The Hacker for iphone, ipad Review

On February 20, 2012

App Type: iPhone

The Hacker for iphone, ipad Review

Our rating:

By: Gaspar Mereu

Version #: 1.0.1

Date Released:

Developer: By Angry Bugs

Price: $0.99

User Rating:

Many of you were to young to remember the days of the BBS and dialing into the text interfaces to play games, read news, or do many other tasks that we now commonly do on the internet. There is a certain warm place in the hearts of those that do for the phosphorescent green text on a glowing black screen. The Hacker by Angry Bugs is a throw back to the days of modems and when cyberspace was a mysterious world of hackers with fancy interfaces.

Much like other hacker games, The Hacker places you in a virtual world where you must gain access to a variety of remote servers from around the world to gain information about the Glider Corporation. I wont tell you much more about the plot as this is a story driving game. The interface for hacking servers is series of puzzles that much be completed. Some involve moving bugs around a room to their respective platforms, while others are timed puzzles or memory tests. With each completed server you gain more story and move access to new features.

The game has an email system where the characters send you files or messages, but the best part of the game is the mini games. The G.A.M.E.S. section has a variety of fun arcade style games that you are able to unlock with XP you earn hacking servers. There are achievements and leaderboards with GameCenter Support, but all of it is wrapped in the retro world of old mainframe style computing.

I will say that there are secrets to be discovered in this game and with two expansions that can be purchased, there is plenty of content to keep you busy. The puzzles are not too difficult, but that really depends on your ability to abstract the problems at hand. I game the game to several friends of mine and some of them were throughly stumped by puzzles I completed in minutes. Even with the somewhat short gameplay for me I found The Hacker a nice diversion with a unique theme on the app store. The $.99 price is certainly a benefit for a game like this so if you want a puzzle game steeped in a 90’s style hacking theme, then be sure to check this one out.

We rate this app 4 out of 5 stars.

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