The year is 1997. You used to be a hacker, but now you have the phage. You made a deal: one hack, one dose. There’s nothing left to lose… except your life.
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Very Positive (86) - 98% of the 86 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Aug 9, 2018
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We release our games into Early Access to make it clear that we intend to make improvements and create additional content based on player feedback. EXAPUNKS will be our fifth title to be released this way.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Not very long. A few months?”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The official release of the game will contain usability and balance improvements based on feedback collected from players during the Early Access period.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Much like our previous Early Access titles, EXAPUNKS is functionally complete. It includes a fully realized story-driven campaign, a puzzle editor, Steam Workshop integration, a sandbox where you can create your own games, and not one but two completely unnecessary minigames.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We’ll be listening to your feedback via email, on the Steam forums, and on the game’s official Reddit page.”
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August 17

UPDATE: Bugs! So many bugs!

Today's update includes the following changes:
  • Fixed a bug that made it impossible to jump to a label generated by a macro from a jump instruction outside of the macro.
  • Fixed a bug where the game would freeze when expanding a very large macro.
  • Fixed a bug in the GIS puzzles where one host didn't have a visible hostname.
  • Fixed a bug in HACK*MATCH where you could indefinitely extend a match delay by dropping or swapping unrelated blocks.
  • Improved the visibility of highlighted EXA and file windows.
  • Improved the appearance of size score histograms.
  • Fixed a bug in the custom puzzle API function requireMoveFile() that prevented it from being used on files starting in the player's host.
  • Fixed a bug where selecting a different test run would cause the wrong values to be displayed in the test run data screen.
  • Improved the appearance of worst scores in the test run data screen.
  • Fixed a bug where attempting to grab a file the same cycle it was dropped would sometimes result in a stall rather than an error.
  • Changed the appearance of the task requirement failure icon (X) so that it looks less like the task requirement success icon (check). It's red now. It's just going to say FAIL if people keep getting this confused.
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August 16

UPDATE: Text improvements, test run data, and more

Today's update includes the following changes:
  • Added full cycles and activity information to the puzzle completion screen, accessed through the "SHOW TEST RUN DATA" button.
  • Improved text rendering for code and files.
  • Improved the instructions for a few puzzles.
  • Removed an ambiguous test case from the WorkHouse puzzle.
  • Fixed a layering issue with the labels in the body-hacking puzzles.
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About This Game

The year is 1997. You used to be a hacker, but now you have the phage. You made a deal: one hack, one dose. There’s nothing left to lose… except your life.

EXAPUNKS is the latest open-ended puzzle game from Zachtronics, the creators of Opus Magnum, SHENZHEN I/O, TIS-100, and more.

  • READ ZINES - Learn to hack from TRASH WORLD NEWS, the underground computer magazine. Tutorials, hacking tips, secret information, searing commentary— TRASH WORLD NEWS has you covered.
  • WRITE VIRUSES - Program your EXAs (EXecution Agents) to tear through networks, replicate themselves, trash files, terminate other EXAs— and leave without a trace.
  • HACK EVERYTHING - Hack banks, universities, factories, TV stations, highway signs, game consoles, the government... oh yeah, and your own body.
  • SLACK OFF - Play ПАСЬЯНС, if you hack the server where it’s stored. Or play HACK*MATCH, if you hack the region lock on your Sawayama WonderDisc. Or create your own homebrew games for the TEC Redshift… if you hack the development kit.
  • TAKE DOWN YOUR FRIENDS - Compete with your friends by running your programs directly against theirs in all-out hacker battles. Make every cycle count.
  • CREATE YOUR OWN PUZZLES - Create your own networks to hack, and share them with the world on Steam Workshop.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1366 x 768
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3840 x 2160
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: macOS 10.9+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1366 x 768
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: macOS 10.9+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3840 x 2160
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04+, SteamOS
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.3, 1366 x 768
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04+, SteamOS
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.3, 3840 x 2160
    • Storage: 650 MB available space

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