Unhack is a visual novel x puzzle game that explores the nature of greed. Destroy the 5K Worm alongside fully voiced AI companions!
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Release Date: Feb 20, 2014

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Unhack is a visual novel x puzzle game that explores the nature of greed. Destroy the 5K Worm alongside fully voiced AI companions! Features the voices of Xanthe Huynh, Skyler Davenport and Aimee Smith. Xanthe's voice can also be heard in series such as Sword Art Online, K-On! and many more. Voice actress Rachael Messer also makes a quick appearance at one point.

Illustrations: Hybridmink
Music: Matt Hamm

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    Minimum:
    • OS: XP or above
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280 x 960
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280 x 960
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2015
Unhack is an indie puzzle game with a story that is delivered in visual novel style. For a rather decent price, you'll get a hour or two of very nice story, well made backround music with anime styled sprites dubbed by english voice actors.

I will try to avoid all spoilers in these few words I'd like to share about my impressions.

First of all, for such a short game, the story is very nice. It has everything from a nice start to a well done climax. The characters are nice. To my suprise even the english dub is nice as the voice actresses are doing much more than just reading a script (although if I hear "Yawnies" again I'll probably go crazy...) I can't find praise for the humour in the game. I really enjoyed it, with all the crappy puns to various other surprises which are very pleasant compared to other indie VN games.

The main character uses a lot of emoticons in the conversations making them lively and with the humorous replies it makes the main character unique and memorable. Most of them are rather complex so understand the meaning, but there is no shame to look it up, or simply turn them off in the options, which in my opinion shaves a lot of uniqueness from the main character.

I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who wants to relax while enjoying a short story with a simple puzzle gameplay and backround music which fits nicely the setting.

As for gameplay, it is very simple. You simply move with WSAD (heresy to call it ASWD!!! *shakes fist* >:D). You progress the story by clicking on "next" or by simply pressing enter. You can skip some parts with F which is really handy in the higher difficulties.
The game offers 3 difficulties. I did play it on the "brutal difficulty designed specially to torture prisoners and for masochists :D" and it was quite enjoyable although there aren't any achievements to unlock.
What I didn't really like is the lack of windowed mode, lack of resolution settings. The steam overlay is a mess, with popups being cut apart and I had trouble making screenshots, which is kinda sad, because I like to take souvenirs.

Summing it up:
Pros: Nice story
Good price
Good BGM
Nice, simple and relaxing gameplay
Trading cards
FUUUUUSION HA!
Several golden puns and character interactions
Decent voice acting (Xanthe's voice reminds me of Estelle from Tales of Vesperia. Good stuff).

Cons:
Probably too easy for hardcore puzzle gamers even on the hardest dificulty.
Short
Lack of achievements
Fullscreen and 1 resolution
Incompatible with steam overlay + had trouble with screenshots
False promise of Weedy showing using The Mod
(personal) Yawnies

Ps. The character gave birth to the MANly style of speech. Which was hellowa confusing to a non native speaker like me (I know... Sucks to be me, man...). But yeah. MANly... :D
PPs. I will have nightmares from "Yawnies"
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Unhack is a bizarre game. It's a mix between a visual novel and a puzzle game where you go from point A to point B.

Unhack, story is pretty bizarre as well. You play as the unhacker and you have to go through data streams to stop the 5K worm.

The gameplay is you moving a square through orbs, but you can only place your square on the orbs. There are viruses and lasers that will destroy you on impact.

There are boss battles where you have to shoot at the AI core to destroy them.

The visual novel aspect is not really there as you can't choose what to say and there's no decisions to impact the story. So why they advertise the game as a visual novel is beyond me.

The art style is quite mediocre. I felt that the characters look ridiculous and I can't take them seriously.

The voice acting is also mediocre and some of it, is just beyond terrible. I can't take some of the characters seriously, just because of the voice acting.

The game is really short, only around an hour long and there's next to no replay value in this title. So don't expect to replay it after you are finished with the main story.

The game is also pretty easy and there are difficulty options, if you want a bigger challenge.

Overall Unhack is an okay-ish title. It's not bad, but it's not that good either. It barely get's a positive rating from me, because I enjoyed the gameplay.

