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Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers (Commodore 64)

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Description

Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers is a real-time strategy game. It is the sequel to Hacker.

Once again you hack into a computer system, just to end up saving the world. Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers opens with the console to the "Actisource" computer hotline system (a nice self-ironic pun - although nobody knows why a serious hacker might want to crack a help service for computer games...). However, your quiet little hack is soon disturbed: The government wants you for a secret mission. It, again, involves a robot drone and you're the one at the remote control. Although this time, it's not the whole globe that's your playground, but a high security facility in Russia, where the plans for global domination are hidden.

In fact, all you've got to do is to guide your drone to the vault on a 2D map of the building. However, there are two major obstacles: Patrolling guards and security cameras. To avoid detection, you've got to trick the observers. By tapping the surveillance system you can see what cameras are currently active and which rooms they monitor. Your task is to bypass the video signal of the right cameras with a taped recording of an empty room, so that your drone is hidden from the view. You control four monitors, which you may freely switch to show the security monitor, the radar map, VCR output or one of the 38 cameras -- thus keeping an eye on guard movement while simultaneously controlling your drone and synchronizing recordings to cameras. Whew, sounds like a lot of work? It is.

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Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers Commodore 64 Welcome to the game
Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers Commodore 64 Login Screen
Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers Commodore 64 Setting up my cameras
Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers Commodore 64 MFSM review complete!

Alternate Titles

  • "Actisource: The International Computer Hotline" -- Manual/Disk title

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Computer Gamer Dec, 1986 70 out of 100 70

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Trivia

Extras

The game shipped with a booklet of loading instructions for "Actisource, the International Computer Hotline". Even the disc was labeled under the name of Actisource.

Also included was and a sealed envelope marked "Top Secret! Do not open until instructed". It contained the "for your eyes only" operator's manual for the Multi-function Switching Matrix (i.e. the game interface). Further extras in the box: an advertisement for both Hacker games, a registration card, and a Bonus Book of Shopping Coupons.

Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Runner-up as Best Game Idea of the Year

Quapil (4741) added Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers (Commodore 64) on Jul 11, 2003
Other platforms contributed by JRK (11152), Martin Smith (63138), NĂ©lio (2008) and Terok Nor (18757)