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Hacker

Critic Score User Score
Macintosh
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4.0
Apple II
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3.9
Atari ST
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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 Macintosh Talking with a shady character...
Hacker Commodore 64 Buy some items from this guy?
Hacker MSX The main game screen when in the tunnels
Hacker Macintosh Can you hack into this system?

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Remember... It's only a simulation... DOS Chris Martin (1094)
It's the novelty factor that gets you... The rest is trial-and-error DOS Kasey Chang (3652)

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1985 87 out of 100 87
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
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jul, 1987 7 out of 10 70
Techtite DOS 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Just Games Retro DOS Jan 21, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Apr, 1986 3.67 out of 10 37
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1986 3 out of 10 30

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 stuck, we can provide 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 (4733), JRK (11151), -Chris (7312), Martin Smith (63054) and Terok Nor (20356)