Abandonware DOS title


Hacker is an abandoned simulation game designed by Steve Cartwright, developed by Activision and released by Activision in 1986. Hacker runs on DOS, Mac OS but was also published for Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, C64, MSX, ZX Spectrum. Hacker is part of the Hacker game series.
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Main executable game file: hacker/hacker.exe.

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Hacker review

"The fact that Hacker is essentially a puzzle, albeit a complex one, is certain to enthrall some and repel others. It is fundamentally different from most other strategy games, because repeated play is an integral part of reaching the solution. Those who enjoy a protracted battle of wits will find Hacker a lively test of their abilities." - Ahoy! Issue 25 (1986)

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Hacker was followed in 1986 by the much more difficult Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers.

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Additional info about Hacker

Status: abandonware
Input: keyboard
Distributed on: 5,25 floppy disk
Also published for: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, C64, MSX, ZX Spectrum
Abandonware DOS views: 10162
Series: Hacker is part of the Hacker series.


  • Joe 10/03/2024 21:53
    This game holds some of my fondest memories of early gaming! I remember the feeling of opening the box and only seeing a disk. No instructions. Maybe a warranty card, but no directions?? I put the disc in and the screen said “password:”, and it just kept blinking. I had no idea what to enter! It felt like I was really entering the world of espionage! we all know what that password is now of course. I still enjoy playing it whenever I get a chance. I actually never completed the game and I’d like to move onto hacker 2.
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