Hacker Game Review (ThinkFun)

Hacker Game
What It Is

Play the role of coder, hacker, and security engineer through the new logic game Hacker. There are 40 challenges each with three phases of play ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert. 

The first phase of each challenge is Code It. You've got to program red and blue agents to pick up data files and reach their corresponding exit points. So, basically, given set parameters, you need to figure out how to move the agent on the game grid from the starting point to the exit. What's cool is that the agent piece isn't just going up, down, left, and right. The game grid has five rotating platforms, so if a challenge requires rotation, you'll have to keep that in mind as you program the directional moves. There is a cardboard control panel where you keep track of the platform and agent moves.

If you're successful with phase 1, you can move on to phase 2, or Hack It. Now you must alter the original program and infect it with a virus. This could be as simple as switching two of the movement tokens on the control panel so that the agent reaches the virus instead of the exit.

In the last phase, you've got to Fix It. Where on the game grid could you place an alarm to stop the agent from reaching the virus? 

Solutions for the challenges can be found in the separate solution booklet, which is divided into three parts so you don't accidentally reveal the solution for a challenge you haven't started working on yet.

Is It Fun?

For players who love these types of games, Hacker will satisfy. You're going to need to kick your problem-solving skills up a notch, but with four different levels and the ability to play collaboratively, you can start off easy and work together with other players for extra help. 

Who It’s For

Hacker is for ages 10 and up. It can be played solo or with a group.

What To Be Aware Of

The game includes a game grid, a control panel, a challenge booklet, a solution booklet, 12 tokens, 27 game tiles, an instruction manual, and six token stands.

The back of the instruction booklet gives an explanation of the game's real-world applications, but if you don't really know anything about how computers work, the explanation sort of needs an explanation.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy