Surprise Attack Games
Based in Melbourne, Australia

Release date:
August 12, 2015



Regular Price:



Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator for PC. Dive down a rabbit hoIe 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. Hacknet will launch on PC via Steam and the Humble Store on August 12, 2015.


Team Fractal Alligator - Developer: Named after the most mathematicaklly horrifying animal, Team Fractal Alligatior 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. Team Fractal Alligator, for it's work on Hacknet, was awarded the 2014 AGDA Innovation Award, and was a nominated finalist for Tech at Freeplay 2015.


  • 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: whilst 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 whilst delighting those in the know.
  • Killer tunes: hack to the beat of a soundtrack featuring underground artists including Carpenter Brut (Hotline Miami).


Hacknet Reveal Trailer YouTube


download all screenshots & photos as .zip (7MB)


Awards & Recognition

  • "WINNER - Innovation Award" Australian Game Developer Awards, 2014
  • "FINALIST - Tech" Freeplay Awards, 2015

Selected Articles

  • "It’s the closest thing to a real life hacking sim I’ve ever seen."
    - Mark Serrels, Kotaku
  • "I’m really digging the look of Hacknet"
    - Alice O'Connor, Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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About Surprise Attack Games

Surprise Attack Games is an independent games label based in Australia. It works with amazing creators to bring remarkable, weird and unique games to discerning players worldwide.

You may know them from the hacking game using real unix commands (Hacknet), the surveillance thriller series that puts you in the shoes of Big Brother (Orwell), the multiplayer split-screen shooter where everyone is invisible (Screencheat), or the dystopian steampunk mini-golf adventure game (Vertiginous Golf).

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Hacknet Credits

Matt Trobbiani
Founder & Development, Team Fractal Alligator

Jesus Gallegos
Artist, Freelancer

Sarah Riggall
Artist, Freelancer

Carpenter Brut

Rico Pustel & Timo Jhans



Stephen Heller
Product Manager & Community Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Lex Suurland
Business Development Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Fiona Murray
Finance Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Chris Wright
Managing Director, Surprise Attack Games

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