Last month, we challenged you to create a game based on the theme hacking, modding, and/or augmenting. For all those that submitted entries, thank you! A little holiday gift will be working its way to your inbox shortly.
Here’s a selection of some of our favorites that you can play, hack on, or learn from. Enjoy!
The main character (who has a strong resemblance to Hubot) must survive waves of enemies with some calculated jumping. Be careful: new mods change the game mechanics as you play. Created by @MelvinPoppelaars with Unity and hosted on itch.io.
This illuminating game is inspired by a couple of real-life hacks on MIT’s Green Building and the Cira Centre in Philadelphia. Created by @hiddenwaffle using three.js, tween.js, and howler.js. Hosted on GitHub Pages.
A puzzle game inspired by the work of TV Pioneer Earl “Madman” Muntz, a TV hacker from the 1950s. Attempt to simplify increasingly complex circuits. Learn a little about American TV and broadcast history in the process. Created by @joemagiv with Unity.
A Sokoban-like puzzle game, where a friendly bot called Coody teaches you how to complete your work, and it gets more challenging every day. Created by @LastFlower, @LastLeaf, and @tongtongggggg. Graphics created with Inkscape, sound effects created with LMMS and GeneralUser GS. Hosted on GitHub Pages.
A dungeon-crawling, roguelike Minesweeper game in which you navigate a map of hidden tiles by using the small amount of information provided by the robot’s sensors. Created by @BelowParallelStudios using Unity. Music was created with Bosca Ceoil. Graphics created with Aseprite and GIMP.
Byter is an open source clicker game, where you have to hack various targets. Created by @KyleBanks with Unity.
Run around the computer store in this 80s-style stealth hacking game, but be sure to avoid the clerks and security cameras. Created by @flipcoder using their very own open source 2D/3D OpenGL game engine called Qor.
A cooperative hacking game in the style of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. One player must hack into a computer terminal, while the other player follows instructions from the manual. Created by @Juzley and @paulo6. Written in Python using Pygame.
README.md file suggests it’s the worst game ever made. We beg to differ. This was made in two hours, and it’s controlled with Vim Key Bindings H J K L. What’s not to like? Created by @joshbressers.
Use various attacks to alter enemy defenses and objects to your advantage in this 2D action platforming game. Created by @DamienPWright using Unity.
The team at Vital built a Unity game that introduces a digitally enhanced virus to a tech startup. Help your infected coworkers using your Nerf darts dipped in the antidote.
Here’s a small demo where you play as Mona trying to escape a containment cell in Area 51. Watch out for the guards, though. Cat and octopus hybrids are are not well equipped for combat. Created by @joshuashoemaker using Pixi.js
Don’t let the name mislead you. This game about untangling knots is lotsa fun.* Created by @AStox using C#, Unity, and GIMP.
* If you love untangling your earphone cords, Christmas tree lights, kids’ shoelaces, etc.
Using open source libraries and frameworks, Gravitywell and friends created a chess game that sees iconic rock musicians fight against contemporary EDM DJs. Built with Meteor.js, Stockfish.js (AI), chessboard.js (UI), and Howler.js (SFX).
Take control of a mob that attempts to control a group of bad guys. Created by @EtherTyper, @AnimatorJoe, and @SamHollenbeck from Westlake High School’s Accessible Programming Club using. Created with Swift and SpriteKit. Available too from Apple’s App Store.
Guide Mi through an array of puzzles and mazes with code. Created by @Vandise and hosted on Heroku.