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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Mixed (58 reviews) - 62% of the 58 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (637 reviews) - 64% of the 637 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 14, 2010

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July 28

Hacker Evolution IMMERSION is coming soon!

Hello gamers and fans of Hacker Evolution,

We would like to announce you that the newest game in the serie, will be shortly available in Early Access:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/229560/

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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:
    Mixed (58 reviews)
    Overall:
    Mixed (637 reviews)
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    Zap Rosdower
    3.5 hrs
    Posted: August 27
    Thumbs down
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    U-Knighted
    0.1 hrs
    Posted: August 24
    Product received for free
    Type in a console.

    A truly innovative game 10/10 masterpiece
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    madalin2771
    0.2 hrs
    Posted: August 23
    to hard i dont like it
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    ۞[DF-L]VaniliaRose۞
    9.2 hrs
    Posted: August 23
    Product received for free
    Very sucky

    10/10 would not reccomend
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    Septum
    3.4 hrs
    Posted: August 23
    Product received for free
    This game is a straight disaster. I started the Tutorial, and i followed the instructions, and the game said that i failed. Which good game make you fail the turorial? None. Even the bad ones doesn't lead you to fail the f****n tutorial. I got this game for free, but if paid for this sh*t i would be very upset. if you got if free don't install, but if you want to buy it DON'T.
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    **Death Row**
    6.6 hrs
    Posted: August 23
    Meh ....
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    𝑽𝒂𝒂𝒏
    3.6 hrs
    Posted: August 22
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    MattTheGreat
    4.4 hrs
    Posted: August 18
    So I decided to write this because they're are plenty of misguided reviews regarding this game and I think it's unfair to not try and counter some.

    One review particularly, which was the first review on this page at the time of writing, got my attention by completely misunderstanding what this game was and what it was about. On actually correcting the wrong things in the review (ironically, everything) they removed my comment. Anyway I won't name the person here out of respect but there name rhymes with PrudlerTheHorse...

    I will also use their review as a template.

    The first complaint they/many people have is how it looks.
    You will not find next gen graphics here, there are no 4k textures. It's a hacking "simulator" therefore it doesn't need fancy graphics, hackers use command consoles and code to initiate commands not fancy buttons and iPhone apps. This is a bare bones approach. It still has added UI for the people who don't just want a console, with helpful information and visuals, so for a hacking simulator, it's actually very visual.
    If you get this game and complain about it just being a console and a few graphical information modules, then you are stupid. You get exactly what you see. You wouldn't complain on a game like papers please, that it didn't have the best graphics in the world.

    Another complaint that people have is the difficulty.
    This game is hard, it's supposed to be. The learning curve is not steep in terms of mechanics but the puzzle lies within analyzing data on servers to find the next step in the path. It's about being intuitive, it's about being savvy with resources (bounced servers/proxies, money, trace percentage), it's about actually reading stuff and not getting spoon fed.
    The tutorial gives you everything you need, it gives you a few hotkeys to bring up help/goals etc. and then guides you through a basic scenario. If you constantly fail at the tutorial then blame yourself not the game. I have had no problems with the tutorial so it's a user problem, not a game problem. Again, it's like complaining dark souls is too hard because they don't force feed you instructions on the tutorial.

    Typing is too long winded
    In terms of a hacking simulator, the mechanics are there. Actual console commands are used as well as the functionality of a console (pressing arrow keys to recall previous commands). You can also use tab to autocomplete commands. The typing is not long winded and anyone who has used a computer for more than a few days should have no trouble typing.
    Secondly, it's a hacking game. Hacking = typing, expect to do a lot of it. Game analogy number 3: go complain stardew valley has too much farming.

