Hacknet, a terminal based hacking simulation videogame


Hacknet is a terminal based hacking simulator that uses a realistic terminal for real-life inspired network security penetration. Therefore it has nothing to with the hilarious interpretation that Hollywood makes of how networks are compromised.

I have been playing this game for a couple of hours so far, and I am really enjoying it. The soundtrack, storyline and general feel of the game are really immersing. The learning curve is easy enough that the game is enjoyable but looses not to much realism, however, each system you can connect to has been simplified for the pliability's sake. You can navigate a small file system, snoop around personal files filled with splendid humor and change some configuration files, but you are not confronted with the complexity of the real thing.

Would you play such a game? Write down your thoughts on the comment sections. And do not forget to check out the trailer and key features after the break.

The following information has been obtained from the press section of Hacknet's official webpage.



  • Real hacking: based on actual UNIX commands, Hacknet focuses on real hacking, not the Hollywood-style version of it. This creates a truly immersive experience and puts players right in the thick of trying to break through the firewalls.
  • Unlock the mystery of Bit: a hacker is dead and the media reports don’t add up. When you are contacted by his “ghost” - an automated failsafe system - you’re drawn into the dark and murky world of underground hackers. 
  • Full immersion: you are thrust into a persistent virtual world with no “levels” or obvious game elements to break the illusion. Follow the guidance of the emails from Bit or just dive down the rabbit hole, chasing down clues and snippets of information you find as you explore different systems. 
  • Accessible but uncompromising: whilst not holding your hand or dumbing down, the design of the game and the learning curve enables those with no prior terminal experience to enjoy it whilst delighting those in the know.
  • Killer tunes: hack to the beat of a soundtrack featuring underground artists including Carpenter Brut (Hotline Miami).

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