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    Ludum Dare 18

    August 20th-23rd, 2010
    Theme: Enemies as Weapons

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    Hacking4Dummies - madpew - Competition Entry

    As a hacker you need to take over servers, to use their powers to hack more servers. Dunno if that fits the theme.
    I'm happy I finished and I'm some kind of proud of the voice-acting / music /gfx stuff :D
    thanks 4 watching

    Bugfixes applied. Updated Binary and Source available.

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    Covenant says ...
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 7:56am

    The game is well done, although it's bitch hard... : Don't think it suits the theme, though, but even so... it was fun playing! :)

    mathias says ...
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 8:21am

    Hell yeah.

    ************** Ausnahmetext **************
    System.InvalidOperationException: Die Sequenz enthält mehrere übereinstimmende Elemente.
    bei System.Linq.Enumerable.Single[TSource](IEnumerable`1 source, Func`2 predicate)
    bei LD18.Achievements.GetTitle()
    bei LD18.WinForm..ctor()
    bei LD18.GameController.ProcessReward(Int32 Reward)
    bei LD18.pnmServerControl.Picture_DoubleClick(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnDoubleClick(EventArgs e)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

    hcs says ...
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 10:07am

    Fun! I suck at Mastermind but it stayed interesting. Some different layouts for the route might have been nice.

    Jhelle says ...
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 11:28am

    I commend your effort but I didn't feel the fun factor here. Audio was very well done though and I liked the server names :)

    pdyxs says ...
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 2:30am

    Really liked this game, though it did remind me a bit of the plumbing from bioshock. Audio was excellent as well.

    Was winning supposed to generate an error?

    madpew says ...
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 3:01am

    pdyxs, no it's not supposed to be like this.
    The error is fixed in the patched version. (It only happens when you got 2 achievements with the same score, so the game crashes on deciding which rank to use :D)
    It's still kinda funny getting a error on the winning screen of a hack-game :) Thanks for your comment and I'm glad you liked it.

    Danik says ...
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 8:04am

    Fun game, takes a bit more thinking than most. The 5-digit mastermind puzzels were challenging!

    goffmog says ...
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 2:11am

    Definitely one I will go back to to try and beat! One thing Hey that's a fun game, it's hard to begin with but after you hack your first box it really starts to flow. I did have a couple of frustrated restarts before I could figure out how to play though since I didn't realise you had to double click the servers :) Clever interpretation of the theme.

    Aug 25, 2010 @ 5:21pm

    Pretty cool idea. Those master mind puzzles were tough, I had to give up at the 5 digit one. Maybe whenever you get a new ~ or ! it gives you a little more time? I think that could add to the tension while also giving players more time.

    madpew says ...
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 1:53am

    KilledByAPixel, you can buy additional seconds in the market (taking the red pill). It's still hard though.
    I already doubled the times after noticing noone else than me can succeed. Seems like it's still too fast. Lesson learned :)

    skintkingle says ...
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 10:03am

    Instant crash, looks like i don't have a dependency installed that you used.
    Care to post WHAT needs to be installed?

    madpew says ...
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 11:56am

    Oh, I thought by now everyone should have .Net Framework 3.5 installed as 4.0 already came by Windows Update :D
    here you go: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=333325fd-ae52-4e35-b531-508d977d32a6&displaylang=en

    Spooner says ...
    Aug 27, 2010 @ 11:33am

    Pipe-hacking lifted straight from Alien Swarm (and others) and Mastermind, but at least put together in a nice package. My primitive ape brain couldn't hack fast enough to finish the game, but at least that means it had a decent scaling difficulty.

    Wherefor art thou, Theme?

    madpew says ...
    Aug 27, 2010 @ 12:00pm

    well about the theme I used the enemies (the server) as a weapon against other servers. (as you need X Servers/Bandwidth to hack another one) - lil bit abstract.
    Can't blame you for that. btw. Alien Swarm was the inspiration for the pipe-hacks :D

    pekuja says ...
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 5:50pm

    A pretty good hacking game. Reminded me a lot of Uplink. I liked the voice samples and music too. The only problems were that I never quite understood how the hacking requirements worked, or when I would ever need a firewall. The game also crashed when I hacked 4chan.

    eli says ...
    Sep 2, 2010 @ 10:42am

    Hacking music WIN! Great job on the coolness factor.
    Really good look and feel. I'd really like a more shallow learning curve. Also, the visual puzzle was much cooler than the number one.

    Martoon says ...
    Sep 3, 2010 @ 10:50pm

    Crashes when launching. I have .Net Framework 4.0, so not sure what the problem is. Didn't vote since I can't run it.

    sirGustav says ...
    Sep 6, 2010 @ 2:15pm

    interesting, but really hard... :(

    Scramasax says ...
    Sep 6, 2010 @ 4:22pm

    Too hard.

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