Final Rating:
6/10 - Okay

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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Unhack Destruction is an interesting mix of VN + Puzzle/Strategy/Action game. Regardless of the devs inexperience when putting this title together, as they state it was their first one on steam, the game flows pretty well and isn't too long or drawn out.

Some games you feel they could have just stopped and you would have been happy, or they continue to make insane challenge after insane challenge. That's not the case with Unhack. It feels just about the right length for the type of game that it is.

You are an unhacker (think Whitehat I suppose?) and your job is to fight the 5K worm and clean it out of systems. As you progress and revel the story that makes up our world, you learn about greed, sure as the description says, but really there is more there in terms of friendship, loyalty and sacrifice.

The game is very short, to be sure, and because of that, I'm not sure the price is right, but I picked it up in a bundle.

For the Otaku: No nudies for you, in fact the 'girls' will recognize you for who you are.
The artwork is pretty good, and the mix of tech with Anime doesn't clash as one might think originally.

Interesting concept and I'd love to see where the dev will go with this in Unhack 2.

Overall, Unhack is entertaining if short. Worth the hour long play through on Normal, and if you want a challenge, try it on it's other settings.

7/10
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2015
This is a game you truly play mostly for the plot, the gameplay itself is very simple, move around in simple while avoiding obstacles and unlocking the paths to the next area. Upping the difficulty makes this game a bit more challenging if you're into that, but honestly this game is a tearjerker by the end (Without spoiling anything!) Don't let the simplicity of this game fool you, it's a great story that progresses as you're playing the game and moving around each area. Despite all this, I do find it a very short game and wish there were more features.. Such as a way to view all the CG art that is earned at the end of each episodes and was only SLIGHTLY dissapointed of a lack of a "costume mod" ;)

But regardless, I've had a lot of fun with this game, great soundtrack, great characters, great story and really felt the emotional bond between the characters by the end of it all. Highly reccomend this to anyone who is into a good story with some great casting.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25, 2015
Awesome mix of visual novel and simple puzzle game, with very nice graphics and sound and a wide range of difficulty levels to choose and memorable characters, this game is very fun and it is not a 10/10 only for the reasons stated below:

- your own character has no voice and that makes you have to go back to a previous line of a conversation, as characters speak while you play;
- there is no way to know where you are in the story, unless you memorize the last chapter you played;
- no controller support, as this is a simple game to control (AWSD, num pad or mouse);
- no widescreen support;

However, none of these detract from the awesome experience of playing this game. If you play it on normal, you will find it very relaxing and, if you play it on harder difficulties, you will enjoy the challenge. Recommended!
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2015
Unhack is the sort of pleasant surprise you'd never guess from its simple artwork, seemingly basic mechanics, and emoticon laden dialogue that all make for a fairly poor store page impression.

Rest assured it isn't complex, nor does its artwork ever merge into much more than it first appears, but it's carried so well by an infectious charm and its developer's recognition of their limitations and playing them as a strength, that I found myself rather taken aback how much I was enjoying playing through it.

As an unhacker (which is exactly what it sounds like) you play the part of a security specialist, paired with an AI assistant to hunt down viruses before they can somehow destroy the world. Naturally everything quickly goes entirely out of control, rogue AI and viruses alike running amok, and you're left at the center to try and fix the mess while trying to convince your partner to try your TOTALLY not perverted costume pack (did I mention your character was a pervert? you probably guessed that anyway, though thankfully it never goes beyond a few tame jokes). Sure, it's a predicable, melodramatic, shallow story in a lot of ways, but it's written with this not quite self aware but still firm understanding that the game is going to come off as silly no matter how serious it tries to be, so it knows just how far to go without becoming obnoxiously heavy handed and has a lot of fun with itself in the process.

It definitely helps a lot that the voice acting (which was unexpected in and of itself) is more than decent, with appropriately chipper voices all around that refrained from the grating tones so often given to AI in media. There aren't a huge amount of emotions needed from the script, but I was legitimately impressed at the cast and couldn't help but find them as endearing and adorable of the lovely artwork they're drawn in (not to mention it has the best yawning sound of anything, ever).

