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...
User reviews: Mixed (403 reviews) - 66% of the 403 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 14, 2010

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"Do you want a little more command line typing in your hacker simulation? If that's your bag, you will certainly get your fill with Hacker Evolution."
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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

    Mac OS X
    SteamOS + Linux
      • 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
    Helpful customer reviews
    28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    2.3 hrs on record
    Posted: June 20
    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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    7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    3.8 hrs on record
    Posted: October 2
    let's review this positive
    fun game where you pretend to b a hacker and need to think ur way up in the game.
    strategic and sometimes very very complicated
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    3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
    11.9 hrs on record
    Posted: October 7
    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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    202 of 209 people (97%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    9.9 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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    157 of 198 people (79%) found this review helpful
    3 people found this review funny
    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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