Factsheet

Developer:
Erik Asmussen
Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Founding date:
2010

Website:
82apps.com

Press / Business Contact:
press@82apps.com

Social:
twitter.com/82apps
facebook.com/PWNgame

Address:
26 Plymouth St. #1
Cambridge, MA 02141

Phone:
617-861-7847

Platform:
iOS (Universal)
Mac App Store (coming July 25, 2013)

Release Date:
March 14, 2013

Engage in fast-paced computer hacking battles against your cyberpunk rivals like you were in a 90's hacker movie.

Face off against other elite hackers within a 3D cyberspace and blast each other off the grid by tactical use of computer viruses, trojans, and spikes. Defend your own nodes with encryption, firewalls, and scanners. And watch out for hidden traps like backdoors that can decimate your network from within. Become the notorious computer hacker you always wanted to be!

  • Real-time, player vs. player tactical hacking battles
  • Eight elite hackers to choose from, each with a special skillset
  • Infiltrate maze-like three-dimensional network grids
  • Earn reputation and get ranked on global leaderboards
  • Single-player campaign mode where you take down hackers to unlock new skills
  • Upgrade and customize your hacking abilities
  • Ranked online cross-platform multiplayer for epic hacking battles

Background

PWN was inspired by those gloriously fake Hollywood hacking scenes - the ones where someone breaks into the FBI with a few lines of code, or engages in a hacking war using 3D interfaces on eight monitors and blows up the mainframe. The hacking genre is full of simplistic mini-games, but nothing that really explored the competitive, hacker-vs-hacker component. In addition, the terminology of computer hacking - viruses, firewalls, backdoors - seemed ripe for much deeper and strategic game mechanics.

My goal is to turn PWN into the eSport of the future. It's spectator-friendly, fast-paced, and has a high skill ceiling, so it can really thrive when played at highly competitive levels. Until it reaches that point, I'll be porting to as many platforms as possible to keep reaching bigger and bigger audiences.

Videos

Launch Trailer YouTube

Images

download all screenshots & photos as .zip (4MB)
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There are far more images available for PWN: Combat Hacking, but these are the ones we felt would be most useful to you. If you have specific requests, please do contact us!

Awards & Recognition

  • "Grand Prize Winner" - MassDIGI Game Challenge, March 2, 2013
  • "New and Noteworthy" - App Store Feature

Selected Articles

  • "Smart, highligh addictive, and competitive strategy/puzzle Action"
    - Campbell Bird, 148 Apps
  • "The experience is simply exquisite. Such tension, such drama...it's just perfect...PWN: Combat Hacking is what I want hacking to be."
    - Mike Fahey, Kotaku
  • "A ludicrously chaotic, quick-fire take on the real-time strategy genre, delivering plentiful amounts of rich, strategically satisfying action"
    - Matt Wales, PocketGamer

Credits

Erik Asmussen
Designer, Developer, Audio

Luigi Guatieri
Art

Contact

Erik Asmussen
erik@82apps.com

presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks