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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.


Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers PC Booter We're synchronising the video recording (lower left) to the actual time (lower right).
Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers ZX Spectrum Be more careful next time.
Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers PC Booter The map (upper right) shows our drone, a guarrd (white dot) and the active camera (blue square).
Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers Apple II Spying on hallways.

Promo Images

Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Zzap! Commodore 64 Oct, 1986 86 out of 100 86
Happy Computer Atari ST 1986 86 out of 100 86
Just Games Retro PC Booter May 08, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 70 out of 100 70
Commodore User Commodore 64 Nov, 1986 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 7 out of 10 70
Tilt PC Booter Dec, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari ST Dec, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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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.


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

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