hackmud is a text-based multiplayer hacking simulator for Intel-compatible personal home computers. Crack protected systems and solve puzzles as you explore the abandoned internet of the future. Write scripts to protect your winnings and trick other players. Lose everything. Get it back.
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Mixed (11) - 63% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (516) - 75% of the 516 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 22, 2016

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May 9

2.1.0 Patch Notes

2.1.0 Patch Notes "i have opened up my vac2vac data sharing to provide a place to plot." robovac_fawkes, the second robovac revolution // hackmud will now follow semantic versioning https://semver.org/ // unity3D update (may fix compatibility issues, stability, performance) // memory leak fixes // 32bit build was broken and it’s now working correctly again // default values were added to macro args // https://hackmud.com/forums/bugs_features_ideas/_macro_idea__default_values_for_macro_args // macro args now also have a 'Rest of' argument {$} // https://hackmud.com/forums/bugs_features_ideas/_macro_idea___rest__arg // more info in upgrade notifications // + upgrade notifications now include additional data // https://hackmud.com/forums/bugs_features_ideas/_idea__show_where_items_were_sent_from_to_in_the_terminal // https://www.hackmud.com/forums/bugs_features_ideas/_request__make_item_acquired_message_include_that_item_s_index // forums // # Posts and replies can be edited. % we have voting functionality now! & you can sort posts by votes, too # Posts can be locked. # Posts and edits can be previewed prior to implementation. + search function implemented # The Zendesk forums have been retired. & auto-linkifying for forum posts! & user who owns a post can be changed! within the same account // bbs // + bbs.r script has been soft launched. provides read-only access to forum and bbs content // webchat // % scrollback added to in-channel chat! ! Multiline input (Shift+Enter) permits more substantial communication, but will be used for memes. & also, it looks nicer %%!^+%##%!&+!!%+%%#%+#+-^+&!&!&-&-#!+#&-#^!^&+%++!%!^^%-%!#&&%-&%-^%-#^#-&-^^%+&!+^&%#&#%#

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March 31

April Fools!

This is not a joke.

Join your fellow MUDders for some sweet l00tz, puzzles and some foolsday hijinks!

Event starts 10a PDT (1700 UTC) on 2019/04/01. Log in within the first 24 hours to get your event glam! Portions of the event will stay open for a week.
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“[hackmud is] oppressive and individualistic to a strong degree and in that uncompromising vision lays a true cult hit”

“So few games are capable of putting humans together like this in a den of villainy and letting them become slowly corrupted or instantaneously redeemed. Hackmud does this and does it very well.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

About This Game

Use a command-line interface to explore a vast, dangerous and ever-changing computer network. In the MUD, trust is everything and fortunes can be stolen in a moment. Develop your programming and hacking skills as you learn to exploit security flaws and protect your winnings.

Explore scripts created by other players and create your own. Build tools and forge alliances, or lay traps and break bonds.

Prove yourself

Learn to think like a hacker as you navigate hackmud's character-driven singleplayer tutorial. Then, chart your own course through a multiplayer sandbox laden with risk and opportunity. Test real skills like cracking, coding, research and social engineering to thrive in a fully-scriptable, player-driven economy. Remember: wealth comes and goes, but knowledge endures.

An echo of the future

Encounter the denizens of the crumbling, abandoned internet of the far-future. Lonely cleaning drones pine for their absent users; malfunctioning weather networks ping each other across dead channels; strange new digital intelligences cohere and collapse in unindexed space.

The world of the electron and the switch

An intuitive retro-cyberpunk text interface inspired by classic hacking movies takes you back to an earlier vision of the internet. An original electronic soundtrack by Lena Raine and Ryan Ike gets you in the zone.

BINMAT Security Shell online

Binary Matrix - 'BINMAT' is hackmud's unique PVP system. Introduced in the 2.0.0 update, this command-line strategy game is your attack vector and last line of defense. Challenging, fully scriptable and supporting up to 32 players per match, BINMAT provides a deep strategic challenge that is integrally linked to all of Hackmud's systems - from the economy to the bonds you build with other players.

A digital society

hackmud is home to a thriving community of script-builders, code-crackers, Good Samaritans and hostile operators. Make new friends as you work together to solve complex puzzles and take part in narrative events. Discover and share clues as you draw closer to the truth that waits at the center of the network.


hackmud is the work of a single developer (now supported by a small team.) We want to make sure that your experience of the game is as consistent, stable, and fun as it can be: but this is an incredibly complex game, and bugs and downtime may strike from time to time. However! As long as there are players playing the game, there will be balance patches and fixes.

Real hacking is unforgiving and so is hackmud. This is a game where you will inevitably lose resources and upgrades, and where a mistake can cost you dearly - as such, it's not for everybody. Read as much as you can about the game and other players' experiences before making your purchase decision.

Remember: scripts.get_level is your friend.

We are hard at work on new features and content and we're excited about the future of hackmud.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • OS: Mac OS 10.9
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM

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