developer: Zachtronics Industries
publisher: Zachtronics Industries
Game mode: single player
game language: English
game release date for PC:
EXAPUNKS is a complex puzzle game developed by Zachtronics studio specializing in this genre. The company's portfolio includes such productions as Opus Magnum, SHENZHEN I/O or SpaceChem.
EXAPUNKS moves us to an alternative version in 1997. During the game we play the role of a hacker, whose task is to break into closely guarded networks and various devices located at universities, banks or even factories (but not only, because we also hack here the consoles or even.... the body of the protagonist). In return for each success, the protagonist receives a dose of medication to counteract the effects of the bacteria he has been infected with.
In EXAPUNKS we take control over robots operating inside computer systems. It is with their help that we hack the above mentioned goals. Their operation requires getting to know the code created for the game, which we get to know by reading the fictitious Trash World News magazine (which was prepared for printing, so that the player can use it without any problems during the struggle). We will find not only various tutorials and tips, but also secret information, the knowledge of which helps us to accomplish our tasks. Interestingly, after completing the mission, we can compare the code we have created with the works of other players in terms of optimization. In addition, during breaks from hacking we can try our hand at mini-games, such as Solitaire and HACK*MATCH, which, however, must be unlocked first, using our hacking skills.
A substitute for multiplayer mode in EXAPUNKS are duels in which our robots stand up to fight against machines programmed by other players. In addition, production allows you to create your own networks and give them to the pasture of other hackers (through the Steam Workshop), as well as to create files in .GIF format, with animations presenting our hacking achievements in action.
The two-dimensional graphics of EXAPUNKS are harsh, but thanks to this, they successfully create a hacker-like atmosphere from films about hackers from the nineties of the twentieth century. During the game we are accompanied by an electronic soundtrack.
Game score 9.1 / 10 calculated out of 35 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i3 2.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 460 or better, 660 MB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card Intel HD or better, 660 MB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8/10 64-bit