Zachtronics is best known for creating games that are perplexing and abide by a skillset to memorize and actuate algorithmic sequences and numbers to make devices work efficiently. You can oftentimes find this kind of gameplay philosophy applied in games like Opus Magnum, SHENZHEN I/O, TIS-100, and now their upcoming game EXAPunks.
Are you up for hacking fun? EXAPunks will have you learning the hottest tech tips from TRASH WORLD NEWS, an underground computer magazine containing tutorials, hacking info, and searing commentary.
Instead of writing up programs and executing them to do everyday things, you’ll program your EXAs (EXecution Agents) to tear through networks, replicate themselves, trash files, and terminate other EXAs in secrecy.
Hackable things include universities, factories, TV stations, highway signs, game consoles, the government, and yourself.
“The year is 1997. You used to be a hacker, but now you have the phage. You made a deal: one hack, one dose. There’s nothing left to lose… except your life. EXAPUNKS is the latest open-ended puzzle game from Zachtronics.”
Surely if you are a fan of Zachtronics other puzzlers, there’s no doubt that you’ll find EXAPunks to be something noteworthy. As of now, it’s just about playing the waiting game before it releases to the public for mass consumption.
In the meantime, we learn that you can play other games in EXAPunks like ПАСЬЯНС, and HACK*MATCH.
You can also take down your friends by running your programs directly against theirs in “all-out hacker battles.” But if that doesn’t spark your interest, you can create your own puzzles and share them with the world on Steam Workshop.
If you want to test your hand at hacking during the late part of the 20th century, you now know when and where to do it. You can learn more about EXAPunks by hitting up its Steam Early Access page or zachtronics.com.