Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC
- Publisher: Piece of Cake studios
- Developer: Piece of Cake studios
- Release Date: Feb 14,2018
- Rating: NR
- Genre: Action, Stealth
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: http://www.hacktag-thegame.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Now Hacktag isn’t trying to create a huge story or set up a world filled with lore for the player. Instead, Hacktag is simple with players creating an animal-like human to go on various missions to hack different places for various reasons. Some missions will take players through shady corporations and others will take them through getting a private password for access to a bosses’ personal PC. Regardless of the mission, Hacktag is all about one thing and one thing only. Playing stealthy and using teamwork. Let us explain what we mean.
In Hacktag, players will assume the role of two class types. You have the stealth agent and the hacker class. The stealth agent is where players use their creator character to infiltrate various areas in an over the top third person perspective. You’ll have to avoid tough guards, security cameras and equally need to move quickly—but quietly—to score the best possible end score. However, in Hacktag, players will also need to rely on the hacker while the stealth agent is on the field. Hackers will be playing in a grid like perspective where they move their portrait over various nodes. Hackers will need to unlock doors, stop camera systems and even avoid anti-virus systems to avoid being capture. If either agent is caught then the player free must save the other before a timer hits zero or it’s mission failed.
Hacktag seems simple, right? Just avoid detection and work together to win a map. That’s where you would be wrong about Hacktag. You see folks, Hacktag is a co-op focused title and for players to succeed teamwork and communication is key. Unlocking doors, hacking certain systems and even evading capture often requires both classes to work in unison quickly and effectively. This is where Hacktag shines, we loved playing with a friend or stranger trying to figure the best means of progressing and never felt like Hacktag wasn’t fun if we had to use a specific class. Both hackers and stealth agents have their pros and cons which ultimately makes using both enjoyable.
When players beat missions, they will gain levels, new special perks and can even try their luck on a loot box system for new clothing and accessories to pimp out their agents. It makes for nice incentive to keep re-doing a specific location on harder challenges and to work for faster times for higher rewards. Though as we mentioned before, Hacktag is great like this when you’re not going at it alone. When Hacktag is in solo mode, the game suffers a bit unfortunately.
Single player mode—which we commend Piece of Cake studios for somehow accomplishing—isn’t as enjoyable in Hacktag. Here players will gain both hacker and stealth agent classes as they take on various missions. The biggest problem with this design is that it requires a lot of patience and skill to move both classes individually. You need to be weary of where an agent is and where the hacker is as well otherwise while you’re not looking—you can dual screen but it’s sometimes hard to see what’s going on—they will be captured before you know it. Plus, going solo in Hacktag just loses that fun co-op element and thus becomes stale after a few hours.
Though two things that don’t become stale are the impressive visuals and music. We loved the cartoon-like art for Hacktag. If you’re a fan of older spy games and or TV series, then Hacktag will probably give you some nostalgia with its presentation. Equally, the music sounds retro at times and equally pretty modern. When you’re trying to run from a guard the music ramps up and makes your heartbeat faster, while the quiet moments have a simple jazz ambiance like a spy movie. Needless to say, Hacktag isn’t going to tire your eyes or ears out after several hours of playtime.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Both stealth agent and hacker job classes are fun to play
- Solid cartoon-like art
- Fun co-op play
- Decent variety of mission types
- Awesome soundtrack
- Keyboard controls can be a bit too sensitive
- Solo mode isn’t as fun as playing with a friend or stranger
- Could have used a story mode