Hacker Evolution is a hacking simulation game, featuring unparalleled graphics and features. You play the role of a former intelligence agent, specializing in computer security. When a chain of events sets off worldwide, leaving critical service disabled, you assume the role a computer hacker to find out what happened and attempt to stop...
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Very Negative (11 reviews) - 18% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (553 reviews) - 64% of the 553 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 14, 2010

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About This Game

Hacker Evolution is a hacking simulation game, featuring unparalleled graphics and features.
You play the role of a former intelligence agent, specializing in computer security. When a chain of events sets off worldwide, leaving critical service disabled, you assume the role a computer hacker to find out what happened and attempt to stop it.
When a stock market, a central bank, satellite uplink and transoceanic fiber optics links crash, you know this is more then a simple event. Something big is behind all this, and you have to figure out what is it.
You hack into computers, look for exploits and information, steal money to buy hardware upgrades in an attempt to put all the pieces of a big puzzle together.

Set in a virtual operating system environment, the game is packed with all the features required to bring the hacker feeling and experience to every gamer.

The concept behind Hacker Evolution is to create a game that challenges the gamer's intelligence, attention and focus, creating a captivating mind game. Solve puzzles, examine code and bits of information, to help you achieve your objectives.


Key features:
  • Modding capability to allow the creation of custom levels
  • The included mod editor, allows you to create new game levels easily
  • Multiple interface skins
  • Complex levels and gameplay to guarantee the best experience
  • Optional freelance jobs to offer more variety
  • Complex command console with over 20 commands and tools

    System Requirements

    Windows
    Mac OS X
    SteamOS + Linux
      Minimum:
      • OS: Windows XP / 2000 / 2003 / Vista / Windows 7
      • Processor: 1 Ghz
      • Memory: 512 MB
      • Graphics: DirectX compatible video card
      • DirectX®: DirectX 8.0
      • Hard Drive: 200 MB
      • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
      OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
      Processor: 1 GHz processor or faster
      Memory: 1Gb RAM
      Hard Disk Space: 200Mb free disk space
      Video Card: 32Mb video card
      Processor: 1Ghz CPU
      Memory: 1Gb RAM
      Hard Disk Space: Hard Disk Space: 100 Mb
      Note: Requires the libSDL2, libSDL2_mixer and libSDL2)_image packages
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    Recent:
    Very Negative (11 reviews)
    Overall:
    Mixed (553 reviews)
    Recently Posted
    RetroShit
    ( 0.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: July 5
    I can not see this game appealing to any game audience whatsoever it's literally just a, type this command simulator. Also you have to type out all these weird commands, thats all the gameplay is. Just typing commands. This is a terrible game, don't buy it in hopes you want to become a hacker because this won't help you.
    On the other hand this game had a really nice soundtrack
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    HnrRRRR`
    ( 0.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: July 4
    Product received for free
    suka hacker
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    lilbfisch
    ( 5.9 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 28
    This game would be fun... if it wasn't so difficult so soon. Even the tutorial is difficult. It kicks you out of the level as soon as you're done, so if you want money, too bad. You aren't getting it back. I've restarted the game 12 times today... It would be great if they re-examined what they made in the game. The tutorial tells you nothing. It gives you no useful tips, no hints, it basically tells you how to do something and then when you're done, it shoots you into a difficult puzzle. It's ridiculous. I do NOT recommend this game at all. I hope they update it soon, and then, perhaps, I will read the specifications of the update and decide to play it again. But this is utterly ridiculous. If you want to play a game like this, go get Uplink. Or Hack Run. Two great games, both similar to this, and both much better. Good luck to the people who want to finish this game; I've been playing hacking games like this for years, finishing them in one day, but never have I encountered this. It's unrealistic, starts out WAY too difficult, and doesn't tell you how to do anything.
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    Oytunistrator
    ( 1.5 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 26
    Hacker Evolution is a beautiful game of the series. But there is a lot of difficulty stage. Game do not recommend it because it is not HD and supports video modes. Mr. difficult from level occurs. Playing serious challenge stages available. They describe it very well in the game for the hacker to be a tough job. I congratulate those who play. The game is not HD and do not recommend that people take a little more time for me.
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    Vape Lord Papi Chulo
    ( 0.8 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 24
    Worst "hacking simulator" ever designed.
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    Pithon @SMURF
    ( 2.1 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 23
    Product received for free
    Well,don't say ''I'M GONNA BE A ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ HACKER!!!!'' when you buy this game.It doesn't make you a hacker,you just write codes simply(well it's not very simple it gets complicated every level)and do stuff like that.Awesome game,tho.
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    ✪ Charles Bartowski™
    ( 0.3 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 17
    A decent game to be honest. A few things could be changed, such as when I get 10 minutes into it and I have to move away from my PC I generally close down the game but since well for me anyway I cant save my exact process I have to start all over again. There are a few other concerns but I dont see the point in explaining them. Also I dont feel like Hugh Jackman is Swordfish so thats kinda of sad :( haha Rate it 6.5/10
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    Sarkoth
    ( 2.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 15
    Great idea, terrible game design, minimalistic shovelware.
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    michaudcharette
    ( 0.1 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 11
    This game is very hard and has a small text font. Its super hard to pass the first level and really boring.
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    Rocky
    ( 3.7 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 8
    6/10
    Nice text puzzle. The whole gameplay is built on finding logical chains and entering commands. The game will be interesting for beginners IT-Schnick. The rest, it seems boring or simply incomprehensible.
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    Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
    210 of 220 people (95%) found this review helpful
    2 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    10.3 hrs on record
    Posted: November 26, 2013
    You won't be hacking the mainframes when you finish this game, but overall it is a decent puzzle game involving the concepts of network intrusions and data gathering. The whole game is presented in an Amiga amber color with a mostly command line interface and some point and clicking. You are presented with missions by invading companies, extracting data, and breaking computer securities by use of proxies and other tools you. With a pretty chill electronic music sound track to go with it, I had an overall good time with this game pretending to be a hacker. I hope you like typing. For a couple of bucks, it's not bad.
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    177 of 221 people (80%) found this review helpful
    4 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    4.3 hrs on record
    Posted: April 24, 2014
    Hacker Evolution is more of a typing game, then a hacking simulator. I like the concept of hacker games. The sense of online omnipotence has a huge appeal. HOWEVER, this game actively punishes exploration. A lot of the game is trial and error. If you do not do things in order, you will have to restart. Restart the level? No, the entire game. Your penalties from previous levels carry over to the next.

