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Hacker

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
...
3.4
Apple II
...
3.9
DOS
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3.3
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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 MSX Title screen
Hacker PC-88 Looks simple enough...
Hacker Amstrad CPC Buy some (hopefully) useful items
Hacker Commodore 64 Here's a quick update...

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User Reviews

Remember... It's only a simulation... DOS Chris Martin (1098)
It's the novelty factor that gets you... The rest is trial-and-error DOS Kasey Chang (3654)

The Press Says

Amtix! Amstrad CPC Dec, 1985 84 out of 100 84
Tilt DOS Dec, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
64'er Commodore 64 Dec, 1985 12 out of 15 80
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Dec, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Dec, 1985 70 out of 100 70
Techtite DOS 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Just Games Retro DOS Jan 21, 2007 35 out of 100 35

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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Contributed to by Quapil (4742), JRK (11176), -Chris (7365), Martin Smith (63155) and Terok Nor (18348)