Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator for PC. Dive down a rabbit hoIe as you follow the instructions of a recently deceased hacker, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports.
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Release Date: Aug 12, 2015

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June 13

Hacknet v4.054 Update

  • Fixed all gameplay issues with the French translation
    (Note: this fixes the [PRÉNOM] issue!)
  • Fixed several mistranslations, typos and other issues with all new languages.
  • Improved text readability of several servers when playing at a low resolution.
  • Fixed several crash on startup issues for players with unusual Audio hardware, unusual graphics drivers, and other issues.
  • Improved stability and auto-recovery systems for detecting crashes that Hacknet can automatically recover from.
  • Fixed issues with CSEC not assigning new missions in some cases.
  • General bugfixes and stability improvements

Thanks for the incredible response to the localization and sale! I'm back to work on the DLC in between support for any new issues that come up. Exciting things are coming!

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June 7

Hacknet localised, 50% off to celebrate!

After a successful launch on PC, Mac and Linux, today Hacknet has released a major localisation update to release the game in German, Russian, French, Spanish and Korean. To celebrate, Hacknet is currently 50% off until June 9th on Steam.

Since the release one of the most requested features from fans was to have a localised version of the game. Hacknet has a lot of text, which meant that we had to translate thousands of files, but the end result means that more people can enjoy our terminal-based hacking game in their native language.

From June 7th - 9th fans can purchase the standard, or deluxe version of the game that includes the soundtrack at a 50% discount. This is the largest discount we have offered on the game so far, and we think this update more than warrants it.

We are also working on the DLC which will offer 3-5 hours of new single-player content, including brand new programs to hack with, new computers and servers to explore, and some interesting contracts to complete. The DLC will launch alongside a brand new free update that will introduce mod support for the game. Currently the mod tools have been built, and are now in the hands of avid Hacknet community content creators.

Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the release of the DLC later this year.

To celebrate this awesome new milestone,a bunch of the Surprise Attack Games catalogue is also on sale! Check out all the bargains, including Super Mutant Alien Assault, OTTTD and more by clicking here.

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“It’s the closest thing to a real life hacking sim I’ve ever seen”

“The idea itself owes a lot to the likes of Uplink. But it’s the execution that makes Hacknet great”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Probably the coolest game I'll play all year. Not even kidding.”
Digital Chumps

Updated Roadmap

Here is the roadmap for the new content and updates I am working on..


Localisation is now complete for French, German, Spanish, Russian, and Korean. We’re hoping to add more languages and if you are eager to help with translating, please let me know on matt [@] hacknet-os.com!


I’m well under way with the expansion DLC and am super excited about the way it’s going. The expansion will be integrated into the existing game adding around 3-5 hours of gameplay, some interesting new programs, tonnes of new computers, servers, contracts, and some hidden surprises along the way. We’re planning to sell the DLC for US$5 and expect it to launch in late 2016.

Mod Support

I now have a prototype system that will allow modders to create and share Hacknet stories and custom missions easily. These tools are currently being tested by a select group of modders and game developers. We plan to launch mod support for free alongside the launch of the DLC expansion in late 2016.


many people in the community have been asking for multiplayer and I’m experimenting with various models for this. I've got some pretty crazy ideas, and this is something that I will be exploring and releasing later this year as a free update.


About This Game

Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator for PC. Dive down a rabbit hoIe as you follow the instructions of a recently deceased hacker, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports. Using old school command prompts and real hacking processes, you’ll solve the mystery with minimal hand-holding and a rich world full of secrets to explore.

Bit, a hacker responsible for creating the most invasive security system on the planet, is dead. When he fails to reconnect to his system for 14 days, his failsafe kicks in, sending instructions in automated emails to a lone user. As that user, it’s up to you to unravel the mystery and ensure that Hacknet-OS doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Exploring the volatile nature of personal privacy, the prevalence of corporate greed, and the hidden powers of hackers on the internet, Hacknet delivers a true hacking simulation, while offering a support system that allows total beginners get a grasp of the real-world applications and commands found throughout the game.


Real Hacking
Based on actual UNIX commands, Hacknet focuses on real hacking, not the Hollywood-style version of it. This creates a truly immersive experience and puts players right in the thick of trying to break through the firewalls.

Unlock the mystery of Bit
A hacker is dead and the media reports don’t add up. When you are contacted by his “ghost” - an automated failsafe system - you’re drawn into the dark and murky world of underground hackers.

