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Project Description

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Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator for PC.



Release Date

Aug 13 2015


PC, Mac, Linux




Team Fractal Alligator

Dive down a rabbit hole as you follow the instructions of a recently deceased hacker, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports. Using old school command prompts and real hacking processes, you’ll solve the mystery with minimal hand-holding and a rich world full of secrets to explore.

Bit, a hacker responsible for creating the most invasive security system on the planet, is dead. When he fails to reconnect to his system for 14 days, his failsafe kicks in, sending instructions in automated emails to a lone user. As that user, it’s up to you to unravel the mystery 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.


Real hacking:

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.

Full immersion:

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:

While 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 while delighting those in the know.

Killer tunes:

Hack to the beat of a soundtrack featuring underground artists including Carpenter Brut (Hotline Miami).



Named after the most mathematically horrifying animal, Team Fractal Alligator is a one person team based in Adelaide, Australia–founded by Matt Trobbiani.


Matt has been designing and developing games for most of his life, starting out with GameMaker and Warcraft 3 custom maps, before moving on to find more flexibility in C# and custom engines. He specialises in designing immersive, mechanically interesting experiences.


For its work on Hacknet, Team Fractal Alligator was awarded the 2014 AGDA Innovation Award, and was a nominated a finalist for Tech at Freeplay 2015.




Team Fractal Alligator

Matt TrobbianiFounder and Developer, Team Fractal Alligator
Jesus GallegosArtist, Freelancer
Sarah RiggallArtist, Freelancer
Carpenter BrutMusic
Rico Pustel & Timo JhansMusic

Surprise Attack Games

Chris WrightManaging Director, Surprise Attack Games
Travis PlaneDirector, Surprise Attack Games
Aaron BertinettiChairman, Surprise Attack Games
Stephen HellerCommunity Manager, Surprise Attack Games
Fiona MurrayFinance Manager, Surprise Attack Games
Drew TaylorCommunications Manager, Surprise Attack Games
Lex SuurlandBusiness Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Press assets:

The screenshots above can be saved directly in 1080p. For a complete press kit, however, please visit the Hacknet Presskit() page, here.