loop and freeze the whole thing.
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( 0.6 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 17 mars
I found this game absurdly buggy. The interface was controller-friendly, though. I also like the concept behind the game. The overall experience was just too buggy and frustrating to recommend buying the game at any price.

What the game has going for it is a vector art style similar to a typical Flash-powered game. Whether or not this game leveraged Flash is beyond my knowledge, but it looks like all the art was drawn in Flash or a similar vector drawing tool. it also has one of the coolest concepts ever seen in action RPGs: hack things using their USB ports. It's not simply a gag, though! It's utilized at the game's core design level, allowing for very interesting puzzles. The time travel aspect is cool, too, but I found myself avoiding that aspect of the game as much as possible.

Where this game goes wrong is it does not hold your hand enough in the beginning and has a very unintuitive hacking interface. There's a slab near the beginning that shows you code that you can't edit at all... though it spawns a chest right away... not sure if that was hinting that future puzzles would use these slabs to give you clues, but that's my assumption. Anyway, a lot of the puzzles can be messed up and require you to really think about what you're doing. You have to contend with the game's poor implementation of riding on moving platforms, like swimming turtles, only to finally get across a small body of water after countless times getting pushed into the water by invisible forces. Mildly frustrating... becomes tedious... becomes too tedious to keep going. During playing this game, I felt like it would be easier to code my own game from scratch than it would be to play this game about hacking a game's logic. It's silly, because I could just as easily really hack the game and just beat it right away, ruining what little gameplay the game provides.
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Carriage_Returner
( 5.5 timmar totalt )
Upplagd: 17 mars
The first part of the game is really really really funny and interesting. You can change some properties of some objects in the world. Really interesting. You can change some global properties as speed of day/night change and some others.

But later you get to change the source code of everything. It was the part I was waiting for but I didn't like it. I would like it better if I could type the code myself instead of changing TRUE to FALSE or == to ~=.

Overall 6/10 very hot Sprite and Hero sprites
too sad that there is not much of fan-art of the Main Hero
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I liked this game! But I don't think I can generally recommend it.

Note first: Hack 'n' Slash is not an action game; it's a programming puzzle game wearing RPG's clothing.

If you're not already a programmer, this game isn't for you. The game gives some playful programming lessons for starters, but as a programmer and a teacher, I declare that the instructions they give you in this game are ABSOLUTELY ABYSMAL. I have NEVER, IN MY LIFE, seen such a poor explanation of a for-loop, one of the easiest things to explain.

If you ARE already a programmer, though, this game may also not be for you. Their attempts to simplify the programming with colour schemes and visual metaphors, in my opinion, made things only more complicated. And most of all, you'll be grinding your teeth on how easy the solutions would be if you could just type your own lines (to manually call functions, for example), and how you're condemned to stitching together something from the arbitrary list of things you ARE allowed to edit.

Why did I like it then? The conversation isn't very good, the character designs are of varying appeal (quite liked Isis, liked most of Alice, hated almost every single aspect of Bob), the music is pretty sweet though and the world is nice and vibrant.
But at the end of the day, I liked it for being a puzzle game with a neat new idea to explore and that wasn't too easy or too hard. A nice little brain teaser with some creative ideas and a lot of heart.

13 euro is way too much for this though.
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Picture this: you're playing the original Legend of Zelda (yeah the one for NES). You walk up to a bush and hit it with your sword. In the Zelda game, nothing would happen, right? Well in this game, you insert the sword into the USB port on the back of the bush and you have the option to either make it moveable so you can push it out of the way, set it on fire, or extinguish the flame if it is on fire. And you can set how many health hearts it drops if you let it burn.

Picture this: you're playing the original Legend of Zelda (yeah same game as before but a different reference this time I promise) and an enemy is charging at you. You swing your sword to attack. In the Zelda game, it would take two or three hits, then the enemy would curl up and die... possibly dropping a rupee or a heart. Well, in this game you insert your sword in the USB port on the enemy's head and now you have several options:
1. you can change an enemy to a friend so it will seek and destroy other enemies!!
2. you can change the amount of HP the enemy has to make it easier (or harder) to kill.
3. you can change whether the enemy is looking for a fight, or running away.
4. you can change the enemy's movement patterns using an advanced programming menu.
5. you can change the amount of health hearts the enemy drops when it dies.

