DarkNet Quick Review


by Vrift720

      Darknet is a strategy/puzzle game in which you play as an elite hacker in cyberspace.  Plug into the Net, installing viruses, injecting code, and tunneling through cyber-security dragnets in an experience inspired by the classic cyberpunk vision of the future.

      Don’t let the fact that this is an older title now in the Oculus Home Store stop you from trying out what is, unarguably, the best strategy-puzzle game this side of the Matrix.  Neo himself would say “Whoa” after donning the headgear on this title.  Presence and 3D just seem to pop out more with these kinds of stylized Tron-like-neon visuals.  This is the most exciting game I’ve played on the GearVR, but that doesn’t mean it beats Smash Hit’s graphics or Dead Secret’s amazing game-play experiences.  It just means it excites me more due to flipping the switch and watching the game’s virus programs “memory wipe” my virus out of existence right before my eyes.  I’m on the edge of my seat trying to beat the clock, trying also to beat the cyber-security elements that oppose me along the way.

      What’s even more amazing is that this game was created essentially by one man, E. McNeill (an indie developer going it solo), with the help of a few sub-contractors who provided some visuals and other basic elements.  He also had help from Jon St. John, the voice of Duke Nukem himself, who narrates you through the game’s opening tutorials.

      In this game, you have to study the network (the game board) and try to assess its weak points, but don’t take too long as every contract has a time limit and if you snooze, you lose!  There are hacking elements, but in my opinion, there isn’t enough flavor here to really lose yourself in the hacking motif.  The game could have used a bit of streaming code in a DOS-command-window-type thing when you actually run your exploits and Trojans to sell the illusion that you are, behind the scenes of this game, actually hacking.  

      The visuals are line-based and good enough for a puzzle game, and the 3D does really help to make it more fun overall.  The music is good, and the game is polished and really fun.  It is very addictive, in fact.  You will certainly drain more than your share of batteries trying to play this game through.  But just make sure when dealing with all the hackers online that you just don’t crash and burn*. 

*A reference to the movie Hackers, wink.

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