I can't remember actually bursting out laughing at any particular line, but was definitely smiling the whole way through as the cute AI bantered back and forth with a protagonist that's kind of an ♥♥♥ but you love him anyway. It also manages to pull off a very internet feel with its dialogue, with phrases and emotes that will be familiar to anyone that's ever made the poor decision of glancing at a comments section, without coming across as just a writer having trouble disconnecting from their texting habits. I'm sure some will still think it's dumb (for which there's an option to disable emoticons entirely), but it was strangely charming to me and felt natural in this landscape of super hackers and sentient computer programs.

There's not a whole lot to say about how Unhack actually plays, aside from that it does a fantastic job of not outstaying its welcome. Navigating mazes as a little cube of code is fun while it lasts and new mechanics are introduced regularly enough to give you something new to consider with every level, keeping things simple but engaging and wrapping up in a brief but satisfying hour or thereabouts. Unhack knows what it is, it knows its strengths, and it doesn't lean on any of its weaker points long enough to become tiresome. For the price of a burger and less of my time than I spend looking at pictures of cats on any given day, I doubt I could be anymore happy to have given Unhack a chance.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
I really liked the basic idea of the gameplay, but it was much too easy. New gameplay mechanics were introduced in each chapter, but none of them were fully explored. The timing sequences didn't really get any harder from the beginning of the game onwards. My suggestion would be to add in some puzzling elements to spice it up and make the game longer. The playtime is definitely too short (about 40 minutes to beat once) when compared to the price.

Art was fine. It wasn't spectacular, but none of the characters looked super awkward or anything. I liked the art style of the hacking game better than the character art.

The story was okay, though it was predictable. The dialogue was neither good or bad. The voice acting was okay, but pretty flat. One thing I did like about was the way the dialogue advanced during the gameplay sequences. It felt more natural than just having cutscenes all the time, and gave you something interesting to read while playing.

One final thing is that the lack of a save system is pretty bad. The only reason it didn't completely ruin the game is that the game is so short that you can beat it in one sitting. You can choose to load the game at the beginning of each chapter, but the game never tells you what chapter you're on, so you just need to choose chapters at random until you find the right one. Even just having the load screen show what chapters you've already completed would be a big improvement.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
Play as a pervert pursuing his AI companions into wearing new costume mods for screenshot sessions.

Voice acting is too sexy.
Story is too sexy.
AIs are too sexy.
Fusion sequences are happening at every turn and they are too naughty.
And you are still being called a pervert 'til the end of the game.

Like the unhacker, I didn't know my real identity until it was revealed to me that I was being a pervert. Now.. I found my true self. My eyes are forever opened. I... am... a pervert.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
Pretty simple action/puzzle game with an overly dramatic storyline that's over in an hour or two. Can't recommend it at full price but a sale or bundle, sure, it's decent for a brief distraction.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
Gameplay: 4/5
Visuals (inc characters) 5/5

I really enjoyed this game, the objective is to destroy the "5k Worms" across 10 stages along with Weedy and Miss Debug, the characters are fully voiced and the artwork is excellent! That, I was impressed with, Miss debugs *Yawnies* were cute too. heh...

The only things I would improve is fixing the Steam overlay in-game (it doesn't allow/work)
and the puzzles/stages could've been more challenging (but I did play on easy afterall)

Deffinately worth the money!
FYI: I had 100 minutes of gameplay before I completed it. (Time includes replying to messages and stuff though) so... I'd say it's a good 1 hour gameplay/story at least. Doesn't sound long but it's still worth it. :)

it's about you (the unhacker, or creator) fixing your own mistakes, but you only find out towards the end of the game that the creator (you) made the problems, including the "5k Worms" and you created Weedy and Miss debug (AI)

Thanks for reading :)
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tellmeninetails
1.6 hrs
Posted: July 29
It's kinda fun on the harder difficulties. Higher stakes.
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K-I-L-L M-A-S-T-E-R
5.2 hrs
Posted: July 8
Unhack was Shown to me by a friend, he loved the game, I was thrilled to see how the game was layed out, but the only problem is that it is short. Great game, but Short.
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SilverWolf85
2.6 hrs
Posted: June 27
I enjoyed the blend of visual novel storytelling and puzzlemaps. And it's rare to have a visual novel with voice acting, which was a great addition. The DLC Unhack:Destruction was great for adding more context to ACME's side of the overall story.

