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Hackshot (2024) is a puzzle game where you hack into devices to remove annoying adverts. You shoot balls modified with special properties that affect things like gravity, momentum, and bounciness, around a pinball-style stage to collect data and destroy viruses. It stands out for the surprising depth of these physics-altering mechanics and the mysterious story you piece together from the data you hack.

After getting frustrated with pop-up ads, you install a pinball ad-blocker game to get rid of them. But as you use your pinball skills to deal with ads and viruses you discover data files and become entangled in a mysterious plot. You set about making your way to the top of the hacking world to piece together what's going on.

Play involves shooting balls around stages to collect data and defeat viruses by knocking them off the level. This starts by simply shooting the balls, you quickly begin unlocking modifications that change how your projectile behaves after it has been fired. For example, you can make them float instead of fall, make them heavier so they collide with more force, make them immune to spikes, and change the amount they bounce on impact. In this way, you perform trick shots to reach seemingly impossible areas and beat each level.

The result is a game that extends Angry-Birds-style play in more strategic directions. Careful use
of each ball modification enables you to approach challenges from multiple angles, rewarding ambition and creative experimentation. Being led by your own approaches rather than guided to the developer-intended pathways makes for a satisfying brain-tease, paired with an intriguing mystery to create an engaging game.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Hackshot 5 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Puzzle and Sequencing game with Narrative and Shooting elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 18 hours and 22 hours to complete. The main levels take around 20- hours to beat, although there can be some variance. There are lots of additional challenges, so completing everything can take much longer.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. While at first, the levels may seem impossible, resilience and experimentation enable you to figure out a solution. Some of the later levels are much more complicated, and getting 3 stars on them requires a much more thoughtful approach which older children are more likely to appreciate.

CostsCosts

Hackshot usually costs £13.49.
 

Hackshot

Steam Store PC £13.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/05/2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Puzzle, Sequencing (Narrative and Shooting)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Robot Dragon Int (@RobotDragonInt)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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