When the number of computers in existence and their processing capacity exceeds that of all mankind, a point of technological singularity is encountered. A massive economic and systematic crisis hits the entire world. Nobody knows the exact cause, and all solutions to fix it, are failing.
User reviews: Mixed (109 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 14, 2010
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September 24

iPhone hacking game now available

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Keep hacking in our newest iOS companion hacking minigame,
Hacker Challenges:

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July 29

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About This Game

When the number of computers in existence and their processing capacity exceeds that of all mankind, a point of technological singularity is encountered.
A massive economic and systematic crisis hits the entire world. Nobody knows the exact cause, and all solutions to fix it, are failing. We are about to lose our position as a dominant specie on the planet, in favor of something we have created... computers.

You play the role of Brian Spencer, a young computer programmer working for a company he started with a couple of friends, which has developed the technology from where it all started.

When you are being framed for crime, it's up to you to prevent computers from becoming the next dominant specie, and clear your name, using your hacker skills.

The concept behind Hacker Evolution: Untold is to create a game that challenges the gamers 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 (PC only)
  • Complex levels and game play to guarantee the best experience
  • 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®: 8.0
    • Hard Drive: 200 Mb
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 Mb
    • Hard Drive: 200 Mb
    • Graphics: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
27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
A crappy knockoff of Uplink, a far superior, better engineered, and more compelling game. Don't waste your time even thinking about this game, just get Uplink.

If you must play through it, be prepared for unintuitive mechanics, a useless tutorial, and overly complicated visuals, which, while they make for great screenshots, only get in the way during gameplay.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Asinine game design:

Complete all level objectives, including obtaining $2000 and reducing global trace level below 50%. Continue playing. Accrue more than $5000 and spend money on huge firewall upgrade. Use large trace level buffer to hack hidden (bonus) servers. Exhaust all options on this level and attempt to progress to next; cannot. Hit F2 and review level objectives again. Objectives for obtaining money and reducing trace level are now marked incomplete. Cannot progress because elected to spend acquired resources on better equipment and use low trace level for server exploration. Punished for playing too well. Refuse to replay 30-minute level; uninstall.

Play Street Hacker and mess around with mods for Uplink instead. Please someone make a truly amazing new hacking game.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Unfortunately, the excellent level design of Hacker Evolution and Hacker Evolution: Reinsertion are not to be found throughout this sequel. The developer decided to make a couple of the levels overly convoluted and unnecessarily complicated for no good reason whatsoever. In Untold, it is as if one is put through a couple tedium and boredom filled levels as a form of punishment or through lack of design creativity. There is simply no enjoyment to be extracted from these exercises. These two levels are not fun, interesting, nor rewarding. It feels more like taking irrelevant and needless tests for nothing. The music in Untold is not nearly as amusing and entertaining to listen to during play as in the original game. The songs selected are bland, uninspired, and repetitive in comparison.Despite its level design problems, Untold still manages to be more developed and better executed than Uplink, but it remains a poor comparison to the original Hacker Evolution. Once you get past the two inferior levels, the rest of the game is enjoyable. Overall 6/10.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Hacker Evolution: Untold
This game has a good story and I love the integration of terminal commands.
It definately isn't in the same class as Uplink but there really isn't anything out that is. Hacking Simulation is a very underutilized genre. But if you've already played through Uplink and are liking for a good second choice this is it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Better one of the series imo.

Although, it's the same princples as the first. The story line, or corporate setting, is much more interesting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
This is a really cool and unique game. The interface looks awesome, it's way more realistic than what most games consider would be 'hacking.' I'd defenitely recommend for those strategy lovers, it has a sort of walkthrough to get you started on the levels, but you need to figure out alot yourself too.
The game has a really cool feel to it, and it's a really good way to pass the time.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Just like with the base version, if you don't mind staring at a plain, Unix-type interface and entering keyboard commands -- and you want to begin to learn how to hack computers and steal things -- then this game might be for you.

Personally, I tired of it fairly quickly. Not exactly exciting gameplay. But, could be appropriate for others if you enjoy this kind of challenge (I recommend, however, that you spend your time learning to progam rather than learning to hack, which will just get you into trouble eventually...).

(Note: Acquired via a bundle)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I wanna be hacker or cracker :D
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75 of 89 people (84%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Having only barely known about "hacking" games, I decided to give it a shot, as this game was on sale for 2€. I found myself having mixed feelings about it, and writing a lot, so bear it with me. (skip to the last paragraph, above the PS, if in a hurry)

Right off, you notice that the game doesn't support 16:9 or 16:10 resolutions and the text is small and hard to see, and nothing can be done about that. Still, I was intrigued and started playing. The intro of the story lacks a bit of depth and background, but you get the idea. The game is mainly played in a command-line console, with some other monitor screens that are the same throughout the game. Although the atmosphere is right (the music, though not brilliant, helps) the presentation is limited and repetitive, there's not much to see. Essentially, the gameplay is that of a slow paced puzzler where in each "level" you have to figure out the best way to complete the objectives (gain access to computers/systems, steal files/money, upload viruses/trojans, etc etc) by taking down security measures (passwords, encryption) in various nodes/computers in that screen, and also finding "hidden" ones. Each action raises your trace level; if it gets to 100% you get traced and loose. You’ll have to delete “footprints” of your activities and pay your ISP to reset your IP, etc, to manage that and avoid getting traced. It is very non-linear, you can never be sure what the best way to proceed is, and there are non-essential things you can do, which may or may not be to your advantage: for instance, you may find a link to new servers that have money to steal, but they can also have nothing of interest and only serve to increase your trace level. Also, you'll have to figure out if you'll risk spending money to upgrade your rig or save it to decrease the trace level when needed, which is always a tough choice. That said, progressing through the level and finding out what to do is mostly interesting, and the "exploration" involved actually makes you feel like you are "unwrapping" what happened, and helps telling the story and getting the plot forward.