    If you ever feel the need to check out things off the developers predetermined path, they slap you with in game monetary penalties. ex: You see that a website called dot-hackers.net. Seems cool, right, so you go to check it out. You are penalized for looking up the website. Yes, they penalize you for LOOKING UP WEBSITES! Then they penalize you for logging on, and then they penalize you for downloading files. The only way to take away your penalties is too pay in game money. They penalize you when you make money. Every. Single. Time. So if you get the game, go ahead and save yourself some headaches and use the money cheat (xmoney) to give yourself all the money you will ever need.

    The good thing about the game is that it had somewhat of a vision, but if you want a hacking game that makes you feel powerful, go with UPLINK.
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    188 of 245 people (77%) found this review helpful
    165 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    6.1 hrs on record
    Posted: October 28, 2014
    If only it was this simple.
    /decrypt Microsoft.com
    /crack Microsoft.com
    /connect Microsoft.com
    /delete Xbox
    /logout

    still , quite enjoyable.
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    77 of 87 people (89%) found this review helpful
    18 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    9.3 hrs on record
    Posted: November 28, 2013
    Hacker Evolution is a fun game. I't shows somewhat believable "movie" style hacking in a nice game package. Awesome idea, and clever execution. Much better than the game "Uplink" as in the typing aspect really gives you a sense of "I'm a hacker". Just don't play this on a laptop in D.C. on a tour of the White House.
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    64 of 73 people (88%) found this review helpful
    6 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    6.0 hrs on record
    Posted: October 19, 2014
    Hacker evolution is NOT a hacking game, but more something like: You must dig into the servers to find new servers, clues and other things that will help you. Something between exploration and detective. This game is more about thinking ahead. Stats like trace will be carried with you to the next level, so if you finish a level with 99% trace, it will be the same in next level. For people who like to play easy games this game is really frustrating, but for those which like challenges this is a perfect game.

    Pros:
    + Great Soundtrack
    + Good Concept
    + Great UI (BUT it will not fit everyone)
    + Lots of fun if you like challenges
    + Great Story

    Cons:
    - Hardcore for some players (you have to restart whole game if you screw something up)
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    61 of 69 people (88%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    11.9 hrs on record
    Posted: October 7, 2015
    I've bought the bundle despite the mixed and negative reviews because I love the idea and the style of hacking games.
    Played the main game for about 1-2 days, and completed the story.

    This game isn't supposed to be compared to Uplink because there is a huge difference.

    Uplink is a "free-roaming freelance hacker" with minimum story. Uplink is the GTA of hacking.
    Hacker Evolution is a level-based story game. Hacker Evolution is like an NES Super Mario game.


    At first, I was upset by the lack of being able to "hack the world". But as the story progressed, I realised that this game is suppose to be a puzzle hacking game. Not to mention an interesting story and interesting ending.

    Here's the run down of what to expect if you are thinking of getting this game:

    1. You are a expert hacker which was tasked by someone to find out what caused the blackout of major business (Example: The Stock Market)

    2. This game has a money system which is used to upgrade and reduce trace level.

    3. You have a passive trace percentage, which if you reach 100%, you get caught and you'd need to restart the level.

    4. When you successfully hack a server, decrpt, crack, or even login, a fixed amount of passive trace is added. (Except connect)

    5. When you start a hack, an active trace will start. If you fail to abort the hack or hack in time, you get a huge passive trace.