For those that enjoy visual novels with a little something extra, I would definitely recommend checking out Unhack.
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Sunny Tzu
1.8 hrs
Posted: June 25
The gameplay is nothing remarkable. However I really enjoyed the story and the voice acting fit the characters perfectly. It's well worth the asking price.
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Mineman0691
1.8 hrs
Posted: May 3
the game was great. the art was fantastic. the game play was fully enjoyable. all the rest of the game was also great. if you are reading this review and thinking of getting this game. it is would every dime of this game so it is a must get if your into puzzles and visual novel game. and thank you to all the people that made this game possible. 10/10
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MrVariant
0.6 hrs
Posted: May 1
Love the voice acting, $2 sale, and puzzle elements. Fortunately the multiple difficulty levels should satisfy everyone (Thankful for Infinite lives on normal since the 2nd level kicked my ♥♥♥ but I got better over time). I like how this is a combination of a hacking themed puzzle game (which timed events feel a bit like platforming of when to cross those dots) and visual novel with interesting characters.
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[IAM] White Rice
1.7 hrs
Posted: April 29
A short game with simple gameplay, but a nice distraction when everything is said & done.

It's inexpensive, moreso when on sale (full disclosure, I got it on sale, so under $3 for the game & it's extra content) but it also only took me about 2 hours to go through the game. Still, that's a better dollar/hour rate than going to the movies, so I'm not going to say much else about the length of the game.

The gameplay is simple, which is kinda nice in this insatance (especially considering it's a simple graphical representation of you being a super white-hat hacker [or, as the game calls it "unhacker"] via a colored square moving along a path) You use WASD, clicking with your mouse (I do not suggest using the mouse for the "unhacking" bits) or the number pad to control your little square, moving from point A to point B (though you usually stop along at points C F and P along the way) to achieve whatever goal the story put before you during each segment (episode) Sometimes there are enemies to avoid, sometimes there are traps to avoid. There are some pickups, and eventually some things you activate to move things along. Simple in execution, but with enough added as you play to keep it interesting (I was interested enough to blow through in one sitting, so take what you will from that)

The story is solid enough for what it is. It's all given through conversations between your character & the various AI's you work with (and their conversations with each other) and all the AI's have full voiceovers, which are pretty nice. It's a simple story, and I think that works in it's favor here. The story & gameplay mesh pretty nicely here. There were a couple little twists here & there, but with how things progressed they weren't terribly suprising. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

As far as the art goes, it's nice. It sticks to standard VN art with the characters having only a few images during gameplay, with most changes simply being expressions, but that art is clean & seems to fit well with everything else in the game. After each level you get a screen that somehow relates to what just happened in the story, and they all look well done for a title from such a small group. I didn't dislike anything that was presented to me on my screen.

The music works very well as game music. It never gets overly distracting, fits the mood of the levels well, and is able to go on for a while with a smooth loop that won't suddenly jolt you with a harsh transition. I will say that the stage cleared music (played while the cleared screen image is up) doesn't always feel right with the story elements of the game. Not a deal breaker by a long shot, but just me stating my opinion.

All in all, I'm satisfied with my purchase and will keep an eye out for other stuff from these folks. It's short enough to play in a single sitting, and interesting enough to keep your interest long enough to achieve that. I'll probably go back and try a playthrough on the hardest mode in a bit (I only played on Hard, since it was midnight and I had just gotten off of work) but that'll be for another day.
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ichanmich
2.5 hrs
Posted: April 26
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男Scratigan1
1.5 hrs
Posted: April 21
It's an incredibly short game but at the same time such a great one too! So here is my review:
Pros:
- Great mechanics which are as greatly mixed in with the story of the game as they are intuitive
- This game's music has such a retro feel to it that it takes me way back and I love it!
- The story while could be better has a great atmosphere to it, voice acting done greatly and some great character avatars
- Very cheap on Steam so it's worth every penny in my opinion

Cons:
- Very short game (about 90 minutes, I cleared it in one sitting) NOTE: I have also yet to play the DLC
- The game doesn't have a great way to tell you when your character is talking, in the dialogue box at the bottom of the screen, as he is voiceless and moving quickly through the stages means you may miss some story, although you can go back and read the previous dialogue
- Steam overly doesn't seem to work for me but thats just me being picky :p

Overall:
A great game, many reasons to play this game versus the little few reasons not too. If you like puzzle games and anime then this is a great, short, crossover game that is very enjoyable right up until the end, and still cheap in price!
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