Full immersion
You are thrust into a persistent virtual world with no “levels” or obvious game elements to break the illusion. Follow the guidance of the emails from Bit or just dive down the rabbit hole, chasing down clues and snippets of information you find as you explore different systems.

Accessible but uncompromising
Whilst not holding your hand or dumbing down, the design of the game and the learning curve enables those with no prior terminal experience to enjoy it whilst delighting those in the know.

Killer tunes
Hack to the beat of a soundtrack featuring underground artists including Carpenter Brut (Hotline Miami) and Remi Gallego (AKA The Algorithm).
Soundtrack produced in association with The Otherworld Agency.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: OSX 13.04
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.4 LTS
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I personally liked the Hacker Evolution series more.

This game is softcore, it even forces you to use a mouse.

But I still would recommend
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( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Realistic? no.
Fun? Hell yeah.
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( 35.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This is a fun game, as many have said. It is also annoyingly buggy and/or poorly designed (it isn't always obvious which).

Be prepared to have to start again on occasion - which I didn't mind the first time, but which I do mind now. Be prepared for the tutorial to fall over. Be prepared for missions being unavailable even tho' you've taken everys step on the previous one. And so on.

Is it enough fun to look past all this? Yesterday i would have said "definitely yes." Now I'm down to "yes, sort of." Where will I be tomorrow?
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( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Now I can hack Would recommend
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( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Oh man, this game was a delightful surprise for me. I went in it not expecting much and being confused as hell (Linux commands and all), but it's quite easy to get into once you get the hang of it, and it feels even better when you get to download/encrypt/delete any file from another person's computer because this game makes you feel way smarter than you actually are.

Some of it's negative aspects include repetitive missions and short storyline, but they're overcompensated with the flow of the commands and programs that you run in it, and the UI is incredibly appealing to the advanced and casual player.

8/10, pretty great, yeah
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( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
The game has a great asthetic and music, but unfortunately the progression is very rigid compared to some other hacking games, and some parts that feel tense are actually meaningless (particularly the fact you never have to delete logs outside of the tutorial, despite what it says).
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[Cry-H] NekOz
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Hacking for dummies, hacking 101 whatever you want to call it. Is a game where you investigate the death of BIT. As you progress you get to know about a few hacker communities which will help you progress further. They give you missions and while doing these missions you will gain new exe's to use to hack computers.

Something that i really like about this game is how they have been researching hacking and how terminals work. A newbeginner can easily pick this up and experienced users of command prompts and terminals can still pick this up and enjoy it. It's got some replay value with some stuff being randomly generated out of a pool of names etc... And in the future, the game will have multiplayer and mod support.

I say you get a lot for the price that is set and as it is summer sale right now as i am writing, i recommend that you give this game a go.

9/10 from me :D
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( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Hacknet is an amazing experience. It's not too long (I finished the storyline in ~10 hours), but it's long enough. There are more missions, some of which are hidden, to further extend your playtime.

Hacknet differs from many other hacking sims in that it's a terminal-based game which actually uses real commands. In addition, many of the programs you can use in-game, have real-world counterparts. This ups the realism and makes for an immersive experience.

Also, the feeling you get after breaking into one of the more difficult servers is truly rewarding.
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( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
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( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Hacknet has been an insanely fun game, it's very rare that you can buy a game and get addicted to it within the first hour of playing it. Hacknet did this for me and not only did the game pull me in from the very beginning but it kept me hooked for the entirety of the game and having just finished it I can say I will absolutely play it again many times.
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957 of 998 people (96%) found this review helpful
691 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
I took down a hacker's proxy. Then I try to take down his main machine, but he catches me offguard and starts tracing me back. Before I know it, my machine BSODs and I have to reboot. I check my email and find an email from the hacker where he taunts me. I know it's game, but I couldn't resist and replied "♥♥♥♥ you." Then I got a reply "Yeah, ♥♥♥♥ you too buddy." and an achievement.

10/10, would BSOD again.
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56 of 57 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
I give mad props to the developers at Team Fractal Alligator as well as the publishers at Surprise Attack!

I am an IT Professional and I have experience regarding network penetration testing and network security. I have played every hacking/hacker game I could get my hands on for as long as I can remember. From a network administrators perspective, creating a game that focuses on hacking seems to be quite an incredible challenge. Penetration testing and/or hacking is such a diverse, complex process that doesn not have any set boundries or approaches.