    6. You can upgrade your 1GB memory, 1GHz ram, 1mbps modem, and no firewall, into a decent computer.

    7. Firewall and Ram are usually the top priority.

    8. You become a Money Savant. You know when to upgrade and when to keep your money to reduce trace.

    9. Your money, trace, and score gets moved to the next level. What ever code/exploits you store in your computer mysteriously disappears, presumably deleted for no reason.

    10. You have to learn the basic commands. Because most of the game is mainly typing.

    11. The puzzles gets harder. Sometimes your next clue is cleverly hidden. In a wall of text.

    12. Like the previous point, sometimes you might find a server which has and .exploit which can be used to bypass the cracking and save you tons of trace and money. Oh, and sometimes a $10,000 lying around in there.

    13. "Scan atm-ba" + (TAB) = "Scan atm-bankof1234567890youaregoingtoberich.bank.com"

    14. Apparently our technology broke the equation of the universe. Internet speed is faster than light. Now we got a Time Traveling internet.


    If you can look at this game as a story based, puzzle level game, instead of a free-roaming rogue hacker, I can recommand Hacker Evolution. If you are looking for a rogue hacking game, try Uplink. Or if you want a story-only hacking game, which has a blood-pumping action music, you can try Hacknet.

    I rate this game a solid 8/10 for it's curious story, good puzzles, and long term financial planning.
    The music is okay.
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    46 of 49 people (94%) found this review helpful
    19 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    2.3 hrs on record
    Posted: June 20, 2015
    You'll Enjoy This Game If You Like:
    Movie Style Hacking
    The colour yellow
    Text based games
    High difficulty

    First off, this is not a game for the faint hearted - it has a very steep difficulty curve and you will need to put in some time to understand things. Put it this way I actually managed to fail the tutorial twice. This can avoided by really reading everything properly! It will also probably make sense to have a notepad alongside you so you can remember the difference between commands especially decrytpt and crack.

    The game is also not very forgiving as one mistake further on into a level can mean you need to start over. But once you accept this and you get over the difficulty hurdles, the game is great and strangely gives you sense of the whole thing being real which does make it exciting.

    Enjoy hacking and don't give up too easily.
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    67 of 85 people (79%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    0.1 hrs on record
    Posted: February 21, 2013
    For me, Hacker Evolution turned out to be a rather frustrating experience. There is a trace meter that tracks your trace level and when it gets to 100, you lose. The biggest problem is that you get penalized for successful cracks and decryptions which means the trace level increases even when you are doing things the right way. And the only way to decrease your trace level is through money, but they are pretty stingy on making that readily available. Not to mention they dangle a bunch of system upgrades that aren't cheap which gives a false impression that there is a lot of cash to be obtained in the game. So if you spend money on these upgrades, you end up with no money left to decrease your trace level and ultimately get stuck because you can't reduce your trace level. The manual even states, "Important: Don't rush to upgrade your hardware as soon as you have money. Having the best hardware is not the main objective of the game. Carefully make your decision, and only upgrade your hardware when necessary. Money is not abundant in the game, and its main purpose is to reduce your trace time." That key piece of information is not found anywhere in the game; you have to read it from the manual. Now why they decided to design a game that revolves around money, yet not make it abundant is not clear to me.

    They don't even grant you rewards for completing missions (a little money would be nice). Instead they give you a score (why?). But the real kicker is your trace level carries over from the previous mission, so if it was high and you don't have any money, you're ♥♥♥♥ed on the next mission. What this ultimately means is you must follow a very specific path on the early missions to be able to survive the later missions. So after I figured this out, the game quickly lost any open world feel of being able to solve missions in different ways. Plus you never really know if you didn't do something right until you are stuck on a later mission with no money.

    I did like the graphical interface, although the actual command execution was a bit oversimplified. It was fun for a few hours, but ultimately it was the lack of a proper reward system that really turned me away from progressing further with this game. If the simulated world of Hacker Evolution sounds interesting to you, go buy Uplink. It offers a much better gaming experience.
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    58 of 76 people (76%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    3.6 hrs on record
    Posted: November 26, 2013
    I'm glad Steam has great sales, otherwise I might have never seen this game or played it. This is only $2 right now and I think it's worth every penny and more! Hacker Evolution let's you be that hacker you always see in the movies trying to hack into something. "I only need one more minute. Just give me a minute." I played about 30 minutes so far and just think it's really cool. The whole game as far as I can tell is just typing commands into a console and it is very satisfying. Their are mods and different skins for your console too. The music is pretty decent and feels like good music to hack to. Anyone who ever thought of being a spy or just a hacker, should play this.
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    33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    7.9 hrs on record
    Posted: December 29, 2014
    A fun game, indeed.

    But can be frustrating at times. Since the money, upgrades and trace follow to the next level. So if you screw up in the early level you might have to pay for it later.
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