Similar changes are possible in all sorts of situations in this game. In fact, if you are unwilling to hack your way out of trouble (as in computer hack, not hack and slash and stab) then you will FAIL. Yep, this is the original game that is designed to be played BY CHEATING YOUR WAY THROUGH IT. There are multiple solutions to most of the problems you encounter, but all of them will require creative use of MATH, LOGIC, and BASIC PROGRAMMING.

Bottom line:
it's reminiscent of the old-school adventure RPG games like Legend of Zelda, except your main tool here is a super-hacker USB sword that you use to change the parameters of every item, spell, and character you encounter. If you HATE hacking, programming, math/logic problems, and things of that nature then you will hate this game. If you want to play a new take on an old genre, well then you might have a little fun with this.
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1.6 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 11 april
TL;DR at bottom, if you want.

I'll be honest, I tried to love this game. I thought this game was right up my alley, being as I love programming, I love puzzles, and I love the Legend of Zelda-like look to it, but overall, this game was just completely underwhelming.

In general, the core mechanics of this game aren't all to great. Sure it seems cool looking at all the things that you can do, and all the possible puzzles, but nothing really feels very interesting. So many of the encounters you have are just the samet thing of dodging the enemy, reprogramming the enemy to something else, and repeat. It may seem pretty cool, and pretty limitless, but theres almost nothing interesting you can do. This game also looks like it has a lot of exploration to it, but it's really just extremely railroaded with the illusion of being truly open world. Its like "Sure you could go this way, but it doesn't lead anywhere for you right now and you don't get any hint what you need or how to get it."
On top of this, the challenge in this game comes from the wrong place. It should be in the interesting combat which changes constantly, but it's extremely repetetive, and you can become practically invincible extremely early on. The real challenge is the puzzles and the feeling of "Am I doing this right? I have no idea" and then going to the "There has to be another way, or some hint" but being as it's very railroaded, there's no hints, and nothing else to do other than look up what to do online, and being completely underwhelmed by the solution.
Just overall, this game was a tremendous disappointment for someone who wanted to love this game, and if you're on the fence about buying this, don't.

TL;DR: I would have loved this game, but I've only had experiences that are underwhelming, boring, repetetive, and just infuriating. Do not buy this game unless you want to just refund it.
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I found this game absurdly buggy. The interface was controller-friendly, though. I also like the concept behind the game. The overall experience was just too buggy and frustrating to recommend buying the game at any price.

What the game has going for it is a vector art style similar to a typical Flash-powered game. Whether or not this game leveraged Flash is beyond my knowledge, but it looks like all the art was drawn in Flash or a similar vector drawing tool. it also has one of the coolest concepts ever seen in action RPGs: hack things using their USB ports. It's not simply a gag, though! It's utilized at the game's core design level, allowing for very interesting puzzles. The time travel aspect is cool, too, but I found myself avoiding that aspect of the game as much as possible.

Where this game goes wrong is it does not hold your hand enough in the beginning and has a very unintuitive hacking interface. There's a slab near the beginning that shows you code that you can't edit at all... though it spawns a chest right away... not sure if that was hinting that future puzzles would use these slabs to give you clues, but that's my assumption. Anyway, a lot of the puzzles can be messed up and require you to really think about what you're doing. You have to contend with the game's poor implementation of riding on moving platforms, like swimming turtles, only to finally get across a small body of water after countless times getting pushed into the water by invisible forces. Mildly frustrating... becomes tedious... becomes too tedious to keep going. During playing this game, I felt like it would be easier to code my own game from scratch than it would be to play this game about hacking a game's logic. It's silly, because I could just as easily really hack the game and just beat it right away, ruining what little gameplay the game provides.
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As a progammer and a lover of puzzle games, I figured that I'd brave the mixed reviews since I fall within the target demographic. Despite that, this game was a disappointment. The puzzles are either uninspired or obscure, the game is liable to crash often, and the dialogue is grating.

