h a c k m u d is a cyberpunk themed text-based hacking simulator for intel-compatible personal home computers.
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Mostly Positive (380 reviews) - 79% of the 380 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 22, 2016

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May 11

Development Update 170511

Dearest Friends & Acquaintances of h a c k m u d

I'm super proud to announce the release of Bot Brains & Slot Upgrades!

bot_brain upgrades allow you to automate your users when you are not sending them commands. Create and train an army of minions to help you mine resources, defend against hacks, infiltrate and disrupt others' botnets, have them manage weapons caches, banks, and so, so much more.

Additional user and retirement slots are now available as well, so you can increase the subterfuge and deceit or build up your arsenal, or just grab up all those totally rad usernames you wanted.

Also, for those of you who have been on break from the game, here's a quick as I can recap of features that have been added since the beginning of this year.

  • A handful of events, including two player-run events which are still available - heart.beat and xoxo_amy.cortex
  • Many locks have been added (sn_w_usac, l0g_wr1t3r, l0cks & k3ys, many more)
  • Chris Thursten has agreed to write words and puzzles in exchange for currency. I'm super pumped to have him on board.
  • PvP continues to be fixed and broken. Balance updates are frequent!
  • A chat API is available, allowing players to create custom chat clients
  • A community-created open-source web chat client has been created to let you chat in-game from outside of the game
  • Tier 3 content
  • Many months of stability, performance, and security improvements
  • Trust script updates (market.*, sys.*, gui.*)
  • Client side macros with arguments
  • Advanced scripting improvements and features (#G, #db.i multi insert, etc.)

To see the whole patch note history, take a look here:

To see answered & fixed community requests take a look here:

Hope to see you all in game!


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“[hackmud is] oppressive and individualistic to a strong degree and in that uncompromising vision lays a true cult hit”

“So few games are capable of putting humans together like this in a den of villainy and letting them become slowly corrupted or instantaneously redeemed. Hackmud does this and does it very well.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun


h a c k m u d is a incredible tangle of features, caveats, bugs and ruins --and I am but one solo developer. This makes this game unbelievably complex to maintain. HOWEVER-- As long as there are servers running the game, there will be balance patches and fixes.
Read AS MUCH AS YOU CAN about the game and player's experiences before making your purchase decision.

Excited to have you in game making messes with us. :D

Happy Hacking!

About This Game

h a c k m u d is a cyberpunk themed text-based hacking simulator for intel-compatible personal home computers. Get lost in a deep and complex world full of challenging puzzles as you engage in a rich narrative riddled with intrigue and deception.

  • Learn who you can trust as you make friends and enemies exploring the depths of abandoned future internet cyber-structure
  • Prove your worth to cyber-society by navigating the trials laid out for you by the Multi-User Domain’s governing super-intelligence, ‘The Trust’
  • ‘Patch into the hardline’ to access other users’ protected systems and steal their digital goods
  • Demonstrate hunger for power, flexibility of thought, and keen strategy to convince The Trust of your value and escape the virtual L.A.N.
  • Let the text-based interface transport you back to the early internet-era when computing was full of discovery
  • Create and destroy digital empires while exploring the constantly evolving user-created multiplayer world
  • Use real-world hacking skills (social engineering, cracking, research, scripting...) for power and influence in the M.U.D. at large


  • A deep, nuanced and engaging storyline full of discovery that will keep you guessing
  • Encourages deep exploration and testing the limits of the system through rich side-content
  • An intuitive retro-futuristic text-based computing interface that escalates to advanced with glitches, hidden commands, and arcane syntax
  • 90s film style ‘hacking mode,’ for when you need to get some ‘serious’ hacking done
  • An original electronic soundtrack which will chill you out while exploring or amp you up when the pressure’s on
  • Persistent and constantly-evolving game universe powered by an almost endless stream of user created tools, puzzles, traps and much more
  • A fluid and organic class system determined by the currently loaded upgrades on your system
  • A fully scriptable in-game world with a global player-based economy of code and in-game botting
  • Regular balance patches to keep the game fun and engaging for players of all styles and at all levels of experience

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • OS: Mac OS 10.9
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
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