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Dark Star Studios

Member Since 17 Aug 2012
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Hack It - Alpha Released

11 March 2013 - 12:43 AM

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Overview
Hack It is an RTS-style hacking themed game that involves the player, an intern working for a massive cyber-security company, testing their latest sotfware. The gameplay features a maze-like environment where the player must navigate objects called hacker nodes to their target, whatever they are trying to hack into, with a bunch of stuff in-between. Defender nodes defend the target system and will do anything in their power to stop you, if they find your hacking source then you're busted. Security nodes can be used by either side, hacker or defender, and they act as stationary sentries, they will eliminate any nearby enemy units. There's plenty of techno club music and helpful and occasionally humorous dialog to go around to keep you even further immersed into the cyber world. You'll be put up against some of the most sophisticated cyber-defense systems in the world, question is, can you Hack It?


Updates
November 21, 2012 - Alpha Build 0.0.7 was released today, more about this can be read below.
March 2, 2013 - Alpha Build 0.0.7.4 was released today, more about this can be read below.

April 21, 2013 - Alpha Build 0.0.8 was released today, more about this can be read below.

The Alpha
We are releasing alpha builds for testing so we can get some feedback and fix any bugs that just happened to crawl past us. The first build acts as a tease for the rest of them, the subsequent ones feature more levels and the overall game will improve during the alpha release cycle. The second build features the second level and defender nodes. The third and most likely final alpha build features the third level and the security nodes. They are all free to play and are downloadable on our website at http://darkstarinteractive.net/ (it's a long domain, we know). The website isn't finished so right now the only place to post feedback is here, as the website sections get finished such as the community section, we will start taking feedback there. All feedback is acceptable. Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux are all supported as of the release of the third alpha build.

The alpha is downloadable here: http://darkstarinteractive.net/hackit.html

The Team
We are just a small team of independent developers working on this game. You might only know us as Dark Star, we have actual names but here we will just use our aliases, let me introduce you to the team.

Skaven - Programmer, Artist, Web Designer
Elesser - Writer, Social (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Dazkix - Composer, Sound Effects

That's right three people... very short credits.

 

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Feedback

All feedback is accepted about the project, however please don't make negative comments (such as, "This game idea is really dumb.") without providing a reason why you feel that way. Likewise, if you like the idea please note what things you like and what areas of the game need improvement. We're just trying to create the best game that we can in our current capacity (remember, the playable alpha is not an accurate representation of the final product).


Need Name For Hacking Game

17 August 2012 - 01:54 AM

For whatever reason, no one on the team is good with names. I need a few ideas for a name or names for a game the team is working on. The game in context is a hacking themed rts. The basic storyline is that you are an intern at software security company, much similar to Symantec. You test their latest software by trying hacking into a simulated system protected by the software. The gameplay is based on a maze like system, where you get nodes from one location to another with impediments such as firewalls and encryptions. The concept might sound a little weird, but anyhow all we need are names (feedback would be nice too). Thanks for reading!

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