Some of the early problems were promising, but simple. "Hacking" objects to modify high-level object properties made for some novel challenges, but there are few enough hackable objects and few enough properties within each that most of these puzzles reduced to "hack problem object, adjust obvious property."

At some point in the game we are given the ability to actually examine and edit objects' code. Unfortunately this also leads to either frustrating or overly simple puzzles. Many times in the game we simply enter an object's code and change it's "isHackable" property to true, then hack the object and change some obvious property. A fine puzzle to solve once, but to use it at several critical points seems repetitive.

I'm not familiar with Lua (the langauge the player manipulates in-game) and figured this game would at least give me a sense of the language. This was not the case. The structure of the in-game code was such that its purpose was often impossible to decipher - loops and conditions were presumably present but all code was displayed in a perfectly linear manner and I emerged even more confused about Lua than when I began.

Most of the late-game programming puzzles offer up the bit of code to be modified pretty easily. Upon entering an object's code you can visit various subclasses and functions, most of which are long and clearly critical to the game's normal function. The game does allow you to visit these blocks of code (though this sometimes crashes the game with longer sections) and does allow you to modify them, but their size and codepenence generally means that no meaningful changes can be made without "crashing the game" (errors created by the player result in the "end of the universe" and you must reload), and puzzles are rarely solved by doing so.

In contrast, other blocks of code have a very different style - short and with clearly labeled variables that pertain to the puzzle at hand. Identifying which blocks the game invites you to modify is pretty easy based only on this clear difference in style, and once you've found the critical function you can often change a simple boolean or integer without really understanding what you're doing, and solving the puzzle.

This is not to say the game is a breeze - many puzzles are not obvious. The challenge comes not from the innovation of the puzzles but by their obscurity. No direction is given to the player in several key sections, and it's often unclear whether you simply don't have the object required to get past a challenge, or if you haven't dig deep enough in the code.

The final puzzle was especially unrewarding. A deep delve into the final boss's code was fun, and I finally mananged to convice the boss to destroy itself. Success! ...or, nope, I'm just stuck in the boss screen with no boss. I reloaded and tried a different tactic, but this one defeated the boss as well as destroyed the universe. Suspecting a bug, I turned to a guide which presented a third, equally viable code tweak which was arbitrarily selected as the "correct" one by the designers and moved the plot forward.

I also was able to accidentally skip a final puzzle by reloading at a particular spot (which I only realized by reading a guide after completing the game), which makes me unsure if this happened at other points in the game.

A final note is the humor: The writers try painfully hard to make witty dialogue but it comes across as juvenile and bizzare. I'm a fan of good humor, high- or low-brow, but this game delivers neither.

I DID finish the game in the hopes that such a novel concept would yield at least a few inspired puzzles or challenges, and admittely a few did come close. Riding the line between puzzle game and programming chalenge, ultimately the game fails as either. To programmers and puzzlers, I advise you to seek fun elsewhere.
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3.6 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 13 december, 2015
This is an adventure/puzzle/programming game, NOT an action game of any sort. The puzzles revolve around you manipulating the programming of various objects and npcs. That sounds good, but what you can edit is very limited, at least in the beginning. Other reviews say it opens up a lot later, but is still more limited than you probably desire. Anyway, the game has a lot of quirks and frustrating design choices that typical adventure games have, and those turned me off completely. Examples include:

* Some objects or paths from one map to another are easy to miss. Not getting them means you eventually can't proceed but you won't know why because...
* No objective display to let you know or even hint at what you should be doing
* No map
* Solutions to puzzles are sometimes very obtuse

So as you might guess from the above, I got lost for over an hour, with no idea what to do next. I ended up turning to a guide, and quit soon after.

