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I enjoyed playing Hacker for the first few times. There's nothing quite like it on the Amstrad (at least as far as I know} but to be honest, it does seem to become a bit routine after a while. There's not enough variety. There's plenty to go at in the game, but the author could have included randomisation in some areas and it would have added greatly to the game. Overall, a pretty good job has been done. I admire it — but at the same time, I'm slightly disappointed that more wasn't made of this excellent idea.
Une fois le mot de passe trouvé, vous vous embarquez dans une histoire d'espionnage dont vous découvrez peu à peu le fil conducteur. Passionnant.
Mehr soll hier gar nicht verraten werden, denn der größte Witz an diesem Spiel liegt eben darin, alles selbstständig herauszufinden. Nur eines sei gesagt: Im Verlauf des Spiels bekommt man auch grafisch einiges zu Gesicht. Alles in allem kein trockenes Passwort-Rätsel, sondern ein nicht zu schweres und einfallsreiches Spiel, das man fast schon zu den Adventures zählen darf.
ZX SpectrumSinclair User
Activision's latest may put you in the role of a hacker sitting at your Spectrum trying to break into the local NatWest computer, in a forlorn attempt to raise the dough for a new printer interface, but it's certain no hacker ever encountered what you face.
ZX SpectrumYour Spectrum
Phew, my brain hurts! A trifle perplexing this little number - the only instructions on the packaging tell you how to load the program. Nothing else, zilch, zero ...
Panic not - we've already pieced together the plot. It seems you take the part of a computer hacker who's just about to finish off a night on the phone. But then he accidentally dials a wrong number and the intriguing words LOGON PLEASE appear on the screen.
This intriguing game concept --around the time of movies like War Games-- was to put the gamer in the role of a Hacker, who has hacked his way into a security computer of a secret lab. Slowly, you can use your "remote" computer to control the security of the lab, including cameras and other devices. Amusing idea, though the concept is not unlike offering a game called "Safe Cracker" to your friend at the local bank; it's kind of creepy to play a game about hacking into security systems, on a computer!
DOSJust Games Retro
I've complained a lot about how the game has little to do with hacking, mostly because I want to steer you away from the same incorrect expectations that I had. All this would, of course, be forgivable if the game you ended up with was reasonably fun. It isn't, and not just from a modern slant. The main game is Pac-Man with a maze layout you can't see, and security satellites chasing you instead of ghosts. The trading part is mostly an excuse to get you moving between the various cities on the map, and all you need to do to beat it is build up your inventory and provide yourself enough time to backtrack among the spies. The conspiracy you uncover isn't much better than one of Dr. Evil's plans. Too many black marks against it to recommend.