With that being said, Hacknet is the ONLY hacking game that have I found to be realistic enough to not only play, but continue playing day after day. Hacknet successfully captures the feeling one gets when gaining unauthorized access into another machine. Navigating the file systems in Hacknet through the terminal is the most realistic recreation of hacking within a CLI (Command Line Interface) that I believe is possible to represent in a gaming environment. Too much complexity, as in the game Telehack, and new users are overwhelmed and lost. Not enough complexity and anyone familiar with any style of CLI (Command Line Interface) will not touch the game. Hacknet has found that perfect balance of CLI complexity and realism. The unrealistic embelishments are all added in the correct places and in a manner that does not tarnish the overall experience. By playing Hacknet, it is possible that a user can learn some of the most basic Linux Terminal commands that can be used in a real world application. In my opinion, hacking a system in Hacknet reminds me slightly of hacking a system using the Metasploit Framework.

In Conclusion, Hacknet is by far the best Hacking/hacker game I have ever stumbled upon. I have searched for a game like this for many years. Finally, a game exists that actual hackers can play. Possibly even feel a slight sense of familiarity instead of the typical disappointment of another ridiculous representation of hacking. Hacknet is truly a game I recommend buying.
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56 of 60 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
++ Pros
- Command Line
- Simple Gameplay
- Uses Real Ports (SSH 22, Web Server 80, ect)
- Immersive Gameplay
- Excellent Soundtrack
- Tons of Easter Eggs

-- Cons
- Short Storyline
- Repetitive
- Occasional Bugs

To be frank, I've taken this game and played it for at least three times the amount of time steam has recorded me on it. And in all honesty, this game has tons of charm. Yes, the storyline is short, however the immensely fitting soundtrack and numerous textual gems in the game assists in making this game amazing. There will be points in this game where you will laugh at a silly request or character, or even a small piece of dialogue, and there will be points in which you will need to set the game down for an hour or so to contemplate the actions you've decided to take, or the gravity of the mistake you've potentially made. The atmosphere generated by the soundtrack is immensely fitting for the gameplay, and (in my personal opinion) does make you feel rather devious as you weave through the security measures on a character's computer to further the game. And when your "computer" crashes for the first time, expect to freak out for a second. It is just a game, but some of the featues that make the game such an excellent hacking sim can, and will, startle you. :P

With the upcoming additions and DLC, including multiplayer and new storylines, I wouldn't hesitate to pick this game up again and start playing.

TL;DR - 10/10, l33t haxx0r would reccomend.
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62 of 77 people (81%) found this review helpful
84 people found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Pro: Turned me into Hackerman.
Con: Still can't hack time.
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
A Linux tutorial... with a plot

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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This is literally one of those games that you know that you spent your money for what you deserve. im truly grateful that a game like this exist and it has a good developer alongside it aswell. hands downs one of my favorite games. 100/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
This game is one of the best hacking simulators I've ever played. Its up there with the likes of Uplink (old favourite of mine) and many other hacking sims. Given the price I paid I'd say it is work the money to play this outstanding game. Just about to try the unofficial mods as I've finished the game. Definately worth your money.

~ Drew
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
An amazing game!
I honestly expected it to be a 1337 h4x0r h4ck$ th3 w0r1d, but it was a hacking game turned into a mystery,
with a VERY gripping plot, and a ton of easter eggs.

The game was so good, i ended up re-running it, just to get all the achievements.
And i do not tend to do that.
For its price. i wholeheartedly recommend it.

10/10 in my book.
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75 of 138 people (54%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
PREFACE: I only played this game for one hour, and this may be a biased review, but so far I didn't see anything worth pursuing. The game may get interesting further down, but it just didn't pique my interesting so far.

This game does way too much hand holding to be enjoyable. If you're a casual gamer who wants to get the feeling that you're a cool hacker, go for it, but if you want any actual challenge, this game is not for you.

The whole game is just reading long emails trying to get the important information, then running the same sequence of commands over and over for every challenge. Every time they want to make it harder, they just add one more command to this sequence and repeat the same process.

There was very little problem solving or experimenting happening, which to me is what hacking is all about. Trying things out yourself and learning new tools. Not someone telling you what to do each step of the way.

The terminal interface was neat and the soundtrack was banging, but the game was just too bland and repetitive to be enjoyable.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
One of the best hacking games i've ever played, alongside Uplink, and in some ways this even blows Uplink out of the water. Well worth its price and crazy value for money when on sale.
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