This is the kind of game where you need to be prepared to walk around every inch of the world looking for what changed since your last world-changing action. And you need to be ready to bash your head against the wall, trying everything you can think of, until you finally solve a puzzle. Lots of people find that fun. I don't. At all.
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In the last few years there has been an increase on programming-oriented games, most of which are fun, challenging or even infomative
This one, however, is neither of those things; prone to crashing and with little actual puzzles besides changing a single value in a file, it keeps coming short on everything it`s supposed to do
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This game has an interesting story, once you beat it, but game is pretty short if you know what your doing (about 2-3hrs) so the price tag on this shouldnt really be $13.37
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Upplagd: 19 december, 2015
I really enjoyed this game at the start. Then at one point, I got stuck because I couldn't understand the text. Apparently I walked past the Glyph Decoder... and to go get it I had to play from a earlier save point... This really put me off the game. If there was something that important, they should'nt have let me past it.
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A cute, small concept that, if you're a programmer already, is worth a couple bucks and a bit of your time before it devolves into obscurity.

The character dialogue in this game is cute & charming, and is about what you'd expect from temp dialogue written by a programer. Some of the earlier puzzles are witty, and the idea that you can modify global variables at will (such as game speed) is a brilliantly fun thing to toy with. Unfortunately, some of the later puzzles are too esoteric for even a seasoned programmer like myself, and I don't see a real reason to dig much further, since there's not much else worth tinkering with.
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Intresting concept, I recomend
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It crashes very often
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4.9 timmar totalt
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Nice concept, too buggy.

Hack 'n' Slash starts out nice, but I found that the game just loves to crash and the gamepad/keyboard switching seems to give it issues where both stop responding. It doesn't seem to be a major issue until the cave trials where the universe kept collapsing with greater and greater frequency, even if I just looked at code and then popped out afterwards and sometimes would have issues just reloading areas using the device to reload areas (where it just stopped responding to input although didn't hard-lock).

Would have liked to recommend the game but I can't recommend it if I can't play it without it continuing to die on me.
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GOOD ALSO BAD
good=awesome programming game for programmers
bad=Theres so many problems with the games lua i dont know where to start...OH WAIT THIS IS A LUA GAME
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Do not buy this game. This is not the programming game you want to buy. It is not worth the money, and it is not currently, by my standards, a finished puzzle game, much less one that teaches any reasonable amount of programming.

It is a beautiful idea for a game, and a very clever title for the idea. But this game does not live up to the beauty of its idea. If you must buy it, wait for the game that purports to teach programming to at least be itself adequately programmed. That is not the game that is available right now.

Hack 'n' Slash is a game in which you swing your USB sword to, instead of slaying things, set their hit points to 0. I can offer no higher praise for the integration of the "hacking" in the game for the first few minutes of gameplay. Instead of attacking the turtle, you hack its allegiance so it becomes your ally. Instead of finding the right order of blocks to push for a block pushing puzzle, you simply hack the number of remaining pushes allowed for one block. Reprogramming the movement of the guards was hilarious.

Then, just as quickly as the fun begins, the clever puzzle design disintegrates.

The coding is still painfully inaccessible and unserviceable—if you're a programmer, it's boring and tedious for no apparent reason, and if you're not a programmer, there's no chance you'll really even understand the puzzle as it's presented. As an experienced programmer, putting together the clues using detailed understanding of how programming generally works got me through the "programming puzzles", but left me painfully frustrated by how obtuse they were guaranteed to be for someone who didn't automatically know that "HackBlock 1" is probably the same in-game object as "blocks[1]". I see no reason to relate a red letter 'a' directly to a red diamond symbol other than educated guesswork. A game which requires trial and error is fine, but a game that requires too much backtracking between trials and crashes when you don't know what you're doing is not a game that encourages learning.

The most frustrating thing for me was when I immediately saw the solution the programmers intended, but also that there were far more obvious and trivial solutions. Let's take a hypothetical locked gate as an example: if instead of entering the prescribed password, you simply toggled some output value from "false" to "true," you might bypass the intended lesson entirely. Not only are the puzzles poorly thought out, they don't even enforce the intended lesson. I can't imagine anything other than inexperienced players blundering their way through the "puzzles."

The game crashes when the built-in LUA interpreter falls apart, because instead of being a sandboxed interpreter, the game runs code you throw at it natively, and I wouldn't be surprised if the game was a legitimate security vulnerability for getting admin access to the local machine. What's worse, the programming conventions used are distracting, if not outright confusing. The variables that are useful to hack aren't even always next to the lines of code they relate to, requiring mundane back calculation or walking around to find the right variable.

