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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Release Date: Sep 14, 2010

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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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    Overall:
    Mixed (523 reviews)
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    colethelion321
    ( 0.3 hrs on record )
    Posted: May 17
    kinda boring. too hard.
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    PianoWizzy
    ( 17.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: May 11
    Makes me feel like a barely-competent Edward Snowden. 10/10
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    Diinose44
    ( 1.0 hrs on record )
    Posted: May 6
    Awersome game!!!
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    Red fat parrot
    ( 1.8 hrs on record )
    Posted: May 4
    what the hell happen with people hacking the game again and again, can someone stop it?
    i'm getting tired of this... every fuc..ing time i enter this game CSGO i found a lot of players hacking to win, wall hacks, aim hacks.. teleports hack, and killing with one shot of every weapons.. so please can somebody stop it? I'm starting to hate the game because there's a lot of hackers..
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    Hackerman
    ( 0.4 hrs on record )
    Posted: April 23
    get hacked! hehehehehe
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    nemo_annonymous
    ( 8.7 hrs on record )
    Posted: April 23
    Hacker Evolution is one of the few games where blatant cheating actuals resuces the game rather than ruining it.
    The standard gameplay cat be quite punishing due to the resource management mechanics - especially since they persist between levels. However, the built-in cheat codes allow you to grant yourself enough money to completely ignore such things and enjoy the game as a puzzle game instead. Doing this, Hacker Evolution has a decent story to make up for the somewhat limited gameplay and at times difficult to read font. Removing the need to perfect your approach through multiple retries does cut down on the play time though, an I cleared the main story as well as the two DLC missions I have in under 9 hours, so you might want to wait for a sale.
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    MaSaKr3^^
    ( 0.1 hrs on record )
    Posted: April 20
    I received a copy of Hacker evolution as a gift from a friend and the game seemed like fun to me so i decided to give it a shot. First off I'd like to start on the negative points of the game. What really annoyed me is that you take your progress along every level, the amount of money you have and your 'global trace%'. So basically because I did something stupid in the second level of the game i had to completely restart the game in the late stage because I simply lacked the recources needed because of an earlier failure. Also I have an IT (wireless) networking background and you can tell the makers of the game did some homework, but not all of it if you have an IT background like me some little strange things can annoy you. I also understand people lacking an IT background may find this game very difficult.

    In the end I did enjoy the game though there are definitely more than enough positive points to cover up the negative ones. The interface itself is really simple you may say it makes the game lack a nice graphical view, but that's not what it's made for. The interface is really overviewable and helps you especially in the early stages to pick up the game as soon as possible. I like the idea of the game, it's not really a hacking simulator offcourse it reminded me more of (very) basic scripting, but as a puzzle game it's well thought out and designed. The game offers for me a right amount of content. This isn't a game that should be 200 hours long as it would only be frustrating if you don't do any screwups like me expect somewhere between 8 - 12 hours of gameplay, depending on how quickly you pick the game up. The (included) expansion pack offers another hour of gameplay. I also like the puzzles themselves, the solution isn't often easily given, but unlike some other puzzle games I didn't run into random puzzle where you're more based on guesswork than logical thinking. Sometimes it can be a bit rough to find the answer to your question, but all puzzles have a logical and explainable solution.

    So the game definitely has it flaws, but for me the positive points outweigh the negative points. It's not the best game ever made, but I enjoyed the experience of it in the end. If you enjoy this kind of genre and don't give up easily this would definitely nice for you to pick up. I'd rate it 7/10 in the end.
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    kubbe
    ( 2.4 hrs on record )
    Posted: April 12
    I did absolutely NOT like this game. In my case, me and my friend tried this game out, we had already completed another Hacking-simulator-game and we have both experienced this before.
    So in the first mission, the tutorial level, we broke the game by completing a step before it "was meant to be done". We had to restart.
    In the second mission, after we've learned that the messege-screen that pops up with objectives, we did exactyl what we were told to do. And after a few minutes the new objectives stopped popping up. Very confusing game and I do not recommend it. Maybe, only MAYBE, to a younger generation.
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    elliottboardman
    ( 2.5 hrs on record )
    Posted: April 7
    Very fun mostly text based game with a very nice interface. The aim is to hack various servers to find files, information, money and to complete objectives by typing various lines of code. I found it a little confusing at first but once I got into it a bit it was very interesting and fun game. It is effectively a very unique spin on a puzzel game. Deffinitly a good little game for the price.
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    Skryptec | shakuraenergy.com
    ( 503.9 hrs on record )
    Posted: April 6
    BEST HACKING SIMULATOR 2K16!!1111

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    The Emperor ♛ / My Birthday!
    ( 4.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: March 29
    - Awesome game.
    - 9.5/10.
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    cat
    ( 0.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: March 25
    There's no way to resize the game. They give you the option to run in windowed mode, but choosing this is broken and doesn't always put you in windowed mode. Likewise, trying to revert back to fullscreen doesn't work either.

    The game is at a fixed resolution, which I found to be too large for my monitor. Thus, the game was completely unplayable.

