Hacknet: a hacking game for Sherlock Holmes!

There are many hacking portals available to lose yourself in the path of the real geeks. However, many of them are page by page hacks on a portal or complex games like fighting against other hackers in real-time. How about a game that gives you time to solve hacking problems (and hence learn) by following clues left by a dead hacker and reveal a large cover-up? Exciting enough? I am talking Hacknet.

Here’s what the game has to say about itself:

Dive down a rabbit hoIe as you follow the instructions of a recently deceased hacker, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports. Using old school command prompts and real hacking processes, you’ll solve the mystery with minimal hand-holding and a rich world full of secrets to explore.

Bit, a hacker responsible for creating the most invasive security system on the planet, is dead. When he fails to reconnect to his system for 14 days, his failsafe kicks in, sending instructions in automated emails to a lone user. As that user, it’s up to you to unravel the mystery and ensure that Hacknet-OS doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Exploring the volatile nature of personal privacy, the prevalence of corporate greed, and the hidden powers of hackers on the internet, Hacknet delivers a true hacking simulation, while offering a support system that allows total beginners get a grasp of the real-world applications and commands found throughout the game.

Besides the thrill of investigation as you crack through the stages on your terminal to uncover the mystery surrounding the death of the deceased hacker, you will learn Unix too. Hacknet implements many UNIX commands and most of those are derived into Linux or BSD.

Hecknet is developed by Australia based Team Fractal Alligator. You don’t have to wait long to play Hacknet. Hacknet arrives on Steam on 12 Aug, 2015. At this point the only supported platform is listed as Windows. Let’s hope they make it available for Linux gamers on Steam too.

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