Imagine if a game that wasn't about programming presented these qualities: for instance, you found yourself in a hallway with five switches, and the purpose of the switches only marginally explained to you. There is absolutely no feedback to tell you what each switch does, unless you've solved the puzzle, or unknowingly triggered a fail state. What's worse, these fail states cause you to lose any forward progress made not only on the current 5-switch puzzle, but also the 3-switch puzzles that you've managed to solve in the same hallway. This is not what I consider a good puzzle game, but it is exactly the sort of scenario Hack 'n' Slash unforgivingly drops players into. Where traditional games undergo thorough testing to prevent the player from causing crashes, Hack 'n' Slash markets the total (and completely unnecessary) instability of the game as a feature. Can you imagine an point and click adventure game that crashed when you used the wrong item on the wrong target? How is this fun for the player? Why aren't they simply preventing unnecessary modifications, and adding iteration limits and variable scopes to prevent accidents? The puzzles are poorly designed, and just aren't fun.

And now for the rest of the game. As adventure games go, this game feels incomplete: shoddy collision detection make movement a confusing dance, total lack of information on what can and can't be done makes even thinking about solutions total guesswork.Traditional adventure games leave a trail of breadcrumbs to lead you along, and a useful assistant who makes sure the player is at least going in the right direction. Not so in this half-done game. Between acts the player is expected to know where they should romp for five minutes to get to the next destination, and while this could be "part of the puzzle" in some twisted logic the latter half of the game is a series of tedious activities: wander until you reach the next scripted destination, randomly permute code until success. Nothing is named in a useful fashion, nothing is provided, and the game gives you more ways to cause a crash than it does any meaningful direction towards a smart solution. There's invariably way too much information available as "clues," and the player has no idea what's useful and what's just there because the programmers thought it would be cool. I spend so much time wading through unnecessary details for reasons I don't understand to solve puzzles that aren't even intellectually challenging so much as they are a series of inside jokes. The final puzzles aren't so much arcane wizardry as they are exercises in variable tweaking, and there's not even any guide to explain which variables should really be tweaked to start with. Behaviors not explained before or after a particular puzzle are used and so players shouldn't even know to try the things the developers expect us to know.

As someone who actually studied computer science, incidentally, I'm disappointed by what the game refers to as algorithms. None of the implementations are meaningfully quantifiable algorithms. This is what most saddens me, to be honest: there are so many beautiful, challenging, and meaningful problems in computer science that programming games could explore and teach. Even the final chapter of the game, purported to be a legitimate programming challenge with actual security applications, boils down to a series of password reading tricks used earlier, or the mundane "wander, hack, permute" process. I was hoping to maybe see some binary search, or some loop iteration, or even just simple mathematics to inject actual challenge into the game, but instead found myself going through the exact motions I go through when debugging ugly, poorly written code. "If x ==y continue" tells me nothing about how many lines are actually part of the if statement, by the way. LUA probably wouldn't have been my first choice as a language for making the code readable to nonprogrammers. Might have been smarter to create a simpler, if still Turing complete domain specific version of LUA that doesn't throw unfamiliar terms like jump statements and closure operations. I'm saddened by the possibility that LUA was chosen not because it's a beautiful, educational language but because it made executing user code easy (and highly destructive and universe-collapsing). I spent more time shaking my head at the programming choices than solving the puzzles, and even more time wondering why Double Fine failed to even make the non-programming parts of the game enjoyable. It plays like a very promising alpha, which would be encouraging, if the game wasn't being marketed as a full release.

This is not a programming game. This is not a well-programmed game. And what's worse, this is not even a good game. I'd save your money if I were you.
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6.8 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 14 september, 2014
A very interesting concept, but I see several issues with this game.

