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Hacknet – Deluxe is free to claim on the Humble Store for the next day or so
The Humble Store is currently doing a Spring Sale Encore where you can make big savings on hundreds of games. This time the highlight of the sale is the game, Hacknet.
For those uninitiated, Hacknet is a video game that allows the player to perform simulated computer hacking. The core of the gameplay is to follow the instructions of a deceased hacker using “old school command prompts and real hacking processes.”
The game begins with the player being automatically contacted by an email by the username “Bit”. The automated email tells the player that it was sent in the event of Bit’s death. Bit is a hacker responsible for creating the most invasive security system on the planet. The player is asked to investigate Bit’s death and ensure that Hacknet-OS doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Exploring the volatile nature of personal privacy, the prevalence of corporate greed, and the hidden powers of hackers on the internet, Hacknet delivers a true hacking simulation, while offering a support system that allows total beginners get a grasp of the real-world applications and commands found throughout the game.
The game’s important features as mentioned on its Store page are as follows:
Based on actual UNIX commands, Hacknet focuses on real hacking, not the Hollywood-style version of it. This creates a truly immersive experience and puts players right in the thick of trying to break through the firewalls.
Unlock the mystery of Bit
A hacker is dead and the media reports don’t add up. When you are contacted by his “ghost” – an automated failsafe system – you’re drawn into the dark and murky world of underground hackers.
You are thrust into a persistent virtual world with no “levels” or obvious game elements to break the illusion. Follow the guidance of the emails from Bit or just dive down the rabbit hole, chasing down clues and snippets of information you find as you explore different systems.
Accessible but uncompromising
Whilst not holding your hand or dumbing down, the design of the game and the learning curve enables those with no prior terminal experience to enjoy it whilst delighting those in the know.
Hack to the beat of a soundtrack featuring underground artists including Remi (Hotline Miami).
Hack your own adventures
Create your own campaigns, system networks, nodes, themes, music and story missions using the Hacknet Extensions mod tools. Share them with other players through Steam Workshop.
Hacknet has a very good rating of 9/10 on Steam and it normally costs $14.99. However, the Hacknet – Deluxe is absolutely free to grab for the next day or so. The game is compatible with operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux. It arrives both as a Steam key and DRM-free Windows, Mac, and Linux. Since this is a deluxe edition of the game, besides the Hacknet base game, it also includes the Hacknet official soundtrack.