In the first two missions you have lots of help, which is nice if you start off without any knowledge about the series and/or command lines in general. In the third mission you’re more on your own, and that’s interesting. Then, I realized that your trace level sometimes carries from mission to mission (which was not explained), and you may find yourself in a situation where you raised it too high or didn’t get enough money on previous levels to have “room to breathe” to complete the next one. If that’s the case, all you can do is start from the very beginning of the game (!) which is extremely frustrating. There is no multiple save game slots, just the one! And there is no saving in the middle of a mission either! The fourth mission I found VERY difficult because of this. Then, on the fifth one, EVEN MORE DIFFICULT, I finally managed to proceed, but disregarding some “instructions” that were provided which supposedly I should have followed to get to the next level, which was a little confusing!! But apparently, there's (always?) more than one way to get past the level(s?). So, one can safely say the game is challenging and difficult.

All this would still be ok, but the ending, let's just say, is just very abrupt, anti-climatic and unsatisfying. It's really a pity, I mean it wouldn't hurt to write some more lines of text and close the story properly...

In short, the game has some fun if you like the hacking/command-line thing, but it is very a challenging game. Maybe that's part of the point of the game, but with the poor presentation, being repetitive, having a very bad ending, and sometimes being extremely punishing by making you start from the very beginning, I fear that unless you are very passionate about IT/hacking and also like very hard puzzles, it will more likely frustrate you than provide you with fun.

(PS: comparing with the original game (Hacker Evolution), though, this one is better. Not going much into it, the previous one is even more punishing with some game-breaking flaws in the mechanics, imo. After finishing this one and playing a little of the first one, I find myself surprisingly cheering for this one. So, all things considered, if you want to try one, I recommend trying this one rather than the original.)
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64 of 76 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
This game, as all the other hacker evolution games, has such a slim margin of error that even getting through the tutorial in one piece will test your threshold for handling frustration.

The hacker evolution games have a strong foundational concept, and solid UI, but the game suffers from arbitrary limitations (like the amount of times that you can use any computer as a hop point.)

Typically, I like to give games the benefit of the doubt. Try it out if it's on sale, I usually say, but there's no point in putting down any amount of money for such a frustrating game such as any installment of the hacker evolution series.
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40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
58.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2013
"Ma hax r 2 leet"

THE GOOD
Interesting gameplay
nice feel
mod editor
good sim all round

THE BAD
Story sucks
Mod editor could really use some work

THE UGLY
Narrator from Cybermorph (where did you learn to fly?)
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
The creativity in HE: Untold is more well developed, compared to the original Hacker Evolution, and the storyline is ok, to a point - then the storyline just gets dropped on the floor, and the game ends.

Can i recommend it? Possibly, the cmd-based game style appeals to me, aswell as the storyline along the way.

Will i recommend it? No, i will not! In a matter of 10 missions (tutorial included) the game will end, way too short!

I would rather sit back with Street Hacker (same cmd-based style), or back to Uplink, and enjoy myself with something longer-lasting than this..

Oh yeah, let's not forget the hardcore DLC, which introduces another 2 missions (yeah, only 2) - is it even worth bothering?
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Boring and too hard in the wrong way (i.e. you have to restart the whole campaign, instead of a single mission if you do something wrongish). I love the premise, but it doesn´t give you what you want.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2012
I bought HE:U since I love games like "Uplink". But this is not the same, its more typing in things and less thinking about what you should do. Its fine but not a real good hacker game. So i can not recommend this game.

Overall 4/10
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2012
"Hey, Uplink is pretty good, but it's too much like an arcade game! So let's just remake that, except we should make it more command line interface based. Phew, making games is hard. I think I'm going to jack into my cyberdeck and watch that Money for Nothing video three hundred times again."
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Interesting concept. The game melds the basic concepts of hacking/cracking with an intuitive interface to give players a sense of actually working through systems to progress through each level. It manages to hold the player's attention for more than a single playthough, compelling them to retrace their steps in order to leave no stone unturned and no node left untouched.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2012
This game is simply amazing, from the storyline to the advaced and simple to use edior program that come with the purchase of the game. This game challenges my mind more than any other game I have ever owned. The terminology is suprisingly correct, you don't type stupid commands like "hack facebook" no, no. The interface of the game and how you type commands faintly feel like a linux OS. Don't think that this game is going to teach you how to hack into anything, but it does give you a perspective on how websites are designed and the security flaws within them. I have to say though, it is very much like the original HE just a different design, but same layout.
Pros: Challenging
Unique (The only game on steam store with hack in it)
Many hours of gameplay (endless if you decide to create your own levels)
heartpumping
strategic
Cons: extremely slow loading times on the options screen and new level screen (I think it's because this game was orginally designed for linux and mac)
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Bought in steam sale for 2€ was bored anyway, got even more bored while playing this. the tutorial is not correct (you'll fail the mission), repetitive etc. Don't waste your money on this

EDIT: this review was made 4 january so without the 'big update' from may.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2012
Hacker Evolution – Untold is pretty much the same game as the previous hacker evolution but with slightly added gameplay mechanics and a different storyline. While Hacker Evolution – Untold’s story is a lot more relatable, it was also quite boring. The scenarios were much more realistic and as a result feel less grand than the first one. The ending was just flat out ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ on many levels, absolutely terrible closure. The levels feel way overdrawn for no reason whatsoever, and by the end it just feels like you are doing chores rather than playing a puzzle game. You can tell the developers were running out of creative ideas for running a hacking simulation game. Overall this game is a poor sequel to the first.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2013
Cool game :D
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