Cons:
* It's absolutely NOT recommended for people with no programming/algorithmics knowledge. The first half of the game should be doable by almost anyone, but as soon as actual code is shown and modifiable (end of Act 4 and all of Act 5), it can be overwhelming.
* The code you can hack is displayed in a very hard to understand way. I heard it's based on the game's Lua bytecode. Why not let people see/modify the source code instead? Bytecode is not meant to be read by humans.
You can see the code as text, or there is a sort of visual representation with machines and crystals, but it's just too confusing. As a professional programmer, I grasped most of it, but I think most people won't.
* The graphics look mostly bad. The characters are OK but the backgrounds... The level design is meh, with many useless paths and dead ends.
* The music is forgettable
* A bit on the short side, with low replay value unless you just want to test how far you can go with the hacking. But then why not program your own game instead?
* The ending is surprising but weird, nonsensical and abrupt to me.

Pros:
* Awesome base concept
* Some of the puzzles are quite cleverly made
* The "Double Fine touch" is here, with quirky characters and dialogs, but it's a bit weak. Psychonauts is way better in that regard.
* It's challenging for your brain for those who like that.

Not really a pro nor a con:
* Near the end I think I skipped an important scene completely with hacking. That's pretty cool but I'm missing part of the story!
* It's only in English. I didn't really mind even though I'm French, but some people will. I think it would be really hard to translate such a game anyway (all the game's variables and functions would have to be translated)

Conclusion:
If you are a programming junkie, a bit curious, or just want to challenge your brain, buy this game when it gets cheaper. Otherwise I think it will just be a frustrating experience and you will not enjoy it.
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9.0 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 1 november, 2015
Recommended for programmers/tinkerers. Others will probably be confused and disappointed. This review itself will likely not make that much sense to the latter group.

It's in the current Humble Bundle Weekly at the $1 tier (ends 2015-11-5). Worth it at that price for sure.

This is not a "programming" game (like TIS-100, SpaceChem, Human Resource Machine, etc). It is a "hacking" game.

It is definitely not a "Hack and Slash" game as it may seem to be at first glance. There is very little of anything resembling a normal game here, although it has a vaguely Zelda-esque facade.

As a minor connoisseur of sorts when it comes to programming/hacking games, I'm not aware of any other game that has done what HnS has (Edit: The more recently released Else Heart.Break() seems to do something similar, but I haven't played it yet).

The title is more of a proof of concept than a fully featured game. Not really a surprise at this point coming from Double Fine. But the proof of concept alone should be worth the price of admission and the time for those interested in this sort of thing.

Most of the game is written in Lua (a very common game scripting language). The game (gradually) exposes the ability to modify itself, but only to a limited extent. You start off being able to only modify some instance variables of certain entities (and later a handful of game instance globals, if you can find them). Eventually you gain the ability to examine the code of just about everything, but you can only modify constants (including the names of called functions in some cases). You can also swap a few operators.

Although that sounds like a lot of power, there is actually fairly little you can do that is interesting or useful. The majority of the "puzzles" reduce to finding the right variable or operator to alter in typically fairly mundane ways (e.g. flip a bool, comparison operator, make a number very large or very small). That's not all that surprising considering how difficult it is to accomplish something more meaningful from a gameplay perspective in this kind of system. But what is there is reasonably fun/amusing. And thankfully it doesn't grow old because the game is quite short.

Typically hackable entities can be "hacked" (have their state/instance vars altered) by attacking them with a weapon. Later in the game, you gain the ability to hack into a larger variety of entities by actually modifying the code (again, only specific parts of the code). This is done in an unusual, noteworthy fashion:

Instead of simply editing the code text/values directly, a visual/spatial representation of the code is created in which you can walk around and modify particular constants and operators.

Strangely, when the game shows you the Lua code, it doesn't actually show you the raw code. Instead, it displays it in a rather strange, awkward syntax that actually makes it more obfuscated than it is in the original Lua (for a typical programmer, at least). I guess it could be said that this better immerses already experienced programmers, forcing them to "learn" the system even if they already know Lua.

Near the end of the game, you also gain the ability to browse the entire(?) lua game source. This is represented as a library in game, where each level of the library is a directory, and staircases are the means for directory traversal. Individual files are books on a bookshelf that can be stored in your inventory for direct hacking later. Again, despite how much power this seemingly conveys, the actual usefulness of this is quite limited. But it's a cool experiment.
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Upplagd: 23 september, 2014
Does this game have a brilliant concept?

