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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October 11

Hacknet Localised in Chinese & Japanese - 50% off to celebrate!

Hello hackers! Just a quick announcement to make - Hacknet is now localised to support Chinese (Simplified) and Japanese! For those of you out there who prefer to use Chinese or Japanese over English, simply start a new save game and choose your desired language to begin the game.

To celebrate the new languages, Hacknet is now 50% as part of a midweek madness sale! So grab it quickly - the sale ends Friday 14th of Oct, 10AM PST.

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August 30

Announcing Hacknet - Labyrinths

Hacknet - Labyrinths

Join a small team of elite hackers pulling off a complex series of data heists in Hacknet Labyrinths, a major expansion for Hacknet.
Adding a new 3-4 hour chapter to the game, Hacknet Labyrinths sees you recruited by the mysterious Kaguya to join a small team of elite hackers on the hunt for powerful new tools and programs.

But working with the best isn’t going to be easy. And as the series of heists increases in complexity and danger, you’re going to need to use everything at your team’s disposal to get in, get the job done, and get out.

Featuring new tools--such as the Memory Analyzer, capable of performing memory forensics on RAM--new programs, new networks to explore, new UI themes, new secrets to uncover in the original game, and a full new soundtrack, Labyrinths delivers more of the gameplay you loved in Hacknet along with some surprising new twists.

Coming late this year.


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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



Hacknet - Labyrinths is a major expansion for Hacknet, which will add a new, 3-4 hour chapter to the game, new tools and programs, a new soundtrack and new secrets seeded throughout the original game.

We're hard at work on Labyrinths at the moment and are aiming to launch it before the end of 2016.

To make sure you don't miss the release, please visit the store page and wishlist it so that you are notified when it launches.

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 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
168 of 198 people (85%) found this review helpful
372 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
>Got curious.
>Connected to my own IP and tried to hack myself.
>Caught by my own trace countermeasure.
>Computer went into emergency shutdown.
>Told I have to change my IP to remain anonymous from myself.
>Failed to get onto my ISP's server fast enough.
>Game over because I figured out who I was and contacted the police.
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83 of 87 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
By far one of the best games I've ever played. Plays like a detective game, but it's clear, logical and extremely cool.
Overall had an amazing experience with this game.

- Nice display
- Command typing is easy, fun, and helps set the tone
- Halarious and interesting personal documents and chat logs to read.
- Mixes up the gameplay a bit
- Interesting story progression
- Some amazing puzzles
- Makes you feel very tense
- Good tutorial
- Lots of interesting (although unrealistic) hacking techniques

- Definitely not enough essays, notes, chat logs, etc. to read
- No idea why I find the exact same documents on seperate machines, little indication of the person behind each computer having their own life and personality (with one amazing exeption)
- Hacking ports specifically doesn't ever get much more interesting, becomes somewhat routine
- Some bugs (I haven't personally come across any game breaking ones)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
(As a programmer myself) Check config.txt? Hmmm, there's a hint, but how about
less config.txt
? It works! And this interface is much cooler than I usually have! 10/10

edit after diving into the game (a funny story): As the Chinese meme goes, no zuo(playing fire) no die why you try. I hacked in a hacker's computer, the danger indicator starts counting down from 90s. I finished my job in about 60, then I thought, "is there an achievement requiring me disconnect whithin last 0.5s?", "hmmm let's get it". Then at about 5s on the indicator, the screen says "incoming connection". I ignored it and disconnected within the last 1s. Then my machine blue-screened. It restarted and says it lacks a x-server.sys to load the GUI. Only command line was available. I fiddled around for a while before I finally scanned my network, logged in to another machine, downloaded its x-server.sys and fixed my gui. "whooo that was close, I nearly gave up on the game." Then there's the biggest SURPRISE: the gui and bgm totally changed after I copied others' x-server.sys.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Wanna type faster ? This game helps !
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This game is well worth it at either full price or on sale. It's a memorable, exciting and well-written experience. Also the soundtrack is awesome. This game is the spiritual successor for Uplink and I thought it updated the experience extremely well. I completed this recently and know I will be playing through it again in the future -- it's just too much fun.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
> Hacknet is a really well designed game that gives you a somewhat understandable view into the computer/code world with an intriguing story line with lots of references/secrets and jokes;

