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Hacker (DOS)

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Description

Hacker is an adventure/trading game based on what was then a unique idea. You're starting into the adventure as a real hacker would do, lacking information of what is to come, only driven by your ambition. Consequently, the game opens with a plain text screen, prompting you for the login password. To break into the system is the first puzzle you've got to solve.

Once in, you'll soon find out that you've accidentally stumbled upon a conspiracy of global impact. From then on, you'll maneuver a robotic drone around the globe through a tunnel system deep in the earth. In major cities, you may surface and talk to contact persons, who'll trade items for cash. When delivered to the correct city, you can exchange these items for a piece of evidence. If all evidence is collected, you're to inform the FBI. As if figuring out the correct routes and trades wasn't hard enough, frequent system malfunctions and security checks test your skill as well...

Screenshots

Hacker DOS Surveillance satellites (the pink crumbs) have been activated.
Hacker DOS Let's trade! This gloomy fellow offers valuables.
Hacker DOS You're collecting fragments of this document.
Hacker DOS Oops, another disaster?

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User Reviews

Remember... It's only a simulation... Chris Martin (1098) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
It's the novelty factor that gets you... The rest is trial-and-error Kasey Chang (3653) unrated

The Press Says

Tilt Dec, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Techtite 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Just Games Retro Jan 21, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Finishing Game 1 Ossie1972
Jul 16, 2010

Trivia

Manual

True to the role-playing experience, Hacker came with no instructions whatsoever, other than loading instructions. The inside fold-out image reads:
Yet Another Temptation.

It's about the instructions for Hacker. There aren't any. (After all, if you really accidentally stumble into someone else's computer system, you one will be there to help you.)

If you get really stick, we can provider a set of "Hacker Hints." (Details on enclosed card.) However, this is a temptation you should resist, if you can.

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-Chris (7357) added Hacker (DOS) on Aug 13, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Quapil (4740), JRK (11152), Martin Smith (63134) and Terok Nor (18919)