The game is available on the Play Store now for $14.99 at launch.
Darknet is a puzzle/strategy game that was built from the ground up for VR. In this game you become an elite hacker who is contracted to retrieve data from the world’s most secure networks. In order to solve the puzzles you have to dive into the net, install viruses, inject code, and hack your way through cybersecurity. It’s an experience inspired by a classic cyberpunk vision of the future. Darknet is a clever, challenging game – but it isn’t that hard to learn. Which means it pulls you in from the start. Plus it makes you feel a sense of accomplishment when you’re hacking into a system.
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How Darknet Works
In the beginning, you simply apply a virus to various nodes on the grid. If a node gets infected, it starts extending on the grid until it hits the core – which means you were successful – or it will hit a healthy node – which cancels the hack and means you failed. So the goal is to choose the correct node to infect so that it’ll hit the core without hitting any healthy nodes. When you successfully hack a grid you earn money which you can then use to buy new hacking tools. The tools include a variety of helpful new skills, including worms, hydras and additional viruses that lets you infect multiple nodes at a time.
In the end, by hacking lots of smaller grids and buying new hacking tools, you will be able to reach your ultimate goal which is to hack the main core.
Old Secrets and New Additions
Since it’s release on the Rift and Gear VR, Darknet has won “Best Gameplay” at the Proto Awards and “Grand Prize” in the Oculus and Indiecade VR Jam.
And yet, there’s still a lot to discover in the game, according to the developer. “Many VR games offer a novel experience or a cool way of exploiting the technology, but holding a player’s interest for a long time requires something more,” said Darknet creator, E McNeill.
“Darknet was designed to be easy to learn, difficult to master, and full of secrets. In fact, even now, there are secrets in the game that have never been found, even though they’re hiding in plain sight.”
He also added that while many games have Easter eggs, the secrets in Darknet actually affect the game. These secrets range from secret mechanics to secret content.
The PSVR version has some new additions as well. Archiact said in a recent blog article that the game was tailored for the PSVR, with new improvements, including, “Full audio integration has been added for the PS4 Dualshock controller, bringing another layer of immersion to the up-close-and-personal hacking experience. Other improvements include new game tips, art enhancements to the in-network nodes, the user interface, and the main menu., as well as all-new PS VR trophies for players to earn.”
Have you played Darknet before? How did you like the game – is it worth the buy for PSVR owners?