> From personal experience I can say that you can learn a lot about what hacking and networking is about and like said before it gives you a view of how it can look like. It isn't a tutorial how to hack irl as much as a story driven game that takes place around the network;

> The game can be beaten in less than 24 hours together with finding all the secrets and getting all the achievements but IT IS worth the money! Had a real blast getting through all the missions and finding side notes and side stories, and the game gives you an easy (but not too easy) way to manage around the network;

> The composed music is just brilliant! Gives you a great immersion and makes you feel like a real "from 0 to a top hacker" feel;

> Anyone can really play this game and feel like a total badass at one point, it's easy to get into. Also when the multiplayer will be realesed, the game will be even BETTER;

My personal opinion about the game: 7/10!
Gj Suprise Attack Games! -CarrotJr
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
An incredibly well-designed hacking game that challenges your ability to dig deep and leak valuable information just like some real Anonymous hackers out there.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
In some ways this game is more fun and realistic compared to Uplink.

In some ways it isn't.

Now we need these two to have a baby.

P.S. And then let the hacking minigame from Enter The Matrix babysit. That one was awesome.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Overall, it's a repetitive, but very visually and aurally satisfying, clicker/visual novel game. The best features are meant for multiplayer. You're warned to wipe logs early in the game, but logs are useless since there isnt anyone to read them (I stopped clearing them about halfway). Many of the features (like "forkbomb" and the trap functionality of the shells) are completely useless without multiplayer. There are no enemy hackers (save one, who is a major story character and only attempts to hack you once). The world is not alive. It is essentially a visual novel treasure hunt, where you go from one node to the next, doing the same things over and over with the incentive to just finish the game. The story and storytelling arent even good enough to justify it being this way. Maybe when it has multiplayer, itll be worth playing. Overall, the feeling of urgency isn't there like it would be if you were playing a game like slavehack.

When it gets multiplayer, if the multiplayer works correctly, it could well be one of the funnest and most exciting hacking games ever. Until then, unless you think the idea of writing commands instead of doing the same exact thing with a mouse is a good experience, I would probably just get uplink.

Also, if you're reading this review devs, Duckman should be expanded on. He's easily the best character in the game. Thanks Duckfam, you unsung hero.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Very Entertaining and somewhat educational for people learning UNIX.
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12.7 hrs
Posted: October 25
One of the best Indies Games ever.
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just| Insane ¬_¬
7.0 hrs
Posted: October 25
Best porthack
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3.6 hrs
Posted: October 25
Product received for free
*Friend gifted this for my birthday, I am grateful that she did*

I haven't played much but from what I've played, this is an amazing game. This game feels intense at times, as you try to hack servers to retrieve, delete or modify applications, documents or to destroy a server. You have to constantly clear your logs and to be fast to avoid getting tracked. Comparing this to games like hacker experience, this feels much more polished and much more enjoyable. I haven't finished it but for $10, I feel as if it's worth it for the price, especially since multiplayer is arriving soon.
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19.3 hrs
Posted: October 24
It's like new underwear. At first constrictive, but then it becomes apart of you. Great game!
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8.9 hrs
Posted: October 24
Firewall detected
solve bigdik123
web tab enter
sql tab enter
ssh tab enter
ftp tab enter

In this game I have :
- stolen KFC's most secret recipe
- read Doom fanfiction
- accessed the computer of a major Naruto fan
- nearly been traced and sent to jail, working relentlessly to avert this under a time limit that slowly painted my screen red, while synthwave was blasting in the background

And many more, but I'm not gonna spoil it all. Super good game.