    Justified complaints
    There are a few good non-recommended reviews however and a lot of good points against this game. The gameplay is very punishing, I don't believe it's that punishing (at least as far as I've got) though. However, the point that the game is far too linear, in terms of only having one or two ways of actually getting the information and the endgame from each scenario. If the game was a bit more lenient in terms of the amount of trace you get each time and therefore allocation of exploration, it would lead to a much better open experience.
    As I hear the newest game is exactly that, open world hacking. Not too sure on the games that proceed this, as I want to play through this first but I just wanted to point out some issues people have with the game as it's been bringing down the rating unjustifiably.
    Helpful? Yes No Funny
    Vector_12
    0.1 hrs
    Posted: August 17
    Product received for free
    Gives the feeling of a true hacker.. very hard, but i got it for free and that doesnt matter
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    C4rbs
    15.4 hrs
    Posted: August 14
    Product received for free
    1337
    Helpful? Yes No Funny
    Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
    8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    4.4 hrs on record
    Posted: August 18
    So I decided to write this because they're are plenty of misguided reviews regarding this game and I think it's unfair to not try and counter some.

    One review particularly, which was the first review on this page at the time of writing, got my attention by completely misunderstanding what this game was and what it was about. On actually correcting the wrong things in the review (ironically, everything) they removed my comment. Anyway I won't name the person here out of respect but there name rhymes with PrudlerTheHorse...

    I will also use their review as a template.

    The first complaint they/many people have is how it looks.
    You will not find next gen graphics here, there are no 4k textures. It's a hacking "simulator" therefore it doesn't need fancy graphics, hackers use command consoles and code to initiate commands not fancy buttons and iPhone apps. This is a bare bones approach. It still has added UI for the people who don't just want a console, with helpful information and visuals, so for a hacking simulator, it's actually very visual.
    If you get this game and complain about it just being a console and a few graphical information modules, then you are stupid. You get exactly what you see. You wouldn't complain on a game like papers please, that it didn't have the best graphics in the world.

    Another complaint that people have is the difficulty.
    This game is hard, it's supposed to be. The learning curve is not steep in terms of mechanics but the puzzle lies within analyzing data on servers to find the next step in the path. It's about being intuitive, it's about being savvy with resources (bounced servers/proxies, money, trace percentage), it's about actually reading stuff and not getting spoon fed.
    The tutorial gives you everything you need, it gives you a few hotkeys to bring up help/goals etc. and then guides you through a basic scenario. If you constantly fail at the tutorial then blame yourself not the game. I have had no problems with the tutorial so it's a user problem, not a game problem. Again, it's like complaining dark souls is too hard because they don't force feed you instructions on the tutorial.

    Typing is too long winded
    In terms of a hacking simulator, the mechanics are there. Actual console commands are used as well as the functionality of a console (pressing arrow keys to recall previous commands). You can also use tab to autocomplete commands. The typing is not long winded and anyone who has used a computer for more than a few days should have no trouble typing.
    Secondly, it's a hacking game. Hacking = typing, expect to do a lot of it. Game analogy number 3: go complain stardew valley has too much farming.

    Justified complaints
    There are a few good non-recommended reviews however and a lot of good points against this game. The gameplay is very punishing, I don't believe it's that punishing (at least as far as I've got) though. However, the point that the game is far too linear, in terms of only having one or two ways of actually getting the information and the endgame from each scenario. If the game was a bit more lenient in terms of the amount of trace you get each time and therefore allocation of exploration, it would lead to a much better open experience.
    As I hear the newest game is exactly that, open world hacking. Not too sure on the games that proceed this, as I want to play through this first but I just wanted to point out some issues people have with the game as it's been bringing down the rating unjustifiably.
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    8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
    19 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    3.6 hrs on record
    Posted: August 4
    Product received for free
    Help I DDOSsed myself.
    Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
    2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
    2 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    3.6 hrs on record
    Posted: August 22
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    Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
    218 of 231 people (94%) 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.
    Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
    192 of 241 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.
    Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
    205 of 264 people (78%) found this review helpful
    193 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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    80 of 93 people (86%) found this review helpful
    20 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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    63 of 72 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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    64 of 75 people (85%) 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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    49 of 53 people (92%) 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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