    Would not recommend.
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    ♣♪Uranus♪♣
    ( 7.9 hrs on record )
    Posted: March 19
    RThinking Than A Normal Game Does , GOOD JOB , Keep it Up ,Music Is AwsromAwesome
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    Divide by 0 Please
    ( 6.4 hrs on record )
    Posted: March 10
    If you're expecting a Dog to Evolve into a being that is able to complete complicated mathmatical related tasks that utilise other dexterous talent with a soldering iron and some information from the internet it's not like that.


    Not even sure why there's evolution in the title it was a Bad Mail client based off of A Mozilla project ?.

    This game is good.
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    The Guardian ♛
    ( 5.0 hrs on record )
    Posted: March 8
    Really interesting game and requires to use your brains and skills to play
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    DJ_Dragon
    ( 0.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: February 28
    This game is a bit too rusty and doesn't offer enough information for the player to completely understand what they are meant to do. I'm not at all a big fan of this game.

    2/10
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    Public static void main()
    ( 2.8 hrs on record )
    Posted: February 25
    So I bought this game. I really like hacking simulation games you know :).

    But not this one. I hate it's level based approach (I hate that in every game) and absolutelly annoying controls via console where you have to type in server's name thousand times. There are some shorcuts (on your mouse - clicking on servers) but guess what? Games doesn't learn you.
    Whole interface is rubish as well and if you do something sooner then it tells you to do, quests completely glitches out.
    Don't buy this game. Buy Uplink instead
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    13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    5.0 hrs on record
    Posted: March 8
    Really interesting game and requires to use your brains and skills to play
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    10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Not Recommended
    4.1 hrs on record
    Posted: February 2
    I do like the game, and enjoy the mechanics. But the problem I have is with the difficulty. Let me be clear, it's not that the game is hard, it's that it's punishing. One mistake at the very beginning of the game can force you to have to restart everything 5 levels down the line. And yes, that's ONE mistake. You basically need to figure out the absolute optimal series of actions to manage to progress. There's no room for guessing, there's no room for exploring the setting, there's no room for error. It'd be much better if you could explore the levels a bit, find out about the world, and really feel like a hacker.

    As far as the rest of it goes, it's really well done. Realism while still being an engaging game, and I'd definitely recommend it based on everything else. But it's too punishing to recommend to any but the most masochistic gamers.
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    206 of 214 people (96%) found this review helpful
    1 person 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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    173 of 215 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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    180 of 235 people (77%) found this review helpful
    159 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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    76 of 85 people (89%) found this review helpful
    15 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 71 people (89%) 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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    58 of 65 people (89%) 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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    43 of 46 people (93%) 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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    66 of 83 people (80%) 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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    57 of 74 people (77%) 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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    32 of 34 people (94%) 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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    116 of 173 people (67%) found this review helpful
    80 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    1.5 hrs on record
    Posted: October 31, 2014
    The tutorial was unclear .
    Hacked The Pentagon.
    Got a job as a hacker.
    Atm hacking Iraq military and trying to find out where they hid their bio wepons.
    3000 Dollars / month
    1337/10 would hack Pentagon again.
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    41 of 52 people (79%) found this review helpful
    38 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    4.4 hrs on record
    Posted: February 11, 2015
    It's more of a game about looking at text on the screen, and frequently typing the same things over, and over, and over again. However, I did hack the Chinese and blow up Mao's body from the inside... THAT was fun!

    11/10
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    28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    19.3 hrs on record
    Posted: November 27, 2013
    If you were a fan of the old text based games, along with puzzle's and brain benders, then you will like this game.
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    50 of 72 people (69%) found this review helpful
    Not Recommended
    4.9 hrs on record
    Posted: June 25, 2014
    I'll be honest, I used to enjoy this game a bit. And then I bought Uplink. Seriously, the fact that this game increases your global trace no matter what is completely stupid. I just wish it didn't take buying a better hacker sim to see how poor this one really is.
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    26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    7.7 hrs on record
    Posted: December 11, 2013
    you have to be a bit of a geek to enjoy something like this

    I finished it in about 7 hours and enjoyed it a lot. I did have to look up some help on ocations. But I blame adventure game logic for that. What is adventure game logic? the logic that belongs to the creator of the game and only the cerator of the game.
    in other words, puzzels and hidden hints that only ever make sens to him or her.

    I'd say it's well worth the price.
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    65 of 100 people (65%) found this review helpful
    32 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    2.3 hrs on record
    Posted: October 11, 2014
    This can be used as a prop when having a "hacking scene" in a movie/show.

    10/10
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    22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
    Not Recommended
    9.2 hrs on record
    Posted: December 29, 2013
    I had played previous exosyphen games and they were quite enjoyable. That is until they made this pile of garbage by deciding to implement this punishing killtrace mechanic. Successfully hacked a server? LOL F*** YOU +15% GLOBAL TRACE! Feel like a boss cause you just transfered $2000 from an atm to your account? ENJOY WASTING ALL THAT MONEY ON REDUCING YOUR GLOBAL TRACE HAHA LOSER. Seriously wtf were they thinking? It went from being one of the most enjoyable hacking OPEN ENDED adventure/mystery games I had played in it's early iterations to a very frustrating, annoying, and unenjoyable LINEAR puzzle game that is easily forgetable.

    This game is not even worth one cent, save your money and buy uplink instead.
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