Pros :
- Sleek interface, easy to use
- Shiny effects and nice atmosphere
- Messing up and getting traced is one of the most intense experiences in recent gaming history
- Objectives are clear, you always know what you have to do even if the mission text doesn't always tell you
- 10/10 soundtrack
- Game uses a terminal, always gonna be a pro for me

Cons :
- Upon viewing certain programs and nodes the framerate will be locked at 30 and 20fps
- Bloom makes it hard to read text and if you deactivate it you lose practically nothing graphics-wise
- Kind of short. 6-7 hours for a first time completion, nice replayability though
- Bypassing proxies is an extremely tedious process, and they're commonplace
- Like Uplink a decade before Hacknet's release, it also tells you early that you have to delete logs so as to not get caught. However, unlike Uplink, if you do leave logs all over the place, absolutely nobody is going to trace you since apparently nobody's ever at their computer
- Hexclock and Notes take an outrageous amount of RAM
- Factions could've been better (Entropy and CSEC anyway), there is no incentive to keep doing missions for them once you have unlocked the story mission by going up the ranks since there is no money to be earned and the other hackers that have been here for way longer than you don't care one Bit (hehe) that they got owned by a script kiddie that entered the faction an hour ago

All of these are more or less nitpicks though, the game is a solid 8/10. The team behind Hacknet has expressed a desire to make Hacknet 2, and honestly with Hacknet 1 as a base, I think they could easily create the best hacking game of all time.

kill 167
cd /log
rm *
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Splitrock | Neko
9.8 hrs
Posted: October 24
*spoiler alert*

Pretty sure what amounts to a cyber murder mystery game making me ugly cry when I hear the real protagonist's voice at the end isn't normal, but whatever. The soundtrack and mood set by the producers are the equivalent of chopping onions on my keyboard.

Hacknet is a fustratingly simple, beautiful, challenging game centered around very vague basics of hacking just right enough to keep your curiosity tied up. The story will keep the rest of you in check. It may seem very fast paced and coincidence at times, but the crew at TFA made a perfect short thriller that might have defined the hack game genre.

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☠ Dead Person ☠
8.4 hrs
Posted: October 24
at last i beat this insane ish.. man this game is crazy..
i promised myself to write a review when im done beat the game. and so i did.

this game has a breakthrough gameplay, i played hacker evolution untold before. kinda hacking game also. but the fun factor can't beat this game. this game really fun and the puzzle really clever. developer also troll within game which i found funny.

+its fun and challenging
+best hacking sim i ever played so far
+tickle my brain sometimes
+poke my logic like a pervert man
+that rewarding feeling everytime you complete a mission is a plus.
+minimum spec requirement (if your computer is crap, this game will still run)

-i need more mission!
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Crippling Depression
44.9 hrs
Posted: October 24
- Was instructed to hack into the CFC (KFC) website to find the 11 Secret Herbs and Spices
- Broke in and read the front page
- "Everyone Loves Chicken!" "$25.00"
- Clicked "View Source"
- replace index.html "Everyone Loves Chicken!" "Everyone Loves a Big Juicy ♥♥♥♥ in Their Mouth!"
- replace index.html "$25.00" "DICKSDICKSDICKSDICKSDICKSDICKS"
- Returned to the web page
- Laughed for 20 minutes

11/10 Would vandalize a website again
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6.2 hrs
Posted: October 23
wow just finished the game! IT WAS SO GOOD! BUY IT IF YOU EVEN THIINK ABOUT IT CAUSE YOU WON'T REGRET! The ending is sooooo satisfying!
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Filthy Pillager
12.3 hrs
Posted: October 23
Said to my Dad that i took down the severs in the US, he is like yeah sure you also have a real dragon in your room, and i said Ok you dont belive me here take a look fliped my laptop screen with and ingame hacking seession, He is like O_O is is this for real? he changed like 10 colors on his face, and i said nah just a game, Before i blinked i saw his hand diving towards my face, Black eyed man writing review here,
Was it worth it?
IS the game worth it?
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