Hackers (video game)

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Hackers Title.jpg
Developer(s)Trickster Arts
Publisher(s)Trickster Arts
Designer(s)Matouš Ježek
Programmer(s)Ladislav Týč
Martin Hanzl
Composer(s)Matúš Široký
Marek Horváth
Release19 September 2016
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer[1]

Hackers is an independent strategy game developed by Trickster Arts for Android and iOS.[2] Hackers is a cyberwarfare strategy game, and has been likened to the video game Uplink.[3] On iOS the game has an added suffix: Hackers - Join the Cyberwar.[4]


A screenshot from the game. Players get to design a network of offensive and defensive nodes as they fight for their countries in a futuristic world war.

Players take on the role of a Hacker during a fictional First World Cyberwar.[5] Players can develop and secure their own virtual 3D network and hack various targets around the world. Players can research programs, hack networks to increase their reputation and resources, and compete against other countries.[6] The overarching strategy is to build a robust enough network to protect your data, while finding the best tools to use against others.[7] The game features 70+ story missions with multiple ways to defeat them. There are also player-created networks to be infiltrated, which raise the position of your country on the global leaderboard.[8] The game also has a developed ARG, starting from an in-game mission.[9]


Hackers takes place in an alternate reality, where a piece of software (codenamed Ergo) was designed to make hacking into systems easier. The software has been made available to the public, so that anyone and everyone can get into hacking. But unlike real-world hacking which consists of command line usage and programming, this alternate reality puts systems and the hacking process into a GUI (Graphical User Interface) to make things easier to try and hack other people.[10]

The game starts you out performing simple hacks with a recently met acquaintance called "Marty". As the game progresses you are introduced to other characters representing various factions such as The Family, StormCorp and MIRAGE. During the course of the story you get to experience various security, activist and terrorist missions that test your skills as a hacker.


The game was developed in-house by Trickster Arts. The game was developed in Unity Engine. Development was started in Summer 2014. While working on Hero of Many the developers started working in parallel on another project. This project was cancelled for design reasons and Hackers was created from old gaming design notes out of the desire to keep the company going. Hackers was announced at Game Access '16 on 16 April 2016.[11]

The music was composed by Matúš Široký.[12] The Hackers: Original Soundtrack was released via Bandcamp on October 5, 2017.[13] Sounds were produced by Marek Horváth.


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As of 27 September 2016, Hackers is featured globally by Apple on the front page of "New Games We Love"[14] and, as of 13 November 2016, by Google Play in the "New Games" section in 23 countries.[15] On 27 January 2017, Hackers was nominated for "Czech game of the year for Mobile Devices" at the annual Czech Game of the Year Awards.[16] On 26 April 2017, Hackers was nominated for "Mobile Application of the Year 2017" at the annual Mobilní Aplikace Roku awards.[17] As of 6 October 2017, Hackers has received 4 million downloads, and received 4.5 out of 5 Stars over 100,000 ratings on Google Play.[18]


  1. ^ "Hackers is launching today, a multiplayer darknet cyberwarfare simulator by Trickster Arts – Tech2". Tech 2. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Hackers – online strategy game". Trickster Arts. n.d.
  3. ^ "Hackers is launching today, a multiplayer darknet cyberwarfare simulator by Trickster Arts". Tech.firstpost.com. 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ "In 'Hackers - Join the Cyberwar' You Hack Other Players' Networks". toucharcade.com. 19 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Top 10 new Android games this week: Hackers, Sorcery! 4". androidandme.com. 22 September 2016.
  6. ^ "33 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (9/13/16 - 9/26/16)". Android Police. 26 September 2016.
  7. ^ "In 'Hackers - Join the Cyberwar' You Hack Other Players' Networks". toucharcade.com. 19 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Explanation of World Domination". forum.tricksterarts.com. 25 September 2016.
  9. ^ "The first part of Hackers' ARG". heartme.net. 13 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Hackers is a visual puzzle game with world domination as bragging rights". androidcommunity.com. 23 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Matouš Ježek (Trickster Arts) - Indie Studio Survival Kit (Game Access '16)". youtube.com. 24 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Hackers - Trailer music". soundcloud.com. 26 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Hackers: Original Soundtrack". bandcamp.com. 5 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Hackers Featured on App Store". facebook.com. 23 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Hackers Featured on Google Play". Google Play. 7 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Nominace - ČESKÁ HRA ROKU 2016". www.ceskahraroku.cz. 2016.
  17. ^ "Nominace - MOBILNÍ APLIKACE ROKU 2017" (PDF). www.aplikaceroku.cz. 7 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Hackers is an upcoming multiplayer game where anyone has a chance to be the best hacker in the world". droidgamers.com. 20 September 2016.

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