Hacknet invites you to become a hacker. It is a simulator and an educational tool, but at the same time it is entertaining. When you finish, I promise you will know more about programming than you suspected – unless you are already a programmer.
One of the best hacking games
Hacknet is considered one of the best hacking games. It is a simulator game in which you follow the instructions of a hacker who has just died. You must use real techniques - with little help - to unravel the mystery.
Anyone with an interest in the world of computers – or who just wants to feel like a movie hacker - should try Hacknet. The beauty of the game is that not only does it give you the feeling of being a hero with a purpose, it also teaches you programming and network architecture. In other words, after finishing Hacknet you will have knowledge that can help you in real life.
The mechanics are very simple and, in a way, not much like a game. Complete missions to earn various programs that allow you to create security breaches in more complex systems. For example, some of these allow you to initiate commands on other computers.
A story with byte
Although the game does not take you by the hand, it does not overwhelm you. The mysterious story, with its little jokes, keep you focused while you investigate the death of hacker who is guiding you.
Of course the graphics are unimpressive, but that doesn't stop Hacknet creating tension. It can get quite stressful when you think your actions are about to be detected. You'd never suspect that this type action could be so rewarding.
If you are an expert in programming there is a chance Hacknet’s mechanics could bore out of the gate. But the story is fantastic, so maybe try playing for a few hours before you give up on it – maybe you will enjoy the busman’s holiday it provides.
Hacknet is one of the best adventures that you will play this year. Lose yourself in its plot, its mystery, and its style of play. When you’ve finished, you'll want more – but try not to get yourself into too much real world trouble.