The Hacker

4/16/2012 8:29:31 AM

Description: The Hacker

From the very start, this game harkens back to the home computer of the 1980s. It’s even reminiscent of classic 80’s movie Jumping Jack Flash. Visually it’s as simple as it gets, green and black in full 80’s operating system garb with a retro arcade feel. It might not look like much, but as someone who had a home computer as a kid in that decade, it’s excellent.

The premise is a good one, too. The Hacker thrusts the player into the thick of a suspicious plot and as a former employee of GliderCorp who was fired after developing a new operating system for the company, you begin to hack their systems along with other anonymous former employees to find out just what is going on.

The scene is then set for a series of mini games as you solve puzzle after puzzle as you begin to uncover a trail across eight global severs. These puzzles are varied ranging from the straightforward to the very challenging. Some are familiar memory style games, while others are far more detailed. Upon completion you are awarded experience points to unlock games, buy wallpapers and skip through any puzzles hampering your progress.

This in-game currency can also be used to buy arcade games from the G.A.M.E. portal on your “desktop”. Each is familiar and recognizable as something you’ve played before or at least a take on a specific genre adding to the wealth of content The Hacker already provides. Even if you complete all eight servers, players can purchase three new areas, each with five additional servers in app. These serve as sort of deleted scenes, each revealing additional secrets and uncovering more to the story.

As with any mini-game app, it can get repetitive, but what it lacks in variation it makes up for in charm. The presentation is fantastic and the story is a unique way of tackling the mini-game genre. The difficulty levels can fluctuate, annoyingly so at times, but it really depends on how your brain approaches each puzzle. The Hacker provides a good amount of longevity and value for your money and the story gives you a sense of reason rather than just solving puzzles for the sake of it.

4.5 stars

575 Ratings

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, arid iPad.

Requires iOS 3.1 or later

Price: $0.99

Category: Games

Updated: Mar 05, 2012

Version: 1.2.0

Size: 8.0 MB

Languages: English

Seller: Gaspar Mereu

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