Yes.

Is this game enjoyable for the general public?

Eh.

It's quite special for a developer to get an idea that rubs down to: Hey, isn't it fun to let players alter the game the way they like and hack almost anything?

But, somewhere down the line of production, I guess they forgot to realize how user-unfriendly this game can get beyond Act 4. It's not puzzle, oh no, not your every day 'explore-and-find-clues' puzzle, it's a confusing, excrusiatingly painful coding experience.

Worst of all, this game -crashes-, and by that I mean ALL the time. Any event where you mess up on either hacking things, digging into Algorithm, you have the potential to slam into different kind of bugs that the developer didn't iron out. If you hit too many bugs, it wouldn't even allow you to go back to your previous setting (An item in game that basically rewind what you do), forcing you to shut down the game and restart.

Option menu is totally devoided of any options other than choosing fullscreen/window mode, as well as sound. Where is the graphic options?

All around, it's a game with potential, but is underdeveloped. It's baffling that this game can even win an indie game award with the state it currently is in.
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Upplagd: 6 maj, 2014
Hack n' Slash is in early access, but it is magnificent already.

Bugs are present, so if that bothers you, you may want to steer clear until v1.0. I havent come across anything game breaking, but I have encountered a few instances of the game freezing or inventory scrambling. Regardless of this, I have really enjoyed my playthrough so far.

If you're the least bit interested in this games mechanics and can handle a few minor hiccups, I'd say go for it.
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3.3 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 9 januari, 2015
Disclaimer: My programming knowledge is almost zero, except for easy stuff like a bit of html, some BASIC from 20 years ago and some understanding of general programming logic. I've played the game until act 4, after a set of 3 easier puzzles that were quickly followed by puzzles incomprehensible to me, no matter how hard I tried.

Overview: Hack 'n' Slash is a puzzle game with a small share of action. The puzzles are all related to programming, starting with simple stuff anyone should be able to sort out, but rapidly escalating to puzzles that require solid programming knowledge. You control a girl with her sprite friend and they collect tools that help you with the hacking, while trying to ultimately defeat an evil wizard.

Pros:
  • Awesome concept
  • Cute graphics
  • Interesting puzzles (as far as I was able to solve them, anyway)
  • The puzzles starting in the act 4 seem great, too--even better, actually-- if you're able to understand them, that is
  • Funny characters and dialogues (but nothing special or memorable)
  • Probably a good programming training session (but I'm just guessing)

Cons:
  • Almost no tutorial when the hacking gets really hard--if they had taken their time to make a great tutorial, it would probably be playable by everyone, but it isn't
  • Requires solid programming knowledge and it really should be written in huge letters somewhere in the store page--since it's not, it feels like they're trying to fool people into buying a game they won't be able to play
  • Action part of the game is clumsy, boring, and totally unnecessary
  • Although there's controller support, it sucks--stick to your keyboard
  • Music is a bit annoying, even when you haven't reprogrammed the game speed

Bought on: I got it as a Christmas gift from Sweetheart Gamer! Thank you, despite everything. Sorry to rate a gift with thumbs down (again, but fair is fair). Well, if you care to know, it's been as cheap as US$ 4.54 (R$ 8,83) on Steam.

Verdict: If you can't program (lua, I guess), STAY AWAY! You won't learn it in this game. You might get through acts 2 and 3, but you'll be stuck on act 4, and I'm 100% sure of that. And starting a game you won't be able to complete without a guide is more frustrating than not even trying. Well, if you are familiar with programming, lua, and all that stuff, then you'll probably enjoy it, despite its other minor flaws. So it's a thumbs down for most people, thumbs up for a few others.

Similar games: If you ended up on this game while looking for something similar to the classic 2D Zelda, you should try Ittle Dew, for both Ittle Dew and Hack 'n' Slash have the same sense of humor, graphics have their similarities--only Ittle Dew doesn't require you to know how to program.
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